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Archives: April 2010

Stocks: Sell in May?

Posted by: Ben Steverman on April 27

Some stock traders live by the maxim, "Sell in May and go away." As the calendar ticks toward May Day, should we be getting ready to sell? Historically, the worst...

Future Stats, For Our Brave New World

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on April 27

Global Sales - Initial numbers show foreign sales are running 46.97% of full sales, slightly down from the 47.94% of 2008. Foreign income taxes paid are again ahead of U.S....

It’s Dividend Time

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on April 27

IBM just became the third major issue of the four we were watching to increase this month (JNJ and PG already increased this month), which still leaves XOM open. MTD...

Last-Minute Tax Advice

Posted by: Ben Steverman on April 13

If you're a U.S. taxpayer, you don't need to be reminded your filing deadline is April 15. Here are some pieces of advice while you scramble to get your return...

Film Bigs Bid to Nix Box-Office Futures

Posted by: Ben Steverman on April 09

Is greed good for the movie business? If regulators give their OK, within months movies could be trading on financial markets, with investors placing bets on which films will...

Dangers of Homes -- or Homebuilders -- as Investments

Posted by: Ben Steverman on April 08

On the New York Times' Economix blog, Harvard economics professor Edward Glaeser points out that home values don't necessarily increase. Like stocks, Houses are assets, too, but it’s a mistake...

Small Caps, Big Performance

Posted by: Ben Steverman on April 05

Why are smaller companies so thoroughly beating big companies in the stock market? With a median market capitalization of $466 million, the small-cap Russell 2000 index is up 11% so...

The Rebirth Of Dividends – It’s Going To Be A Long Way Back

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on April 05

What a difference a year makes. A year ago the headlines on Q1 2009 dividends were ‘Q1 Worst Quarter for Dividends Since 1955’, today’s Q1 2010 headline is ‘Dividends See...

Bank Earnings: A Weak Link in the Recovery

Posted by: Ben Steverman on April 01

The financial crisis may be easing, but don't be fooled that it's ending. Yes, there is good news: Financial markets have healed somewhat, and most big banks have paid back...


Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ben Steverman focuses on the latest moves in financial markets and emerging trends in stocks, bonds, and funds, always with an eye toward giving readers a better understanding of the sometimes confusing and often chaotic world of money. Standard & Poor’s senior index analyst Howard Silverblatt will also provide his take on companies’ finances and the markets. Voted one of the “Top 100 Finance Blogs” in 2007.

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