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Stock Market Recovery Faces a New Hurdle as Record Buybacks Slow

(Bloomberg) — An end to corporate America’s record stock-buying spree is giving equity bulls one more thing to worry about. JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Best Buy Co Inc. all paused buyback plans when reporting their second-quarter results, deciding to hold on to cash instead as the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate hikes risk driving […]

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The Strong Dollar Is Wreaking Havoc Globally — And It’s Just Getting Started

(Bloomberg) — George Boubouras was at his home in east Melbourne, taking in a cricket match, when his phone suddenly blew up. It was late on July 13, about 10:45 p.m., and there was an urgency to the texts and calls that came flooding in. The euro had just crashed through parity against the dollar, […]

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Deere Plunges Most Since 2008 on Supply Chain Snarls, Inflation

(Bloomberg) — Deere & Co. slid the most in 14 years after the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment was the latest major US company bruised by supply chain snags and rising inflation. Shares fell 14% Friday, erasing a record $15.7 billion in market capitalization after the company posted disappointing quarterly sales and said that […]

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Homebuilder Sentiment in U.S. Drops to Lowest in Seven Months

(Bloomberg) — U.S. homebuilder sentiment fell to a seven-month low as rising mortgage rates and high asking prices led to declining sales and prospective buyer traffic. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo gauge decreased two points in April to 77, figures showed Monday. The measure has declined four straight months. Mortgage rates have stormed […]

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The Gold Rush Is On. It’s Not Too Late to Get In.

The chase is on. The chase for gold, that is—and it’s not too late to buy some now.  Gold had been relatively boring for quite a while. After surging in 2020, its price has essentially traded sideways for the past 18 months, falling just 0.5% from $2,013.10 to $1,900.80 an ounce. Now it’s on the […]

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Billions Are Flowing to Cash-Like ETFs in ‘Hunt’ Before Fed Hike

(Bloomberg) — What’s safer than short-duration bonds? Even shorter duration debt. As investors brace for an increasingly aggressive Federal Reserve, money is flooding into cash-like ETFs — which are seen as relatively less vulnerable to interest-rate risk. Traders have been piling into exchange-traded funds mostly focused on ultra-short instruments like Treasury bills, while offloading ETFs […]

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U.S. Soybeans Are in High Demand as Brazil’s Crop Falls Short

(Bloomberg) — Soybean buyers stung by puny yields and harvest delays in Brazil are turning to the U.S. for supply, driving up prices and threatening to worsen food inflation. What was expected to be a record crop in Brazil is now looking far smaller as adverse weather events catch traders and end-users shorthanded. More than […]

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XRX is down more than -14% since mid-January. Is it a good bargain?

One of the big challenges for average investors is sifting through the mountains of information that comes from the market on a daily basis. I think that may be the biggest reason that so many investors have learned over the course of decades of market activity to rely on analyst estimates for a company’s future […]

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CSX is down -12% in 2022. Has it reached useful value yet?

Figuratively speaking, starting a new year generally means not only turning the page, but also closing the book on the year before. From a practical standpoint, as investors that can be a little bit difficult, because the questions that have to be answered about the past year include not only profit and loss, but also […]

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Vasta Platform Limited (VSTA) Buy Target $3.58 Sell Target $4.42

Trade Setup Buy Target $3.58 Sell Target $4.42 Vasta Platform Limited, an education company, provides educational and digital solutions to private schools operating in the K-12 educational sector in Brazil. The company operates in two segments, Content & EdTech Platform and Digital Platform. The Content & EdTech Platform segment offers core and complementary educational content […]

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U.S. Coal Miners Are ‘Sold Out’ for 2022

(Bloomberg) — Almost every lump of coal that U.S. miners will dig out of the ground next year has already been sold, as surging natural gas prices prompt utilities to burn more of the dirtiest fossil fuel. Peabody Energy Corp., the top American supplier, has contracts for more than 90% of its coal from the […]

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