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Investors are cheering DuPont’s announcement that its chief executive is retiring and that the chemical giant will step up its cost-cutting plan. But the applause may not last.
Investors celebrating the retirement of DuPont chief Ellen Kullman should consider why she ended up leaving.
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The real global threat from China and Greece may not be financial-market contagion, but economic contagion.
The global economy may be even more at risk from China and Greece than global markets.
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It was easy to predict that dollar strength and weak overseas economies were going to lay into many companies’ first-quarter results. So the idea analysts and investors were somehow surprised can be a bit hard to take.
While the dollar’s strength and weak overseas economies hurt companies’ results, they also may mask deeper problems.
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Low as inflation is, it would be even lower if not for one group that has been remarkably adept at pushing through price increases: Landlords.
Inflation is too low for the Federal Reserve, but not as low as it would be if rising rents weren’t propping it up.
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When short sellers are willing to put their necks on the line, investors should think twice before sharpening their axes.
It pays to understand exactly how heavily a stock has been sold short.
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Secular stagnation doesn’t have to be real for it to matter for financial markets.
Investors’ worries about secular stagnation may be pushing them into highflying stocks and other speculative assets.
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Investors hoping that unsettled markets will persuade the Federal Reserve to hold off on raising short-term interest rates later this month aren’t getting any help from U.S. consumers.
Despite the stumble in stocks, auto sales were strong last month. That should reassure the Federal Reserve on consumers’ ability to weather market turmoil.
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The good news for banks is that the odds still favor the Federal Reserve raising rates this year. The bad news is that the pace of further increases may be slower than many investors anticipate, leaving banks with a trickle of additional interest income where they are hoping for a steady flow.
Big-bank stocks may have to yield to the Federal Reserve’s caution on interest-rate moves.
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The best reason to look past the economy’s weak showing over the winter can be found in what most American households and businesses seem to be doing as spring emerges.
Signs that spending and the job market are thawing back out suggest the economic weakness in the first quarter was only temporary.
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Analysts have cut their estimates for what Tesla will make over the next several years, but that doesn’t mean they think anything less of the stock.
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U.S. bond investors might want take a cue from the protester who tossed confetti toward European Central Bank President Mario Draghi Wednesday, but in their case it would be an act of celebration.
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The dollar’s strength has put a chill on prices. It will take a while for them to thaw out.
The dollar’s recent strength will weigh on import prices for months to come, potentially staying the Fed’s hand on rates.
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    English Lit/Philosophy, 1985 - 1990