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In OPEC Poker Game, Iran and Iraq Call Saudi Arabia’s Bluff

For decades, Saudi Arabia has had its way at OPEC. All of a sudden the position has turned: Riyadh finds its power waning against a resurgent Iran …

The Problem With Hillary: If Investors Are Short Term Then How Can We Have Investment Bubbles?

As we all know, Hillary Clinton has identified investor and corporate short termism as one of those major problems that she will solve if, Lord Forbid, she becomes President. The solution is going to be raising taxes. Gosh, who would have thought it, a Democrat insisting that government have more …

Rolls-Royce may face break-up after activist hedge fund reveals stake

US-based ValueAct Capital is renowned for pushing radical changes at established firms and now has biggest stake of 5.5%<p>The prospect of a break-up of Rolls-Royce, one of Britain’s biggest manufacturers, is back on the agenda after a US activist hedge fund revealed it has built a 5.5% stake in the …

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Ford Bets on Fancy Pickups

Buyers with money and desire to flaunt their rides can now spend $60,000 for a Ford F-150<p>Looking to test the upper limits of what U.S. customers will pay for a pickup truck, Ford Motor Co. later this year will launch a new version of its best-selling F-150 with one of the highest price tags ever …

Customers

The oil crash has done nothing for America

Executives at Visa, which processed over $64.9 billion in transactions on their networks last year, made it clear in their quarterly earnings conference call Thursday that US consumers' savings at the pump are not translating into consumer spending.<p>Since the beginning of the oil price drop last …

What Hillary Clinton's New Tax Proposal Would Mean

Here's how the plan would change capital gains tax rates.<p>On Friday, Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton spelled out her new plan to raise …

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Why U.S. stocks are too pricey to be a great investment

In May, Janet Yellen sounded a warning on stock prices. During an address at a New York City think-tank, the Fed chairman declared that “equity …

Fertilizer Oligopoly May Strengthen

On Friday, the stocks of two chemical companies soared in value due to the announcement of their being in advanced talks regarding a potential …

This R Data Import Tutorial Is Everything You Need

(This article was first published on <b>The DataCamp Blog » R</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)<p>You might find that loading data into R can be quite …

Python Programming

The stock market is disappearing

In an afternoon email to clients, Rich Barry at the NYSE wrote:<p>Buyback factoid: ~20% of S&P 500 companies have reduced their share count by at least 4% year-over-year in each of the last five quarters(!!), and that appears to be continuing into Q2. As of [Tuesday] night, 92 companies in the S&P …

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Top certifications for SAS, R, Python, Machine Learning or Big Data

We released our rankings for various long duration analytics programmes in India for 2014 – 15 last week. They were greeted with unparalleled …

What PhDs do wrong (and right!) when applying for Data Science jobs

As a team with an opening for data scientists, we see lots of applications from people with quantitative PhDs. As someone who did a PhD myself, I’m …

Employment

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The crown jewel in Disney's cable empire is facing an unprecedented crisis

<b>Walt Disney Co.</b> is arguably the world's most powerful and best-known media and entertainment company. Not only does it own the famous theme parks and movie studios, but it also counts several subsidiaries under its auspices including ABC, ESPN, Pixar, Marvel, and Touchstone Pictures.<p>That …

A Refresher on Debt-to-Equity Ratio

When people hear “debt” they usually think of something to avoid — credit card bills and high interests rates, maybe even bankruptcy. But when you’re running a business, debt isn’t all bad. In fact, analysts and investors want companies to use debt smartly to fund their businesses.<p>That’s where the …

Personal Finance

The return of Iranian oil might cause more tensions in OPEC

Tehran and major powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- clinched a historic agreement in Vienna on Tuesday aimed at ensuring Iran does not obtain a nuclear bomb, and which paves the way for the removal of sanctions and the gradual return of Iranian oil to the …

Low Oil Prices Are Challenging Natural-Gas Markets

<b>Article</b><br>Monday, March 30, 2015<br>After three years of relative stability, oil prices have fallen sharply since mid-2014. The effects of this drop on a …

From Colombia to New York City: The narconomics of cocaine

This means that although violence between and within the cartels grabs much of the spotlight, a careful analysis of the cartels must look beyond the violence to the business factors that drive their interests — and their bankrolls.<p>There are several distinct business factors that have a profound …

The Logic Behind Amazon’s Prime Day

Amazon has boldly anointed Wednesday, July 15 as Prime Day. Most holidays revolve around religion, historical events, or appreciation for someone special. So what’s Amazon Prime Day?<p>At root, it’s a self-interested homage to rock bottom prices and free expedited shipping. To celebrate its 20th …

eCommerce

What Netflix's 7-For-1 Stock Split Really Means

Stock splits don't really create market value.<p>Netflix NETFLIX INC.<p>has done it. Two weeks ago, the digital video veteran asked shareholders to approve …

Investing

How to Negotiate with Powerful Suppliers

In many industries the balance of power has dramatically shifted from buyers to suppliers. A classic example comes from the railway industry. In 1900 North America had 35 suppliers of cast rail wheels; railway builders could pick and choose among them. A century later no one looking to build a …

Why We Should Cheer Stock Buybacks And Higher Dividends

<b>COMPANIES, AS NEVER BEFORE</b>, have been buying back their stock. They’re also returning capital by boosting dividends. Unlike in the 1990s and early 2000s, when companies purchased shares and then effectively reissued them to executives and directors as part of their compensation, these buybacks are …

The 'Age of Oil' endures as 'Peak Oil' retreats

Oil's dramatic price changes seem baffling. In mid-2014, crude prices averaged around $100 a barrel; now, they're gyrating between $50 and $60. Over the same period, U.S. gasoline prices have dipped from more than $3.50 a gallon to around $2.50. With the world economy slowly recovering, why have …

Innovation Starts with the Heart, Not the Head

I recently got a call from a CEO of a health system that encompasses several hospitals, medical practices, and clinics. Lakeland Health employs about 4,000 associates and takes in nearly $500 million per year. Its facilities are spread across the southwest corner of Michigan — where median income …

Empathy

Incumbents as attackers: Brand-driven innovation

Big companies are finding growth in new markets by harnessing an underused asset—their brands.<p><b>At a time of stagnating</b> markets, technological …

Why Vanguard and BlackRock could beat Peltz and Icahn

It was the corporate version of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao—DuPont (DD) CEO Ellen Kullman battling activist investor Nelson Peltz in a high-profile proxy …