Merrill Lynch

Stocks are flashing a bigger warning sign than they did for Brexit and the US election

Alarm bells for the US stock market are getting louder.<p>Almost 8% of the companies in the S&P 500 are trading at 52-week lows, the most since February 2016, according to data compiled by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.<p>That's a bigger portion of the index than during the US election in early November. …

Economy

The Daily Prophet: Bull Market In Stocks Is Dependent on CEOs

Stocks staged one of their biggest rallies of the summer on Tuesday, and the consensus was that it was due to an easing of political tensions in …

Economy

16 Things CEOs Should Do Before an IPO

Every year I attend sections of a Stanford Graduate School of Business class called Formation of New Ventures. The class reviews a case on the decision to take OpenTable public in 2008-2009 at the depth of the financial crisis. When discussing the case, I typically open by asking the aspiring …

Management

Analysts begin coverage on Redfin

Analysts pick up coverage on Redfin (NASDAQ:RDFN) after the expiration of the IPO quiet period.<p>Oppenheimer rates at Outperform with a price target of …

Business

Let's Give Credit To ESG

<i>By Jonathan Bailey</i><p>ESG is relevant to bonds as well as equities, but in different ways.<p>Investors instinctively understand how weak corporate …

Finance

The Bond Market Is Really, Really Quiet

You can forgive bond traders who are just about falling asleep at their desks.<p>The Bank of America Merrill Lynch MOVE Index, a measure of investors' expectations for price swings in the Treasury market, fell to an all-time low of 46.9 earlier this month and has hovered near that level since then.<p>The …

Economy

Time to Buy Alibaba Bonds? BoA Merrill Thinks So | Investopedia

Alibaba Group (BABA) may have a stock that is outperforming U.S. rivals eBay Inc. (EBAY) and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), but when it comes to its bonds, …

Alibaba Group

Alibaba Pays More on Bonds than U.S. E-Commerce Players

Alibaba is still a great unknown.<p>Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) investors demand wider spreads on the Chinese e-commerce giant's notes than they do …

Business

Tesla’s bond hit by US junk market jitters

Tesla’s high-profile junk bond is among corporate debt coming under pressure, as signs that investors are adopting a more defensive outlook cools the …

Economy

Admirers Line Up for Biggest Saudi Bank on Index-Inclusion Bets

Saudi Arabia’s largest lender has become a favorite among equity analysts and investors as its business improves and the potentially lucrative …

Business

From First to Worst: Ranking 8 Online Brokerages Based on Customer Loyalty -- The Motley Fool

If customer loyalty leads to outperformance, the online brokers at the top of this list have an incredible opportunity in front of them.<p>Brand Keys …

Personal Finance

It's Bots to the Rescue at Japan's Nursing Homes

Faced with the worst labor shortage in decades, Japanese service companies are finally turning to labor-saving technology, an investment that could …

Economy

Saudis Could Get $21 Billion Non-Oil Boost in 2018, BofA Says

Saudi Arabia’s non-oil revenue could surge by about 80 billion riyals ($21.3 billion) next year, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, boosting …

Business

BAML raises estimates on Lululemon

Bank of America Merrill Lynch moves Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) to a Buy rating from Neutral on confidence in the retailer's international …

Business

Does The Bond Market Foresee A Crisis?

While many investors believe problems lie ahead, the bond market doesn't think so.<p>High-grade corporate and junk bonds aren't reflecting major concern.<p>…

Economy

Treasury Auctions Set for the Week of Aug. 21

The Treasury’s schedule of financing this week includes Monday’s regular weekly auction of new three- and six-month bills and an auction of four-week bills on Tuesday.<p>At the close of the New York cash market on Friday, the rate on the outstanding three-month bill was 1.01 percent. The rate on the …

Business

The stock market's safety net is working better than ever

There's no denying that corporate share buybacks are the fuel that keep stock prices rising during lean times. But while they help the broader market, they've been a drag on the performance of the companies most active in executing them.<p>That's all changing.<p>Over the past two months, the corporations …

Business

Investors feel crummy about how expensive they've made stocks

Stock market experts have been warning investors that valuation levels have been troublingly high. Some would even argue that mania has taken over …

Stocks

Foreign think tanks see no slowdown in PH economy

The Philippines' second quarter annual growth rate of 6.5 percent, which slightly beat market expectations, supported analysts' sanguine view on the …

Economy

45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 32: Black-Owned Investment Bank Smashes Multibillion-Dollar Corporate Finance Barrier

For the <i>45th Anniversary of the</i> <b>BE 100s—</b>the nation’s largest black-owned businesses—we <i>share 45 milestone events that have had widespread impact on</i> …

Finance

Coles staff lose bonuses after earnings dip

Coles managers and executives have been stripped of bonuses after the supermarkets earnings fell for the first time in 10 years.

Markets

Deere Stock Downgraded Twice in 4 Days: What You Need to Know -- The Motley Fool

Earnings were impressive -- but these analysts are hard to impress.<p><i>Every day, Wall Street analysts upgrade some stocks, downgrade others, and</i> …

Markets

BofAML Says Financial Stability a Threat to Markets

Claudio Piron, co-head of Asia rates and FX strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, discusses the tone coming from global central banks and …

Economy

Behavioral Science Provides Opportunities in Banking

One of the benefits of advanced analytics and digital technology is the ability to better understand consumer behavior. In financial services, …

Banking

Globalization's Digital Future

How technology and innovation will affect global free trade<p>By Nilardi Mukherjee, Managing Director, Chief Investment Office<p>TODAY, VOTERS, ECONOMISTS, POLICY MAKERS and investors are questioning the future of globalization and, within it, the direction of free trade: Will it reverse, with companies …

Finance

Twin Threats to South Korean Growth: Missiles and Property Rules

Decades of provocations from the regime in Pyongyang have conditioned South Koreans -- including economic forecasters -- to shrug off talk of war and …

North Korea

Citi Says Emerging Markets Increasingly Reliant on ETF Flows

Add Citigroup Inc. to the list of analysts and investors concerned by the bumper inflows into emerging-market ETFs this year.<p>After attracting almost …

Economy

AMD Could Soar 41% Thanks to Share-Stealing Chips | Investopedia

Investors in Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) need not worry that the semiconductor firm’s surging share price momentum will soon run out of steam. …

Markets

Pound will take Brexit beating, warns US bank

Political turmoil could give the pound a fresh battering this autumn as difficult Brexit talks resume and the Conservative party conference …

Brexit

The Rise of the Machines

AMONG THE MANY EMERGING TRENDS IN THE technology sector, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is likely to be one of the most significant over the coming years. AI refers to the ability of machines to perform tasks that would typically be associated with human cognition such as responding to …

Intelligence