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These articles were published on Minyanville.com on 01st May in History. Checkout how time flies, enjoy reading!

Low Rates Will Create Bad Habits in Germany, Eventually

on May 01, 2012 10:00 am by Howard L. Simons

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL We economists are funny people, practicing the Dismal Science and all that. I have stood aside while others have cracked their knuckles and tut-tutted over rising bond yields in countries such as Spain and Italy and have quoted these countries' bond spreads to Germany. Well, as Frank Sinatra sang, "That's life, and as funny as it may seem, some people g... Read More


Volatility Ahead for Gold Prices

on May 01, 2012 10:55 am by Helen Burnett-Nichols

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL While the gold price moved higher in the first quarter, gold equities had a tougher start to the year. Tom Winmill, portfolio manager of the Midas Fund (MIDSX) says gold mining equity valuations haven't been this attractive in years and points out the most intriguing name in his portfolio. Q: Gold's momentum seemed to stall midway through Q1, near the end... Read More


What to Look for as Media Earnings Kick Into High Gear This Week

on May 01, 2012 4:45 pm by Steve Birenberg

Media companies usually report toward the tail end of each quarterly earnings season. This week about 25% of the S&P 500 (^GSPC) report earnings, and by week's end, most of the S&P 500 will have reported. For media companies, CBS (CBS) and Regal Entertainment (RGC) kick off the week after the close on Tuesday. Wednesday morning brings Comcast (CMCSA), HSN Inc. (HSNI), and... Read More


What Microsoft Gets From the Barnes & Noble Deal

on May 01, 2012 8:55 am by Carol Kopp

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Microsoft (MSFT) gave Barnes & Noble (BKS) $300 million on Monday. Actually, if you count all the revenue guarantees, and some cash for development of its international content, it will give the bookseller $600 million over the next few years, according to the Wall Street Journal. As if the deal needed sweetening, Microsoft dropped a pesky patent suit against Barnes &... Read More


Pre-Market Primer: Murdoch 'Not Fit' to Lead News Corp.

on May 01, 2012 9:20 am by Vincent Trivett

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Equities futures are hardly changed today ahead of economic reports on construction spending and manufacturing. Economists expect the Institute for Supply and Management factory index to show that factory output in the US slowed to 53 from 53.4. Construction spending is forecast to have risen 0.5% in March, from a 1.1% decline in February. Both reports will be announced at... Read More


Satyajit Das on the European Debt Crisis

on May 01, 2012 2:30 pm by Satyajit Das

Recent hopes have relied on the ostensible success of the European Central Bank's (ECB) LTRO -- Long Term Refinancing Operation, more appropriately termed the Lourdes Treatment and Resuscitation Option. In December 2011 and February 2012, the ECB offered unlimited financing to European banks at 1% for three years, replacing a previous 13-month program. Banks withdrew over euro 1 trillion... Read More


Best of the Blogs: Will the Facebook IPO Be Approved This Week?

on May 01, 2012 11:15 am by Kathleen Culliton

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary from around the Web each day. Use our comments section to post your own suggestions for blog content that you've read or written. All Things D Link: Facebook IPO Docs Could Get Approval This Week, Followed by Road Show With Zuckerberg (No Guarantee on Tie)... Read More


5 Stocks To Watch After the Race

on May 01, 2012 12:25 pm by Bristol Voss

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home... -- Stephen C. Foster The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby will start, as always, with the crowd singing "My Old Kentucky Home" and many in the TV audience will join in on the sentimental song courtesy of printed lyrics on the screen. Of course, Kentucky is much more than corn, possums, sugar... Read More


Fixed Income Allocation: 7 Places to Put Your Cash Today

on May 01, 2012 2:35 pm by Peter Tchir

Timing in fixed income markets can be as important as it is in equities. With so many more liquid opportunities in fixed income now compared to the past, this is a meaningful risk management tool. This "active" component will also include ideas in equity and commodity markets as appropriate, but largely driven by activity and signals from the fixed income markets. My fir... Read More


Best of the Blogs, Energy: Why Is Delta Buying ConocoPhillips, Really?

on May 01, 2012 2:35 pm by Kathleen Culliton

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on energy from around the Web every Tuesday. Seeking Alpha Link: Delta Refinery Deal All About Southwest "Delta Airlines' (DAL) agreement to buy a ConocoPhillips (COP) refinery in Pennsylvania is all about Southwest Air&n... Read More


Today in Tech: The Dramatic BlackBerry Reinvention

on May 01, 2012 2:25 pm by Vincent Trivett

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Research in Motion (RIMM) is making a last-ditch effort to make a long-awaited turnaround. RIM's brand-new CEO Thorsten Heins took the spotlight for the first time at BlackBerry World Conference in Orlando today where he unveiled the prototype of the BlackBerry 10. The new phone, which, not surprisingly, looks a heck of a lot like an iPhone, isn't quite ready for t... Read More


Three Steps for ETF Investors to Take in the Face of Low Interest Rates

on May 01, 2012 3:25 pm by Wayne Ferbert

I found an article today on Barron's that I thought best captured the investor sentiment for interest rates and investing in fixed income. In the Income Investing blog on Barron's, the post had the following quote: Rates are ridiculously low, but they could still go lower, but in the long term they're likely to go up. The key question is when any of t... Read More


10 CEOs Whose Names You Don't Know...But Should

on May 01, 2014 2:45 pm by Jelisa Castrodale

There are the CEOs you know -- the ones whose faces show up on book jackets, on the covers of business magazines, or every time you click past a cable news network. Then there are these 10, who might be less recognizable than the logos on their business cards. They're no less important (one person here made Time's "Most Influential People in the World" list), but they're still the ones who could g... Read More


This Weekend's Kentucky Derby: How to Find a Dark Horse, and Why Anyone Would

on May 01, 2014 8:27 am by Aaron Brown

As I have discussed the last two years (see: Dark Horses, Long Shots, and Kentucky Derby Betting and The 2013 Kentucky Derby Dark Horse), much of the fun of the Kentucky Derby requires you to pick a horse, for fun or profit. In my opinion, the most fun and the most profit come from selecting a Dark Horse -- a horse about which relatively little is known. The idea is that most of the horses i... Read More


Two Ways to Play: The Social Media Bear Market

on May 01, 2014 11:07 am by Minyanville Staff

Social media stocks have been a roller coaster. From 2012 to the peak on March 6, 2014, the Global X Social Media Index ETF (NASDAQ:SOCL) rose 71% as stocks such as Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Yelp (NYSE:YELP) were all the rage. But then there was a disturbance in the momentum force. The comparatively boring utility and energy sectors took the lead, while SOCL dropped 28%... Read More


Trouble for the US Equity Market? Recent Weakness in Nikkei Index Points to 'Yes'

on May 01, 2014 2:50 pm by Andrew Sachais

Although Japan has undergone unprecedented stimulus measures over the past year, events across the globe have led investors to park funds in the safe-haven yen. Pro-Russian protesters overtook a government office in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Thursday. The group threw stones and smashed windows, accusing the office of working for the Western-backed government in Kiev. The uprising is just on... Read More
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