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Intel Dodges Wall Street Critics on Tough Earnings Call

(Bloomberg) — Intel Corp.’s biggest critics on Wall Street didn’t get a chance to question executives on its recent earnings conference call, a sign of mounting pressure on the chipmaker and its leadership.Intel stock plunged as much as 12% Friday following a report that detailed a drop in profitable data center chip demand and falling overall profitability. That follows a 16% share slump after its second-quarter results three months ago.The world’s largest chipmaker is at the center of a debate about its future, one that its detractors are winning. They argue that multiyear delays in introducing new manufacturing technology has …read more […]

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The Investment Upside of COVID-19

We’ve all heard ad nauseam about the health crisis and economic crisis that is COVID-19.
This hurt brick-and-mortar retailers, for-profit schools, travel companies and movie theaters, while simultaneously boosting sales and earnings for e-commerce leaders (like Amazon), remote learning companies (like Chegg), teleconferencing firms (like Zoom) and digital entertainment providers (like Netflix).
Virtually every company has increased its transition to digitalization over the last few months. That reduces costs, raises margins and increases profits.
But there is an enormous opportunity in the pandemic, upside that many investors – thanks to relentless downbeat news coverage – still don’t recognize.
We all know the big negatives…
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Latest Sign of Venezuela’s Oil Collapse Is 84% Surge in Stockpiles

(Bloomberg) — Venezuelan crude inventories have surged 84% over the last three weeks as the threat of U.S. sanctions ward away buyers of the nation’s most important commodity. That raises the risk that state-run PDVSA will have to start shutting in production again, and is the latest sign that Venezuela’s oil industry is on the verge of collapse.The port of Jose, the main gateway of the country’s oil exports, has been empty for a week as importers of Venezuelan crude including India’s Reliance Industries Ltd, Spain’s Repsol SA and Italy’s Eni SpA skipped oil purchases this month, according to internal …read more […]

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Volatility Trading Strategies for the Beginning Trader

Volatility trading strategies are, as the name suggests, strategies you can use to profit from volatility trading, which is different from traditional trading.
In conventional investing, when an investor buys a stock, it very much matters which direction the stock price goes. If the price goes up, they will make money, and if it goes down, they will lose money. The opposite is true in short selling. When you short sell a stock, you make money when the price goes down and you lose money when the price goes up.
Volatility trading can be different because when you trade on volatility with …read more […]

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Analysis: Investors' bold bets on Biden win pose market risk

With less than two weeks to go before the U.S. presidential election, investors may be placing too much confidence in a decisive win by Democratic challenger Joe Biden as his lead in opinion polls narrows. Market participants have in recent weeks pulled back from bets that would benefit from election-related volatility while piling into assets that would benefit from a Biden win, including alternative energy shares and cannabis stocks. As Biden’s lead has narrowed in recent days, some market watchers worry that an unexpected victory by President Donald Trump, a Republican, or an uncertain election outcome could force …read more […]