Tesla: Musk’s Pay Package Might Not Be the Good News the Market Thinks It Is


Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchShares of Tesla (TSLA) celebrated the news of CEO Elon Musk's new pay package and, more importantly, the fact he'll be staying at the upstart auto maker for the long run. That doesn't mean the stock, which has gained more than 12% this year, hasn't gotten ahead of itself. Jefferies analyst Philippe Houchois and his team write that Musk's … [Read more...]

Morning Movers: Texas Instruments Tanks on Earnings; United Continental Sinks


Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchStocks are set to open higher this morning after the U.S. touted the benefits of a weaker dollar at Davos and manufacturing surveys continued to show global economic strength. S&P 500 futures have risen 0.3%, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures have gained 102 points, or 0.4%. Nasdaq Composite futures have advanced 0.3%. The U.S. … [Read more...]

S&P 500 Sinks as Markets Ponder Whether Falling Dollar Is Good News or Bad


Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchEnthusiasm for a weaker dollar turned to something less for the market today as the S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished in the red.The S&P 500 dipped 0.1%, to 2837.54, while the Nasdaq Composite fell 0.6%, to 7415.06. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 41.31 points, or 0.2%, to 26,252.12. The U.S. Dollar Index fell 1%, to $89.21, its … [Read more...]

Should Preferred Shareholders Trust AmTrust?

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Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchSince the founding family of AmTrust Financial Services (AFSI) offered to take the insurer private on January 9, the company’s previously sinking common stock is up more than 25% and remains comfortably above the $12.25 a share offer. But it’s a different story for AmTrust’s billion dollars in preferred stock.Preferred shareholders seem to … [Read more...]

Enthusiasm for Boston Omaha Shares Seems Misplaced


Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchSome companies have been attracting investors by adding Blockchain and variants to their corporate names. Boston Omaha (BOMN), a small Boston-based investment firm with interests in billboards, surety insurance products, and real estate, seems to have attracted attention through no move of its own. The company’s co-CEO, Alex B. Rozek, is a … [Read more...]

Dow Drops 30 Points…And It’s Netflix’s Fault


Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchThe major market indexes are mixed today and for one good very good reason: Netflix (NFLX): The Nasdaq has it, and the Dow doesn't.The S&P 500 has risen 0.2% to 2837.12 at 12:25 p.m. today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dipped 29.56 points, or 0.1%, to 26,185.04. The Nasdaq Composite has gained 0.6% to 7452.40.The Dow today … [Read more...]

Johnson & Johnson Earnings: When Strong Isn’t Strong Enough


Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchWhen a stock is at all-time highs and sitting on major gains over the past year, it has to be perfect, not just on the surface but underneath as well.Though Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings Tuesday morning and a strong 2018 outlook, there was enough for the market to nitpick. Investors sent … [Read more...]

Draft of Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Conforms to Expectations


Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchDetails of President Trump's plan to revive America's aging infrastructure system have been leaked to news site Axios. And the details conform to an outline in the making for months that Barron's discussed in a November article on the topic.As the Barron's article made clear, the federal government is only putting up a fraction of the funds … [Read more...]

Tesla: Musk’s New Pay Package Sets a $650 Billion Bar


Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchShares of Tesla (TSLA) moved higher on Tuesday after the company announced a new merit-based pay package for CEO Elon Musk.Musk will have to meet both market cap and operational milestones over the next decade for his stock options to vest—such as boosting Tesla's market cap to $650 billion from $59 billion today. If he succeeds, Tesla would … [Read more...]

Morning Movers: Tesla Gains on Musk Pay Package; Procter & Gamble Slumps on Earnings; GoPro Tanks


Source: Blogs Barrons Stocks To WatchThe government shutdown is yesterday's news, and stocks are now in wait and see mode this morning as the market digests earnings from companies like Netflix (NFLX), Procter & Gamble (PG), Verizon (VZ), among others. And even tariffs announced after the close haven't given the market a boost.S&P 500 futures have dipped 0.1% at 8:28 … [Read more...]