Finance

Home Depot builds investors a buyback dream home

Getty Images Home Depot employee helps a customer as she shops in the paint department at the store in Miami. Home Depot might be the quintessential American stock of this market cycle, exemplifying many of the crucial themes that investors have come to rely on. The home improvement retailer in the past several years has curtailed its ambitions, refused to ... Read More »

Is your dividend plan on track? Answer these 4 questions

Dividend stocks tend to outperform when the stock market is uncertain. It’s been true historically, and it’s been the case again in 2016. There’s safety in stocks that have had strong balance sheets and reward shareholders with regular cash payments. Case in point: The S&P 500 is down 6 percent this year, trailing by a wide margin the S&P Dividend ... Read More »

Najarian: Buy this airline stock on the move

Scott Mlyn | CNBC Passengers at an American Airlines gate at the Dallas/Fort Worth International airport in Dallas. CNBC” Halftime Report” trader Jon Najarian purchased shares ofAmerican Airlines Group on Friday for his model portfolio after spotting unusual options activity. The company, which owns the American Airlines and US Airways brands, operates 6,700 flights a day to 339 destinations in ... Read More »

Cramer game plan: Retail earnings ready to run

Amid the market’s new-found stability and less volatile environment, Jim Cramer could finally focus on his strong suit—bottom-up analysis of stocks. “This less brutal backdrop has allowed us to analyze individual stocks and make judgments the way we used to before the beginning of this miserable year,” the “Mad Money” host said. Cramer attributed the positive backdrop to the Federal ... Read More »

‘Bad Goldilocks’ emerges as market’s worst enemy

Remember “Goldilocks,” that pristine economic condition where growth was strong but not so strong as to induce tighter Fed policy? Well, now meet her evil twin. This is the new state of affairs in the U.S., where growth isn’t strong enough to inspire much confidence but not weak enough to induce easing from the U.S. central bank. It’s an uncomfortable ... Read More »

Stock market swoon stalls luxury home sales

Rampant volatility in the U.S. stock market is showing up in the high-end housing market. But as with all things real estate, the impact depends entirely on location. 2016 started with a severe stock swoon, and that had an outsized impact on homebuyers with a higher net worth. Historically, high-end housing suffers most in a market downturn. “As you go ... Read More »

Apple took home over 90% of mobile profits last year

Apple pocketed more than 90% of the mobile market’s profits in 2015, according to data posted by Michael Walkley, who works as an analyst with market research firm Canaccord Genuity. The iPhone maker’s share of the smartphone market stood at 17.2% last year. Samsung, on the other hand, captured around 24% of the market, but its profit share stood at ... Read More »

‘Bad Goldilocks’ emerges as market’s worst enemy

Remember “Goldilocks,” that pristine economic condition where growth was strong but not so strong as to induce tighter Fed policy? Well, now meet her evil twin. This is the new state of affairs in the U.S., where growth isn’t strong enough to inspire much confidence but not weak enough to induce easing from the U.S. central bank. It’s an uncomfortable ... Read More »

A vexing question for Watson: Why is IBM surging?

Here’s a vexing question for artificial mega-brain Watson: Why is IBM stock surging? Big Blue’s market value rose about $6 billion after the computer giant agreed on Thursday to buy Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 billion. Giving IBM’s artificial-intelligence platform more data to chew on is useful, but investors’ glee over an opaque addition to an enigmatic business effort is ... Read More »

Don’t panic about market volatility: Jack Bogle

Don’t panic and don’t worry about calling a bottom, Jack Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” on Wednesday. Bogle told CNBC in January that investors should stay the course in this volatile market. While he said Wednesday that there are no guarantees in the stock market, he urged investors to not exit the market when it’s ... Read More »