Amazon.com, Inc.'s CFO Gives a Crash Course on Spending Huge Sums of Money

Amazon.com, Inc.'s CFO Gives a Crash Course on Spending Huge Sums of Money

Amazon.com‘s (NASDAQ:AMZN) third quarter didn’t quite live up to expectations, with earnings per share coming in at about 33% below analysts’ average forecast. No-joke spending — something Amazon investors are intimately familiar with — was to blame. Despite shareholder familiarity with Amazon’s heavyweight spending habits, Wall Street didn’t welcome the sudden pullback in profit with → Read More

Two Things Investors Might Have Missed in the Markets This Week

Two Things Investors Might Have Missed in the Markets This Week

If you were hoping for some economic optimism, this week offered a good dose of data. For instance, the number of people who applied for unemployment last week plunged to a 43-week low, according to MarketWatch, which reflects a stronger labor market as we head into 2017. Another bright spot was found in construction; more → Read More

Qualcomm Stock History: How a Mobile Chip Giant is Born

Qualcomm Stock History: How a Mobile Chip Giant is Born

Few semiconductor stocks have a history of performance as impressive as Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). The chip giant played a central role in developing the wireless technologies and standards that underpin much of our mobile communications today, helping to create two incredibly profitable and complementary businesses at Qualcomm. As you can see below, this, in turn, drove → Read More

3 Top Texas Tax Breaks You Don't Want to Miss

3 Top Texas Tax Breaks You Don't Want to Miss

The phrase “Texas tax breaks” may sound silly to residents of the state. After all, Texas doesn’t have a state income tax, so how can Texas residents get tax breaks? However, keep in mind that Texas residents also pay sales tax, and there are three big tax breaks related to Texas’ sales tax. Texas’ sales → Read More

3 Top Florida Tax Breaks You Don't Want to Miss

3 Top Florida Tax Breaks You Don't Want to Miss

The phrase “Florida tax breaks” may sound silly to any resident of the state. After all, Florida doesn’t have a state income tax, so how can Florida residents get tax breaks? Keep in mind that Florida residents also pay 6% state sales tax, with possibly higher local sales tax, and there are three big tax → Read More

2 Scorching Hot Cheap Stocks — Are They Buys?

2 Scorching Hot Cheap Stocks — Are They Buys?

When investors think about “hot” stocks, they likely think of ones that have posted big gains recently. When they think about “cheap” stocks, they often look at beaten-down ones with low P/E ratios. But if we look carefully enough, we can still find “hot” stocks that have posted huge gains over the past year but → Read More

Volkswagen Will Cut 30,000 Jobs: Is That Enough?

Volkswagen Will Cut 30,000 Jobs: Is That Enough?

German auto giant Volkswagen AG (NASDAQOTH:VLKAY), facing massive expenses related to a diesel-emissions cheating scandal, announced on Friday that it has reached an agreement with workers to cut 30,000 jobs around the world as part of a wide-ranging restructuring of its mass-market VW brand.  But is it enough? Is VW’s plan credible?  What VW said: → Read More

2017 Tax Brackets

2017 Tax Brackets

When it comes to taxes, it often pays to think ahead. There are, after all, actions you can take throughout the year that can shrink your tax bill come April — such as selling losing stocks to offset taxable capital gains. It can help to cast an eye on upcoming income tax brackets, too, so → Read More

Macau May Be a Bigger Problem for Wynn Resorts Than It Thought

Macau May Be a Bigger Problem for Wynn Resorts Than It Thought

Pity poor Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN), which, despite getting the rebound going in Macau with the opening of its new Palace resort on Cotai in August, hasn’t reaped any of the benefits. It reported third-quarter earnings earlier this month indicating that even though the new casino sprinted out of the gate, it was going to be → Read More

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