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Apple Might Move a Chunk of iPhone Production Out of China Thanks to Trump's Trade War
Few companies could get hurt by President Trump's ongoing trade war with China as badly as Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), given the Mac maker's sheer size and impact on both of the world's largest economies. If the tweeter in chief's tariffs take effect, Apple's iPhone margins could get crushed by an estimated 4 percentage points -- either that, or the company would have to jack up already-lofty iPhone prices by a 14% just to offset the expense. Of course, Trump would ideally like Apple to move iPhone […]

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5 Ways Facebook Can Profit From Its Cryptocurrency
Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) finally took the wraps off its big cryptocurrency plans this week with the introduction of Libra. Libra is designed as a stablecoin, backed by a reserve of real assets to prevent volatile swings in value that often affect other cryptocurrencies. Facebook's looking to assemble a group of 100 organizations to commit $10 million each to create the billion-dollar reserve. It's at 28 so far, including its new subsidiary Calibra. Calibra will operate separately from Facebook, and […]

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Why Gran Tierra Stock Is Down 16% on Wednesday
What happened Shares of Gran Tierra Energy (NYSEMKT: GTE) are down 16.2% as of 12:41 PM EDT on June 19, following a press release issued by the company before trading hours today. In the release the company gave investors an update on its operations results so far in the second quarter. In short, the update gave investors plenty of reason to be cautious, and based on today's sell-off, it was clearly enough of a reason for a lot of investors to move on. So what Gran Tierra started the update with […]

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Here's Why Green Plains Fell as Much as 12.5% Today
What happened Shares of Green Plains (NASDAQ: GPRE) fell more than 12% today after the company suspended its dividend. The decision will save approximately $20 million per year for the business. While it's not exactly the type of news that shareholders want to hear, especially considering the annual dividend yield was just shy of 4%, management is making the right move for the long-term health of the company. Well, sort of. Management intends to redirect the cash flow toward capital investments […]

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Why Shares of Axalta Coating Systems Are Soaring on Wednesday
What happened Shares of Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA) climbed more than 14% on Wednesday morning after the supplier of liquid and powder coatings said its board is reviewing strategic options. In layman's terms, the company is seeking a buyer. So what Before markets opened on Wednesday, Axalta said that its board had formed a committee to review strategic alternatives, including the potential sale of the company, changes in capital allocation strategies, and changes to its strategic plan. […]

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Better Buy: PepsiCo vs. Verizon
We're over 10 years into the current bull market, and while no one can predict when the next recession will occur, many investors, especially those nearing retirement, might be looking toward relatively "safe" dividend-paying stocks that will hold up in an economic downturn. Two such large low-beta names are Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP). Verizon is the nation's largest consumer mobile communications service provider, and it's often cited as having the best network. […]

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This Chinese Start-Up Is Poaching Facebook and Google’s Leaders
Over the past few years, Chinese app maker ByteDance has become the world's most valuable start-up, with a valuation of $75 billion. That meteoric rise was fueled by the growth of its short video app TikTok, its news aggregator app Jinri Toutiao, and other apps aimed at China's Gen Z users. Chinese tech giants Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent all consider ByteDance a disruptive threat in China. However, ByteDance's flagship app TikTok, which lets users create short lip-syncing videos, is also gaining […]

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GoPro Tries the Subscription Angle
GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO) thinks it's having so much success with its GoPro PLUS subscription product that it makes sense to expand the program. Instead of just being cloud storage, the subscription will include damage replacement and a deep discount on accessories. The move is a shift for GoPro PLUS, changing it from a nice add-on to one of the company's central product offerings. And if you squint hard enough, you may see the company's new product strategy emerging. Image source: GoPro. GoPro PLUS […]

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Is Twilio a Buy?
One of last year's hottest stocks is still lighting it up in 2019. Twilio (NYSE: TWLO) nearly quadrupled in 2018, and it's not done making its shareholders rich. The leading provider of in-app communication solutions is trading 59% higher so far this year, hitting fresh all-time highs last week. Twilio is in the right place -- or, more specifically, the right apps -- at the right time. Twilio arms developers with the tools to make their smartphone apps more efficient, and the proof is in the […]

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Why Shake Shack Should Keep Chick'n Bites
Eventually, every burger chain has to face reality. Americans love their red meat, but options are welcome. A decades-long movement that McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) started when it needed to diversify its menu in the early 1980s keeps on rolling today. Urged to reduce their consumption of high-fat hamburgers, U.S. consumers got the McNugget -- the Golden Arches' "healthier" meat option that's been a winning strategy for other burger chains as well. Fast-forward a few decades, and fried chicken is […]

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