Standard and Poors

Will Bed Bath & Beyond Be Put to Sleep?

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) has been in an absolute slump over the past year, with shares down 54%, not to mention this past week, down 17%. And ...
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Perhaps Markets and Investors Should Be Cheering S&P Downgrade of China

When investors hear that one of the world's top credit ratings agencies has issued a sovereign downgrade of one of the world's biggest nations, it tends to bring more than ...
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S&P Cuts Qatar Rating Over Dispute With Other Nations

S&P slashed its rating of Gulf nation Qatar due to the nation's dispute with seven others in the region. The cut was from AA to AA-. The rating agency said ...
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Which Is the Best S&P 500 Index Mutual Fund or ETF for Investors Now?

Investors have to be scratching their heads in 2017. After perhaps the most brutal election cycle of modern times, investors keep seeing the U.S. stock market challenge all-time highs almost ...
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How Verizon and AT&T Expectations Differ From 2015 to 2019

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) are often compared by investors as the same sort of companies. They both dominate communications in mobile and terrestrial phones ...
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Goldman Sachs

10 Fresh Concerns About the Stock Market From Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) is often considered to be the most influential brokerage firm on Wall Street. After all, it almost exclusively caters to the wealthy investors and institutions, ...
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New Stock Market Highs Fighting Many More Outside Pressures Than Usual: Time to Panic?

Investors often wonder what to think when the stock market hits new all-time highs. Do they sell or do they chase the market higher? The bull market of the past ...
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Dividend Growth Trends Now Shown to Be Under Pressure for Dow and S&P Stocks

Investors love dividends and stock buybacks. Buybacks can signal a short-term opportunistic action if a share price is low, or they can offset dilution from stock options or acquisitions. Dividends ...
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S&P Downgrades United Kingdom To “AA”

It has been expected since Brexit that the credit rating agencies would chop the "AAA" rating of the United Kingdom. That happened today, and S&P cut its UK rating to ...
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20 Companies Buying Back the Most Stock in 2016

It is no secret that investors love dividends and stock buybacks. In recent years, there has been a larger shift into companies buying back shares of common stock, even while they ...
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Are Buybacks Overly Driving Stocks?

Investors love dividends and buybacks. Now it seems that there is a larger focus on share buybacks than there is on dividends. In fact, Standard & Poor's reported that the ...
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Credit Suisse Identifies Stock Market Valuation Warning Signs

With the stock and bond markets being on hold and looking for direction ahead of this week's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decision on interest rates, it may be a ...
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Arthur J. Gallagher Joins S&P 500

Effective Friday, May 27, insurance brokerage Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG) will replace Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (NYSE: CCE) on the Standard & Poor's 500 index.  Coca Cola Enterprises ...
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Alaska Air Replaces SanDisk in S&P 500 Index

Now that the acquisition of SanDisk by Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) has received all necessary approvals, the deal is expected to close Thursday, May 12. After markets close that ...
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Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Valeant Debt Downgraded at S&P

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) got another dose of bad news Thursday morning. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services dropped the Canadian drugmaker's corporate credit rating from B+ to B ...
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