These will reward patient investors in the long term.
US markets are set to start the session unchanged as investors digest some key earnings results and await consumer sentiment data.
Indication that Europe is improving could not offset the negative sentiment ahead of more earnings and economic data.
None of these supposedly dire recent worries have amounted to anything in this market, and those who took advantage of them and invested made a nice profit.
And here's the easiest way to play that growth.
Better-than-expected US economic data continues to fuel the stock market, even as mixed messages from the Fed dials it back.
Can't companies see the positive transformation these deals bring? What are these putative buyers scared of?
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
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