Corporate profits and share prices are at all-time highs, but companies have been tightfisted with their cash, reluctant to hire more workers or invest in new equipment.
Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg each saw stakes in their companies surge by $12 billion last year.
Some investors will be tempted to make bad decisions, while smart investors focus on price.
Despite larger dividends and more stock buybacks, the top 19 saw cash gains of nearly 22% in the last year.
That cohort of naysayers never dies no matter what the market shows us.
The state's portal cost $43 million to develop and hasn't signed up a single person. Officials are blasting the company for what's being called a 'disaster zone.'
Bond yields will begin to rise as the economy improves, destroying bond values and ushering in a nasty bear market.
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The apparel chain takes a hard hit after blaming the weather for its quarterly sales decline. But cold temperatures don't explain the drop in full-year sales as well.
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