Stocks Not Performing In ‘The Real World,’ What’s Up With The Emergence Of All Of These Bearish Investors? Alibaba Gets Sued, And Other Stories (5/18/15)

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Nobel recipient’s James Tobin’s math concludes that the S&P 500 is not performing in real terms; that is, “prices have outrun reality.”

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Apple is snapping up GPS companies. I guess they really want to forget their Apple Maps debacle when they left Google’s warm embrace.

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A lot of investors believe there’s a bond bubble and Fidelity tries to explain if there is or there isn’t one. (Their answer is yes and no.)

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Hey guys, Europe is finally doing better (in terms of economy)! The Economist calls it a “robust recovery” and Europe is well on its way. But will they be able to keep this up?

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A company is buying another company out. Looks like acquisitions are mergers are really easy to do thanks to low rates. Endo International PLC is purchasing Par Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc. from private-equity firm TPG for about $8 billion in cash and stock.

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Wall Street is betting that the Fed is going to hike interest rates in September, which has been the general consensus since early May. Think of the children!

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Will we ever hear the end of Greece? I don’t think so. They need money by the end of May to avoid a default, and they really need the cash.

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Will the stock market correct itself? This gentleman thinks so, but not in the sharp, wealth-destroying way some people have predicted it to be.

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Investors need to remember interest rates. It will ruin them otherwise!

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Alibaba is getting sued for selling counterfeits on its marketplace. Western brands have had enough of this (and Alibaba’s slow cleanup process).

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According to this Bloomberg article, the Fed would have to increase rates anywhere from four to five times to really affect the asset market bubble. Stocks will keep on climbing, y’all!

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GOLD, GOLD, GOLD! Gold hits a new three-month high and goldbugs are dancing in their wheelchairs.

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Well, what’s this? Apple gets a mixed ruling in its patent-infringement case against Samsung.

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DING, DING, DING! The market is now open. Stocks open a little lower thanks to Greece.

Bloomberg.com
Bloomberg.com

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The real winners in Venezuela’s soaring inflation are credit card companies. I’m looking at you, Mastercard. As inflation hits a new high, consumers are using credit to purchase goods, because it would mean walking around with a bale-sized wallet to carry the cash required for merchandise.

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Goldman Sachs predicts oil to be around $55 in…2020. Remember when they predicted oil would hit $200? And according to speculators, oil is at its “make it or break it point.” If it loses steam, we will see oil prices go tumbling down. If it finds support, we might see it go up up past $60. That would ease a lot of traders’ minds.

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Homeowners’ confidence dropped in May for some reason and people are freaking out about it. (Okay, fine, it means slower sales and cautious buyers, which means the real estate market will rebound at a much slower pace.)

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The data is in and…40% of Millennials still get financial help from their parents.

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Carl Icahn wrote a letter to Tim Cook. It was basically a love letter about how Apple stocks are worth $240 per share.

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Okay, the latest on oil is that hedge funds have lost confidence in it.

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Are you a little surprised? Stocks have risen to their highest after Carl Icahn stoked the Apple fire.

Bloomberg.com
Bloomberg.com
Last updated: 4:07 PM TC mark

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