The Fed Is Set Up for a Pause. Why the Stock Market Is Set for a Fall.

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Lithium Maker Albemarle Cut Its Earnings Guidance. Why the Stock Is Up.

Disappointing guidance from the lithium miner Albemarle shows just how tough it can be to invest in commodity producers. Investors need to track spot prices, government policy, demand, and supply, not to mention the strategic choices of company management.

J&J to Lift Dividend for 61st Year Plus 6 More Firms Raising Payouts

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Tesla Stock Drops. Earnings Show It’s Just a Car Maker.

Price wars have consequences, even for Tesla, the world’s most valuable car company.  Tesla‘s (ticker: TSLA) first-quarter earnings, reported Wednesday evening, met expectations, but its first-quarter automotive gross profit margins were bad. No matter how investors slice and dice the numbers, results will leave them with questions about EV demand and Tesla’s pricing strategy. Automotive … Read more

Boeing Halts 737 MAX Deliveries. The Stock Tanks.

Text size The fuel-efficient 737 MAX jet is a key aircraft for Boeing. That’s why the stock is dropping on news MAX deliveries have been paused. Juan Mabromata/AFP via Getty Images It isn’t what investors want to hear. Boeing (ticker: BA) has halted deliveries of its 737 MAX jet after the discovery of a parts … Read more

New Car Prices Are Shocking. Used Ones Are Worse. What It Means for Dealer Stocks.

My car seems to be beating the stock market. It’s nothing special—a midsize, mass-market sport-utility vehicle leased in September 2020. On the pandemic supply-chain timeline, that’s after the toilet paper panic and just before the everything-else shortage. And yes: leased. I get a new car every three years to avoid the hassle of repairs and … Read more

Rivian Stock Slips After Deliveries and Production Fall

Text size Rivian stock has been punished by a slower than hoped for production ramp, along with a higher than expected costs. Courtesy Rivian First-quarter deliveries and production for electric-truck start-up Rivian Automotive fell compared with the fourth quarter of 2022. The company maintained full-year sales guidance. The dip was expected, but it still appears … Read more

Altria Lays Out a Transition to Smokeless Products. But It Begins With the Dividend.

Illustration by Elias Stein Text size Altria Group , maker of Marlboros and the largest U.S. cigarette company, has long viewed its dividend as the best way to return capital to investors. The approach is popular with its income-oriented retail base—an estimated 40% of shareholders, more than double the S&P 500 average. Altria has raised … Read more

Bitcoin Slips but Conditions for ‘Crypto to Thrive Remain Intact’

Text size Bitcoin was trading modestly lower Saturday. Dreamstine Bitcoin traded lower Saturday but the world’s largest cryptocurrency remained on pace for a solid month amid wavering confidence in the global banking sector.  Bitcoin has fallen 1.8% over the past 24 hours to $27,616. It has gained almost 20% in March, and more than 66% … Read more

Silicon Valley Bank Shut Down; Stock Delisted; Biggest Bank to Fail Since Financial Crisis

Regulators shut down Silicon Valley Bank to protect depositors following a decline in deposits. The Silicon Valley-based bank is the second-largest FDIC-insured bank by assets to fail and the largest since 2008 when Washington Mutual collapsed, according to Dow Jones Market Data. SVB has $212 billion in assets; Washington Mutual had $307 billion in assets. … Read more