Articles By Hao Li
Just three years into the bull market and in an environment of low interest rates and subdued sentiment, the U.S. stock market's valuation is already too rich, say asset management firm GMO LLC's Ben Inker and other investment experts.
Hopes of government-sponsored bailouts rescued global markets once again this week, sending equities higher worldwide on Friday.
The International Monetary Fund is eyeing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, a bloc of countries commonly known as BRICS, to meet its goal, set by the institution's managing director Christine Lagarde, to raise at least $400 billion of additional funds to safeguard the global financial system against the euro zone sovereign debt crisis.
European economic data released on Friday topped analyst expectations, giving a boost to the region's stock markets.
The Spanish stock market plunged on Thursday, closing just 1.3 percent above its March 2009 low and reigniting fears about the euro zone sovereign debt crisis and the weak U.S. labor market.
Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), the second largest U.S. bank by assets, said its first-quarter earnings fell 68 percent due to a $4.8 billion accounting charge related to debt valuation.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE: FCX), the world's largest publicly-traded copper producer, reported lower first-quarter profits as production and sales fell at its giant Indonesian mine due to sometimes violent labor disputes. But results beat analyst expectations and shares jumped.
Cameron International Corp. (NYSE: CAM), a provider of flow equipment products, systems and services to the energy industry, has reached a deal to acquire Bergen, Norway-based TTS Group ASA's (OSE:TTS) drilling equipment business for $270 million plus additional payments for three years based on their revenues.
While chances of a third round of U.S. money-printing quantitative easing measures, or QE3, have dimmed, the World Gold Council, or WGC, remains positive on the yellow metal's outlook due to its international appeal and value in hedging against inflation and deflation.
Investment guru Jeffrey Gundlach's natural gas outlook for the long term is extremely bullish despite recent depressed prices, even as futures on the fuel breached a 10-year low on Wednesday.