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Media Mergers: Why You Want to Own the Booze

AT&T’s proposed $85.4 billion deal to buy Time Warner is the latest and largest mega-media merger. It won’t be the last.

Here’s why: AT&T andVerizon make their money giving customers high-speed Internet service at home, pay TV channels and, in some cases, Internet access to

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  • Coal Wins Reprieve

    The beaten down sector produced the best recent gains among MLPs. But there’s a hotter trade out there right now.

  • Dumb Money Alert: Don’t Buy This Energy Stock

    We all know the expression that a fool and his money are soon parted. But as we observe the irrational actions of energy traders lately, it begs the question: How did these fools and their money get together in the first place?Case in point: The irrational exuberance now bidding up the shares of oilfield services giant […]

  • The Old World Bank That Pays a Fat Dividend

    As the steward of the Personal Finance Income portfolio, I’ve been reconsidering what financial companies and banks deserve to be called income investments, especially given the revelations of fraud and scandal at Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank.And the more I look, the more I like firms that have been pursuing more traditional banking businesses: those that […]

  • Canadian Utilities Buy American

    More U.S. utilities are falling into the hands of their northern neighbors. Here’s what’s fueling the trend—and why it’s not going away.

  • The Real Debate

    Tonight’s the final presidential debate.Oh. Boy. Like most Americans, I just want this campaign to end. Can we just fast-forward to Election Day and move on?In fact, the more relevant debate for investors is: what to buy now?U.S. stocks, foreign stocks, bonds? Or maybe increase cash, like the pros are doing?In truth, no broad sector jumps out […]

  • Twitter Burns the Bears

    Short interest in Twitter (betting that the stock would fall) fell precipitously just before its recent decline. Twitter, the social media/messaging app known by its bluebird silhouette, raced up almost 40% to $25 earlier this month on takeover rumors. When the buyers failed to appear, its wings were clipped and it fell hard and swift […]

  • And the Winners Are…

    Coal miners and pipeline plays dominated the energy sector’s Q3 performance rankings.

  • The Market’s Bullish Sign—Plenty of Cash

    Professional investors have more of their portfolios in cash than at any time since 9/11.That’s remarkable—and a hopeful sign for the market in 2017.As we’ve said before, the U.S. stock market is vulnerable to a correction. Valuations are high, interest rates are likely to move higher, and there’s a not-insignificant chance of an external shock […]

  • How to Make a Killing in Energy

    Economically, the energy sector has been in the doldrums for years now.But for investors, it’s been anything but boring.That’s because during the long cyclical downturn, energy prices have been fairly volatile. Check out this price graph for crude oil over the past 20 years.The collapses in 2008 and 2014 stand out, but you also see […]

  • FinTech is Taking a Bite out of Banks

    Bankers have been in the hot seat thanks to a wave of scandals, ushering in the departure of Wells Fargo’s (NYSE: WFC) CEO and driving Deutsche Bank’s (NYSE: DB) share price below even financial crisis levels. On top of that, while revenue and earnings at most of the major banks have been topping analyst expectations, […]

  • The Battle for a High-Demand Gas Market

    TransCanada just fired the first shot.

  • The Last Utilities Standing

    Water utilities are largely insulated from potential disruption.

  • Bear Market for Financials? Not So Fast.

    It’s been a tense time for the stock market, which is richly valued and so vulnerable to any sort of bad news.But today, good news arrived to send us into the weekend feeling a bit more relaxed.(I’m not even going to comment on last night’s National(s) tragedy. There’s always next year.)First, three global banks announced earnings that […]

  • Wall Street Jumps on the Best Buy Bandwagon

    Over the past three months shares of Best Buy (BBY) gained 25% while the S&P 500 Index declined by nearly 2%. The biggest part of that jump occurred on Aug. 23, the day after Best Buy announced better-than-expected quarterly earnings. And over the past three days it has tacked on more than 3% of appreciation […]

  • How the Ethanol Sausage Gets Made

    A new PBS documentary traces ethanol’s effects on public policy and the environment. As a contributor, I can tell you the picture often isn’t pretty.

  • The (Investing) Times They Are a Changin’

    Big day in my household.First: Game Five tonight in the National League Division Series … Go Nats!Second: Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Go Bob! (I’m a big fan.)The thing is, Dylan doesn’t care much about awards. In that sense, he reminds me of Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch and other great investors whose […]

  • Making Money on Mergers, and on Collisions

    I shouldn’t have been surprised when I read the news yesterday that Toys R Us was selling FAO Schwarz. Toys R Us bought FAO in 2009 as part of a strategy to take market share during the economic downturn and to raise its profile. Founded in 1862, FAO Schwarz was the oldest toy store in […]

  • Don’t Miss This Chance

    Baseball, football, politics – I understand there are some serious distractions this week.On the financial front, just this afternoon the Fed released minutes of the September Federal Open Market Committee meeting at which three members dissented from the decision not to raise rates. The minutes revealed that “several members” supported a rate hike “relatively soon,” […]

  • Gas of a Ride Due for a Rest Stop

    Natural gas prices have more than doubled from the springtime lows and will need a cold winter to keep running.

  • Will Alcoa’s Loss Be Our Gain?

    Alcoa, the aluminum giant, kicked off the third-quarter earnings season this morning by laying an egg: revenue and earnings were lower than expected.A bellwether company for the industrial sector, Alcoa (NYSE: AA) was down about 10% in early afternoon after posting earnings of 32 cents per share, vs. analysts’ consensus estimate of 35 cents per […]