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Market Bites

Market Bites

LOOKING TO DEAL As we go to press, Qualcomm has just rejected a bid by Broadcom (NASDAQ: AVGO) (Growth Portfolio), which sought to buy the chipmaker for $130 billion. This would have been the biggest deal in the technology arena ever. Qualcomm, however, deemed the offer too low – suggesting it might be open to […]

Master Key

It is ever tougher to analyze the oil market, given divergent and changing forecasts for supply and demand. The IEA, for example, recently projected demand next year would rise by around 1.3 million barrels a day, less than it had previously expected. Meanwhile, OPEC raised its forecast of demand growth to 1.5 million barrels a […]

Master Key

If an oil glut exists, it’s hard to find. The International Energy Association (IEA) continues to report that demand in 2017 will exceed supply by a healthy margin, bringing worldwide inventories closer to five-year averages. The agency expects the surplus to the five-year average will remain about where it is through 2018. Unfortunately, the IEA […]

Market Bites

REALITY CHECK If ordinary reality today has you flummoxed, you can always try escaping into virtual reality, augmented reality, or so-called mixed reality – realms that big tech companies hope will power real world profits. In brief, virtual reality creates an entire world that shuts out the real physical world. Augmented reality superimposes elements of […]

Market Bites

REWARDS VS. PRIVACY Recently Verizon (NYSE: VZ) (Income/Value Portfolio) launched a rewards program called Verizon Up. It provides incentives to customers who sign up for the company’s Verizon Select, a program that that makes use of a customer’s personal data to offer individualized customer rewards. The data that is collected will be shared with Oath, […]

Master Key

You may be forgiven if you think Hurricane Harvey has been the most important story for the oil world in the past month. But while Harvey’s overall devastation was appalling, when it comes to the impact on oil markets its effects are likely to largely cancel each other out. Meanwhile, other news on the oil […]

Roadblocks for Tesla

If the name Elon Musk doesn’t ring a bell, you’ve obviously been avoiding the financial news sections. Musk, of course, is head of Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA), maker of electric vehicles, and an outsized figure not averse to braggadocio. We have our fingers crossed that he can succeed in his ambitious plans for his company, and […]

Master Key

The oil market, with a nod to Yul Brynner in “The King and I”, is a puzzlement, at least to us. Most other analysts apparently have given up on the idea of seeing a strong oil market in the foreseeable future. But much as we’d like to, we simply can’t buy into that argument. Even […]

Berkshire’s Oncor Bid

Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK/B) (Growth Portfolio), bid this month to purchase Oncor Electric Delivery Co. in a deal valued at approximately $18.1 billion, including $9 billion in cash and the assumption of debt. If approved, the deal could save Oncor’s parent company, Energy Future Holdings, which declared bankruptcy in […]

Market Bites

As we were preparing this issue, news flashed that Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) (Growth Portfolio) was buying organic grocer Whole Foods (NYSE: WFM), which owns more than 400 grocery stores across the U.S., in a $13.7 billion deal that is the largest ever for Amazon.

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