A popular thesis since the 1930s is that a natural progression exists from currency wars to trade wars to shooting wars. Both history and analysis support this thesis.
Currency wars do not exist all the time; they arise under certain conditions and persist until there is either systemic reform or systemic collapse. The conditions that give rise to currency wars are too much debt and too little growth.
In those circumstances, countries try to steal growth from trading partners by cheapening their currencies to promote exports and create export-related jobs.
The problem with currency wars is that they are zero-sum or negative-sum games. It is true that countries can obtain short-term relief by cheapening their currencies, but sooner than later, their trading partners also cheapen their currencies to regain the export advantage.
This process of tit-for-tat devaluations feeds on itself with the pendulum of short-term trade advantage swinging back and forth and no one getting any further ahead.
Top Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Cannae (NYSE: CNNE) and Wendys (NASDAQ:WEN) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.
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In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) , Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) , Dunkin Brands (DNKN) and Wendy’s (WEN) .
Cramer was bearish on Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) and Univar (UNVR) .
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Hsbc Holdings PLC lowered its position in shares of Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) by 91.6% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 27,590 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 299,154 shares during the quarter. Hsbc Holdings PLC’s holdings in Wendys were worth $484,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
Top Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)
- [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]
In this episode of Industry Focus: Consumer Goods, Vincent Shen and senior Motley Fool contributor Adam Levine-Weinberg dive into the latest developments fromMacy’s(NYSE:M), Kohl’s(NYSE:KSS), and Dillard’s(NYSE:DDS), which have all enjoyed bullish rallies of 30% in the past month.
- [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]
Most apparel-focused retailers have had a rough time over the past few years, bearing the brunt of declining U.S. mall traffic. However, No. 2 department store chain Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) and off-price leader TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX) have been able to outperform most of their rivals, partially due to their focus on non-mall store locations.
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
Below are some of investors’ favorite value stocks
Stock Ticker What the company does P/E ratio
General Motors (NYSE: GM) Designs, manufactures and distributes vehicles under the brands Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, and Wuling. 5.7
Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Designs and develops consumer electronics and software. 17.5
Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) One of the world’s biggest global airline. 10.6
Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) Multinational telecoms company. 12.9
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) Department store chain. 12.2
Source: Yahoo! Finance.
- [By JJ Kinahan]
It’s all retail all the time this week, with Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS), Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW), Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), and Tiffany & Co (NYSE: TIF) among the big names scheduled to report. Last week saw mixed signals from retailers, with Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) and Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) both delivering impressive results while J.C. Penney Company Inc. (NYSE: JCP) and Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) received poor reviews from the Street. TGT is arguably the biggest one to watch in the days ahead (see more detail below).
Top Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)
- [By Shane Hupp]
Barings LLC decreased its holdings in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 36.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 26,064 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 14,937 shares during the period. Barings LLC’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $4,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Ardevora Asset Management LLP reduced its stake in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 0.5% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 154,400 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 800 shares during the quarter. Ardevora Asset Management LLP’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $26,407,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
- [By Neha Chamaria]
In terms of dividend growth, only four of the above stocks — 3M, Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola, and Procter & Gamble — feature among the 10 fastest dividend-growth kings. In other words, there are six other stocks from the dividend kings list that have grown their dividends at a faster pace than most stocks in the above table in the past decade, some even at double-digits.
Six top dividend kings by dividend growth
Dividend King 10-Year Dividend CAGR Current Dividend Yield Payout Ratio (TTM)
Lowe’s Companies 18.5% 2% 34.5%
Hormel Foods 16.3% 2.1% 39.2%
Parker-Hannifin Corp(NYSE:PH) 14% 1.7% 35.2%
Nordson Corporation 12.2% 0.9% 13.3%
Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV) 9% 2% 37.4%
American States Water(NYSE:AWR) 7.6% 1.9% 54.8%
TTM: Trailing 12 months. Data sources: YCharts and Yahoo! Finance. Table by author.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Eaton Vance Management lifted its holdings in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 141.6% in the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 514,556 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after acquiring an additional 301,597 shares during the quarter. Eaton Vance Management’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $88,005,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
- [By Shane Hupp]
ClariVest Asset Management LLC reduced its stake in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 3.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 122,268 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 3,773 shares during the period. ClariVest Asset Management LLC owned approximately 0.09% of Parker Hannifin worth $20,913,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Top Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: USG Corporation(USG)
- [By Jordan Wathen]
As USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) drags its feet on an offer to sell the company for $42 per share, Berkshire intends to use its 30.8% ownership stake to motivate its top brass to make a deal. Berkshire told Bloomberg it intends to vote its shares against USG’s board members who are up for re-election at this year’s annual meeting, a clear message that Buffett is ready to cash in, even if USG’s management and board are not.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Warren Buffett likes to hold his stock positions for the long run, and his experience with USG (NYSE:USG) has been typical of his other long-term investments. The Oracle of Omaha started buying shares of the manufacturer of Sheetrock drywall and other building materials back in 2000, accumulating a sizable stake that has ballooned to more than 30% of the company. USG ended up going through bankruptcy in order to get a handle on its asbestos liability claims, but thanks largely to Buffett’s involvement, the building materials company not only survived bankruptcy but also saw share prices soar briefly on hopes that USG would once again fully participate in the then-strong housing boom.
- [By Jason Hall, George Budwell, and Chuck Saletta]
And while it may not always work out well to simply copy the moves other investors make, it can pay off to use their buying and selling moves as jumping-off points in your own research. We asked three real-world investors for their insight, and they wrote about two recent Buffett buys ofApple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) andUSG Corporation(NYSE:USG), and a recent Baker Brothers buy ofHeron Therapeutics Inc(NASDAQ:HRTX).
Top Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)
- [By Daniel B. Kline]
Technology is a wide-ranging term: It has expanded far beyond what would have once been considered the typical tech stocks, including computer companies likeApple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), IBM (NYSE:IBM), and others. It’s not even fair to call any of these three brands computer companies anymore. They operate in a variety of other segments that are all part of the technology market, including but not limited to:
- [By Paul Ausick]
The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Wednesday was International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) which traded up 3.02% at $154.37 in a 52-week range of $139.13 to $176.33. Volume of about 3.6 million shares was about 30% below the daily average. The company had no specific news.
- [By Paul Ausick]
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded down 1.99% at $144.76. The stock’s 52-week range is $139.13 to $171.13. Volume was about 15% higher than the daily average of around 5.2 million. The company had no specific news Friday.
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
The border between financial institutions and fintech startups is similar to the precise nature of how prescription drugs target proteins, IBM (NYSE: IBM) Chief Technology Officer Tom Eck said Tuesday at the 2018 Benzinga Global Fintech Awards: Link