U.S. companies are poised to post some of their weakest quarterly earnings reports in four years, in part as a stronger dollar erodes the value of toothpaste to tablet computers sold overseas.
It took 51 years for General Motors Co. to go from the largest company on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to being dropped after its bankruptcy last year. The automaker may need at least another year until it returns.
More Standard & Poor’s 500 Index companies are paying dividends than at any time since January 2000 after Apple Inc., Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. and six other corporations initiated payouts this year.
Loews Corp. Chief Executive Officer James Tisch is the dealmaker who won’t make a deal.
Tension between Ukraine and Russia is escalating. The U.S. bull market has gone for on a year longer than average. Federal Reserve policy makers are scaling back its bond buying. Investors don’t care.
Corporate America is putting its record $2 trillion cash pile to work.
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