Alternative Investments

Why the S&P 500’s ‘bounce within a bear market’ could fizzle before it hits 4,200

Add another voice to the growing chorus of naysayers about the staying power of the recent rally in U.S. equities. The stock market’s rally since the Federal Reserve’s last jumbo rate hike in late July looks increasingly out of sync with macro fundamentals, particularly the roaring U.S. labor market, economists at Mizuho Securities warned on …

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Buy PayPal Stock. The Battered Payments Company Is Starting to Perk Up.

Anyone who bought PayPal Holdings stock last summer may be ruing the day. Despite popping a bit this past week, the shares, at $97, are still off 68% from their highs around $308. Memories of the stock’s skid in February, when it fell 35% over two days, may still be uncomfortably fresh in investors’ minds. …

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New Buyback Tax Will Force Companies to Think Twice on How to Use Cash

In the scrap over how to fund President Joe Biden’s spending plans, the Democrats’ focus has shifted from taxing private funds to public at the last minute. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) backs dropping a proposed tax increase on carried interest income and adding a 1% tax on stock buybacks to the legislation. It means …

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PayPal earnings packed in much more than just numbers

After seeing its shares lose roughly two-thirds of their value in the past year, PayPal Holdings Inc. delivered a packed earnings report Tuesday, announcing a new chief financial officer, buyback authorization and cost-savings program, while also confirming that activists at Elliott Management Corp. have taken a stake in the company. Additionally, the company topped expectations …

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