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Bitcoin Bounces Back Above $6500 After BlackRock Creates Crypto Team

Following new last week that billionaire investor Steven Cohen was said to have put money into a hedge fund focusing on crypto, Bitcoin et al. are extending gains today following headlines that BlackRock has formed a team to look into ways to take advantage of the cryptocurrency market and blockchain. In the last... Read More

AMD jumps after analyst sees product transition to expand margins

Shares of chip maker AMD (AMD) are trading higher on Monday after an analyst said he believes shipments for the chip maker's CPU line may have tracked ahead of the company's guidance. SURPRISE UPSIDE: Stifel analyst Kevin Cassidy said in a note to investors that he believes AMD's Zen-based PC CPU line up "tracked in-line to slightly better than management's guidance." EPYC SERVER CPU: According to Cassidy's note, the unexpected upside may be seen coming from AMD's...

Tribune, Sinclair Tumble After FCC Chair Rejects Merger

US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday that he has "serious concerns" about the merger between the Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media. In a statement, Pai said that he has proposed sending the $3.9 billion deal before an administrative law judge, a process that could kill the merger's chances of being approved. "The evidence we’ve received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC...

Box Office Battle: 'Hotel Transylvania 3' to battle 'Skyscraper' for top spot

Opening this weekend are Sony's (SNE) "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Skyscraper. "Hotel Transylvania 3," the third film in the animated series starring the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, is expected to take this weekend's top spot, opening in the $40M-48M range at over 4,200 theaters. The film already earned $2.6M in Thursday night previews. Action film "Skyscraper," starring Dwayne Johnson, is expected to open at ...

5 Stocks To Watch As Oil Prices Rise

This year might come down as a significant landmark in many aspects – in the world of energy it will be THE year when U.S. oil production skyrocketed to heights previously unknown. By the end of 2018 the United States is expected to overtake Russia as the leading crude producer in the world, only to further stretch its lead in the years afterwards. U.S. producers have wisely opted for free-riding on the OPEC+ supply cut which led us to crude price ...

Planet Fitness climbs after lawmakers pass tax break for gym memberships

Shares of Planet Fitness (PLNT) are higher on Thursday after U.S lawmakers passed tax breaks for gym memberships. Shares are also benefiting from an analyst note out yesterday. Planet Fitness franchises and operates fitness centers under the Planet Fitness name. It operates in three segments: Franchise, Corporate-Owned Stores, and Equipment. TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR HEALTH: A special panel of the House of Representatives advanced a bipartisan bill on Thursday that would allow taxpayers to...

Key Measures Show Inflation increased YoY in June

The Cleveland Fed released the median CPI and the trimmed-mean CPI this morning: According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the median Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% (2.8% annualized rate) in June. The 16% trimmed-mean Consumer Price Index also rose 0.2% (2.7% annualized rate) during the month. The median CPI and 16% trimmed-mean CPI are measures of core inflation calculated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland based on data released...

WTI Jumps After Biggest Crude Draw Since 2016

WTI was trading lower overnight after the bounce on API's big crude draw was eviscerated by escalating trade wars. However, when DOE reported a massive 12.63mm crude draw - the most since Sept 2016 - WTI prices spiked (after kneejerking lower first). Bloomberg's Michael Jeffers notes that American oil stocks are now at the lowest level since February of 2015, flying in the face of bumper production. The refineries are in overdrive for this time of year...

MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest Weekly Survey, Refinance Activity Lowest since 2000

Mortgage applications increased 2.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 6, 2018. This week’s results included an adjustment for the Fourth of July holiday. The Refinance Index decreased 4 percent from the previous week to its lowest level since December 2000...

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