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MarketWatchJul 04, 2020
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Yahoo BusinessJul 04, 2020
Notable Insider Buys: Novartis, T-Mobile And More
* Insider buying can be an encouraging signal for potential investors. * The executive chair of a petroleum production company returned to the buy window last week. * A former director and a former 10% owner also made notable purchases.Conventional wisdom says that insiders and 10% owners really only buy shares of a company for one reason -- they believe the stock price will rise and they want to profit. So insider buying can be an encouraging signal for potential investors, particularly during periods of uncertainty.Insiders continued to add shares despite overall market volatility and economic uncertainty. Here are some of the most noteworthy insider purchases reported in the past week.Continental Resources Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLR) saw its founder and executive chair Harold Hamm return and purchase more than 3.13 million additional shares. At per-share prices between $15.18 and $17.92, that totaled more than $52.37 million. His stake is up to 9.61 million shares. The total float is about 74.5 million shares.Analysts at UBS raised their price target last week.Continental Resources stock rose more than 21% last week and was last seen at $18.30 a share. That is above Hamm's most recent purchase price range. The share price is up over 23% since the year-to-date low back in early March.T-Mobile Softbank Executive Chair Ron Fisher, a recently resigned T-Mobile Us Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS) director, also stepped up to the buy window last week. He indirectly picked up 350,000 shares of this wireless services provider for $103 each. That

Yahoo BusinessJul 03, 2020
Europe Stocks Decline With U.S. Futures; Oil Slips: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. futures and European stocks dropped on Friday as investors mulled a reported conflict among policy makers over a stimulus package for the single-currency region, as well as political upheaval in France.The Stoxx 600 Index fell after Bloomberg News reported the European Central Bank is facing a potential rift over how much their emergency bond-purchase program should stay weighted toward weaker countries such as Italy. The euro fluctuated following French President Emmanuel Macron's decision to name a new prime minister after asking his government to resign. Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc slumped after the British jet-engine maker said it's exploring options to raise funds to strengthen its balance sheet.The dollar was slightly down, posting its first weekly drop in a month, while American cash equity and bond markets were shut for Independence Day. President Donald Trump will attend an early July 4 celebration at Mount Rushmore with thousands of guests who won't be required to wear masks, while his U.K. counterpart Boris Johnson urged Britons to act responsibly as pubs prepare to re-open and the government lifts quarantine rules on travel for 60 countries.The friction at the ECB highlights the risk to markets should promised stimulus measures fall short. Investors continue to weigh policy support and upbeat economic data against relentless new outbreaks of the virus. U.S. payrolls figures Thursday fueled optimism of a V-shaped recovery in the world's biggest economy, even as Florida report

Yahoo BusinessJul 03, 2020
Alibaba Isn't Just a Play on Social and Political Stability
When the novel coronavirus first rippled across China, I had extremely pessimistic thoughts about Alibaba (NYSE:BABA). Given our globalized societies, it was only a matter of time before the outbreak would spread across the world. Of course, this would place a very negative light on China, which would then impact its flagship Alibaba stock.Source: Nopparat Khokthong / Shutterstock.com Sure enough, China did come under pressure. Not surprisingly, President Trump has been the most vocal against the world's second-biggest economy, criticizing it at every opportunity. At his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump mockingly called the virus "kung flu," drawing intense uproar from minority rights advocates. As well, the President has consistently referred to the coronavirus as the "Chinese virus."To be fair, he's not the only one with harsh words. For instance, Japan's deputy prime minister and finance minister, Taro Aso, stated that some people have begun to refer to the World Health Organization as the Chinese Health Organization. With the international community doubling down on their anti-China sentiments, the situation didn't look great for Alibaba stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsHowever, as time went on, China's relative strength began to show. Now, what once was a disaster waiting to happen looks like the best block in the worst neighborhood.Primarily, China has none of the political or social challenges that currently plague the U.S. For example, we all know who will be in

MarketWatch MarketPulseJul 02, 2020
Dow futures surge 400 points after jobs report for June shows 4.8 million jobs added, unemployment falls to 11.1%
U.S. stock-index futures added to gains on Thursday after a closely followed report on the health of the labor market showed that the U.S. added 4.76 million jobs in June and the unemployment fell to 11.1% from 13.3% in May, suggesting that the employment picture is improving after a stunning collapse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Economists polled by MarketWatch had predicted 3.7 million jobs were created or restored in June, with some estimates ranging as high as 8 million. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 438 points, or 1.7%, at 26,013 those for the S&P 500 index added 40.65 points, or 1.3% at 3,144, while Nasdaq-100 futures were 106.25 points, or 1%, higher at 10,375. Meanwhile, a separate report showed that Americans filed for 1.43 million new unemployment claims in the latest week.

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