Compulsive used-book buyer. Trying to communicate w/ animal spirits in US markets & the opinionators who watch them (analysts, etc.)

Citigroup fined $15 million over equity research — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority fined Citigroup $15 million for failing to prevent its equity-research staff from breaches including the sharing of ideas at meetings in conflict with the firm's published research.

Goldman Sachs Says Next Year Will be ‘Tough’ for Stock-Pickers — Goldman Sachs has unveiled its outlook for the U.S. stock market in 2015. Sorry, stock pickers: The view ain't pretty. The bank's analysts have been peering into the new year this week, releasing its economic prognostications and top trade predictions. Now, David Kostin, Goldman's top U.S.

EU Proposal Could Have ‘Seismic Impact’ on Research, Analysts Say — European regulators are weighing new rules that would overhaul the way investors pay for stock research. That change could lead to a serious shake-up, says Greenwich Associates. Europe's main securities regulator has proposed a rule that would prohibit European fund managers from paying for many types of research with trading commissions, in a push for transparency.

Alibaba’s Underwriters Are Bullish on the Stock — Analysts at the investment banks that helped Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. sell shares in its initial public offering are out with their first recommendations on the stock, and for the most part, they say "buy." Five of the six main underwriters listed for the IPO-which raised $25 billion, making it the biggest ever-initiated coverage of the Chinese e-commerce firm's stock with ratings equivalent to "buy."

Alibaba Finds More Friends on Wall Street — The Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. cheering section just got some hefty new additions. But one bank that had a big role in its initial public offering is more subdued. Analysts for the banks that led the Chinese e-commerce company's IPO are out with mostly bullish views on the stock today.

International Slowdown Drags Less on 3Q Than Forecast, Says BofA — With nearly half of the companies in the S&P 500 having reported third-quarter earnings, it looks like some worries about international exposure have been unfounded - for now. Going into earnings season, strategists and investors worried that slowing economic growth in Europe and China could take a bite out of sales for U.S.

Wall Street jumps on solid earnings — Before the cookie settings change will take effect, Safari must restart. To restart Safari press and hold the Home button (for around five seconds) until the iPhone/iPad display goes blank and the home screen appears.

Bernstein Analyst Was First on Amgen Split-But Missed Its 20% Rally — A letter from activist hedge fund Third Point LLC proposing an Amgen Inc. split-up included an unusual hat-tip: It said a Wall Street analyst was first to suggest the move. But investors who followed the analyst's recommendation to the letter missed out on a rally.

Morning MoneyBeat: Mom and Pop Not Abandoning Stocks Just Yet — Morning MoneyBeat is the Journal's pre-market primer packed with market updates, insights and must-read news links. Send us tips, suggestions and complaints: Click here to receive this morning newsletter via email MARKET SNAP: At 6:05 a.m. ET, S&P 500 futures up 1.2%. 10-Year Treasury yield lower at 2.19%.

Bargain Hunters Pounce on Investor Panic — Buying the dip is alive and well on Wall Street, as investors scour global markets for cheap stocks from the energy and technology sectors to raw materials. Few portfolio managers and traders claim to know whether the October swoon that has shaved more than 5% off the Dow Jones Industrial Average has run its course.
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Nov 25, 2014

RT @matt_levine: Congrats to Deutsche Bank on the launch of its new Journal of Corporate Jargon!…

Nov 25, 2014

Ah, this explains it. "No-fly zone" mainly meant to keep out media helicopters, reports @AP (ht @limlouisa)…

Nov 25, 2014

So just heard FAA halted some flights into St. Louis bc of gunfire. Was bizarre to hear the BBC call it a no-fly zone tho-kind of a stretch.

Nov 20, 2014

Never? But we can add "dispersions" to the active-mngr misery mix RT @j_s_schroeder @WSJMoneyBeat When is it not tough for stock pickers?

Nov 20, 2014

RT @WSJMoneyBeat: Goldman Sachs says next year will be "tough" for stock-pickers via @alexandrascaggs

Nov 19, 2014

Pretty chart on the divergence in global policy - leads to "great opportunity," says @TRowePrice #TRPoutlook

Nov 19, 2014

US stocks "moderately overvalued," says @TRowePrice - tho not compared to bonds, as 32% of S&P 500 yields > 10-year

Nov 18, 2014

"Atlantic City - a perfect anagram for Adnan Syed." MT @FastCoCreate There's already a @Serial parody: ht @annahyclak

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