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Deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal's MoneyBeat blog. Enchilada-maker. Amateur cat behaviorist. San Francisco Giants fan.

Podcast: Understanding the Fallout from Oil’s Big Drop — The price of oil has fallen nearly 50% since the summer, and the fallout from that plunge is reverberating through the markets and the economy. But there are plenty of repercussions still to come.

J.P. Morgan Turns Bullish on GoPro — The analysts at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. think GoPro Inc. has done enough downhill skiing. The firm upgraded GoPro shares to "overweight," its equivalent of a buy rating, saying the stock of the wearable video-camera company is looking more attractive after a nearly 30%price drop since a secondary offering in mid November.

Short Sellers Aren’t Done Betting Against Oil Stocks — Short sellers are betting the dramatic drop in energy stocks isn't over. After a slight decline in bets against energy companies in the second half of November, short sellers are piling back in to the sector this week, even as the stocks they're betting against are hitting multi-year lows.

Ranking the Biggest U.S. Banks: A New (Old) Entrant in Top 5 — When it comes to ranking the largest U.S. banks, the top four spots have managed to remain set in stone since the financial crisis. Every quarter, it's always J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., and Wells Fargo & Co. It's one spot further down on the list where the action happens.

Four Reasons for Tesla’s Record-Setting Decline — Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. are falling for the eighth straight trading session, on pace for a new record of consecutive down days for the electric-car company. But don't be so quick to blame falling gas prices for Tesla's decline. Market watchers have come up with at least four other explanations.

Big Buyback May Be on Horizon for Microsoft — A big buyback may be looming at Microsoft Corp. That's the assessment from Nomura Holdings Inc. analyst Rick Sherlund, who says the company has reached a point where it's likely to take a page from Apple Inc.'s playbook and spend some of its cash horde on share repurchases.

Bill Gross Sees No Fairytale Ending to Central Bank Excess — Bill Gross is taking on nursery rhymes and central bankers in his latest investment outlook. The legendary bond investor, who recently jumped to Janus Capital Group Inc. from his longtime home at Pacific Investment Management Co., warned that policymakers have erred over the past several years by trying to fights a debt crisis with massive piles of new debt.

Reinsurance Merger Comes With a Twist: A Special Dividend — A $1.9 billion deal announced Monday between two Bermuda reinsurance companies includes an unusual twist: It's partly funded with a special dividend. Under the terms of the deal, shareholders of Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ltd. are in line to get $76 per share through a combination of cash and stock from the buyer, RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.

Podcast: Do Allergan, Actavis, and Ackman Hint at a Market Top? — Actavis PLC's $66 billion deal to buy Allergan Inc., announced Monday, is the biggest merger in a very busy year for mergers. The agreement appears likely to mark the end of a months-long tug-of-war between Allergan, the maker of Botox, and a team that included activist investor Bill Ackman.

Habit Restaurants doubles in debut — Looks like investors are hungry to scoop up shares of newly-public Habit Restaurants Inc. The burger chain priced its initial public offering at $18 Wednesday night, above expectations, and shares are now soaring in its trading debut. Shares opened at $30 and now are trading around $36.19, up 101%.
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Dec 17, 2014

Tiny closed-end fund's been betting on normalized relations with Cuba for 20 years & is having day of its life today

Dec 17, 2014

Just back from the DMV. It took a considerable time, but I was patient. #FedJokes

Dec 17, 2014

RT @JBaiata: Next up:Fiji Water? RT @erikholmwsj Cuba (the energy drink company) soars 140% on news about Cuba (the country)

Dec 17, 2014

Cuba (the energy drink company) soars 140% on news about Cuba (the country)

Dec 17, 2014

The SEC's rule on CEO pay is 7,196 hours in the far, says @amacker

Dec 16, 2014

This doesn't help my fear of swings MT @nypmetro Man dies when tire swing smacks him in the face in Tompkins Sq

Dec 16, 2014

Lending Club’s successful IPO set the stage for alternative lender OnDeck, says @cdriebusch $ONDK

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