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Chipotle proves pricing power belongs to the hip
As many companies struggle to boost prices without alienating consumers, they may want to study Mexican-food chain Chipotle, which has managed to do both.
Wall Street elite call for trading fee changes
Key Wall Street executives called for reform to some trading fees that could be causing market distortions and increased use of dark pools.
Last time this happened, stocks sold off hard
Low grade, high-yield corporate bonds—affectionately called “junk bonds”—are on track for their worst month in nearly a year, and junk bonds tend to trade closely with stocks.
Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default
Argentina's government said Monday it will make another effort to reach a deal with US. creditors ahead of a looming deadline that risks sending the country into default.
Ultrawealthy pile into private equity
The rich are increasingly enamored with private equity investing after a decade of strong returns.
The good, the bad and the ugly of narcissistic CEOs
While narcissist CEOs can use their charisma and risk-taking tendencies to lead a company to great financial success and innovation, narcissism among top management is often a double-edge sword. Companies led by narcissistic CEOs reported higher earnings-per-share and share price than companies with non-narcissistic CEOs, according to a study, “CEO narcissism and accounting: a picture of profits,” recently published in the Journal of Management Accounting Research, according to Phys.org, a science and technology news service. “On one hand, there may be something about individuals with narcissistic personality tendencies that helps them excel in executive leadership positions,” wrote Kari Joseph Olsen from the University of Southern California, in a 2011 version of the research paper, which studied narcissistic CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. Here are other behaviors of narcissistic CEOs and how they can affect their companies:
Red Lobster tries acting like a fancier restaurant
Red Lobster wants to be seen as a purveyor of quality seafood, so it's getting rid of some of its promotional discounts and plating dishes higher as is the style at fancy restaurants.
Consumer spending, inventories seen lifting U.S....
Gross domestic product likely grew at a 3.0 percent annual rate, according to a Reuters survey of economists, lifted by an acceleration in both consumer spending and stock accumulation by businesses. I do think we can sustain a 3 percent growth number for the next couple of quarters," said Jim O'Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, New York. Earlier in the second quarter, growth estimates were as high as 4 percent, but they were lowered as consumer spending and business investment rebounded less than expected.
Carlyle nears $5 billion deal for Acosta: source
Carlyle Group LP (CG.O) is in advanced talks to acquire Acosta Sales and Marketing, in a deal that could value the consumer goods marketing agency at close to $5 billion including debt, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday. Carlyle, a Washington, D.C-based buyout firm, is in the final stages of negotiating the deal with Acosta's current private equity owner, Thomas H. Lee Partners LP, and could secure an agreement as early as this week, the person said. Carlyle, Thomas H. Lee and Acosta declined to comment. The buyout talks underscore the unabated willingness of private equity firms to buy companies from one another as record stock market prices make most acquisitions of publicly listed companies expensive.
Ford raises F-150 prices, dealers begin ordering 2015 models
U.S. and Canadian dealers on Monday began ordering 2015 Ford Motor Co F-150 pickup trucks, which are lighter than earlier models, priced higher and include additional standard features, the company said. The launch of the new trucks with aluminum bodies is key for Ford as the F-150 pickups have been the best-selling vehicles in North America for 36 years and are profit centers for the No. 2 U.S. automaker. Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields said last week the rollout of the new trucks was on target for first sales late this year, and he was confident they would launch without quality problems sometimes associated with new vehicles.
Why transportation stocks are a smart play now
Portfolio manager Craig Hodges tells Yahoo Finance why he's bullish on airline stocks.
Samsung stumbles as it tries to move away from Google
Samsung Electronics stumbled again this week, announcing it had indefinitely postponed the rollout of phones running its home-grown Tizen operating system in Russsia.