Can Earnings Offset The Fed?

The Fed is expected to raise interest rates .75 basis points later today. (Photo by ANDREW … [+] CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images Key Takeaways Microsoft and Alphabet Miss Less Badly Than Feared FOMC Rate Decision Looms More Big Name Earnings Coming There are two ways…

Winners (McDonald’s) And Losers (Walmart)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 29: Children eat a new Happy Meal at the McDonald’s restaurant in … [+] Collingwood on August 29, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. The new Happy Meal is a low fat alternative to the fast food chain’s traditional Happy Meal. Childhood obesity is a major health issue in Australia and has tripled…

A Potentially Pivotal Week

Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Meta are among the bigger names reporting earnings this week. (Photo by … [+] Chesnot/Getty Images) Getty Images Key Takeaways Big Week For Earnings Fed Decision Coming Wednesday Easing Inflationary Pressure Summers are traditionally accompanied by quiet markets and lighter than normal volumes. Despite some big intraday swings, markets have largely…

What Happens When Brands Lose Their Visions

Bed, Bath & Beyond’s Disaster: What Happens When Brands Lose Their Visions Shutterstock The long, sad saga of Bed Bath & Beyond’s slide from innovative retailer to struggling also-ram is an object lesson about what happens when successful companies lose their visionaries and their visions. Revenue (12-months trailing), which peaked in 2018 at about $12.5…

Consumer Spending Still Strong

Retail sales in June were up 1%. July sales will be helped by strong Amazon Prime Days earlier this … [+] week. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP) (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images Key Takeaways Big Ticket Spending Slowing China Slowing Retail Sales Stay Strong Heading into Friday, it’s…