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Top 100 Stories to Know for 27 May 2017 - United States

Buffett's Berkshire Could PostBerkshire Hathaway will excel, Buffett or no Buffett. Might there be a dividend in the offing?
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5 Retailers That Can SurviveDana Telsey says big brands will prosper, while smaller retailers with heavy debt loads are likely to vanish.
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City of Philadelphia Ditches Wells Fargo

NBC News - 2 May 2017 19:40
City of Philadelphia DitchesWells Fargo just lost a $2 billion government contract with the City of Philadelphia, at least partly due to the bank's "fake account" scandal.
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Investors in DryShips Are Not Completely Crazy

Wall Street Journal - 2 May 2017 15:31
There is a method to shareholders' madness in buying the sinking shares of George Economou's DryShips.
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Who's Afraid of Amazon? 9Traditional retailing is far from dead, to judge by the success of Best Buy, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and others.
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Costco's Special Payout ComesThe chain keeps its regular dividends low, but supplements them with special payouts.
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Impinj and Everspin MemoryMemory chips are gaining importance over venerable microprocessors. Two ways to play the trend.
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The slow remaking of the taxi-medallion loan market

American Banker - 26 May 2017 01:08
Amid all the bad news this year among taxi-medallion lenders, banks are trying to renegotiate loan terms behind the scenes, and regulatory changes could prop up collateral values and the... competitiveness of taxis.
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Bruce Greenwald: ChannelingEveryone thinks the market is expensive. It isn't, says value maven Bruce Greenwald.
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Paul Wick: Bullish on Micron,Veteran tech manager Paul Wick likes Lam Research and Micron, but IBM and Tesla, he says, are lost causes.
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State regulators felt they were strung along by the mortgage servicing giant Ocwen Financial after years of promises that were never fulfilled, resulting in successive enforcement actions against the... company.
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Cliff Asness: Avoid Sin StocksThe hedge-fund star writes that pursuing socially responsible investing "should hurt expected returns."
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AmerisourceBergen and AbbVieMarriott International, Sun Life, and NVR are close on their heels in our exclusive ranking.
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OCC morale took a big hit from Wells scandal

American Banker - 4 May 2017 22:08
As Keith Noreika takes over as acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Friday, he faces a daunting challenge: a precipitous drop in morale at the agency.
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Most VIX Analysis Is Outright Nonsense

Barron's - 29 Apr 2017 06:05
Most VIX Analysis Is OutrightAvoid portfolio hedging. It is too hard trying to catch volatility spikes or perfectly time stock swoons.
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The onslaught of regulatory actions against Ocwen may open the door for Nationstar to pick up a massive subservicing portfolio from the beleaguered servicer.
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Lenders protest proposed FHA fee for risk upgrades

American Banker - 24 May 2017 02:08
Lenders are objecting to the Trump administration's proposed $30 million fee designed to partially fund upgrades to the FHA.
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In Falling Markets, PayoutAs the S&P 500 has roared ahead, dividend stocks have lagged behind. A market reversal could change that.
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Oil Could Rise to $58 This Year

Barron's - 20 May 2017 07:22
Oil Could Rise to $58 ThisNew OPEC deal to cut production will have to overcome more U.S. supply and hefty inventories.
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Wells Fargo is expanding its fintech accelerator so it is better positioned to connect with customers through channels like the internet of things.
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Fiberoptic Stocks Are Back,Fiberoptic stocks have slumped this year after a strong run in 2016. Now bargains can be had in Lumentum, Oclaro, and more.
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Byron Wien: The Scary SignalThe surprising drop in 10-year Treasury yield speaks volumes about challenges of a changing economy.
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Vodafone Looks Beyond Red InkThe big mobile provider took a bath in India. But its shareholder-friendly policies and ample cash flow have already helped the stock
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Handicapping the Trump Agenda

Barron's - 20 May 2017 08:27
Handicapping the Trump AgendaThe controversies swirling around the administration could thwart much of the president's agenda.
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Using a Bond Portfolio to Play Defense

Barron's - 20 May 2017 07:21
Using a Bond Portfolio to PlayWhen stocks tank, there's rarely a better place to be than in Treasury bonds. But there are other moves worth a look.
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