Beyond Meat revamps its retail strategy, hires new marketing executive

Beyond Meat Inc. BYND, +19.15%  is revamping its retail sales strategy to center on five major grocers and hiring a new marketing executive as part of an effort to reinvigorate the plant-based food maker’s business. The California-based company is orienting its retail business around Kroger Co. KR, -0.46%, Walmart Inc. WMT, -0.73%,  Publix Super Markets Inc., Costco Wholesale Corp. COST, … Read more

A record number of U.S. renters spent more than 30% of their income on rent in 2021 and mortgage rates fall to lowest level since mid-September. Freddie Mac says 3 million more people now qualify for a home loan.

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Starbucks stock falls as results — weighed down by China sales — miss estimates

Starbucks Corp.’s first-quarter results failed to meet Wall Street estimates because of weakness in China, and the company’s stock fell sharply in extended trading Thursday. Starbucks SBUX, -0.76% shares dropped more than 3.5% after hours, after falling less than 1% in the regular session to close at $109.15.  The company said that while global same-store … Read more

Qualcomm stock rises following slight earnings beat

Qualcomm Inc. shares rose in the extended session Thursday after the chip maker beat Wall Street expectations slightly on earnings, and projected confidence amid an outlook that fell just short of the consensus. Qualcomm QCOM, -1.89% shares rose 3% after hours, following a 1.9% decline in the regular session to close at $135.85. “The long-term … Read more

Qorvo stock drops nearly 10% as analysts expect inventory correction to continue

Qorvo Inc. shares fell Thursday while the broader market rallied after analysts said inventory digestion will likely hamper the radiofrequency chip maker until the second half of the year. Qorvo QRVO, -4.80% shares fell nearly 10% Thursday to an intraday low of $102.60, a drop of 6%. The S&P 500 index SPX, +1.40%, meanwhile, was … Read more

Zuckerberg and Intel are shipping the proceeds from their layoffs straight to Wall Street

For years, Wall Street groused about Silicon Valley’s refusal to pay dividends and buy back stock as tech companies grew into cash-generating machines. That is no longer a problem, even though those tech companies are generating fewer profits than they were in previous years. In fact, some tech companies are basically paying off Wall Street … Read more

Tech stocks have been minting money this year, but many investors fear getting burned if they buy the rally now

Microsoft kicked off a slate of technology earnings earlier this week, reporting largely solid numbers that could have quickly been deemed a victory for technology stocks overall if not for CEO Satya Nadella’s cautious guidance. Investors surmised that the technology sector broadly could be in for some hard knocks — even after its impressive January … Read more

Ron DeSantis pushes permanent ban on Florida sales tax on gas stoves

Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida and a likely 2024 candidate for president, delivered on an earlier promise Wednesday when he said new gas stoves — in fact, all gas appliances — should be exempt from his state’s sales tax. DeSantis rolled out the first budget of his second term, and among the proposed breaks for taxpayers is … Read more

Intel cuts pay, bonuses and other benefits while maintaining dividend

Intel Corp. continues to cut costs for everything except payments to investors. Intel INTC, +3.18%, which is already in the process of cutting what is believed to be thousands of jobs amid steep declines in profit and revenue, is reducing Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger’s base salary by 25% and trimming other salaries at a descending … Read more

Electronic Arts stock on track for worst decline of pandemic as ‘rare’ disappointment resets expectations

Electronic Arts Inc. shares were on track for their worst decline of the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, as Wall Street reset its expectations for the videogame publisher amid a forecast miss and game delays. EA EA, -10.52% shares fell as much as 14% to an intraday low of $112.80, and were last down about 12%, on … Read more