Apple offers breadcrumbs for a forecast, but is that enough to reassure Wall Street?

Apple Inc.’s breadcrumbs lead back to a familiar place: The iPhone is all that matters. After posting its largest revenue decline in more than six years — led by underwhelming iPhone sales — in its fiscal first-quarter earnings report Thursday, Apple once again refused to provide a traditional forecast for the coming quarter or year. … Read more

Sony shares gain on better-than-expected quarterly profit

Sony Group Corp. shares 6758, +4.70% gained Friday morning after its third-quarter net profit beat analysts’ expectations and the company raised its fiscal year net-profit forecast. Shares were recently 4.8% higher at 12,045 yen ($93.58) after rising as much as 5.8% earlier. The company said Thursday after market close that net profit fell 5.6% from … Read more

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

GM, Netflix will collaborate to help build ‘an EV culture’

General Motors Co. GM, +5.60% electric vehicles will appear in some Netflix Inc. NFLX, +1.35% shows and films, which the companies said reflects “society’s increasing excitement about an all-electric future.” GM Global Chief Marketing Officer Deborah Wahl said in a press release that “we want to make EVs famous on streaming, small and silver screens … Read more

Market pros are feeling so happy about stocks right now, you have to wonder if they’re too bullish

There’s an old saw about how if you lay all the world’s economists end to end, they still won’t point in any one direction or reach a conclusion. There’s no such adage about market technicians, but in the past six weeks it appears that the diehard group of technical analysts have all reached the same … Read more

Risk-tolerance surveys often miss what financial advisers really need to know about you

In the early days of financial planning, advisers would assess a client’s attitude about risk. It was largely a subjective judgment. Nevertheless, their conclusion (or hunch) would guide their portfolio management decisions on behalf of that client. In addition to probing to determine a client’s tolerance for risk, advisers might consider one’s age, gender and … 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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Amazon stock falls as least profitable holiday quarter since 2014 leads to its worst annual loss on record

Amazon.com Inc. reported its least profitable holiday quarter since 2014 on Thursday, leading to the biggest annual loss on record for the e-commerce giant, which also disappointed Wall Street with its forecast amid concerns about cloud growth. Amazon AMZN, +7.38% reported a holiday profit of $278 million, or 3 cents a share, down from $1.39 … Read more

Google suffered ‘pullback’ in ad spending over holidays, Alphabet stock falls after earnings

Alphabet Inc.’s stock slipped nearly 5% in extended trading Thursday after the tech giant missed slightly on revenue and earnings in ho-hum quarterly results. Google’s parent company reported fiscal fourth-quarter total revenue of $76.05 billion, up from $75.3 billion a year ago. Earnings were $13.62 billion, or $1.05 per share, compared with $20.64 billion, or … Read more