Wall Street Journal: Money

Why General Mills Is Paying Up for a Dog's Breakfast

Why General Mills Is Paying Up for a Dog's Breakfast

The cereal and ice cream maker needs to shift to protein and is buying Blue Buffalo Pet Products, a purveyor of high-protein, natural pet foods, to do it.
Who Wins From Standard Life Aberdeen-Phoenix Deal

Who Wins From Standard Life Aberdeen-Phoenix Deal

Standard Life Aberdeen thinks shedding its insurance arm will unlock value. But what is left behind is an asset manager with high costs and investor outflows. Both need fixing, fast.
New HPs Give Fresh Life to Old Businesses

New HPs Give Fresh Life to Old Businesses

The two companies created from the old Hewlett-Packard have surprised investors—but they still need to prove the growth is sustainable.
Where Peak Optimism Has Reached Its Peak

Where Peak Optimism Has Reached Its Peak

There could be change afoot in European markets, as the reassurance of data in consistently beating expectations fades.
Anbang and the Financialization of China's Economy

Anbang and the Financialization of China's Economy

Beijing just took over China’s most notorious purveyor of dodgy wealth management products. The next phase of the debt crackdown might prove more damaging.
Why Barclays' Promises Are Still for Another Day

Why Barclays' Promises Are Still for Another Day

If Barclays has the money now for bigger shareholder payouts, why isn’t it making them? The answer shows the risks for investors.
A Reality Check for Wayfair

A Reality Check for Wayfair

Investors have been feverishly pushing up Wayfair’s stock despite the company’s growing losses, worsening free cash flow and surging marketing spending. That run may finally be coming to an end.
British American Tobacco Hasn't Run Out of Fire

British American Tobacco Hasn't Run Out of Fire

British American Tobacco could be forgiven for missing the good old days of straightforward market decline.
Judge Will Decide Two Media Merger Cases in One

Judge Will Decide Two Media Merger Cases in One

Comcast’s pursuit of Fox may hinge on the outcome of the AT&T-Time Warner case.
How Gargantuan Can Private Equity Get?

How Gargantuan Can Private Equity Get?

The biggest private-equity firms are in a fund-raising frenzy, but it will be increasingly hard to find the returns that have made them such money magnets.
What Will Keep the Chinese Consumer Strong?

What Will Keep the Chinese Consumer Strong?

China’s consumer confidence has reached a high since Nielsen started compiling the index in 2005. Luxury goods, in particular, are back in vogue. But the property market brings risks.
Tough Start for Housing

Tough Start for Housing

Homes sales slowed in January even before higher rates and the tax law hit the market.
When Weak Bank Lending Is a Good Sign

When Weak Bank Lending Is a Good Sign

Slow lending growth can be a sign of nervousness, but this year it is tied to positives like the tax cut and will likely pick up in the coming months.
Lloyds: An Undervalued Cash Cow in Banking

Lloyds: An Undervalued Cash Cow in Banking

Lloyds Banking Group has become nice little earner for investors, as the U.K. bank launched a share buyback and promises more.
Deal Making Gets Tougher for Generic Drugmakers

Deal Making Gets Tougher for Generic Drugmakers

Generic drug M&A would seem logical, but a new policy at the FTC complicates matters.
Here's a Change: U.S. Borrowing Costs Among Highest in Developed World

Here's a Change: U.S. Borrowing Costs Among Highest in Developed World

As if there weren’t enough evidence that the ground is shifting in markets, here’s something that hasn’t happened in nearly two decades: America is paying more to borrow than Australia.
Glencore Rewards Those Who Wait

Glencore Rewards Those Who Wait

Glencore is riding high, lifted by a wave of economic optimism and high expectations for an electric-powered future. But high leverage remains a vulnerability.
Why Broadcom Should Walk Away

Why Broadcom Should Walk Away

Wanting to do a deal isn’t the same as needing to do one. Broadcom at this point should remember the benefits of being in the former position.
Walmart Hiccups and Investors Overreact

Walmart Hiccups and Investors Overreact

Over the last six months, Walmart was richly rewarded by shareholders for its apparent success at competing head-to-head with Amazon.com. On Tuesday, it showed signs of falling behind.
Hotels Check Into Technology Arms Race

Hotels Check Into Technology Arms Race

In a wake-up call to investors, Holiday Inn owner InterContinental Hotels said it won’t return extra cash this year.