Wall Street Journal: Money

Ralph Lauren Refreshes Its Faded Jeans

Ralph Lauren Refreshes Its Faded Jeans

Ralph Lauren shares jumped as the company beat analyst expectations and showed investors evidence that its turnaround efforts may finally take hold.
It's U.S. Trade Policy---Not Car Makers---That's Spinning Off Course

It's U.S. Trade Policy---Not Car Makers---That's Spinning Off Course

The Trump administration is mulling new tariffs on imported vehicles and auto parts. That hasn’t yet wrecked Asian car makers’ share prices. But it has driven the U.S.’s trade policy even further
Turning GE's Sacred Cows Into Hamburger

Turning GE's Sacred Cows Into Hamburger

General Electric boss John Flannery sent shares tumbling with revelations about profitability and the dividend.
Barclays-Standard Chartered? I Can't Even…

Barclays-Standard Chartered? I Can't Even…

A merger between U.K.-based banks Barclays and Standard Chartered, as reported in British media, would be a massive strategic U-turn for both lenders.
What Is Happening to Global Growth?

What Is Happening to Global Growth?

The soft patch in the global economy is looking more soft and less like a patch.
The Sea of Leverage in Chinese Markets

The Sea of Leverage in Chinese Markets

Passive investors are about to get more involved in Chinese stocks thanks to MSCI’s decision to include several of them in its key indexes. They will find themselves exposed to a market swimming in
Why the Property Industry Isn't Buying WeWork

Why the Property Industry Isn't Buying WeWork

WeWork has convinced tech investors that short-term office rentals are the next big thing, and well worth a high price. Savvy real-estate investors also like that business, but not at WeWork’s
The Penney Drops

The Penney Drops

The surprise departure of J.C. Penney’s Chief Executive Marvin Ellison just days after the company reported weak results suggests that the retailer may not be capable of turning itself around.
Why Rush of Overseas Dealmaking Is Risky for U.S. Companies

Why Rush of Overseas Dealmaking Is Risky for U.S. Companies

Global corporate deal making is on fire. The danger is that a lot of value ends up getting burned.
Would Cam Newton Buy Stocks Now?

Would Cam Newton Buy Stocks Now?

The TINA trade, in which there is no alternative to stocks, may be over as investors can finally earn something in cash-like securities.
Fifth Third Acquires MB Financial

Fifth Third Acquires MB Financial

Fifth Third Bancorp and MB Financial said they agreed to merge in a mostly stock deal, further expanding Fifth Third’s presence in Chicago.
Is Tesla Abandoning the Mass Market?

Is Tesla Abandoning the Mass Market?

Tesla has given its first signals that it’s giving up on its ambition to become a mass-market car maker, when Chief Executive Elon Musk admitted that his promised $35,000 Model 3 vehicle would cause
Fifth Third Signals Resurgence of Banker Confidence

Fifth Third Signals Resurgence of Banker Confidence

Fifth Third Bancorp’s $4.7 billion deal to acquire a small Chicago lender is a sign that positive animal spirits have returned to the banking world. Investors should expect many more mergers and
Welcome to the U.S.-China Cold Soup War

Welcome to the U.S.-China Cold Soup War

Chinese-U.S. trade relations are showing signs of warming again after this spring’s chill. Don’t mistake that for a resolution of the core issues—trade tensions increasingly look like a permanent
The Euro's Headache: Growth, Not Italian Politics

The Euro's Headache: Growth, Not Italian Politics

Italy is back in the headlines and the euro is falling, giving up all its gains and more against the dollar this year. But while the formation of an antiestablishment government in Rome is a headwind,
Small Outages Have Big Impact on Oil Prices

Small Outages Have Big Impact on Oil Prices

Multiple oil supply outages at the same time helped prices hit a multi-year high and should keep the market tight into early summer.
The Mystery of the Small-Cap Rally

The Mystery of the Small-Cap Rally

Hot sectors are driving small stocks while a few big companies are holding back the large-cap indexes.
Italian Bonds: Out in the Cold

Italian Bonds: Out in the Cold

The re-emergence of political risk in Italy risks resurrecting bad memories of the eurozone crisis, when contagion spread across the continent. For now, though, Italian misery may stay within its
Nordstrom Racked by Macy's Good Numbers

Nordstrom Racked by Macy's Good Numbers

Macy’s cheery report, when it posted strong earnings, was a positive sign for retail—and a welcome rebuff of the notion that the sector is doomed. It was not so great for Nordstrom, however, which was
Kroger's Big, Risky Bet on Grocery Delivery

Kroger's Big, Risky Bet on Grocery Delivery

Kroger is betting that robots will give it an edge in the food fight with Walmart and Amazon. Investors can expect a long receipt.