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Stocks See Mixed Finish on Wall Street

March 20, 2019 |

Stocks gave up an early gain and ended mostly lower on Wall Street as a weeklong rally lost steam, the AP reports. Banks and industrial stocks weighed the most on the market Tuesday. BB&T fell 2% and railroad operator Union Pacific lost 3.3%. The S&P 500 ended barely lower,…

Stocks See Mixed Finish on Wall Street

March 14, 2019 |

Stocks ended a wobbly day of trading mostly lower on Wall Street as a three-day winning streak stalled, the AP reports. Facebook led losses among communications companies Thursday with a 1.8% drop after the New York Times reported that its data-sharing practices are now under criminal investigation. Health care…

Stocks See Mixed Finish

February 12, 2019 |

Stocks are mixed at the close of trading as Wall Street looks ahead to key trade talks between the US and China this week, the AP reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 53 points, or 0.2%, to 25,053, mostly due to declines in UnitedHealth and Disney. The…

Stocks end mixed as company earnings reports keep rolling in

February 9, 2019 |

U.S. stock indexes stemmed an early slide Friday, finishing mostly higher and nudging the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its second weekly gain in a row.

Gains by technology and consumer goods companies outweighed losses by financial stocks and retailers as investors continued to size…

L.A. Times – Business

Stocks end mixed as Wall Street assesses company earnings reports

January 30, 2019 |

Stocks posted an uneven finish Tuesday on Wall Street, handing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its second decline in a row.

An early gain faded as investors assessed a mixed bag of corporate results and looked ahead to a heavy schedule of news about companies and the economy.

Xerox and 3M rose…

L.A. Times – Business

Stocks End Mixed on Wall Street

January 29, 2019 |

Stocks wound up with a mixed finish on Wall Street as an early gain faded away, the AP reports. Investors were assessing a mixed bag of corporate earnings Tuesday. Xerox and 3M rose after reporting solid results, but Harley-Davidson sank. Energy companies rose along with the price of crude oil….

Stocks See Mixed Finish

January 24, 2019 |

Stocks finished mostly higher after another day of mixed trading, the AP reports. Chipmakers led a rally among technology stocks Thursday. Xilinx jumped 18.4% after reporting results that beat forecasts. PG&E surged 24.9% after investigators ruled that the utility was not at fault for a Northern California wildfire…

Davos 2019: Leaders Share Mixed Cryptocurrency Predictions

January 23, 2019 |

The annual meeting in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos from Jan. 22 to 25, attended by business leaders, politicians, and economists is in progress. Cryptocurrency is once again on the agenda, but so far the discussions emerging from the conference have been mixed, giving attendees plenty of FUD for thought. 

Also Read: George Soros: Bitcoin Is Propped Up by Dictators   

Cryptocurrencies on the Agenda at Davos

Davos 2019: Leaders Share Mixed Cryptocurrency PredictionsThis year many high profile government representatives dropped out from attending the Davos conference aimed at the global elite. President Donald Trump canceled his trip due to the ongoing government shutdown, French president Emmanuel Macron said he would not attend after weeks of protests in France, and U.K. prime minister Theresa May pulled out due to the complications caused by Brexit.

Despite the high profile dropouts the show, must go on. Delegates at the Swiss resort have been busy discussing major issues around crypto. Bloomberg TV reports that Huw van Steenis, senior advisor to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, said: “Cryptocurrencies fail fundamental tests of financial services.”

During a CNBC hosted panel, Jeff Schumacher, founder of BCG Digital Ventures, said: “I do believe it [bitcoin] will go to zero. I think it’s a great technology but I don’t believe it’s a currency. It’s not based on anything.”

Cryptocurrency Representatives Keep a Low Profile

From the conference, Angel Versetti, CEO of decentralized internet of things network Ambrosus, told there is a general sentiment of uncertainty and worry in the air, with broader menacing macro-trends indicating a potential looming global crisis not only economically, but also politically across different zones.

Compared to Davos 2018, many crypto delegates are keeping a low profile this year. Versetti said: “Already, almost every one of the great powers has canceled their attendance; heads of state from Russia, China, America, France, the UK, and India all opted not to attend. In general everything is toned down compared to last year.”

In 2018 we witnessed economic growth and the World Economic Forum (WEF) took place when cryptocurrencies were close to their peak value. Versetti said: 

While last year, people were talking about crypto and blockchain anywhere and everywhere, this year there is comparatively little discussion around it.

Davos 2019: Leaders Share Mixed Cryptocurrency PredictionsAnother observation made at Davos on Jan. 23 is that the flagship flashy crypto pavilions of last year, such as Consensys and Global Blockchain Council, have become much more modest and low profile.

“One can feel the crypto crisis there, because the pavilions are never full and most guests are from the crypto space itself, rather than from other industries. As the 1 percent continue to go back and forth on their position on crypto, big bankers’ skepticism on the role of cryptocurrencies in finance is unwavering. Some crypto events even shut down their pavilions and canceled their participation altogether,” said Versetti. 

Some attendees are remaining positive despite all the doom and gloom talk at Davos. Michael Sung, a technology investor and co-director of the fintech research center, told “This year crypto will finally get grow up and get real, where the technology, business models, traction across industries, and regulation are all simultaneously maturing to enable practical enterprise applications. We are waking up from a crypto hangover where undisciplined unenthusiasm of last year will lead to better behavior which will drive the industry into professionalism such that institutional participation will be possible.”

More Balanced Panels and Views Shared

One key panel at Davos, called Building a Sustainable Crypto-Architecture, was more interesting as it featured a range of balanced views. The panel pitted well-known Bitcoin skeptics Gillian Tett from the FT and Ken Rogoff from Harvard against the founders of Circle, which is backed by Goldman Sachs and Bitpesa.

As the Building a Sustainable Crypto-Architecture panelists noted, it’s likely that regulation of the cryptocurrency space will increase. Regardless of the stance that lawmakers take, this much is for certain: business leaders will continue to flock to Davos every year and the vast majority will continue to be badly wrong about Bitcoin.

What are your thoughts on Davos and the leaders who attend the conference? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Gillette’s Ad With a #MeToo Edge Gets Mixed Reactions

January 19, 2019 |

Gillette’s new ad campaign invoking the #MeToo movement is the latest test of how big consumer brands can navigate social movements to appeal to millennials without turning off customers who don’t agree with their message. US Business

Markets End Week With a Mixed Finish

January 12, 2019 |

Stocks drifted to a mixed finish on Wall Street as falling oil prices tugged energy stocks lower. Small-company stocks rose, the AP reports. The S&P 500 edged lower Friday, ending a five-day winning streak but still ending with its third straight weekly gain. That followed a brutal stretch in December…