Artificial Intelligence Stocks in 2016

How Top Artificial Intelligence Stocks Are Performing in 2016 2016 has rewarded some leading artificial intelligence stocks and punished others, but this long-term growth market is just getting started The rise of artificial intelligence, or AI, services — one of the fastest-growing markets in tech — should be a boon for consumers and investors alike. In fact, researcher IDC predicts AI and cognitive systems technology sales are primed to simply explode in the years to come, rising from an estimated $8 billion this year to $47 billion in 2020. Though…

Stocks or Bonds

Stocks or Bonds for Your Retirement Account? Stocks are riskier than bonds which is why they have a higher expected return. The right risks, taken Foolishly, can pay off in the long run. “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” — James Bryant Conant, American diplomat In our Foolish Steps to Retirement, we recognize that we’re going to have to take risks to reap rewards. Market risk (the chance you will lose money) and reward (the chance that your investments will head skyward) travel…

Asian Stocks Buoyed by China Stimulus

Asian Stocks Buoyed by China Stimulus as Crude Climbs Above $34 Asian stocks rallied, emerging-market currencies strengthened and crude oil climbed to an eight-week high as monetary stimulus in China brightened prospects for the world’s second-largest economy. European equity futures declined. Benchmark share indexes advanced across most of Asia after the People’s Bank of China cut lenders’ reserve requirements, freeing up funds to help spur lending in the nation. The yuan gained for the first time in eight days and higher oil prices buoyed Malaysia’s ringgit. Copper retreated after a…

What Are Stocks?

Let’s talk about “What are stocks?” The Definition of a Stock What are stocks? Plain and simple, stock is a share in the ownership of a company. Stock represents a claim on the company’s assets and earnings. As you acquire more stock, your ownership stake in the company becomes greater. Whether you say shares, equity, or stock, it all means the same thing. Being an Owner Holding a company’s stock means that you are one of the many owners (shareholders) of a company and, as such, you have a claim (albeit usually very small) to…

Dow settlement signals impact of Scalia death on class actions

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dow Chemical Co’s agreement to pay $835 million to settle a price-fixing dispute provides evidence that Justice Antonin Scalia’s death is a blow to businesses that have had success recently in challenging class action cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. Dow (N:DOW), in the process of merging with Dupont (N:DD), on Friday settled the decade-long dispute rather than risk its fate being decided by a shorthanded, eight-justice court missing, in Scalia, a reliable vote in support of companies in class action cases. The Dow dispute, in which…

Stocks Rise After Fourth-Quarter GDP Revised Higher

Stocks moved higher on Friday after the latest data showed fourth-quarter growth in the U.S. economy wasn’t as bad as feared. The S&P 500 was up 0.38%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.39%, and the Nasdaq rose 0.72%. The second estimate of fourth-quarter GDP was revised up to an annual rate of 1% from 0.7%, suggesting that the U.S. economy was in better shape than expected to close out last year. Economists had expected GDP to be revised down to 0.4% growth. A stronger U.S. dollar and an inventory buildup continued to hurt manufacturing, though, with exports…

Before the market opening

6 things about stocks you need to know before the market opening It’s shaping up to be a feel-good Friday. U.S. stock futures are pointing up and nearly all global markets are posting strong gains. Here are the six things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York: 1. Calm in China: Chinese stock markets were calm Friday following a sharp, unexpected drop on Thursday. Investors may have been placated by comments from the head of China’s central bank, Zhou Xiaochuan, who said the central bank still has the ability and…