While earnings usually come in substantially ahead of expectations — as much as 4 or 5 percentage points is not unusual — the downward direction in the outlook doesn't speak...Earningsread more
"We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country," Trump tells reporters in the Oval Office.Politicsread more
Shopify debuts a new network to help it compete with Amazon.Marketsread more
"We missed being the dominant mobile operating system by a very tiny amount. We were distracted during our antitrust trial. We didn't assign the best people to do the work,"...Technologyread more
Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a plan Monday to forgive the country's $1.6 trillion outstanding student loan tab, intensifying the higher education policy debate in the 2020...Personal Financeread more
The strong dollar story could be over for now, and that's putting a shine on the 'anti-dollar' trade—gold.Market Insiderread more
Some traders think the energy rally is about to wane, despite the sector being one of June's big winners.ETF Edgeread more
Stocks with this one feature are poised to crush the market after a rate cut, according to Goldman Sachs.Marketsread more
An Air Canada passenger traveling to Toronto from a weekend in Quebec City found herself stranded alone on the tarmac and in the dark, in what she described as a "nightmare."Airlinesread more
The new cut will likely draw thousands back to theaters and could finally push "Avengers: Endgame" above and beyond the record $2.78 billion "Avatar" has earned since its...Entertainmentread more
"I believe it would be wise to take additional time and allow events to unfold" before deciding on rates, the Dallas Fed official said in an essay.The Fedread more
Tom Lee, the only major Wall Street strategist to issue bitcoin price targets, told CNBC on Thursday morning he sees the world's largest cryptocurrency by the end of the year at more than $20,000 per unit.
That's 20 percent less than his $25,000 target.
However, Lee later clarified his position on “Fast Money,” saying Thursday evening he "may have misspoke a little bit” and still stands by his $25,000 forecast.
It all started when the Fundstrat Global Advisors co-founder said on "Squawk Box " that "bitcoin has historically traded at 2.5 times its mining costs."
"The reason bitcoin looks really good here is the cost of mining around $7,000 fully loaded. And the difficulty is rising. So by the end of the year, it's going to be $9,000," he said Thursday morning.
Crypto miners use high powered computers that use a lot of electricity to complete a series of complex calculations to create a bitcoin. The protocol calls for a finite number of bitcoins of 21 million, of which about 80 percent have already been made.
In the afternoon on CNBC, Lee said those mining costs estimates "imply fair value over $20,000, roughly $22,000.” But he added, “We still think bitcoin can reach $25,000 by the end of the year or something like that.”
Lee stressed that investors should not quibble over a few thousand dollars because any return exceeding $20,000 would be about 200 percent higher than current levels around $6,600 in early Friday trading.
Bitcoin at $6,600 brings prices back to the lows in April, which marked the halt of a slide from nearly $20,000 in late 2017. Since its most recent top around $9,800 in May, bitcoin has lost about 30 percent.
Lee, chief equity strategist J.P. Morgan from 2007 to 2014, said he believes bitcoin and blockchain, the technology underlying it, is a "multidecade story" that's in the "early stages" of transformation.
"I did wireless [research] in the 1990s. I saw 20 years of mobile and internet convergence. To me, this is not that different" in terms of how an industry has change over time, he said.