High-income families would be hit with a tax increase on wages and a new levy on investments under President Obama's health care bill.
House Democrats are pushing to pass the health care bill as Pres. Obama seeks to rally recalcitrant congresspeople. Which stocks and sectors actually stand to benefit from the bill? Les Funtleyder, health care strategist at Miller Tabak, Jason Gurda, managed care analyst at Leerink Swann and Ralph Giacobbe, analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston offered their insights and investment recommendations.
An organization that is supposed to represent the interest of 59,000 Catholic nuns has come out in favor of the Senate version of the health care bill despite language that allows Federal money for abortions. I didn't think there were 59,000 nuns in the world. And I don't need that many to tell me anything.
There are a few warnings signs materializing this morning ... We've had two days of weakness in energy stocks. Traders note that energy stocks have outperformed the commodities dramatically over the last few months. The dollar strength is also pressuring commodities. Still, the market has advanced this week on numerous positives...
Volume yesterday was again below expectations, despite this being quadruple witching (the quarterly expiration of stock and index futures, and stock and index options). One trader who specializes in volatility and options blamed it on March Madness. Silly, I know, but it makes sense.
U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said Friday that Democrats would have the support necessary to pass the healthcare reform bill in a vote expected Sunday.
My old pal Jim Cramer and I reunited last night to discuss the impact Obama-Care will have on the stock market and economy if it passes.
Tomorrow (Friday), the S&P 500 will be conducting its quarterly rebalancing. The S&P is weighted by market capitalization, so changes in the share count of companies trigger changes in the relative weightings of the individual stocks in the S&P. Here's a breakdown...
The revised health care bill that Democrats released in advance of a House vote this weekend contained one initial mystery: how did they revise the Senate health care bill to make it more generous to the uninsured while simultaneously shaving more from the federal budget deficit?
These five high-yielding stocks could shield you from what Cramer thinks is a coming sell-off – or two.
But here’s what I do know: Obamacare’s worst tax hike is the imposition of a new 3.9 percent Medicare payroll tax on capital gains and other investments.
In a sunny Rose Garden ceremony, Obama said the legislation will help the private sector start hiring again. It is the first of several jobs measures promised by Democrats this year.
At a time when political leaders in Europe and the United States are committed to no additional income-tax burden on the middle class, they also share the advantage of raising revenue without drawing too much attention to the tightening fiscal noose.
S&P Futures little changed as the February Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed virtually no inflation pressure. And: As the S&P 500 hit another new high yesterday, traders were passing around lots of technical charts, in particular noting that the Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in unusally overbought territory.
Cynics will note that ever since Mr. Volcker and Mr. Bernanke have been testifying, the market has drifted lower. Regardless. There are a number of positive factors behind today's modest move, which—given that the S&P 500 is up 12 out of 14 days—can only be described as a meltup.
Hartford Financial may float their $1.45 billion common stock offering to pay off TARP debt as early as tonight, traders tell me. HIG's announcement that they would be repurchasing the $3.4 billion of its preferred shares issued to the Treasury under the TARP program may spur others to pay off their TARP debt. Why now?
President Barack Obama's much-challenged health care overhaul gained traction Wednesday as a liberal lawmaker became the first to switch his opposition and Catholic nuns declared their support in an unusual public break with the bishops.
Why is volume so low? This has been the primary complaint from trading desks for two weeks now. Never mind that we are melting up to new highs, traders who make their living trading are grousing, because business is poor.
Companies that hire unemployed workers will get a temporary payroll tax holiday under a bill that easily won final congressional approval Wednesday.
"The government has taken very decisive action in cutting capital spending and the salaries of public service workers ... We are in the right direction in terms of winning more foreign investment, says IDA CEO O'Leary.