What are the Ethical Dilemmas of Investing in Technology Stocks?

Investments can bring up a myriad of quandaries, from financial risk and opportunities through to moral decisions. The trolley problem can be used as a framework to consider ethical dilemmas in a variety of decision-making scenarios, including the trading of technology stocks. The trolley problem is a classic ethical dilemma in philosophy that has been used to explore a range of moral and ethical questions. Beyond the original trolley scenario, the problem has been adapted and modified to explore a … Continue reading “What are the Ethical Dilemmas of Investing in Technology Stocks?”

Demand for Caterpillar Construction and Energy Equipment Boost Sales 20%

Irving, Texas-based Caterpillar, a Dow component and gauge for global economic health reported mixed fourth-quarter numbers on Tuesday before the market open. $CAT missed on earnings but beat on revenue. The company saw strong demand for its construction and mining equipment and engines for transportation and energy generation despite higher prices. Sales came to $16.60 billion for the quarter, topping Wall Street expectations. CAT was trading $249.62 -11.88 (p 4.54%) Pre-Market  Foreign-exchange headwinds however weighed on profit and its operating … Continue reading “Demand for Caterpillar Construction and Energy Equipment Boost Sales 20%”

Exxon Mobil Benefits from Countercyclical Investments Delivering Record Annual Profit

Energy giant ExxonMobil, the largest U.S. oil company, reported better than expected fourth-quarter earnings Tuesday but revenue fell short of estimates. Revenue rose to $95.429 billion from $84.965 billion a year ago, below the $97.345 billion FactSet consensus. XOM delivered its highest-ever annual profit in 2022 fueled by surging oil prices to resurrect it as one of America’s most profitable companies and erase billions of dollars of losses incurred during the pandemic. Exxon reaped the benefits of its countercyclical investments … Continue reading “Exxon Mobil Benefits from Countercyclical Investments Delivering Record Annual Profit”

What’s Next for Adani Group After Short Seller Hindenburg Report Wipes Out Over $50 Billion in Market Value

Indian stock markets were rattled last week by the attack on the Adani Group from US activist investor and short-seller Hindenburg Research’s report into the Indian conglomerate caused Adani’s shares to fall spectacularly. Five of the seven listed Adani Group companies ended the day after 16% to 20% lower, and the other two were halted at the maximum 5% permitted by India’s exchanges for their stocks. Indian stocks had been at all-time highs just over a month ago, the market’s … Continue reading “What’s Next for Adani Group After Short Seller Hindenburg Report Wipes Out Over $50 Billion in Market Value”

US Weekly IPO and SPAC Monitor: Structure Therapeutics, Lead Real Estate and NeurAxis

Four IPOs are scheduled to price in the week ahead. Chronic disease biotech Structure Therapeutics (GPCR) leads the week’s deals. The company is headquartered in California with R&D operations in China. Also on the calendar is holdover Lead Real Estate (LRE) may price in the week ahead. Nano-cap NeurAxis (NRXS) may also price. Four deals priced this week TXO Energy Partners LP (TXO), the year’s first energy IPO. QuantaSing Group (QSG), Genelux (GNLX) and Brera Holdings (BREA) also priced. A … Continue reading “US Weekly IPO and SPAC Monitor: Structure Therapeutics, Lead Real Estate and NeurAxis”

Chevron Q4 Earnings Lower Than Expected with Higher CapEx and Lower Volumes

Chevron, the second-largest U.S. oil company after Exxon, on Friday reported Q4 adjusted earnings that missed expectations, while revenues topped forecasts. CVX Q4 net income rose to $6.35B, or $3.33/share, from $5.05B, or $2.63/share, in the year-ago period, but fell from $11.2B in Q3, as $1.1B in write-downs in international oil and gas operations left adjusted earnings short of forecasts. For the full year, Chevron said earnings totaled $35.5B for its highest-ever annual profit, more than double the prior year … Continue reading “Chevron Q4 Earnings Lower Than Expected with Higher CapEx and Lower Volumes”

Tesla Reports Optimistic Outlook with Record Revenue and Orders

Tesla reported Q4 earnings after the market close Wednesday of $1.19 earnings per share beating the consensus of $1.13 per share. Revenue rose to $24.32 billion ahead of the consensus $24.16 billion. $TSLA shares rose more than 9% after CEO Elon Musk said the company might be able to produce 2 million cars this year. The Tesla company acknowledged that average sales prices have “generally been on a downward trajectory for many years,” and said “affordability” would be necessary for … Continue reading “Tesla Reports Optimistic Outlook with Record Revenue and Orders”

Vicious Microsoft 20 percent Stock Gyrations After Lowers Cloud Guidance Reversing Gains to Losses

Software giant Microsoft stock took a whirlwind ride after it reported weaker than expected December 2022 (Q2 23) quarterly earnings Tuesday, with the market initially ignoring it on better cloud revenue (+38% constant currency vs +37% CC) However, that all fell apart after the earnings call. $MSFT lowered guidance, $50.5 billion to $51.5 billion in fiscal Q3 revenue vs analysts’ expectations for $52.43 billion. The stock gave back the entire initial earnings jump to go green to red, down over … Continue reading “Vicious Microsoft 20 percent Stock Gyrations After Lowers Cloud Guidance Reversing Gains to Losses”

Texas Instruments Automotive Chips Strength Balances Weak Industrial Demand

Texas Instruments, the largest manufacturer of analog and embedded processors in America, reported better than expected fourth quarter results and also provided Q1 guidance that met analyst estimates but at the same time demand remains under pressure with customers working to reduce their inventory levels. The softer weaker quarter-over-quarter growth reflecting slowing demand spreading from personal electronics which was 24% of IT’s 2021 revenue to a more significant industrial markets which had 41% of revenue.  The automotive industry continues to … Continue reading “Texas Instruments Automotive Chips Strength Balances Weak Industrial Demand”

Halliburton Earnings Beat with Free Cash Flow Up 79% in a Year

Houston-based oil and gas servicing giant Halliburton reported better than expected fourth quarter earnings Tuesday before the market. HAL posted adjusted income of $656 million, or 72 cents per share, for the quarter compared with a 67 cent EPS consensus. It wasn’t long ago oil services companies were debt laden and loss making, free cash flow was up 79% y/y in Q4 2022. HAL followed up a mixed start to earnings season for the world’s top oilfield services providers with … Continue reading “Halliburton Earnings Beat with Free Cash Flow Up 79% in a Year”