Here are 3 good things to know about stocks right now
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls on Monday, coming off a strong week for US stocks. The Dow last week rose 2.4%, S & P 500 gained 2.5%, and Nasdaq finished 3.5% higher.
- Citigroup Inc (C) rose 3.9% after the bank posted the fourth quarter adjusted profit beating analysts' estimates, but earnings were missing.
- Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM) reached an agreement to buy Goldcorp Inc. (GG) for stock valued at $ 10 billion. Goldcorp shares jumped 8.3% on Monday.
Wall Street Overview
Stocks fell Monday, January 14, when surprisingly weak trading data from China gave yet another health problem to the world's second largest economy and increased pressure on the long-term trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing.
China's export engine, the world's largest, had its largest monthly fall in two years in December, while exports declined by 4.4% and imports contracted a much larger than expected 7.6%.
China's trade surplus with the US jumped 1[ads1]7% to record $ 323.32 billion last year, a figure sure to add an extra dimension of excitement to the ongoing trade negotiations, given that Donald Trump had promised to reduce that figure below the election campaign, just to see it print in time all times when he has been in the office.
Some of the world's largest companies, including Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. S SNLF) has, directly or indirectly, cited slow growth in China as the main catalyst for reduced earnings forecasts or weaker than expected earnings in the quarter.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fluctuated 92 points, or 0.39% to 23,903 – by its increased low blue-chip index declined 230 points. S & P 500 fell 0.5%, and Nasdaq was down 0.72%.
Citigroup Inc. (C), the third largest US bank, was up 3.9% after having posted the fourth-quarter results that beat analyst estimates, CEO Michael Corbat reduced costs as a revenue review.
The net result was $ 4.3 billion. Earnings per share were $ 1.64, while adjusted earnings of $ 1.61 hit the average analyst's estimate of $ 1.55 in a FactSet survey.
"A volatile fourth quarter affected some of our market-sensitive businesses, especially interest-bearing income," Corbat said in the statement. The company "meticulously managed both our expenses and balance sheet."
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Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM) reached an agreement to buy Goldcorp Inc. (GG) for shares valued at $ 10 billion.
Newmont acquires each Goldcorp share for 0.328 of a Newmont share, representing a 17% premium based on the companies' 20-day volume-weighted average stock prices. When debt is introduced, the company's value of the agreement is approximately $ 12.5 billion, with Newmont owning around 65% of the total unit.
"This combination will create the world's leading gold business with the best assets, people, prospects and value-added opportunities," said Newmont CEO Gary Goldberg. "We have a proven strategy and disciplined implementation plan to realize the full value of the combination, including an exceptional group of skilled miners, stable and profitable gold production of six to seven million ounces over a decade long horizon, the industry's largest Gold Reserve and Resource Base, and a leading project and exploration pipeline. "
Goldcorp shares rose 8.3% to $ 10.49. Newmont fell 7.7%.
PG & E Corp. (PCG) said Monday it is planning to launch voluntary bankruptcy proceedings in Chapter 11 against millions of dollars in potential liability for recent California firefighters.
In a statement, the California Utility Company said it intends to file petitions under Chapter 11 on or around January 29.
"PG & E expects the Chapter 11 process, among other things, to support a proper, fair, and rapid solution to potential commitments resulting from 2017 and 2018 Northern California fire companies, and will ensure that the company has access to the capital and resources. as it needs to continue to provide secure service to customers, the company said.
On Sunday, PG & E said CEO Geisha Williams had stepped down and reports said the utility company could alert its 20,000 employees as early as Monday that it was on the way to bankruptcy.
Stocks went down 49.1% to $ 8.96.
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MNG Enterprises Inc., better known as Digital First Media, offered to buy Gannett Co. Inc. (GCI) for $ 12 per share in cash, a bid that would value USA Today Publisher at around $ 1.4 billion
MNG, which publishes the Denver Post and Boston Herald said it owns a 7.5% owner part of Gannett through its managed investment account, making it the company's largest shareholder. The company argued in a letter to the shareholders Monday that "a number of valuable decisions made by an unfocused management team," including a "poor poor for Tribune Publishing," have hit the company's bottom line.
"With Gannett's CEO who resigns in May and the most important digital director who goes later this month, there is now even greater leadership," the letter said. "Frankly, the team leading Gannett has not shown that it is capable of effectively operating this business as a public company."
Gannett shares rose 19.8% Monday to $ 11.68.