Walmart bubble due to high-income grocery spending, warns Bill Simon

Higher-income consumers may be creating a frothy situation at Walmart. Even though affluent shoppers helped drive the retailer’s latest beat on quarterly results, former Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon warns they’ll be hard to keep. “The Walmart experience is better than it used to be, but it’s still not a premium experience. Walmart is built … Read more

Steward Health Care says it is selling the 30+ hospitals it operates nationwide

Steward Health Care said it plans to sell off all its hospitals after announcing this week that it filed for bankruptcy protection. The Dallas-based company, which operates more than 30 hospitals nationwide, said it does not expect any interruptions in its hospitals’ day-to-day operations, which the company said will continue in the ordinary course throughout … Read more

Regional bank failures may be ahead, Former FDIC head Bair warns

Regional bank earnings may expose critical weaknesses, according to Sheila Bair, former chair of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Their quarterly numbers begin hitting Wall Street this week. “I’m worried about a handful of them,” Bair told CNBC’s “Fast Money” on Tuesday. “I think some of them are still overly reliant on industry deposits, … Read more

Majority of people in Singapore positive on the economy: SurveyMonkey

Almost 80% of Singaporeans are optimistic about the economy, according to SurveyMonkey’s 2024 poll. Damircudic | E+ | Getty Images Majority of the residents in Singapore are bullish about where the economy is headed and confident that the government will be able to support them during their retirement. That’s according to a poll by SurveyMonkey, … Read more

Fed must cut rates more aggressively due to jobs: Canaccord Tony Dwyer

The Federal Reserve may have new incentives in the second quarter to cut rates deeper this year. Canaccord Genuity’s Tony Dwyer thinks a deteriorating jobs market and easing inflation will ultimately push the Fed to act. “I’m not saying that they have to go back to zero, but they have to be more aggressive,” the … Read more

Time running out for rate cuts, Jim Bianco warns before Fed meeting

The window for interest rate cuts may be closing. On the eve of the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting, Wall Street forecaster Jim Bianco believes the central bank will likely stay on hold until next year. “I’m in the camp that the Fed does not change policy in the summer of an election year,” the … Read more

Vice Media says ‘several hundred’ staff members will be laid off, Vice.com news site shuttered

NEW YORK — Vice Media plans to lay off several hundred employees and no longer publish material on its Vice.com website, the company’s CEO said in a memo to staff Thursday. Vice, which filed for bankruptcy last year before being sold for $350 million to a consortium led by the Fortress Investment Group, is also … Read more

Nvidia rally fueling FOMO in overall market: Evercore’s Julian Emanuel

Evercore ISI’s Julian Emanuel thinks Nvidia’s monster rally is fueling a fear of missing out in the market. He finds clients, including many who traded through the dot-com boom and subsequent collapse, are more worried about being underinvested than overexposed right now. “That’s the first time that’s happened since 2021 for us,” the firm’s senior … Read more

Bond yields surging to highest level in decades: Jim Bianco

It’s a level not seen since George W. Bush was president. Wall Street forecaster Jim Bianco is predicting the benchmark 10-year Treasury note yield will hit 5.5% this year — its highest level since May 2001. A major part of his thesis is built on the economy’s strength and resiliency. “I don’t think the economy … Read more

Big Short’s Steve Eisman worries investors are too bullish in 2024

Investor Steve Eisman of “The Big Short” fame is questioning the level of bullishness on Wall Street — even with the market’s tepid start to the year. From enthusiasm surrounding the “Magnificent Seven” technology stocks to expectations for multiple interest rate cuts this year, Eisman believes there’s little tolerance for things going wrong. “Long term, … Read more