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Stock Market Today With Jim Cramer: JPMorgan Is the Best Bank

Stock Market Today With Jim Cramer: JPMorgan Is the Best Bank

Stocks were lower Tuesday as investors were discouraged by a stalemate over fresh government aid and bank shares declined following earnings reports.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 84 points, or 0.29%, to 28,753, the S&P 500 was down 0.38% and the Nasdaq declined 0.02%.

TheStreet’s Katherine Ross discussed breaking news in the stock market on Street Lightning. Cramer spoke about the earnings of both Citigroup and JPMorgan as well as the impact of the restructuring at Disney.

JPMorgan: Buy Or Sell?

JPMorgan Chase & Co.  (JPM) – Get Report posted stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings Tuesday as the bank set aside a much lower amount to cover ad loans amid an improving domestic economy.

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon also said the bank could resume its share buybacks in the first quarter of next year, depending on changes to the Federal Reserve’s cap on shareholder returns, which was extended until the end of 2020 earlier this spring.

Cramer said he didn’t see a lot of growth in JP Morgan. “They’re doing well. They’ve got the fortress balance sheet. They’re without a doubt the best bank. But I think they’re not going to have anything near what Goldman has. Goldman is a training operation.”

Citigroup: Buy Or Sell?

Citigroup’s  (C) – Get Report earnings for the three months ending in September were pegged at $1.40 per share, down 32.3% from the same period last year but firmly ahead of the Street consensus forecast of 93 cents per share. Group revenues, Citigroup said, fell 6.8% to $17.3 billion, edging just ahead of analysts’ forecasts of a $17.2 billion tally.

Cramer said Citigroup is perceived as being a dark horse. “It yields 4.6%. It has a $71 tangible book value. It’s seemingly impossible that you’re going to have such a bad

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Stock Market Today With Jim Cramer: Apple Event Is Tuesday

Stock Market Today With Jim Cramer: Apple Event Is Tuesday

Stocks rose Monday as investors remained hopeful of further fiscal stimulus and prepared for quarterly earnings reports from the biggest banks in the United States.

Technology shares such as Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report, which rose ahead of its expected iPhone 12 unveiling Tuesday, and Amazon  (AMZN) – Get Report, which gained ahead of the start of its Prime Day event, were the standouts.

TheStreet’s Katherine Ross discussed breaking news in the stock market on Street Lightning. Cramer spoke about his expectations from Prime Day, why stocks popular on Robinhood matter and what to expect from Apple’s iPhone event tomorrow.

Amazon Prime Day

Amazon’s shopping extravaganza starts at midnight on Oct. 13. The company says that more than a million deals will be offered in 19 countries during the event.

Cramer said he hopes Amazon will have a better product line up for Prime Day. “I normally see stuff that doesn’t interest me but stuff that they (Amazon) want to sell. I don’t find anything in these deals at midnight work. Maybe other people will have better luck.”

Robinhood Traders Move Stocks

Robinhood, the popular stock-trading app, was valued at $11.2 billion in August after it raised $200 million from investors.

The coronavirus-imposed lockdowns have benefited challenger financial-services apps like Robinhood both in revenue and transaction volume.

Cramer said Robinhood moves stocks. “They don’t seem to understand that the goal is to get the stock in as cheaply as possible. Their goal is to take as much stock in cheap or not. And when they decide to operate on something everybody is in their bind. That’s why the stock moves.”

Apple’s iPhone 12 Event

Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report will hold an online event tomorrow where the tech giant is expected to

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Is the Stock Market Open Today? Here are the Hours for Columbus Day 2020.

Is the Stock Market Open Today? Here are the Hours for Columbus Day 2020.

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Statue of Christopher Columbus at Columbus Circle in Washington, D.C. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)


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Columbus Day is here. The

S&P 500

index will look to build on two weeks of gains, capped off by its best week since early July.

The S&P 500 and

Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose 3.8% and 3.3% respectively last week. Investors are holding out hope that Democrats and Republicans can reach a deal and get much-needed stimulus for airline workers, small businesses, and those still on unemployment.

Is the Stock Market Open on Columbus Day 2020?

Unlike the U.S. Postal Service, some schools, and your local trash services, the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq are open today for Columbus Day. U.S. bond markets, however, are closed for the federal holiday. While you won’t be receiving mail today,

FedEx

and

UPS,

both of which are private businesses, are open on Columbus Day 2020. Most banks are closed today as well since Columbus Day is considered a bank holiday.

Are International Stock Markets Closed Today?

International markets are largely open, although the Toronto Stock Exchange is closed for Thanksgiving in Canada.

Since 1990, the S&P 500 index has averaged a gain of 0.6% on Columbus Day, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The index’s biggest Columbus Day move during that period was in 2008, when it gained about 11.6%, and it’s moved more than 1% on the holiday six times since 1990. The S&P 500 has ticked down slightly the past three Columbus Days.

The stimulus talks have been a bit of a roller coaster, with both sides contributing to on-again-off-again negotiations ahead of a contentious election season and Supreme Court nomination. If that sounds familiar, it may because stocks were reacting similarly around the holiday last year,

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Would Shareholders Who Purchased Infinity Pharmaceuticals’ (NASDAQ:INFI) Stock Five Years Be Happy With The Share price Today?

Would Shareholders Who Purchased Infinity Pharmaceuticals’ (NASDAQ:INFI) Stock Five Years Be Happy With The Share price Today?

It is a pleasure to report that the Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:INFI) is up 42% in the last quarter. But will that repair the damage for the weary investors who have owned this stock as it declined over half a decade? Probably not. Like a ship taking on water, the share price has sunk 87% in that time. The recent bounce might mean the long decline is over, but we are not confident. The real question is whether the business can leave its past behind and improve itself over the years ahead.

We really feel for shareholders in this scenario. It’s a good reminder of the importance of diversification, and it’s worth keeping in mind there’s more to life than money, anyway.

Check out our latest analysis for Infinity Pharmaceuticals

We don’t think Infinity Pharmaceuticals’ revenue of US$1,438,000 is enough to establish significant demand. This state of affairs suggests that venture capitalists won’t provide funds on attractive terms. As a result, we think it’s unlikely shareholders are paying much attention to current revenue, but rather speculating on growth in the years to come. For example, they may be hoping that Infinity Pharmaceuticals comes up with a great new product, before it runs out of money.

We think companies that have neither significant revenues nor profits are pretty high risk. There is almost always a chance they will need to raise more capital, and their progress – and share price – will dictate how dilutive that is to current holders. While some such companies do very well over the long term, others become hyped up by promoters before eventually falling back down to earth, and going bankrupt (or being recapitalized). Infinity Pharmaceuticals has already given some investors a taste of the bitter losses that high risk investing can cause.

Infinity Pharmaceuticals

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These FTSE 100 Shares Are About To Update The Market. Should You Buy Them Today?

These FTSE 100 Shares Are About To Update The Market. Should You Buy Them Today?

These UK shares are set to release fresh financial details over the next couple of weeks. Is now the time to buy in? Or should you give them a very wide berth?

Barclays

Imminent third-quarter financials from FTSE 100 banking colossus Barclays are bound to attract plenty of attention. This is a reflection of the blue chip’s standing in its own right as well as its role as a barometer of the health of the British economy. And I have to tell you that I’m not too optimistic over what they’ll show.

UK banks have already been forced to suck up gigantic impairments resulting from the Covid-19 crisis. Barclays itself announced it had booked £3.7bn worth of credit impairments in its half-year trading update in July. Profits at the bank sunk to £1.3bn between January and June from £3bn a year earlier, too. I fear another shocking set of numbers when that quarter three statement comes out on Friday, October 23.

I don’t think there’s much incentive to buy Barclays shares today. Its forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 20 times fails to reflect the possibility of its current travails stretching well into 2021 and possibly beyond, too. As well as Covid-19, of course, the Footsie bank also faces a significant threat from a disorderly Brexit at the end of December.

On top of this, Barclays and its peers also face the prospect that the Bank of England will hold interest rates at rock-bottom levels for years to come to support the UK economy. The central bank might even introduce negative rates soon if very-public chatter from key policymakers is to be believed. In my opinion Barclays simply offers too much risk. I fully expect its long-term share price downtrend to continue.

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