Opinion: Big Tech shows its good to be big, as growth slowdown leads to stock gains while smaller rivals find only pain

After super charged, double-digital growth during the pandemic, the results from the five biggest U.S. tech giants this week showed a slowdown as they grapple with inflation, looming recession and an overall slowing economy, but they were largely rewarded by Wall Street because their size shows their strength. During the last week, all of Big … Read more

How JetBlue’s takeover of Spirit could change air travel

Passengers wait in line at the Spirit Airlines check-in counter at Orlando International Airport. Paul Hennessy | LightRocket | Getty Images Spirit Airlines relented this week and agreed to sell itself to JetBlue Airways for $3.8 billion, hours after breaking off a merger agreement with Frontier Airlines that failed to win enough shareholder support. The … Read more

‘Savings are gonna run out’: Already battered by high inflation, Fed’s rate hike will hit lower-income and rural Americans hard

The Federal Reserve hiked its benchmark rate by 0.75 percentage points on Wednesday in an effort to temper the rising costs of consumer goods and services.  While economists say raising the interest rate will help cool consumer demand and hopefully ease record-high inflation, it will also raise the cost of borrowing for everything from houses … Read more

Stocks rally again, close out best month since Nov. 2020

Stocks racked up more gains Friday as Wall Street closed out its best month since November 2020, a welcome breather for investors after a punishing year for the market. The S&P 500 index, a benchmark for many stock funds, rose 1.4% and finished 9.1% higher for July. A rebound in technology stocks, big retailers and … Read more

Last year’s backpack: Tapped out families are struggling to pay for back to school purchases

New York CNNBusiness  —  Shopping for back-to-school essentials is becoming a real struggle for families whose household budgets are stretched to the max by surging inflation. Mid-July is typically when shopping for necessities such as clothes, shoes, backpacks, classroom supplies and gadgets for the new school year gets underway in earnest. But as high inflation … Read more

Masten files for bankruptcy after NASA moon contract struggle

Lunar-focused company Masten Space Systems filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, with the venture winnowed down to a handful of people after layoffs and furloughs. The space company declared as its debts ballooned, tracing back to a NASA contract awarded to Masten two years ago. Once seen as a major win for the … Read more

Roku stock plummets toward worst drop on record after ‘frankly awful’ earnings

Shares of Roku Inc. were tumbling toward their worst drop on record Friday after the streaming company acknowledged a “significant slowdown” in advertising spending that helped propel it to weaker-than-expected results and could persist beyond the latest quarter. “Consumers began to moderate discretionary spend, and advertisers significantly curtailed spend in the ad scatter market (TV … Read more

Roku stock plummets as earnings are widely panned: ‘The sum of all of our worries’

Shares of Roku Inc. were tumbling in premarket trading Friday after the streaming company acknowledged a “significant slowdown” in advertising spending that helped propel it to weaker-than-expected results and could persist beyond the latest quarter. “Consumers began to moderate discretionary spend, and advertisers significantly curtailed spend in the ad scatter market (TV ads bought during … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Friday, July 29

A screen displays the Fed rate announcement as a trader reacts on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., July 27, 2022.  Brendan Mcdermid | Reuters Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Taking stock on a summer Friday … Read more

Amazon stock jumps 12% as sales beat and AWS growth overcome a second straight quarterly loss

Amazon.com Inc. decided to cut back after years of pouring money into growth, and the result was a second consecutive quarterly loss, but a beat on sales and continued strong growth from Amazon Web Services helped push the stock higher in after-hours trading Thursday. Amazon AMZN, +1.08% reported a second-quarter loss of $2 billion, or … Read more