Some experts think it will be the trigger for the next financial collapse. Others call it a “national crisis” of unprecedented proportions.
But what all of them agree on is that there’s no way US pension funds can keep their promises to the next wave of retirees.
Right now, millions of Americans are hard at work believing their pensions will be their saving grace for retirement. But the predicament pension funds across the United States find themselves in does not just spell trouble for the distant future.
The crisis is happening as we speak.
Though the challenges are well known by now, many believe that public-sector pension funds will be maintained and the gaps filled by strong investment returns, increasing employee contributions, raising taxes, or some combination of the three. They hope with these measures and ongoing strong asset returns, liabilities can be reduced and pensions salvaged. Unfortunately, this is wishful thinking at best.
Hot Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: American International Group Inc.(AIG)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Heading into its earnings following the close of trading yesterday, shares of American International Group (AIG) had gained 34% from its low on Jun. 28 to Feb. 14. Then the bottom fell out.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.
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- [By Dan Caplinger]
Wednesday was yet another record-setting day for the stock market, as the Dow climbed triple digits and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite followed the venerable average to unprecedented heights. Economic data showing rising inflation made it more likely that the Federal Reserve will look to boost interest rates at its next Federal Open Market Committee meeting next month, and the ripples throughout the bond market sent many investors to consider stocks instead. Yet despite the substantial rally, some stocks missed out on the move higher, and American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Teck Resources (NYSE:TECK), and Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
BMO’s Charles Sebaski explains why he upgraded American International Group (AIG) to Outperform from market Perform:
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AIG has been trading at discount to its tangible book given its mid-single digit return profile; however, we expect AIGs valuation to keep increasing with its improving return profile. We are now forecasting AIG to generate a 9.9% operating return on tangible common equity (ROtE) in 2018, which would be a 450 bp improvement from 2016. A double-digit return profile warrants the 1x multiple that we are applying to its tangible book value per share. While we expect AIGs return profile to benefit from lower taxes, we also expect the companys life and retirement business to improve from the rising interest rates as those spread businesses are more interest rate sensitive than the P&C business. That said, we expect continued improvement on both the loss and expense sides of the P&C as contributing factors to the ROtE improve.
BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).
Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
American International Group (AIG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings fell well short of the Street consensus.
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AIG dropped 8.9% to $60.85 today, while the S&P 500 gained 0.5% to 2,349.25.
Yes, AIG’s earnings were bad. It reported an operating loss of $2.72 a share, missing forecasts for a profit of 42 cents, according to Bloomberg. And it didn’t help that John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. cut its stake in the insurer.
You’ll notice the forecast is different than what it was in my earlier post on AIG–and an AIG spokesperson even reached out to tell me that the consensus, at least according to FactSet, should had been for a loss of 61 cents a share. Why the confusion? RBC’s Mark Dwelle and Scott Heleniak have your answer:
In reporting results AIG has recast all of its business segments, transferring various pieces to a Legacy unit, reallocating corporate expenses and net investment income as well as making some changes as to what is included within operating income, the most notable of which is that loss reserve discount effects in U.S. Commercial Insurance (and the Legacy unit) are now excluded from Operating Income. Accordingly, comparisons to prior reported results, and to some extent our 4Q16 estimates, require some reconciliation.
Macquarie’sAmit Kumar considers the bull and bear cases on AIG:
On 2/14, after market close, AIG reported a Q4 operating loss of $2.72 per share vs. our estimate of a $0.52 loss and street consensus of a $0.54 loss. Results are not directly comparable to street consensus due to lack of unanimity in terms of reserve adjustment estimates. Results included a higher than estimated $5.6 billion or $3.56/share of adverse development. The company had previously announced the possibility of a material reserve charge in the quarter. The bulls on the stock would note that this quar
Hot Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: The NASDAQ OMX Group Inc.(NDAQ)
- [By CNNMoney Staff]
Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.
- [By Brent Slava]
Power Solutions International Inc (NASDAQ: PSIX) shares plunged as much as 30 percent Tuesday on a report the company would be delisting from Nasdaq Inc (NASDAQ: NDAQ).
- [By Maureen Farrell]
Twitter will try not to mimic Facebook’s mistakes on IPO day.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) At the start of last year, Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Morgan Stanley (MS, Fortune 500) were on top of the tech world. Both landed key roles in Facebook’s hotly anticipated initial public offering.
But Facebook’s IPO changed that. Both companies were widely criticized for Facebook’s face plant of a debut. The problems that marred Facebook’s IPO clearly hurt the image of Nasdaq and Morgan Stanley.
- [By Hibah Yousuf]
In a report outlining the growing operational risks at trading exchanges, S&P said the noticeable increase in technical snafus could trigger ratings downgrades for major operators like NYSE Euronext (NYX), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ) and BATS Global Markets over the next few years.
- [By Jake Zamansky]
The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday afternoon it was in contact with the NASDAQ OMX Group (NDAQ) after the brief outage in the system that was at the heart of the three hour shutdown in August, according to a report by Reuters.
Hot Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Euro/Yen(EJ)
- [By Belinda Cao]
E-House China Holdings Ltd. (EJ), a real estate brokerage, gained 9.2 percent to $9.70, extending it advance to a third week. Its American depositary receipts retreated 3.1 percent Sept. 20 from the highest level since May 2011.
Hot Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN)
- [By Casey Wilson]
Investing in commodity-based ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or ETNs (exchange-traded notes) is a great way to gain exposure to a specific commodity, like corn (NYSE Arca: CORN), livestock (NYSE Arca: COW), or grains (NYSE Arca: GRU).