The Detroit audience for the Republican debate got noisy. Young women were dabbing behind the moderators. Protesters were hollering at Donald Trump from the cheap seats. Three people were removed from the theater by police.
The crowd for Thursday night’s GOP debate was so rowdy so loud and sometimes even disruptive that it has people asking whether debates should have audiences at all.
For better and sometimes for worse, “audiences contribute to political theater,” former “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory said.
There are many good reasons to have a full house during debates. The candidates are able to invite big donors, friends and family members; they’re obviously buoyed by friendly faces in the crowd. The networks and the political parties are also able to give away tickets.
stock certificate: Clarke(t)
- [By Adam Levy]
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It was just a little more than a year ago when Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) was the largest U.S. pay-TV provider. And it wasn’t even close. But after AT&T (NYSE:T) merged with DirecTV, it took over the top spot. Now, AT&T’s rival telecom company, Verizon (NYSE:VZ), is reportedly considering a megamerger of its own with Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR). The move would put the combined company’s total video subscriber count very close to Comcast’s.
The potential merger points to a big hole in Comcast’s service offerings — its lack of wireless service. If customers can save money by bundling their TV, internet, and wireless bills together with its competitors, Comcast stands to lose customers. But Comcast’s management and investors shouldn’t lose sleep over the possibility that its two biggest competitors offer wireless service.
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
AT&T Inc. (T) currently yields 4.7% and pays a 48-cents-per-share quarterly dividend. Since 2008, T has been upping its quarterly dividend by $0.01 per year.
- [By Leo Sun]
With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).
- [By Laurie Kulikowski]
We rate AT&T INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.
- [By Brian Feroldi, Dan Caplinger, Rich Duprey, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]
In order to point you in the right direction, we asked a team of Fools to highlight a dividend stock that they feel is a great stock for a beginner. Read on to see why they picked AT&T (NYSE:T),Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL),Anheuser-Busch InBev(NYSE:BUD), Mastercard(NYSE:MA), andJPMorgan Chase(NYSE:JPM).
stock certificate: The NASDAQ OMX Group Inc.(NDAQ)
- [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 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.
- [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 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.
stock certificate: Straight Path Communications Inc.(STRP)
- [By Ashley Moore]
We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…
Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00
Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.
stock certificate: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Trump recently appointed former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as head of his cybersecurity task force. Trump has pledged to immediately initiate a review of “all U.S. cyber defenses and vulnerabilities, including critical infrastructure.” The review and response process could mean new government contracts on the way for cybersecurity stocks such as FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW).
- [By Lisa Levin]
Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) was down, falling around 23 percent to $116.87. Palo Alto posted upbeat Q2 earnings, but sales missed expectations. The company also issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. JP Morgan downgraded Palo Alto from Overweight to Neutral, while Baird downgraded the stock from Outperform to Neutral.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Barracuda Networks peaking in 2015 before drifting into underperformance and then back up againwhile mid cap Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and large cap Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) also peaked in 2015 and bounced back a bit last year:
stock certificate: Diebold, Incorporated(DBD)
- [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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stock certificate: Caesars Acquisition Company(CACQ)
- [By Travis Hoium]
The big unknown with Caesars Entertainment is how the company’s proposed acquisition of Caesars Acquisition Company (NASDAQ:CACQ) and the resolution of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company’s bankruptcy will end up.