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The US tech giant blamed the attacks on Hafnium, a state-sponsored group operating out of China.

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03 Mar, 2021 / 07:28

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is increasingly likely to beat analyst consensusfor services revenue in the March quarter, thanks to ...

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03 Mar, 2021 / 06:33

The MagSafe adapter long found on laptops made by Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) could make a comeback on future iPhones, according to a ...

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03 Mar, 2021 / 06:24

The Reddit forum that led the short squeeze in the shares of GameStop Corp (NYSE: GME) is buzzing with discussion on new short squeeze ...

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03 Mar, 2021 / 05:44

The collaboration is further evidence of an institutional crypto charge happening in innovation-friendly trading hubs like Hong Kong.

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03 Mar, 2021 / 02:30

It’s a busy day ahead on the economic calendar. Economic data from the U.S will draw plenty of interest, with service sector PMIs from the Eurozone also in focus.

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03 Mar, 2021 / 02:19

The safe-haven U.S. dollar remained broadly weaker on Wednesday as Treasury yields retreated further, restoring some calm to global markets and reigniting demand for riskier assets. Commodity-linked currencies including the Australian dollar and the Norwegian krone held on to sizeable two-day advances. The lower U.S. bond yields also sapped some of the dollar's allure among fellow low-yielding currencies, with the yen and Swiss franc bouncing off multi-month lows overnight.

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03 Mar, 2021 / 02:12

It’s a mixed start to the day. A Bitcoin move back through to $50,000 levels should support the broader market.

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03 Mar, 2021 / 00:54

It’s a bearish start to the day for the majors. Failure to move through the day’s pivot levels would leave support levels in play.

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03 Mar, 2021 / 00:23

China-based government hackers have exploited a bug in Microsoft's email server software to target U.S. organizations, the company said Tuesday.

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03 Mar, 2021 / 00:18

Asian shares edged higher on Wednesday as investors shrugged off concerns that stocks may have rallied too far too fast in the past year, and focused instead on optimism that more imminent U.S. stimulus will energise the global economic recovery. But some analysts warned that worries that stock prices may be frothy, a fear echoed by a top Chinese regulatory official on Tuesday, may make it harder for equity markets to hang on to gains. Fears that last week's sell-off in U.S. Treasuries, which rattled stock markets, could resume may also put a lid on stock prices, they said.

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03 Mar, 2021 / 00:13

Gary Gensler was careful to strike a balance between emphasizing regulating suspicious behavior as well as encouraging new innovations.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 23:53

Investors who have owned stocks since 2016 generally have experienced some big gains. In fact, the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY) total return in the past five years is 116.7%. But there is no question some big-name stocks performed better than others along the way. Dollar Tree’s Difficult Run: One company that has been a lackluster investment in the past five years is dollar store giant Dollar Tree, Inc. (NYSE: DLTR). While dollar store competitors Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) and Five Below Inc (NASDAQ: FIVE) have thrived in the Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) era, Dollar Tree shares have significantly lagged the overall market in recent years. From 2010 to 2019, Dollar Tree underwent a rapid period of expansion, growing its store footprint from around 4,000 locations to more than 16,000 stores in 44 different U.S. states. Part of that significant growth included an $8.5 billion buyout of Family Dollar back in 2015. However, Dollar Tree announced in 2019 it was closing up to 390 Family Dollar stores and renovate another 1,000 stores as part of a strategic repositioning plan. At the beginning of 2016, Dollar Tree shares were trading at around $77. By mid-2016, Dollar Tree shares got so close to $100 investors could taste it, but the stock peaked at $99.83 before pulling back. The stock eventually found support at $65.65 in mid-2017 before going on another big run. Dollar Tree made it up to $116.65 in early 2018 before dropping back to $78.78 late in the year. Dollar Tree made it as high as $119.71 in late 2019 prior to the 2020 pandemic. Related Link: Here's How Much Investing ,000 In Target Stock 5 Years Ago Would Be Worth Today Dollar Tree In 2021, Beyond: Fortunately for Dollar Tree investors, the dollar store business held up relatively well throughout the 2020 health crisis. Dollar Tree shares hit their low point of the past five years during the March market sell-off, initially dropping as low as $60.20 before bouncing back. Unfortunately, the stock lagged other discount retailers since the pandemic lows even after reporting 29% EPS growth in the third quarter and telling investors the holiday shopping season was off to a “very good start.” Dollar Tree shares made it as high as $115.45 in early 2021 before pulling back to around $97. Despite the stock’s struggles, Dollar Tree investors who bought five years ago and held on have still generated positive returns during one of the hottest market periods in recent history. In fact, $1,000 in Dollar Tree stock bought in 2016 would be worth about $1,209 today, assuming reinvested dividends. Looking ahead, analysts are expecting Dollar Tree to come back to life in the next 12 months. The average price Dollar Tree among the 24 analysts covering the stock is $125, suggesting 28.5% upside from current levels. Photo by M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia. See more from BenzingaClick here for options trades from BenzingaDetroit's Mortgage Giants Rocket Higher Amid Latest WallStreetBets-Sparked Short SqueezeZoom Video Analysts Cautious Following Earnings Beat: 'Rich Multiple Given Implied Deceleration'© 2021 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 23:25

How Gary Gensler approached the $400 trillion swaps market at the CFTC points to how he might approach crypto at the SEC.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 23:19

One of the hottest games of 2020 is part of an acquisition announced Tuesday in the video game sector. What Happened: Epic Games, ...

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02 Mar, 2021 / 22:58

"Fortnite" maker Epic Games Inc. said Tuesday it is acquiring Tonic Games Group, maker of the hit "Fall Guys" videogame, putting two of the most popular videogames titles under one roof.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 22:56

Stocks finished Tuesday lower, as profit-taking took hold of Wall Street just one session after the major benchmarks all notched their best day in months.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 22:49

Buying a stock is easy, but purchasing the right stock without a proven strategy is incredibly hard. Here are the best Robinhood stocks to buy now.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 22:09

Bitcoin bulls struggle to pare the weekend's losses despite a strong start on Monday.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 22:03

A China-linked cyberespionage group has been remotely plundering email inboxes using freshly discovered flaws in Microsoft mail server software, the company and outside researchers said on Tuesday - an example of how commonly used programs can be exploited to cast a wide net online. In a blog post, Microsoft said the hacking campaign made use of four previously undetected vulnerabilities in different versions of the software and was the work of a group it dubs HAFNIUM, which it described as a state-sponsored entity operating out of China. All they needed to know were the details of Exchange server and of the account they wanted to pillage its emails, Volexity said.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 21:57

Institutions are buying more bitcoin per month than what's being mined, and there just isn't enough for everyone.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 21:42

A China-linked cyberespionage group has been remotely plundering email inboxes using freshly discovered flaws in Microsoft mail server software, the company and outside researchers said on Tuesday - an example of how commonly used programs can be exploited to cast a wide net online. In a blog post, Microsoft said the hacking campaign made use of four previously undetected vulnerabilities in different versions of the software and was the work of a group it dubs HAFNIUM, which it described as a state-sponsored entity operating out of China. All they needed to know were the details of Exchange server and of the account they wanted to pillage its emails, Volexity said.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 21:30

An unknown hacking group recently broke into organizations using a newly discovered flaw in Microsoft mail server software, a researcher said on Tuesday, in an example of how commonly used programs can be exploited to cast a wide net online. Microsoft's near-ubiquitous suite of products has been under scrutiny since the hack of SolarWinds, the Texas-based software firm that served as a springboard for several intrusions across government and the private sector. In other cases, hackers took advantage of the way customers had set up their Microsoft services to compromise their targets or dive further into affected networks.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 21:23

A rally in Zoom stock evaporated on Tuesday as analysts mulled fiscal 2022 guidance. Zoom stock had gained after it reported fourth-quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst estimates.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 21:15

(Bloomberg) -- The sudden shortage of semiconductors is disrupting automotive production and limiting revenue growth for Apple Inc. It’s created a stock market boon, however, for the makers of chip production equipment.Those companies have emerged as the biggest winners from the supply crunch as chipmakers rush to add more factory capacity. Applied Materials Inc., the world’s biggest equipment maker, has seen its shares advance 36% this year, making it the best performer in a semiconductor index. Brooks Automation Inc., Lam Research Corp. and KLA Corp. are each up more than 19%, nearly twice the gain in the Philadelphia semiconductor index. The stocks fell on Tuesday amid a broad technology slump following a two-day rally.Expanding equipment budgets by major chipmakers and governments concerned about foreign dominance of production facilities are giving Wall Street increasing confidence that the rally has staying power.“Over the next three to five years, this is definitely very bullish for semicap equipment in terms of overall tightness and focus on domestic supply,” said Krish Sankar, an analyst with Cowen & Co.The shortfall is a problem that seemed unthinkable a year ago when a rapidly spreading Covid-19 virus sent economic activity plummeting as companies began efforts to reduce production in anticipation of ebbing sales. Instead, after an initial shock, sales in many industries surged and companies scrambled to boost inventories. Many chipmakers are now producing at maximum capacity and governments are suddenly looking at a dearth of homegrown plants as a national security risk.Supply CrunchU.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order last week to review the country’s supply chains for semiconductors and other products. While there aren’t expected to be any quick fixes, industry watchers say the long-term trend is clear: more equipment will be needed.“The semiconductor industry is running on all cylinders, and you’re seeing companies that might in the past have been reluctant to commit to capex (capital expenditures) now all of a sudden trying to ramp up as quickly as they can,” said Daniel Morgan, a senior portfolio manager with Synovus Trust Co., which owns shares of Applied Materials.Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which produces chips for Apple and Broadcom Inc., plans to spend $12 billion to construct a plant in Arizona. Some of the costs for that facility were included in the company’s capital spending plans for 2021 that sparked a rally in chip related stocks around the world in January. Broadcom’s capital outlays could total as much as $28 billion, up from $17 billion in 2020.Huge manufacturers like Taiwan Semi building smaller plants in new regions creates particularly attractive opportunities for Applied Materials, Chief Executive Officer Gary Dickerson said on the Santa Clara, California-based company’s earnings call last month.“You have to look at the scale of the factories they’re building and at least what’s been announced is smaller scale,” he said. “That somewhat less efficient factory size is a positive for Applied.”In addition to Applied Materials, top picks for Cowen’s Sankar include Lam Research and MKS Instruments Inc.“You have an environment where demand is very strong, supply is constrained and then you add to it domestic supply build out,” the analyst said in an interview. “At some point these things will normalize, but it won’t be any time soon.”(Updates chart and closes shares in second paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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02 Mar, 2021 / 21:14