More Americans are cutting up their credit cards, and it's for a reason you might not expect.
The rise of mobile applications and Near-Field Communications (NFC) technology continues to carve market share from plastic payment methods.
And now, the trend is going mainstream in one of the most trafficked businesses in America.
Starbucks Corp. (Nasdaq: SBUX) announced this week that it currently receives 11% of its U.S. and Canadian sales through its mobile application. And that figure is expected to rise as the company continues to market its convenient closed-loop payment system.Click here to continue reading...
Big Dow Index Changes: What They Mean for Your Stocks
In the biggest Dow Index changes in nearly a decade, Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA), Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), and Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) are being dumped from the closely watched 30-stock index.
Athletic gear maker Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) steps into the place of Alcoa, a Dow component for 54 years. Payments company Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) will unseat HP, which joined the blue-chip benchmark in 1997. And Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) replaces BofA, which joined the index five years ago.
How Investors Can Unlock the Power of Profit Margins
Running a business is all about making a profit, so it makes sense that one of the best measures of a company's performance is its profit margins.
Strong profit margins almost always mean a company is well-run, stable, and making money.
A company with healthy profit margins indicates it is efficient at allocating capital and controlling costs, so it can deliver more revenue to the bottom line.
It also means the business has built-in safety. Therefore, a sales slump is less likely to cause an operating loss.