Top Ten: Weekend roundup: Tesla’s big splash | Retail’s opportunity | Eating turkey tails
MarketWatch rounded up 10 of its most interesting topics over the past week.
1. Game-changer from Tesla
Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Must previewed an electric semi truck that could haul up to 80,000 pounds, have a 500-mile range and could revolutionize the U.S. long-haul transportation industry. He also said a new version of the Tesla Roadster is on the way — one that can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles an hour in less than two seconds.
Read on: 4 ways Tesla’s electric truck announcement could change our roads
2. Bad retail
Target Corp.’s TGT, +5.52% third-quarter earnings were better than analysts had expected, but its shares still sank 10% on Wednesday and haven’t fully recovered. Tonya Garcia explains investors’ concerns about Target’s turnaround efforts.
Also see: Here’s how tied retail stocks are to Black Friday and holiday shopping
3. Good retail
Wal-Mart Corp. WMT, -2.16% showed how a brick-and-mortar retailer can make great improvements in online offerings and sales. The company is working to poach some wealthier customers from Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, -0.65%
More retail coverage:
• TJX’s weaker-than-expected results were a ‘blip,’ present an opportunity for investors
• Best Buy blamed its sales miss on the late launch of an ‘iconic’ phone, but analysts shrugged
• Wal-Mart might finally be a better investment than Amazon
• Home Depot is the big winner in the downfall of Sears
4. How important it is for you — or a loved one — to select a good investment adviser
Quentin Fottrell — MarketWatch’s Moneyist — gives direct advice to a reader whose mother was taken advantage of by an investment adviser.
5. Tech, jobs and cities
Here’s a series about how technology is changing employment prospects for blue- and white-collar workers, and which cities are most affected:
• Silvia Ascarelli shares charts showing how much more important computer skills have become for “good” jobs that don’t require college degree, and provides detail on the particular computer knowledge needed.
• Rachel Koning Beals describes leadership and other “human” skills that can keep workers relevant in the higher-tech economy.
• Here’s a look at how cities are competing in the digital economy from Andrea Riquier.
6. Hope for active fund managers
The continued flow of money into index funds may have hit the point where active money managers have a better chance of finding undervalued companies to invest in.
7. Looking beyond the FAANG stocks
There’s no question that the FAANG companies — Facebook Inc. FB, -0.33% Amazon.com Inc. AMZ, +0.13% Apple Inc. AAPL, -0.56% Netflix Inc. NFLX, -1.18% and Google holding company Alphabet Inc. GOOG, -1.30% GOOGL, -1.20% — are putting up amazing sales-growth numbers. But the high valuations to earnings, especially for Amazon and Netflix, underscore the risk that sales growth may slow and the stocks may tumble. Here are three rapidly growing large-cap companies with much lower price-to-earnings valuations.
8. Tax cuts move closer to reality
The House of Representatives has passed the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. Next, the Senate will negotiate and vote on its own version of the bill. Here’s how the House’s version works. A date for a Senate vote hasn’t been set, but could be the week after Thanksgiving.
More on tax reform: This brutal chart shows what happens when the Senate tax cuts sunset
The strange, 5,000-mile journey a turkey tail takes
Your Thanksgiving turkey has an edible tail — and it has become a favorite food in a country far from your dinner table.
10. Go to sleep!
Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at University of California, Berkeley, explains how a lack of sleep increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and cancer.
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