The big operator of theme parks and waterparks is entering the best part of its year and should continue to produce higher dividends as it moves forward.
Stephen Schwarzman, founder and CEO of the giant U.S. private-equity firm Blackstone, was already one of the world's richest men. But after an announcement that the partnership will convert to a stock corporation sparked the biggest one-day rally in its publicly traded units, Schwarzman is immediately $573 million richer on paper.
The company is facing increasing competition from a host of mobile apps for its core business.
Citigroup produced the best trading results during the first quarter, with the least-bad performance during a period marred by lackluster client activity, the prolonged U.S. government shutdown and nagging uncertainties about the trajectory of the global economy. The 2018 leader, Goldman Sachs, slipped to last place.
Morgan Stanley says first-quarter profit falls 9% from a year earlier as revenue tumbles in the New York-based investment bank's trading business. But the results still exceed the expectations of Wall Street analysts.
BlackRock continues to steal market share from mutual-fund competitors with its suite of exchange-traded funds. Analysts say investors' increasing preference for ETFs shows no sign of abating. But because of the low fees charged by ETFs, profit margins are shrinking.
Bank of America says that lending income would grow just 3% this year, down from about 6% in 2018, as the economy slows and the Federal Reserve halts its three-year campaign to boost official U.S. interest rates.
Both big banks are modestly valued with hefty dividend yields.
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