Canadian insurer Manulife Financial Corp. (MFC) is considering a spinoff or initial public offering for its John Hancock unit, sources told the Wall Street Journal Thursday.
The move would be in response to low interest rates, which has been a drain on the insurance sector. Rivals Metlife Inc. (MET) and AXA SA (AXAHY) have already shaved off large portions of their businesses in response to the Federal Reserve's rates.
Manulife has been under pressure from shareholders for years to sell Hancock, its U.S. unit.
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How can we argue with this one: Shark Tank Star Kevin O'Leary is more fond of Tesla's (TSLA) product than its stock.
"At some point it has to fall to gravity," he said told TheStreet's Scott Gamm in an interview. "It's been trading on a different planet for years and now it has to trade on Earth." Amen.
Relax Apple stock bulls: For now, reports suggest a moderate delay in the Apple (AAPL) iPhone 8 ramp, rather than something more severe points out TheStreet's Eric Jhonsa. So far, the market has shrugged off concerns on a possible delayed iPhone 8 release (as in it misses the holiday launch window). But it's worthwhile to keep something in mind: Apple shares have lagged the S&P 500 over the past month, so some doubt may be trickling into the bull camp.
This beverage executive just went off the rails: Hat tip to TheStreet's Lindsay Rittenhouse for an insightful interview with SodaStream's (SODA) CEO Daniel Birnbaum, who pulled no punches in his views on PepsiCo (PEP) and Coca-Cola (KO) .
Said Birnbaum on why his company's stock has surged this year:
The company is addressing mega trends - health and wellness, convenience, consumer choice and good, important values. We have the right product at the right time. Our competition is prehistoric and that might explain the success we've seen around the world, particularly in Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Norway, all over the world. This is not a local phenomenon. This is a global mega trend. We're looking to embrace a sustainable world for our children to live in.
Birnbaum didn't shut the door on making acquisitions, either.
OK Target, we see you: It looks like shoppers are noticing some more deals scattered about Target (TGT) stores.
The discount retailer, which has sought to slash prices this year to better compete with rivals Walmart (WMT) and Amazon (AMZN) , said Thursday its second quarter results would come in above the high-end of its estimates for 95 cents a share to $1.15 a share. Target credited improved traffic and sales trends through the first two months of the second quarter.