Synchrony, the bank spun off from General Electric in 2014, has posted impressive asset growth and profitability in recent years. But some investors are leery of the stock because of the potential for steep losses if the U.S. economy takes a turn for the worse.
The Financial Stability Oversight Council, a panel of top U.S. regulators charged with preventing future financial crises, met Thursday to discuss the past decade's surge in corporate borrowing, much of it by companies with junk-grade credit rating. An economic downturn likely would bring a wave of credit-rating downgrades and debt defaults that could ripple across markets.
The five biggest U.S. private-equity firms have raised almost $350 billion of 'dry powder' from pension funds, foreign governments and other institutional investors that must now be spent on everything from corporate acquisitions to business loans and real estate. The problem is, the assets have gotten too expensive.
But is a Teva turnaround still coming after the stock's 70% loss in the past five years?
Companies in the S&P 500 bought back a record $806 billion of their own shares last year. But the tactic - used by CEOs to juice their stock prices - may become less common as more companies confront the need to pay down debt, Bank of America analysts warn in a new note.
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon says he doesn't worry about loan growth. But Wall Street analysts do - and the brokerage firm KBW is projecting a slowdown at the biggest U.S. bank this year and next - even as profit margins shrink on new and existing loans.
Brexit is not the only big issue getting kicked down the road lately.
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