Democrats release Trump’s tax returns, and CPAs have questions: ‘In order to generate these kinds of losses, you need to be super rich. It’s not a poor man’s game.’

The nonpartisan committee’s findings also raised several red flags related to the filings, namely Trump’s carryover losses, loans to his children that may or may not also be considered taxable gifts, and deduction-related tax write-offs.  That year, as the COVID pandemic hit, the Trumps reported a loss of $4.8 million. For 2018 and 2019, the … Read more

Tesla’s stock drop has been bad. But this company has hurt investors even more.

Elon Musk has been trying this week to defend Tesla’s abysmal stock performance in 2022. The electric vehicle giant has seen its stock plummet by 61% this year, making it the 11th-worst performing stock in the S&P 500 in 2022. “As bank savings account interest rates, which are guaranteed, start to approach stock market returns, … Read more

Investors may be whistling past the graveyard of a recession with latest rally in stocks

Investors feeling giddy about last week’s sharp rally for stocks might want to give a listen to Tom Waits’ song, “Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard” from 1978, to sober up for the dangers that still lurk ahead. The surge in stocks catapulted the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.92% almost back to the 4,000 mark on Friday, … Read more

Disney overtook Netflix as the streaming leader, and is expected to widen the lead

Walt Disney Co. displaced Netflix Inc. as king of the video-streaming market, and it is expected to widen the gap. Disney DIS, +0.33% seized the mantle three months ago as its potent content troika of Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ reached 221 million customers, edging Netflix’s 220 million subscribers. Analysts expect Disney to report more than … Read more

Apple and Google stocks just had their worst week in more than two years

Shares of Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc. both suffered their largest weekly declines since the beginning days of the pandemic this week, as Big Tech companies continued to draw closer scrutiny from Wall Street. Apple’s stock AAPL, -0.19% finished down 11.2% on the week, its worst weekly performance since the week that ended March 20, … Read more

Elon Musk on the hook to pay more than $200 million to 3 fired Twitter execs

This story was updated with a more current tally of shares from Twitter’s most recent proxy statement.  When Twitter Inc.’s top executives walked out of its San Francisco headquarters Thursday, they may as well have been carrying bags of Elon Musk’s cash. Chief Executive Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal and Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s … Read more

Elon Musk says Twitter will eventually be part of ‘X, the everything app’

Elon Musk has a new plan for Twitter Inc. after giving up a legal battle and agreeing to pay $44 billion for the company Tuesday. ““Buying Twitter is an accelerant to creating X, the everything app”” — Elon Musk That tweet was Musk’s first public statement Tuesday about the decision, which was revealed in a … Read more

Facebook stock falls to yet another ignominious level

Facebook was a member of the exclusive $1 trillion club a year ago, but it’s fallen a long way since then. Now named Meta Platforms Inc. META, -2.18%, the company saw its market value fall below $400 billion Friday for the first time since Jan. 7, 2019, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Meta’s valuation … Read more

The Meta meltdown: This chart shows Facebook’s fall from grace among the most valuable U.S. companies

Dogged by competitive and macroeconomic threats, Meta Platforms Inc. is sinking down the ranks of the largest U.S. companies. After a 9.4% daily slide in its stock, Meta META, -9.37% ranked 10th by market value as of Tuesday’s close, falling below Visa Inc. V, -3.37% for the first time since the start of August. Meta, … Read more

Upstart outlook comes up short, but CEO says he’s ‘confident’ in value of AI lending

Upstart Holdings Inc. delivered a lower-than-expected revenue forecast for the current quarter, but its chief executive expressed confidence in the performance and value of artificial-intelligence-driven lending. Since Upstart UPST, +9.02% offered preliminary second-quarter results a month ago that fell shy of expectations, the key issue headed into the company’s official earnings report was its outlook. … Read more