NewsWatch: How Apple’s stock split will change the pecking order in the 124-year old Dow industrials

NewsWatch: How Apple’s stock split will change the pecking order in the 124-year old Dow industrials
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The iPhone maker on Thursday announced that its board approved the stock split. The split will impact owners of record as of Aug. 24 and Apple AAPL's shares, which closed at $384.76 on Thursday, will trade on a split-adjusted basis on Aug. 31. See full story.


Silver: poor man’s gold no more?

Investors have focused on a rise in record prices for gold, but silver’s up nearly 25% in July—the metal’s second-biggest monthly gain on record—and it’s still undervalued compared with the yellow metal. See full story.



Dr. Osterholm: Americans will be living with the coronavirus for decades

On Jan. 20, just nine days after Chinese health authorities published the DNA sequence for a new coronavirus that was causing concern in China, Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, wrote in an email: “I’m certain this will cause our next pandemic.” See full story.


Apple and Amazon dominate an economy ‘without mouths or noses’ but 10% of jobs may never come back, strategist says

Sure, the tech results were great, and they will continue to be during the pandemic. But expect bond yields to fall further, one strategist says. See full story.

Why the S&P 500 may now be easier to beat and what this means for your investments

Tesla would be the latest example of how inclusion in the S&P 500 weakens a company’s stock performance, writes Mark Hulbert. See full story.


MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE

The HEALS Act’s proposed liability shield would let consumers and employees successfully sue for COVID-19 exposure only if they can prove ‘gross negligence’ or ‘willful misconduct.’ See full story.