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Top Ten: Weekend reads: Why investors love stock splits

Investors and traders often celebrate when a company announces a stock split. A lower share price can bring more buyers into the fold and even enable a company to be included in certain stock indexes.

Tesla said on March 28 that it would ask shareholders to authorize more shares to prepare for a split, and the company’s stock rose 8%. Then late on March 31, GameStop made a similar announcement; its shares jumped 11% in early trading on April 1.

Mark Hulbert previously explained why a stock split itself shouldn’t make you bullish about a company’s shares.

For Tesla, here’s a 2022 development that has made the stock more compelling by traditional value measures.

From Michael Brush: Here are five companies that might perform well if they split their shares.

How to talk about money

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Saving and investing are topics for discussion with anyone you care about, but eyes can glaze over quickly. You can make it easier by changing a few words, as Rick Mason explains.

Read on, as this is Financial Literacy Month:

Check out MarketWatch’s How to Invest series.

Harriet Edleson explains how to calculate your potential taxes on Social Security benefits.

Read Tomi Kilgore’s guide to the MarketWatch quote page, which includes a wealth of free information about every publicly traded company.

Try MarketWatch’s 2022 Financial Literacy Quiz. Will you get a high score?

Will Putin’s war destroy Russia?

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Nina L. Khrushcheva offers four scenarios for how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could end.

The economy keeps growing and the job market remains hot…

The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 3.6% in March — just above its pre-pandemic level. Jeffry Bartash digs further into the employment growth numbers.

Now hiring:

Employers are welcoming back these ‘boomerang’ workers

Macy’s to add 2,800 jobs with $584 million North Carolina fulfillment center

A countertrend, in one chart: Almost every part of the economy is back to normal — except this

But the bond market warns of tough times ahead

This week, the yield on two-year U.S. Treasury notes

moved higher than the yield on 10-year notes
Vivien Lou Chen explains how the inverted yield curve may affect you.

More about recession signals:

What stock-market investors need to know about the bond market’s recession signal

These 10 dividend stocks with yields of at least 5% can help you take on stagflation or a recession

How the Oscars helped a small business

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Emily Barry tells the story of how Gloucester Cinema in Massachusetts is benefiting from a locally filmed movie that won an Oscar.

Read: What’s worth streaming in April 2022 — and why Apple, HBO Max, Netflix are the must-haves

Should you go solar?

Jurica Dujmovic is having a new house built with a solar electricity system. Here’s what he has learned about solar power, electricity storage and costs.

One possible approach to soaring home prices

Phoenix has seen the most rapid home-price increases in the U.S., according to Case-Shiller data.

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Inflation is at a 40-year high, but home prices have soared even more rapidly in many U.S. markets. One possible way to make homes more affordable is to make 40-year mortgage loans available, as Jacob Passy explains.

More about the housing market:

Mortgage rates zoom past 4.5% — here’s what home buyers need to know

Crypto’s latest promise — Lowering home mortgage costs

Two ways to counter inflation

It may help to spice things up at home when you dine out less often.

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Some consumers are expected to begin switching to generic or private-label brands, which can help certain companies and lift their stocks, according to analysts at RBC Capital Markets.

When families reduce their spending on food, increased use of spices can make the changes easier to swallow, as Tonya Garcia reports.

Yale learns the importance of financial controls

In his Financial Crime column, Lukas I. Alpert tells the story of a former administrator at Yale University who stole $40 million over many years.

More financial crime: Biblical tax cheat pleads guilty to filing for $2.9 billion in phony tax refunds

This may be a better way to select a school

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You might consider relocating to be near the school of your choice, or you may have choices within your district. There’s plenty of information available about a school’s academic achievements. But David M. Houston, an assistant professor of education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., has found that raw testing scores may not be as useful as a school’s success at improving students’ performance over time.

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