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Companies are responding to customers’ demand for protection—and style. The most recent example is the supposedly bulletproof Tesla cybertruck. One question Tesla bulls may not have fully considered: Why buy a cybertruck when you could have a Batmobile?

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Birkin and Kelly handbags are more expensive to buy secondhand than new, making it hard for the French luxury brand to take control of the growing resale market

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Bets against market volatility and an excess of confidence among investors may be amplifying the rout beyond rational calculations of the outbreak’s spread.

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The outbreak is emerging as perhaps the greatest risk the global economy has faced since the 2008 financial crisis.

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Investors have been flocking to cloud and software names, but Microsoft’s warning shows the coronavirus’s impact is wide.

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The martial-arts action hero ran afoul of U.S. securities regulators for touting a cryptocurrency, Bitcoiin2Gen.

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Current problems linked to the coronavirus epidemic aside, Anheuser-Busch InBev’s success with Budweiser in China shows the way for other markets.

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The owner of Enfamil baby food and Lysol disinfectant took a multibillion-dollar write-down and reset its margin. But there are still reasons to be optimistic.

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The payments company apparently managed a neat trick at the end of last year: changing its pricing without sacrificing volume.

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The French company behind Dannon yoghurt and Evian bottled water has announced a new carbon-adjusted earnings per share metric. It could help investors currently struggling to value climate-change risks.

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Investors have been disappointed too often to give car manufacturers much advance credit for cost-cutting plans. In the case of the industry’s big merger, that may create an opportunity for those that dare to break ranks.

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The industry has offered some of the past decade’s best investment opportunities. Now, however, the prognosis looks shaky.

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Investors like catastrophe bonds as an asset class uncorrelated with the markets they typically invest in. In moments of extreme stress, pandemic bonds can’t offer that.