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The Worst Performing Stocks In The S&P 500 So Far, From Boeing To Intel


  • Drugstore chain Walgreens was the worst-performing company in the S&P 500, a benchmark that tracks the share prices of the 500 largest U.S. companies. In the first six months of the year, Walgreens’ stock price halved to its lowest level since the mid-1990s, coinciding with the company’s plans to close up to a quarter of its locations as analysts predicted Walgreens’ worst annual profit since 2013.
  • Lululemon, the high-end athletic apparel company, is the second-worst performing stock YTD on the S&P, as analysts expect the retailer to report its worst annual revenue growth since Lululemon went public in 2007 ., other than the fiscal year ending in January. 2021.
  • Intel, the S&P’s third-worst performer, was perhaps the most surprising loser, given that rival Nvidia and other silicon chip companies have been among the best-returning investments this year amid the AI ​​frenzy. Intel’s stock has largely been a victim  of the company’s prolonged decline in business competition has intensified, with some analysts going so far as to declare Intel a “broken company.” Intel’s first-quarter earnings of $1.8 billion before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization were the second worst first quarter since at least 2000, an improvement over last year’s EBITDA of $962 million. , but represents an 82% drop from $10.3 billion in the first quarter of 2020. For reference, Nvidia’s net profit for the spring quarter rose from $1.1 billion to $17.3 billion from 2020 to 2024
  • Boeing, the 10th largest returner in the S&P, certainly wasn’t shockingly low. Its stock market woes came as the airline faced what has become a public relations nightmare after several of its commercial jets broke down. That led to a Justice Department investigation, a congressional hearing focused on its problems, and this spring its worst quarterly earnings in eight quarters. All of this has disappointed investors, and Boeing is on a five-year streak of negative earnings.
  • For shares of entertainment giants Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global, the fifth and twelfth biggest losers in the S&P, respectively, had a far from picture-perfect 2024 as both HBO parent WBD and CBS parent Paramount struggled with shaky balance sheets. WBD and Paramount reported net losses of $966 million and $563 million, respectively, in the first quarter — far worse than Wall Street’s Hollywood darling Netflix’s net income of $2.2 billion.
  • Such negative headlines weighed on entertainment conglomerates, and the expected loss of WBD’s NBA rights led to a 10% one-day selloff on April 30, while Paramount shares tumbled 8% on June 11 after the company ended talks to sell Skydance Media, managed by the son of billionaire Larry Ellison – David Ellison.

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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