Here at the Fool, we've searched high and low across the Web this Tuesday morning to find the biggest news and best stories around. Here are your top five morning reads.
1. Bring on more health-care debate!
A new study by Thomson Reuters shows the U.S. health-care system wastes between $505 and $850 billion a year. Political hogwash? You can decide for yourself. However, one certain takeaway is that investors can benefit by investing in companies who create products that attack this waste, however much it may be. (Read more at Reuters.)
2. What caused banks to get bigger?
One of the sobering results of the financial crisis is that banks that were already too large to fail have gotten bigger. Notably, Bank of America
3. International earnings
A couple notable earnings from this morning:
- Despite quarterly earnings that were half last year's level, Honda
(NYSE:HMC)raised full fiscal year expectations. It believes green initiatives and China will bring added demand over the next six months. (Read more at Yahoo! Finance.)
(NYSE:BP)beat expectations, but still saw earnings fall 34% year-over-year. The good: more production and refinery output. The bad: declining oil and gas prices. (Read more at MarketWatch.)
4. Will a recovery bring back jobs?
Banking on an economic recovery to bring you your job back? Not quite so fast, you might be living on canned beans a bit longer. The Financial Times compares three different viewpoints on what level of unemployment will persist after the economy gets back on its feet. (Read more at Financial Times Alphaville.)
5. Wal-Mart, now 35% less evil!
It's long been on people's radars that Wal-Mart
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