Surge brought back from the dead
Surge is back from the dead

Coca-Cola launched the soda brand in the 1990s to compete with Mountain Dew. Sales didn't exactly take off.


When people want what a company makes, you get a secular growth product story that dazzles.

By Jim Cramer Thu 1:19 PM

The Apple Watch was unveiled at the product announcement in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 © David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesWiseguys finish last. I am talking about how all of the wiseguys were out there dissing Apple (AAPL) even as the stock was going down. Not because of the high price of the Apple Watch but because we are again playing the parlor game of Fed watch and the word "considerable" -- as in a considerable time might have to pass before rates are raised -- might be coming out of the upcoming statement.

To me this is common sense. I mean, hasn't a "considerable" amount of time passed since they said a considerable amount of time would have to pass before the Fed raises rates? No matter. Pavlov's dog plays a role every day -- my new name for sellers who come out of the woodwork after any chatter, legitimate or otherwise, that the Fed has to raise rates, and, unfortunately, Pavlov's dog surfaced right when we were hearing about the Apple Watch's beautiful design.


Apple has handed over its leadership -- and all the excitement -- to this 3-D printer company.

By Traders Reserve Thu 12:56 PM

Caption: A 3D printer MakerBot Replicator 2 produces a sculpture
Credit: © Fabrizio Bensch/ReutersBy Jamie Dlugosch

Apple's (AAPL) big product announcement on Tuesday was oh-so-anticlimactic. The moment came and the market yawned. After a brief spike higher, Apple shares finished lower.

I hate to break it to the Apple fanatics, but there is a new king of innovation, and it is not Apple. Nope, the new king of innovation is in the 3-D printing space.

The name of the company is Stratasys (SSYS).

I know, that's a bold statement. But it's true.

Apple lost its innovation leadership with an emphasis on design . . . a big mistake. It's one thing to have a cool product and then layer on design after market acceptance. What Apple is doing now is the reverse: "Let's make it cool-looking and hope people will buy."  

The chain plans to introduce the new topping, made with bamboo charcoal, next week in Japan.

By MSN Money Partner Thu 12:40 PM
Image credit: Burger King Japan
By Michael Kitchen, MarketWatch

Japan is a nation known for its love of culinary oddities, and starting Sept. 19, Burger King (BKW), plans to indulge that love with black cheese.

That's right, Burger King Japan has announced the latest iteration of its "Kuro" burger ("kuro" meaning "black" in Japanese), first introduced last year. 

The buns are black, the sauce is black, and this year, the cheese will be black as well.

According to the gaming site, the buns and the new cheese addition get their coloring from bamboo charcoal, while the accompanying onion and garlic sauce is prepared with squid ink, and the hamburger patties are made with black pepper, just for good measure.

Tags: BKW

The yoga-apparel maker beat Wall Street expectations for earnings and revenue Thursday.

By MSN Money Partner Thu 12:23 PM
Credit: © Andy Clark/Reuters

Caption: A customer enters the Lululemon store in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia November 8, 2013By Myles Udland, Business Insider

Lululemon (LULU) shares were up more than 15 percent Thursday after the company reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations.

Early Thursday, the yoga apparel maker reported earnings per share of 33 cents, topping expectations for 29 cents. 

Revenue in the second quarter totaled $390.7 million, beating estimates for $376.8 million. 

Lululemon said total comparable store sales were flat in the second quarter, and on a constant dollar basis comparable store sales were down 5 percent. 

Tags: LULU

Investors are cheering the latest earnings report from Lululemon but buyers should beware.

By Staff Thu 12:15 PM

The logo of Lululemon is pictured on a store front in San Diego, Calif. © Mike Blake/Newscom/ReutersBy Brian Sozzi, TheStreet

Investors rejoiced over Lululemon's (LULUbetter-than-expected second-quarter earnings, which hinted that the beleaguered yoga-apparel brand finally was turning around amid investments in people, processes and more compelling merchandise.

But investors who are buying into this notion could end up motionless on their yoga mats given three key aspects to Lululemon's second-quarter performance.

Lululemon reported second-quarter EPS of 33 cents, 4 cents higher than consensus forecasts. Lululemon's bottom line also surpassed its own guidance of 28 cents to 30 cents a share it provided in June. Total comparable-store sales, which include direct-to-consumer (online) sales, were unchanged in the quarter compared to guidance which called for a decrease in the low- to mid-single digits percentage range. Comparable-store sales at physical locations declined 5 percent, and net revenue for Lululemon's online business rose 29 percent.


Think weakness in the category will help stocks? Not in this bizarre economic reality.

By InvestorPlace Wed 5:40 PM

Credit: © Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Caption: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014By Anthony Mirhaydari

Stocks pushed higher on Wall Street on Wednesday as a rebound in Apple (AAPL), after the initial disappointment with Tuesday's iPhone 6/Apple Watch unveiling, was largely reversed with some very orderly, machine-like buying in the tech giant.

Also helping the bulls was a "No" majority in another one of those Scottish independence polls that has the Europeans suffering a cold sweat.

Overall, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) gained 0.3 percent after testing below the 17,000 level for the first time since mid-August and threatening to fall through its two-month trading range. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) gained 0.4 percent but was unable to retake the 2,000 level.


It seems like the stock market's summertime doldrums continue.


The company is testing a campaign in which people can send vouchers for free Bud Lights online.

By MSN Money Partner Wed 4:48 PM
Credit: Gene Puskar/AP Photo
Caption: Aluminum bottles of Bud Light beerBy Joshua Brustein, Businessweek

Anheuser-Busch (BUD) wants you to buy the next round on Facebook (FB). 

The company is testing a campaign whereby people can send vouchers for free Bud Lights to people celebrating birthdays or dispatch Budweisers on any occasion it might be appropriate to send an inexpensive beer to an online acquaintance.

The program is currently available in Denver and Chicago. In those cities, recipients will receive coupons that can be redeemed at participating bars or restaurants. 

Any teenagers who hope this constitutes an opportunity for a free beer will have to set up fake Facebook accounts and then trick bartenders into thinking they're 21.


The company's new CEO is making big changes that he hopes will re-energize its fashion, design and baby categories.

By MSN Money Partner Wed 2:23 PM
Credit: © Richard Levine/Alamy

Caption: A Target department store sign in New YorkBy Paul Ziobro, The Wall Street Journal

Target's (TGT) new CEO plans to double down on just a handful of departments like baby products and fashion, a strategic shift as the discounter works to bring shoppers back to its stores and better compete with online rivals.

The change comes as the advantage of big-box stores' giant assortments is fading. Internet retailers like (AMZN) offer an almost bottomless range of products, and shoppers are defecting to stores that are easier to navigate.

Just a month into his job, Chief Executive Brian Cornell is seeking to bolster a small number of categories that could help the chain stand out.


The blitz of new offerings aims to resolve questions about the company's ability to innovate in the post-Steve Jobs era.

By MSN Money Partner Wed 1:02 PM
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Caption: Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch during an Apple special event on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif.By Daisuke Wakabayashi, Greg Bensinger and Alistair Barr, The Wall Street Journal

Apple (AAPL) wasn't the first company to make a smartphone or a tablet computer. But its iPhone and iPad redefined those products, helping to make Apple the most valuable company in the world.

Now, Apple is betting that it again can succeed where others have struggled, by changing the way consumers pay for purchases, how they think about a computing device on their wrists and how much they're willing to pay for a phone.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook (pictured) on Tuesday introduced a new payments system for mobile devices, a series of sleekly designed smartwatches and a pair of larger iPhones.


No, your router isn't broken. Major Internet companies are intentionally pretending to slow their connections to protest potential changes to net neutrality.

By The Fiscal Times Wed 12:05 PM

Image: Man with laptop © Comstock Images/Jupiterimages​By Andrew Lumby, The Fiscal Times

On Wednesday morning, if your early-morning visit to Reddit, or Etsy, or Netflix (NFLX) seems a little slow, don't bother resetting your router or attempt to navigate Comcast's Kafkaesque customer support.

The cause of the issue is probably just Internet Slowdown Day.

Hundreds of sites, ranging from giant news aggregator Reddit, social media hubs like FourSquare and Vine, web streaming giant Netflix and, yes, several large adult-content sites, are intentionally pretending to slow their connections and temporarily hide their content, in a move that is eerily similar to the large-scale Internet blackout that occurred during the SOPA deliberations in 2012.

Other notable sites participating include Fark, Tumblr, Upworthy and Vimeo.


This important sector is once again a short if the government doesn't realize it's playing too big a role in the business of America.

By Jim Cramer Wed 11:58 AM

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Caption: A 'Bank' sign on a building exteriorNew rules for banking? On top of the old ones? With even more capital raised? Are you kidding me? logo

That's what we are hearing from the Fed, that a surcharge with fatter cushions is needed to further eliminate too-big-to-fail considerations.

And all I can say is: Would you give these banks a chance to do some lending and stop making them fear you so much?

We don't want to go back to the old days when banks' capital was stretched. But if we want sustained movement in this economy, the big banks have to feel that they can make some mistakes and not have the book thrown at them. I think a preponderance of the loans they are making are to people who don't really need them.

This kind of rule making, while good in principle, says to the banks, "You think you are out of the woods with us, but dream on." To me that means "Don't you dare make a loan that goes bad."


As the tech giant shifts focus away from hardware, mobile payment could be one area that drives revenue growth.

By Staff Wed 11:46 AM

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about Apple Pay at an Apple special event on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif. © Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesBy Chris Ciaccia, TheStreet

As Apple (AAPL) continues to expand beyond just iDevices, the massive profit and potential behind Apple Pay is one of the keys to the tech giant's revenue growth in the future.

Apple Pay will force retailers to roll out contactless payments, ultimately making customers more comfortable tapping phones to pay for items, said Pascal Caillon, general manager North America of Proxama, a contactless payment solutions company. 

"Apple's foray into NFC (near field communications) is a landmark and will ignite the mobile payments market globally, but especially in the U.S. where adoption has lagged," Caillon said via email. "NFC is THE technology for point of sale payments and aligns with the card scheme work we have been doing for years, but now there is even more impetus for merchants to roll out contactless payments beyond the initial supporting merchants that Apple announced today."


Investors weren't too thrilled with the company's lineup of news, and the S&P 500 falls below the key 2,000 level.

By InvestorPlace Tue 6:03 PM

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Caption: A trader analyzes stock data on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Anthony Mirhaydari

Hype met reality on Tuesday, and the results weren't pretty.

Investors weren't impressed with the new product debuts from Apple (AAPL), including the iPhone 6 (in two sizes!) and the Apple Watch (with a scroll knob!). Not even a live performance from U2 could save the day.

As result, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) lost 0.7 percent, dropped below the all-important 2,000 level, and suffered its worst two-day selloff since early August. Apple dropped 0.4 a percent after testing its 50-day moving average in a way that hasn't been seen since April.

Moreover, high-yield junk bonds continue their weak streak, with the Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) down another 0.5 percent to breach its lower Bollinger Band for the first time since July as concerns over rising rates and the end of the Federal Reserve's QE3 bond purchase program next month rattle the fixed-income market.


The market began to implode 6 years ago, and even now it is just a shell of its former self.

By MSN Money Partner Tue 4:10 PM
An abandoned house in Arcadia, Fla. (© Richard Clapp/Flickr Vision/Getty Images)By John Maxfield, The Motley Fool

This month marks the sixth anniversary of one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the U.S. economy.

Over the course of three weeks in Sept. 2008, Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) were nationalized, Lehman Brothers filed bankruptcy, Bank of America (BAC) agreed to acquire Merrill Lynch, the Federal Reserve bailed out AIG (AIG) with an $85 billion loan, and the FDIC seized savings-and-loan giant Washington Mutual.

Had the financial crisis been a typical recession, it would have been long forgotten by now. But it wasn't. And, as a result, we're still living with the consequences.

Nowhere is this more apparent than the housing market. Even though soaring home prices have led some to proclaim a new bubble, the evidence is clear that the markets for both new and existing homes remain a fraction of their former selves.


The stock's dividend is going to trump sales, the CNBC host says, and investors still have faith in CEO Don Thompson.

By MSN Money Partner Tue 1:33 PM
Caption: A sign stands outside of a McDonald's restaurant in San Francisco
Credit: © Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesBy Drew Sandholm, CNBC

Though McDonald's (MCD) stock has ticked lower on weak summer sales, shares of the fast food giant could soon hit a bottom, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Tuesday.

"[The] dividend is going to trump sales. This stock is going to find a bottom here," Cramer said on "Squawk on the Street." 

August sales were down roughly 4 percent while its stock currently sports a 3.5 percent dividend yield, he noted.

That juicy dividend yield is not the only reason investors held on to the burger joint's stock either, Cramer said.

Tags: MCD


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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market welcomed the new trading week with a mixed session that saw relative strength among large-cap stocks, while high-beta names underperformed. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (+0.3%) and S&P 500 (-0.1%) finished near their flat lines, while the Nasdaq Composite and Russell 2000 both lost 1.1%.

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