Finance professor Jeremy Siegel still expects the Dow to hit 18,000. But he's concerned about the labor force and commodity prices.
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While the stunt felt spontaneous, it wasn't entirely unplanned. The company spent $20 million on ads during the broadcast.
DeGeneres toyed with a white Samsung phone during the broadcast, including when she handed a Galaxy Note 3 to actor Bradley Cooper so he could take a "selfie" photo (pictured) of himself and other stars including Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Lawrence surrounding the host.
While the stunt felt spontaneous, it wasn't entirely unplanned. As part of its sponsorship and ad pact for the Oscars with ABC, the TV network airing the show, Samsung and its media buying firm Starcom MediaVest negotiated to have its Galaxy smartphone integrated into the show, according to two people familiar with the matter. ABC is a unit of Walt Disney Co. (DIS).
Richard Branson's company is floating a new venture, targeting a group of travelers who have been wary of cruise vacations up to now.
By Justin Bachman, Bloomberg Businessweek
The Virgin Group, which has stretched its lifestyle brand into businesses as disparate as banking, railroads, and health clubs, is now ready to take on the cruise lines. Virgin is negotiating to raise funds for at least two new ships to launch a cruise venture, according to media reports.
Cruising would become the latest travel industry for Virgin, having found success among consumers with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America, two highly regarded airlines. Virgin is also launching its first hotel this fall in downtown Chicago, with plans for a second in Manhattan. Virgin spokesman Nick Fox would confirm only that the company is exploring opportunities that include hotels and cruises. "We believe both markets lend themselves to creating a new proposition, based on Virgin's history of doing things differently," he wrote in an e-mail.
Sales fell 19% last quarter. 'It's a store that has been passed by,' writes one business expert.
Just last year, RadioShack announced it had remodeled a handful of stores and had a new strategy.
But a new strategy isn't enough to fix RadioShack's problems, Warren Shoulberg wrote in a column on The Robin Report in December.
His column helps shed light on why sales fell 19 percent last quarter.
"It’s a store that has been passed by, with a format, merchandise mix and physical presence that no longer registers with the American consuming public," writes Shoulberg, who is the editorial director for several business publications. "There just aren’t enough batteries in the world to recharge Radio Shack."
Investors took solace in the Russian president's comments that there's 'no need yet' to use military force in Ukraine, pushing stocks sharply upward.
As global stocks staged a big rebound Tuesday, the initial plunge seems to have been a major pressure point for Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured) concerning Ukraine, said Hans Olsen of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management.
Asked whether the markets or the U.S. government has more influence in determining outcomes in Ukraine, Olsen told CNBC: "I would suggest the markets."
One day after widespread selling, investors took solace in Putin's comments that there's "no need yet" to use military force in Ukraine. He also played down the presence of Russian troops in the Moscow-friendly Crimean peninsula, though he did call the ouster of former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych an unconstitutional coup.
The restaurant is in the middle of a broad overhaul, with plans for dark wood floors and a more sophisticated menu. Owner Darden is still under pressure to sell, however.
By William White
Darden has released pictures of the redesigned restaurants, which feature dark, wood floors, exposed ceiling beams and long, green couches. The changes will affect 350 of its 800 restaurants. The company still will test new designs through fiscal 2015 (starts in May 2014), reports The Orlando Sentinel.
Meanwhile, the new Olive Garden logo has a brown background with the restaurant chain's name in white font, then "Italian Kitchen" in green underneath. It also features a small, green olive branch.
These 3 growth stocks reported earnings right when Ukraine tensions were bubbling up. They are now buying opportunities.
Critical reversal or buying opportunity?
That's what people are asking themselves about Workday (WDAY), Splunk (SPLK) and Salesforce.com (CRM), three companies that had the misfortune to report unbelievably great quarters at the moment when Ukraine tensions turned into turmoil.
When I used to trade, I always disliked companies that opened up and reversed and reversed hard, especially if there was good news that propelled the initial move. The stocks of all of these companies did just that last week, despite reporting major growth (WDAY above 70 percent, SPLK above 50 percent and CRM above 35 percent) and giving guidance that required all analysts to raise numbers.
But if you are trading at a big-time institution right now -- not investing, but trading -- you are thinking to yourself, that all three just put in tops, tops that could be for the ages.
With other oil companies pulling out of the continent, Sasol will solidify its base in Africa.
Africa's robust growth potential has the World Bank projecting it as one of the strongest economies for the future. A previous article on TheStreet detailed how investors can profit from a prosperous Africa with such securities as Market Vectors Africa (AFK), Unilever (UL), and Total SA (TOT).
There are three reasons why Sasol (SSL), a major oil firm headquartered in Johannesburg, can be the most promising investrment for profiting from the improving African economy.
1. For a growing economy, investing in Big Oil should lead to big gains.
The US Navy can't function without this company, and that should mean impressive returns for shareholders.
By Tim Begany, StreetAuthority
The defense industry may now seem like an area best avoided by investors, what with the sequester eroding the U.S. defense budget and imposing total projected defense cuts of about $1 trillion over a 10-year span.
I wouldn't categorically dismiss defense stocks, though. You could end up missing opportunities for some very nice investment returns.
There's one defense firm in particular that has held up quite well so far in spite of the sequester, with earnings per share (EPS) growing by 50 percent in the past 12 months. During that time, the company's stock has more than doubled, compared with a 23 percent return for the S&P 500 Index ($INX).
The share price is hovering around $200, and could go in either direction from here.
LinkedIn (LNKD) is the largest social network for professionals in the world. On balance, the stock is in no-man's-land at this time. It can as easily go to $300 as it can to $100. Monday afternoon, the stock was at $201.45.
Let us examine the eight most important factors for this stock.
From a technical perspective, the stock is in a downtrend.
The price action over the last several months is capped by a downward-sloping trendline. Volume also jumps on bad news much more than on good news.
After three to five months of a downtrend trend of a popular stock in this bull market, it is common for the relative-strength index (RSI) to start diverging from the price action. Such divergence is typically an early sign of a turnaround. However, as the chart shows, in the case of LinkedIn, there is no RSI divergence at this time.
Paper cards are so 10 years ago. No cards are the new cool in some sectors, experts say.
Damon Wayans, now a smartphone app developer, was handing out business cards in Barcelona last week at the world's largest mobile-phone conference, trying to drum up interest in his alternative to one of the most enduring artifacts of the old economy: the business card.
"It's annoying," said the actor and comedian, referring to the irony of having to use a business card while touting an app aimed at killing them off altogether.
The app, called Flick Dat, would let users share contacts phone to phone with a flick of the thumb. The final version of the app hasn't been released yet, so to stay in touch with the people he meets, he does what everyone else does and gives them a card.
Chanel handbags up 70%? Even the wealthiest consumers are nearing the limits of what they are willing to spend on designer goods.
Despite expanding into new markets, the luxury-retail business has been relying on price increases to drive sales. Now, even the very wealthy are nearing the limits of what they are willing to spend.
In the past five years, the price of a Chanel quilted handbag has increased 70 percent to $4,900. Cartier's Trinity gold bracelet now sells for $16,300, 48 percent more than in 2009. And the price of Piaget's ultrathin Altiplano watch is now $19,000, up $6,000 from 2011.
Such increases for some of the world's most expensive indulgences far outpace inflation and contrast with the middle and lower end of the retail market, where even small increases can turn off shoppers.
Bulls and bears are squaring off on this high-risk turnaround play. Here's why the bulls may have the upper hand.
After the market closed on Wednesday, short sellers quickly scanned the latest short-interest data (which had just been released for the two weeks ended Feb. 15). These shorts know that if a company they are targeting is also being targeted by many others as well, they can get badly burned in a short squeeze ensues.
The fact that the short interest in struggling retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) had just spiked another 10 million shares in just two weeks (to 128.5 million shares, representing 43 percent of the trading float) was a cause for concern.
The morning after the fresh short interest data came out, shares were squeezed a stunning 25 percent higher. Management's prediction that J.C. Penney would not run out of money any time soon was not what short sellers were hoping to hear.
Industrial stocks may be in for an extended cyclical peak -- and these companies have exceptionally deep value.
A surging stock market has given the impression that the U.S. economy has made up for lost time over the past five years. But don't confuse asset prices with economic activity. The vast majority of companies have sought to restrain spending, limiting capital expenditures in the face of a still-wobbly economy.
That flies in the face of historical patterns. In the past, as the economy exits recession, capital spending starts to rise, often hitting a peak in the next three to four years before the next inevitable pullback from the cyclical peak.
This time around, the move toward a peak still lies in the future, perhaps into 2015 and 2016.
This is a blue-chip giant, yes . . . but it's also a company that has very little growth potential.
By Jeff Reeves
Coca-Cola (KO) is the quintessential long-term investment. The established multinational blue chip has a long history of dividends, and KO stock boasts Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) as a top shareholder.
But while Coca-Cola has indeed been kind to long-term shareholders like Buffett, new money might not be in store for as pleasant a ride.
In fact, in some cases, longtime shareholders who own the stock might be better served by bailing out of this soft-drink giant.
Why? Well, for starters, Coca-Cola faces serious challenges thanks to market saturation and changing consumer tastes. This is a blue-chip giant, yes . . . but it's also a company that has very little growth potential.
Does the market recovery have what it takes to run further? This week could shed more light on the answer.
February job numbers and continued fallout from harsh winter weather over much of the country will have a big hand in deciding whether the recent recovery in stocks has legs to run further.
The Dow Jones industrials ($INDU) finished February 4 percent higher, paring its loss on the year to 1.5 percent. The Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) finished up 5 percent for the month and is currently up 3.2 percent for the year.
Thursday will also mark the fifth anniversary of the current bull market.
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