Stocks are hot again, but as in 2000, not all of them are reaping the benefits.
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Here are some of the top-performing large caps for the year.
By Tim Parker
Most Thanksgiving get-togethers include the classic question: "What are you thankful for?"
If you’re an investor and you’ve held any of these stocks since the beginning of the year, while others talk about health and happiness, you might mention your portfolio.
Here are a few of the top-performing large-cap stocks of 2013:
Icahn Enterprises (IEP)
You know this company as the firm ran by billionaire investor Carl Icahn. Love him or hate him, you can’t argue with his results. Icahn Enterprises is up 143 percent year to date.
The high-end jeweler reported rising profits this week, and displayed especially strong growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
The 137-year-old retailer earned $94.6 million for the quarter, which came to 73 cents per share. That's a nearly 50% jump over the year-ago quarter. Analysts had been expecting EPS of 58 cents. Sales climbed across most geographies, but were remarkably higher in Asia-Pacific -- Tiffany saw a staggering 27% jump in sales there.
Retailers say the company could rule the holidays. The stock might end up being one of the best places to be going into the home stretch.
You knew the move in Apple (AAPL) would happen just when no one was paying attention, didn't you?
Remember when Apple was on everyone's lips? All you heard about was how the company had lost its way and wasn't using its cash creatively or in a shareholder-friendly way.
We hung on every tweet from Carl Icahn as he played cat and mouse with CEO Tim Cook. Apple went from being a failed-new-product story to being a failed-financial-engineering story in record time and Cook was letting down both the Apple enthusiasts and the financial engineers.
It got so bad out there for Apple that even when it reported a better-than-expected quarter, the analysts were critical and negative. Where's China? Who lost China, they asked. Why isn't Apple buying back even more stock? Why is it just sitting there? Why doesn't it do what Icahn wants?
This familiar name has been on a run since its 2011 IPO -- and it may be positioned for yet another breakout.
Tiffany & Co. jumps on strong guidance, takeaways for the entire retail space.
By Nate Matherson
As we make our way to the end of earnings season in preparation for the holiday season, a number of retail favorites have reported recent results. For the most part, these results have been mixed in terms of year-over-year comparable and guidance.
Even the most experienced economists still can't figure out their exact strategy for growth, just look at the Federal Reserve. You would think after five years of turbulence those guys would have figured things out by now.
Delta voted as the best airline for business travelers for a third year in a row.
By William White
This is the third year in a row that Delta has been voted as the best airline for business travelers. It was ranked as the best airline in nine out of 10 categories on the survey by corporate travel managers, reports The Wall Street Journal.
If the region is on the mend, then these large caps have further upside.
The legendary oilman's regulatory filings provides investors with great oil stock picks.
By Aaron Levitt
After graduating from Oklahoma State with a geology degree, T. Boone Pickens knew that energy was the sector for him.
In his 60-year business career -- first as a corporate raider, then as a legendary oil man -- Pickens has become one of the most successful institutional managers focused on the oil and natural gas markets.
Through various funds at BP Capital, T. Boone Pickens has amassed quite a fortune -- estimated to be worth around $950 million -- and has become an outspoken proponent of American energy independence.
So when Boone talks, investors should listen.
Doug McMillon, an insider who has been with the company for decades, will only bring more of the same.
By Jonathan Berr
Wal-Mart (WMT) should have "encouraged" CEO Mike Duke to retire months ago.
Under Duke's five-year tenure, the stock has gained roughly 52%, underperforming both the S&P 500 and nemesis Target (TGT) -- both of which more than doubled during that same time period.
Descendants of the late Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, who still control the retailer, was probably hoping that a change in management would lead to a change for their financial fortunes as well.
It's hard to say whether Duke's successor, Doug McMillon (pictured), the head of Wal-Mart's International business, is the answer to what ails the retailer. McMillon started with Wal-Mart in 1984 as a summer seasonal worker and managed to grow the company's international business at a faster rate than its U.S. operations.
So far, 2 leading treatments have fizzled. But Orexigen hopes for more success with its new Contrave.
So far, Belviq, from Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) and Eisai, and Qsymia, from Vivus (VVUS), have fizzled saleswise. Is there really a market for obesity medicines?
The new e-reader will come with a display resolution of 300 ppi, topping the nearest competitor's by a significant margin.
Amazon (AMZN) is already working on another e-reader.
The new e-reader will come with a display resolution of 300 ppi, topping the nearest competitor (the Kobo Aura HD, which features a 265 ppi display) by a significant margin.
Codenamed "Ice Wine," Amazon is building its e-reader with an improved light sensor that will automatically adjust the display's brightness depending on how well the room is lit.
UBS analyst Colin Langan anticipates that 2014 will be a better year for GM than for Ford, at least in the first half of the year, thanks to the benefit of the new Silverado rollout.
DETROIT (TheStreet) -- A leading auto industry analyst is projecting that GM (GM) shares will perform better than Ford (F) shares in the first half of 2014 and possibly beyond.
"While we believe both GM and Ford have compelling valuations, we see more positive catalysts for GM over the next six to nine months," wrote UBS analyst Colin Langan in a report issued Monday. He said GM will benefit from a sales ramp-up resulting from its 2014 Silverado introduction.
Time the trade correctly, and you can make money.
By Neal Rau
Yelp (YELP) shares have returned more than 215% this year even though the company still is not profitable.
The online review site missed analyst estimates when it reported in late October, and shares have since declined. Local business reviews are more popular than ever, and Yelp’s mobile app continues to be the most popular tool for consumers on the go, so was the recent pullback a buying opportunity?
Along with earnings, Yelp announced a registered public offering of approximately $250 million of its shares of Class "A" common stock, and that was a concern. Yelp intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for additional working capital and general corporate purposes, including sales and marketing activities, general and administrative matters and capital expenditures. In addition, Yelp may use a portion of the net proceeds for the acquisition of, or investment in, technologies, solutions or businesses that complement its business.
Investors and the media who were burned by the last 2 bubbles are fretting at the slightest hint of overvaluation.
Enough with the bubble talk.
Yes, stocks have been on a tear in 2013, and yes, valuations have risen significantly. But with the S&P 500 trading for 17.6 times trailing 12 month operating earnings, 1.46 times sales, and 2.2 times book value, we're hardly at bubble levels.
Don't trust the denominators of those metrics because you think the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing policies have propped them up?
To an extent and in certain areas, sure. But again, not to bubble-like proportions -- particularly not when many of the same people crying bubble have also been saying (correctly) that QE's liquidity in large part has not been making it into the broader economy.
CEO Tim Cook reportedly cancels plans by marketing execs to expand holiday hours, saying that employees should be with their families.
By Tim Parker
There’s no doubt that Thanksgiving is losing its coveted spot as one of two holidays where the country grinds to a halt.
Each year, more stores try to get a jump on Black Friday sales by opening at some point on Thanksgiving Day -- always the fourth Thursday in November.
Apple (AAPL), not a company to miss out on a sale, was internally considering opening more of its stores on Thanksgiving but CEO Tim Cook (pictured) said no, canceling plans already made by the company’s marketing directors.
Last year, Apple stores in high volume markets opened on Thanksgiving Day. Those stores included the store on the Las Vegas Strip, Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, and the store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
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