Apple is a market darling again
Apple is a market darling again

The company, which reports its quarterly earnings Tuesday, has once again become an investor favorite.

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If more quantitative easing comes to pass, these stocks might be ideally positioned.

By Stock Traders Daily Jun 13, 2012 2:02PM

Image: Combines in field (© Mark Karrass/Corbis/Corbis)By Stock Traders Daily

 

Quantitative easing, in some form, is on the way and it may be "announced" as early as next week. In fact, it can be argued that the main reason why the stock market hasn't sold off more than it has over the past few weeks is because of this expectation for more monetary stimulus.

 

We have already seen how the markets react in anticipation of expiring QE programs, and the latest round -- known as Operation Twist -- is set to conclude at the end of this month. All eyes will be focused on the next FOMC policy-setting meeting slated for June 19-20, with many expecting the Fed to announce some form of monetary stimulus -- perhaps an extension of Operation Twist, or another round of QE.

 

Grocery stores and fast-food chains worry that costs will keep climbing.

By Kim Peterson Jun 13, 2012 1:52PM
Image: Packaged ground beef (© Frank Bean/Uppercut RF/Getty Images)Mealtime choices are changing across America, a country that has raised generations on red meat and potatoes.

The beef is disappearing.

Americans are eating less beef, and the size of the cattle herd has fallen to its smallest since 1952. Beef prices are rising, and fast-food chains and other companies are worried about increasing materials costs.

Beef consumption has fallen for six years straight, Bloomberg reports

Following the acquisition of a medication packaging systems provider, Omnicell increases its fiscal 2012 guidance.

By Zacks.com Jun 13, 2012 1:39PM

Image: Pills (© Digital Vision Ltd./SuperStock/SuperStock)By Zacks Equity Research

Following the completion of the MTS Medication Technologies acquisition, Omnicell Inc. (OMCL) has increased its fiscal 2012 guidance. The market reacted positively to the news, with shares gaining 3% on Wednesday to $14.37.


MTS Medication products are mostly used by institutional clients to supply long-term care and non-acute care facilities with medication packages to follow prescriptions. Currently, the company serves 6,000 pharmacies across the world, providing automated packaging systems designed to improve the dispensing and administration of medications. Omnicell's gain from the acquisition is expected to be strong, improving its growth prospects in the upcoming period.

 
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The utility company will need to phase out some of its old coal-fired units and substitute them with renewable power or cleaner coal.

By Trefis Jun 13, 2012 1:15PM
TrefisThe U.S. energy landscape is gradually drifting away from coal power. This is not only forcing utility companies like Duke Energy (DUK) to reassess their energy assets, but is also putting a question mark on companies' ongoing coal businesses.

It is especially bothersome to Duke as its U.S. Franchised Electric & Gas gets 13k MW of power from coal-fired stations, implying almost 50% of its 27k MW total power generation capacity in the segment.  
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The tech company's shares are dirt cheap.

By Jonathan Berr Jun 13, 2012 1:00PM
Shares of Dell  (DELL) rose Wednesday after the computer company announced Tuesday that it plans to initiate a dividend. This is yet another sign that Dell's growth days are behind it, but it could present investors with a buying opportunity.

Dell, which Michael Dell founded in his University of Texas dorm room more than two decades ago, has been floundering since Dell the man returned to run his company in 2007. It has routinely disappointed investors and always seems to be a step or two behind rivals when it comes to the latest technology.  
 

Stocks move lower on worse-than-expected retail sales data.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 13, 2012 12:49PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

JPMorgan
's (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon testified in front of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, saying that he expects the current quarter to be "solidly profitable" in spite of the "London Whale's" losses and that clawbacks of executive pay are likely after the bank's review of the incident.

Dimon argued that complex institutions are necessary to meet the needs of business and that there are many advantages and only some negatives to big banks.  

The online retail pioneer has had its ups and downs. But it has continued to adapt and exploit opportunities, and it's once again on the upswing.

By MoneyShow.com Jun 13, 2012 12:26PM

By Glenn Rogers, Internet Wealth Builder


At the end of last year, eBay (EBAY) had more than 100 million active users around the world, and the total value of the goods sold on its platform was more than $60 billion -- $2,100 every second.


This global e-commerce platform has provided the company with steady cash flow since its founding, and continues to do so today. But the real gem of the business and its main driver of future growth lies deeper within the company.

 

Wouldn't it be nice if someone during today's hearing would opt for common sense and some plain speaking rather than rhetoric?

By The Fiscal Times Jun 13, 2012 11:56AM
By Suzanne McGeeThe Fiscal Times

Make no mistake, Jamie Dimon will apologize again for all the shortcomings in risk management and oversight that enabled a trader known as "the London Whale" to stick JPMorgan Chase (JPM) with more than $2 billion in losses. "We have let a lot of people down, and we are sorry for it," Dimon will tell the Senate Banking Committee, according to the text of his prepared testimony, which was released Tuesday. But will he go beyond that and fully explain just what went wrong with the bank's risk management?

That's the real question hovering over Dimon's scheduled two hours of testimony Wednesday.  

Johnson & Johnson is upgraded at 3 firms, and McDonald's is downgraded to 'neutral' at Goldman.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 13, 2012 11:09AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:  
  • Hershey (HSY) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan, and to Buy from Hold at Jefferies, and to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
  • Shire (SHPGY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
 

With markets fluctuating on the euro-dollar exchange rate, big bets against the greenback suggest the heavy hitters are positioning for a stimulus rebound.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Jun 13, 2012 11:03AM

I've been expecting a drop in the dollar and a rise in the euro for weeks -- a reversal of recent tendencies that will bolster stocks and dollar-sensitive commodities, especially silver and gold. There are a number of fundamental reasons and now some strong technical ones, too.

 

The heavy hitters on Wall Street are betting on a rise in the euro -- big-time. According to the latest data from the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, commercial traders (insiders hedging other exposures) are net long the euro on a scale not seen in at least 12 years. In fact, they have moved into the euro more aggressively than they did back in 2010, just before the euro moved up and out of the original Greek bailout low. There's more. 

 

Canadian banks are often touted as safe investments, but which is the best?

By MSN Money Partner Jun 13, 2012 10:52AM

By Sheldon Liber


Given the market volatility and global economic uncertainty, investors have been scrambling for safe places to hide. While many think those places are Treasurys and certificates of deposit, those have little chance of even keeping up with inflation and will be even bigger losers if rates go up. Investors are therefore also looking for safe stocks.


It seems most agree that Canadian Banks are such a place. According to Bloomberg, Canadians dominate the World's 10 Strongest Banks, with three of the top six from Canada. Bloomberg reviewed the 78 largest global institutions.

 

The master limited partnership has a far more favorable future.

By InvestorPlace Jun 13, 2012 9:53AM

By Aaron Levitt

 

The problems facing former energy darling Chesapeake Energy (CHK) certainly do make a good soap opera. From secret hedge funds to the fact that it developed commercial real estate and shopping malls as natural gas prices fell, the inner dealings of CEO Aubrey McClendon should be enough to make investors stay away from CHK.

 

Corporate governance issues aside, perhaps the most troubling is Chesapeake's financial position. As the company has expanded its portfolio of gas fields and unconventional assets, it has outspent cash flows in 19 of the past 20 years, and its debt has continued to balloon out of control. That outsize debt forced the company to put the "For Sale" on a number of prized properties and assets.

 

Two in particular have risen 20% and 33% this year. There are hundreds more for the taking if investors would just look past the gloom across the pond.

By Jim Cramer Jun 13, 2012 9:53AM

Do we really need more stocks to buy than foods, drugs, restaurants, utilities, real-estate investment trusts and retailers?

 

I think people forget that there are whole periods when only a couple of groups actually make you money. We have had waves during which health care stocks did terrifically and that's about it. We have had moments when only oil stocks worked. We have had moments when the only real gains were in technology.

 

So why should we care that the stocks that are going up aren't in big groups like financials, tech, energy and industrials? Isn't it enough that we isolate companies that have little international exposure and big dividends or, alternatively, some international exposure and little economic sensitivity?

 

The tech giant has just introduced several product upgrades that will boost its long-term business.

By TheStockAdvisors Jun 13, 2012 9:35AM
By Geoffrey Seiler, BullMarket.com

At its annual worldwide developers conference, Apple (AAPL) didn't deliver the grand slam of the new interactive TV some traders were hoping for. But it did serve up a lot of singles and extra-base hits -- unveiling a number of new software and hardware upgrades -- that we think are going to help it build business in the long term.

Investors should not forget that while the iPhone and iPad have been the big growth drivers, the Mac line is still an important and growing part of the business, with plenty of opportunity to grab market share. 

The credit rating agency also reiterates Financial Strength Rating at 'A' of the insurance group.

By Zacks.com Jun 13, 2012 9:14AM

By Zacks Equity Research

 

ProAssurance Corporation (PRA) stated that A.M. Best reiterated Financial Strength Rating (FSR) at 'A' of ProAssurance Group, while upgrading the outlook to positive.


ProAssurance Group comprises of ProAssurance Casualty, ProAssurance Indemnity and ProAssurance Specialty.

 
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[BRIEFING.COM] The S&P 500 has extended its gain to 0.6% with the health care sector (+1.0%) remaining ahead of the other nine groups.

Unlike the health care space, all of the remaining countercyclical sectors trail the broader market. The telecom services sector (+0.1%) continues holding a slim gain with Verizon (VZ 50.83, +0.13) up 0.2% in reaction to its earnings beat, while consumer staples (-0.2%) and utilities (-0.02%) hover in the red.

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