The most likely scenario is that the markets will begin to rise from here -- and that bounce is just beginning to take hold.
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The company faces a slew of legal and commercial repercussions in the wake of a report alleging that its Mexican unit paid $24 million in bribes to local officials.
Worse still, the report alleges that top executives in the U.S. covered up the bribes when a whistleblower brought them to light in 2005, instead of coming clean to U.S. and Mexican authorities. Some of the executives involved have since risen to the top of the Wal-Mart ladder, including CEO Michael Duke, who in 2005 was named the head of Wal-Mart's international divisions.
Here, a look at what Wal-Mart faces in the future:
The telecom giant faces a tough slog.
Has AT&T (T) hit a wall?
Though its first-quarter results were better than expected, the Associated Press noted that the the Dallas company only added 736,000 new wireless subscribers in the quarter, the lowest rate in eight years. The growth in average revenue per monthly user slowed 1.7% to $64.46 from a year earlier.
AT&T and other wireless companies are in a pickle. Everyone in the U.S. who wants a wireless device has one. Many have two or three. As the service becomes more commoditized, wireless carriers will be forced to compete more aggressively on price. It's hardly a shock that AT&T's shares have barely budged this year.
The company has been losing market share in the country since 2005. Its latest acquisition changes that.
With the tech giant's earnings report on deck, Wall Street experts weigh in.
Apple (AAPL) stock has taken investors on a roller coaster ride recently, in contrast to the otherwise continuous upward trend of the last few months.
With the company set to report second-quarter earnings on Tuesday after the market close, analysts' predictions and experts' commentary range from gung-ho to doomsday.
3 of them are in the health-care sector, which is entering its strong seasonal period.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
While the Nasdaq 100 is down over 5% from the early-April highs, my weekly scan revealed that ten stocks are still within 6% of their weekly Starc+ bands.
Stocks that are able to hold near their highs during a market correction are likely to be market leaders once the correction is over.
Better-than-expected earnings from 3 more Dow components give stocks a boost.
AT&T (T) led all Dow advancers Tuesday, rising 3.5% following its better-than-expected earnings report. Shares of United Technologies (UTX) and 3M (MMM) also rose after both reported earnings that beat consensus.
IBM (IBM) was another source of Dow strength after the company increased its dividend and share repurchase authorization. Fitch restored its credit ratings on Ford Motor (F) to investment grade for the first time since 2005.
In the U.S., workers have less protection and hence more insecurity than in Europe, where protection is more prevalent. In return for giving up security, there are two promised benefits – economic growth and a more stable economy.
Those who favor a free market approach to managing the economy often compare the U.S. to Europe. Europe, it is argued, is much less flexible and dynamic than the U.S. because of its heavier reliance on social insurance, worker protections, and the high tax rates needed to support these programs. Nobel Prize winning economist Edmund Phelps has argued, for example, that “the free enterprise system is structured in such a way that it facilitates and stimulates dynamism while the Continental system impedes and discourages it.” According to Phelps and others, the greater reliance on the free market system in the U.S. results in faster and more robust economic growth.
There is an implied tradeoff here. In the U.S. system, workers have less protection and hence more insecurity than in countries where protection is more prevalent. In return for giving up security, there are two promised benefits. First, it is argued, economic growth will be higher. With less government interference, lower taxes, and unions all but absent, the economy will be free to reach its growth potential.
Last quarter, the tech giant exceeded forecasts by a simply ridiculous margin -- that's not likely to happen again this quarter.
But in contrast with last quarter, the road to glory doesn't appear to be quite so smooth.
Despite its decision to lower exposure to risky assets, the bank gave a strong Q1 performance.
The strong performance is despite the global investment bank's plans to lower its exposure to risky assets over the period. The bank roped in just under $10 billion in quarterly revenues, which is 64% more compared to the dismal fourth-quarter 2011. This translated to a net income of $2.1 billion.
But the company still hopes to use its drilling technology in international markets where gas prices are higher.
Chevron (CVX) has been aggressively pursuing shale exploration prospects in Europe, targeting countries like Poland and Romania. In Romania, the company has obtained concessions to explore more than 2.2 million acres for shale gas. In neighboring Bulgaria, where Chevron also held exploration permits, authorities banned the process of fracking last January.
Tyson Foods is upgraded to 'outperform,' and LinkedIn is initiated with an 'overweight.'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
- O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
- Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord
- Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
- Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
- Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee
Brian Rogers picks out some low-PE, high-dividend industry leaders.
Brian Rogers, the chairman and chief investment officer overseeing $500 billion at T. Rowe Price, found six new opportunities in the first quarter that met his investing criteria. Price has a positive outlook for the markets right now, seeing healthy corporate earnings, eurozone risk receding and low price-to-earnings multiples with room for expansion.
As always, regardless of his broad view of economic conditions, his first priority is seeking "established companies exhibiting attractive stock valuations and reasonable dividend yield," as he says in his first-quarter letter.
Even Chrysler is making moves to get a piece of China's market.
By Jim Woods
A decade ago, nobody paid much attention to the notion of an automobile trade show taking place in China, but oh, have times changed.
Last Friday marked the start of the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, and nearly every major automaker is displaying its latest models at the event in an effort to capture a share of the world's largest auto market. Nearly 1,000 models will be on display at the show, with 89 making their global debut.
The social network's furious growth and second-nature status among a coveted demographic make its IPO worth buying.
That was my experience in returning to my alma mater, Harvard, this weekend, and I don't believe Facebook's penetration at the campus where it was born is any greater than it is anywhere else. Facebook has insinuated itself into every particle of peoples' existence in a very fast way, but particularly in the people who are trying to figure out their preferences.
That, alone, makes the initial public offering worth participating in.
The country's increasing Internet and smartphone penetration is attracting big retailers.
With increasing penetration of Internet and smart phones, the e-commerce market in India has gained momentum, and big e-commerce companies such as Amazon (AMZN) have shown interest in it. For instance, in February of this year, Amazon launched junglee.com, which offers 12 million products across 25 categories.
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