There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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In the business world, this social network rules.
In the rock-and-roll world of social media, icons and legends come and go. It wasn't so long ago that Friendster and MySpace were riding high and filling the proverbial stadiums. Then came Facebook (FB) and Twitter and now Pinterest.
LinkdIn (LNKD), off on the sidelines, is quietly doing its own thing and taking care of business. LinkedIn was early to the social media game and planted its stake in the business and networking segment, methodically setting about owning it.
Expanding markets from medicine to the military are boosting prospects for the technology.
By John Persinos, Personal Finance
The use of RFID (radio frequency identification) makes organizations more efficient, by allowing managers to locate any item, pallet or person with pinpoint accuracy. Think of them as barcodes on steroids.
Within this field, Avery Dennison (AVY) sold more than a quarter of all RFID tags in 2011, making it the clear market leader. Importantly, the company's RFID technology is superior to that of its competitors, largely because its RFID tags can read at any angle to produce better read-capture rates.
When advertising inserts go, so will what's left of the industry.
By Lawrence Meyers
Last week I had lunch with a fellow who's been a journalist for a very long time. He knows the business, he knows everyone in the business and he knows the dirty secrets of the business. He thinks Warren Buffett was crazy to buy Media General (MEG). He also thinks, as I do, that newspapers are toast and you'd be crazy to be buying those stocks right now.
He believes two primary factors are behind plummeting circulation. The first is the plethora of news offered for free all over the Internet -- newspapers don't offer anything unique or original.
The Swiss bank is implementing a radical cost cutting plan from mid-2011 in an attempt to combat rising costs.
In February, the Swiss bank had made plans to cut 35 jobs across Asia-Pacific. UBS is not the only global banking group downsizing its Asian operations, with Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) also resorting to similar measures.
The warehouse retailer reports same-store sales, while the conglomerate is delaying plans to build a solar factory.
By Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet.com
Costco (COST), the warehouse retailer, said same-store sales in June rose 3%. Analysts were expecting same-store sales to rise 3.7%. Total sales for the month rose 6% to $9.18 billion from $8.69 billion a year earlier.
General Electric (GE) is delaying plans to build the biggest solar factory in the U.S. in Aurora, Colo., near Denver. The Denver Post reported GE has told state and local officials that it plans to postpone construction of its PrimeStar solar panel plant by 14 to 18 months. The plant will have an annual capacity of 400 megawatts.
For those seeking steady income, these 3 investments can help fill a diverse portfolio.
Investors who rely on investment income often face a problem: Their dividends are paid quarterly, but their bills arrive monthly.
These three investments represent a diverse portfolio, with each holding paying monthly dividends: Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt ETF (PCY) is a debt investment; Nuveen Quality Preferred Income Fund II (JPS), a debt-equity investment; and Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC), an equity investment.
The automaker decided just last May to pull its paid advertising from the social network. That didn't last long.
Reports surfaced in Detroit Tuesday that indicate General Motors (GM) may return to Facebook (FB) as a paid advertiser. This comes after a well-publicized rift in which the automaker said it wasn't getting enough of a return from its Facebook presence.
The new relationship could become a huge asset to GM's marketing segment, since Facebook has proved successful for other automakers in the past.
The struggling retailer has reversed its decision to avoid sales promotions.
Department store chain JC Penney (JCP) is planning a July 4 price rollback -- an oddly discordant move for a company that claims promotions don't work.
The news is surprising because CEO Ron Johnson embarked on a new pricing strategy after joining the company in November. Johnson had planned to avoid sales, instead focusing on consistently low prices.
After Dreamliner delays, the aerospace company proves naysayers wrong.
Wall Street analysts have an average 52-week price target of $85.85 on the Chicago company, about 12% above where it currently trades. The shares have a price-to-earnings multiple of 12.72, near their five-year low, according to Reuters.
Epic upside breakouts are being seen across the risk spectrum -- in stocks, commodities and precious metals.
Well, this is fun. After months stuck in a sideways amble, the stock market is launching higher. Riskier, smaller stocks are doing better than larger, safer ones. So the Russell 2000 is hotter than the Dow Jones Industrial Average right now. And pharmaceuticals, financials, and foreign stocks are doing better than consumer staples and utilities.
But it's not just stocks that are launching higher. Crude oil is in the midst of its best four-day gain since the move out of last October's lows. Copper is having its best run since November. Gold and silver are on the move, too. High-yield bonds are pushing to new highs. For investors, it's time to buy everything that isn't bolted down as the "last gasp rally" I talked about in a recent column gets under way.
The leading retailer remains a top defensive stock for a weak economy.
Wal-Mart (WMT), which is celebrating its 50th year in business, hardly needs an introduction. This retailer has it all. It has dominated the discount market for many years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
In keeping with my advice to buy stocks in companies that can continue to generate profits in a weak economy, I am adding the shares to our Recommended List.
Earnings concerns, a high valuation and increasing competition all suggest vulnerability.
If you do not have questions about Salesforce.com (CRM), perhaps you should. I have many. I am also among the many cynical investors that have made CRM one of the most shorted stocks on the market.
Since the Internet market bubble of 12 years ago there have not been many companies like Salesforce.com that have enjoyed Wall Street acclaim despite rarely reporting anything resembling a net profit.
Detroit's Big 3 blow away analysts' estimates as consumers respond to new models and low interest rates on car loans.
After hitting a speed bump in May, auto sales came roaring back last month, with General Motors (GM), Ford (F) and Chrysler all beating analyst expectations.
The strong sales pushed the seasonally adjusted annual rate to 14.08 million units in June, according to industry tracking firm Autodata. That beat the 13.8 million rate seen in May, which was also the rate analysts expected for June. And what a change from a year ago, when the rate was only 11.56 million units.
And the punishment for cheating? A weak slap to the wrist.
By Dan Burrows
The scandals, fraud and fallout from the financial crisis just never seem to end, so you might be forgiven if your response to the latest banking bombshell is to throw up in your mouth only just a little bit.
Price-fixing is a crime, but as with every other scandal to emerge from the stupidity and greed that plunged the world into the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, don't expect anyone to go to jail.
A slew of recent M&A activity may give hope to investment banks.
Dell (DELL) is forking over $2.4 billion to acquire Quest Software (QSFT), having won a bidding war for the company. Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) is snapping up Amylin Pharmaceuticals (AMLN) for $5.3 billion, acquiring in the process the latter's diabetes drugs. Anheuser Busch InBev (BUD) plans to buy the half of Grupo Modelo (GPMCY) that it doesn't already own for $20.1 billion, and that's not all.
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