Stocks have rallied 177%, and while calling a top is the easiest thing to do, it might not be the most accurate, Cramer says.
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The company is buying ClearAccess to get more revenue from online video traffic.
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Cisco Systems (CSCO) is planning to buy privately held ClearAccess for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.
ClearAccess, a Vancouver company, provides hardware and software for Internet service providers to manage increasingly complex networks for homes and mobile devices.
It may be better for the company to form a partnership rather than investing heavily in building out the whole network infrastructure.
Sprint (S) recently showed interest in forming a partnership, offering its network for Dish to host its recently acquired spectrum from DBSD and TerreStar. Like the belle of the ball, Dish may now have its choice of partners.
The company is working to gain share, building on its strength in the low-end of the mobile phone market.
With energy costs painfully high, a look at whether current prices are justified.
Everyone has an opinion on the prices of oil and gas. And unless you're an Iranian oil minister, you probably think they're too high.
But are they? I tackled the topic at length in my column this week, with a focus on how the Federal Reserve's easy-money policies are pushing up real assets, like crude oil, through dollar devaluation. Tight supplies and geopolitical tremors are contributing as well.
Energy analysts at Barclays Capital took a look at the issue in a note to clients today coming up with a single answer for what they feel the fair price of oil is. Their answer? It just might surprise you.
The company is left with higher inventories of outerwear, but is seeing improved spring traffic.
Shares of men's clothing company Jos A Bank Clothiers (JOSB) were slumping again Friday, two days after reporting a disappointing fourth quarter.
The stock tumbled some 10% after news of the quarter, and was trading Friday at $50.44. Before the quarterly report Wednesday, shares had been close to $55.
Margins are falling at the clothing chain.
The chain is burdened with heavy debt, but it's slowly increasing sales and profit.
The specialty store is a haven for knitters and silk-flower fans, and has expanded over the years to offer kids' crafts, picture-framing services and scrapbooking supplies.
The stock might sound familiar to you. That's because Michaels was public before two private-equity companies paid some $6 billion to take it private in 2006. The companies paid $44 a share for the company -- and now, they're looking to get some money back.
The trend is not Safeway's friend and a rescue looks unlikely.
Safeway's (SWY) initial disclosure of its pension obligations was enough for a Credit Suisse analyst to downgrade the stock from outperform to neutral earlier this week.
As an analyst, I look at the new rating as a change from "I don't see any way out of its pricing problems vs. the competition," to "I don't see any way out of its pricing problems vs. the competition, and now it cannot use a significant portion of its balance sheet to help reposition itself, either." Yuck.
Savvy investors know to go with dividend security over outright size.
By Richard Lehmann, Forbes/Lehmann Income Securities Investor
A slew of investors are turning over every rock they can find to get big yields, but the stocks below offer healthy yields and the security of knowing they'll be paying them for years to come.
They're also eligible for qualified dividend income (QDI) tax treatment.
Everyone turns optimistic on housing -- except me!
By Sean Williams
I might just be the last pessimist in the housing sector.
Our president, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, nearly every analyst you talk to, the Fool's own Morgan Housel, and the most recent building permit data would indicate that the worst is behind us and housing is on the upswing. Building permit data released Tuesday indicated a 3.5-year high to a seasonally adjusted rate of 717,000 homes. This is not even one-third of the 2.27 million peak reached by new housing permits in January 2006, but it's been trending higher for a few months now and homebuilders' sentiment is also at a five-year high.
The chip sector as a whole is being dragged down by some laggards, but some of the better performers have charts worth reviewing.
By Kate Stalter
In the notoriously volatile semiconductor sector, it's frequently been the case in recent years that the best performers have not been the much-heralded big caps, but smaller, relatively unknown companies.
Although Intel (INTC) is showing strong chart action, there are some upstarts flashing even better technicals.
Stocks are higher Friday as the market puts the finishing touches on its best quarter since 1998.
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Stocks on Wall Street are higher midday Friday, looking poised to break a recent losing streak and end a strong quarter on a high note. The market opened higher but could not gather upside momentum in the first hour of the session. The averages turned mixed, with the Nasdaq moving lower and the Dow and S&P remaining in positive territory.
Near noon, the Dow was up 50.44, or 0.38%, to 13,196.26; the Nasdaq was up 1.29, or 0.04%, to 3,096.65; and the S&P 500 was up 4.49, or 0.32%, to 1,407.77.
Investors shouldn't let this year's hot start make them buy and forget.
By Tom Aspray
Much has been made in the press recently about stocks putting in the best first-quarter performance since 1998. Many readers may not remember the first half of 1998, but may be more likely to recall the Russian ruble crisis in July 1998 and the ensuing collapse in the fall of hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM).
For those who don't recall, that meltdown had some eerie similarities to our more recent financial crisis. Warren Buffett, along with Goldman Sachs (GS), initially offered $3.75 billion for the fund, which had been worth $4.7 billion, but he reportedly only gave them an hour to decide on the buyout.
The rise of online shopping is taking a toll on the electronics chain -- and casting doubt on the future of sprawling, warehouse-like stores.
Do Best Buy's problems herald the demise of the big-box model?
The world's largest retailer is working to broaden its product offerings and 'invest' $2 billion over 2 years in lower prices. Will this be enough?
At Wal-mart (WMT), the lowest price is once again the law.
After its advertising drifted away from reinforcing that pledge -- over and over again, to the point where television audiences were ready to scream for mercy -- its customers also began to drift away. Many opted to shop instead at "dollar stores" like Dollar General (DG), which continued to make explicit "lowest price" promises. Others began shopping online, even for staples like cat food, shampoo, jeans and sneakers -- the kinds of things they would have grabbed at Wal-mart. And they started streaming video from Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN), rather than buying DVDs.
Can the search giant slay the tablet giant?
According to the Wall Street Journal, the search engine giant plans to "sell co-branded tablets directly to consumers through an online store." Google, whose Nexus One was a flop, is eager to jumpstart sales of tablets powered by its Android operating system. Its easy to understand why. The iPad's market share stands at a whopping 73% -- and no Android tablet currently has more than 5% share, according to Forrester Research.
But the reason for this discrepancy is simple: The iPad is a superior product.
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