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In the never-ending contest for sales, American carmakers are pulling ahead.
Demand for cars and trucks is up. U.S. automakers have noticed and are responding. Bloomberg noted Wednesday that number two U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. (F), will add the capacity to build 200,000 more vehicles a year in North America. All this based on increased demand for Ford’s F-Series pickups and Fusion sedans.
In addition, most Ford North American assembly plants will be idle for one week this summer instead of two. That, alone, will increase production by about 40,000 cars and trucks.
Ford Motor Co.'s F-Series pickups are no stranger to strong sales, having led sales of U.S. full-size trucks the past 36 years. F-Series trucks, in fact, have been the country’s best-selling vehicle of any type for more than 30 years according to Bloomberg.
At $42 a share, the transaction represents a 23% premium to the teen-apparel retailer's closing price on Wednesday.
Rue21 (RUE) inked a deal on Thursday, to be acquired by private-equity firm Apax Partners for $1.1 billion in cash -- a move it says will deliver "substantial and certain value" as it looks to grow its store base and build out its e-commerce platform.
At $42 a share, the transaction represents a 23% premium to the Warrendale, Pa.-based teen-apparel retailer's closing price on Wednesday. The deal will return Rue21 to private management.
Apax has long held a stake in Rue21. The firm's chief executive, John Megrue, said he's worked closely with Rue21's Bob Fisch to support the company's growth -- from less than 100 stores at the time of the initial investment in 1998 to more than 900 today.
What does the Nikkei's sudden plunge mean, especially after its recent strength?
I saw headlines Thursday morning saying just that. But to me this looks like profit-taking on a huge run up in global markets so far, no more and no less -- even in Japan.
Here’s the background: At its high Wednesday, the Standard & Poor’s 500 was up 10% from its low on April 18; the Nikkei 225 was up 21% from its April 18 low; the NASDAQ Composite was up 12% from its April 18 low. The phrase, “too far, too fast” comes to mind.
In this edition of Investor Beat: new home sales rise in April. What does that mean for investors?
The Dow is off slightly on the day, after falling nearly 130 points at the open. Decent reports on jobless claims and new-home sales helped.
But stocks rebounded off those lows because reports on the U.S. economy -- jobless claims and new-home sales -- were better than expected.
Plus, Federal Reserve officials were running around -- trying to assure investors around the world that they weren't about to pare back or stop their big bond-buying program any time soon. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke had made the point repeatedly in Congressional testimony, but minutes from the Fed's April meeting suggested a change might come starting in June.
If there was a downside to Thursday's market it was the major averages have been unable to move into the black, or move into the black and stay there.
Business development companies offer high-dividend yields and funds that focus on them offer investors the broadest possible exposure.
Our team of analysts here at StreetAuthority endeavors to spot value wherever it may lurk, but we're partial to a few solid investment angles.
With Europe mired in recession, China faltering, commodities declining and stocks looking vulnerable, investors seeking safety will look to the greenback.
A wide set of markets currently seem to be at a cusp, and the direction they go from here might require investors to take a radically different approach to protecting their wealth.
You can diversify your portfolio with funds focused on emerging companies and markets.
By Jim Lowell, Forbes ETF Advisor
First, SPDR S&P Emerging Asia Pacific (GMF) seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the S&P Asia Pacific Emerging BMI Index, which is made up of companies from the emerging Asia-Pacific regions.
It began trading in March 2007, and has a market value of close to $500 million. The top five country representations are China (36%), Taiwan (25.3%), India (15.8%), Indonesia (6.8%), and Malaysia (6.7%). The top three sectors are financials (28.1%), information technology (19.8%), and energy (10.9%).
The top ten holdings are Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM), China Construction Bank, China Mobile (CHL), Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (IDCBY), PetroChina (PTR), Bank of China, Reliance Industries, Hon Hai Precision, CNOOC (CEO), and China Petroleum & Chemical (SNP).
The retail giant doesn't always get the credit it deserves for operating one of the most efficient businesses in the world.
"For now, from an investment perspective, the stock is still trading at an attractive valuation. When compared to Costco and Target, which are both trading at higher P/E ratios, a case can be made that Wal-Mart is undervalued by at least 10%. With continued operational improvements and a recovering economy, patient investors should expect shares to approach the lower $80s by the second half of the year."
The home improvement company believes the housing market is recovering, but the Fed chief isn't so sure about the economy.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified on Wednesday in front of Congress explaining that the Fed may or may not rein in quantitative easing in upcoming sessions, based on the future economic situation. That brought a much needed pullback to equity markets, and introduced further uncertainty over the state of the economy for the rest of 2013.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, Home Depot (HD) released strong earnings and raised its outlook. The company believes that the housing market, if not the entire economy, is on the rebound.
The first chart below is of Home Depot over S&P Equal Weight ETF (RSP). The pair shows the relative strength of Home Depot versus equity markets over a two-year span.
Stocks are a bit lower this afternoon but well off their earlier lows.
The business process management company has meanwhile managed to reduce its dependence on former parent GE.
Now that most of the large-cap stocks have piled up gigantic gains as the market continues to soar to record highs, many investors have started to scout for still undiscovered and underpriced stocks in the small-cap sector that show promising prospects for strong growth.
That means a rotation in buying interest is starting to take hold towards lesser-known stocks that so far have not fully participated in the current robust bull run. A sector rotation usually follows the first part of a major bull market which broadens the extent of the advance.
One notable small-cap stock that has started to attract increasing attention is Genpact (G), a global company engaged in managing business processes, particularly information technology and financial functions, for major companies worldwide. A positive attribute of Genpact is its history as a former division of General Electric (GE), where Genpact provided essential services in managing its various business processes that improved the giant conglomerate's widely varied operations.
President and CEO Jamie Sokalsky points out that the industry's paradigm is shifting toward returns driving production, rather than the other way around.
While some gold companies may boast attractive valuations at the moment, the atmosphere for mergers and acquisitions in the sector has cooled down considerably in the last year or so, says Jamie Sokalsky, president and chief executive officer of Barrick Gold (ABX).
At the Bloomberg Canada Economic Summit this week, Sokalsky said the general mood is "anti-M&A" in the gold space, particularly at the senior level.
Although valuations are low, Sokalsky noted that such acquisitions might require billions of dollars in additional investment to build a project, while achieving production may take a long period of time. Investors are also hoping for free cash flow, which he said they would perhaps rather see "returned to them in a higher dividend at some point."
These Internet names have been soaring for good reason.
By James Brumley
If you've been lucky enough to own Internet stocks -- mostly search stocks like Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), Yahoo (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU) or Google (GOOG) -- of late, then congratulations ... you've made good money.
Heck, it doesn't even matter which one you owned, as they've all outpaced the market.
Still, veteran investors are understandably asking themselves just how much longer this unusual pocket of strength will hold up. Are the underlying companies truly doing this well, or are traders simply gravitating to Internet stocks because there’s nowhere else to invest, and they know the web’s not going away?
Global markets reacted to the mixed message from the Fed by selling. But there is indication of another rally phase ahead.
By Tom Aspray
Wednesday was one of the widest-ranging days since the middle of April, with a 277-point range in the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) and 41 points in the S&P 500 ($INX) as traders reacted to mixed messages from the Federal Reserve. The overnight selling in Asia was exacerbated by a drop in preliminary readings on Chinese manufacturing.
The European markets were also down sharply with the German DAX Index down 2.6% in early trading and the Dow opening sharply lower.
Several of the major averages formed what is known as key reversals in Wednesday's trading. This chart shows the NYSE Composite Index ($NYA), which opened Wednesday at 9605, above the prior day's close at 9598. NYA made a significant new high early in the day at 9695, then closed at 9508, which was well below Tuesday's low at 9556.
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[BRIEFING.COM] The major averages ended modestly lower with the S&P 500 shedding 0.3%.
The benchmark average saw an opening loss of 1.2% after Japan's Nikkei tumbled 7.3%. Japanese stocks sold off amid continued volatility in Japanese Government Bond futures as the 10-yr yield spiked almost 16 basis points to 1.002 before the Bank of Japan's JPY2 trillion liquidity injection caused yields to retrace their gains.
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