Since she joined in July 2012, CEO Marissa Mayer has acquired dozens of startups.
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The rollout of the new national health care plan has been far from perfect, but some sectors may get an Obamacare bump.
The rocky rollout of Obamacare is in its second month and there are still a large number of uncertainties hanging over the healthcare industry as a whole.
For starters, the website is still experiencing issues holding back the potential number of people that could be enrolling. Then there is the one-year suspension of the employer mandate and now cancelled plans can be kept for another year.
All in all, the plan has not enjoyed a smooth introduction to the public. However, there is still enough data out there to suggest what the end result may be for some health care sectors. For example, more people with health insurance equals a higher demand for health care services and products, including drugs.
Shares of the food company are up nearly 50% this year, and it's hard to justify buying in now at $45.
By Richard Saintvilus
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- There's not much a company can do when the Street has fallen in love with its stock. While some management teams will look for opportunities to play down expectations, there are companies, like Hormel (HRL), that revel in the challenge, especially when they know their growth prospects are actually better than perceived.
But I believe Hormel's stock, which has posted year-to-date gains of close to 50 percent, is expensive. I'm saying this even though I know that the company has a long history of margin expansion and above-average growth. Not to mention, when it comes to strong returns on capital, Hormel has compared favorably to other well-established brands, like Nestle (NSRGY) and Kraft Foods (KRFT), which I happen to like.
The cosmetics company's disappointing earnings report is yet another illustration of how difficult the retail sector has become.
"Tougher-than-expected sales environment . . . heightened promotional environment . . .
heightened promotional environment of the holiday season . . . highly promotional holiday season . . . highly promotional holiday season . . . less certain consumer environment . . . an environment that looks to be more promotional."
Believe it or not, these were all heard on one conference call Thursday night: that of Ulta Salon (ULTA), following a report that showed a quarter going steadily downhill as the months dragged on.
If you don't know Ulta, then you don't know the high-growth retail world. It's a world where some companies believe that there is endless demand for more stores, and that the idea, when executed properly, never runs out.
The company leans on the electric-car maker for help providing power when the sun isn't shining.
One of the biggest bearish arguments against solar stocks has always been the simple fact that the sun doesn't always shine.
Musk is one of the original founders of SolarCity and sits on the board of directors. Musk's cousin, Lyndon Rive, is the company's CEO.
According to Businessweek, the batteries will be available to commercial customers at first. The company is conducting pilot tests with its residential customers in California.
The retailer labels the character's fake memoir as nonfiction. This comes weeks after it categorized the the Bible as fiction.
By Karl Utermohlen
Costco (COST) put "Anchorman" character Ron Burgundy's faux memoir in its nonfiction section, marking the second time in weeks that the retailer has made an embarrassing book-labeling decision.
Some Los Angeles branch employees must not know much about pop culture, as they thought Ron Burgundy (pictured) was real, according to The Daily Mail. "Ron Burgundy: Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life and Other Musings" is a memoir based on Ron Burgundy's fictional life from the 2004 movie "Anchorman."
The blunder comes weeks after a pastor posted a photo on Twitter of the Bible being labeled "fiction" in a Costco store. Many Christians vowed to never shop at Costco again after seeing the holy book in the fiction section despite the company’s apologetic remarks.
Jeff Bezos knows how to get the media excited about his company. But is that enough?
As the Thanksgiving weekend wound to a close Sunday night, I happened to watch the "60 Minutes" interview with Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon.com (AMZN).
At the end of the interview, Bezos (pictured) unveiled a "surprise" for correspondent Charlie Rose and his TV viewers, revealing that Amazon is working on building flying drones that can deliver packages directly to customers.
I thought that was maybe a bit far-fetched, but certainly interesting. However, the media grabbed onto the drone story and ran with it. All day Monday, every news channel I watched -- financial and otherwise -- was talking about Bezos, Amazon and drones.
Bezos certainly knows how to create a buzz. What has yet to be seen is whether he can generate profits for Amazon shareholders.
The American Family Association is asking shoppers to avoid the chain because the holiday isn't mentioned in advertising.
By Christopher Freeburn
A conservative group is asking consumers to avoid an electronics chain this holiday season because of an omission in its advertising.
According to the American Family Association, RadioShack (RSH) has dropped the word "Christmas" from its TV and newspaper ads, as well as in-store and online promotional materials. Instead, RadioShack is promoting "holiday" sales and deals.
The association criticizes RadioShack for “censoring the word Christmas” even as it tries to draw in people shopping for Christmas gifts. The group is calling on its members to boycott the retailer for one month and to contact RadioShack’s corporate offices to complain about the absence of Christmas in company promotions.
Is it possible to have yield and growth? With these picks, we say yes.
Dividend yield or dividend growth?
Investors are often asked to choose between these two types of yield plays, but it's not the right question to ask. Instead, you want to find stocks with fast-growing dividends that will eventually sport high yields.
But let's face it, so many companies in the S&P 500 were content to aggressively boost their dividends a few years back, and now seem to simply nudge the payout just a bit higher each year.
Indeed, the outlook for dividend growth in the S&P 500 is likely to be much more muted in coming years, with earnings-per-share (EPS) growth -- not rapidly rising payout ratios -- becoming the prime determinant.
The brightest minds at top university endowments were unable to match the returns of a rather boring portfolio of stocks and bonds.
By Jeff Reeves
If you haven't read the preponderance of data out there showing the power of passive management, you haven't been paying attention.
Year after year, index funds that track the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) or a similar benchmark outperform most active managers picking individual stocks.
The latest proof of this trend comes from the storied endowments of Ivy League colleges including Harvard, Yale and Stanford. Because based on the latest numbers, even the smarty-pants investors at these big-name schools managed to lag a rather boring portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds during the past five years.
According to a ranking from recruitment firm Charles A. Skorina & Co., only one Ivy League school -- Columbia -- managed to beat the returns of a 60/40 fund. The rest tinkered with private equity and hedge funds and other kinky vehicles, only to underperform.
Shares of the iPhone maker were up Thursday on the news that it has finally reached an agreement with a huge Chinese carrier.
According to Motley Fool One Analyst Jason Moser, Apple has been pushing for this deal for a while, since it will provide the company with a subscriber base of 700 million new customers. However, Jason notes that those new customers have considerably less spending power than Apple’s customers in the United States, which means that Chinese buyers will be more sensitive to phone prices, and may not respond well to the constant replacement cycle that Apple pushes.
Struggling BlackBerry still has a supporter in the president, who says he must use the device instead of Apple's.
By Tim Parker
Never kick a company while it’s down, but BlackBerry (BBRY) has certainly been kicked this year.
On the brink of bankruptcy, the phone maker has lost most of its customers and more than 80 percent of its stock value. But, the company still has one loyal supporter: the President of the United States.
Saying he's "loyal" might be a stretch. The story goes like this: President Obama was speaking to a group of young people at the White House Wednesday about Obamacare.
As part of his comments, he said that he’s not allowed to use Apple's (AAPL) iPhone for "security reasons." Although he still uses the iPad and his daughters each use iPhones, he can only use his BlackBerry.
The Street's 'corrective action' made an attractive company that is growing profitability even more appetizing.
By Richard Saintvilus
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With earnings results in hand from the likes of Kellogg (K), Kraft Foods (KRFT) and Nestle (NSRGY), I started to think analysts had finally developed more realistic expectations about the packaged food industry. Especially given the applause these companies received for results that were (at best) decent compared to historical norms. But that sentiment didn't last.
In disappointing fashion, the Street's irrationality resumed following J.M. Smucker's (SJM) 8 percent stock decline, which I can describe only as an overreaction to the company's fiscal second-quarter results. Although the stock has since recovered some of those losses, I believe the fact that shares are still off 7 percent from their October high of $112.92 presents an opportunity for investors looking for sweet gains.
Shares that have taken a beating and are most oversold won't necessarily be the first to recover.
Here's the way the bulls could frame this one. The part of the market that has been horrendous of late is the part that's represented by social, mobile and the cloud. The weirdly disliked last quarter from Salesforce.com (CRM), heavy selling in Facebook (FB) after a good quarter, and the over-exuberance surrounding the Twitter (TWTR) IPO is a combination that feels like a hangover has been weighing on this group for several weeks.
These were the first stocks that went down. Now I am sure you will be hearing that these are the first stocks that can take us back up. I don't want to buy into this thesis, because the cohort is too narrow. And it seems a little circumstantial, aided by the bizarre all-day rumor that Facebook was going into the S&P 500 ($SPX). The stock got clocked after hours yesterday, but it didn't quite give up all the gains.
The stock has soared by 76% over the past 2 years and is testing long-term resistance levels.
By Neal Rau
FedEx (FDX) shares have had a great year so far, and the company stands to benefit from the boost in online sales this holiday season.
Shoppers are hunting for bargains and hoping to find them while avoiding crowded shopping malls, so it's easy to understand why so many analysts have optimistic forecasts for online retail sales, but is it too late to buy shares of the company?
Post-earnings release dips have proven to be buying opportunities in FedEx. When the company reported in mid-June, shares initially jumped to $104, but following the report the stock quickly sold off as the revenue miss and poor guidance led to profit taking.
Security researchers have stumbled upon a huge file of stolen user names and passwords.
Daniel Chechik and his fellow researchers at Trustwave SpiderLabs found a cache of user names and passwords for 2 million accounts that gives hackers access to accounts on popular websites like Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO), Twitter (TWTR), LinkedIn (LNKD) and others.
This stash of 2 million passwords follows a massive hack on Adobe Systems (ADBE) revealed in October in which a jaw-dropping 38 million user accounts and passwords were nabbed and posted online.
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