The central bank leaves its policy unchanged, which means loans to businesses and on mortgages and autos will remain cheap.
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
Charles River Labs is downgraded to 'sell,' and T-Mobile is initiated with a 'hold.'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
You're never too young to begin investing. These are names your children will recognize.
By Bret Kenwell
Have you ever tried to look at the investment world through a child's eyes?
What would our kids buy if they were in our shoes? Not what stocks children should buy, but what they would buy. You might be shocked at some of the quality choices that come about.
It's almost a given to begin with Walt Disney (DIS). The House of Mouse is a company almost every kid knows. While the first thing that comes to mind is Disneyland in California or Disney World in Florida, the network shows and animated movies sure do hit home for most kids.
These large cap stocks trade at attractive valuations and pay generous dividends.
By George Putnam, The Turnaround Letter
With the stock market continuing to surge, it has become more of a challenge to find stocks trading at attractive valuations. One group that recently caught our eye is the major integrated oil companies.
Most of the stocks in this group have underperformed the S&P 500 Index over the past year, many by a significant margin. These stocks have the added benefit of paying relatively high dividends. Although they may be market laggards at the moment, we like the long-term prospects for the big oil companies.
Demand for oil (and natural gas, which many of them produce in addition to oil) is likely to keep rising for the foreseeable future, particularly in the developing countries.
Once an obscure investing tool, this advance system has hit the mainstream. Here's what it can offer investors.
It was September 2008, and the stock market was in chaos.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) experienced its largest point decline, plunging 777 points in just one session. The support of the 50- and 200-period moving averages were slashed like a hot knife through butter, while the Volatility Index ($VIX) rocketed through technical resistance as if it wasn't even there. The financial media was full of pundits declaring a complete technical breakdown in the stock market.
Many were left asking what it all meant. Part of what it meant was that the once esoteric quasi-science known as technical analysis had gone mainstream.
With both the market and VIX up recently, it may be time to play the VIX.
Anyone who has been following the Market Volatility Index ($VIX) and VIX-related ETFs over the past year knows that these instruments have been decimated. Usually, investors who buy VIX or its related instruments do so as a hedge against risk, and they normally use only a small part of their portfolio to do so. But a decline like the one we have seen over the past year can make an investor who has only a small amount allocated to this hedge raise his eyebrows.
In every respect, this is understandable. The moves are aggressive, and some of the instruments related to VIX are leveraged two and three times as well. That multiplies the risk, of course, but it also multiplies the risk control if the market begins to experience problems.
Some sectors are worth investing in if the central bank begins to cut back on quantitative easing. Keep away from some others, though.
We just had a correction based on that concept and I think the answer for most stocks is no, not if it is going to go on for months and months, which is what I would fear.
That's why I think you have to accept the fact that raising cash on days like Monday in the groups that were hardest hit makes a ton of sense.
But what acted well in the downturn? What didn't give up the ghost? Two groups: tech and banks.
These yields are likely to be quite impressive in coming years. Here's what investors need to know now.
Will interest rates continue their recent ascent?
If so, many investors will come to question the wisdom of holding dividend-paying stocks. After all, bonds and CDs are virtually riskless, and if they sport more attractive yields, why bother with riskier stocks?
The simple reason: Interest rates (such as on the 10-year Treasury note) are unlikely to move past 4%, as I noted recently on StreetAuthority.
Markets on edge as the 2-day Federal Reserve policy meeting begins Tuesday.
U.S. equity futures rose slightly in premarket trade Tuesday as investors eagerly awaited the Federal Reserve policy decision and statement Wednesday. Monday trading was a whip-saw marked by a steep sell-off over tapering fears.
In other news, the German ZEW Economic Sentiment Index rose to 38.5, beating expectations of a reading of 38.1 and better than the prior 36.4.
European Central Bank President spoke in Jerusalem overnight and hinted that the long-term refinancing operations could be extended as a means of providing additional bank liquidity. Speculation had grown that the ECB could do this however it is the first time Draghi has addressed it directly.
The Dow jumps 109 points after rising as many as 191. Oil-price jitters and rising rates trim gains. Those factors and the Fed may weigh on markets Tuesday.
As in: Will the Fed trim its bond buying? Will the Fed move interest rates higher? What exactly is the Fed hoping to accomplish?
The answer on Monday -- and only for Monday -- was yes, the Fed may start to trim its $85-billion-a-month bond buying campaign. "When" wasn't clear. No, it's not moving interest rates higher any time soon. And what the Fed wants is an economy that, for the foreseeable future, can take care of itself and start to expand solidly.
We know this because the stock market ended nicely higher -- after ending un-nicely lower on Friday. In fact, June is now a positive month for stocks. For how long that will last won't be clear until after Wednesday.
The company is a good source of cash for emerging market opportunities.
I’m selling Johnson Controls (JCI) out of my to raise cash in the current market, because 1) I think I can do better than the 12.9% return to my target price, and
2) because I think the uncertainty in that target has gotten higher recently.
Getting to my $42.40 target price was contingent on fairly decent second half 2013 auto sales from European automakers -- and that looks less likely with the most optimistic projections now putting off economic growth in the eurozone into 2014 -- and a pick up in orders in the company’s building energy unit. That too seems less likely as interest rates start to tick up, creating a drag on commercial construction.
The software company is under close scrutiny, ahead of its second quarter results on Tuesday.
By Zacks Equity Research
Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) is set to report second quarter 2013 results on Tuesday. Last quarter, it posted a 10% positive surprise. Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.
Growth Factors This Past Quarter
Adobe’s first-quarter earnings of 22 cents were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Revenues were down both sequentially as well as from the year-ago quarter, but were above management’s guidance due to increased adoption of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Margin expansion was limited due to the change in sales mix, which favored lower-margin products.
In this installment: the company's new deal gives the stock a turbo-charge.
The new programs will be inspired by characters from the DreamWorks universe, including Shrek, the Croods and the upcoming Turbo. But will the new deal pay off for investors? In this installment of Stock Of The Day, Motley Fool analyst Andy Cross shares why he believes shares of DreamWorks Animation still have room to run.
It's no surprise that some of these firms don't pay dividends, but one once-hated company is poised to restart its payouts.
Rising tensions over the civil war in Syria pushes energy prices higher. Brent crude, which affects gasoline prices, approaches $107 a barrel.
On May 31, crude oil in New York settled at $91.97 a barrel, and there were thoughts the price might break below $90.
On Monday, crude oil (-CL) briefly hit $98.74 a barrel before settling back to $97.77, down 8 cents from Friday. But the worry that crude oil might hit $100 a barrel is definitely at play, with the possibility of higher prices at the gas pump.
Brent crude, the benchmark North Sea oil that has a big influence on domestic gasoline prices, was at $105.57 a barrel after reaching as high as $106.67.
Light sweet crude is up 6.3% for the month and 6.5% on the year. Brent crude is flat for the month and down 5% in 2013.
Sharing is caring, but content makers may see things differently.
Thousands of people share Netflix (NFLX) with their family and friends.
But Reed Hastings, Netflix's CEO, isn't too worried about the problem, according to Gigaom. While this may have surprised some investors, there may be a good reason for his nonchalant attitude.
"He doesn't seem to care because it's not his content," Rich Tullo, Director of Research at Albert Fried & Company, told Benzinga. "He's leasing the content, so if he can convert one or two of those 10 people sharing, what's it to him? That's a good thing for him. Sure he wouldn't care. I wouldn't care either if I were him."
MORE ON MSN MONEY
Copyright © 2013 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
Stocks sag as the Fed chairman says a stronger economy may let the central bank start to end its bond-buying program late this year. But Bernanke sees low rates lasting into 2015.
Top Stocks provides analysis about the most noteworthy stocks in the market each day, combining some of the best content from around the MSN Money site and the rest of the Web.
Contributors include professional investors and journalists affiliated with MSN Money.
Follow us on Twitter @topstocksmsn.
[BRIEFING.COM] Equities ended on their lows with the S&P 500 down 1.4%.
The S&P entered today's session with a week-to-date gain of 1.5% as investors expected reassuring words from today's Federal Open Market Committee Statement.
Stocks traded with slim losses until this afternoon's FOMC Statement and subsequent comments from Chairman Bernanke sent equities and Treasuries to their lows while also providing a significant boost to the dollar.
Today's Statement was ... More
More Market News
|There’s a problem getting this information right now. Please try again later.|