Finance professor Jeremy Siegel still expects the Dow to hit 18,000. But he's concerned about the labor force and commodity prices.
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Other countries are expecting a strong year for stocks in 2014. Why are Americans so skittish?
Despite optimism that U.S. stocks will be among the best performers this year, American investors are still running scared.
A new survey from Schroders, a multinational investing firm that manages $415 billion for clients, shows U.S. investors ranking at the bottom of 25 countries in terms of confidence, with just 37 percent showing a positive view.
That contrasts with the general tone of the report, which shows global investors anticipating a strong year particularly on the equity side. Investors are most confident in India (90 percent), Thailand (83 percent) and Indonesia and Japan (76 percent each).
Contrasting with the gloomy attitudes of Americans, other countries expect to find better returns in U.S. stocks than any other region except Asia-Pacific. Western Europe is No. 3.
This week the chain began promoting its Mighty Wings at a new price of $3 for 5 wings. That's a 40% discount.
There's a chicken wing clearance sale going on at McDonald's (MCD).
This week the chain began promoting its Mighty Wings (pictured) at a new price of $3 for five wings, or about 60¢ each, compared with the original price of $1 per wing. That's a 40 percent discount.
At this price, McDonald's will either break even or take a slight loss on the product, according to Nick Setyan, vice president in charge of equity research at Wedbush Securities.
Mighty Wings will be sold at the discounted price "until supply runs out," spokeswoman Lisa McComb wrote in an email.
Every time a foreign crisis occurs, the same 5-day pattern plays out. Look for the same with the Ukraine situation.
Don't just stand there, sell, especially if everyone else is selling or will be selling.
Let the S&P futures, down so huge, dictate your emotions, and, if we don't open down big consider it a blessing and bang out as much as you can because everyone is too complacent about this Ukraine thing, whatever the heck it is (you better not be or you are being way too glib and thoughtless).
There. I did it.
I totally spelled out the mindset that has been used pretty much every time a foreign financial or non-financial crisis has occurred, a process that has only been exacerbated as the futures and the ETFs and, most importantly, the algorithms have come to take control of our stock market.
The disconnect that exists between the company's investors and the real world is never-ending.
When it comes to irrational exuberance, I can't think of a better recent example than the 34 percent year-to-date gains seen in shares of BlackBerry (BBRY). The disconnect that exists between the company's investors and the real world is never-ending.
This is a company that still doesn't know where it's going. It wasn't long ago that BlackBerry shares nearly tripled on the prospects of its new operating system called BB10. Ahead of the launch, some analysts proclaimed that BlackBerry could one day trade in the $40's. BlackBerry stock traded under $10 at the time.
The argument for BlackBerry was that it could license its operating system to hardware rivals like Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT). It was (then) seen as a "significant growth opportunity" for the company. In the months leading to the launch, the stock peaked at around $22. But BB10 was dead on arrival. Nobody cared. Yet investors still insist that BB10 is better than iPhones and Android-powered devices.
Warren Buffett said he's not at all discouraged that the stock market is under pressure due to the conflict in Ukraine.
Technical patterns look downright ugly in some areas, which is why these are strong possibilities for shorting.
By Anthony Mirhaydari
I know what you're thinking: With stocks pushing into record territory -- breaking above uptrend resistance that's held the S&P 500 ($INX) at bay since November -- it seems like a crazy time to be looking for short-side opportunities. But steel stocks are presenting us with an opportunity nonetheless.
As I highlighted in a recent post, there are plenty of reasons to be cautious. Warning signs are flashing. Technical indicators are rolling over, such as market breadth. The trouble in emerging markets looks set to return as China's banking system shows signs of stress while Beijing pushes down the value of the yuan to an extent not seen since 2008. The economic data continues to disappoint. And the Federal Reserve seems determined to keep tapering its QE3 bond purchase program.
Moreover, I'm seeing leading sectors like steelmakers roll over into weak, vulnerable downtrend patterns that look susceptible to breakdowns.
The cost of this year's Oscars ads rose to an all-time high, and companies have no problem paying up.
With more than 40 million viewers, 20 categories and dozens of nominees, the Academy Awards is only glitz and glamour on the surface.
Corporate titans are investing tirelessly behind the scenes to make this all possible.
Not to be outdone by Sochi's top Olympic ad prices, the cost of this year's Oscars ads was pushed to an all-time high and currently hovers around $1.8 million per 30-second spot. The companies splurging on those seconds stand to gain (and lose) arguably more than any nominee.
Here's a look at how the Oscars could shine a spotlight on some key sponsors, including each company's Ad Relevancy Scores from the 86th Academy Awards, courtesy of Experian Marketing Services. The scores measure of the overall attractiveness of a target audience relative to the characteristics of a brand's existing customers.
Shares were taking it on the chin Friday as investors react to the company's earnings report.
Motley Fool analyst Sara Hov explains that it's likely an overreaction. The year-ago quarter benefited from a one-time bump in top-line growth, so the most recent quarter was up against a tough comparison. Overall, revenue and volumes were positive, so Sara considers it a good quarter. Additionally, Clean Energy Fuels is pursuing major contracts both domestically and abroad.
A health group says 1 dose of the highly addictive narcotic could kill a child. So why did officials approve it?
By William White
Zohydro is a highly addictive narcotic that is set to release in March, and it's the first single-ingredient hydrocodone drug to ever receive Food and Drug Administration approval. (Normally, drugs that contain hydrocodone also contain acetaminophen.)
Zohydro's FDA approval was even more surprising considering that an advisory panel voted 11-to-2 against the drug before the main FDA vote.
Advertisers spent more than $66 billion on television spots in 2013. Social networks would love to get a bigger slice of that pie.
By Jim Probasco
Facebook (FB) thinks its ads are more effective than those on television.
The company believes its ability to target specific audiences and the fact that Facebook viewers engage online at a higher rate than when watching TV mean advertisers should consider spending more money on Facebook ads and less on TV.
The social network on Wednesday highlighted two recent ad campaigns to prove its point. One involved AARP, previously known as the American Association of Retired Persons.
The AARP ads were aimed at Facebook members over the age of 45 and designed to build awareness of the fact that AARP is not just for retired people.
The company delivers a picture-perfect quarter and raises guidance. Still, investors took the stock down more than 4% Friday.
Encores are tough in this business. Like the encore that we are supposed to give Salesforce.com (CRM) after it delivers a picture-perfect quarter and raises guidance by $100 million in revenue -- the most I have ever seen it do.
Encores on top of 20 percent gains for the year are not easily handed out. Encores for a 3 percent gain, caused on the day the company reports, by a fantastic number from partner Workday (WDAY), which was up more than 15 percent on an electric quarter, are impossible.
And that's the impossible position that CEO Marc Benioff (pictured) and Salesforce find themselves in despite all of the price target bumps and the huzzahs, worthy huzzahs, the company's stock is getting Friday.
With mergers increasing cable and satellite's might, television content providers humbled by potential a la carte pricing could squeeze Netflix and other streaming services who need their shows more.
PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- If we're headed toward a la carte television, as my colleague Rocco Pendola has suggested on multiple occasions this week, guess who's going to get stuck with the bigger bills?
No, not cable and satellite customers who get to structure their offerings lists as DirecTV, Comcast (CMCSA), Verizon (VZ) and others tell content providers like Fox (FOX), Viacom (VIA), Disney (DIS), AMC and The Weather Channel to take their fee complaints walking. There won't be any more back-and-forth between service and content providers or nasty blackouts mixed with snippy commercials. If television goes a la carte, the viewers are going to set the prices themselves based solely on demand.
Here's a look at three social media companies that investors are betting against.
By Nelson Hem
The number of shares short in Facebook, Groupon, Shutterfly and Yelp also rose by double-digit percentages between the January 31 and February 14 settlement dates.
However, short interest in Angie's List, eBay, Pandora Media and United Online shrank during the period. And in Google it was little changed from the previous settlement date.
In addition, note that the number of U.S.-listed shares (or ADRs) sold short of Chinese social media companies Renren, Sina, Sohu.com and Youku Todou increased in the first weeks of the month, while short interest in Baidu declined.
A stock surrounded by negative buzz is one that could be a huge bargain -- especially with these potential catalysts.
Buying stocks that are surrounded by negativity is not fun -- but the best deals are often found in companies that are undergoing turnarounds yet still mired in bearish sentiment.
This should come as no surprise. After all, the reverse is true -- as Warren Buffett has said, "You pay a very high price in the stock market for a cheery consensus."
The market is full of stories about struggling companies that were able to turn around difficult situations and become profitable -- companies like Apple (AAPL), General Motors (GM) and Citibank (C). Investors in those companies who recognized and acted upon their turnarounds reaped large profits.
The company beat expectations with its quarterly profit, but slumping numbers take a toll on the stock.
Gap Inc. (GPS) ended 2013 on a high note -- perhaps higher than some expected.
The retailer's same-store sales increased 1 percent during the quarter and were up 2 percent for the full fiscal year.
This was in line with the firm's third quarter, which also saw comparable sales increase by 1 percent. Comparable sales increased more significantly during the second quarter, rising 5 percent.
During the first quarter, comps rose 2 percent.
"The [winter] quarter has gotten off to a tough start for everybody," Stifel Nicolaus analyst Richard Jaffe told Benzinga Thursday afternoon. "Everybody who has reported has pointed that out and taken, based on February, one or two numbers down."
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