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Be wary of dire market forecasts

The most likely scenario is that the markets will begin to rise from here -- and that bounce is just beginning to take hold.


It's unnerving that almost every strong stock has a poorly performing company underneath it.

By Jim Cramer Mon 11:25 AM

Trader Anthony Rinaldi is reflected on a screen as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday in New York © Carlo Allegri/ReutersAlmost everyone I know has two emotions about this market: They hate it and they fear it.

They hate it because they can't figure it out. They fear it because if they can't figure it out, then something must be very wrong that they either can't see or can't get their arms around.

TheStreet.com logoSome of this fear comes from the fact that no one I know -- and I've canvassed the best desks -- has a clue why interest rates went down last week on some very strong U.S. data. The only plausible flight-to-quality provokers I heard were as follows:


iTunes Radio has attempted to use streaming to boost digital music sales, but streaming subscribers are paying not to make those purchases.

By TheStreet.com Staff Mon 10:53 AM

File photo of Eddy Cue, Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, introducing the new iTunes Radio © Eric Risberg/APBy Jason Notte, TheStreet

Apple (AAPL) is watching its iTunes Radio streaming service flounder because it doesn't understand the most fundamental truth about streaming music customers.

We're not listening to streaming music services so we can find the next song to buy. We're listening and subscribing to them so we don't have to buy songs anymore.

TheStreet.com logoThat is what nobody in the industry wants to talk about. Regardless of whether Pandora (P) manages to keep pace with competitors like Beats Music and Spotify, the streaming music subscription model is out there and isn't going away anytime soon. Oh, and it's making the a la carte, $1.25-a-song download model look foolish by comparison.


The stock rockets higher in its first day of trading. Everyone wants to find the next Chipotle.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 11, 2014 6:44PM
Image: Zoёs Kitchen restaurant in Savannah, Ga. (© Zoёs Kitchen via Facebook, http://tinyurl.com/zoeipo)By Steve Schaefer, Forbes

If you're a restaurant adding stores and piling up profits, the last two years have been a great time to go public. 

Even with the broader market reeling and the demand for IPOs showing a few cracks, Zoe's Kitchen (ZOES) proved Friday that the hunt for growth stories is still on in some corners.

The small company raised $87.5 million, selling 5.8 million shares at $15 apiece, and the stock rocketed 73 percent higher in its debut, closing Friday at $24.72. Zoe's, which initially intended to sell shares for between $11 and $13 apiece, upped its price tag by two bucks earlier in the week and landed at the top of that range, indicating demand.


A new report says the market for this type of technology could surpass 100 million units by 2018.

By Benzinga Apr 11, 2014 6:16PM

A model displays the new Samsung Galaxy Gear after the presentation in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday Sept. 4, 2013 (© Gero Breloer/AP Photo)By Jim Probasco

Shipments of wearable computing, especially of the functional and stylish variety, will exceed 19 million units in 2014, according to research from International Data Corporation released Thursday. By 2018, the worldwide market would grow to nearly 112 million units.

Wearables have clearly moved out of "early adopter" status and, IDC said, into the pages of GQ and Shape -- not just Computerworld and Wired.

Among the most popular wearables are Nike's (NKE) Nike+ FuelBand, Jawbone UP and Fitbit devices, all part a rapidly growing fitness and health space. These devices fall into a category referred to as complex accessories designed to operate partly independent of other devices. To make full use, however, they connect to smartphones, tablets or PCs to download and analyze data collected.


The tax burden on US corporations has fallen since the last major tax overhaul in 1986. Simply, it's a deal too good to give up.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 11, 2014 5:28PM
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Caption: Uncle Sam shaking man to get tax moneyBy Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss, Fortune

The U.S. system for taxing corporate profits is outdated, ineffective at raising revenue, and creates perverse incentives for companies to shelter profits overseas.

It is also, for most U.S. companies most of the time, a pretty good deal, which is one of the big reasons why any serious overhaul will be so difficult to achieve.

The quick opposition that greeted the ambitious reform plan released a month ago by Republican Ways & Means Committee chairman Dave Camp, who last week announced he would retire from Congress, was chalked up to the usual array of special interests. But the broader problem is that U.S. companies, particularly those that compete in international markets, have adapted remarkably well to the current tax system.


The company goes against the grain of the Nasdaq's fall and gets an analyst upgrade. Could it finally see its day in the sun?

By Motley Fool Investor Beat Apr 11, 2014 3:59PM
Shares of Zynga (ZNGA) were seeing a boost Friday after being upgraded to "equal weight" by Morgan Stanley. This has the game maker bucking the trend that has dogged the Nasdaq Composite index of other tech stocks, which has seen a considerable decline over the past few months.

In this video from Friday's Stock of the Day, Motley Fool analyst Jamal Carnette discusses why he likes some of the moves Zynga is making at the moment. The company just named David Lee as its new CFO, a sign that the company's new CEO, Don Mattrick, is steering the company in a new direction, away from where the company sat under the leadership of former CEO Mark Pincus. 
Tags: ZNGA

After a cold, hard winter, spending is heating up with the weather. Here are 4 investments for riding that trend.

By StreetAuthority Apr 11, 2014 3:48PM
Shoppers walk around the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on Feb. 25, 2012 (© Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg via Getty Images)By David Sterman

It's increasingly clear that the polar vortex created havoc for retailers. As the snow piled up and temperatures plunged, many consumers simply stayed away from the malls. You can expect to hear all about it as earnings season unfolds.

Investors have already responded, shunning consumer stocks, and the key ETFs (exchange-traded funds) that track consumer discretionary spending are all under water for the year. As Citigroup analysts noted, "The worst performing sector thus far in 2014 is Consumer Discretionary, with the retailing industry group plummeting nearly 8 percent this year."

But a late winter thaw may have set the stage for much better days to come. And this lagging sector could deliver much better news as coming quarters unfold. 

Is an airline a utility or a service? The ones who act like a utility have more financial success.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 11, 2014 2:59PM
File photo of at Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 aircraft arriving at Denver International Airport on May 3, 2012 (© Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)By Justin Bachman, Businessweek

Spirit Airlines (SAVE) inspires a special kind of wrath among the American traveling public: It's the industry leader in customer complaints by a wide margin. 

Over the last five years, Spirit's rate of complaints to the Department of Transportation was three times higher than other U.S. airlines, according to a report (PDF) released Thursday by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

This is not the first time Spirit has been dinged for customer dissatisfaction. Last year it was the lowest-scoring carrier in a Consumer Reports survey of 16,000 readers. "Poor service, poor communication, poor quality," a commenter at airline-rating firm Skytrax wrote this week. "You couldn’t even make up how bad they are." The loathing has also inspired a dedicated Twitter (TWTR) feed: @hatespiritair.


Critics say the former secretary of state is a poor match for Dropbox, a startup that hosts users' business and personal data.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 11, 2014 1:32PM
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Caption: Former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza RiceBy Shira Ovide and Douglas Macmillan, The Wall Street Journal

Dropbox is the latest company to run afoul of Silicon Valley's political orthodoxy.

The file-sharing startup Wednesday added former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (pictured) as a director to "help us expand our global footprint."

Quickly, an Internet protest sprang up to encourage Dropbox users to boycott the service unless the San Francisco startup forces her off its board. A new website, "Drop Dropbox," said Rice's role in helping set U.S. policies in Iraq, and in promoting U.S. intelligence agencies' surveillance policies, made her a poor fit for a startup that "we are trusting with our most important business and personal data."


That's the weird thing about this week. Usually there's an epic 'story' associated with a sell-off of this magnitude.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 11, 2014 12:43PM
Caption: Analyzing stock market from computer screen
Credit: © MicroWorks/Getty ImagesBy Joe Weisenthal, Business Insider

The market has been shaky for awhile now, but Thursday it got real.

The  Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) crashed 3 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) fell about 2 percent. The Dow Jones industrials ($INDU) dropped over 260 points.

So here's the weird thing. There's really no "story" associated with this selloff, which is a point noted by Jesse Livermore on Twitter.

Now let's be clear, usually stories that explain market movements are BS, but there usually is one: Ukraine, China, oil, political gridlock whatever.


Something is very wrong when we get strong economic news and interest rates plummet. That's a fear of an unknown unknown.

By Jim Cramer Apr 11, 2014 12:22PM

Sculpture of bear outside Frankfurt Stock Exchange © Ed Pritchard/Getty ImagesTo me, the bear case is as easy as pie.

Let's dispense with all form. Here it is.

1. Something is very wrong with the market when we get strong news out of the economy and interest rates plummet. That's a fear of an unknown unknown. What's the point of buying when there is something lurking?

2. When interest rates plummet, the banks plummet, particularly now that the short rates aren't going higher. Banks are the linchpin of all big rallies and we have lost them.

3. There is no price where the insiders won't sell these extended techs with no dividends or earnings.


The flood of public offerings dries to a trickle as companies wait out the market turmoil.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 11, 2014 12:13PM
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange minutes after a Federal Reserve announcement on January 29, 2014 in New York City
© Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesBy Bob Pisani, CNBC

The tidal wave of initial public offerings has now dried up as the market reels. Out of eight IPOs set to price Thursday night, four got put on hold.

Those that failed to get out the door: Lombard Medical (EVAR) -- which cited the dreaded "poor market conditions," according to Renaissance Capital -- Scynexis (SCYX), Paycom Software (PAYC), and City Office REIT (CIO).

An amended S-1 (called an FWP Amendment) was filed by Paycom, which contained updated information on the first quarter: revenues up, net income down compared to last year. It's not clear if they will be able to price later Friday or not.


Call this a pipe dream all you want, but Amazon is spending research and development dollars on building out these drones, so it's obvious the company is serious about this initiative.

By TheStreet.com Staff Apr 11, 2014 11:34AM

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com © Patrick Fallon/ZUMA Press/CorbisBy Chris CiacciaTheStreet

In Thursday's letter to shareholdersAmazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos touched on a number of initiatives, but perhaps the biggest is the company's plan for faster delivery. Not only is the Internet retailer really serious about providing a better experience for customers, its drone plans are bigger than anyone imagined.

This particular passage from the letter to shareholders was beyond startling, revealing the ambitious scale of Amazon's plans for drones, which were initially revealed just a few months ago:


A great deal is riding on first-quarter numbers that are about to roll out. Watch for these 3 key elements.

By Traders Reserve Apr 11, 2014 10:19AM
Caption: Businesswoman touching stock chart on tablet
Credit: © kay/Getty ImagesBy Jamie Dlugosch

I'm a fundamental analyst. That means it all boils down to the numbers.

That's why I love earnings season. Instead of the market focusing on irrational speculation, we get real information that can allow us to determine fair valuations.

This year, the speculation on the long side has essentially disappeared. The narrative has been entirely about a pending end to the bull market and a potential correction or even worse.

Where oh where did the glass-half-full investors go?

They are being overwhelmed by the naysayers, but that can change in a heartbeat. All it takes are stronger-than-expected numbers. A good earnings report is all it takes to eliminate the doubt.


The company surprised analysts with sales that plunged from a year earlier. Is this stock in trouble?

By Motley Fool Investor Beat Apr 10, 2014 6:19PM
Shares of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) dropped 7 percent Wednesday after the company pre-announced earnings. Revenue was down 24 percent year over year, which was well beyond analysts' consensus estimate.

However, in Thursday's Stock of the Day, Motley Fool analyst Sara Hov says she doesn't see the news as all bad.

Part of that precipitous drop was $26 million in deferred revenue, which inflated the bad news a bit.  
Tags: ISRG


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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market ended the holiday-shortened week on a mixed note as the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.1%, while the S&P 500 added 0.1% with seven sectors posting gains.

Equity indices faced an uphill climb from the opening bell after disappointing quarterly results from Google (GOOG 536.10, -20.44) and IBM (IBM 190.04, -6.36) weighed on the early sentiment. Google reported earnings $0.15 below the Capital IQ consensus estimate on revenue of $15.42 ... More


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