Surge brought back from the dead
Surge is back from the dead

Coca-Cola launched the soda brand in the 1990s to compete with Mountain Dew. Sales didn't exactly take off.


The brand, which is owned by JAB Holdings, may list in London as soon as this month.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 9, 2014 12:36PM
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Caption: Jimmy Choo shoes seen in a clothing store window display in San Francisco, Calif..By Laura Lorenzetti, Fortune

Luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo, made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker's character in the HBO show Sex and the City, is looking to go public to the tune of about $1 billion.

The brand, which is owned by JAB Holdings, may list an initial public offering as soon as this month in London as demand for high-end shoes grows. Bank of America (BAC) will manage the sale, and HSBC Holdings (HSBC) has also been retained, people familiar with the deal told Bloomberg News.

The IPO comes in the wake of a shake-up in the world of designer shoe-wear. Nine West Footwear Group was spun off of Jones Group after the company was snapped up by private equity firm Sycamore Partners for $2.2 billion in April.


Looking at stocks through 4 different indicators gives an almost identically bearish view.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 9, 2014 12:28PM
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Caption: Bull and Bear MarketsBy Mark Hulbert, MarketWatch

Making the bullish case is getting a lot harder.

Let's say that you want to wriggle out from underneath the bearish conclusions of the cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings ratio (CAPE), which for some time now has been very bearish. Sidestepping that conclusion turns out to be a lot harder than you think.

The CAPE is the version of the traditional P/E ratio that has been championed by Yale University finance professor (and recent Nobel laureate) Robert Shiller. 

Currently, for example, the CAPE stands at 25.69, which is 55 percent higher than its average back to the late 1800s of 16.55 and 61 percent higher than the ratio’s median level of 15.95. In fact, there have been only three times since the 1880s when the CAPE has been higher than where it stands today: 1929, 2000 and 2007 -- all three of which, of course, coincided with major market highs.


The company is no longer the chain with the most 'kid appeal.' A smaller upstart has taken its place.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 9, 2014 12:09PM
McDonald's Happy Meal (© David Paul Morris/Getty Images)By Susan Berfield, Businessweek

McDonald's (MCD) has already admitted it has a problem with millennials, who want food that is healthier and fresher than much of what the chain offers. 

Now it looks as if McDonald's has a problem with kids, too. The company has lost its first-place position as the chain with the most "kid appeal," reported Crain's Chicago Business. 

The new favorite, according to Sandelman & Associates, a restaurant research firm, is Chick-fil-A. It's one of several fast-casual chains that are appealing because they serve "real" food. Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is another.


There's a lot of hype. If you're considering a play on either stock, consider first what your objective is.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 9, 2014 11:58AM
Dice on newspaper stock pages © Tom Grill, PhotographerBy David Weidner, MarketWatch

Beginning Tuesday, investors are presented with two "second-coming" opportunities. But the question whether to buy or sell has less to do with the unknown of how these opportunities perform initially, and more to do with something investors already know.

Let's start with what's happening.

First, Apple (AAPL) is set to unveil upgrades to its iPhone line and, potentially, release a wearable device, probably a watch. 

For the company, it's the biggest and most crucial roll-out in Tim Cook's role as CEO following the death of Steve Jobs in October 2011. To many, Apple has been adrift since Jobs' death. This is a critical moment to see if Cook can keep the mojo of his late predecessor.


Retailers have taken a page from Amazon's own playbook by turning many of their stores into distribution centers that can fill online orders quickly and efficiently.

By Staff Sep 9, 2014 11:54AM

Packages from in Palo Alto, Calif. © Paul Sakuma/APBy Brian SozziTheStreet

Brick-and-mortar stores, which have been hammered by online retailers like Amazon (AMZN), are starting to fight back.

Big-box retailers like Walmart (WMT), Target (TGT) and Best Buy (BBY) are ramping up their online operations and seeing sales boom, making inroads against e-commerce giant Amazon.

The retailers, which also include Macy's (M) and Home Depot (HD), have taken a page from Amazon's own playbook by turning many of their stores into distribution centers that can fill online orders quickly and efficiently. logoU.S. retail e-commerce sales reached $75 billion in the second quarter, up 4.9 percent from the previous three-months, according to the Census Bureau. It marked the second consecutive quarter in which the sequential growth rate has accelerated -- following a 3 percent increase in the 2013 holiday quarter, U.S. retail e-commerce sales gained 3.3 percent in the first quarter. 


The big action was in the currency markets Monday as the focus turned to political and economic turmoil in Europe and Japan.

By InvestorPlace Sep 8, 2014 5:14PM

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One dollar billBy Anthony Mirhaydari

Stocks finished mixed on Monday, with bonds continuing their recent string of weakness, as the big action was over in the currency markets.

In the end, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) lost 0.2 percent, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) lost 0.3 percent but was able to hold the all-important 2,000 level that it's been flirting with for weeks, the Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) gained 0.2 percent, and the Russell 2000 ($TOMX) gained 0.2 percent.

A combination of detonation in Japanese economic data, new cheap money stimulus measures in Europe and the rising potential for a Scottish independence vote all undercut foreign currencies. The U.S. dollar soared as a result.


Yes, it's cheap relative to other major carriers, but there's a reason for that.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 8, 2014 5:00PM
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Caption: A United Airlines 747 arrives at San Francisco International AirportBy Adam Levine-Weinberg, The Motley Fool

On Tuesday, United Airlines stock hit a new all-time high at $50 on the dot. Falling oil prices and an analyst recommendation helped United Continental Holdings (UAL) reach that symbolic plateau.

However, investors should consider using the recent rally as an opportunity to sell and get out. 

While bulls think United Airlines stock is cheaper than that of network carrier rivals Delta Air Lines (DAL) and American Airlines (AAL), it doesn't trade at a big enough discount given its weak financial track record and future prospects.

Most analysts who recommend United Airlines stock do so because it is cheap relative to other major airlines. United was named a top pick on Tuesday by Hunter Keay of Wolfe Research.


They're increasingly seen as a good option for those just starting to invest or for those who aren't actively trading.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 8, 2014 4:07PM
Image: Couple paying bills in living room © Jose Luis Pelaez Inc, Blend Images, CorbisBy Sarah O'Brien, CNBC

It's no wonder that target-date funds have emerged as a welcome staple in many workers' 401k plans.

These funds, whose assets automatically shift into more conservative investments as individuals approach retirement, offer sophisticated and diversified exposure to Wall Street with little effort by the investor.

"Most investors tend to be hands-off," said Janet Yang, a senior analyst at fund-tracker Morningstar. "If you aren't willing to do the research of individual stocks or individual mutual funds and rebalance your portfolio once a year, target-date funds are a good 'set-it-and-forget-it' investment."

A target-date fund gets its name from the year in which an investor anticipates retiring. So, for instance, investors in a 2040 fund today will watch their assets gradually move from riskier investments -- which come with the potential for higher returns -- to more conservative options, such as bonds and cash, the closer they get to 2040.


Yet stock ownership for the wealthy is at a new high, adding to their fortunes as the market continues to hit records.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 8, 2014 3:47PM
Image: Stock investor © Tom Grill/CorbisBy Robert Frank, CNBC

The widening gap between the wealthy and the rest of America during the recovery can largely be explained in one word: stocks.

According to recent data from the Federal Reserve, America has the lowest level of stock ownership in 18 years. Yet stock ownership for the wealthy is at a new high -- and that has accounted for most of their good fortune compared to the rest of America.

The Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finance found that only 48.8 percent of Americans held stock either directly or indirectly in 2012, the latest period measured. 

That's the lowest level since 1995, when 40.5 percent of Americans held some form of stock. (Indirect ownership of stock includes stocks held in mutual funds, 401k plans and other investment vehicles.)


One of the most downbeat strategists watching the market flips, leaving few left to sound notes of caution.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 8, 2014 3:30PM
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Caption: Charging Bull statue in New York City’s financial districtBy Sam Ro, Business Insider

Bullishness is in the air. 

Last week Morgan Stanley (MS) and RBC Capital said we were only in the early stages of the bull market. And that was followed by an uber-bullish Barron's cover story.

All year Deutsche Bank's (DB) David Bianco held the title of most bearish strategist on Wall Street for 2014. With a measly 1,850 year-end target for the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX), Bianco was caught behind the curve as the bull market extended its historic five-year long run.

In a new research note to clients, Bianco cranks up his 2014 and 2015 calls and unveils a big 2016 call. Here's a summary:

Tags: DB

'It's a bold look,' says CEO Gary Kelly. Twitter users weren't so sure, however. It will take years to repaint the entire fleet.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 8, 2014 2:33PM
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Caption: Southwest Airlines introduced a modern new look to its iconic brand todayBy David Koenig, The Associated Press

Southwest Airlines (LUV) is putting a new paint job on its planes, adding a splash of bright color as it enters middle age and faces many changes.

The airline introduced its new livery Monday to a rally of several hundred employees in a hangar at its headquarters next to Dallas Love Field.

Blue is still the dominant color, but the planes will also have red, yellow and blue swooshes on the tail and wing tips and "Southwest" in big letters along the side of the fuselage.

"It's a bold look; it's an updated look," declared CEO Gary Kelly.

On Twitter, the reviews came immediately and ranged from "horrible" to "I luv it."

Tags: LUV

The images will initially be shown to a small percentage of US users in the company's mobile apps.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 8, 2014 2:29PM
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A user checks a Twitter feed on a smartphone in front of the Twitter logoBy Sarah Kessler, Fast Company

Twitter (TWTR) shopping is here. On Monday, the company announced it is testing a "buy button" that will allow users to make purchases without leaving the social network.

Buy buttons within tweets from select Twitter accounts will initially be shown to a small percentage of U.S. users in Twitter's mobile apps. The company plans to eventually expand the program to more users and its desktop program.

Like any other tweets, tweets with buy buttons can be promoted so that they function as ads. Twitter isn't disclosing whether or not it will take a cut of the buy button purchases.


The company will offer its 'super cruise' system on a yet-to-be-named new Cadillac vehicle. No word on how much the feature will cost.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 8, 2014 2:14PM
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Caption: The General Motors Co. logo is seen at their world headquarters in Detroit, Mich.By Jeff Bennett and Joseph B. White, The Wall Street Journal

General Motors (GM) plans to launch by 2016 cars with a hands-free automated driving system and Wi-Fi-enabled vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems designed to help avoid collisions, intensifying the race among the world's auto makers to build cars that can partially drive themselves and avoid crashes without the help of their human drivers.

The company will offer its "super cruise" system, which will allow a driver to ride in a car with hands off the steering wheel on a freeway with proper lane markings, on a yet-to-be-named new Cadillac vehicle. 

Cadillac officials have said they intend to launch by 2016 a large sedan to compete with rivals such as the Mercedes S-Class.


Service providers have been persuading customers to pay full price for new devices. The approach poses risks for Apple.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 8, 2014 1:51PM
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Caption: The iPhone 5C is seen on display at the Fifth Avenue Apple store in New York CityBy Daisuke Wakabayashi and Thomas Gryta, The Wall Street Journal

In recent years, Americans have been spared the sticker shock of paying full price for a new iPhone because wireless operators offered upfront discounts approaching $500 a phone.

But Apple (AAPL) faces an uncertain new environment this week as it prepares to unveil new -- and what are expected to be more expensive -- iPhones. Carriers have been weaning consumers off subsidies and getting them to pay full price for new devices.

In most cases, consumers pay for the phones over time, the way many people buy new cars. The carriers say they come out ahead by eliminating the subsidies and allowing consumers to buy new phones without upfront payments.


The investment bank upgrades its outlook to 'overweight' less than 2 months after downgrading equities to 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Sep 8, 2014 1:35PM
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. signage is displayed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (© Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images)By Matt Clinch, CNBC

After warning on the risk of a temporary sell-off in stocks back in July, Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded its outlook on equities to "overweight" on Monday, expecting a push higher for stocks in both the near- and medium-term.

"We upgrade equities to overweight over three months . . . we expect earnings growth, dividends, and high risk premia to support returns," Goldman's global investment team, which includes Peter Oppenheimer and Anders Nielsen, said in a research note released on Monday morning.

Back on July 25, the investment bank downgraded equities to "neutral" for the three months ahead, citing the risk of a temporary hit to stocks following a selloff in bonds. They said the near-term risk/reward profile for stocks was less attractive, despite iterating a "strong conviction" that stocks were the best-positioned asset class over the next year.

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