Stocks have rallied 177%, and while calling a top is the easiest thing to do, it might not be the most accurate, Cramer says.
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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."
The S&P 500 sets a new record high. But there's plenty to suggest the recent breakout won't last.
By Anthony Mirhaydari
The bulls have finally done it: After repeated attempts going back to late November, they've managed to push the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) above 1,850 on a closing basis to set a new record high.
That ends three consecutive days of pump-and-dump action and pushes stocks up and out of a three-month-long trading pattern.
The catalyst for the move (surprise, surprise) was the Federal Reserve, thanks to a big daily scheduled bond purchase as QE3 rolls on and the appearance before the Senate of new Fed chair Janet Yellen.
Although Yellen didn't say anything new of note -- besides mentioning the severe winter weather that's plagued parts of the country -- and kept the tapering of QE3 on track, the market just tends to do well when the Fed is in the news. Thursday's performance was no different.
Retailers that many investors had written off as hopeless are showing that they still have some life.
The retail industry has been in dire straits for some time now. Some chains are seeing predictions of a tough 2014, while death knells have tolled for several stores that have been a part of the American consumer landscape for years, if not decades.
However, recent earnings reports appear to show that retailers many analysts left for dead might still have some life in them. Here are three examples:
J.C. Penney (JCP)
Business news reporters and bloggers have been preparing for this retail giant's demise for some time, but they can apparently put away the obituaries for a while.
This year's movies may be winners on the red carpet but the stocks of their parent companies get mixed reviews.
The film studios that produced the movies nominated for Best Picture at Sunday's 84th Academy Awards treated audiences around the globe to some great entertainment.
However, would their parent companies earn the same respect in the investment arena?
A total of nine movies are vying for the best picture award, split among six studios. Among them are Paramount Studios, which gave us "Nebraska" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," and The Weinstein Company with "Philomena." Those films wowed critics, but because the companies are privately held, they don’t do investors much good.
That leaves us four companies to critique with films receiving a total of 76 nominations:
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Shares of the retailer are rocketing upward after the company reported a smaller loss than expected. Is this the year the company turns things around?
While the report was bad and the company is still reporting a loss, it wasn't as bad a report as the market had feared, and there may be some signs of recovery. On Thursday's edition of Stock of the Day, host Mark Reeth and Motley Fool analyst David Hanson examine the turnaround prospects for J.C. Penney.
Shoppers are making bigger buys at the home-improvement chain, with the number of receipts greater than $900 rising 5.5% in the last quarter.
By Christopher Freeburn
Premium product sales at Home Depot have grown for four consecutive quarters.
Home Depot says the number of customer shopping bills greater than $900 rose 5.5 percent in the most recent quarter. By contrast, the number of sales under $50 rose just 2.5 percent over the past three months, The Wall Street Journal reports.
To lure customers looking for a more expensive home appearance, Home Depot plans to unveil premium patio furniture and barbecue equipment, among other high-end products.
Documents filed with regulators detail a device called 'Black' that can wipe data and software stored when someone attempts to break into it.
By Alice Truong
Boeing (BA) has its sights set beyond aircrafts. The Chicago company has filed documents with the FCC detailing a secure smartphone called Black that's capable of self-destruction, or rendering itself inoperable when someone attempts to break into it.
First rumored two years ago, Boeing's phone will run a custom build of the Android operating system. Earlier this week at Mobile World Congress, Silent Circle and Geeksphone launched the similarly named and security-minded Blackphone, which also runs on an Android variant.
According to one of the documents, Boeing notes that the company is exempted from the Freedom of Information Act and is thus not required to disclose its "trade secrets," which are crucial to national security. However, it does talk about the construction of the phone and a "kill-switch" feature that could wipe data and software stored when someone attempted to break into the phone.
Here's why recent earnings misses by major players in the sector shouldn't necessarily keep investors on the sidelines.
It has not been a happy gathering of food companies at the consumer industry conference. ConAgra Foods, J.M. Smucker and Mondelez International all recently reported dismal results. But not all food stocks are down.
Kraft (KRFT), which has a huge overseas presence, reported that sales volume rose by four percent. And Kraft's success should become more common in the sector. There are three reasons for investors to be long-term bulls on the food sector.
There is growth ahead overseas.
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The major averages began the day on an upbeat note, but relinquished their opening gains during the first 90 minutes of action. The early sentiment was boosted by a better-than-expected nonfarm payrolls report for February (175K versus Briefing.com consensus 163K), but a closer look into the report suggested that ... More
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