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Political uncertainty in Europe and allegations of bribery at Wal-Mart kick the week off on a sour note.
Shares of Wal-Mart (WMT) dragged on the Dow, declining 4.6% after The New York Times said the company focused on damage control instead of fixing problems after finding "evidence of widespread" bribery at Wal-Mart de Mexico.
Another Dow component, Pfizer (PFE), also slid following major news, falling almost 1% after agreeing to sell its Nutrition business to Nestle (NSRGY) for $11.85 billion.
Just because a stock has a lofty price-to-earnings ratio like Amazon, Chipoltle or Lululemon, doesn't mean it will drop.
Check out the standard bear case for stocks ranging from Amazon.com (AMZN) to Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) to Lululemon (LULU). For all three, "value" investors argue that the stocks must drop because they sport lofty price-to-earnings ratios. In fact, some folks make this prediction as if it is Newtonian law.
As of Friday's close, AMZN trades at a current P/E of roughly 139 and forward P/E of about 74. CMG clocks in at approximately 62 and 39, respectively, while LULU notches a P/E of 58 in the here and now and 35 looking out one year. These three stocks, with the exception of a few very normal fits and starts, have done nothing but go up.
The telecom falters in the competitive smartphone market, and some analysts are predicting a bleak future.
Can Nokia save itself? Here's what some experts are saying:
Are investors overreacting to bad headlines?
The stock was down almost 5% by noon. The stock, which had gained 4.5% this year, will no doubt fall further as more information emerges over the next few days. Though the Times' story has damaged Wal-Mart's reputation, investors shouldn't panic.
These shares have some traditional characteristics, yet they remain cheaper than they should be.
They are developing and innovating and taking share for doing so. Under Armour, the apparel company, developed new forms of fiber that are lighter weight but tough that athletes love. Its technology is what's driving sales, including the spectacular numbers it put up last week.
Lennar and First Solar are downgraded, while AstraZeneca is upgraded.
Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- ARM Holdings (ARMH) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
- AstraZeneca (AZN) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays
- BMC Software (BMC) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
- Banco Santander (STD) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman, and to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
With reliable earnings and dividends, this stalwart is a AAA-rated play in health care.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), a model of durability, was founded in 1886. Today it is the world's largest supplier of medical devices, sixth-largest consumer health company and eighth-largest pharmaceutical company.
Johnson & Johnson has proved to be a fantastic company over the years. More importantly, it operates in a market that is only going to grow over the next several years. Shares of Johnson & Johnson have flown consistently higher since 1944. Even in just the past 20 years, the stock has climbed 713% -- from $8 to $65.
The Sabine LNG export terminal approval is a watershed event.
By Aaron Levitt
America's new-found love affair with hydraulic fracturing has unearthed an abundance of natural gas and shale oil.
Inventories of both resources continue to build at a record pace, and the idea of the U.S. breaking the yoke of foreign imported energy suddenly seems to be within reach. With a potential future of "energy independence" within our grasp, investors are finding that a variety of opportunities are starting to present themselves.
Emerging markets are attractive for sales volume growth and market share expansion.
Even though the investment plan has not been formally announced by the consumer goods giant, it was revealed by Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, after his interaction with Unilever Mexico's President Fabio Prado at the World Economic Forum for Latin America.
The oil producer reported a quarterly profit slightly below analysts' expectations, while the online video rental company is forecast to post a loss.
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ConocoPhillips (COP) reported first-quarter earnings of $2.9 billion, down from $3 billion last year as its oil production declined following the halting of operations in China due to oil leaks as well as assets sales. Excluding $330 million of special items, first-quarter 2012 adjusted earnings were $2.6 billion, or $2.02 a share, below the $2.08 a share expected by analysts. The company plans to spin off its refining business next week.
Netflix (NFLX) will report its quarterly results after the close, and analysts expect the video-subscription service to post a loss of 27 cents a share. First-quarter revenue is seen at $866 million.
Analysts suggest that the search engine giant could be considering an acquisition soon.
Google (GOOG) is the leading search engine, but there's one area where the company's software prowess fails: real-time search.
It's an area that Twitter dominates, and savvy Internet users know to turn to the site first for the very latest news and discussions. That, combined with Twitter's ongoing struggles to turn a profit that matches its outsized Internet presence, has made Twitter a very attractive acquisition candidate.
Great Wolf sees shares soar as it finds itself in the middle of a bidding war by KSL and Apollo.
Who knew that a water parks operator could be such a hot property?
Great Wolf (WOLF) saw shares surge more than 8% Friday to close at $8.06 after Apollo Global Management (APO) raised its bid for the company for the second time in a week. Apollo's bid now tops an offer from KSL Capital Partners.
Apollo's new offer of $7.85 per share is being backed by the board. The total offer is roughly $740 million, including debt.
Profits at GE Capital grew by 27% in the first quarter, which is good for dividend investors.
Wall Street is looking for cheaper prices at the pump, eventually.
Despite some stalling of economic momentum, weaker data at home and overseas, and a big building of oil inventories, gasoline prices remain irritatingly high -- down 8.6% from their high earlier this month but still up nearly 30% from November's lows. That continues to weigh on consumers, pulling down real wages in three of the last four months and forcing folks to tap into savings to maintain their spending.
Obviously, that's not good. Nor is it sustainable. Something's got to give. Either wages accelerate (unlikely), gas supplies jump (also unlikely due to refinery closures) or the economy stagnates, pulling down energy demand (very likely).
Based on their historic yield patterns, here are some favorite stocks for growth and income.
Our current Timely Ten buy list is our reasoned expectation -- based on our methods and experience -- of which stocks we believe will perform best over the next five years.
In our view, high-quality stocks purchased at historically low price to high yield offer the best potential for downside protection and upside appreciation.
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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market finished an upbeat week on a mixed note. The S&P 500 added just over a point, holding its weekly gain at 1.0% while the Nasdaq lost 0.4%.
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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