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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Even the most troubled of big banks are generating earnings that surpass analyst expectations, but few of the results signal any real fundamental strength for the banking industry.
Bank stock investors have ample causes to celebrate this spring. Not only are their share prices soaring -- the financials group within the S&P 500 posted a return that was more than double the already hefty gain from the broad index during the first quarter -- but even the most troubled of big banks are generating earnings that surpass analyst expectations.
Goldman Sachs (GS) Tuesday morning announced earnings of $3.92 a share for the just-ended first quarter, better than the $3.55 per share analyst consensus, despite the fact that underwriting activity and merger activity slumped during the period.
Earnings reports from these prominent tech companies will send important signals about the broader tech sector.
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The 10% decline in shares of Apple (AAPL) over the last several days grabbed the attention of investors even though the tech titan will not report earnings until next week. Apple shares turned around Tuesday, however, closing up more than 5%.
Several of the large technology stocks are reporting this week, and that may help set the overall tone for the tech sector.
The stock closed up more than 1% Tuesday after the bank reported strong quarterly earnings.
The healthcare giant reported sales growth for a few drugs, but it can't escape a plethora of other problems.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported first-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates. It also raised guidance for 2012. But the diversified healthcare company's problems -- from recalls to legal liabilities -- are far from over.
The healthcare giant, which makes everything from Band-Aids to implants to HIV drugs, said it earned $3.91 billion, or $1.41 per share, in the first quarter, up from $3.48 billion, or $1.25 per share, a year earlier. Excluding special items, J&J earned $1.37 per share, beating analyst estimates of $1.35, according to Thomson Reuters.
Earning season is upon us, and these companies deserve a review.
With global economic data starting to show some cracks, and with macro concerns driving the action in the stock market recently, investors and traders are happily welcoming the rush of corporate reports. Strong corporate earnings can be the antidote for anxiety over the health of the global economy.
There has been quite a bit of talk that first-quarter earnings would look weak.
Pier 1 has been among the best-performing stocks, as well as chains, of late, and will do better still once housing recovers.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
Pity the poor American consumer, beset by high gas prices, 8.2% unemployment, no real income growth, and the mathematical inevitability of tax hikes.
It's hard to cope with so much fear and woe… except by getting out to the superstore to add to one's collection of garden furniture.
Shoppers were out in force again last month, continuing to surprise economists. March retail rose 0.8% from February’s total, and 6.5% year-over-year.
A judge tossed the shock jock's lawsuit against the satellite radio company this week.
Shares of the satellite radio company were up 3% Tuesday after a judge threw out Stern's lawsuit demanding a $330 million payout. And the New York State judge made her feelings about the suit clear, dismissing it "with prejudice," which means Stern can't sue again based on the same set of facts, the Associated Press reports.
At issue was whether Stern should get stock awards for helping Sirius XM meet its subscriber goals.
Strength in emerging markets, cost savings and new portfolio initiatives will help Daimler achieve its revenue target.
The company introduced new products in various markets, became a regional leader and undertook a variety of sustainable growth initiatives.
The Detroit auto giant is preparing to overhaul an American icon, even though many middle-aged fans may not be ready for an update.
Few things are more classically American than a Ford (F) Mustang, the Pony car that spawned dozens of imitators after it was launched in 1964.
Today's Mustang still bears a strong resemblance to the original, part of a years-long attempt by Ford to ride a retro trend that saw baby boomers buying Volkswagen (VLKAY) Beetles and Chevrolet (GM) Camaros. But all that is about to change, says Mike Ramsey at The Wall Street Journal.
The world's largest express carrier and cargo shipper is a global bet on an economic snapback.
Investors still pondering which stocks to own as the U.S. economy recovers should snap up shares of FedEx (FDX), which moves businesses around the globe in more than 220 countries.
The urgency in buying FedEx's shares is that they are still undervalued, trading at $80 a share, off from their 52-week high of $98.66, because of misguided doubts among some skeptics that the company's prospects don't look so promising because management has been circumspect in predicting a more robust outlook for next year. Part of the reason is some uncertainty about business growth in Europe.
Stocks rise as the IMF raises its view on US and global growth prospects.
The only Dow decliner was Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), which reported adjusted earnings that beat expectations but revenue below the Street's forecast.
Don't make common missteps that could have devastating consequences for your portfolio.
Whether out of fear or greed, investors all too often scramble to do precisely the wrong thing at precisely the wrong time.
Right now, the spectacle that falls into this category of "stupid investor tricks" is the race to allocate more cash to taxable fixed income funds during (a) one of the strongest periods for stocks in the past decade and (b) a time when interest rates are at their lowest levels since the Great Depression and are being held down artificially by Federal Reserve policymakers.
Investors should remain patient and focus on long-term fundamental value.
I believe there is still plenty of room left on the upside for Apple (AAPL) over the next several years.
At this stage of the game, Apple is setting the pace in virtually every category in which it competes.
Experts cover their favorites in construction services and specialty retailers.
Stocks covered include Primoris Services (PRIM), Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Hibbett Sports (HIBB). Plus, the panelists discuss whether or not the bulls are still in charge in the current market.
First Solar is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Trina Solar is upgraded to 'buy.'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
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