Get ready for a flood of IPOs
Flood of IPOs land this week

If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.


By Kim Peterson Jul 6, 2012 5:39PM
It's just one disappointment after another for Groupon (GRPN) shareholders. The stock hit a new low Friday, and closed down more than 4% to $8.44.

Groupon is now 58% below its November IPO price. This is a bloodbath. Shareholders have lost all faith in the company.

The latest hit to the stock was a blog posting by chairman Eric Lefkofsky, who said he's going to turn his focus to his venture-capital firm, called Lightbank. The implication here is that Groupon's young CEO, Andrew Mason, will assume more of the management reins. 

The DVD and streaming-video company has the expertise and brand name to strike local deals and leverage content in new regions.

By Trefis Jul 6, 2012 3:52PM
TrefisImage: Globe with money (© PhotoAlto/SuperStock)We came across this article that makes an interesting point about how Netflix (NFLX) is doing well in the U.S., and that alone warrants a high price for the stock.

A Citigroup (C) analyst seems to be bullish on the price, citing as prime reasons its lucrative DVD subscriber base as well as large streaming base in the U.S.

While being bullish makes sense as far as we are concerned, we do not fully agree with the reasons.


The retailer plans to expand its product lineup by releasing a Kindle-themed device built on the Android operating system.

By Benzinga Jul 6, 2012 3:14PM
Image: logo © EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer

Amazon (AMZN) plans to bolster its product lineup by releasing a Kindle-themed smartphone.

According to Bloomberg, the phone would follow the lead of the Kindle Fire and use the Android mobile operating system from Google (GOOG). Foxconn, the Chinese company best known for manufacturing Apple's products, is said to be working with Amazon to produce the new smartphone.


Americans may have to get used to a slow-growth economy.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 6, 2012 2:25PM

By Kevin Mellyn, guest columnist


U.S. consumers are now living in a world much like the one the Japanese have been living in for the past 20 years: a world with limited access to credit, little or no appreciation in asset values, slow growth, large government deficits, and a rickety banking system.


The headline story about Japan is that the bubble economy of the 1980s was popped by central bank policy, and through bad policy choices the country has remained mired in deflation and low growth ever since.


Fireworks in the currency market undermine risk-on trading as global growth slows. It should prove a temporary setback before the real trouble begins.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Jul 6, 2012 2:09PM

Stocks have been sliding over the past two days despite not one, not two, but three separate central bank easing announcements Thursday. The reason? A big drop in the euro and a gain in the dollar, which were enough to reverse (temporarily) the gains in the contra-dollar assets we've seen after last Friday's post-eurozone summit breakout. Also, the economic data are confirming the slowdown I've been warning about for months.


I think this will be a temporary pullback within an uptrend. The important thing is that the coordinated intervention by global central banks continues. And that is a risk-on catalyst, which will push up contra-dollar assets like the euro, commodities and stocks while pressuring risk-off assets like the dollar and Treasury bonds in the weeks to come.


Heads roll at Barclays as authorities investigate other banks for interest-rate manipulation.

By The Fiscal Times Jul 6, 2012 2:08PM
By Yuval RosenbergThe Fiscal Times

The scandal surrounding Barclays PLC has already created turmoil in the British banking giant's executive suite -- but it could reach much further before it's resolved. 

Barclays (BCS) chairman Marcus Agius resigned Monday but then agreed to stay on as the company searches for a replacement for CEO Bob Diamond, who abruptly resigned the following day. Chief operating officer Jerry del Missier also stepped down, and many more heads could roll if the scandal over manipulation of a key interest rate, called the Libor, mushrooms. Even as it is, the investigations into misdeeds by Barclays and other banks have wide-reaching implications for the financial sector -- and for millions of businesses and consumers in the U.S. and abroad. 

Here is a guide to the scandal and its potential fallout:

The company is reportedly experimenting with the new feature, which would help juice its ad sales and e-commerce partnerships.

By Kim Peterson Jul 6, 2012 1:50PM
Image: African-American woman shopping online (© Ariel Skelley/Blend Images/Getty Images)Facebook (FB) users already have a "like" button. Is a "want" button coming next?

Web developer Tom Waddington has found the code for a "want" button in Facebook's Javascript and he embedded the code into his personal blog last week, Mashable reports. Click here to see what the button looks like.

A "want" button, as simple as it seems, opens up new consumer and retailing possibilities for Facebook. If you "want" some sandals from Zappos, for example, your friends may see it and check them out. Facebook would immediately fire up its ad business and get new interest from retail partners. 

Rising commodity prices are hurting the food industry.

By Jonathan Berr Jul 6, 2012 1:36PM
Hormel (HRL) is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Spam in style, with an official T-shirt, among other things. But shareholders may not want to stick around for the party that's being "hosted" by the company's Sir Can-A-Lot icon.

Shares of the pork and beef processor are up more than 3% this year, thanks to better-than-expected quarterly earnings spurred by strong sales of its iconic product. But the stock may have gotten ahead of itself. Analysts have an average 52-week price target of $29.13 -- slightly below where it trades now. It has a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.35, the highest level in five years, according to Reuters.
Tags: HRL

With every successful new product, the South Korean company encroaches on the iPhone maker's territory.

By Benzinga Jul 6, 2012 12:42PM
By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer

Samsung is expected to announce another record quarter when it reports at the end of July. But will the company's success come at the expense of Apple (AAPL), Nokia (NOK), and Research in Motion (RIMM)?

It's no secret that the South Korean electronics manufacturer has had a negative impact on its competitors. This is heavily due to its implementation of the Android mobile operating system from Google (GOOG), which the company uses to power all of its phones.


Stocks dip after disappointing June jobs report.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 6, 2012 12:29PM
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Seagate Technology (STX) warned it would miss fourth-quarter revenue expectations, citing a failure to capture market share and an issue with a component supplier that the company called "isolated." 

The warning prompted a downgrade of the stock at RW Baird, along with a price target cut at FBN Securities, as well as price target cuts to peer Western Digital (WDC) from CLSA and Baird. Seagate shares fell 3.27% near noon while Western Digital shares slipped 1.24%.  

Profitable US homebuilder NVR is a rarity in an ill-starred industry.

By Gene Marcial Jul 6, 2012 12:10PM

Image: Home under construction (© Corbis)A growth stock in the deeply depressed housing industry? It's true -- and as surprising as it is impressive. The stock is NVR (NVR), one of the largest U.S. homebuilders that's not only making money but is loaded with cash that exceeds the company's liabilities on its balance sheet.


That's the way it should be in any well-managed company but, obviously, not the norm in the struggling homebuilding industry.

Tags: NVR

Limited is initiated with a 'market perform,' and Seagate is downgraded to 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Jul 6, 2012 11:10AM
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Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:  
  • Aviva (AV) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale
  • Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill

Its tempered outlook was still better than the Street's forecast.

By InvestorPlace Jul 6, 2012 10:46AM

By Dan Burrows

Kohl's (KSS) stock has been hammered since late May, when the company said first-quarter earnings fell 23%. On Thursday, the midprice retail chain delivered more bad news -- but apparently it wasn't bad enough for some traders.


Shares in Kohl's rallied sharply despite the poor June sales figures, probably because its disappointing quarterly outlook still remained ahead of Wall Street's even more pessimistic forecast.


A market share loss and supplier issues take a toll on revenue and gross margins.

By Benzinga Jul 6, 2012 10:26AM

By Ilir Shkurti


Hard drive manufacturer Seagate Technology (STX) tempered investor expectations on Thursday when it announced selected preliminary numbers for its fourth fiscal quarter ending on June 29, 2012. The company's earnings call is scheduled for July 30 after the market close.


The company said that while it still expects to report record shipments for the quarter, it would not meet its previously set revenue and margin goals.


Despite a weak quarter, the company's share pullback is creating an opportunity for long-range investors.

By TheStockAdvisors Jul 6, 2012 10:05AM

By Amy Calistri, Stock of the Month


When I first bought shares of the athletic footwear and clothing company Nike (NKE) last October, I bought only half of my intended position.


Nike recently announced its fiscal 2012 fourth-quarter results, and the company missed analysts' expectations by a wide margin. With the stock trading down, I am going to buy additional shares.



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