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There is investing wisdom to be gleaned from the research surrounding the 'sell in May' idea.

By The Fiscal Times May 3, 2012 9:46AM
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By Suzanne McGee

Sell in May and go away? You would have to be hiding under a rock to avoid the chorus of opinions on this investment mantra. And the idea is appealing after a robust first quarter followed by a bumpy April. Why not lighten up on your stock market holdings, take your profits and spend the next few months at the beach, on the golf course or fly-fishing in Montana?

Even the evidence seems to support the theory that this might be a good strategy. John Kozey, an analyst with the StarMine research team at Thomson Reuters, took a look at how stocks have performed in the May through October period, between November and April, as well as for the entire year, measured from November through to the end of October.


Buying an ultra-long-term stock requires sticking with an industry that won't disappear by the time baby goes to college.

By May 3, 2012 9:19AM
Image: Person signing paperwork, mid section © PhotoAlto/Eric Audras/PhotoAlto Agency RF/Getty ImagesOne in a special Top Stocks series on buying stocks for newborns.

By Howard R. Gold,

Choosing one stock for a newborn is nearly impossible. It requires foresight over 20 years, when the markets don't look beyond 20 minutes. And the world we'll see in 2032 will be as different from 2012 as today's world is from 1912.

That means eliminating almost all technology and financial stocks, which may be swept away by disruptive change. I'd also avoid individual emerging-market stocks. How do you know any of them will exist in two decades, let alone be big winners?

The household products maker is trying to rely less on pricing and more on streamlining its cost structure to recover margins.

By Trefis May 3, 2012 8:51AM
TrefisProctor & Gamble (PG) is going to roll back some price increases to support market share growth. The decision follows weak sales growth witnessed last quarter with flat volumes, as the cost-induced pricing cost P&G some of its market share.

The company has lowered its outlook for fiscal 2012, citing continued weakness in developed markets and pricing roll-back, with higher input costs and increased costs related to its massive $10 billion cost-cutting program. 

The automaker tops expectations. The food giant will split into 2 publicly traded companies.

By TheStreet Staff May 3, 2012 7:54AM

By Alexandra Zendrian


General Motors (GM) on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of 93 cents a share excluding items, beating analysts' expectations for 85 cents a share. Sales rose to $37.8 billion, in line with estimates but with significant weakness in Europe.


Kraft Foods (KFT) is scheduled to report its first-quarter results after Thursday's closing bell. Analysts are calling for earnings of 56 cents a share on revenue of $13.05 billion. Kraft is splitting into two separate publicly traded entities -- a North American grocery products company that will retain the Kraft Foods name and a global snack foods company to be called Mondelez International.


The single-cup coffee vendor shocks analysts with a revenue miss and lower guidance.

By Charley Blaine May 2, 2012 8:55PM
Updated at 4:07 p.m. ET Thursday

What does it take to lose nearly half of your company's market capitalization in a day?

If you're Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), you surprise Wall Street with a revenue miss. Then you guide lower for the fiscal year on revenue and earnings. And then you guide lower on revenue and earnings for the fiscal third quarter.

Oh, while you're at it, you note that your inventories doubled in size from a year ago. And you took a write-down of the value of some of your finished products and seasonal products, like cocoa, because sales in the quarter that ended on March 24 just weren't as good as you'd expected.

The result: Green Mountain Coffee shares were tanking Thursday, closing down 47.5% at $26. The stock had already got crushed in after-hours trading Wednesday. Once as high as $115.98, it has lost more than 75% of its value since mid-September. 

Scott Forstall sells 95% of his shares in the computing giant even as analysts expect the stock price to rise.

By Benzinga May 2, 2012 5:29PM

Image: Money (© Corbis/Corbis)By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer

One top-ranking Apple (AAPL) employee has parted ways with 95% of his shares, even though many analysts think holding on to them would have made him much richer.

Scott Forstall, the senior vice president of Apple's iOS software division, has sold more than 64,000 shares of company stock, earning nearly $39 million in the process. Considering the many rumors that Apple will go to $1,000 within the next few years (some think it could happen as early as 2013), some worry that this is a sign Forstall plans to leave Apple for another tech giant.


The e-reader was one of the retailer's big sellers. Is Apple clearing out the competitors before it comes to town?

By Kim Peterson May 2, 2012 4:44PM
Image: Target © Bloomberg/Getty ImagesTarget (TGT) is going to stop selling the Kindle e-reader at its 1,700 stores and on its website.

The news sure sounds like a serious blow to Amazon (AMZN), which makes the Kindle and counts on Target and other stores for sales help.

Both companies are hush-hush about what's going on. The Kindle had been a big seller for Target, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

An ongoing contract disagreement with Express Scripts is pushing business to Walgreen's rival.

By Jim J. Jubak May 2, 2012 4:14PM
CVS Caremark (CVS) reported first-quarter earnings of 65 cents a share, 2 cents above the Wall Street consensus. The company also reported a 19.9% year-to-year increase in revenue to $30.8 billion. The analyst consensus called for $30.29 billion in revenue.

More importantly, in the current profit-taking-prone market, the company raised guidance for the second quarter to earnings per share of 78 cents to 80 cents versus the current 74 cents a share analyst estimate. 

The leading private-label credit card issuer delivers the goods, while its steadily climbing stock remains a bargain.

By May 2, 2012 1:32PM

Image: Woman holding set of fanned-out credit cards (© Sheer Photo Inc./Photodisc/Getty Images)By Igor Greenwald,

Treacherous times like these demand not just good stocks, but great stocks. We need growth and value and, ideally, something that's been popular of late -- but not scalding hot.


The fig is on the outs as Nabisco tries to increase sales of the cookie line.

By Kim Peterson May 2, 2012 1:09PM
Is the fig out of favor?

It is at Nabisco, a unit of Kraft (KFT), where the famous Fig Newtons cookie has lost part of its name. Now, the cookies are simply called Newtons.

The fig is still inside the cookie -- in three versions, including original and fat-free fig. Other versions include strawberry, raspberry and minis. 
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These picks are as close as you can get in an imperfect market.

By May 2, 2012 1:02PM

By Richard Moroney, Dow Theory Forecasts

The search for the perfect stock is a bit like the search for spiritual enlightenment -- tough to achieve on this earth, but almost certainly worth the effort.

Relentlessly looking for the best available stock will keep you engaged in the trends driving the economy and corporate profits, and force you to consider the merits of stocks you already own. Even if you keep all your money in index funds, your market outlook will be better informed if you regularly appraise the prospects of the best-positioned stocks.


Inside Wall Street looks at how the largest US drugstore chain is a smart investment for a baby's future.

By Gene Marcial May 2, 2012 12:53PM
Credit: © Steven Senne/AP
Caption: A CVS drugstore, in Coventry, R.I. One in a special Top Stocks series on buying stocks for newborns.
CVS Caremark (CVS) isn't just for the sick anymore. As the largest drugstore company and pharmacy benefits manager, it has become a provider of necessary products and services for practically everyone -- sick or not.
From the moment a child is born to the time he or she retires, CVS is the go-to store for medical supplies and even services. So CVS is a good stock to start investing and stay with.  
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Stocks slide on disappointing jobs data at home and abroad.

By MSN Money Partner May 2, 2012 12:51PM
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A number of media companies reported better than expected results on both the top and bottom lines, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner (TWX) and CBS (CBS), but only CBS saw its shares move up following its announcement.

CBS shares gained more than 3%, while Comcast fell 1.5% and Time Warner moved almost 2% lower.

This leading Internet search company is growing at twice the speed of its US competitor.

By TheStockAdvisors May 2, 2012 12:23PM
By Timothy Lutts, Cabot Market Letter

Yandex (YNDX) is the leading search engine in Russia and therefore has earned the right to be called "The Google of Russia."

The first contextual advertising appeared on the site in 1998, the year Google (GOOG) was founded. In 2000, Yandex became a stand-alone company. And in every year since then, the company's revenues have grown. In most years, its share of the Russian search market has grown, too; currently, Yandex's market share is around 60%. Google is in second place, with a Russian market share of 26%. 

TripAdvisor is upgraded to 'buy,' and defense companies initiated with a 'sell' at CRT Capital.

By MSN Money Partner May 2, 2012 11:12AM
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Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:  
  • Edwards Lifesciences (EW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
  • Flextronics (FLEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
  • Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
  • TripAdvisor (TRIP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill


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The benchmark index currently hovers in the middle of its range, but the tech sector, which displayed early strength, has narrowed its gain to 0.3%. Other heavily-weighted groups like financials (+0.1%) and health care (+0.2%) also trail the broader market. The consumer discretionary space (+0.7%), meanwhile, continues trading ahead of ... More


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