8 reasons the market isn't worse
8 reasons the market isn't worse

Stocks should be crushed by global turmoil, Jim Cramer says. Instead, they're doing fine.


The beverage distributor has added $3 billion to its investment in the country.

By Benzinga Jun 27, 2012 9:29AM
Image: India (© Donald Edwards/age fotostock)By Katey Stapleton

The Coca-Cola Company (KO) plans to invest $3 billion in India through 2020, adding to the $2 billion it has already committed.

Coca-Cola, which claims it is already India's primary beverage company, is aiming to expand even further in a market that is now requiring bubbly instant gratification. The new investment will fund growth in its extensive line-up of beverages such as Thums Up and Minute Maid Nimbu Fresh.


The electronics retailers is reportedly a buyout candidate, and the media company will decide about splitting into 2.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 27, 2012 8:58AM
By Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet.com

Best Buy (BBY) is reportedly a buyout candidate. According to The Wall Street Journal, founder Richard Schulze is working with bankers to possibly put together a deal to take the company private.

The board of News Corp. (NWSA) will decide Wednesday whether to proceed with a split of the media giant into two companies, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper, which is owned by News Corp., first reported Monday the company was mulling separating its smaller publishing business from its entertainment businesses. 

Flavored carbonated drinks are so popular that they may outsell colas in the US by 2015.

By Kim Peterson Jun 26, 2012 6:48PM
Traditional cola drinks are on the way out. Flavored carbonated soft drinks, such as Mountain Dew Voltage and Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash, are the new darlings in the beverage business.

In fact, flavored carbonates are expected to outsell colas in the U.S. by 2015, a PepsiCo (PEP) executive said at a recent conference, according to Food Navigator.  

More of us are making time to cook at home, and saving money is the primary motivation.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Jun 26, 2012 5:40PM

Image: Couple ordering meal in restaurant © NULL/CorbisWritten by Eric McWhinnie, Writer at Wall St. Cheat Sheet

Dining out is practically a national pastime for Americans. From celebrating a special occasion to simply taking a break from cooking at home, people enjoy eating out. 

But in this economy, they're eating out less -- and that may be taking a toll on some restaurant stocks. The average American spent $2,505 a year on restaurants in 2010, down from almost $2,700 in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.


In a bid to give its staid image a jolt of cool, the software giant snaps up a red-hot business-networking platform for $1.2 billion in cash.

By TheWeek.com Jun 26, 2012 4:29PM

Image: Man sitting at dining table with financial advisor (© Corbis)After weeks of rumors, Microsoft (MSFT) confirmed Monday that it is purchasing business startup Yammer for $1.2 billion.

Yammer bills itself as a "private" social network that allows companies to collaborate on projects, kind of like a combination of Google Docs (GOOG) and a private Facebook (FB) exclusive to businesses, in which employees create profiles, activity streams, discussion forums, microblogs, wikis, and more.

But Microsoft has so far failed to describe exactly what it will do with its prized new acquisition, and rumor has it that the company is already working on OfficeTalk, its own Yammer-like product.


Selling a stock like Digital Realty Trust, which hasn't gained much lately, will free up cash for whatever the current market brings.

By Jim J. Jubak Jun 26, 2012 4:04PM
Image: Woman counting money (© Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc/Blend Images/Getty Images)Digital Realty Trust (DLR) will pay its quarterly dividend on June 29 to shareholders of record on June 15. The REIT (real estate investment trust) went ex-dividend on June 13. That means you'll receive your dividend as long as you held on June 13. And you're now free to sell without losing the dividend payment.

I'm going to take advantage of that timing to sell Digital Realty Trust out of my Jubak's Picks portfolio Tuesday. The REIT has gained 1.23% in capital appreciation since I added it to the portfolio on March 23, 2012.
Tags: DLR

The interface is aimed at casual usage and is likely to gain traction in tourism, education and hospitality.

By Trefis Jun 26, 2012 2:43PM
TrefisHewlett-Packard (HPQ) has announced a thin-client interface for casual browsing and media consumption targeted at hospitality and educational businesses. The target audience is likely to be hotels, Internet cafes and other public spaces like libraries and airports where users only want to check email and consume media, such as information and photos.

HP is already the leader in hardware sales and this will extend its dominance in the segment. 
Tags: HPQ

The former king of the smartphone world is reportedly looking to split its company in two, with the hardware arm headed one way and the software arm another.

By TheWeek.com Jun 26, 2012 2:34PM

Ailing BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIMM) is looking to sell off its hardware business, according to a report from British newspaper The Sunday Times. Potential buyers for its phone division allegedly include Facebook (FB) and Amazon (AMZN). Meanwhile the Canadian company is renewing its focus on developing and licensing its proprietary messaging software -- such as BlackBerry Messenger and email -- to other companies. The Sunday Times report, however, doesn't cite any sources, although RIM's relatively new CEO Thorsten Hein once said that the firm was in need of "substantial change." 

Is RIM splitting in two?


A new study shows the brick-and-mortar retailer has lower prices but the online giant is still winning over customers.

By TheWeek.com Jun 26, 2012 2:30PM

Image: Woman shopping in interior design shop, side view © Alistair Berg/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesBrick-and-mortar retailers have long feared Amazon's (AMZN) cost-cutting abilities. The online retail behemoth does not have to pay for sales staff or maintain vast, warehouse-like stores.

With its ability to reach into your personal computer without physically crossing state borders, the company even avoids adding local sales taxes to its products. Lower costs usually mean cheaper prices, and big-box stores like Best Buy (BBY) are shutting down stores as erstwhile customers flock to Amazon.


Investors looking to step back into the tech space could start with these 3 well-positioned companies.

By TheStockAdvisors Jun 26, 2012 2:01PM
Image: Creditcard Computer (© Stockbyte/SuperStock)By Mike Cintolo, Cabot Market Letter

It's time to begin coming off the sidelines. Our proprietary market timing indicator has turned positive. We're ready to do some new buying.

We're starting by adding a trio of technology-related plays to our Model Portfolio: Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY) and LinkedIn (LNKD). Here's a look at these three new additions. 

Stocks climb slightly as reports show that home prices rose in many U.S. cities, but consumer confidence fell.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 26, 2012 1:41PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

News Corp. (NWSA) confirmed multiple reports that the company is considering a restructuring to separate its business into two distinct publicly traded companies, splitting its publishing assets from its entertainment businesses. Investors responded positively, sending shares up more than 6%. 

Wall Street sees big upside for the iconic motorcycle maker.

By Jonathan Berr Jun 26, 2012 1:14PM
Shares of Harley-Davidson (HOG) are up about 18% this year and Wall Street expects better times ahead for the motorcycle maker.

The average 52-week price target for the Milwaukee company is $57.46, more than 25% above where it currently trades. Shares of the iconic brand are down Tuesday, along with the broader market, despite bullish comments on CNBC by Harley CEO Keith Wandell. The stock was trading down 3.4% to $46.30 at midday Tuesday.

Shares fell after UBS analysts significantly cut profit estimates for 2012 and 2013. The analysts reduced 2012 profit targets to $2.77 a share from $2.91 a share, and cut 2013 targets to $3.31 from $3.47. 
Tags: HOG

Domestic production, which is shifting toward much more complicated sources, now has a well-defined floor that smart investors can watch for.

By MoneyShow.com Jun 26, 2012 12:24PM

In discussing his new report on the oil markets, analyst Jason Burack tells MoneyShow.com about some large-cap stocks with potential, and discusses a junior company in which he sees a great deal of headroom.

Kate Stalter: Today, my guest is Jason Burack. Recently, through your company Wall Street for Main Street, you issued a new report about the energy sector. Why don't you start out just telling us a little bit about the report, and what you found?

Jason Burack: We originally wrote this report because of a lot of the rhetoric on TV from the mainstream media, and we were just tired of hearing the politicians come on and just blame these greedy speculators on Wall Street and these evil large oil companies.


Global economic weakness and disappointment with the Fed spook investors, but some stocks will benefit from lower energy costs.

By The Fiscal Times Jun 26, 2012 11:51AM
Image: Combines in field (© Mark Karrass/Corbis/Corbis)By Suzanne McGeeThe Fiscal Times

It's official: As of Friday, commodities moved into bear market territory.

True, given the extremely volatile price trends in commodities, the line between a bull and bear market can be crossed several times in any given year. And some commodities -- like corn -- have still seen their prices surge recently. This time around, however, the kind of bearishness doesn't only reflect supply/demand fundamentals in each market -- soybeans, say, or copper -- but also investors' views of the broad economy and the confidence that they have in policymakers to restart growth. 

Dow Chemical is downgraded to 'neutral,' and eBay is initiated with a 'buy.'

By MSN Money Partner Jun 26, 2012 11:28AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
  • JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
  • Post Properties (PPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus
  • Veeco (VECO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus


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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market capped the trading week with losses across the major averages. The S&P 500 fell 0.5% to surrender its weekly gain, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (-0.7%) and Russell 2000 (-0.9%) underperformed. The two indices posted respective losses of 0.8% and 0.6% for the week.

Equity indices were pressured from the get-go after several heavyweights disappointed the market with their earnings and/or guidance, which led to some broader profit-taking. After ... More


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