The idea of US crude being a shelter from turmoil abroad may not be as far fetched as it seems.
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The EU needs to unify its stock markets, create a common banking system, and issue European bonds that can absorb all the fractured debt.
By Sheldon Liber
Ever since the creation of the European Economic Community and the European Union, there hasn't been much sense of community or union.
The adoption of the euro helped. However, it has been a major flaw that countries can't print currency but everyone can issue debt -- and they did, as much as they wanted. The biggest problem in Europe is the people are not united and this keeps the markets separate, including their stock markets: the DAX, FTSE, CAC, and Athens Exchange to name a few.
Marvell Technology is upgraded to 'market perform,' and Brocade is downgraded to 'hold.'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
That is, if the Supreme Court upholds the health care reform law.
By Susan J. Aluise
As the U.S. Supreme Court mulls the fate of President Barack Obama's signature health reform law, the way these six men and three women eventually rule could have a significant impact on the stocks of managed care companies. And in almost every scenario but one, managed care companies could come out winners.
If the entire Affordable Care Act wins the constitutional challenge, managed care companies and insurers win big because they get to divvy up as many as 32 million new customers who'll be required by law to buy health insurance -- many of them young and healthy. That should more than offset any losses incurred by the requirement that the companies accept those with preexisting conditions or health risk factors.
The luxury apparel and accessories brand is new to the market but is already rated a 'strong buy.'
By Brian Bolan
Michael Kors (KORS) is new to the market but has already become a Zacks No. 1 rank ("strong buy").
Michael Kors sells branded women's apparel and accessories, as well as men's apparel. The company sells its products primarily under the names of Michael Kors, MICHAEL Michael Kors and KORS Michael Kors. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
The company is looking to increase its production capacity in both regions to boost sales.
The company has announced the expansion of its Nabisco Arabia biscuit plant in Saudi Arabia to double production capacity. In China, the company plans to introduce new products, step up marketing and widen its distribution channels.
It was up to the bankers and the execs to figure out a stock price where everyone won. In the end, the little guy got the shaft.
Facebook (FB) is moving in on that key 13-and-under demo! Business must be really rocking there to reach down to that cohort, right?
I don't know about yours, but I have to tell you that the sour taste of the Facebook deal hasn't left my mouth yet.
If you go back just a couple of weeks, we were at a crucial moment in time. Individual investors have been crushed for so long now that it was almost impossible to think about what could bring them back to stocks.
The Oracle says gold is useless, but precious metals are shining in a downward stock market.
"Gold gets dug out of the ground, then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head." -- Warren Buffett
When it comes to bashing gold, few do it as publicly and as extremely as the crew at Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B).
The company's CEO and largest shareholder, Warren Buffett, has provided many analogies over the years involving the precious metal. In a Fortune article earlier this year, the Oracle of Omaha cited gold's limited industrial demand and placed it in a category of assets that "will remain lifeless forever."
Chesapeake reaches an agreement with Icahn. Exxon considers exporting liquefied natural gas.
Chesapeake Energy (CHK) has settled a campaign raised by activist investor Carl Icahn to give shareholders of the struggling oil and gas company four board seats. Chesapeake said after "extensive discussions" with its two largest shareholders, Southeastern Asset Management and Icahn, it has agreed to add four new independent directors to replace four existing independent directors who will resign from Chesapeake's board. Three of the new independent directors will be proposed by Southeastern, and the fourth will be proposed by Icahn.
The company is spending $100 million on a San Francisco chain of casual restaurants serving sandwiches and salads.
The company is shelling out $100 million in cash for Bay Bread, the parent company of the La Boulange brand. Starbucks said it will start adding croissants and other French pastries to its menu early next year.
Why would Starbucks spend that kind of cash on better croissants? For the answer to that question, you only have to look at shares of Panera Bread (PNRA), which fell more than 1% Monday and were down another 1.6% in after-hours trading.
US stocks are very oversold, but some significant upcoming events could stand in the way of a bounce.
The compay is sending surveys to its sellers suggesting the possibility of a free-listing model.
The insertion fee has been a touchy issue for some eBay sellers. But what if eBay were to do away with it altogether? How would unlimited free listings change the auction experience?
That's what avid eBay users are wondering after the company sent sellers a survey asking if they preferred a model with no listing fees but higher commission fees, according to EcommerceBytes.
If common ground is found, a strategic relationship could benefit both companies.
Yahoo sued Facebook in March, claiming that the social network was infringing on its patents related to advertising, privacy controls and other technologies. Yahoo was widely criticized for the suit, particularly because it echoed a patent lawsuit it filed against Google (GOOG) before the search giant went public in 2004.
Now, Yahoo's patent conflict with Facebook could soon come to an end.
The stock drops after a research note questions the company's projections.
The company's business may be slowing down. The stock dropped by as much as 5% Monday after an analyst at William Blair & Co. cut her rating to "market perform" from "outperform."
The stock's slide put the brakes on what had been a pretty nice year of growth. Shares fell below $25 last October, but climbed back to nearly $33 last week. Heading into the close Monday, the stock was down to $30.29.
Rotten job numbers were the last straw for nervous stock market investors, but this just might be a unique buying opportunity.
The economic numbers released late last week were downright ugly. First-quarter GDP growth at 1.9% wasn't quite as robust as everyone had assumed. A mere 69,000 jobs were created in May, the lowest level seen in the last year, and April's job creation numbers were revised downward.
The unemployment rate -- which already understates the real level of unemployment by excluding those disappointed workers who are no longer searching for jobs -- edged back up to 8.2%. And the weakness isn't confined to one or two industries, but is seen across the board. Those people who still do have jobs are seeing their employers cut back on the number of hours they work -- an early warning signal that those employers are worried about an actual or potential falloff in customer orders or demand.
The food police want the controversial plan to serve as a national model.
Market researcher Techmonic estimates that fast-food and fast-casual restaurants get about 10% of their sales from carbonated soft drinks, the consumption of which has been declining for years. The market is also an important one for Coca-Cola, which controls 70% of U.S. fountain sales, the publication says.
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