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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The database giant easily beats earnings expectations, while the grocery store mainstay prepares to post its results.
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Oracle (ORCL), the database giant, handily topped Wall Street's first-quarter earnings expectations. Oracle reported a non-GAAP profit of $3.13 billion, or 62 cents a share, for the three months ended Feb. 29 on revenue of $9.06 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of 56 cents a share in the quarter on revenue of $9.02 billion.
General Mills (GIS), the maker of Cheerios, is expected by analysts Tuesday to post fiscal-third-quarter earnings of 56 cents a share on revenue of $4.09 billion.
The company takes a page from 'The Jetsons' and picks up a fleet of robots to help fill orders.
Amazon (AMZN) said this week it is buying Kiva Systems, which makes robots that can fetch the products it sends out to customers.
Kiva's robots promise to make Amazon's already efficient fulfillment centers even speedier. They can grab products off of Amazon's warehouse shelves and bring them to human employees for packing and shipping. Rather than replace what Amazon already has, the Kiva technology will be added to the existing infrastructure.
The company is trying to rev up sales with new approaches.
Look at the company's February sales. The U.S. saw sales growth of 11% -- far more than what analysts expected. Sales in Europe rose 4%, still respectable but a little lower than what analysts were looking for.
But Asia and other parts of the world were a huge disappointment. Analysts projected an 8.1% rise, but McDonald's only came in at 2.4% growth.
The company has extended its debt maturities, and has more time to work some magic on the Las Vegas Strip.
Here's why Evolution Fresh could go far beyond a "juice bar."
By Alyce Lomax
Starbucks (SBUX) is opening its first Evolution Fresh juice bar in Seattle. Shareholders are likely pleased with this progress, but there's a lot more to the growth story than meets the eye. From first reports of the juice bar, Starbucks really is evolving in a bold way that has nothing to do with coffee.
A healthy revolution
The Evolution Fresh brand (previously only available in a few stores like Whole Foods Market (WFM)) takes juicing to a whole new level of healthiness. Upon acquisition of the concept, it became clear that Starbucks was taking on one of the few "true juiceries" left out there. Its high-pressure processing means its juices are never heated, so they boast a more artisanal air, retaining more vitamins and nutrients than other juices.
Luxury stocks are solid buys these days, and few names can match this one in prestige. You can play the stock even if you can't play the pricey pianos.
By Brett Arends for SmartMoney
Steinway & Sons has a brand name to die for. It's been more than 150 years since German immigrant Henry Steinway first began making pianos in a loft in New York. Today the company's famous name is almost synonymous around the world with the finest concert grands.
Are they the best in the world? It's a matter of personal preference. But Anthony Fogg, artistic administration of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, notes that the majority of major concert halls around the world use Steinways. That says a lot. The BSO has two nine-foot Steinway concert grands, he says -- one made in Germany, one in the United States.
In a review of the gold sector, Standard & Poor's looks at 2 ETFs, 3 stocks and 5 reasons to invest in the precious metal.
S&P Capital IQ has a positive outlook for gold and gold-related investments for 2012.
Even though the price of gold has risen steadily over the past decade -- reaching its highest average level ever in 2011 -- we believe gold will continue to climb in 2012 for five reasons. We also look at a trio of gold stocks and two exchange-traded funds.
The athletic clothing maker, which will report earnings on Thursday, has topped estimates over the last four quarters.
By Zacks Equity Research
Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU), a leading athletic apparel and accessories retailer in Canada, the U.S. and Australia, is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter 2011 financial results before the opening bell on March 22.
The current Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings for the quarter is 49 cents a share. For the fourth quarter, revenue is expected to be $360 million, according to the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Who cares about the company's paltry dividend? Investors should focus on the massive success of its signature tablet computer.
Candidly, I was disappointed in Apple (AAPL) on Monday. And not because it's paying out a relatively paltry dividend, given its cash hoard.
After all, if this stock were to come down, then you know the dividend would seem rather bountiful. No one should ever sniff at $2.65 a quarter when not that long ago the stock was in the $200s. There's plenty of room to raise the dividend over time as Intel (INTC) and Microsoft (MSFT) have done. I am also sure that the dividend will get other funds that can own only dividend stocks to purchase Apple, but that's not a real driver to own the stock.
The actor says his character in 'Pretty Woman' glorified the Wall Street type.
The 62-year-old actor hates the 1990 romantic comedy and told Woman's Day magazine that "it's my least favorite thing."
In its own small way, the movie may have helped contribute to the global financial crisis, he added. That's because the character he played, corporate raider Edward Lewis, helped romanticize and idealize Wall Street.
The entertainment giant aimed for the stars but crashed to earth with its action flick 'John Carter.'
By Zacks Equity Research
The Walt Disney Company's (DIS) science-fiction movie "John Carter" is creating a buzz, but for all the wrong reasons.
Disney is expected to register a loss of $200 million as the big-budget production turns out to be the biggest flop in its history, according to Reuters.
Investors take a shine to the luxury-goods retailer despite economic concerns.
It appears that rich Americans not employed on Wall Street are doing fine and that consumer confidence in the world's largest economy is on the rise. Ditto for wealthy Chinese, though China's economy is faltering.
Adobe is upgraded to 'sector perform,' and Agrium is initiated with a 'neutral.'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
The networking giant is reinvigorating its business with a focus on virtualization and cloud computing.
By Richard Moroney, Dow Theory Forecasts
Cisco Systems (CSCO) pushed the reset button in the fiscal year that began in August. The networking giant has sharpened its focus on cost cuts and efficiency improvements in hopes of reinvigorating its business.
Over the past few years, competitors have nibbled away at Cisco's markets, slowing the company's growth. But it is now emphasizing new products that will keep it relevant.
It can work regardless of where things go from here.
Admittedly, we all hope the market will go up forever, as it has recently. But we all know it will not. Even people who focus on the short term have doubts about the economy and acknowledge that any stumble could cause stocks to pull back more seriously again.
In every respect, this is a time when smaller investors are being enticed back into the market. They think it will go straight up because everything looks great. But smarter investors are hedging those bets. Smarter investors are looking for strategies that can work if the market goes up or if it goes down. Strategies that are not tied to market direction but have solid historical performance as well. That is what I will discuss here.
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