Some companies hit all-time records last month, while others missed forecasts.
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Once out of favor, homebuilder stocks have been on a torrid run. But seasonal weakness and extreme bullishness are likely to produce a correction.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
In the first few weeks of 2012, there have been a large number of articles and headlines discussing homebuilding stocks. The positive news on housing so far in 2012 has turned even more analysts and investors bullish on this sector. Does that mean you should be buying now?
Clearly, sector selection was the key in 2011, and it should also be a key factor in your stock choices for 2012. From a technical standpoint, the homebuilders have had an impressive run since their volume surge in mid-October.
It's too little, too early to get worked up about the new offerings from the world's biggest coffee chain.
With 18,000 stores tapping out as much coffee as reasonably possible, Starbucks (SBUX) has decided to grow its top line -- at least for some of its stores -- by widening its menu in a major way. Soon, at a couple dozen locations in Atlanta and Southern California, Starbucks will offer coffee, scones -- and brewskis?
Yes, the world's biggest chain of coffeehouses has tiptoed further into the world of beer and wine (the company has already been testing alcohol sales in the Pacific Northwest), looking to get more round-the-clock revenue flowing from its admittedly enviable real estate.
Zynga is initiated with 'outperform,' and Deutsche Banks is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
- KLA-Tencor (KLAC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
- Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
- Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
- Electronic Arts (EA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Hudson Square
This gold play doesn't undertake any mining operations; instead it holds royalty interests in other miners.
Royal Gold (RGLD) buys royalty interests in gold mines around the world, paying an upfront fee to secure a fixed percentage of future production or revenues.
Royal Gold gets its hands on buckets of precious metals without having to get its hands dirty. It doesn't assume any of the cost (or risk) of traditional mining -- those burdens fall on the owners of the mines.
The burger chain's solid earnings couldn't allay investor concerns about foreign-currency fluctuations, however.
Net income rose 11% to $1.38 billion, or $1.33 per share, versus $1.24 billion, or $1.16 billion, a year earlier. Revenue rose 10% to $6.82 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected earnings of $1.30 on revenue of $6.8 billion.
Dollar stores' stocks rival their wares for great value.
Fifteen years ago, I walked into a 99 Cents Only store. Being an unemployed graduate student, I was eager to save as much money as I could while buying the things one needs to live one’s life. I discovered that you get what you pay for. After loading up on dish soap, paper towels and other staples, I found the quality to be absolute garbage. I vowed never to waste my time or money again.
But a few years ago, I sauntered into a Dollar Tree (DLTR) because the stock had been doing well and I couldn't fathom why that was the case. How could there be tens of thousands of these dollar stores when all they sold was junk? As it turns out, they didn't sell junk anymore. They sold brand-name merchandise. I became a fan.
The geophysical equipment seller is a small cap growth story that stands to benefit from higher demand in the field.
By: Jared Levy
Much of the world's surface has been mapped. You can even capture an image of someone's house via satellite on the other side of the world. What we don't know much about is what lies beneath the soil, socks and water. Below the earth's surface is a plethora of resources that have yet to be tapped.
Mitcham Industries (MIND) leases and sells all types of geophysical equipment that are used to perform seismic and other studies for all sorts of industries around the globe.
One analyst group says the company may have seen 350,000 textbooks downloaded over the weekend.
Apple (AAPL) broke yet another record over the weekend, selling what some analysts think is more than $5 million worth of a hot new item.
That's according to Global Equities Research, which reports that the Mac maker has sold more than 350,000 of the high-school textbooks currently offered from the iBooks Store. The research group estimates that Apple's free authoring tool released last week, iBook Author, has been downloaded more than 90,000 times.
Investors are discouraged by the business-as-usual message from the company's new CEO.
Lazaridis, who founded the Canadian technology company in 1984, is becoming a vice chair of RIM's board and will provide "strategic counsel" to new CEO Thorsten Heins. The company also named Lazardis the chair of something called the Innovation Committee, which seems ironic given the notable absence of that quality at RIM for years. Balsillie remains on the board.
That's great news for the ETF business, but it may be a warning for investors that it's time to get out.
By Thomas Kee, guest columnist
The flagship exchange-traded fund for the S&P 500, SPDR 500 (SPY), has just made headlines by surpassing the $100 billion market cap mark. The move was hailed as yet another sign that the ETF industry has come of age.
But like a Time Magazine cover story, this headline may be a contrarian indicator for the market.
With no real news to justify a rally, you have to wonder if we're seeing 'the mother of all short squeezes.'
Sears Holdings (SHLD) has been an oddball stock for a long time, but this January it's just gone bonkers.
Look at what's happened in the last trading day. Shares shot up more than 10% Monday in morning trading, and finally fell back to a 3.3% loss to close at $47.39. Why? No one knows. But this action is just a normal trading day with Sears. Shares are up more than 50% so far this year.
The thing is, there's nothing going on with the company itself to justify such a rally.
It's unreasonable to expect the company to meet the current demands.
The operator's preferred shares carry low risk and a nice yield.
Shares in container ship operator Seaspan (SSW) jumped 20% after the company announced a tender offer to buy up to $150 million worth of common stock for $15 a share.
The 10 million shares repurchased as part of this deal represent about 15% of the outstanding float of stock, a significant repurchase. The buyback is a sign of management's confidence in the long-term prospects for the company.
Research In Motion and Yahoo have made big changes lately. But in the fast-moving technology sector, it may be too little, too late.
First, they have captured the attention of everyone: home gamers, institutions, everyone. I don't blame them. People use both. Yahoo had been the de facto Web for many people before Google (GOOG) and Facebook. The BlackBerry had been the de facto cellphone for corporations.
The single-cup market in the US is dominated by this coffee roaster with its proprietary Keurig brewing system.
K-Cup portion packs and Keurig single-cup brewers and related accessories contribute a significant proportion to GMCR's revenues -- approximately 84% in 2011.
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[BRIEFING.COM] A bit of an upward thrust the last 30 minutes brought the three major indices back close to where they started the day. Thus far, however, buyers haven't been able to take total control of the action.
The Advance-Decline line is looking better from earlier, although still favors decliners at the NYSE and Nasdaq. Things look a little better on that front at the Nasdaq where decliners lead by a 13-to-12 margin.
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