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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Chinese passenger car sales had their worst start to a year since 2005 as economic growth slowed and fuel prices rose.
About 2.37 million cars, including multipurpose and sport-utility vehicles, were sold in January and February, a 4.4% decline from the same two months last year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. There were 2.95 million total vehicles sold, including trucks and buses, a 6% decrease.
The snack company plans to name a Wal-Mart exec to lead its American food division. The airline reportedly holds talks with Aer Lingus about a possible stake.
PepsiCo (PEP) on Monday plans to name former senior Wal-Mart (WMT) executive Brian Cornell to head Pepsi's largest and most profitable unit, the Americas food division, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. PepsiCo also plans to appoint longtime company executive John Compton to the new position of president, the newspaper said. The appointments position both men, and European operations chief Zein Abdalla, as the top internal candidates to succeed CEO Indra Nooyi, who has been getting heat from investors, according to the Journal.
JetBlue (JBLU) has held talks with senior management of Aer Lingus about taking a stake in the Irish airline, the Irish Times reported. JetBlue is Aer Lingus management's preferred trade investor at a time when the Irish government is planning to sell its 25% holding in the airline, the newspaper said, citing informed sources. The stake is valued at about 116 million euros ($152.3 million).
There are far better ways to protect yourself, and although not all of them are good bargains, it pays to branch into different asset classes.
By Howard Gold, MoneyShow.com
You've heard it so often you can probably repeat it in your sleep: Equities are the best protection against inflation.
Financial planners say it. Money managers say it. Pundits and gurus say it. Without a nice chunk of equities in our portfolio, we are told, inflation will ravage our net worth, and we may not have anything left for our very old age.
February inflation ran well below the government's 4% target for this year.
Despite opposition, the German government is implementing plans to cut subsidies by 30%, followed by another round of cuts in May.
The number of solar panels installed this year may fall 10% from last year to total 24.8 gigawatts, according to a Bloomberg survey. Demand is expected to ease largely because of subsidy pullbacks in Germany, the world's largest market for solar power. Panel sales may drop in other European markets such as Italy as well.
The drop in demand is pushing players such as First Solar (FSLR) to cut production targets and plan for production down times.
This stock is the purest play in titanium, a metal prized for its strength and light weight.
Titanium has been in strong demand lately, which bodes well for publicly traded players such as Titanium Metals (TIE) according to S&P Capital IQ.
One of the strongest readily available metals by weight, titanium also has excellent corrosion resistance. It is used by the commercial aerospace industry both in jet engine components and in air frame components. In addition, titanium is used in ground combat vehicles as well as in naval vessels.
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The food company is pushing its Planters brand and launching new initiatives to address the challenges of a maturing market.
The Europeans are doing a much better job at solving their problems than they have gotten credit for.
That comment, posted early Friday morning on Twitter, has a tremendous amount of insight when you think about it. Four days ago we were hearing all sorts of stories about how there would be far fewer bondholders participating in the Greek swap than were hoped.
In fact, many articles said that there would be maybe only about 60% participation and that the whole deal was about to fall apart. I read almost no articles and heard almost no commentators who said, "Look, most will subscribe and the rest will be made to subscribe, but this is going to succeed no matter what."
A run of steady payroll gains suggests the worst is over. A dive into the data suggests otherwise.
Here's some good news. The unemployment rate held steady at 8.3% in February, while payrolls jumped 227,000. That puts the three-month average at 244,000. For job seekers, on a number of measures, the performance over the past few months has been the best of the recovery to date.
So that's it, right? Time to unfurl the "Mission Accomplished" banner, tell the Federal Reserve to withdraw the trillions in cheap money it's injected into the financial system like morphine, and ask your boss for that long-postponed raise? Well, not quite.
The company sees shares soar more than 20% after reporting strong earnings and raising its full-year outlook.
The stock was up more than 21% Friday after the gun maker beat analyst expectations and raised its revenue outlook for the year.
Smith & Wesson reported a profit of $4.4 million, or 7 cents per share, for the three months ended Jan. 31. Analysts were expecting only 4 cents a share. The company is back in the black after reporting a loss of $52.8 million, or 88 cents per share, a year ago. That year-ago loss was due in part to the plunging value of the perimeter-security systems business the company is now trying to sell.
Late Thursday, the Justice Department warned Apple and five of the world's biggest publishing companies that they're about to be hit with a lawsuit.
So, you've just finished watching Scarlett Johansson in the film version of Girl with a Pearl Earring, and decide that you want to read the book by Tracey Chevalier on which it was based.
Strength in energy and technology and a breakout in financials are needed to keep the rally moving.
By Tom Aspray
As we head into the final month of the first quarter, three of the 10 major sectors are showing gains in excess of 10% for the quarter. Several sectors have been correcting since the January highs, however, and may be close to turning around.
Only one sector exchange-traded fund, the Select Sector SPDR - Utilities (XLU), has had a negative performance for the first quarter, but as I wrote Thursday, utilities are entering a strong seasonal period and there are signs that the correction in this sector may be ending.
Homebuilders are upgraded at Credit Suisse, and Herbalife is initiated with an 'overweight.'
Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market ended the Thursday session on a mixed note ahead of Friday's nonfarm payrolls report for February (Briefing.com consensus 163K). The Dow Jones Industrial Average (+0.4%) and S&P 500 (+0.2%) posted modest gains while the Nasdaq Composite (-0.1%) lagged throughout the session.
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