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Everyone wants in on the investigation into how the company lost billions. But what have regulators learned?

By The Fiscal Times May 25, 2012 10:33AM
The Fiscal Times

By Suzanne McGee

 

Everyone from Congress to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission wants in on the investigation into just how JPMorgan Chase (JPM) ended up losing at least $2 billion through some poorly conceived trades put in place by an inadequately supervised trader.

 

In the background of all the investigations -- official and unofficial, public and private -- will lurk one all-important question: Nearly four years after the banking system teetered on the verge of collapse, how much risk is being accumulated on the books of the surviving giant institutions? And what happens if we tiptoe back to the brink once more?

 

If Obamacare thrives or gets thrashed, these names should prosper.

By InvestorPlace May 25, 2012 10:04AM

By Susan Aluise

 

Investors have been getting a lot of mixed messages about hospitals lately. But one thing is certain: Chains that make healthier business choices today will be more likely to deliver better outcomes for investors tomorrow. Cutting costs and boosting operational efficiency will go a long way toward healing the sector's ills in the short term.

 

Some analysts are bullish because they believe President Barack Obama's health care reform law will stem losses from uninsured patients. Glenview Capital founder Larry Robbins told the Ira Sohn hedge fund conference earlier this month that he's long hospitals because the landmark Affordable Care Act requires virtually all individuals to obtain health insurance or face a fine.

 

It is pathetic that the SEC doesn't have the gumption or the horsepower to pursue the Lehman case.

By Jim Cramer May 25, 2012 9:35AM

Can you believe the SEC worked for three years on a probe of Lehman Bros. and decided there was nothing there? No wrongdoing?

 

Is it really possible to hide all of that debt, lie about it consistently and not have that be illegal? Is it possible that the main thing Lehman did wrong was simply have the market go against it and we can't prosecute people for being stupid?

 

VeriFone shares sink after posting quarterly results, and the exchange operator shares climb after declaring a stock split.

By Benzinga May 25, 2012 9:23AM

By Katey Stapleton


VeriFone (PAY) shares sank 10% in premarket trading Friday after the company reported late Thursday a 43% drop in earnings in the first quarter and provided outlook that disappointed investors. The company's earnings fell because of acquisition and restructuring costs. Revenue, however, was strong, climbing 61% to $472 million. 

 

CME Group (CME) on Thursday declared a five-for-one stock split of its common stock in the form of a 400% stock dividend. According to CME's president Terry Duffy, splitting the stock will help the derivatives marketplace attract "a broader, more diverse investor portfolios." Shareholders will receive dividend payment on July 20, 2012.

 

The market applauds the company's monster cutbacks, which are part of a broad campaign by CEO Meg Whitman to turn the struggling computer giant around.

By TheWeek.com May 24, 2012 5:42PM

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), the world's largest maker of personal computers, announced this week that it was shedding 27,000 jobs, or about 8% of its workforce, in a bid to cut costs and make the once-dominant company competitive in the smartphone era.


The stock market took kindly to the announcement, in which HP also reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit of $1.6 billion, sending its share price up by 9% in after-hours trading. 


Do the layoffs signal better days for H-P?

 
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Advertisers and listeners are showing increasing interest in the online radio company.

By Benzinga May 24, 2012 5:39PM

By Katey Stapleton, Benzinga Staff Writer


Pandora Media (P) has proven its fine-tuned worth with an excellent start to its 2013 fiscal year. With revenue growth of 58% in the past year, the online radio company has positioned itself for continued development and success in the coming months.

Pandora said it now has 51.9 million users, a 53% increase from a year earlier. With such large strides being taken in such a short amount of time, it is no wonder that CEO Joe Kennedy is over the moon. 
Tags: BenzingaP

The economy may sink ever deeper in to recession, leaving the country unable to meet even looser austerity demands.

By Jim J. Jubak May 24, 2012 4:44PM
Image: Europe (© Photodisc/SuperStock)There is a logic to the "failure" of Wednesday's European summit.

European leaders meeting faced a tough choice.

No. 1. They could put together a package of growth measures now that might give Greece (and Spain and Italy) some reason to hope that it didn't face an endless course of austerity medicine.

No. 2. They could opt to do nothing except hold Greece's feet to the fire by repeating over and over again that the country must honor its bailout deal.
 

Stocks are being held captive by the undulations of the euro, which in turn is being held captive by political machinations in Europe.

By Anthony Mirhaydari May 24, 2012 2:08PM

I don’t know about you, but this market is making me a little seasick. For the third day in a row, stocks are alternating between gains and losses. The catalyst for all this is the situation in Europe, with Greece on the precipice of quitting the euro (or getting the boot) while the Spanish banking system implodes from the stress.

 

As a result, the euro dropped to its lowest levels since 2010, pulling down risky assets in general, since hedge fund types and computer trading algorithms use the euro as a measure of "risk on" sentiment. Large-cap defensive stocks and gold futures alike are rising and falling based on what currencies are doing. The bad news is the volatility isn't going to stop until Germany or the European Central Bank take action to calm the situation, at least until the next round of Greek voting in late June. Here's what to expect.

 

Here's why retail investors are filing class action suits en masse.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet May 24, 2012 2:04PM

Does the average, mom-and-pop investor really get a fair deal in our financial markets?


It's a question that is again in focus after favored customers at the major banks and underwriters got an earlier peek into Facebook's (FB) expectations of lower revenues during its second quarter and for the full year.

 
Tags: FBGSMS

The stock has erased all of its 2012 gains. Here are 4 reasons.

By Kim Peterson May 24, 2012 1:48PM
Credit: © Paul Sakuma/AP
Caption: The exterior of Netflix headquarters is seen in Los Gatos, CalifShares of Netflix (NFLX) were down again Thursday, continuing a long slide that has frustrated its investors over the past two months.

Netflix has erased all of the gains made this year after a series of wild momentum swings. After topping $129 in February, the stock was trading at $70.82 at midday.

What happened to Netflix?

We may be seeing death by a thousand cuts here. There wasn't a single factor, but several smaller events seem to be making investors wary.  

The exchange's reputation was slightly tarnished by its handling of the most highly anticipated IPO in recent times.

By Trefis May 24, 2012 1:26PM

TrefisAfter months of speculation, the highly anticipated initial public offering of social network giant Facebook turned out to be a disaster for Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ).


Glitches in the software used by the exchange to establish a price caused confusion among investors and led to panicked selling. The exchange had to resort to manual intervention to deal with overwhelming updates and cancellations as the stock did not perform as well as expected, falling below the initial price within two days.

 
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The social network's rocky Wall Street debut could have wider repercussions for other companies that want to go public.

By TheWeek.com May 24, 2012 1:12PM

Image: Arrow Down (© Comstock/SuperStock)Facebook (FB) continues to reel from its botched IPO, which has already prompted shareholder lawsuits and a public outcry over alleged backroom dealing between the social network and Wall Street. The company's stock price on Wednesday closed at $32, 16% below its opening price of $38, and investors are complaining that Facebook hasn't come even close to matching the breathless hype that accompanied its debut.


The controversy has also awakened broader concerns that other companies, wary of repeating Facebook's mistakes, will become more reluctant to publicly trade their shares. 

 
Tags: FB

Stocks slide on mixed economic reports and comments about lending in China.

By MSN Money Partner May 24, 2012 1:02PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) shares opened sharply higher but slid throughout the session to about 71 cents, or 3.37%, higher at $21.79 near noon. The company reported better-than-expected second-quarter results but guided to third-quarter earnings below consensus.

The company also announced it will layoff about 9,000 employees by the end of this year on the way toward its plan to cut 27,000 positions by the end of 2014. 
Tags: HPQPSIG

This group could see longer-term price gains of 50% or more.

By TheStockAdvisors May 24, 2012 12:46PM
Image: Gold Bars (© Stockbyte/SuperStock)By Adrian Day, Global Analyst

The gap between gold bullion and the stocks of companies that produce the stuff has widened. In fact, in the past nine months, the gap between gold stocks' valuation relative to bullion has fallen almost 30%.

In our view, the senior gold stocks are now "amazingly cheap," and we are recommending a package of four stocks as a way to participate in the eventual share price recovery. Here's a look at Freeport Copper & Gold (FCX), Barrick Gold (ABX), Newmont Mining (NEM) and Yamana Gold (AUY). 

The US economy is rebounding one pallet of toilet paper at a time.

By Jonathan Berr May 24, 2012 12:16PM
Image: Grocery shopping (© Corbis)Costco Wholesale (COST), the largest warehouse retailer, reported better-than-expected quarterly results Thursday. This suggests that while U.S. consumers may be stressed by economic uncertainty, they are still willing to buy chocolate cakes big enough to feed a battalion of soldiers.

Net income for the third quarter rose to $386 million, or 88 cents a share, compared to $324 million, or 73 cents, last year. The results topped the 87-cent average forecast of Wall Street analysts. Revenue rose 8% to $21.85 billion. 
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