8 reasons the market isn't worse
8 reasons the market isn't worse

Stocks should be crushed by global turmoil, Jim Cramer says. Instead, they're doing fine.


Some of the stocks in Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway portfolio are now correcting near favorable entry levels.

By MoneyShow.com May 22, 2012 4:56PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com

It's always interesting to look at the stocks that high-profile investment gurus like Warren Buffett are buying. Last year, however, was not a great year for Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), which was weaker than the S&P 500, losing 4.7%.

The weekly volume pattern in BRK.B does show some signs of accumulation, so 2012 could be a better year for Berkshire Hathaway. One of the stocks that Buffett bought more of in the first quarter, Bank of New York Mellon (BK), has had a rough two months and has dropped 16% so far this quarter.


Increased tourism and merchandise sales are anticipated throughout the games -- good news for the official payment services provider.

By Trefis May 22, 2012 4:48PM
TrefisThe approaching 2012 Olympic Games in London have captured the imagination of sports lovers across the world. Visa (V) looks set to capitalize on the Olympic fever as the official payment services provider for the blockbuster event of the season.

The financial services company has launched a massive global marketing campaign, titled "Go World," to promote the games through various media such as television, digital advertising as well as social network platforms.  

There's plenty of blame to spread around.

By The Fiscal Times May 22, 2012 4:28PM
By Suzanne McGeeThe Fiscal Times

Was the Facebook (FB) initial public offering bungled by the banks? Between the chaos that surrounded the first day of trading its shares on Nasdaq last Friday, followed by Monday's nosedive in the value of those shares beneath the $38 IPO price -- there's plenty of egg on everyone's face.

Blaming Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ) for the exchange's technological snafus is legitimate (sure, those pesky high-frequency traders really mess things up, but Nasdaq should have been prepared for that; it's hardly classified information). But blaming the banks that underwrote the deal, while it might make investors feel good, really isn't legitimate.  

Pity the trader that pulled out of Apple to invest in the social-networking company.

By Benzinga May 22, 2012 4:07PM

By Ilir Shkurti, Benzinga Staff Writer

As the public downgrades Facebook (FB) from "history in the making" to cautionary tale, shares continued their second-straight daily dive, nearing the $31 level Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, another high-profile stock, Apple (AAPL), was seeing quite a bit of activity. The stock had picked up steam earlier Tuesday, gaining 9.5% in the morning alone. By the afternoon, however, Apple was down more than 1% to $555.16.


The warmer months are a good time to position for the fall.

By MoneyShow.com May 22, 2012 4:03PM

Image: Senior on the beach © Angelo Cavalli/Cultura/Getty ImagesBy Pamela and Mary Anne Aden, The Aden Forecast

The summer months tend to be a seasonally low time for gold. We can't stress enough to take advantage of further weakness to buy.

The good news is that gold and silver both held at their key December lows. It'll now be important to see if they stay above these levels at $1,540 and $27, respectively. If so, it'll be a good sign that these markets are bottoming and the worst is over.


Angelo, Gordon & Co. bets on a turnaround in a private-equity eatery binge.

By TheStreet Staff May 22, 2012 2:38PM

By Antoine Gara


After placing orders for P.F. Chang's China Bistro (PFCB) and Morton's (MRT), private equity is returning to the dinner table through Angelo, Gordon & Co's $16.30-a-share buyout of Benihana (BNHN).


For Angelo, the $296 million bet on Benihana comes after previous attempts by the restaurant chain to find an acquirer failed and at a more than 20% premium to Benihana's Monday close.


GE's growth strategy is to expand to smaller and faster-growing countries in the African region.

By Trefis May 22, 2012 2:24PM
Trefis LogoImage: Africa (© OJO Images/SuperStock)General Electric (GE) is looking to monetize heavy equipment and power projects sprouting up in Africa.

With growth in gross domestic product, the African region has started to develop a healthy appetite for power and infrastructure, both of which require heavy equipment that GE supplies. A majority of the company's African revenue comes from South Africa and oil rich countries of Nigeria and Angola, where it supplies oil and gas equipment.  

Investment demand for the precious metal jumped 13% in the first quarter over the same period last year.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet May 22, 2012 1:23PM

Image: Small Stack of gold ingots (© Anthony Bradshaw/Photographer)By Eric McWhinnie, Wall St. Cheat Sheet Staff Writer

According to the latest gold demand report by the World Gold Council, the world continues to have a strong appetite for the precious metal, despite higher prices in the first quarter compared with a year earlier.

First-quarter global gold demand totaled 1,097.6 tonnes, valued at $59.7 billion -- a 5% decrease from 1,150.7 tonnes, valued at $51.3 billion, in the same period last year.

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The company made a big splash in the stock market last week, raising a whopping $16 billion. This week, its share price is already plunging.

By TheWeek.com May 22, 2012 1:13PM

To much fanfare, Facebook (FB) began selling shares on the Nasdaq (NDAQ) stock exchange last week, capping an improbable journey from Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard dorm room to global tech supremacy.

However, while the company sold an enormous $16 billion worth of shares, its stock price climbed a puny 23 cents over the course of the trading day, closing at $38.23 a share. And on Monday, the stock plunged by more than 10%, ending at $34.26. 

Is Facebook's troubled debut evidence that the company was overhyped?

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The cash infusion is desperately needed by the flailing Internet company, but nothing else about Yahoo's future has changed with this deal.

By MSN Money Partner May 22, 2012 1:08PM

By guest columnist Peter Pham


It looks like Yahoo (YHOO) has finally figured out the magic word to get Alibaba to open up the piggy bank and turn Yahoo's investment into cash. The details of the deal between the two companies are convoluted, but most likely Yahoo will realize $7.1 billion from the sale of half of its 40% stake in Alibaba.


Long-suffering shareholders will be the beneficiaries of this deal, as opposed to Yahoo's plowing the money directly into an overhaul of the flailing Internet search company's business model.


The beleaguered electronics retailer beats earnings forecasts, but expectations were low and its stock is still to be avoided.

By Jonathan Berr May 22, 2012 12:55PM
Shares of Best Buy (BBY) rose Tuesday after the beleaguered electronics retailer reported better-than-expected quarterly results and reaffirmed earnings guidance. But beating earnings expectations is less impressive if expectations are pretty low to start.

Profit plunged 25% to $158 million, or 46 cents a share, versus $212 million, or 65 cents, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, profit for the three months ended May 5 was 72 cents, beating the 59 cent average forecast of Wall Street analysts. Revenue rose 2% to $11.6 billion. 

Hertz Global is initiated with an 'overweight, and Tesla Motors is initiated with a 'buy.'

By MSN Money Partner May 22, 2012 11:08AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:  
  • Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Atlantic Equities
  • Aeropostale (ARO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Cowen
  • EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
  • Humana (HUM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
  • IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan

With improving prospects and a low valuation, this blue chip is well-suited to more than one investment style.

By TheStockAdvisors May 22, 2012 10:24AM

By David Sandell, The Complete Investor


Intel (INTC) is the epitome of tech dominance, with a better than 80% share of the semiconductor market. But it had become an uphill struggle for Intel to translate its market dominance into brisk earnings growth.


Intel had been battling a decades-long trend: the steady decline in chip prices, which ironically had been brought about mainly by Intel's own amazing technological prowess. In the past few months, however, Intel's earnings outlook has sharply improved. Why? The explanation lies in a momentous turnaround in how transistors are priced.


Here's how price cuts at Smucker and Kraft could work out for the top players.

By InvestorPlace May 22, 2012 10:09AM

By Will Ashworth

The coffee wars escalated last week when J.M. Smucker (SJM) lowered its prices by 6% for Folgers and the rest of its brands sold in grocery stores. Immediately, investors began speculating who else would follow suit.

Just a few days later we got our answer as Kraft (KFT) announced it too was lowering prices by 6% for its Maxwell House and Yuban brands and by 10% for its Gevalia brand, which Kraft already was selling in Scandinavia to replace sales lost when it and Starbucks (SBUX) ended their relationship in 2011.

With arabica bean prices dropping by almost 30% in the past year, winners and losers should be sorted out. Let's see who they are.


How did Einhorn come to command market clout on par with that of a Federal Reserve chairman?

By The Fiscal Times May 22, 2012 9:46AM
The Fiscal Times

By Suzanne McGee


Once, it was only Alan Greenspan who commanded this kind of clout: the ability to simply hold up his hand, cause the financial markets to pause attentively, issue some cryptic or forthright thought (remember "irrational exuberance") and step back to watch the madness follow as traders scrambled to position themselves according to what they thought the influential "Fed Head" had said or what they thought he meant.

Jokes made the rounds about the market-moving potential of even his most offhand remarks. Someone, it's said, bumps into Greenspan at a Kennedy Center performance and asks how he's feeling. Pause. "I'm not allowed to say," Greenspan replies, deadpan.



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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market capped the trading week with losses across the major averages. The S&P 500 fell 0.5% to surrender its weekly gain, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (-0.7%) and Russell 2000 (-0.9%) underperformed. The two indices posted respective losses of 0.8% and 0.6% for the week.

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