The idea of US crude being a shelter from turmoil abroad may not be as far fetched as it seems.
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A move into real-money Internet gambling would be a natural fit for the world's largest social gaming company.
Dieters are discovering they can lose weight for free using apps.
Lululemon is downgraded to 'hold,' and Yahoo is initiated with a 'neutral.'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
General Motors' Chevy truck may become a necessity for businesses looking to save on fuel costs.
General Motors (GM) gets it. It gets the moment. The company recognizes that natural gas is the way of the future because we have way too much of it and because diesel is super expensive and will get more expensive, given the price of Brent and the lack of refining capacity.
Not only that, but GM has figured out that it doesn't matter how much the government subsidizes all electric cars, which are going to be losers -- and not just because of the technology problems of the Volt. Put simply, we have not developed a way to be able to make electric cars pay for themselves, because they can't go far and they can't be serviced effectively and because there is no way to dispose of the battery without developing the equivalent of Superfund sites to do so.
The reports of impending layoffs still don't clarify just what strategy the new CEO will take to fix the ailing Internet giant.
Scott Thompson, the former PayPal president who took on the top job at Yahoo (YHOO) early this year, seems to be eager to show the company's competitors and its investors -- indeed, the market as a whole -- just what he's going to do. The problem? Those actions may be decisive and sweeping, but so far, it's not clear that they are going to be enough to revive Yahoo's fading fortunes.
AllThingsD reported Monday morning that big layoffs are in the works -- part of a widespread restructuring plan -- and could be announced before the end of the month. Parts of the business that don't contribute directly to its bottom line or aren't core, ranging from research to public relations, may well bear the brunt of those changes and the associated layoffs.
The market may be turning.
Signs that a trader's market may soon be upon us surfaced once again last week. The market pulled back temporarily following comments from Ben Bernanke, which showed no indications the Federal Reserve is prepared to take additional measures to prop up a sluggish economy.
Despite a brilliant run in the broader equity markets since the start of the year, not everyone is convinced of the sustainability. "We are at the tail end of this rally," Tom Kee Jr., President and CEO of Stock Traders Daily, wrote in a recent trading alert to paid subscribers. "Yes, it can go a little higher, but the market is much more likely to turn down sooner rather than later."
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At issue is a chemical used in caramel color. The claim: It can cause cancer.
Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP) and the rest of the carbonated beverage industry have become public enemy No. 1 for the nation's self-appointed food police, and the battle is far from over.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) on Monday announced that it had found "high levels of 4-methylimidazole (4-MI), a known animal carcinogen" in samples of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi that the group analyzed. The chemical is a byproduct of the manufacturing process used to create the distinctive brown caramel color in these popular beverages.
Hint: It has everything to do with the iPhone and the iPad.
As the stock inches closer to our fair price estimate of $550, there is speculation as to whether Apple can become the world's first trillion-dollar company.
Banks follow the money, and you don't have it.
By Dan Caplinger
Activist movements like Bank Transfer Day have been instrumental in getting ordinary people to take action when banks are taking advantage of them. But as much as banks claim to want everyone's business, the reality is that some business is a lot more lucrative than others. And when it comes down to it, banks will go to where the profit is -- even if it means treating its ordinary customers worse than they deserve.
One niche in which this emphasis on high-wealth customers is obvious is in the credit card industry. While everyday Americans worry about getting a low interest rate when they carry a balance or avoiding expensive fees, venerable Wall Street financial institutions are fighting tooth and nail for customers in what Occupy Wall Street would call the 1%.
The company sells a stake in AIA Group in efforts to raise $6 billion.
American International Group (AIG) has been steadily repaying its debt to the government after getting a $182 billion bailout in 2008. Now, it's trying to speed that along by selling a 14% stake in Hong Kong's AIA Group.
AIG is offering about 1.7 billion shares in AIA Group, each for between 27.15 to 27.50 Hong Kong dollars. That could raise as much as $6 billion.
The company prices its own gas lower in hopes it will increase shoppers' visits to its stores.
But Costco (COST) is one of the few retailers that do better as gas prices rise, writes analyst Mark Miller at William Blair & Co.
"With the typical seasonal uplift in gas prices leading up to Memorial Day, and with uncertainties in the Middle East, we now believe that gas prices should be a neutral, or potential positive, factor to Costco's sales going forward," Miller writes in a report Monday.
Despite all the efforts of central bankers, the deep structural problems we face haven't gone away. Stocks are falling as investors begin to realize this.
If there was a theme song for the last few months, it would have to be Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy." All the issues I've been warning about -- the looming Greek default and possible eurozone exit, the unfinished deficit debate in Washington, and the West's $8 trillion excess debt load -- were swept under the rug, much to my surprise.
Why? Investors focused on one thing: Buckets of cheap cash out of the central banks. It started back in November when the Federal Reserve started shoveling cheap dollars into European banks. It continued when the European Central Bank shoveled cheap euros into European banks. And now, Wall Street is waiting for the Fed to unleash a third round of quantitative easing or "QE3" after the last $600 billion "QE2" program ended last summer.
That's all ending now as everyone realizes that, like Humpty Dumpty, all the cheap cash in the world can't put this economy back together. Stocks are suffering as a result. Here's why.
Addition by subtraction is paying off for the refocused industrial specialist.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
"Telephones, hotels, insurance -- it's all the same. If you know the numbers inside out, you know the company inside out."
That's a quote attributed to Harold Geneen, the businessman who built ITT (ITT) into a global conglomerate during the 1960s. That was back in the day when spreadsheets were going to safeguard the Pax Americana, and when they failed, the CIA was ready to step in, subverting democracy in Brazil and Chile for ITT's benefit.
The government has plenty of tools to keep growth at the rate it desires.
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