Why stocks are in for a rough ride this week
Stocks in for a rough ride this week

Longtime market bull Jeremy Siegel says investors could realize the market is behind the curve on interest rates.

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This could be a turnaround year for the teen specialty retailer.

By Trefis Mar 27, 2012 11:42AM
Image: Teens with MP3 player (© RubberBall/SuperStock)Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) has continued its strong run after reporting solid fourth-quarter results, with the stock touching a 52-week high last Monday. 

In addition to a strong line-up for the spring quarter and good acceptance in key categories, including denim, wovens, tees and shorts, American Eagle's newly appointed CEO, Robert Hanson, is finding he's popular among investors, too.
 

American Eagle is upgraded to 'buy,' and Crocs is initiated with an 'outperform.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 27, 2012 11:24AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Portugal Telecom (PT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
  • Southern Copper (SCCO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
  • Vale (VALE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
  • Williams (WMB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
  • American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Lazard Capital
 

As investors look to the Fed chairman for direction, the immediate one is upward price momentum.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Mar 27, 2012 10:50AM

On Monday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a speech at the National Association for Business Economics spring conference in Virginia that ignited financial markets.


Bernanke noted some positive signs in the job market but remained cautious about the future. Once again, he signaled the Fed may need to provide more easing to stimulate growth and reduce long-term unemployment. As a result, gold prices jumped nearly $20 an ounce, while silver gained more than 50 cents an ounce.

 
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While the nation's equities aren't as cheap as they were in 2011, there's still room to run.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 27, 2012 9:54AM

By Yiannis Mostrous, Personal Finance

India is a global business hub that consistently ranks as one of the world's fastest-growing economies. It also has been one of the world's best-performing stock markets in 2012.

While Indian equities aren't as cheap as they were in late 2011, there's room for upside. Here are three India gems that we recommend buying on any pullbacks: HDFC Bank (HDB), Infosys (INFY) and Tata Motors (TTM).

 

The 'easy' gains might be behind Big Blue.

By InvestorPlace Mar 27, 2012 9:34AM

By Daniel Putnam

 

IBM (IBM) may be the elder statesman of the technology sector, but its successful reinvention through the 1990s continues to pay off for shareholders more than a decade later. The stock has gained 57% since September 2010, and it's up 10.7% year to date, rewarding investors who have remained on board as perception -- and valuation -- have caught up to the positive fundamental realities.


But with the stock now changing hands at $207 a share, should new investors still put cash into IBM?

 

The new tab will offer advanced features to measure several networks' metrics.

By Trefis Mar 27, 2012 9:10AM
While Google (GOOG) doesn't generate any significant revenue directly from Google Analytics, it uses it to provide better reporting features to search and display advertising partners, thus driving advertising revenues. The Internet search giant announced new social features for Google Analytics this week.


Analytics has been focused on the search and display advertising segments traditionally, and it will now offer data for social media advertising and marketing campaigns as well. Google will add a new Social tab to Analytics, which will enable users to view Social Reports. It will offer advanced features to measure traffic and engagement metrics for visitors from social networks like Google+, Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn etc.

 

Walgreen's earnings meet expectations. Optical components provider Opnext soars on news that it will be acquired by Oclaro.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 27, 2012 7:50AM

By Andrea Tse

 

Updated at 8:45 a.m. ET

 

Walgreen (WAG) reported fiscal-second-quarter earnings Tuesday of 78 cents a share on sales of $18.7 billion. Analysts were expecting profit of 77 cents a share on sales of $18.58 billion. The company said no longer being part of the Express Scripts (ESRX) pharmacy provider network as of Jan. 1 affected earnings by 7 cents a share.

 

"We invested in store-level staffing in the second quarter to help our pharmacy customers under Express Scripts plans sign up for our Prescription Savings Club, change to a different Medicare prescription drug plan that includes Walgreens in the network or find other ways to continue using our pharmacies," the company said.

 

This real-estate investment trust generates high income from movie theaters, golf courses and even charter schools.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 26, 2012 5:35PM
Image: Man reacting to a film at the cinema, popcorn flying (© i love images/Cultura RF/Getty Images)By Harry Domash, Dividend Detective

We are adding Entertainment Properties Trust (EPR) to our model portfolio. This is a REIT that pays 6.5% -- unusually high for a property REIT with solid growth prospects.

When it started in 1997, EPR's business plan was to purchase megaplex theater complexes from owners and operators and then lease the theaters back to the operators. That is still its main business, and EPR owns a portfolio of 112 megaplex multi-screen theater complexes with stadium seating that has been consistently 100% leased. 
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Sentiment is too bullish and volume doesn't support these stocks' fast rise, but technical analysis can determine the price point to buy in on a pullback.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 26, 2012 5:30PM

Image: Home under construction (© Corbis) By Tom Aspray


Sentiment on housing stocks has certainly changed over the past five months, as the consensus view now seems to be that the housing market has bottomed. The fundamental data has improved sharply in 2012, causing one analyst to write this month that it is "an ideal time to load up on housing stocks."


Last fall, the tone was quite different. On Oct. 21, one headline called the housing sector "a mess," and in the story, the author cast doubt on the recent surge in housing starts, suggesting things were only going to get worse.

 

Can the company continue to grow off of the success of Soliris?

By Benzinga Mar 26, 2012 5:22PM

Image: Prescription medicine expenses © Don Farrall/Photodisc/Getty ImagesBy Lear Yann, Benzinga Staff Writer


Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) specializes in extremely rare diseases. Its only marketed drug, Soliris, currently targets paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria, a condition affecting less than 10,000 people worldwide.


At an estimated annual cost of $400,000 per patient, Soliris has seen sharply rising sales. But with most of the target market already identified -- and that sales growth slowing -- analysts are wondering whether the company has enough of an upside to justify its lofty share price.

 

Robert Stiller sold a huge amount of company shares before news emerged of a threat from Starbucks.

By Kim Peterson Mar 26, 2012 5:07PM
Image: Woman counting money (© Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc/Blend Images/Getty Images)Well isn't this interesting.

The founder and chairman of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) sold more than $66 million in company stock before it tanked on a new threat from Starbucks (SBUX), Bloomberg reports.

Is this just a coincidence? Or is there something a little more suspicious here?

The move is significant because Green Mountain shares took a hit after Starbucks said it would release a single-serve espresso machine before the holiday season. 
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Zacks' panel of experts gives its stock picks in three industries. Stocks covered include Discover Financial, Lululemon and Town Sports International.

By Zacks.com Mar 26, 2012 5:01PM

The Zacks panel of experts gives its stock picks for the finance, retail and fitness industries. Stocks covered include Discover Financial (DFS), Lululemon (LULU) and Town Sports International (CLUB).


Plus, the Panel weighs in on the U.S. economy's decoupling from those of Europe and China.

 
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As the end of the first quarter approaches, these picks will help defend against a potential choppy next few quarters.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 26, 2012 3:55PM

Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)By David Peltier

 

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks have rocketed out of the gate in 2012. We're just about to close the book on the first quarter and the S&P 500 ($INX) is up about 12% -- which, in most cases, would be considered a successful year, much less a quarter.

 

And in fact, when I think about the rest of 2012, I don't foresee an outcome where the market will give up all its gains or end up 20% or more for the year. Rather, I think it's likely we'll enter a more choppy, sideways trading environment over the next couple of quarters, as stocks digest recent gains.

 

The House of Dimon won the race to be the top investment bank for the first quarter of 2012, according to preliminary data from Dealogic.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 26, 2012 3:47PM
Image: bank ATM (© Image Source/Corbis/Corbis)By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal TimesThe Fiscal Times

And the winner is -- JPMorgan Chase (JPM)!

The competition, of course, is the race to emerge as the top investment bank for the first quarter, a race that the House of Dimon won triumphantly. It won the top spot by generating the largest share of revenue from underwriting equity deals, according to preliminary data from Dealogic, although it ceded top spot to Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) when it came to transaction volumes. 

Investors looking for safety again may be willing to pay a big premium for it in the Treasury market.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 26, 2012 3:26PM
Are we headed back to the days of "risk off"?

It certainly looked like it last week with the market worried about slowing growth in Europe and a hard landing in China.

The most striking indicator to me was the reversal in the Treasury market. After climbing for the week that ended on Friday, March 16, in the aftermath of the Fed's slightly more positive take on the U.S. economy, Treasury yields fell this past week as investors looking for safety bid up prices.
 

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