The US isn't strong enough not to care about them now. But one day it will be, Jim Cramer says.
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Ross's continuous effort to increase its store base, coupled with the ability to deliver positive same-store sales, will augur well for its top-line growth.
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Ross Stores Inc. (ROST), the second largest off-price retailer of apparel and home accessories, reported last week a growth of 5% in comparable-store sales for the four-week period ended November 26, 2011. This was better than the company's forecast of a 2% to 3% increase for the month.
Sales in November increased 10% to $765 million from $696 million in the year-ago period. Regionally, Florida, California and Southwest were the top performing market with categories like Juniors and Shoes positively influencing results.
The oilfield services provider has seen strong North American growth, but international operations fell behind estimates.
The oilfield services provider expects international margins to recover to 15% in the current quarter. The company's performance fell short of our estimates, which were based on the assumption that operations would benefit from the acquisition of BJ Services last year.
Operations in North America, however, saw robust growth -- as was the case for larger operators Halliburton (HAL) and Schlumberger (SLB).
Strong acquisitions are key in this business, and SAP is showing more initiative with plans to buy SuccessFactors.
SAP AG (SAP) launched another attack in its ongoing battle with rival Oracle (ORCL) with an announcement that it is on the verge of acquiring software company SuccessFactors (SFSF) for $3.4 billion in cash.
SuccessFactors is a leading developer of cloud computing software used by firms to evaluate employee performance. The acquisition is expected to give SAP a much needed growth platform in the software-as-a service (SaaS) market, where it faces significant competition from Oracle. Analysts believe that the acquisition will boost SAP’s competitive position in human resource applications, while reaffirming its commitment to SaaS as a key business model.
We expect American Airlines to emerge from bankruptcy as a stronger company, but the stock is still way too risky to buy now.
After holding off from filing bankruptcy much longer than its peers, AMR Corp (AMR), the parent company of American Airlines, finally decided to file for Chapter 11 last Tuesday in a Manhattan court.
Alhough American's loss in the near term translates into its competitors' gains, we believe the company is using bankruptcy as a way to improve its cost structure and renegotiate contracts with labor unions. In bankruptcy, we expect American to continue operations while cutting capacity, improving its operating costs and upgrading its fleet. But that doesn't mean you should buy the stock now.
The outcome of the European Central Bank's Thursday meeting could shed some light on the ongoing debt crisis.
The delivery company is a key component of some manufacturing supply strategies.
The delivery firm had previously scaled back routes to Asia when it recorded a drop in consignments of consumer electronics, echoing a slump seen by competitor FedEx (FDX). But UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols told Dow Jones the slowdown has now been reversed, bolstering the firm's supply chain outlook. If this division keeps expanding, we see a potential 17% upside to the stock's value.
Some stocks could benefit if other companies follow the lead of France's Atos and ban internal email.
Groan. There goes the morning.
That's exactly the buzzkill French tech company Atos wants to avoid, so it's banning office email. Instead, the company's 74,000 employees will be required to use instant-messaging tools or a Facebook-style chat interface, ABC News reports.
Changing orthopedic surgery, one robot at a time.
By David Meier
Last week, in "5 Stocks With Explosive Potential," I quoted venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who believes that "swinging for the fences is probably less risky than people think."
I think he's right, and that's why I am looking for TNT companies -- ones with:
- Tranformational technologies.
- Nascent performance.
- Talented management.
All are top picks for growth next year.
What are the best stock funds to hold in 2012? The following are four choices among Fidelity funds that we think are well-positioned for the upcoming year:
Fidelity Contrafund (FCNTX), Fidelity Low-Priced Stock (FLPSX), Fidelity Blue Chip Growth (FBGRX) and Fidelity Stock Selector Small Cap (FDSCX). They are listed in increasing order of risk.
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With two large American companies being investigated for health emergencies in China, the business environment there could be worsening.
Investors may want to take note of a disturbing trend among Chinese officials, who lately seem more interested in blaming American parent companies for health emergencies. In September, Chinese authorities said American battery manufacturer Johnson Controls (JCI) was responsible for a number of lead poisoning cases in Shanghai.
Now they are investigating none other than Coca-Cola (KO) for selling milk products that allegedly caused the death of a young boy and sickened his mother in the city of Changchun, the capital of Jilin province.
The stocks of discount stores have seen incredible runs this year. For that reason, they may not be the best picks.
Net income at the Goodlettsville, Tenn., company rose to $171.2 million, or 50 cents a share, from $128.1 million, or 37 cents, a year earlier. Revenue rose more than 11% to $3.6 billion, fueled by increases in customer traffic and customer spending. The results beat Wall Street consensus forecasts of 47 cents on revenue of $3.57 billion.
The good news didn't stop there.
Two investment houses upgrade American Eagle, while Goldman downgrades Alcoa to 'neutral.'
- Time Warner Cable (TWC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
- Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
- Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
- American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital and to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
- Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
- D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
- TE Connectivity (TEL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
- International Game (IGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital
- eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James
- Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Double-bottom patterns on the charts for key metal producers could bring about good entry points for patient investors in 2012.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
China's decision last week to lower bank reserve requirements suggests the emerging giant could cut rates in 2012. It is thought that such a rate cut would stop the slowdown in the Chinese economy and be positive for other emerging market economies as well.
The aluminum market has been hit hard by the weakness in the global economy, and prices have declined while supply seems to be increasing. As a result, the decision by Rio Tinto (RIO) to invest $2.7 billion in order to complete an aluminum mine in British Columbia suggests the company expects aluminum prices to be firmer when the plant is completed in 2014.
If you've got the nerves and the cash to play the game, there can be good money in selling short.
By Richard Band
Most of the time, I recommend stocks to buy and hold. I sell when stocks reach what appears to be their full gains potential or, less often, when the company fails to live up to my expectations. Occasionally, I'll also give out lists of stocks to avoid because of their subpar outlook.
At this point in the market cycle, though, I see another opportunity shaping up -- for aggressive investors only. If you've got the nerves and the financial resources to play the game, I believe there's good money to be made selling individual stocks short.
This stock meets the investing criteria of the Fidelity Magellan Fund's legendary manager.
We select stocks by using screens that are based on the investment strategies of well-known investors. Forest Laboratories (FRX) scores 100% on our Price-Earnings-Growth Investor screen, which is modeled on the investing criteria of Peter Lynch.
Forest Laboratories develops, manufactures and sells branded forms of ethical drug products, most of which require a physician's prescription.
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