Stocks should be crushed by global turmoil, Jim Cramer says. Instead, they're doing fine.
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While higher crude oil prices will undoubtedly be a boon to giants like ExxonMobil and Chevron, the smaller companies likely stand to benefit most.
Are gasoline prices headed for $4 a gallon?
Californians are already feeling the pain of such hefty fuel prices, long before gasoline usually soars ahead of the so-called summer driving season, when higher demand traditionally causes price spikes. Indeed, this kind of a wintertime run-up in gasoline costs is a highly unusual phenomenon, one that many analysts are attributing to speculation in the highly volatile energy markets.
With economic apocalypse postponed, consumers have stopped ditching cable service and are signing up for broadband in droves.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
Remember the New Normal, bracing us for years of austerity, slow growth, and miserly investment returns? Remember the buying sprees for gold, guns, and other apocalypse staples?
Also, remember how cable was done? How we were all going to rip out the cord in favor of the live stream from the barricades or, best case, a Netflix (NFLX) DVD?
Is the company developing any long-term strategies to continue this growth?
Dollar Tree (DLTR) said Wednesday that fourth-quarter earnings rose 16%. Analysts were not getting too excited, though, as the budget retailer's outlook for the current quarter came in short of expectations.
The forecast was a bit of a letdown, since Dollar Tree, Dollar General (DG) and Family Dollar (FDO) have been on fire ever since the economy soured. Their discounted products resonated with cash-strapped consumers looking for bargains.
The company plans to launch 50 new products in the next year, hoping that some will resonate with shoppers.
The company is planning to launch some 50 new products in the next year, and hopes that more interesting flavors and packages will be a hit with consumers. The idea is to make soups and sauces stand out on supermarket shelves increasingly filled with other meal options.
The company has previously said that Campbell soups are in 85% of homes -- with an average of six cans per home. Sounds great, right?
China's markets rise as investors bet the People's Bank of China may move to expand the money supply.
The Dow flirted with 13,000 this week on hopes the eurozone crisis is finally over. It isn't.
After a marathon session in Brussels that lasted into the wee hours of Tuesday morning, European leaders hammered out a new rescue agreement for Greece following the broad outlines of what was agreed to originally back in October. Call it Bailout 2.0.
Based on some dubious assumptions -- such as the five-year-old Greek recession ending within the next few months despite harsh new austerity measures including the firing of 150,000 public workers -- the hope is that the Greek debt-to-GDP ratio drops to 121% by 2020, ending the crisis.
I'll be blunt: It ain't gonna happen.
The operator of TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores said new apparel offerings helped its fourth-quarter results.
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TJX Companies (TJX) said Wednesday that a newer clothing mix and increased customer traffic helped profit soar 17% in the fourth quarter.
The operator of Marshalls, TJ Maxx and HomeGoods stores reported adjusted earnings of 62 cents per share for the quarter ended Jan. 28. The earnings were in line with the Zacks consensus estimate.
Is a slick new phone a natural follow-up to the success of the Kindle Fire?
Amazon made a sparkling tablet debut with the Kindle Fire, generating interest in the possibility of an Amazon smartphone (though the company has not confirmed plans in this area). A recent survey by Baird Equity found that a smartphone made by Amazon drew 40% interest, while customers were largely uninterested (12% interested) in a long-rumored phone from Facebook.
The lightness of the correction in gold is very bullish for the metal as well as its ETF vehicles, and as this drought ends, the next big leg up may soon begin.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The two-week pullback in gold futures from early February highs was very mild, as was a similar pullback in the most popular gold ETFs.
With less than a 3% correction from the highs, last week's close suggested the correction might be over. Tuesday’s strong opening and the close above the recent swing high supports this view.
The weekly and daily chart formations have indicated for several months that the drop from the early September highs was just a pause in the uptrend.
Invest along with Warren Buffett to hold stakes in a variety of franchise stocks.
The overall economic news is looking up, and market action is strongly suggestive of further gains. But the prospect of turbulence still suggests we put an emphasis on all-weather stocks.
And when we think of all-weather stocks, one of the first that comes to mind is Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B).
Buffett virtually coined the notion that you could translate a so-called franchise into public companies.
The retail chain is holding a rare earnings call. Could it have bad news to share?
Interestingly, Lampert, who regularly vows to do better in shareholder letters, is not scheduled to speak on Thursday's call. Blogger Jeff Matthews, who first noticed the development, is not expecting good news. "After all, good news takes care of itself, but bad news needs explaining," he writes.
General Motors gets some unwanted attention as one Republican presidential candidate questions proposed subsidies for the electric car.
The automaker is standing up to Newt Gingrich's claims that the $40,000 Volt is an "Obama car" that shouldn't get government subsidies because it's purchased mainly by the wealthy. "You can't put a gun rack in a Volt," Gingrich said in this video, drawing lots of cheers and laughter from the crowd.
The company took to its blog to say that, actually, you can put a gun rack on a Volt.
Investors worry about rising gasoline prices, but market conditions and consumer attitudes are different than they were during past periods of expensive oil.
There's always something going wrong. Think about all that has gone wrong within the past eight months: a U.S. debt downgrade, prospects of failure among major European banks, Italian bond yields spiking. Spanish bond yields spiking, Greece repeatedly ailing and a U.S. government shutdown narrowly averted.
We sold down and we sold down hard on all of those. Every last one of them. In each case we got hammered once going in, and then we got hammered again after the actuality. There was a total inability to discount once. We always discounted twice.
Mosaic is upgraded to 'buy,' and Yahoo is downgraded to 'underperform.'
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
Mixed earnings landscape could linger through the week.
Tuesday was an exciting session for retail-sector watchers as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) reported their quarterly earnings numbers … to mixed results. While Wal-Mart disappointed, Home Depot managed an 8-cent positive earnings surprise that also handily exceeded the previous year's earnings. WMT suffered a blow of nearly 4% during the session, while HD edged about half a percent higher.
As the end of earnings season approaches, retailers become more prominent in the earnings news. Through the remainder of this week, we will hear from companies such as Limited Brands (LTD), Chico's FAS (CHS), TJX Companies (TJX), and Target (TGT). But investors also will want to keep an eye on these three other retail names slated to report this week.
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Markets in Asia ended on a mostly higher note. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand hiked its key rate 25 basis points to 3.50%, as expected.
- In economic data:
- China's HSBC Manufacturing PMI jumped to 52.0 from 50.7 (consensus 51.0)
- Japan's trade deficit narrowed to JPY822 billion from JPY909 billion ... More
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