If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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Technical signals in some of the S&P's strongest stocks indicate now is a high-risk time to buy.
By Tom Aspray
Risk, to me, is the key for every investment decision, and that is why it always comes first when I am buying or recommending a stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF). Starc band analysis plays an important role in my selection process, as often it will convince me that the risk in buying is not attractive.
While the Spyder Trust (SPY) is still 4% below its weekly Starc+ band, there are many stocks that are uncomfortably close to their weekly Starc+ bands. This is in contrast to last October (see The Most Oversold Dow Stocks) when Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) was the most oversold stock.
The home improvement company, however, maintains a cautious view on the housing market recovery.
Long-term growth is on tap for this leading Latin American beer and beverage distributor.
Companies with good leadership, attractive product lines and growing customer bases just naturally tend to maintain their leadership, and investors notice. One company that continues to prove itself as a leader is Companhia de Bebidas das Américas (ABV).
The firm sells beer, soda and other beverages in its home country of Brazil, 12 other Latin American companies and Canada. Its name is Portuguese for Beverage Co. of the Americas, but is usually shortened to AMBEV.
The total amount of cash on the tech giant's books is at absurdly high levels. It's well past time for Tim Cook to take action.
By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times
Apple (AAPL) has a problem.
It's actually not the kind of problem most businesses experience. There is no lack of buyers eager to snap up its iPhones, iPads and other gizmos. It's a problem other companies (like Kodak, to name only one) would love to have, and it flows directly from Apple's success: It has a lot of cash on its books. More cash than the GDP of several small nations -- rolled together. And CEO Tim Cook and Co. are just sitting on it.
The satellite broadcaster takes steps to add subscribers and build a larger base to market its other products.
Improvement was primarily led by strong performance of the commercial and retail banking and wealth management segments.
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HSBC Holdings (HBC) reported full-year 2011 earnings of 91 cents per share, up from 72 cents in 2010. Profit came in at $16.8 billion, up 28% from $13.2 billion in the year-ago period. Results in 2011 included favorable credit-spread movements of $3.9 billion on the fair value of the company's recognized debt.
The year-over-year improvement was primarily led by strong performance of the commercial and retail banking and wealth management segments. However, performance of two other businesses showed deterioration compared to 2010.
Viacom is downgraded to 'neutral' at Goldman, and Dunkin' Brands is initiated with a 'buy' at Citigroup.
Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
Warren Buffett hasn't updated his investing methods to keep up with the changing times.
Warren Buffett wants you to buy his stock. He is pleading with you to do so -- begging you. He's talking about its substantial undervaluation. He's making it very clear that the market truly does not understand his company. He is also making a compelling case for why it is so much cheaper than he has ever seen it.
Here's the problem: The metrics he uses to evaluate and substantiate the undervaluation are quaint and, frankly, atavistic in this era.
The company's profits are down 30% in 2011, and the market-lagging performance seems to persist.
Warren Buffett, the iconic investor who leads Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B), wrote in his annual letter to shareholders that he and Berkshire's board are "enthusiastic" about the prospect of a new CEO to take the reins of the company. At 81, Buffett is painfully aware of his mortality.
And after lagging the market recently, investors are painfully aware that Berkshire hasn't delivered quite the returns that it used to.
Scorching 2011 results prove Volkswagen's German engineering rules.
By Jim Woods, Stocks & Markets Contributor
In a recent story on General Motors (GM) and PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUGY), I offered my thoughts on the purported deal between the two, which is clearly aimed at staunching the bleeding from their respective losses in Europe. But on Friday, rival automaker Volkswagen AG (VLKAY) showed that a European-based carmaker can drive fast regardless of treacherous economic roads in its home region.
Volkswagen reported robust preliminary earnings results for 2011, announcing that it sold more than 8 million vehicles last year, an all-time record for the 75-year-old German company. VW already is atop the heap when it comes to European automakers, and as a result of last year's sales surge, it has taken over the No. 2 spot on the list of world's largest car companies. GM currently is No. 1, after passing Toyota Motor (TM), which struggled to recover from supply-chain problems caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March of last year.
Revenue and profits of railroads will rise from increased activity as the economy recovers.
In its fourth quarter and annual results announced last month, CSX Corporation reported a 3% year-on-year decline in volume of coal transported, even as it realized a 10% growth in annual revenues to $11.74 billion, backed by core pricing gains, greater fuel surcharges and a slight increase total volumes compared to last year.
New services have begun to threaten Netflix's already thin margins.
This has been the year of new streaming video services. Coinstar's (CSTR) Redbox and Verizon Communications (VZ) announced this month that they will partner on a new service to challenge the market leader, Netflix (NFLX).
And two days ago, Comcast (CMCSA) unveiled plans to enter the competition by offering a streaming-video service to its Xfinity customers.
The search king says it's serious about insuring users' privacy, but doubts persist.
Following a spate of online privacy controversies, Google (GOOG) (which has long touted its "don't be evil" mantra) and other Web companies have agreed to install a "Do not track" feature in their browsers.
The promise is meant to assure users of Google's Chrome browser (and its competitors) that they can surf the Web without being tracked by advertisers, hundreds of whom have also pledged to honor these privacy requests.
Carriers are looking for additional spectrum to meet strong consumer demand for higher speeds and congestion-free networks.
The wireless industry can breathe freely now that Congress has passed a payroll tax bill that also includes a plan to raise billions of dollars by auctioning off television airwaves. The proceeds from the auction will be used to fund an extension of jobless benefits as well as the creation of a nationwide public safety wireless network.
It looks like Wall Street's fashion sense may be improving.
It's a bad day for anyone who invested in the long-term potential of appalling shoe fads.
Deckers Outdoor Corp. (DECK), which sells the much-hated but reputedly comfy Ugg brand of boots, is getting slammed by investors after its earnings release. The stock closed down nearly 14% Friday.
Deckers actually earned its highest profit ever, far more than expected by analysts, most of whom must be flabbergasted at the company's continued ability to convince women to wear big, unflattering sheepskin boots with no arch support.
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