8 reasons the market isn't worse
8 reasons the market isn't worse

Stocks should be crushed by global turmoil, Jim Cramer says. Instead, they're doing fine.


While higher crude oil prices will undoubtedly be a boon to giants like ExxonMobil and Chevron, the smaller companies likely stand to benefit most.

By The Fiscal Times Feb 22, 2012 9:25PM
Gas and CarBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal TimesThe Fiscal Times

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 MoneyShow.com Feb 22, 2012 6:19PM

Image: Watching television (© Corbis)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?

By Benzinga Feb 22, 2012 6:09PM

Image: A bunch of dollar bills (© Tetra Images/Getty Images)By Brett Callwood, Benzinga Staff Writer

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.

By Kim Peterson Feb 22, 2012 5:48PM
Image: Senior couple food shopping in supermarket © moodboard/the Agency Collection/Getty ImagesCampbell Soup (CPB) is desperate to energize its business, and thinks that soup in a pouch is one way to do it.

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? 
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China's markets rise as investors bet the People's Bank of China may move to expand the money supply.

By Jim J. Jubak Feb 22, 2012 5:01PM
Image: China (© Brand X/SuperStock)The relationship between macroeconomic trends and stock prices is especially tortured right now.

Investors have to figure out which way global economies are moving -- and then figure out if stock prices will rise or fall on good and bad news.

Take Wednesday's reading from HSBC's Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index. The index showed a slight tick up to 49.7 to hit a three-month high, but the export component in the index fell to an eight-month low.

The Dow flirted with 13,000 this week on hopes the eurozone crisis is finally over. It isn't.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Feb 22, 2012 4:38PM

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.

By Zacks.com Feb 22, 2012 4:09PM

By: Zacks Equity Research


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?

By Trefis Feb 22, 2012 3:42PM
Image: young woman reading from Kindle (© Reggie Casagrande/Photographer)The face-off between Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL) is already expanding beyond tablets, and some customers want smartphones to be the next battleground.

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 MoneyShow.com Feb 22, 2012 3:10PM

Image: Small Stack of gold ingots (© Anthony Bradshaw/Photographer)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.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 22, 2012 2:50PM
© Mario Tama/Getty ImagesBy Stephen Leeb, The Complete Investor

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?

By Jonathan Berr Feb 22, 2012 2:37PM
Sears Holdings (SHLD) is holding its first earnings conference call since the venerable retail chain was acquired by financier Edward Lampert in 2005, causing one observer to quip that "hell, it appears, has frozen over."

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.

By Kim Peterson Feb 22, 2012 2:25PM
Chevrolet Volt (© ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)General Motors (GM) is getting pulled into campaign politics again, and this time the company is fighting back.

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. 
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Investors worry about rising gasoline prices, but market conditions and consumer attitudes are different than they were during past periods of expensive oil.

By Jim Cramer Feb 22, 2012 12:42PM

Image: Gas station © Purestock/Purestock/Getty ImagesThere'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.'

By MSN Money Partner Feb 22, 2012 11:53AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Mosaic (MOS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord
  • Blackstone (BX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
  • Urban Outfitters (URBN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
  • Lions Gate (LGF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Miller Tabak

Mixed earnings landscape could linger through the week.

By InvestorPlace Feb 22, 2012 11:23AM
Michael Hitoshi/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesBy Beth Gaston Moon

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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[BRIEFING.COM] S&P futures vs fair value: +3.40. Nasdaq futures vs fair value: +7.20. The S&P 500 futures trade three points above fair value.

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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