Some investment advisers are entertaining that possibility, especially in light of Monday's triple-digit loss in the Dow.
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Skinner will step down after a tenure that saw the fast-food giant's stock soar more than 230%.
One market seer believes the company deserves more credit than it gets.
Some company executives are very good at making it easy for Wall Street to fall in love with their companies. Some aren't. Oracle (ORCL) falls into the latter group.
As a matter of fact, there are times when I think Oracle founder Larry Ellison goes out of his way to make it hard for Wall Street to even like his company. This, more than anything else, is why I think the price of ORCL is failing to respond to a very strong quarterly report and optimistic outlook.
Novo Nordisk is downgraded to 'sell,' and United Continental is initiated with an 'outperform.'
Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- American Electric (AEP) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital
- Emerson (EMR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
- Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
- Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham
- Lions Gate (LGF) upgraded to Below Average from Sell at Caris
- OpenTable (OPEN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Some gold bugs believe the current slide in bullion is an opportunity to buy.
Shares of gold mining companies were never able to catch up with the meteoric rise of bullion prices to record highs last year. And now that the metal has started heading south this year, shares of gold producers, such as Newmont Mining (NEM), Barrick Gold (ABX) and Goldcorp (GG), have been pushed back as well.
However, some gold bugs who are more inclined to buy gold stocks rather than the yellow bar regard the stocks' fall as an opportunity, rather than a setback. More than ever, they are inspired and encouraged to snap up shares of the mining companies. The stocks have pulled back so much that like a coiled spring they are ready to snap back up once gold prices heat up again. True, they have more distance to catch up, but catch-up they will, according to the gold bulls.
US companies are dominating their international rivals once more, as the times they are a-changin'.
We're not used to it. Three months ago we were negatively joined at the hip to Europe. Our financials were their financials. Our financials had to play with one hand tied behind their backs because of regulation.
Regional GDP growth might be slowing, but it should be sustainable.
China and India might be the first countries that come to mind when the topic turns to emerging-market opportunities, but some of the most intriguing plays now are just south of the border in Latin America.
Latin America is an exciting area for investors now because the region as a whole is experiencing economic expansion. Slower growth in trading partner economies like China is expected to have an impact on that rate of growth in the near future, so don't expect the recent 5.4% GDP growth to continue.
This Latin American conglomerate has seen 21 consecutive quarters of growth.
By Paul Goodwin, Cabot China & Emerging Markets Report
Ultrapar Participacoes SA (UGP) is a Brazilian conglomerate with deep roots in the country's energy industry.
It is the second largest fuel distributor in Brazil, and the largest LPG distributor, ethylene oxide producer and liquid bulk storage provider. It is thus positioned to benefit from the growth of Brazil and Latin America in general, and growing automobile ownership in particular.
A successful expansion could open the door to a whole new world of opportunities.
Although the region holds plenty of potential, it is important not to be carried away with the excitement associated with the news. Chipotle competes mostly with quick-service and casual-dining restaurants such as Chili's, McDonald's (MCD), Burger King, Yum Brands (YUM) and Papa John's. We have a $393 price estimate for Chipotle, implying a discount of 5% to the current market price.
The shipping giant posts quarterly results and a higher profit than expected, while the fast-food chain will get a new CEO in June.
By Chao Deng
FedEx (FDX), the package delivery giant reported earnings of $1.65 per share for its third quarter ended Feb. 29. Excluding one-time items, earnings were $1.55 per share and revenue was up 9% from the previous year to $10.56 billion. Analysts expected profit of $1.35 a share on revenue of $10.6 billion.
McDonald's (MCD) CEO Jim Skinner will step down on June 30 and hand the reigns of the world's largest hamburger chain to President Donald Thompson. Skinner has been CEO since 2004. Thompson, 48 years old, has long been considered among the top candidates in line to succeed Skinner. He has been with McDonald's for 22 years. He will be the first African American to head McDonald's.
The company is laying the groundwork to stand out from other rivals jumping into the video-streaming business.
Shares of Netflix (NFLX) saw strength Wednesday, closing up 4.4% to $120.10 after the company announced an exclusive deal with notable horror director Eli Roth.
Netflix will give members exclusive access to "Hemlock Grove," a series based on the critically acclaimed novel by Brian McGreevy. The series, slated to run for 13 episodes, updates classic monster archetypes for a post-industrial America in a tale of alienation, adolescence and murder.
Expectations are that first-quarter earnings will be slightly lower this year.
The company spent nearly $800,000 on chartered flights for Lou D'Ambrosio last year. It also spent $30,000 on temporary housing for him -- and even paid some of his taxes.
The company spent nearly $800,000 last year flying CEO Lou D'Ambrosio on private flights for his commute between his Philadelphia home and Sears' headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill. It also spent $30,000 on temporary housing for D'Ambrosio in Hoffman Estates and more than $10,000 on ground transportation and company-furnished vehicles.
Some of those perks classify as compensation for D'Ambrosio, and he would normally have to pay taxes on that income. But Sears took care of that, paying $18,200 in "tax gross-ups" on D'Ambrosio's tax bill.
The companies are going to compete and work together at the same time.
The companies are expanding their partnership to produce Starbucks coffee packs for Green Mountain's fancy new Vue machines.
The relationship took a hit recently after Starbucks announced it was developing its own single-serve espresso machine. The Verismo, expected to debut before Christmas, will brew coffee and make cappuccinos and other espresso drinks. Investors knew exactly who the biggie was in this battle, and they sent Green Mountain shares tumbling.
The top homebuilder's results will give investors a glimpse into the health of the housing sector.
KB Home (KBH) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday. The company constructs and sells homes through its operating divisions across the United States. It also operates a homebuilding and financial services business serving home buyers in markets nationwide.
Here is a preview "cheat sheet" for KB Home's earnings:
But doughnut-craving investors should beware of empty calories.
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