As the market wades through what many people hope is a sixth bull year, some have grown nervous about how long the run can go.
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Bearish traders said consumers would run out of gas and Dow stocks were the place to be. They were wrong.
Oh, to be part of the intelligentsia, the bearish think tanks that inspire so much of what passes for conventional wisdom that then gets passed on to the "news." I yearn for it because it is never wrong, always prescient and seems to make so much money when the truth is, of course, that it is often wrong, rarely prescient and costs you a fortune.
With that in mind, here are the 10 bearish myths, all conventional wisdom, that you read about over and over again and pretty much took for gospel:
The coffee shop isn't alone as food inflation drives up costs at every restaurant and grocery store.
If your New Year's resolution was to pinch a few more pennies, Starbucks (SBUX) has some bad news for you. The coffee king is hiking prices, thanks to the rising costs of coffee and milk, and passing its expenses on to java junkies.
Starbucks is raising prices about 1%, on average, in some of its most popular markets in the Northeast and South. Cities such as New York, Dallas and Atlanta are the big targets. For example, a 12-ounce cup of coffee will go up in cost by 10 cents, a Starbucks spokesman said.
Indian automaker sees strong growth at home and in China, though low-end Nano disappoints.
Tata Motors (TTM) is India's dominant producer of commercial vehicles and controls 60% of the market. It is also a leading manufacturer of passenger cars, and owns the Jaguar Land Rover brand of luxury cars and sport utility vehicles.
Spice maker shows earnings growth is always in season.
Sticking with a trend can be a good thing. The trend I'm sticking with in 2012 is dividend-growth investing -- buying shares in companies that continually increase their dividend year after year.
Growing appetite for organic products makes Whole Foods supplier a healthy choice.
Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) offers natural and organic products, which are found mostly in Whole Foods Market (WFM) stores.
Most reports are spinning 2011 as a bad year, which is coloring Wall Street perception and putting shares under pressure.
Media stocks had a quiet week, yet a few tidbits caught my interest.
At the movies: The box office saw a mixed year in 2011. Total domestic revenue finished down about 4%, but the international box office rose 5%. 2011 was the third largest on record for the domestic box office. In April, it was down 22% year to date. Summer was an all-time record. Early fall was up big. The holidays were weak, but the day after Christmas saw a surge, bringing the four-day weekend in up 3%.
The expanding trade war between the U.S. and China over solar module production could further hurt the joint venture's revenue.
It has stayed true to its mission, manufacturing silicon products worldwide. It's also the majority owner of Hemlock Semiconductor, a market leader in the production of polysilicon and other key materials for solar industry.
We estimate that the joint-venture contributes around 22% of Corning's stock price.
It's become one of the hottest tech and investment trends around, but it's not too late to find upside.
By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times
For more than a decade, we’ve all been referring glibly to "cyber space" -- that place where misdirected e-mails end up; the home of countless websites peddling discount-priced Viagra; the source of music and movies that stream almost magically onto our tablet devices.
Now cyber space, under its proper name of "the cloud," has become one of the hottest investment trends around -- it even has its own exchange-traded fund, the First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (SKYY) to prove it.
It's good news for Disney, Comcast and Marriott, among others.
As the AFP noted, "visitors to Legoland, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and three Disney destinations found parking lots and entryways shut for short periods Wednesday and Thursday as the Orlando area enjoys record numbers of tourists."
The question is how long the crowds will last for Walt Disney (DIS), the largest theme park operator; Comcast (CMCSA), whose Universal Orlando resort features The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; and Marriott (MAR) and other hotel chains.
Solid operating momentum, a cash-heavy balance sheet, and an attractive yield are just a few of the attractions of these shares.
There's a nice turnaround story building at Foot Locker (FL). This specialty athletic retailer, after struggling in 2007, 2008, and 2009, has achieved five quarters of better-than-expected profit growth.
Any official announcement is likely to come close to the actual launch date.
Although Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 4S was released less than three months ago, rumors are already circulating surrounding the next iteration of the device. Apple is going to release a redesigned next generation iPhone next year, according to a report from BGR.
Unlike the iPhone 4S, which was launched earlier this quarter without any major body changes, the next iPhone is said to boast a completely redesigned exterior. From the outset, it should be noted that it's too early to give too much credence to any report about Apple's iDevice, as they are generally shrouded in secrecy until they are unveiled.
The credit card company doesn't get the respect it deserves.
The first time my girlfriend flashed her Discover card in front of me, I laughed and blurted out, "Who uses Discover?" The waitress didn't do me any favors when she said my significant other's plastic wasn't any good there.
Little did I know, I'd eventually eat my words. Discover Financial Services (DFS) is managing to get its namesake card accepted at more merchants -- and investors should give this stock some attention.
With production set to rebound and Fed-fueled inflation on the horizon, the gold miner's stock is just too cheap to pass up.
You probably think I'm crazy, but my top recommendation for the coming year is the stock of a company I don't like and expect to fall 12% to 20%, perhaps more.
Here are the 79 locations the company plans to shutter, with more likely to be announced.
This is only a partial list. The company said it will shutter as many as 120 stores, and it presumably will announce more locations in the next year.
Stores that cater to the wealthy fared the best.
Tiffany (TIF), Coach (COH) and Macy's (M) were among the winners this holiday season, according to Jason Asaeda, retail analyst at S&P Capital IQ. He rates Tiffany and Coach as "strong buys" and doesn't cover Macy's, but points out that wealthy consumers are attracted to the exclusive merchandise being sold by department stores.
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