There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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The company leases shipping containers worldwide, and sees firsthand how the global economy is faring.
By: Tracey Ryniec
Is strong customer demand a thing of the past for container companies? TAL International Group (TAL) doesn't think so, predicting that 2012 will mirror the strong results of 2011. This Zacks No. 2 Rank ("buy") continues to be cheap, with a forward price-to-earnings ratio of just 9.2.
TAL International is at the forefront of the global economy because it leases intermodal freight containers and chassis to customers around the world. If shipping is picking up, the company will see it.
Is the search giant at fault for the online retailer's unexpected quarterly hit?
Overstock.com (OSTK) shocked investors Friday by announcing an unexpected quarterly loss and plummeting revenue.
The online retailer reported a fourth-quarter loss of $3.4 million, or 15 cents per share, compared with a profit of $14.9 million, or 63 cents per share, a year earlier. More worrying than the unexpected loss was a huge drop in revenue to $314.1 million from $348.9 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of 45 cents per share on revenue of $377.6 million.
The leverage-loving ocean driller seems less risky after recent moves from the European Central Bank.
The automaker has about 116 days of supply for pick-ups.
But General Motors (GM) barely eked out a 1.1% increase. And that was good news -- analysts were expecting a drop by as much as 6% as GM pulled back on the incentives it offered to customers.
But are the company's inventory levels a concern?
Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility could change things for Android partners like Samsung and HTC.
The CEO and president are the two largest shareholders in this high-yielding investment firm.
It's rare to find a stock with a high yield, growing dividend, a very solid management team and bright prospects for the future. But that favorable situation is exactly what Main Street Capital (MAIN) offers.
Based in Houston, Main Street makes equity investments and loans money to small- and mid-sized companies. Its dividend is paid monthly. It has never been cut since the company was founded in 1997. The stock currently yields 7%.
The tech giant alleged Motorola was illegally attempting to block its sales by abusing patents.
Motorola had demanded a 2.25% royalty on iPhone sales related to a single patent involved with 3G/UMTS wireless standards. Apple argued that Motorola's licensing agreements were unfair and did not follow Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory terms (FRAND).
The deal with Peugeot turns out to be a whole lot of not very much.
By John Rosevear
It turned out to be both more and less than we expected: While General Motors' (GM) new partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUGY) does feature a major new joint-purchasing initiative, it doesn't, at least on the surface, appear to do much to solve the very real problems facing both companies.
The market didn't love the news, sending Peugeot's shares down sharply -- though GM's were flat at midday Thursday. Clearly, Peugeot investors were disappointed by the scope of the announcement, which turned out not to be the lifeline some had anticipated.
The business-review site faces serious headwinds, but its growth is something to behold.
By midday, shares had pulled back slightly to about $24.28.
The IPO price placed Yelp's value at about $900 million, but Friday's stock rise sent the valuation closer to $1.5 billion. Yelp looks pretty smart now for spurning Google's (GOOG) $500 million offer in 2009.
The financial impact of the scandal is minimal as News Corp does not rely on its publishing business for the majority of its value.
But more upheaval awaits. New accusations have emerged in the last couple of weeks, one from a London police official and another from Cherie Blair, wife of the former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair, accusing News Corp. of bribing and hacking phone lines, respectively.
New research finds that owning emerging-market affiliates of multinational companies produces better returns than owning the parents.
Lots of investors got the emerging-markets call wrong in 2011.
Study shows that big data users aren't 'hogs.'
Users who had complained that their service was throttled without warning will now receive a text message when they near their limit, according to the Associated Press. The action will not take place for several days.
The recent trend of forgiveness and optimism are results of investors' shifting views of stocks.
I love it when stocks won't quit that should. It is a sign of a market that's much stronger than we think.
Take Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which is a company I profiled on Tuesday on "Mad Money," using the terrific work of our own Scott Redler. We got what some would regard as subpar numbers out of Macau that normally would have caused Wynn to get hammered. But people looked through the so-called weakness of the numbers and recognized some calendar shifts and some difficult compares and decided to excuse them and buy.
Travelers is downgraded to 'equal weight,' and Boeing is initiated with a 'buy.'
Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
This ETF holds equally-weighted positions in 30 stocks involved in the out-of-favor natural gas sector.
By Mark Salzinger, The Investor's ETF Report
Over the past year, stocks of the natural-gas producers have lagged both the broader energy sector and the stock market as a whole by a wide margin, reflecting investor concerns over low gas prices and robust production.
However, both price and supply pressures on producers could improve in 2012, making natural-gas stocks a compelling contrarian opportunity.
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