The company, which reports its quarterly earnings Tuesday, has once again become an investor favorite.
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The bank showed strong internal growth in the fourth quarter.
The company is seen as the next likely candidate in the biotech sector's takeover hit parade.
Recent buyouts have invigorated the biotechnology industry, and the predictable question is which company is the next likely target?
Amgen's (AMGN) acquisition of Micromet (MITI) for $1.61 billion, along with Celgene's (CELG) purchase of privately held Avila Therapeutics and Gilead's (GLD) acquisition of Pharmasset, have sparked renewed investor interest in the biotechs.
Stock trends remain bullish.
By Jared Levy
Given the current state of the economy, most consumers are likely to be smart with their money and keep splurges to a minimum. One of the only areas that they might be willing to spend a little (or a lot) extra is on their mattresses, especially if they are having a hard time sleeping due to increased stress levels.
And Tempur-Pedic International (TPX) claims to be the No. 1 recommended bed in America.
Teva is downgraded to 'equal weight,' and MGM is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
With unemployment dropping, the retailer is poised to gain market share.
Economists hoping for good employment data got it in abundance Friday when the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the nonfarm private sector added 243,000 jobs in January, ahead of most analyst estimates by nearly 100,000.
The unemployment rate has fallen to 8.3%, and the economy has added jobs for three months in a row.
While the news has caused a widespread rally in American markets, some companies will benefit from stronger employment more than others.
The Japanese automaker promised an aggressive sales effort once it got back on its feet, and it began in January.
By John Rosevear
So much for concerns about auto sales: U.S. sales of cars and light trucks (pickups and SUVs) were up 11% in January over year-ago numbers, a strong result that suggests economic momentum is increasing. That result was good enough to put the annualized sales pace at 14.1 million, the highest monthly mark posted since the "Cash for Clunkers"-fueled sales boomlet in August of 2009.
Buried in the numbers are several trends worth noting, starting with a big one: After two years of troubles, Toyota (TM) is finally starting to roar back -- and General Motors (GM) has already lost some ground.
IBM and other large businesses are increasingly allowing employees to use iPhones and other devices.
One of the biggest companies to embrace Apple may surprise you. ZDNet reports that IBM (IBM) has 30,000 employees with iPhones, 10,000 using iPads and 10,000 with MacBooks. That's according to a presentation at a recent Macworld conference.
IBM now allows 50,000 Apple products into its workforce. Unimaginable.
Governments worldwide are cutting back benefits to solar installers as panel prices drop.
The company sheds more light on its business and strategy after shares got pummeled this week.
Both Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have announced significant investments in the country this year.
Mexico has one of the highest obesity rates in the world and the government has undertaken several measures to promote a healthier lifestyle. Major food and beverage (F&B) companies are hoping to leverage the incentives provided by the government to build a healthy portfolio in the region.
The politics of doom are almost overwhelming, but someone has to come out and say it: The economy is improving.
Someone had to say it, might as well be me. I am talking about this morning when, after listening to representatives of both parties say things are still way too weak after the bountiful employment number, I just blurted out: "Enough already. Things are better."
We have learned a lot in the past few years, chief among them that the only really good and trustworthy attitude to have toward the economy is to be gloomy. We know that the moment we aren't gloomy, the moment we present ourselves as outright positive about a hiring number, someone's going to run the tap of your effusiveness next month and you are going to look like a moron.
The liquor company is making a big bet that premium spirits will take off as the economy recovers.
The liquor company beat Wall Street expectations in its fourth quarter, reporting Friday that profit rose to $94.1 million, or 59 cents a share, from $85.4 million, or 55 cents a share, a year earlier. Sales rose to $638 million from $630 million.
On an adjusted basis, profit was 69 cents a share -- higher than the 67 cents analysts expected. But sales didn't quite hit the $691 million analysts were looking for. Shares of Beam were up 2% on the news Friday.
Standard & Poor's equity analyst highlights favored opportunities among tech stocks and ETFs.
Information technology is one of four sectors that S&P Capital IQ's Sector Strategy Group currently recommends investors overweight in their portfolios.
For investors with a favorable outlook for the technology industry, S&P Capital IQ equity analysts like several large-cap technology stocks, including IBM (IBM), Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT), and Apple (AAPL), which all earn our highest five-star "buy" rating.
Don't believe the drop in the unemployment rate. There is still something very wrong with the economy.
Risky assets are on the move after the January employment report beat expectations with 243,000 jobs created and the unemployment rate dropped two-tenths to 8.3%. While the headline numbers were good, the details are decidedly less so. But why let things like details and facts get in the way of a market melt-up? It's all sunshine, butterflies and rainbows, right?
I don't know how else to say this, but the "improvement" in the job market is a hoax. The drop in the unemployment rate is coming mainly from people leaving the work force in record numbers -- 1.2 million, mostly young folks who we need to support the housing market. Those who are finding work are finding part-time, low-wage positions. No wonder "hard" economic data such as a drop in retail sales and a rise in the savings rate suggest a lack of progress out there.
In fact, during the month the number of full-time workers fell by 1.1 million. Not exactly a sign of strength. And there's more where that came from.
As founder Zuckerberg wrote, the site's intent was 'to accomplish a mission -- to make the world more open and connected.'
When is free not really free at all?
That's a question that Facebook's execs are going to have to grapple with down the line, as they adapt their business to the realities of being a publicly traded company.
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