If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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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.
Superstitious investors look to the Super Bowl's outcome for signs of the stock market's performance this year.
That's according to the Super Bowl indicator, which says stocks rise when the winning team is from the original National Football League. You may rightly scoff at this, but the indicator has about an 80% accuracy rate. The prediction has come true in 36 of the past 45 Super Bowls, starting with the first one in 1967.
The Giants are from the original NFL, while the New England Patriots harken back to the original American Football League. If the Patriots win, the indicator says, the stock market will fall.
Seasonal strength in crude typically begins in February. Any pullbacks could represent good buying opportunities.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
As of Thursday's close, the April crude oil contract was down over $3 for the week. Often, the price of crude leads the stock market, but this has not been the case recently. Crude peaked in early January and has been declining since, while stocks have remained strong.
From a seasonal perspective, crude oil typically bottoms in February, and therefore, any further declines should be watched closely.
In the current climate, a good defense can be your best offense.
By Elliott Gue, Personal Finance
Investors are caught between a rock and a hard place. Yields offered by traditional safe havens, such as U.S. Treasury bonds and high-grade corporate debt, are near multi-year lows.
Meanwhile, ongoing concerns about the E.U. sovereign debt crisis and the U.S. economy have made investors reluctant to roll the dice on equities. That's given legs to the rally in high-quality, large-cap stocks.
Goldman upgrades Eastman Chemical and downgrades Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Firday's noteworthy upgrades include:
Employment report shows a decline in the number of jobs in financial activities.
Government data released Friday showed that a better-than-expected 243,000 jobs were created last month and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3%. Yet, the report also showed that the financial services sector lags the rest of the economy.
The Canadian oil producer offers a high yield, strong growth and low risk.
My latest featured stock pick is Baytex (BTE), a leading Canadian heavy-oil producer with an exceptional dividend to provide downside share support in a rocky market.
Geopolitical tensions, i.e. Iran, continue to rear their ugly head and reinforce our bullish outlook for crude prices and the energy sector.
The president may not deserve the credit, but these companies have thrived since he took office.
By Jeff Reeves
There's a lot of bluster this election year about the economy and President Barack Obama's effect on jobs and the stock market. But what you may not realize is that many comparisons aren't exactly fair.
Yes, in November 2008 when Obama won the election, unemployment was just shy of 7%, and when he took office in January it was under 8%. But comparing our current unemployment rate of 8.3% to what things were like when the president took office isn't so simple. After all, the financial crisis was really only beginning in late 2008, and the Great Recession didn't peak until mid-2009.
The closure of Petroplus and other key refineries should tighten the industry surplus situation.
We have a $109 price estimate for Chevron, which is at a 5% premium over its current market price.
The company's Bydureon diabetes shot finally gets the green light from regulators.
Bydureon is a long-acting form of Byetta, a twice-daily injection developed by Amylin and Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) in a partnership which was dissolved last year. The drug had been rejected twice before, which caused Amylin to lose nearly half of its market value in October 2010.
The company's quarter was propelled by strong sales in its engine segments.
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