It's no Alibaba, but the Citizens Financial Group offering is important to the market.
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Liz Claiborne is initiated with an 'outperform,' and TripAdvisor is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
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Attempts to pin the metal's Wednesday collapse on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke are far-fetched.
The two most salient features of the day's action were the amazing decline in gold and the incredibly swift collapse in the euro. The latter occurred in the CurrencyShares Euro Trust ETF (FXE) from what had looked to be a stable level at around $133 to $134.
Both declines immediately brought out the "alibi-ers" -- the people who claim to know the answer for the decline.
Apple, Google and Baidu still have upside potential right now.
On Feb. 28, the Nasdaq-100 Index Trust (QQQ), tracking the NDX, closed on the high tick of the day at $64.70. The level itself does not say much until you consider that the last time "the cubes" traded at such a price was February 2001. The 11-year highs prompted a message in my email box from a financial editor regarding my take on the on the issue du jour: Are technology stocks overbought?
My short answer: Not the right ones.
The fad of making your own soda has fizzled.
Shares of the soda machine maker plunged more than 13% after the company reported that unit sales growth had slowed to 8% from 60% in the third quarter. Investors were floored by the news.
The drop in gold stocks Wednesday is a perfect opportunity to look at this mining play.
The company is emphasizing business hardware and software instead of the personal computers it built its name on.
Now Dell has had it. The company "is not really a PC company," founder Michael Dell said at an event in San Francisco Monday. "It's an end-to-end IT company that really understands the needs of its customers."
That's an interesting turnaround for the world's No. 3 personal computer maker.
The activist investor cashes out at the right time as the markets have bid up the stock.
If the soda maker can successfully market Pepsi Next, it will help boost the company's sluggish soft drink sales.
A portfolio of these high-calorie stocks would see double-digit increases.
The idea came from private trader Joey Fundora, who tweeted this week about a "fat guy fund" that could hold the following stocks: Domino's Pizza (DPZ), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) and the ADR shares of Fomento Economico Mexicano (FMX).
I think he's on to something here.
Millions of consumers use the innovative food packager's products, but individual investors have yet to discover the stock.
When you reach into the fridge for that food in a sealed plastic container, you expect that it's fresh and safe from germs or contamination. That may be thanks to Sealed Air (SEE), which makes a wide array of protective packaging materials and products.
In spite of being a worldwide maker of everyday household items, Sealed Air is far from a household name. Institutional investors are aware of the company, however, and own 75% of the shares outstanding. That's probably because Sealed Air is also a major producer of industrial packaging materials, such as the Bubble Wrap and Cryovac automated packaging systems used by food-service companies.
Seasonal patterns suggest another strong month for stocks. Any substantial pullbacks in these semiconductor stocks may present good opportunities.
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The stock market performance in 2011 was disappointing for those who follow the presidential cycle, as the third year of the cycle is generally the best. So far, 2012 -- which has historically been the second-best year in the cycle -- is making up the difference.
The table below shows that on average since 1900, the fourth year of the presidential cycle averaged a 7.77% gain versus 11.26% in the third year. With the Spyder Trust (SPY) already up 9.3% this year, stocks have exceeded that yearly average and are approaching the median return of 10.39%.
The oil-drilling giant's future is beginning to look rosier than it has since the Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion in the Gulf.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 13,000 level -- an event last recorded before the financial crisis struck in 2008 -- and among the stocks participating in the celebration was Transocean (RIG).
At first glance, you might wonder how the world's biggest offshore oil drilling company managed to pull of this feat, given that it is still mired in legal issues arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil well disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (it owned the rig that exploded and sank, causing the worst offshore oil spill on record in the United States and killing 11 people).
Williams is upgraded to 'conviction buy' at Goldman, and ONEOK Partners is downgraded to 'sell' Goldman.
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
- Cablevision (CVC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Miller Tabak
- Williams (WMB) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
- Plains All American (PAA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
- NuStar Energy (NS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
- Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
Home-improvement stocks already look strong, and continued weakness in home sales can only make them stronger.
The current environment is bad news if you're trying to sell your home -- prices haven't been this low since the first season of "American Idol." (That's 2002 for you non-Ryan Seacrest fans.)
The Case-Shiller national home price index reported a 4% drop in Q4 2011, marking the biggest decline since 2008. Since the market peaked in Q2 2006, home prices have dropped 33.8%.
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