It's no Alibaba, but the Citizens Financial Group offering is important to the market.
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Investors worry about rising gasoline prices, but market conditions and consumer attitudes are different than they were during past periods of expensive oil.
There's always something going wrong. Think about all that has gone wrong within the past eight months: a U.S. debt downgrade, prospects of failure among major European banks, Italian bond yields spiking. Spanish bond yields spiking, Greece repeatedly ailing and a U.S. government shutdown narrowly averted.
We sold down and we sold down hard on all of those. Every last one of them. In each case we got hammered once going in, and then we got hammered again after the actuality. There was a total inability to discount once. We always discounted twice.
Mosaic is upgraded to 'buy,' and Yahoo is downgraded to 'underperform.'
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
Mixed earnings landscape could linger through the week.
Tuesday was an exciting session for retail-sector watchers as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) reported their quarterly earnings numbers … to mixed results. While Wal-Mart disappointed, Home Depot managed an 8-cent positive earnings surprise that also handily exceeded the previous year's earnings. WMT suffered a blow of nearly 4% during the session, while HD edged about half a percent higher.
As the end of earnings season approaches, retailers become more prominent in the earnings news. Through the remainder of this week, we will hear from companies such as Limited Brands (LTD), Chico's FAS (CHS), TJX Companies (TJX), and Target (TGT). But investors also will want to keep an eye on these three other retail names slated to report this week.
The companies say Google used loopholes in their browsers to track users' browsing history even when disabled.
Google (GOOG) is facing yet another privacy complaint, this time about circumventing privacy settings in browsers despite user settings. First, it was Apple's (AAPL) Safari browser, and now Microsoft (MSFT) has alleged the same issues apply to its Internet Explorer browser.
This could be the start of more legal troubles for Google, with three U.S. lawmakers pushing for another Federal Trade Commission investigation into the company's operations. The repercussions of any such investigation could have a significant impact on Google's advertising revenues given that browsers like Safari have millions of users.
With the ever-increasing world population, good agriculture stocks are a smart long-term buys.
By Marc Johnson, Investment Reporter
Winnipeg-based Viterra Inc. (Toronto: VT) is one of the food stocks that we regularly examine. We've upgraded this grain handling and marketing, agriproducts, and processing company to a buy.
Viterra is becoming increasingly profitable, yet it's cheap. It is suitable for long-term gains and attractive dividends that may rise further.
Experts explain their stock picks in the travel & leisure, oil field services and construction sectors.
Interested in the travel & leisure, oil field services and construction sectors? The Zacks panel of experts offers its stock picks in both sectors in the following video post.
Stocks covered include Wyndham Worldwide (WYN), C&J Energy Services (CJES) and Interline Brands (IBI). Plus, the panelists discuss the significance of a market's rally amid thin volumes. Is the bull tired?
A majority stake in Yihaodian would strengthen Wal-Mart's presence in Chinese online market.
Presently, the Chinese e-commerce market is dominated by Taobao.com, a subsidiary of the Internet giant Alibaba. Wal-Mart has been aggressively looking to increase its online sales and has taken several initiatives past year in this regard.
Changes at one mobile carrier hurt the electronics retailer in its fourth quarter.
RadioShack (RSH) shares fell nearly 8% Tuesday after the electronics retailer said fourth-quarter profit fell by 79%. As horrific as that number sounds, it's actually in line with expectations, as the company warned that a struggling mobile phone business weighed heavily on the bottom line.
Once the very definition of technology in America, RadioShack is now seen as a relic of a bygone age. However, many analysts considered its push into the cellphone industry a sound survival tactic. RadioShack still has a reputation for quality and good customer service -- strong attributes, one would think, for selling mobile phones.
This crisis will surface again, probably by May or June.
The bookseller announces a cheaper Nook to take on Amazon's Kindle Fire.
Bookseller Barnes & Noble (BKS) reported so-so third-quarter earnings before the open this morning. But the real news is its decision to raise the stakes in its war of attrition with Amazon (AMZN) in the low-end tablet market.
The company announced a $199 Nook Tablet featuring eight gigabytes of memory, which complements the $249 16-gigabyte model that debuted in November. The bookseller also cut the price of its Nook Color e-book reader by $30, putting it at $169, though that's not as important as the Nook Tablet pricing.
Corrections Corporation of America wants to buy prisons from states, offering millions of dollars to governments in need of cash.
It's reportedly offering to buy prisons in as many as 48 states -- setting $250 million aside to do so. The offer will undoubtedly intrigue state governments looking for some quick cash.
But there's a catch here. The company wants a 20-year contract to manage the place. And it also wants to make sure the prison stays 90% full.
The musician's 17th studio album explores many of the same themes as the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The result is a collection of songs about the destruction of the American dream. You don't get too deep into that subject before you hit the financial crisis -- and Wall Street's role in it.
"An enormous fault line cracked the American system wide open, and its repercussions are just beginning to be felt," Springsteen said in interviews promoting the album, which comes out next month.
While the bulls are certainly running down Wall Street now, that doesn't mean the stampede will continue.
Major U.S. stock market indexes are starting to bear an uncanny resemblance to the Energizer bunny: They just keep going and going and going -- going higher, that is. A morning rally pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) past 13,000 for the first time since May 2008 -- and up almost 100% from its 12-year closing low of 6,547 reached on March 9, 2009.
How long will the batteries last,? Barron's recently published a cover story, drawing on work done by Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel, suggesting the Dow is nearly certain to hit 15,000 sometime within the next two years, based on an analysis of market cycles. And there's a 50% chance we'll see the Dow hit 17,000. Either would take the blue-chip market indicator into uncharted waters; the Dow's all-time record close is 14,164.53 on October 9, 2007.
With 30 drugs in late-stage trials, investors are undervaluing this drug firm's long-term potential.
Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) reported its fourth-quarter results; its adjusted net income topped Wall Street's expectations by a penny a share on revenue that matched estimates.
On an as-reported basis, net income for maker of generic and branded drug dropped by 34% to $506 million, or 57 cents per share, from $771 million, or 85 cents per share, in Q4 2010. The company also boosted its dividend by 25% and expressed optimism about the global strength of its OTC partnership with Procter & Gamble.
A rise in the retailer's earnings lifts many boats.
Net income at the Atlanta retailer was $774 million, or 50 cents a share, up 32% from $587 million, or 36 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 5.9% to $16 billion, fueled by a 5.7% increase in same-store sales and an unusually mild winter. The results topped Wall Street expectations for 42 cents a share.
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