If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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Hang in there, Kodak. Bankruptcy doesn't have to mean the end.
By Jeff Reeves
Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ) surprised few investors by declaring bankruptcy last week. It was clear to many business insiders back in September that Kodak was headed to zero after a panicked move to tap its credit line. As those who have watched the corporate history of Kodak know, years of big debts and a lack of innovation have been weighing on the iconic photography company for quite some time.
So is bankruptcy the end of Kodak? Will the brand disappear forever?
The company's Yi platform could be instrumental in maintaining its dominant search market share in China.
Stopping this advance could be Google (GOOG), which is looking to reboot its relations in China after making its much publicized exit from Chinese soil. This could be especially important for Google given the explosion of Android-powered devices that use Google as the default search option.
Even amid restrained consumer spending, the retailer has shown revenue growth as it expands product lines.
Coach (COH) announced a positive earnings report Tuesday, with second-quarter profit of $1.18 a share beating analyst estimates of $1.15. The company also reported sales of $1.45 billion, surpassing estimates of $1.43 billion.
The company has shown strong revenue growth since emerging from the recession, as it has expanded product lines with more affordable accessories and a larger men's collection. In its earnings call, the company stated that the men's business is on track to double sales this year.
Don't blindly accept market multiples as evidence of value.
By Dan Caplinger
The first thing most investors learn about valuation is that a low P/E ratio means that a stock is cheap. But the next thing they learn is that buying a stock based on the P/E alone is fraught with potential disaster -- and if you don't understand what's behind both a stock's price and its most recent earnings, you're liable to make huge mistakes picking stocks.
Nothing beats a cheap investment
Recently, a report from Bespoke Investment Group said that stocks are cheaper than they've been since at least 1990. The report looked at a number of valuation measures, including ratios of price to earnings and price to book value, as well as dividend yields. In particular, the report pointed to several facts:
The company beats expectations on revenue and profit.
Apple (AAPL) is back to its pattern of blowing away analyst estimates.
The company beat Wall Street expectations Tuesday for the December quarter, reporting record profit of $13.06 billion, or $13.87 a share, up from a profit of $6 billion, or $6.43 a share, a year earlier. Revenue was a record $46.33 billion, up from $26.74 billion a year earlier.
Analysts had expected $10.14 a share in profit on revenue of $39.1 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31. Shares were up about 6% Wednesday.
The stock is extremely volatile. And while that's not unexpected, it is a reason to sell into the current rally.
Which companies got praised or panned the most following their earnings reports?
Apple (AAPL) will give one of the most highly anticipated reports of the quarter after the close Tuesday. Expect some buzz after Yahoo (YHOO) reports later Tuesday as well.
Bespoke Investment Group has a nice roundup of the best-performing and worst-performing stocks so far this earnings season. These are the stocks that saw the biggest gains or losses in the day following the earnings report.
While the fourth-quarter results are encouraging, it may be too soon to say that banks are set to soar this year.
Wall Street analysts like Barclays Capital's Jason Goldberg went into the new year predicting that bank earnings would jump.
Now that biggest in the business have reported their earnings for the fourth quarter of 2011, the numbers suggest there's at least some hope of that happening.
However you slice it, J&J's prospect of earnings growth looks bleak as economic and competitive 'headwinds' continue.
The company said it expects earnings per share of $5.05 to $5.15 excluding costs of a major acquisition.
A long-standing holding of Berkshire Hathaway, the bank is outperforming its bigger rivals.
Wells Fargo (WFC) reported its fourth-quarter results last week and the Warren Buffett favorite beat its big bank rivals. Overall, this was a solid quarter for the San Francisco bank, and we understand why Buffett likes it.
It reported a 20% increase in net income that matched the expectations of Wall Street and generated more revenue than was expected, aided by strength in its mortgage business.
Lengthy court battles over 'slide-to-unlock' technology could slow Android's market share gains.
After Samsung's infringement claim against Apple (AAPL) was rejected by a German court, Apple is now focused on Google's (GOOG) latest Galaxy Nexus smartphone, claiming that it infringes on Apple's "slide-to-unlock" technology.
After the bans and licensing on the Galaxy S-II in 2011, this year could be full of legal sparring and pose similar problems for Google's homegrown phone.
The market constantly misreads earnings from these companies, and you can profit as a result.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
There's something very humdrum about the predictability and reaction to earnings this time around. But we will still attempt to shoehorn everything through the eyes of the stocks, not the companies.
Here are some time-honored patterns:
The 'Dim Sum' market, which is open to Western investors, can provide exposure to China with lower levels of risk.
By Eric Dutram
Although the Chinese economy is apparently slowing down -- to a rate of 'just' 8.9% in the most recent release -- some investors remain relatively bullish.
These investors point to the country's massive reserves and still small consumer economy as two areas which, if unlocked, should help the country avoid a hard landing in the near term.
As the fast-food giant looks to expand internationally, its supply chain will become more difficult to manage.
In fact, the sound fundamentals of the company might have fueled unreal optimism and overheated the stock. Skeptics who thought the company would struggle during a recession were proved wrong as McDonald's and several other restaurant stocks, including Yum! Brands (YUM), Starbucks (SBUX) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), all significantly outperformed the broader indices.
Once out of favor, homebuilder stocks have been on a torrid run. But seasonal weakness and extreme bullishness are likely to produce a correction.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
In the first few weeks of 2012, there have been a large number of articles and headlines discussing homebuilding stocks. The positive news on housing so far in 2012 has turned even more analysts and investors bullish on this sector. Does that mean you should be buying now?
Clearly, sector selection was the key in 2011, and it should also be a key factor in your stock choices for 2012. From a technical standpoint, the homebuilders have had an impressive run since their volume surge in mid-October.
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