5 reasons the market is seeing red
5 reasons the market is seeing red

Geopolitical crises are taking a toll on stocks as we head into the seasonally weak month of August.

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A sharp correction could hit these red-hot stocks soon. Investors who wait to buy should be rewarded.

By MoneyShow.com Jan 11, 2012 2:39PM
Image: Bank Vault (© Corbis/Corbis)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


All of a sudden, regional bank stocks seem to be the flavor of the week, which is not surprising considering they have done so well since the October lows. Though the chart formations suggest that they can move even higher in 2012, now may not be the time to buy.


Most regional banks have a level of strong resistance not far above current levels, which is likely to cause a sharp setback for late buyers. As I have discussed frequently, a poor entry level is the root cause of many losing trades.

 

The stock has usually traded on subscriber growth and we expect international expansion to generate positive news flow this year.

By Trefis Jan 11, 2012 2:07PM
Image: Hollywood (© Comstock/SuperStock)Netflix's (NFLX) stock took a pleasant turn and gained about 22% in the first trading week of 2012. Investors responded to some positive news items, even though more competition has emerged and a Needham & Co. analyst cut his estimates for 2012.

Netflix primarily competes with streaming services such as those by Amazon Amazon (AMZN) and Dish Network's (DISH) Blockbuster, as well as DVD rental companies such as Redbox. 

Stricter lending requirements have led to a marked improvement in the bank's credit quality.

By Trefis Jan 11, 2012 2:01PM

We have revisited our analysis of Capital One (COF) in light of economic conditions and the company's performance. Capital One is the fifth largest bank in the U.S. and competes with American Express (AXP), Discover Financial (DFS), Bank of America (BAC) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM).


In October, Capital One reported a strong third quarter net income of $865 million, which was up 5.7% from the same period in the prior year, but down 8.5% from the prior quarter (we've excluded income from discontinued operations in our analysis). Our updated price estimate for Capital One of $48 is about 5% ahead of the current market price.

 
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They may look cheap, but don’t let that fool you.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Jan 11, 2012 1:49PM

By Sean Williams

 

Well, here we are yet again, folks. With Alcoa reporting quarterly results earlier this week, earnings season is officially upon us, which can mean only one thing: Volatility is about to rear its ugly face once again.

 

I took some time last week to scour the tech sector in the hopes of finding some potential winners and losers for the first-quarter of 2012. What I found was a disturbing number of potential losers. So without further ado, I give you three tech names that I'm not going near this earnings season.

 
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Investors earning next to nothing in cash have many choices when looking for better returns.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 11, 2012 1:03PM

Image: Stock market (© Zurbar/age fotostock)This post is one in a series in which more than 50 newsletter advisers share their Top Picks for 2012.

 By Jack Bowers, Fidelity Monitor

What are the best income funds for 2012? Following are the Fidelity funds we think are well-positioned for the year, listed in increasing order of risk.

 

General Motors is upgraded to 'overweight.'

By MSN Money Partner Jan 11, 2012 12:39PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • General Motors (GM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
  • Accenture (ACN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
  • DirectTV (DTV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
  • Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
 

Trying to find a stock I like simply because the S&P 500 is breaking out just isn’t my style.

By Jim Cramer Jan 11, 2012 12:33PM

By Jim Cramer

 

The S&P 500 ($INX) has hit the levels that everyone can call breakout at the exact same time that I am struggling to find stocks to buy.

 

I know that sounds counterintuitive, but here's the deal. In an ETF-dominated world, the technicians rule. If the fundamentals mattered, you wouldn't want to own the ETF, you would want to own the best of breed in the sector. But if the technicals are in charge, you just wait to see that breakout and you plow in.

 

As production ramps up in Mexico, this miner offers investors an opportunity to profit from rising silver prices.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 11, 2012 11:26AM
Image: Jewelry store (© Baerbel Schmidt/Getty Images/Getty Images)This post is one in a series in which over 50 newsletter advisors share their Top Picks for 2012.

By Tyler Laundon, Small Cap Investor

The Fed's move in early December to essentially backstop the entire global financial system by becoming the lender of last resort is bullish for precious metals over the long term. My favorite way to play this trend is to purchase emerging gold and silver producers. Accordingly, my favorite stock for 2012 is Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM). 
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The second rescue since 2004 will be tough to pull off.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 11, 2012 10:52AM

Hostess Brands, the maker of Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Ding Dongs, filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time since 2004 in the face of mounting debt, skyrocketing prices for ingredients and the adoption of more healthful lifestyles.

The company, which has about $860 million in debt, sought protection from creditors after failing to reach an agreement with workers on pensions and benefits, according to Reuters. The company has arranged for $75 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from a group of its existing first-lien lenders, led by Silver Point Capital.  

 

The US presidential election, the growing euro crisis and higher consumer confidence will influence markets this year.

By The Fiscal Times Jan 11, 2012 10:16AM

Investing TrendsBy Anne Brennan, The Fiscal Times

Investors are looking ahead for 2012, but many will be hoping history repeats itself. They're placing bets not on a repeat of 2011 but on U.S. presidential history.

Since the end of WWII, the second half of a president's term and the period leading up to a presidential election have tended to coincide with economic growth and better business conditions.

 

The company is bulletproof and will be for a while. But be careful how you invest in it.

By InvestorPlace Jan 11, 2012 9:53AM

By James Brumley


If it sounds too good to be true, it is. That axiom seems to be especially true for stocks. Yet as much as I'd like to say Apple (AAPL) is too good to be true, it isn't.


Believe me. I looked for ways to find fault in Apple: flawed technology, unattainable expectations, weakening sales, anything. The company is bulletproof and will be for at least a couple of more years. That doesn't mean you should buy into Apple indiscriminately, though.

 

The division is coming off a year in which operating income dropped significantly.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 10, 2012 6:04PM
Image: Hollywood (© Comstock/SuperStock)Walt Disney’s (DIS) movie business didn't look like it was going to turn in a stunning 2011 before, but the well-publicized troubles of the studio's former marketing president MT Carney -- a Hollywood Reporter piece Monday quoted her departure e-mail -- is drawing new attention to just how bad the first half of 2012 could be for a business that accounts for 16% of the company’s revenue.

Credit Suisse forecasts revenue at the studio entertainment division to rise just 4% in fiscal 2012. That comes after a fiscal 2011 in which operating income dropped by 11%.
 

This ETF tracking smaller mining companies will follow precious metals higher as currencies lose purchasing power.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 10, 2012 5:13PM
Image: Gold Bars (© Stockbyte/SuperStock)This post is one in a series in which over 50 newsletter advisors share their Top Picks for 2012.

By Gene Arensberg, Got Gold Report

With the smaller, less liquid and more speculative junior miners and explorers having been "clocked" by a fearful market, we think making space in one's portfolio for the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) makes sense.   
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The biopharmaceutical company has a bright outlook for 2012.

By Zacks.com Jan 10, 2012 5:05PM

Image: Pills (© Sean Justice/Corbis)By: ‎Zacks Equity Research


Celgene Corp. (CELG) announced preliminary fourth-quarter earnings of $1.05 a share, excluding stock-based compensation and other items, beating its year-ago performance by 46%.


The biopharmaceutical company also posted some strong full-year numbers, with earnings (excluding stock-based compensation and other items) climbing 36% to $3.79 a share.

 

The new year may be tougher for the chip maker after a solid 2011.

By Trefis Jan 10, 2012 5:03PM
Intel (INTC) continued to report record quarterly results last year and the stock gained approximately 20% despite macro headwinds and some unfavorable PC market trends in developed countries. The chip giant did not let rival AMD (AMD) gain ground, and invested further in the development of more competitive chips for the mobile market, which is currently dominated by Qualcomm (QCOM).

Our price estimate for Intel stands at $29, implying a premium of about 15% to the market price.

 

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[BRIEFING.COM] The S&P 500 (-0.7%) has slid to a new session low with dip-buyers showing reluctance to step in amid broad weakness that has only spared two countercyclical sectors-consumer staples (+0.8%) and utilities (+0.3%).

Meanwhile, all six cyclical groups hover in the red with top-weighted technology (-0.8%), financials (-1.2%), and energy (-1.3%) exerting significant pressure. The industrial sector (-0.7%) trades not far behind the broader market, but that has masked the ... More


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