Stocks plunged Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said a stronger economy may allow the Fed to end its bond buying program later this year.
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With attendance and TV ratings down, Nascar looks for ways to bring back fans.
While attendance is down at most sporting events, Nascar has suffered more than other sports leagues, The New York Times reports. Even its television ratings are down, which has also killed lucrative sponsorships.
The Times asks a question the entire sport is likely grappling with: Will Nascar ever return to its cash-fueled glory days, when it could paper entire racetracks with $100 bills?
Luxury retailer Coach plans to open 30 new locations in China in the next year.
Growth in North America is back, the company announced in a fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report released before the New York Stock Exchange opened Tuesday.
The companies push for Net neutrality. Unless, of course, they happen to own the network.
Together, they have come up with a legislative framework proposal for lawmakers to consider. And it's all very open, saying that Internet providers shouldn't discriminate and must let users access whatever they want online, so long as it's legal.
But there's a big exception laid out for wireless companies. Not that surprising, considering Verizon is the biggest wireless player in the country.
AT&T and Bank of America round out the top three charitable donators of 2009.
If your charity is looking for a large lump of cash, think about asking companies like Wal-Mart (WMT), AT&T (T) or Bank of America (BAC). In its yearly report, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported the most generous companies of 2009, and those three headline the list.
Wal-Mart took the top spot, having donated more than $288 million in cash last year. AT&T and Bank of America were not far behind with $240 million and $209 million donated, respectively. Wells Fargo (WFC) and ExxonMobil (XOM) rounded out the top five.
While these companies certainly dished out the dough, it is worth noting that most of these giants donated much less than they had in previous years.
One of the greatest brands on the Internet is ready to sell its shares as a stand-alone company.
Skype, the Internet calling and video chat outfit once wholly owned by eBay (EBAY), filed plans for a public offering this morning.
The interesting part of the Skype IPO is that the amount listed was only up to $100 million and no ticker was pre-designated by Nasdaq. That is, of course, just for filing purposes and is likely to change before the formal IPO.
In November, eBay sold off roughly a 70% stake in the company in a private equity deal. At that time, Skype was valued at roughly $2.75 billion. EBay received roughly $1.9 billion in cash in the sale, but it also retained roughly that 30% stake. It also received a $125 million note from the buyers, and it also purchased $50 million in senior debt securities.
The $100 million is still just a tiny amount of capital for a $2.75 billion valuation from November.
Exchange-traded funds in the agricultural and networking sectors are poised to make gains this week.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Look for the networking and agriculture sectors to move higher this week – and to take a few exchange-traded funds along with them. Gold and retail, on the other hand, may see losses. Here are five ETFs investors should keep an eye on this week.
This fund has nearly 9% of assets in Cisco (CSCO), which reports this week. Analyst expectations are consistent, with high and low estimates at 43 cents and 40 cents a share, respectively. Additionally, Cisco beat earnings by at least 2 cents in each of the previous four quarters.
In the past month, IGN has seen strength from networking holdings such as Juniper (JNPR), as well as companies involved in the smartphone industry.
Instead of judging Hewlett-Packard's stock by the value of its outgoing CEO, look at the strength of the company itself.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
How much is Mark Hurd worth? I know that's the question people will use to determine what they will pay for HPQ.
I think that's the wrong question. The right question is how much is HPQ worth, and for that it's pretty simple: It's worth more than one times its growth rate, where it stands if Friday's closing price were to hold.
I can't say Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), the stock, has been on a roll. It's been afflicted with the same atrocious action that almost all techs, with the exception of NetApp (NTAP), F5 Networks (FFIV), VMware (VMW) and Salesforce.com (CRM), have been victimized by. I can't even include Apple (AAPL) right now in the "up" stock quotient, because it's been stalled, although I think it's about to break out.
The market is up but having a hard time gaining against the poor news about job losses and a weak economy
Value Line Index -- Contains 1700 stocks so I think it is more representative of the market than the narrow S&P 500 or very narrow Dow 30 -- Trending up but not very strong
- Index up .99% for the week but up 10.95% for the last 20 sessions
- 20% Barchart short term buy signal
- 8% Barchart overall buy signal with 5 of 13 indicators a buy including the Trend Spotter (tm)
- 14 day Relative Strength Index -- 56.00% -- above 50% is good
Barchart Market Momentum -- Contains approximately 6000 stocks -- Percentage of stocks that closed above their Daily Moving Averages for various time frames -- Strong but last week was stronger
My Martin Zweig-inspired strategy has found growth when growth has been scarce. Here's how it works.
Over the past two years, the stock market has been driven largely by macroeconomic factors. That's not surprising, given just how powerful the economic winds have been. In late 2008 and early 2009, we experienced one of the worst financial crises in the country's history as the credit and housing bubbles burst. Then, the U.S. and other governments around the world sent an unprecedented wave of stimulus around the globe, helping to stabilize and jumpstart the stalled economy. Given the extreme emotions such major economic events cause, it's easy to see why hordes of investors have moved in near-lock-step in and out of the market.
Today, there are still big macroeconomic factors in play -- the skyrocketing levels of debt at the federal and state levels is a good example. But as we move further from the epicenter of the crisis, it seems likely that we'll start to see less correlation among stocks. As is usually the case in the markets, earnings results will separate the winners from the losers. And, with many fearing a period of slower-than-usual growth, firms producing strong earnings growth figure to be particularly prized by investors.
If you're looking for companies likely to generate strong growth, you'd be wise to consider the writings of Martin Zweig. Zweig's stock recommendation newsletter was ranked number one based on risk-adjusted returns by Hulbert Financial Digest during the 15 years Hulbert monitored it, and the growth-rich strategy Zweig laid out in his Winning on Wall Street forms the basis for one of my more successful "Guru Strategy" computer models. In the seven-plus years I've been tracking it, a 10-stock portfolio picked with this strategy has gained 55.0%, or 6.4% per year. Over the same period, the S&P 500 has gained just 12.5%, or 1.7% per year.
It's not allowed to, according to a secret sanction by the government, says one report.
Shareholders would love to see the dividend returned to some level of normal, but that's not going to happen anytime soon, thanks to the tight government leash on the bank.
A "secret U.S. sanction" imposed on the bank by regulators has banned any increase of the dividend, The Wall Street Journal reports. Bank of America is trying to get that sanction lifted, and is negotiating with the Fed and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Despite a weak jobs report, evidence suggests the recovery will continue.
Stocks are lower today in reaction to the disappointing July employment report. Payrolls fell 131,000 for the month, building on June's loss of 221,000 jobs. Much of the recent weakness has been due to the government cutting Census workers.
But Philippa Dunne of the Liscio Report notes that there were still a few positive signs. Mainly, private employment gained 71,000, with half of that coming from manufacturing. In fact, manufacturing has added jobs every month so far this year -- a seventh-month streak that hasn't been seen since 1998.
And that's not the only good news. The team at the ISI Group in New York compiled the following list of positive data points we've seen over the past week.
The bank will soon start to generate significant free cash flow. What to do with it?
Wait! A bank with too much capital?
UBS forecast that the bank's Tier One capital ratio hit 10% by the middle of 2010 after it successfully used a rights offering to raise capital. That ratio could well hit 13% by 2013.
That certainly removes any need to raise capital.
Between New York's drilling ban and the Senate's all but giving up on an energy bill, it's been a bad week for drillers and shares.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
For natural gas, this is the year of living sadly. In the past couple of days, we saw a drilling ban in New York, where the out-of-work, underfed Southern Tier has a ton of the stuff; a terrible article in The New York Times about why we can't switch to all-natural-gas electricity in the U.S. because it is too expensive; and hope for an energy bill fade as Harry Reid all but gave up on the issue in the Senate.
In the meantime, we have seen natural-gas futures get stuck below $5 -- convincingly so -- during the greatest heat wave in years.
None of this is good. I can't sugar-coat it. Sure, the premise of the Times article was fanciful -- nobody is advocating a total dismantling of the huge coal-based utility infrastructure, just a shutdown/phase-out of the oldest, worst coal plants, which can be replaced with natural gas. That's what Canada is doing. If we had a president who cared about something other than clean coal -- talk about fanciful -- it would be happening right now.
The coffee chain is testing reaction to a new line of 'Refreshers' drinks.
Starbucks (SBUX) has figured out a way to sneak coffee into fruity summer drinks, and will soon begin testing them in its San Diego stores.
The drinks, which are being called "Refreshers," will be made of fruit. But their secret ingredient is a powdered extract made from unroasted green coffee beans.
The beans won't taste like coffee. The company is calling them "flavor neutral," in fact. They are designed to give the drinks a little bit of a caffeine jolt -- less than you'd find in regular coffee.
A list of some of the more outrageous costs airlines try to extract from customers.
This is so preposterous it's kinda funny. Airline fees are so out of control that one airline is now offering to reduce them -- for a fee.
The "boarding and flexibility package" by American Airlines (AMR) promises not to charge you to get on standby. And it will take $75 off the regular $150 fee if you need to change your flight. All for an additional fee of $9 to $19, The New York Times reported.
Got that straight? The fee frenzy doesn't stop there. Susan Stellin of the Times lists some of the most outrageous airline gouges:
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[BRIEFING.COM] Equities ended on their lows with the S&P 500 down 1.4%.
The S&P entered today's session with a week-to-date gain of 1.5% as investors expected reassuring words from today's Federal Open Market Committee Statement.
Stocks traded with slim losses until this afternoon's FOMC Statement and subsequent comments from Chairman Bernanke sent equities and Treasuries to their lows while also providing a significant boost to the dollar.
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