New legislation is allowing foreign companies to finally invest in the country's vast oil reserves.
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The timing of the Costa Concordia disaster could not be worse, as many cruises are booked at this time of year.
As Bloomberg News notes, about one-third of all cruise vacations are booked between January and March. Moreover, Europe accounts for about 38% of the revenue of Carnival, the corporate parent of Costa Concordia.
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Pioneer Natural Resources shifts away from natural gas as a new oil boom takes hold.
The maker of USB drives and flash memory cards will derive more of its value from them in the future.
According to a report from the research firm IDC, solid-state-storage industry revenue reached $5 billion in 2011, a 105% increase from the $2.4 billion in 2010, and it's expected to expand further in 2012 and beyond. The report estimates worldwide SSD shipments will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 51.5% from 2010 to 2015. SanDisk competes primarily with Samsung and Toshiba in the SSD market.
However, changes in Chinese policy will likely increase capital expenditure and hurt the automaker's margins in the medium to long term.
In comparison, Ford's (F) China sales totaled 519,390 units, about one-fifth of GM's total. GM's China sales also outpaced those of Honda (HMC) and Toyota (TM), as the Japanese automakers were hobbled by the March earthquake in Japan and floods in Thailand.
A Pennsylvania company has surpassed Boston Beer to become No. 1, though it still has only 1.2% of the US market.
Anheuser-Busch, the maker of the No. 1 beer Bud Light? Nope. That's a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which is based in Belgium.
How about MillerCoors, which makes No. 2 beer Coors Light? Nope. MillerCoors is a joint venture of London's SABMiller (SBMRY) and Molson Coors (TAP), which operates out of Montreal and Denver.
Stable attach rates and expected growth in IT spending should favor the chip designer.
The launch of accelerated processor units (APU) by Intel (INTC) and AMD (AMD) further weighed on Nvidia's stock as investors worried that this would affect Nvidia's business in graphics processing units (GPU).
This high-yielding oil and gas royalty trust is still a buy after its recent run-up.
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As a royalty trust, SandRidge Mississippian Trust (SDT) owns a stake in dozens of wells run by its parent company SandRidge Energy (SD).
When you see all-too-rare sell calls, you'd better duck and cover.
By Jeff Reeves
Wall Street is a rigged game. And if you're an individual investor with just a few thousand dollars at play, the quicker you learn this, the better off you'll be.
Right now, we're in the middle of earnings season, one of the biggest pieces of Wall Street theater, and lots of folks will be crowing about "beating expectations." But consider that most stocks in the S&P 500 index have beaten the Street every year since the third quarter of 1998. Particularly galling was that in Q3 of 2009, right after the market bottomed, nearly 80% of companies in the S&P topped forecasts.
The drugmaker is creating a buzz because of its recently approved blood cancer treatment and its potential as a buyout candidate..
Even as a relatively young drugmaker, Incyte (INCY) is already creating buzz because of its recently approved blood cancer treatment -- and its potential as a takeover target. The stock has been in an uptrend of late, climbing to $16.87 a share on Jan. 13, 2011, from $11.80 on Nov. 25. Some analysts see the stock driving up to as high as $25 over the next 12 months. The stock hit a 52-week high of $21 last year.
Much of the stock's recent strength has been due to the Food and Drug Administration's approval on Nov. 16, 2011, of Incyte's chief product, Jakafi, a drug for the treatment of high-risk myelofibrosis, a life-threatening type of blood cancer. Incyte is partnering with Novartis (NVS) for the marketing of the drug outside the U.S. starting later this year.
Every high-flying market is bound to find patches of rough air, and the charts show a potential decline is in store. However, several plays should defy these trends.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Even disappointing retail sales numbers and a pickup in unemployment claims couldn't stop the market from closing higher last Thursday.
However, market internals indicated that the market was struggling to move higher. Each day it seemed a bit weaker, until the sellers stepped in on Friday -- the potential of an S&P downgrade of France’s debt rating was the good reason to sell they were waiting for.
Data released Thursday may be a worrying sign for those monitoring macro trends, but it would be foolish for investors to view all retail stocks through the same prism.
December may have been a less-than-jolly month for retail sales, but that doesn’t mean that investors should demand discount valuations from all retail stocks in the same way that they insist on bargains at the mall.
Yes, the retail sales figures released Thursday disappointed economists and investors, especially those hoping for another "pop" like the ones from September and October (up 0.7% and 0.5%, respectively.) Alas: Despite the annual holiday shopping frenzy, overall retail sales edged up a mere 0.1% over November levels (or 0.2%, leaving out sales of automobiles), the slowest rate reported since May, as economists and analysts were quick to point out. That compares to economists’ forecasts of a 0.3% advance.
The world's biggest payment network benefits mightily from the rise of a global cashless economy.
By Nicholas Vardy, Alpha Investor
A business with steady and rich cash-flow that benefits from an expanding global sector, Visa (V) is one of my favorite long-term ideas.
The final act of the eurozone debt crisis will force the United States down a painful path.
On Friday the 13th, the eurozone's existential nightmare plunged to new depths: Credit analysts at Standard & Poor's who cut America's AAA rating in August made good on their threats and cut France's AAA rating by one notch. They also handed two notch downgrades to Italy and Spain, according to widespread media reports.
This was done in response to a disappointing European Union summit back on Dec. 9 where, instead of addressing the structural issues at the heart of the crisis there -- namely, inadequate banking regulation and lack of true fiscal union -- or measures that could stem the crisis, the focus was on stricter budget discipline and austerity measures. That's the same mistake we made in 1937. And that same mistake was why the Great Depression lasted so long.
The team at S&P wasn't impressed and took action as Europe plunges headlong into a new recession. This, combined with the collapsing Greek bailout, has markets reeling and Wall Street analysts cutting their economic growth estimates. It couldn't come at a worse time.
Shares of the company have fallen amid concerns about the Chevy Volt. But those worries were overblown.
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[BRIEFING.COM] The major averages punctuated a solid week with a subdued Friday session. The S&P 500 shed 0.2% to narrow its weekly gain to 1.7%, while the Nasdaq Composite (+0.1%) displayed relative strength. The tech-heavy index finished the week in line with the benchmark average.
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