If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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Analyst sentiment has turned negative, but charts signal rally potential.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The market's technical outlook improved considerably after Tuesday's sharp gains. Still, there need to be further gains and positive market internals to firmly shift the evidence in the bull's favor. Stocks were generally lower in afternoon trading Wednesday.
Though individual investors and financial newsletter writers aren't giving any strong signals, the big brokerage houses and financial media seem to be getting more negative.
Customers are calling the shots in the business software market, demanding discounts that companies may not otherwise want to give.
The company said many of the deals it expected to close in the quarter did not, even after it added 1,700 salespeople in the first half of the year. Revenue at Oracle rose 2% to $8.8 billion, and new software license revenue -- a critical metric -- rose just 2% to $2 billion.
The world's largest chain of indoor water parks expects to end year with a splash.
By Zacks Equity Research
Great Wolf Resorts (WOLF) recently raised its revenue per available room (RevPAR) and adjusted EBITDA outlook for the upcoming fourth quarter as it believes the business is progressing impressively and above expectation.
The Madison, Wis., company expects adjusted EBITDA to exceed the higher end of its previous guidance range of $10.5 to $12.5 million and same-store RevPAR growth to be 8.5%, up from the earlier projections of 6 to 8%.
The fix appears to address some, but not all, user complaints.
Amazon has issued a free software update that "enhances fluidity and performance." The update is also supposed to improve the tablet's touchscreen after complaints that the screen was slow to respond.
The bank reduces risk and gets some breathing room from its leading critic.
The "he" in this case is Sean Egan of Egan-Jones Ratings, the bête noire of embattled investment bank Jefferies Group (JEF) and its CEO, Richard Handler. Egan on Tuesday held back from making further demands on Jefferies to bolster its balance sheet by raising new equity -- at least for the time being.
Users nationwide are seeing spotty 3G and 4G service just weeks after an earlier outage.
Investors are shrugging off the situation. Verizon shares were down only 26 cents -- less than 1% -- Wednesday morning to $38.95.
Growing demand and rising dividends make this miner a top pick for income investors.
Emerging markets are industrializing, increasing expenditure on energy and infrastructure projects, and creating a massive demand for industrial resources.
One of the most vital of these industrial resources is cheap, dirty, plentiful coal. While we're all fans of renewable energy, coal still remains a major part of energy generation, and it will remain so for many years into the future.
Oracle is downgraded to 'hold,' while GM and Ford are initiated with a 'buy.'
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Research in Motion (RIMM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ThinkEquity
- Hershey (HSY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
- Cobalt (CIE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
- Amphenol (APH) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital
- Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
Rail traffic is likely to benefit from surge in retail and online sales.
Elevated fuel prices and limited truck capacity have also altered the way goods are transported, benefiting railroads, which provide a sustainable solution to carrying goods at reasonable rates.
Geography, demographics and more will boost the Turkish mobile phone operator in 2012.
Before falling to the Turks in 1453, Constantinople was known as the Queen of Cities across Europe and the Middle East. No other city in the world could match its culture, sophistication and economy. The city sat at the intersection of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, the West and the East, Europe and Asia. It was the axis around which the known world spun.
Modern Istanbul lacks the economic clout of a New York, London or Hong Kong -- for now. But as it did in its former days of grandeur, Turkey finds itself at the center of several very powerful forces. That bodes well for stocks that call the nation home, including my top pick for the best stock of 2012, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS (TKC), a mobile phone operator more commonly known just as "Turkcell."
A sovereign-debt serpent that feeds on itself could actually solve the crisis.
They didn't need Eurobonds. They have the financial Ouroboros, that snake that eats its tail and devours its own waste and prospers in good health. Isn't that really what the European banks are doing?
It's a pseudo-elegant solution, a bank run in reverse. Italian banks, the most hobbled banks in the universe and devoid of funding for months and months, are able to buy sovereign bonds, no matter how toxic, no matter how many of them there are, as long as they are allowed to lock in the ECB's gift rates, the ultra-low three-year guaranteed funds that the entity is offering.
Securing an investment grade debt rating with a stable outlook reflects optimism about Aetna's future performance. Zacks rates Aetna short-term 'stron buy.'
By: Zacks Equity Research
Last week, rating agency A.M. Best Co. assigned ratings to Aetna's (AET) securities that were recently registered through the universal shelf registration process. The rating agency assigned a "bbb+" rating on the company’s senior unsecured debt, "bbb" on subordinated debt and "bbb-" on preferred stock with a stable outlook.
Shelf registration is a process authorized by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which allows a single registration document from a company for the issuance of multiple securities.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, U.A.E and Kuwait are all high-income economies, and some are growing faster than those of BRIC countries.
A disappointing domestic performance by Baskin-Robbins is also prompting the company to look eastward for growth. There are about 4,000 Baskin-Robbins outlets internationally and revenues from this segment grew more than 10% year over year last quarter. Dunkin Brands competes with McDonald's (MCD), Starbucks (SBUX), Krispy Kreme, Dairy Queen and Cold Stone Creamery to name a few.
The company has moved beyond its chemical past to become a diverse owner of high-growth businesses.
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