The company, which reports its quarterly earnings Tuesday, has once again become an investor favorite.
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Developments in key bond ETFs could shift the outlook for the stock market in the weeks ahead.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The bond bull market of 2011 is likely to be remembered for many years. Who would have expected the sale of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 100-year bonds to be oversubscribed?
The summer spike highs did suggest a top was being formed, but after an initial round of selling, bonds have held up quite well. The technicals for the longer-term instruments can be interpreted as continuation patterns that would be resolved by another push higher in prices and a corresponding push lower in yields.
There may be a new player in premium TV with a DVD rental partner, but it's still no big deal.
By Rick Aristotle Munarriz
Building on the Reuters story about Verizon (VZ) rolling out stand-alone video streaming next year, TechCrunch is now reporting that Verizon's service will roll out in cahoots with Coinstar's (CSTR) Redbox.
The alliance makes sense. Redbox promised investors a digital distribution strategy that failed to materialize last year, and it was always assumed that the cheap DVD rental kiosk operator wouldn't go in alone.
One analyst firm says the retailer's operating performance continues to deteriorate.
The move comes as other analysts expect Sears, which also owns the struggling Kmart chain, to move from annual profits to losses. The company lost $421 million in the quarter ended Oct. 29 and is expected to report a loss for the full fiscal year.
One analyst says the company is losing share opportunities to Apple and Google's Android platform.
Citigroup analyst Jim Suva lists 10 reasons the company could get even worse. Suva, who understandably has a "sell" rating on the stock, says he thinks RIM will probably start to guide more conservatively after missing expectations for the past few quarters. In fact, he added, he wouldn't be surprised if the company stopped giving full-year guidance completely.
Despite recent good economic news, Toyota Motor and other companies continue to ratchet down expectations.
Toyota Motor (TM) slashed its earnings outlook this week, citing the disruption to production caused by the worst floods in Thailand in almost 70 years. The timing couldn't be worse for the Japanese company, which is fighting the surging popularity of Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors. In November, Toyota posted a 6.7% gain in deliveries, its first monthly sales increase since April. Meanwhile, Hyundai's sales gained 29%, surpassing analysts' estimates.
The actor's onboard kerfuffle has turned attention to the game company's 'Words With Friends.'
Baldwin was reportedly so into the Zynga game "Words With Friends" that he refused to turn it off as the plane prepared to leave. The actor took the phone into the lavatory, reports say, slamming the door so hard it alarmed the pilots in the cockpit.
Bernstein upgraded Yum! Brands to 'outperform,' while Citigroup initiated Sirius XM with a 'buy.'
Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
One analyst says there are no significant technical hurdles in the way of the tablet's release.
In a note to clients, Richard Gardner says several sources have told him of the February launch, reports Business Insider. The new iPad's screen is likely to be twice the resolution of the current iPad's.
By dividing the company, CEO Rosenfeld is hoping to allow each section to focus more closely on strategic priorities and allocates its resources appropriately.
Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft since 2006 and chairwoman since 2007, will head the new Global Snacks business. Tony Vernon, currently president of Kraft Foods, North America, will be CEO of the new North American Grocery Business. He will be joined by John Cahill from private equity firm Ripplewood Holdings as non-executive chairman.
A quick look at the Trefis breakdown for the company can help us determine the potential impact of this proposed split.
The 5-cent payout adds to Ford's attractiveness for investors.
Ford Motor (F) made headlines on Thursday by reinstating its dividend. The Detroit automaker had eliminated quarterly dividend payments about five years ago. But Ford will now pay 5 cents per share to stockholders of record as of Jan. 31, 2012, with the first payment to be made Mar. 1.
The move raises two questions. First, is the dividend all that great? Second, is does the quarterly payout make Ford stock a buy?
Exciting new products and rapid growth suggest a target of $655 within 3 years.
Apple (AAPL) has a unique ability to identify what customers want, produce easy-to-use products, and launch unique marketing campaigns to create demand.
The company’s revolutionary iPod digital music player, iTune online music store, and iPhone helped sales to increase 33% per year during the past ﬁve years, while earnings per share surged 70% per year during the same period.
Moody's has concluded that the bonds of some high-profile leveraged buyouts are too junky for most investors.
To some fund managers, they are known as the "Big Five:" The junk bonds that Clear Channel Communications, Harrah's Entertainment, Energy Future Holdings (the utility formerly known as TXU), Realogy, and Hawker Beechcraft originally issued in the midst of the leveraged buyout frenzy between 2006 and 2008.
All are trading at eye-popping yields that rise into the mid-teens. But to many investment managers, they are distinctive not because of the high yields, but because even as the default risk has ebbed for junk bonds as a whole, and the overall rate of defaults has fallen, the securities of the Big Five are still seen as perilous.
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Poorer countries like Italy and Spain need to know there's a backstop as they adopt austerity measures. And bond investors need reassurance.
Still reeling that the European Central Bank didn't do more. Reeling that they didn't understand that the sovereigns need help in return for the austerity they have to administer to their budgets.
Yes, these poorer countries like Italy and Spain have spent too much, have profligate welfare states and have let others pay for their errant ways, but if they are going to continue their belt-tightening austerity ways, they need to know there is a backstop. They need to know there is a rescue or else it isn't worth it and they will just risk going under.
Missed expectations at the discount retailer? No problem.
Costco (COST) is impervious to negativity. Although the discount retailer missed analysts' expectations, investors are taking the news in stride. Anybody who was waiting for a temporary plunge in the stock price in order to take a position will have to wait a little longer.
Fiscal first-quarter net income inched 2.6% higher to $320 million, or 73 cents per share, including charges related to settling an income tax audit related to its Mexican joint venture and a contribution to a coalition supporting the reform of alcoholic beverage laws in Washington state; combined, these charges dinged earnings by about 7 cents per share.
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[BRIEFING.COM] There hasn't been a shortage of headlines for market participants to digest today. Most of them have gone down pretty easy, too.
Geopolitical concerns have ebbed for the time being, earnings results continue to be mostly better than expected, and today's economic data revealed that inflation pressures remain in check while existing home sales rose for the third straight month and topped an annual pace of 5.00 mln for the first time since October 2013.
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