The Dow has run up to -- and been turned away from -- 16,000 twice before.
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The company's classic razor-and-razorblades business model, attractive stock price and tasty product make it a compelling story.
This billion-dollar company offers a solution to a lot of problems. One, the cost of soda. Two, the freshness of soda -- nothing like fizz fresh from the can, the way I used to like it when I had seltzer delivered. And three, the environmental problems of cans and bottles. As much as we would like to think that we are a recycling nation, we are not even close to being so, and I don't think we will get there anytime soon.
For all of that, you get an $80 machine, two cylinders of CO2 for $15 and a bunch of flavors ranging from $4 to $8 that make dozens of bottles of fresh soda.
But does it taste good? I am going head to head with Herb Greenberg, my old friend, former colleague and current colleague at CNBC, to address this lingering issue. To me, the stuff tastes great. To my kids, who are of the new age of total environmental enforcement, the taste is great, and even better, the cans and bottles are a thing of the past.
After telling clients last month to sell commodities, Goldman Sachs reverses course in May, citing economic growth.
The singer takes a significant stake in a company that's running low on cash.
The floppy-haired singing sensation has agreed to act as a spokesman for DriveSafe software from Options Media Group Holdings (OPMG), the company announced. Bieber will endorse DriveSafe online and in person, and the company is planning a Bieber-focused product launch on June 6.
Options Media Group markets an app that blocks a car driver from texting, Web surfing and making outgoing calls while driving. "It is tragic that almost on a daily basis there are reports of deaths and severe injuries caused by drivers who are texting and driving," Bieber said in a press release.
Sounds OK, right? As it turns out, Bieber is associating himself with -- and becoming part owner of -- a company in financial trouble. As part of the deal, Bieber gets warrants to purchase 121 million shares of common stock at a penny per share, or a total of 16.4% of the company, which can be exercised over three years. Bieber also gets royalties on DriveSafe sales.
In a time of international uncertainty, the iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund stands out with its exposure to natural resources and strong banks.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
After weeks of residing in the background, Europe's debt crisis has once again taken center stage. As the futures of vulnerable European nations like Greece, Italy and Ireland are being called into question, investor ire has risen and concerns have begun to mount regarding the long-term stability of the current global economic recovery.
The international investing realm has become tricky to navigate as trials such as the one currently facing Europe cast a shadow over nations outside the U.S. borders. With an open eye, however, it is possible for ETF investors to target foreign nations that could hold promise in the weeks and months ahead.
Canada is one example of a developed market nation that could prove stable down the road. Due to its heavy exposure to oil sands and other natural resources, I have often turned to our northern neighbor as an attractive international destination for commodities-hungry investors.
Beyond its heavy exposure to commodities, however, Canada boasts other strengths as well.
Russian search firm Yandex could turn out to be the star of this week's IPOs, raising $1.3 billion on the heels of LinkedIn's debut.
By Debra Borchardt, TheStreet
Known as the RussianGoogle (GOOG), Yandex reportedly was able to price its stock sale at $25 per share, above a projected range of $20-$22 per share, allowing the Internet search company to raise $1.3 billion late Monday, according to The New York Times.
Yandex is often compared toBaidu.com (BIDU), and that would likely be fine for investors who are buying Yandex stock on its first day. Baidu shares, which are up more than 40% in 2011, went public in 2005 at $27 per share and closed Monday at $129.47.
Renewed debt problems in the Eurozone have shaken world markets this week, and if the crisis spreads to other nations, there are two in particular that look most vulnerable.
ValueAct's Jeff Ubben sees a good company at a good price.
By Michael Olsen, CFA
It's 8:15 on a glorious Southern California morning, and I'm waiting to hear Jeff Ubben, managing director and founder of ValueAct, speak.
ValueAct is one of my favorite activist investors. They've built a reputation as gentlemen activists, but their annual returns precede them, 13.5% since inception. Ubben fits the profile: He's well-coiffed and articulate, sprinkles his opening remarks with well-read mentions, and shows a tendency toward polite contrarianism.
He moved from New York to San Francisco to get away from Wall Street. Where value constructionists favor valuation over business quality, he's rigorously focused on good businesses at good prices. He references his friendship with Jonah Lehrer, avid commentator on neuroscience and behavioral economics, and likens ValueAct's vetting process to flight school.
His investment idea, the product of a recent company split, doesn't disappoint.
With shares down double digits this year, the stock is a bust, not a bargain.
By Jon Markman, InvestorPlace.com
Google Inc. (GOOG) is down about 13% since the start of the year, and some investors may be eyeing this as a buying opportunity to get into one of the hottest companies out there, but I don’t think Google stock is hot at all.
GOOG creates a lot of buzz for itself, but as far as making money for shareholders -- which is the job of a company - it has failed recently. What’s worse, it hasn't been investing very well in its future.
Commodities aren't moving based on supply and demand. They're moving on trader and political demand.
Which comes first, the chicken or the dollar? That's what I am trying to figure out about the Goldman Sachs (GS) call this morning that talks about actual commodity demand and not just some sort of dollar-commodity trade.
Goldman's call is that there is innate demand here and commodities should stop going down, that commodities are needed by actual users, not traders.
That's enough to get things going, at least this morning. But it prompts a question: When people see commodities higher, do they then sell the dollar because commodities are supposed to be up only because the dollar's down?
Yeah, it has become that stupid.
It's great if you want to offer Lady Gaga's newest album for 99 cents. Just make sure people can play it.
The downloads aren't coming through, users report. People quickly made the purchase, but then found that all 14 tracks weren't there. Even now, several hours later after my purchase, I'm only able to play one song from the list.
Amazon admitted that it is "experiencing high volume" and that the downloads are delayed. "If you order today, you will get the full @ladygaga album for $.99," the company said on Twitter. "Thanks for your patience."
Well, users are having none of it.
Big events in Italy and Spain adds to investor worries about the euro crisis.
The company has repeatedly tried to light a fire with consumers, but with no real success. Will a new laptop change that?
The company is releasing a $999 laptop this week that looks an awful lot like another attempt to take down the MacBook Air. And with the new device, Dell is hoping one more time that it can finally make inroads with shoppers who have repeatedly rebuffed and ignored it.
Dell has missed the mark in just about every consumer-electronics category: smartphones, tablets, digital music players and sharp-looking laptops. It can't out-Apple Apple, and so now it's trying a different strategy: Going after the "prosumer."
By the way, which is a better buy, Dell or Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)? Jim Cramer makes the call in the following video. Post continues after video:
The hottest IPO in recent history falls more than 7% as investors reconsider the stock. With video.
And Monday, the market seemed to agree that LinkedIn is too expensive. Shares of the social-networking stock fell more than 7% in midday trading to $86.29. That's still way ahead of the stock's $45-a-share IPO price, but it's a steep drop from the $122.69 peak it hit Thursday when investors were at their frothiest.
Now brokers are telling their clients to short LinkedIn, The Wall Street Journal reports. "Even if you think it's a great business model, the feeling is that the valuation is way beyond what even the most bullish guys were hoping for," one brokerage trading expert told the newspaper.
Watch Jim Cramer's take on LinkedIn. Post continues after video:
Investors scramble as economic concerns mount and selling pressure builds.
The correction I've been warning about entered a new, more dangerous phase Monday as reality began to set in among even the most ardent bulls. With just five weeks left in the Fed's $600 billion QE2 initiative, seen by many as a panacea for all the world's ailments, investors are beginning to worry. And they're beginning to sell.
As a result, the sell-off that was relegated to commodities, energy stocks and foreign shares has started to pull the major U.S. averages through major technical support levels and down out of multi-month trading ranges. Even defensive stocks in areas like health care and consumer staples, which have been market leaders recently as savvy traders looked for protection, are plunging along with the overall market.
There are many catalysts. For one, there is no doubt that the eurozone debt contagion is mutating into something so virulent that it now threatens not only Greece and Ireland but also Spain, Italy and Belgium. Japan, the world's third-largest economy, has plunged back into recession. And here at home, the economy is stalling badly just as rising inflation and unsustainable debt levels force the Federal Reserve and Washington to back off on stimulus measures.
Here's a look at the situation, along with two new trade recommendations discovered with the help of Fidelity's ETF screener.
Conditions are shaping up that could spur a renewed rally in precious metals, and traders should be alert for buying opportunities.
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[BRIEFING.COM] At midday, the major averages hover near their lows with the Russell 2000 (-1.5%) pacing the retreat once again. Including today's loss, the small-cap index is lower by 3.5% so far in December. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 sports a loss of 0.8%, which extends its December decline to 1.0%.
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