If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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It's hard not to be frustrated by volatility, but certain sectors could still be excellent buys.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
After the prior week’s 7.3% gain in the S&P 500, last week was bound to be a disappointment. Nevertheless, the relatively flat performance was pretty good and certainly better than I expected.
Trading kept up with the recent level of volatility. The week’s early rally was met with heavy selling Thursday as the positive impact of the widely expected ECB rate cut was dampened by comments that sent the yields on the Italian bonds sharply higher. The short-term technical action as of Tuesday’s close warned of a correction.
The billionaire investor tells '60 Minutes' his farmer son may one day oversee operations.
Warren Buffett says he would like his farmer son Howard Buffett to act as an unpaid nonexecutive guardian of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) after Buffett dies, according to a release of an interview that the legendary investor conducted with CBS News' "60 Minutes" that was to be shown in its entirety Sunday.
Howard Buffett, who is a corn and soybean farmer and does not hold a college degree, is the right choice to oversee Berkshire Hathaway because he understands the value of companies, his father said. Currently, Berkshire has a market cap near $200 billion and earned nearly $13 billion in 2010 profits.
Shale gas added $76 billion to the country's economy last year and has the potential to add close to $230 billion by 2036, predicts IHS Global Insights.
Although Chesapeake is looking to reduce its natural gas position in favor of the more profitable oil drilling, several reports suggest there is huge potential for the country to reduce its energy deficit and unemployment rate through more shale gas drilling.
Just four dividend-paying stocks and time can help today's college graduate retire as a millionaire.
My nephew Sam -- fresh out of college -- would rather chase the latest big momentum stock than actually work to build true wealth over time.
But despite his rookie mistakes, he does have the most valuable investment asset of them all. It's called time. Here's a look at four solid dividend-paying stocks and a long-term strategy that could make him rich.
And the best part is he doesn't need to be a star trader or market timer to get there. All Sam needs to do is use what Albert Einstein once called "the most powerful force on earth."
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.
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