New legislation is allowing foreign companies to finally invest in the country's vast oil reserves.
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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.
Will the athletic retailer beat year-over-year expectations?
Global athletic apparel retailer Nike (NKE) continued strong operational momentum in its fiscal second quarter, reporting profit of $469 million, or $1 per share, up from $457 million, or 94 cents a share, in last year's second quarter.
The results beat Wall Street analyst estimates of 97 cents a share. The company cited strong consumer demand, expense leverage and a lower average share count in driving the strong results.
High-end products are still selling well despite economic uncertainty.
CNBC reports luxury goods targeted to wealthy shoppers are selling briskly. The percentage of the population that apparently has shrugged off any recession is buying enough Christian Louboutins for all of us. The average transaction amount, by the way, at Christian Louboutin's Dallas store is just over $1,108.
Researchers at the company see a day when passwords are irrelevant and devices read your mind.
Those are the latest guesses from the brains at IBM (IBM). Researchers there make annual predictions for what technology will be like in five years. Most of those predictions have something to do with IBM's products, of course, but the list is still interesting.
Here's what IBM sees for 2016:
As the movie rental company rebuilds its image, keeping prices stable will be critical.
We estimate that about 60% of Netflix's value is going to come from its domestic streaming business and about 25% from international streaming. The US DVD business accounts for the remaining 15% of our total price estimate for Netflix.
Our estimates assume that although competition from companies such as Amazon (AMZN) and Blockbuster under Dish Network (DISH) will increase and that new competitors might emerge, Netflix will be able to leverage its lead, repair its brand and continue to gain new subscribers.
Major drugmakers are jumping into the potentially lucrative business of treating canine influenza.
Many dog owners aren't aware of the dog flu. Experts say it's a relatively new phenomenon. But after apparently spreading from horses in 2004, dog flu has popped up in 38 states, according to Merck (MRK). Dog flu does not transmit to people.
The region is seen as one of the last remaining frontiers for large oil finds.
Kurdistan is believed to hold around 40 billion barrels of oil, and the Kurdish Regional Government's (KRG) willingness to negotiate lucrative production-sharing contracts is attracting large companies to start exploration there. Competing oil giant Chevron (CVX) is also rumored to be in negotiations with the KRG to begin operations in the future.
Despite doubling in recent years, shares are a bargain by many metrics.
Apple (AAPL) stock is cheap from nearly every angle. At 13.5 times trailing earnings, Apple hasn’t been this inexpensive in at least a decade.
The shares are trading 48% below their five-year average price-to-earnings ratio. Shares also trade below ﬁve-year averages for price to sales (17% discount), enterprise ratio (34% discount), price to operating cash ﬂow (62% discount), and price to book value (29% discount).
BofA technical analyst doesn't put much hope in a Santa Claus rally.
Mary Ann Bartels, head of technical analysis at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, warned investors Monday that the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell below its 50-day moving average last week and is now about to start testing the lows last seen in October, around 1,074 to 1,100.
Bertels gives even odds that those levels might not hold either, and that the S&P 500 might fall further, potentially dipping as low as 935 to 985. The index lost 1.2% on Monday to close at 1,205.35, but Bartels' forecast lows would mean a drop of another 22.5%.
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