October is known for above-average volatility, though the reasons are unclear. Expect more of the same this time around.
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Apple was initiated with a 'buy,' while Nokia was upgraded to 'outperform.'
Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Barclays (BCS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
- Pacific Sunwear (PSUN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
- Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Credit Suisse
- Take-Two (TTWO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners
- Anadarko (APC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James
Low multiples and strong growth forecasts should lure buyers, but Amazon looks expensive.
Shares of Google are valued at a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.78, close to their lows for the past five years. The stock, which is up 11% over the past 52 weeks, has a slightly higher multiple than the S&P 500, which Reuters estimates at 19.31. Investors have got mixed signals lately about the stock.
But is the purveyor of in-home carbonated drinks going to keep growing -- or suffer the fate of fad stocks like Crocs?
By Jeff Reeves
After the Great Recession, consumers started focusing on brewing premium beverages at home to save a few bucks. One popular gadget aimed at that market is produced by SodaStream International (SODA), which provides in-home carbonation for fizzy treats and fancy alcoholic drinks.
SodaStream has been seeing big sales growth since it went public in 2010. Sales are set to jump 22% in fiscal 2011, and the company has blown away profit forecasts in each of the past four quarters.
A solid pipeline and possible buyout interest should buoy stock.
Pepsi and Boeing announce big cuts and take the air out of positive payroll news.
Wall Street received news Thursday of positive jobs numbers in a private-sector payroll report from ADP. Specifically, jobs increased 325,000 in December, led by the service sector and small businesses. Additionally, November's employment numbers were revised slightly higher.
But lest you think everything is coming up roses, keep in mind that many big corporations are still reluctant to hire. In fact, they continue to cut back based on some of the recent headlines.
The company's growth strategy involves driving Keurig single-cup brewer adoption in North America.
Under the Keurig brand name, it offers a variety of commercial and home-use brewers for the Away From Home (AFH) channel and for the At Home (AH) channel. It sells more than 200 varieties of K-Cup portion packs, including brands of coffee, tea, hot apple cider, iced teas, hot cocoa and other dairy beverages.
With new sanctions the West is imposing, here's how to stay ahead of the possible turmoil in the oil market.
By Aaron Levitt
The latest bellicose rhetoric coming out of Iran has the world's energy markets in a tizzy. Tensions between the West and Tehran about its nuclear program could be coming to a head with Iran's repeated threats to close the Persian Gulf's vital Strait of Hormuz. A series of economic sanctions have finally begun taking a toll on the OPEC member, and Iran has just completed several days of naval military drills in the Persian Gulf.
For energy investors, the potential for military conflict is increasing every day and could have far-reaching implications for your portfolio.
Network software provider benefits from the explosion of IP-enabled devices.
By David Covas, The Oberweis Report
BroadSoft (BSFT) makes software that enables telecommunications companies to deliver voice and multimedia services over internet-protocol (IP) networks.
The iconic American company -- once an industrial powerhouse -- just doesn't have the cash to continue operating.
If the sale falls through, bankruptcy is all but assured. Kodak already said it will run out of cash if it can't sell the patents or get enough loans.
The stock has plummeted 28% Wednesday to 47 cents. Kodak shares went from $20 in the late 1970s to a peak of around $90 in the mid-1990s.
The company's Enfamil formula has been cleared by regulators. What happens to the stock now?
Goldman Sachs thinks the fitness-wear company's revenue has room to grow.
Lululemon jumped more than 8% in afternoon trading Wednesday to top $51.
Goldman named the retailer to its Americas Conviction List, and analyst Michelle Tan placed a six-month price target of $64 on the stock.
Medical records company has strong vital signs.
The courts will decide the fate of ObamaCare, but the real winners in the health-care sector are actually the result of the stimulus bill, which provided funding for digital medical records.
International growth and recession-resistance make this stock look like a bargain after recent fall.
These one-time expenses mask strong revenue growth and a lack of bad news, suggesting that investors are exiting more because of broader market concerns than any fundamental failing in Dunkin' Donuts itself.
Tech's master of mystique will reportedly make a media-related announcement later this month. What might Big Fruit reveal?
By The Week
According to multiple (vague) reports, Apple (AAPL) will hold a "mystery" event in New York later this month to discuss something related to media. What might Apple announce? Here, five theories:
1. Digital textbooks for the iPad
"Steve Jobs' biographer Walter Isaacson has indicated several times that one of Jobs' last goals had been to revolutionize textbooks," says Eric Slivka at Mac Rumors. And Apple spent last month shooting a number of short interviews with executives in the textbook industry. Yep, sources also say that "this event will focus on iTunes University and Apple in education," says Clayton Morris at his blog. And it's not being held in Silicon Valley, but New York -- the center of publishing and textbooks.
Every portfolio needs a high-yield component made up of strong assets with manageable risk.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The winning stock strategy for 2011 was to buy high-yielding stocks. Following Tuesday's surge in global markets, the focus may now move more towards growth stocks. The technical action in the stock market does favor further gains, though the market is likely to take a few days to digest its gains.
Nevertheless, I expect high-yielding stocks in strong sectors -- including the Dow stocks discussed here -- will do well, and these should make up a part of all portfolios.
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