5 reasons the market is seeing red
5 reasons the market is seeing red

Geopolitical crises are taking a toll on stocks as we head into the seasonally weak month of August.


The precious metal may be building a base for the next rally, although folks who don't already own it may be best served by waiting a little longer.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 18, 2011 2:18PM

Image: Gold (© Comstock Images/Jupiterimages)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com

The $54 decline in the February Comex Gold contract Thursday took the futures to two-week lows, while SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) lost 2.5%. The rather steep decline did not seem to drive headlines like it would have a few months ago.

Most analysts seem to be pointing to the drop in crude oil prices and the firmer U.S. dollar for gold’s decline. Another factor may be the missing $600 million in MF Global customer funds, which has jarred the confidence of futures traders around the world.


The investor surprised many with his IBM purchase. But a number of tech stocks actually have very Buffett-like characteristics.

By John Reese Nov 18, 2011 2:12PM

Warren Buffett. © Mario Tama/Getty ImagesWarren Buffett caught the investment world's eye this week, revealing that Berkshire Hathaway(BRK.A) has been building at least a $10 billion position in tech giant IBM (IBM) over the past few quarters as well as a smaller stake in Intel(INTC).

The moves were a surprise to many, since Buffett has long resisted tech investments, preferring instead to target firms with simpler, easy-to-understand businesses. In Berkshire's 1999 letter to shareholders, he explained his tech-sector reticence this way:


While investing heavily on projects to stimulate domestic natural gas demand, the producer has also been moving to increase higher-margin liquids production

By Trefis Nov 18, 2011 1:55PM
Image: Natural gas plant (© Kevin Burke/Corbis)Chesapeake (CHK) is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the United States after ExxonMobil (XOM). Thanks to an aggressive land campaign over the last five years, the company boasts the largest inventory of natural-gas shale play leaseholds in the country (2.5 million net acres).

With gas prices forecast to remain in the doldrums for the short- to medium-term, Chesapeake has launched a two-pronged strategy to tackle the low margin environment.


A flat or smaller US defense budget would hurt these contractors.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 18, 2011 1:18PM

Image: Washington, D.C. (© Bilderbuch/Design Pics/Corbis)By Lindsey Bell, TheStreetTheStreet


Defense-industry stocks such as General Dynamics (GD) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) may suffer a double whammy if Congress fails to pass a budget for the Department of Defense and the so-called supercommittee trims costs.


FBR analyst Patrick McCarthy said there's a chance the Department of Defense may operate under a "continuing resolution" next year, meaning funding would remain little changed or fall. That's never happened before.


Forgoing bonds for high-yield stocks amid the current volatility isn't as safe as you might think.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 18, 2011 12:18PM

main street logoBy Jeff Brown, MainStreet


With interest-bearing accounts paying practically nothing and bonds paying little more, many income-oriented investors are turning to dividend-paying stocks. But a fresh look at the numbers shows investors tread this path at their peril.


"More than $18 billion has poured into the Lipper Equity Income category . . . through September 2011, the largest amount of cash flow of any Lipper equity fund category year to date," the Vanguard Group reported earlier this week. "This seems to suggest investors may be looking beyond bonds in search of income."


That's about 10% above current market prices.

By Trefis Nov 18, 2011 12:11PM

Dunkin Brands Group (DNKN) is a franchisor of quick service restaurants and operates globally through both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brand names.


Currently, Dunkin' Donuts' U.S. segment contributes the most to the company's revenues, with approximately 70% share of gross revenues. Going forward, we believe its contribution will decline slightly and Baskin-Robbins International will emerge as the key driver for growth.


The ketchup king will be able to compete better with private-label brands.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 18, 2011 11:49AM

In an effort to cement its position on the grocery lists of cash-strapped consumers, H.J. Heinz Co. (HNZ) will introduce a lineup of products priced between 99 cents and $1.99 in the current quarter.

According to a press release from the Pittsburgh company, the line includes a 10-ounce variety of Heinz ketchup in "innovative stand-up pouch packaging with a spout" (suggested retail price of 99 cents); a 9-ounce version of the Heinz Yellow Mustard found in restaurants (99 cents); new sizes of Heinz Worcestershire sauce and Heinz 57 sauce (around $1); Heinz Home Style Beans in varieties (priced above $1) and a 1-pound version of Ore-Idea French fries ($1.99).


With a steady climb in dividends, sales and earnings, these picks should do well in good times or bad.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 18, 2011 11:16AM
Image: Woman reading newspaper in livingroom © Tetra images/Getty ImagesBy Richard Moroney, Dow Theory Forecasts

In good times or bad, dividend increases make a difference. A history of dividend increases suggests a company possesses financial fortitude and a commitment to sharing the wealth with stockholders.

We've found four standouts that have shown steady dividend increases, with three-year annualized growth rates of at least 9%: Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Dover (DOV), IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT). 

The Germans appear resigned to an eurozone collapse, and they'd rather let the market dictate the destruction than risk hyperinflation.

By Jim Cramer Nov 18, 2011 10:54AM

the streetThere was always an assumption that the Europeans would do what is necessary to preserve the banks, the union and the countries that are a part of it.


The assumption seems to be unraveling before our eyes.


Citigroup analysts believe the retailer is developing a smartphone.

By InvestorPlace Nov 18, 2011 10:27AM

By Anthony John Agnello

Amazon (AMZN) is gearing up for an absolutely Goliath holiday season. The National Retail Federation predicts online retail sales this holiday will grow 15% over the same period in 2010, when online holiday sales came to a whopping $36.4 billion. Considering that Amazon accounts for 20% of all online retail visits, the company should have a very green Christmas indeed.

Leading the charge this year is Amazon's new $200 tablet, the Kindle Fire. Amazon is expected to sell 5 million Fires before the year is out, cutting into Apple's (AAPL) lucrative iPad market.


The mobile chipset maker has an encouraging growth outlook, buoyed by unprecedented growth of 3G wireless networks, among other reasons.

By Zacks.com Nov 18, 2011 1:57AM

By: Zacks Equity Research


Qualcomm (QCOM), the largest chipset manufacturer for mobile handsets, reaffirmed its long-term financial target of achieving 10% annual growth for its top line and bottom line until 2015.


Management cited several reasons for this encouraging outlook, including:


Europe's patience with Germany is wearing thin. How will this drama play out in the stock market?

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 18, 2011 1:49AM
Image: Europe (© Corbis)How long can German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand alone against the other 16 eurozone countries, the wider European Union, global stock markets and global bond markets?

Yields on 10-year Italian bonds above 7% -- a level that everyone calls unsustainable. Yields on 10-year Spanish bonds approaching 7%. Yield spreads between French and German 10-year bonds rising to 2 percentage points, a level not seen since the introduction of the euro. Yields on Austrian and Dutch bonds rising as that debt also comes under pressure.

The stock is still recovering from its first earnings miss in years. Apple needs to prove it can perform without Steve Jobs.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 17, 2011 6:13PM
Up days have been unusual for Apple (AAPL) ever since it fell short of analyst expectations Oct. 18 when it announced earnings for the quarter ended Sept. 24. Apple shares lost nearly 2% Thursday to close at $377.41.

Shares did advance earlier this week on reports of October retail sales that showed solid growth in sales of consumer electronics. And that has raised hopes for holiday sales of electronics -- including the iPhone and the iPad.

Lawmakers have millions of dollars invested in these big names.

By Kim Peterson Nov 17, 2011 5:43PM
Image: US Capitol (© Donovan Reese/Getty Images)Remember all the outrage about whether General Electric (GE) paid federal taxes last year? There weren't too many complaints from Congress about that, even though the country probably could have used that money.

Maybe this explains the silence: GE is the No. 1 stock investment for members of Congress, with 75 of them holding shares, according to CNBC.

The top GE investors were Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who was in for at least $1 million, and Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who was holding anywhere from $600,000 to $1.3 million in stock. 

The stock is taking a beating on word that contract talks with a key pilots union have stalled.

By Kim Peterson Nov 17, 2011 4:53PM
It's tough to be an AMR (AMR) shareholder these days.

The company's stock has fallen nearly 80% this year, mostly on concerns that labor costs and other contracts are becoming unmanageable. Shares were down some 6% Thursday on news that bankruptcy could become a very real possibility. 
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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market finished a down week on a cautious note with small caps leading the retreat. The Russell 2000 lost 0.5%, widening its weekly decline to 2.6%, while the S&P 500 shed 0.3%. The benchmark index ended the week lower by 2.7%.

This morning, the market was provided a basis to rebound with the July employment report, which was just right for the policy doves (209K versus Briefing.com consensus 220K). It showed payroll growth that was weaker than expected, ... More


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