There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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Here's a look at four technology stocks riding the IPO wave into 2012.
While the window for tech initial public offerings remained closed during the third quarter with just four venture-backed companies pursuing IPOs, the trend appears to have reversed in recent weeks.
Earlier this month, Groupon (GRPN) netted $700 million in an IPO despite scrutiny over its accounting metrics and concerns about its long-term ability to turn a profit. The offering was the largest since Google's (GOOG) in 2004, as Groupon ended a dearth of IPOs in the last several months and opened up the doors for a slew of other high-profile companies to toss their hats into the ring.
With 19 dividend boosts in 20 years, this water utility is a time-tested stock for a difficult economy.
Utilities offer a great investment for those who believe the market is overheating. Additionally, utility stocks defend investment portfolios from difficult economic periods.
Aqua America (WTR) has proven to be among one of the best utility stocks to own over the past decade. I love this investment because it's simple to understand and has stood up to the test of time.
The Oracle of Omaha succumbs to fiscal reality and invites Wall Street to Berkshire's annual meeting.
For decades, billionaire Warren Buffett has argued that the quarterly earnings dance between Wall Street and publicly-traded companies was a waste of time for all involved. Now, he's starting to change his tune.
According to media reports, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) has decided to field questions from a handful of Wall Street analysts at the company's annual meeting, known to devotees as "The Woodstock of Capitalism."
Citi hasn't had as much negative attention as its larger rival this year, but investors should be just as leery.
Plenty of ugly headlines have been written about Bank of America (BAC) lately.
There's the galling hubris of CEO Brian Moynihan, stating that the public is too quick to criticize such an altruistic bank. There's the panicked race to recapitalize, including $5 billion from Warren Buffett and the sale of a roughly $10 billion stake in China construction bank. There was an infuriating plan to gouge BofA customers $5 a month for a debit card, which has since been replaced by a less obtrusive campaign to nickel-and-dime them to death.
The company can leverage HBO's premium content and healthy subscriber base with new broadcast platforms.
HBO subscribers can now watch popular shows and movies on PCs, mobile devices and tablets in addition to the television through partners like Comcast (CMCSA) and Dish Network (DISH). This is a good move by Time Warner to leverage the premium content and healthy subscriber base of HBO.
The SPDR S&P Retail ETF is a good way to take advantage of the start of the holiday shopping season.
Here are five ETFs to watch this week.
1. Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (MOO)
Food prices have run into headwinds as looming economic turmoil has weighed heavily on investor confidence in the global growth picture. In November, this factor has caused the futures-tracking PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (DBA) to retreat to previous 2011 lows, returning all of the gains in October.
The global pressure has had less of an impact on the equity-backed MOO. Over the past month, this product has managed to pull ahead and maintain a comfortable lead over DBA. The shortened week ahead will be an important one for MOO with top holding Deere (DE) slated to report earnings on Wednesday. Representing more than 7% of the fund's index, the firm's performance and future outlook will likely play a major role in directing its mid-week action.
The nature of what's about to occur could be horrifying. But then maybe the European Central Bank will come to the rescue.
Each day the odds get slimmer for a resolution in Europe that doesn't immediately destroy trillions in capital. With the Germans seemingly unwilling to come to the aid of the profligate nations, there simply aren't many ways out.
What's the most likely one? The sovereign nations want to save themselves and the depositors at their institutions. That means they have to play hardball with the owners of the equity and the debt of the European banks.
The Aden sisters, resource specialists for 30 years, look at the prospects for stocks, bonds, gold & silver.
Caution remains the watchword, as stocks are not yet out of the woods. We recommended selling stocks on August 4 and we’ve been out of the stock market since and continue to feel that it’s best to stay on the sidelines to see how things evolve.
Meanwhile, gold, bonds and the U.S. dollar continue to be the main safe havens, so stay with them.
The company is finally producing and delivering planes. Still, the stock has become very difficult to value.
The company adds a vocal critic to its board, which may help it regain the faith of the investing community.
The directors of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are making changes after years of being described as blundering, pathetic and a "bunch of clowns." In an effort to please investors, the board has done the unthinkable: brought in an activist investor.
It could be a couple of weeks until we know the true effect of the latest US debt debate in the markets, but there are still no clear signs that a year-end rally has been written off.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Stocks had a pretty rough week. Fitch’s warning about the risks that US lenders could face if the Euro debt contagion spreads shocked the markets before the close on Wednesday. The selling continued on Thursday, but stocks traded in a narrow range on Friday and the close was mixed.
The financial sector came under further pressure after the report, as the Select Sector SPDR Financial (XLF) finished the week 9% lower. As I discussed in “Stick with ’Green Light’ Sectors”, the weekly relative performance, or RS analysis continues to suggest that this sector is underperforming the S&P 500.
The company has waited 15 years to hit this milestone -- and its toehold in the business market is what got it there.
But that number has been a long time coming for Apple (AAPL). The company finally passed 5% of the world PC market in the third quarter, analysts say. It hasn't hit that mark for 15 years.
For years, Apple's worldwide market share was stuck at a measly 2% to 3%, according to this chart from AppleInsider.
After weeks of blithely ignoring the eurozone debt crisis, investors are scrambling for the exits.
Stocks have been working extra-hard over the past two months to throw as many people off the scent as possible. There was the harrowing decline into the early October low, which created one of the deepest oversold conditions in market history. Then there was the epic rebound into the late October high that average investors caught only the tail end of based on sentiment and fund flow data.
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 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.
Warren 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:
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