The $19 billion WhatsApp deal could become the Facebook founder's legacy . . . or his albatross.
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The company is laying the groundwork to stand out from other rivals jumping into the video-streaming business.
Shares of Netflix (NFLX) saw strength Wednesday, closing up 4.4% to $120.10 after the company announced an exclusive deal with notable horror director Eli Roth.
Netflix will give members exclusive access to "Hemlock Grove," a series based on the critically acclaimed novel by Brian McGreevy. The series, slated to run for 13 episodes, updates classic monster archetypes for a post-industrial America in a tale of alienation, adolescence and murder.
Expectations are that first-quarter earnings will be slightly lower this year.
The company spent nearly $800,000 on chartered flights for Lou D'Ambrosio last year. It also spent $30,000 on temporary housing for him -- and even paid some of his taxes.
The company spent nearly $800,000 last year flying CEO Lou D'Ambrosio on private flights for his commute between his Philadelphia home and Sears' headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill. It also spent $30,000 on temporary housing for D'Ambrosio in Hoffman Estates and more than $10,000 on ground transportation and company-furnished vehicles.
Some of those perks classify as compensation for D'Ambrosio, and he would normally have to pay taxes on that income. But Sears took care of that, paying $18,200 in "tax gross-ups" on D'Ambrosio's tax bill.
The companies are going to compete and work together at the same time.
The companies are expanding their partnership to produce Starbucks coffee packs for Green Mountain's fancy new Vue machines.
The relationship took a hit recently after Starbucks announced it was developing its own single-serve espresso machine. The Verismo, expected to debut before Christmas, will brew coffee and make cappuccinos and other espresso drinks. Investors knew exactly who the biggie was in this battle, and they sent Green Mountain shares tumbling.
The top homebuilder's results will give investors a glimpse into the health of the housing sector.
KB Home (KBH) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday. The company constructs and sells homes through its operating divisions across the United States. It also operates a homebuilding and financial services business serving home buyers in markets nationwide.
Here is a preview "cheat sheet" for KB Home's earnings:
But doughnut-craving investors should beware of empty calories.
Jefferies is downgraded to 'sell,' and Micron is initiated with an 'outperform.'
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
Consider building long-term positions in these stocks and ETFs to play an improving housing market.
For the first time since the 2008 housing collapse we see signs of hope and an investment opportunity in the sector.
Consumer sentiment is improving. And affordability against median income is at one of its lowest points in history. All this has begun to move the markets. Here's a look at a variety of favorite stocks and ETFs to play this trend.
A shift to shale exploration will help Halliburton increase its revenue per rig metric in Asia.
The plan, by the National Energy Administration (NEA), says the annual shale gas output in the country will jump from close to about 6.5 billion cubic meters (BCM) by 2015 and grow to 10 times that amount by 2020. In contrast, the U.S. produced close to 138 BCM of natural gas from shale formations in 2010. Large scale adoption of shale exploration technology could help Halliburton (HAL) and competitors like Schlumberger (SLB) boost revenues from the Asia market.
Don't let bears keep you from investing in a still-strong economy.
By Jim Woods
China hard-landing alarms are starting to get loud. During a conference in Singapore last week, Adrian Mowat, JPMorgan Chase's (JPM) chief Asian and emerging-market strategist, came right out and made the hard-landing call. In fact, Mowat said the issue now is even beyond debate.
"If you look at the Chinese data, you should stop debating about a hard landing," Mowat said. "Car sales are down, cement production is down, steel production is down, construction stocks are down. It's not a debate anymore, it's a fact."
Unlike Disney's flop 'John Carter,' 'The Hunger Games' is expected to be a huge success for the studio producing it.
You know what's really shocking about the $200 million miss that was "John Carter"? It's that Disney (DIS) has spent this much time and energy explaining to us that movies could no longer hurt the company's bottom line. The idea had been that, given the episodic nature of the movie business, the company was just going to do fewer and more reliable movies that represent lower-risk efforts, in keeping with what has already worked.
Was there anything about "John Carter" that fit that bill? Was this supposed to be the beginning of the next "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise? Does anyone there recall that "Pirates" started as a ride in the Disney theme parks?
The database giant easily beats earnings expectations, while the grocery store mainstay prepares to post its results.
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Oracle (ORCL), the database giant, handily topped Wall Street's first-quarter earnings expectations. Oracle reported a non-GAAP profit of $3.13 billion, or 62 cents a share, for the three months ended Feb. 29 on revenue of $9.06 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of 56 cents a share in the quarter on revenue of $9.02 billion.
General Mills (GIS), the maker of Cheerios, is expected by analysts Tuesday to post fiscal-third-quarter earnings of 56 cents a share on revenue of $4.09 billion.
The company takes a page from 'The Jetsons' and picks up a fleet of robots to help fill orders.
Amazon (AMZN) said this week it is buying Kiva Systems, which makes robots that can fetch the products it sends out to customers.
Kiva's robots promise to make Amazon's already efficient fulfillment centers even speedier. They can grab products off of Amazon's warehouse shelves and bring them to human employees for packing and shipping. Rather than replace what Amazon already has, the Kiva technology will be added to the existing infrastructure.
The company is trying to rev up sales with new approaches.
Look at the company's February sales. The U.S. saw sales growth of 11% -- far more than what analysts expected. Sales in Europe rose 4%, still respectable but a little lower than what analysts were looking for.
But Asia and other parts of the world were a huge disappointment. Analysts projected an 8.1% rise, but McDonald's only came in at 2.4% growth.
The company has extended its debt maturities, and has more time to work some magic on the Las Vegas Strip.
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