Since she joined in July 2012, CEO Marissa Mayer has acquired dozens of startups.
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These companies have been buying back tons of their own stock, and the trend is likely to continue this year.
By David Fried, The Buyback Letter
Our Buyback Premium Portfolio is beating the S&P 500 by more than 30% since its inception in 2000. Here's a look at four of our recent additions to this portfolio:
ConocoPhillips (COP) is one of the largest integrated energy companies in the U.S. and a worldwide leader in refining. It has extensive oil and gas reserves, which will increase in value as energy prices rise.
A $500 price target for the stock looks too low, given the company's strong sales of iPhones and iPads.
By Jim Cramer
The story arc is remarkable. Less than two years ago, Apple (AAPL) introduced a product that nobody initially seemed to be able to figure out what to do with, the iPad. It didn't take long for people to figure out that the iPad pretty much did everything anybody would ever want it to do, serving as a text tool, a movie screen, a tv screen, a records keeper, a teaching tool, you name it.
As soon as the other companies figured out how revolutionary the iPad was, they instantly copied it and offered what many critics said were superior products.
Is the beleaguered maker of heavy construction material a buyout target?
The U.S. construction industry continues to be in the dumps, and companies like Texas Industries (TXI), a maker of heavy construction materials that has been losing money since 2009, remain under tremendous pressure. For fiscal 2011, Texas Industries posted another loss that was worse than analysts had expected.
Its stock -- which dropped from $46 a share to a 52-week low of $21 in November 2011 -- has since been moving up, closing at $31 on Wednesday. But analysts who track the stock remain bearish, with none of them recommending it as a "buy." They expect TXI to remain on the ropes and continue to rate it as "underperform."
The tech giant's market cap jumped $37 billion after record fourth-quarter results, and the board has a mountain of cash to put to work.
After the death of Steve Jobs Apple (AAPL) investors wondered if the company would continue to thrive.
That question was answered resoundingly late Tuesday when Apple reported a blockbuster fourth quarter -- the best on record for both sales and revenues. Total revenue soared 73% from year-earlier levels, meaning that the company booked more in sales in that fourth quarter than it had in the other nine months of 2011.
Starbucks is upgraded while McDonald's is downgraded. Zynga is initiated with a 'buy' at Goldman.
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Starbucks (SBUX) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
- CSX (CSX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
- Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
- Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc
- Watson Pharma (WPI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
- Alkermes (ALKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners
A huge quarterly performance sends shares of the company up 6%.
Apple (AAPL) smashed through its former 52-week high Wednesday to once again become the world's most valuable company -- for less than a day.
Investors are still reeling from Apple's truly momentous earnings report for the final quarter of last year. We were expecting big numbers, but nothing this big: Profit more than doubled in a year to $13.1 billion, and revenue soared 73% to top $46 billion.
And Apple's cash holdings have grown to almost $98 billion. Its cash alone is worth more than all but 52 companies on Earth, notes Dennis Berman of The Wall Street Journal.
EU officials uphold original decision: ViaGuara sounds too much like Viagra.
Warsaw-based Viaguara SA applied for an EU trademark in 2005, but was refused. The company appealed the decision to the EU General Court, which upheld the earlier decision. Despite the ruling, the company still advertises ViaGuara on the web.
For both growth and income, here are 3 attractive tech stocks with dividend reinvestment plans.
In our latest special report, we featured three favorite investment ideas for 2012 -- all from the technology sector.
Here's a look at Cisco Systems (CSCO), Motorola Solutions (MSI) and Qualcomm (QCOM). These three stocks each offer dividend reinvestment plans and are attractive ideas for the coming year.
Hang in there, Kodak. Bankruptcy doesn't have to mean the end.
By Jeff Reeves
Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ) surprised few investors by declaring bankruptcy last week. It was clear to many business insiders back in September that Kodak was headed to zero after a panicked move to tap its credit line. As those who have watched the corporate history of Kodak know, years of big debts and a lack of innovation have been weighing on the iconic photography company for quite some time.
So is bankruptcy the end of Kodak? Will the brand disappear forever?
The company's Yi platform could be instrumental in maintaining its dominant search market share in China.
Stopping this advance could be Google (GOOG), which is looking to reboot its relations in China after making its much publicized exit from Chinese soil. This could be especially important for Google given the explosion of Android-powered devices that use Google as the default search option.
Even amid restrained consumer spending, the retailer has shown revenue growth as it expands product lines.
Coach (COH) announced a positive earnings report Tuesday, with second-quarter profit of $1.18 a share beating analyst estimates of $1.15. The company also reported sales of $1.45 billion, surpassing estimates of $1.43 billion.
The company has shown strong revenue growth since emerging from the recession, as it has expanded product lines with more affordable accessories and a larger men's collection. In its earnings call, the company stated that the men's business is on track to double sales this year.
Don't blindly accept market multiples as evidence of value.
By Dan Caplinger
The first thing most investors learn about valuation is that a low P/E ratio means that a stock is cheap. But the next thing they learn is that buying a stock based on the P/E alone is fraught with potential disaster -- and if you don't understand what's behind both a stock's price and its most recent earnings, you're liable to make huge mistakes picking stocks.
Nothing beats a cheap investment
Recently, a report from Bespoke Investment Group said that stocks are cheaper than they've been since at least 1990. The report looked at a number of valuation measures, including ratios of price to earnings and price to book value, as well as dividend yields. In particular, the report pointed to several facts:
The company beats expectations on revenue and profit.
Apple (AAPL) is back to its pattern of blowing away analyst estimates.
The company beat Wall Street expectations Tuesday for the December quarter, reporting record profit of $13.06 billion, or $13.87 a share, up from a profit of $6 billion, or $6.43 a share, a year earlier. Revenue was a record $46.33 billion, up from $26.74 billion a year earlier.
Analysts had expected $10.14 a share in profit on revenue of $39.1 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31. Shares were up about 6% Wednesday.
The stock is extremely volatile. And while that's not unexpected, it is a reason to sell into the current rally.
Which companies got praised or panned the most following their earnings reports?
Apple (AAPL) will give one of the most highly anticipated reports of the quarter after the close Tuesday. Expect some buzz after Yahoo (YHOO) reports later Tuesday as well.
Bespoke Investment Group has a nice roundup of the best-performing and worst-performing stocks so far this earnings season. These are the stocks that saw the biggest gains or losses in the day following the earnings report.
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