It's no Alibaba, but the Citizens Financial Group offering is important to the market.
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The smarter tech companies have already moved away from the personal computer.
What would have happened if Microsoft (MSFT) had said something positive about personal computers this week instead of something negative? How much would the stock have moved? How much would the group have moved?
Maybe the issue, though, is that there isn't much of a group anymore. Remember the PC makers? How about the PC component makers? They've all kind of realized this day would come, when the personal computer wouldn't have growth, and they have all moved on, including Microsoft.
The beverage giant notified federal regulators that it detected a fungicide in some of its and a competitor's products.
It all started Dec. 28, when the Food and Drug Administration got notice that one of the major juice companies found low levels of a pesticide, carbendazim, in its and a competitor's juice products.
At first, Coke refused to admit that it was the company. ("Why does that matter?" a spokesman asked Dow Jones.)
The master limited partnership can offer cash distribution even in periods of losses.
The partnership has a long history of increasing distributions to unit holders. With this distribution, Plains has increased the quarterly distribution to limited partners in 29 of the last 31 quarters. Plains' consistent hike in distribution bespeaks the partnership's commitment to provide increasing returns to stakeholders, leveraging its profitable assets.
The shoe company has defied critics with annual sales that jumped 27% from 2010.
Shares of the footwear retailer jumped more than 16% in response to close at $18.56.
We'll get the official results for Crocs' fourth quarter and full year next month. But the company couldn't resist offering a little peek at what to expect. For the fourth quarter, revenue will be at the high end of the company's previous guidance of $200 million to $205 million.
Some experts believe the micro-blogging site has a point. Investors aren't worried -- yet.
Google (GOOG) and Twitter are at odds over the search engine giant's plan to offer more personalized results.
The micro-blogging site, which may go public this year, argues that Google is unfairly promoting its Google+ social network at Twitter's expense through its Google Search Plus Your World feature. A leading search engine industry observer wrote today that Twitter may have a point.
The country is one of the luxury retailer's key growth drivers, and holiday sales there were disappointing.
After seeing their parents' portfolios get hammered, they're turning to low-risk, low-reward options.
But what's particularly striking is that younger investors are steering clear of the market. After watching their parents' fortunes evaporate, they're avoiding equities altogether.
A recent investing survey by MFS Investment Management found that 29% of investors said they would never be comfortable in stocks, Reuters reported. That feeling rose to 52% of investors younger than 31.
With the eurozone crisis threatening to pull down the US economy, some members of the Federal Reserve are discussing another round of quantitative easing.
We've got problems. A number of structural issues -- from Europe's woes to the federal debt problem to stagnant job growth and still-falling home prices -- will likely push the American economy dangerously close to a new recession in 2012.
Much of Europe and Asia are already there. Indeed, a coalition of Europe's major economic institutions said Wednesday that the eurozone is already in a recession.
It's probably not surprising, then, given the activist nature of our central bank, that the Federal Reserve -- which is already in the midst of Operation Twist to pull down long-term interest rates and has committed to holding short-term rates near zero through 2013 -- is starting to fidget. A chorus of officials have hit the speaking circuit over the past week, talking up the potential for more policy easing.
Natural gas fuels this MLP's attractive dividend growth.
By Carla Pasternak, High-Yield Investing
ONEOK Partners LP (OKS) -- my top income idea for 2012 -- has three major businesses: natural gas gathering and processing, natural gas pipelines, and natural gas liquids (NGLs).
A sharp correction could hit these red-hot stocks soon. Investors who wait to buy should be rewarded.
All of a sudden, regional bank stocks seem to be the flavor of the week, which is not surprising considering they have done so well since the October lows. Though the chart formations suggest that they can move even higher in 2012, now may not be the time to buy.
Most regional banks have a level of strong resistance not far above current levels, which is likely to cause a sharp setback for late buyers. As I have discussed frequently, a poor entry level is the root cause of many losing trades.
The stock has usually traded on subscriber growth and we expect international expansion to generate positive news flow this year.
Netflix primarily competes with streaming services such as those by Amazon Amazon (AMZN) and Dish Network's (DISH) Blockbuster, as well as DVD rental companies such as Redbox.
Stricter lending requirements have led to a marked improvement in the bank's credit quality.
We have revisited our analysis of Capital One (COF) in light of economic conditions and the company's performance. Capital One is the fifth largest bank in the U.S. and competes with American Express (AXP), Discover Financial (DFS), Bank of America (BAC) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM).
In October, Capital One reported a strong third quarter net income of $865 million, which was up 5.7% from the same period in the prior year, but down 8.5% from the prior quarter (we've excluded income from discontinued operations in our analysis). Our updated price estimate for Capital One of $48 is about 5% ahead of the current market price.
They may look cheap, but don’t let that fool you.
By Sean Williams
Well, here we are yet again, folks. With Alcoa reporting quarterly results earlier this week, earnings season is officially upon us, which can mean only one thing: Volatility is about to rear its ugly face once again.
I took some time last week to scour the tech sector in the hopes of finding some potential winners and losers for the first-quarter of 2012. What I found was a disturbing number of potential losers. So without further ado, I give you three tech names that I'm not going near this earnings season.
Investors earning next to nothing in cash have many choices when looking for better returns.
This post is one in a series in which more than 50 newsletter advisers share their Top Picks for 2012.
By Jack Bowers, Fidelity Monitor
What are the best income funds for 2012? Following are the Fidelity funds we think are well-positioned for the year, listed in increasing order of risk.
General Motors is upgraded to 'overweight.'
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
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