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The search giant is the biggest company in the world that doesn't return cash to shareholders, but that could change.
Google (GOOG) may follow its Silicon Valley competitor Apple (AAPL) in paying out a dividend, amid increasing scrutiny from the public on how both companies manage their mounting cash in low-tax countries like Ireland.
Like Apple, however, Google may wait until its bank account swells to about $100 billion, according to an industry analyst, before making a big move on a dividend.
The Web search titan may also finance dividends or share buybacks to avoid Uncle Sam, as Apple did earlier in April when it announced a $100 billion return of capital over multiple years and issued $17 billion in low-cost debt.
The two tech giants certainly have the means, but only one of them can have the Waze.
Waze provides driving directions with a twist. Users submit information about traffic tie-ups, speed traps, and road closings. Waze alerts and even reroutes users around problem areas.
Waze is a free service and generates revenue via location-based advertising. That capability, plus more than 40 million users (and growing) makes the product attractive. Whether Waze is as attractive as it thinks remains to be seen.
The volatility index is near historic lows as complacency runs high. Here are some long and short plays based on its future direction.
By John Nyaradi, Wall Street Sector Selector
In recent days, the VIX or CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) -- also known as the fear index -- has dipped back into extremely low territory, indicating high investor complacency and confidence in the short-term future of low volatility and higher stock market prices.
Friday's low volatility and readings in the VIX is a result of investors anticipating continued Federal Reserve intervention in the markets. The current situation has driven the index to the 12 to 13 level in recent days, near historic lows.
The VIXis widely viewed as a way to measure market risk (MoneyShow) and forecast future stock price movements. Some observers say that when the VIX is low, market risk is low, and prices are likely to trend higher. This camp also says that when the index is high, lower prices are ahead as fear is the dominating force in the market.
Salesforce.com is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Marvell is downgraded to 'underperform.'
Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Pandora (P) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
- Procter & Gamble (PG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
- Sherwin-Williams (SHW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
- Wendy's (WEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
- Alliance Data (ADS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair
Use this week's aerospace stocks' multiyear highs as an opportunity to book profits.
Sequestration spending cuts were expected to adversely effect the performances of companies that provide products and services to the U.S. military. As we prepare to honor those who served our country on Memorial Day, I profile nine stocks that have performed extremely well so far this year. I can only assume that the risk of defense spending cuts has been priced into these aerospace sector stocks.
The stock market continues to trade under a ValuEngine Valuation Warning, with 72.7% of all stocks overvalued. My sector focus today is aerospace, which is 17.6% overvalued. With 35.4% of all stocks in this sector rated "sell" or "strong sell," I give the sector an underweight rating. View the setting of new multiyear highs this week as an opportunity to book profits.
A collapse in the Japanese markets is weighing on US stocks. Is it an opportunity or a warning sign?
The reality distortion field that had been bolstering global markets has been shattered violently over the past 36 hours, starting with heavy volatility and steep losses in Thursday's Japanese trading session that continued into Friday. The NYSE Composite is moving below its 20-day moving average for the first time since early April as cyclical, economically sensitive stocks pull back.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) has had a particularly wild ride, dropping more than 300 points from its intraday high on Wednesday.
The question is: Should investors buy on this dip ahead of continued gains or take it as a sign to get out of stocks?
To answer that question, one must ask another: Can the status quo continue?
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Despite the lower stock price, it isn't the right time to take another bite. Here are 4 reasons why.
By Keith Fitz-Gerald, Money Morning
With Apple (AAPL) off nearly 50% from its $705.07 a share high set last September, many investors want to know if it's a buy.
Not in my book. Here's why:
1. The company has held on to its premium pricing strategy for too long. Going out on price as it has recently with iPhones, for example, is the death knell of competitive differentiation. Businesses that engage in price wars have a very difficult time climbing back up the proverbial ladder.
2. The present management team is having trouble fulfilling the late Steve Jobs' vision, and execution appears to be stumbling.
Investors may be tempted by this rock star fund, but the outlook may not be so bright.
By The ETF Professor
Following Thursday's savage plunge that saw Japanese stocks notch their worst one-day performance in more than two years, it is no surprise that ETFs focused on the world's third-largest economy are tumbling today.
DXJ was down about 4.3% Thursday, but that was an improvement from its worst levels of the day of more than an 8% plunge. Before Thursday, DXJ was up a jaw-dropping 28.4% in the past three months. Now home to almost $10.8 billion in assets under management, DXJ has been the top asset-gathering ETF in the world this year.
Investors see value in Hewlett-Packard and growth in ChannelAdvisor.
ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), the two standout names today, represent polar opposites, and yet both were up big Thursday, a phenomenon that explains a lot of this market's innate strength.
Most market participants thought that Hewlett-Packard would be a disaster, given the rapid secular decline of the personal computer and the hideous results of competitor Dell (DELL). Instead, we got the opposite, a totally solid positive-cash-flow quarter that showed a dramatic improvement in the balance sheet and a nice bump in the dividend.
None of this was expected. Consequently, Hewlett has rallied significantly, something that makes a ton of sense, because the issue of the company's viability, which was in question not that long ago, has been taken off the table entirely. CEO Meg Whitman has reined in expenses, improved supply-chain management and billing and is doing much more with far less.
Here's why Wall Street got excited about the computer maker's results and its future prospects.
By George Anders
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) did something that practically defies the laws of physics: It reported a 10% revenue decline for its fiscal second quarter ended April 30, along with correspondingly soft earnings -- yet saw its stock rocket ahead 17%, to $24.86. The quick explanation was that relieved investors had braced for even worse results. But there's more to the story.
The biggest driver of HP's stock price lately has been -- and will continue to be -- investors' gut sense of whether the giant tech company can steer its way toward a successful turnaround or not. If everyone agrees that HP is on the mend, the company's quarter by quarter results this year aren't nearly as important as investors' growing confidence that the computing and printing company will be doing much better in 2016 and beyond. But if there's any chance that HP's troubles might be unfixable, then everything that investors need to know is summed up in one word: "sell."
Investors expect the report to show some weakness, and are cautious ahead of the long holiday weekend.
By Tim Parker
On Thursday the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) erased a loss of more than 120 points to end close to flat on the day, suggesting a buy on the dip mentality. Let's not forget that this is a market that found a way to attract buyers on a day the Nikkei was down more than 7% and most global markets sold off as well.
This morning, g around the world were steady with most major averages near the flatline.
- S&P 500 futures are down nearly 3 points to 1647.25
- The EUR/USD was up at 0.38% to 1.2984
- German 10-year government bond yields are unchanged at 1.466%.
In the never-ending contest for sales, Ford, GM and Chrysler are pulling ahead.
Demand for cars and trucks is up. U.S. automakers have noticed and are responding. Bloomberg noted Wednesday that number two U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. (F), will add the capacity to build 200,000 more vehicles a year in North America. All this based on increased demand for Ford’s F-Series pickups and Fusion sedans.
In addition, most Ford North American assembly plants will be idle for one week this summer instead of two. That, alone, will increase production by about 40,000 cars and trucks.
Ford Motor Co.'s F-Series pickups are no stranger to strong sales, having led sales of U.S. full-size trucks the past 36 years. F-Series trucks, in fact, have been the country’s best-selling vehicle of any type for more than 30 years according to Bloomberg.
At $42 a share, the transaction represents a 23% premium to the teen-apparel retailer's closing price on Wednesday.
Rue21 (RUE) inked a deal on Thursday, to be acquired by private-equity firm Apax Partners for $1.1 billion in cash -- a move it says will deliver "substantial and certain value" as it looks to grow its store base and build out its e-commerce platform.
At $42 a share, the transaction represents a 23% premium to the Warrendale, Pa.-based teen-apparel retailer's closing price on Wednesday. The deal will return Rue21 to private management.
Apax has long held a stake in Rue21. The firm's chief executive, John Megrue, said he's worked closely with Rue21's Bob Fisch to support the company's growth -- from less than 100 stores at the time of the initial investment in 1998 to more than 900 today.
What does the Nikkei's sudden plunge mean, especially after its recent strength?
I saw headlines Thursday morning saying just that. But to me this looks like profit-taking on a huge run up in global markets so far, no more and no less -- even in Japan.
Here’s the background: At its high Wednesday, the Standard & Poor’s 500 was up 10% from its low on April 18; the Nikkei 225 was up 21% from its April 18 low; the NASDAQ Composite was up 12% from its April 18 low. The phrase, “too far, too fast” comes to mind.
In this edition of Investor Beat: new home sales rise in April. What does that mean for investors?
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[BRIEFING.COM] Stocks entered the weekend on a mixed note as the S&P 500 shed 0.1% while the Dow ended with a gain of 0.1%.
The major averages began the day on a lower note as nine of ten sectors saw losses of more than 0.5%.
The consumer staples sector was the lone exception as the group spent the entire day in positive territory thanks to the relative strength of Dow component Procter & Gamble (PG 81.89, +3.19). The second-largest staple stock advanced ... More
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