Once you get past the hype, there's little chance for long-term gain with this stock.
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Though the eurozone debt auctions this week went off without a hitch, a steady increase in borrowing rates for the likes of Portugal and Ireland sets the stage for more problems.
Investors have been pleased in recent days buy successful auctions of eurozone debt, which has been enabled by intense support from the European Central Bank, China and Japan. Portugal, which is seen as the most likely to follow Greece and Ireland into Europe's bailout club, sold $1.7 billion worth of bonds Wednesday, while Spain, Italy and Hungary all issued bonds today.
While demand for the bonds was good, the interest rates being paid continue to move higher. Portugal's four-year notes were priced to yield 5.4% vs. 4% previously. Now Portugal's 10-year yield stands at 6.8%, Ireland's at 8.3% and Greece's at 11.2%. Compare this with Germany's 3% yield.
With borrowing costs still rising and Europe's politicians unable to draw a line under the problem, it becomes harder and harder for the likes of Portugal to pay its creditors even if it takes bailout money. Here's why.
Could shares jump from $350 to a grand? Yes, but the company's profit and revenue would have to explode.
Now The Wall Street Journal is discussing the possibility of Apple soaring to $1,000 a share. Impossible? Perhaps. What would it take for that to happen?
Brett Arends admits that Apple has made him "look like a total idiot." He dared to question whether Apple's stock could keep up its amazing momentum. And since then, the growth rate of the stock has ratcheted up to an annualized 67%.
As the market climbs, we're seeing how powerful the former House speaker was.
I also believe that what might be going on right now is the reversion of something that really hurt stocks since the election: the Nancy Pelosi discount.
The election's results are complicated. We have the same president, of course, but the team has changed. The ideologues are out, and Bill Daley is in.
A recent consumer survey indicates more bad news for AT&T.
In short, how many subscribers to Verizon's wireless service will dump their current phones to snap up new iPhones, and how many of AT&T's iPhone users will jump ship for a telecom provider whose only disadvantage to AT&T once seemed to be that it didn't sell an iPhone?
Thanks to a recent survey by ChangeWave Research, we have an indication, at least, of consumers' initial intentions.
Here are 3 names that I expect to deliver market beating returns in 2011
For the past three or four years I’ve shared some of my annual list of 10 Top Stocks to Own with MSN Money readers, here and in the old Strategy Lab stock-picking game.
If you’ve been following along, we’ve done very well. In 2010, my 10 Top Stocks returned an aggregative 28.4%, more than double the S&P 500’s 12.9% return. (And yes, you’re welcome to do a quick Bing search to find the lists and check the results yourself.)
I certainly expect similar returns on my 10 Top Stocks to own this year. In fact, I expect one name on the list, ((China ProBiotics, CHBT)) to double in value next year. Here’s why, a bit more on what I expect in 2011, and two more picks:
There's just no telling when Wall Street might see the value in this chip-maker.
Sears Holdings is losing sales to Wal-Mart and other competitors. So why is its stock so hot?
Sears gets no respect. So why, after taking a tremendous hit in May and June, is the stock at $75 and trending up? Why is the company's forecast beating expectations even as sales drop and the competition continues to steal business?
For that answer, you need to take apart the stock a little bit. Sears is one of the most interesting stocks out there, and you'll see why in a minute. Let's get into the financials:
Here are the most promising plays from last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas.
Yes, you've been inundated with CES stories over the past several days, but we beg your attention for just one more. Today, Tim Beyers does us all a big favor by providing a clear and concise wrap-up of the most promising investing ideas from Las Vegas.
Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor
By the end of last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I had a budding sore throat and a bad case of tech overload.
This fund provides exposure to the biggest names in the semiconductor industry.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Intel (INTC) is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results Thursday. It's the world's largest chip-maker, and analysts keep a close watch on its performance in hopes of gaining insight into the state of not only the semiconductor industry but the broader tech sector as well.
Intel saw success in the first three quarters of 2010, marked by a dividend increase in November and a bold statement from CEO Paul Otellini, saying the company was on track to see its best year ever.
As investors begin 2011, Intel looks to remain strong and promising as a leader in the industry. However, the company still faces challenges. One major hurdle this year will likely be growing pressure from leading competitors.
Vermont takes issue with the word 'maple' in the menu item, saying the product must contain real syrup.
McDonald's (MCD) is the undisputed king of fast-food breakfast, with almost a quarter of the company's revenue generated during the early hours before its typical Big Mac and McNugget menu is in full swing.
Thanks to a steady stable of old favorites like the Egg McMuffin and recent innovations like McCafe premium coffees, consumers see the Golden Arches as a breakfast joint almost as much as a burger joint.
In order to maintain its dominance, McDonald's continues a steady line of promotions and new products rolling out. One of its most recent items, Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, saw big success in regional markets recently and is going national this month.
Investors who avoid this misunderstood conglomerate might miss out on rising dividends and profits as the economy rebounds.
Certain stocks are telling you that demand exists even though the numbers might say otherwise.
I'm talking about global demand, such as for engines and transportation equipment for expensive infrastructure projects and power plants and the need to finance them.
Kind of like the stuff General Electric (GE) makes. (I both work for GE and own shares in the company.)
The online travel portal enjoys a surge on hopes of an ownership change – but could pay off even if Barry Diller stays in charge.
Priceline.com (PCLN) has the $430 shares, the name-your-own-price goldmine and William Shatner’s endearingly shameless antics. But it wasn’t the darling of call option buyers Tuesday.
That distinction went to online travel rival Expedia (EXPE), which saw its highest option-trading volume in more than a year. Bullish calls swamped bearish puts by a ratio of 27 to 1, according to Bloomberg.
The aircraft maker's deliveries are coming in stronger than many analysts expected.
Eurozone nations are all fighting to raise cash -- threatening to push interest rates higher and forcing Portugal closer to a bailout.
Investors watched in horror on Monday as bond yields on eurozone bonds initially moved higher, led by Portugal which is seen as the next in line for a bailout after Greece and Ireland.
But then the European Central Bank stepped in to support prices. The situation was further calmed on Tuesday by word that Japan was joining China in its explicit support of euro bonds and that European leaders were considering an expansion of their bailout fund as reported by the folks at Trade The News.
This is merely a temporary reprieve. Greece, Portugal, Italy, and Spain will all tap the capital markets this week -- putting additional pressure on yields and bringing the likes of Portugal, Spain, and even Belgium closer to fiscal insolvency. And more is coming.
The rapper tells millions of followers to buy a penny stock in which he has a large stake -- and scores $8.7 million.
Who says you can't make money on Twitter? Rapper 50 Cent just raked in millions.
The rapper had plenty to say over the weekend about a penny stock named H&H Imports (HNHI), a tiny operation out of Florida. Why? Because 50 Cent invested $750,000 in shares and warrants in the company last fall. Some of those shares can be cashed in only as the stock rises to 15 cents, 25 cents and, yes, 50 cents.
What better way to pump up the stock than to promote it to your 3.8 million Twitter followers? That's what the rapper did -- and the stock rose 240% to close at 39 cents Monday.
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