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Sirius is the last stock Nasdaq needs to worry about. A de-listing won't happen.
Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) is making another assault on the all important $1 share price this week. Should the stock fail to trade above that level, the company is at risk for being de-listed by the Nasdaq later this month.
The stakes are high. Being de-listed by the preeminent exchange for growth stocks could result in the stock trading lower due to the low levels of activity on lesser exchanges.
Well, at least that would be the perception of investors, and perception in the market is everything. It would not matter that this company is performing well and likely to grow significantly in the near future.
Would the Nasdaq exchange risk losing one of its most popular and widely traded companies because its share price is below $1? I don't think so.
Though the economy is not out of the woods, improvement in retail, housing and corporate dividends are encouraging signs
Some investors have already made up their mind the stock market rally is over. Others are convinced there’s nowhere to go but up. Both views are over-simplified market predictions considering the complicated economic environment.
- Complete coverage: Seven reasons the bull market will charge on
A closer look at the latest stock market news proves that while things aren’t all coming up roses on Wall Street, there are plenty of reasons to be cautiously optimistic the bull market will continue. Here’s a brief look at three of the latest reasons from the last few days that indicate the market should continue its run:
The Greek situation will affect U.S. equities only to the extent that the media spooks investors.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
So I am answering some Twitter questions last night on the way home from work -- @JimJCramer if you want to play -- and some guy screams at me that he can't believe I didn't mention Greece in my whole opening monologue. And I am aghast. The whole segment was devoted to Greece, with two specific mentions, I tell him, except it wasn't devoted to Greece in the way that everyone else is doing it.
The devotion to Greece was an homage to the United States, which does not have Grecian bond problems. Again, as I have said several times now, I think the economy is so strong in this country that we will have much higher receipts and a lower deficit than people think.
With a strong record of increases but five straight quarters of steady payouts, Honeywell is due for a boost by month's end
Aerospace and defense stock Honeywell (HON) raised its guidance last week, driving shares up slightly in the last week even while the broader market has rolled back a bit. HON now expects first-quarter profit to range from 45 to 49 cents per share, up from prior guidance for 40 to 45 cents and for the full year expects profits to reach the top end of its prior $2.20 to $2.40 forecast.
Honeywell’s strength isn’t a surprise. Honeywell has met or exceeded earnings estimates for each of the last four quarters. Additionally, HON has grown its earnings per share in each of the last four consecutives quarters. As the economy has improved, HON has been able to bank more orders.
But perhaps the biggest opportunity for investors lies in Honeywell’s dividend history and the prospect of a dividend boost in a matter of weeks.
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This post comes from The Motley Fool's Rich Duprey.
Like the song says, investors are looking for love (or at least stocks to love) in all the wrong places. They'll pile into the momentum stocks everyone else buys but ignore lesser-known opportunities for fear of straying from the crowd.
Yet the stocks most likely to deliver outsize returns are often overlooked by Wall Street and Main Street, and thus are undervalued.
Below are three under-the-radar stocks that brim with promise. Each has garnered less than 100 active recommendations on MSN CAPS, despite earning analysts' estimates of double-digit long-term growth.
Sysco's dividend yield drops, leading Jim to look elsewhere as the economic recovery continues.
The stock made a new 52-week high Tuesday. That brings the dividend yield down to 3.38%.
That was attractive when the economic recovery still seemed iffy and I was willing to trade some yield for safety. But now that the recovery is more certain -- if not the speed or momentum of the recovery (for more on those issues, see this recent post) -- I'm willing to stretch a little more for yield. To do that, I need to clear a slot in this 10-stock portfolio, and that means selling Sysco.
The actor who played Gordon Gekko said he got burned badly in the 2008 market crash.
Michael Douglas, who played the ruthless trader in the film "Wall Street," said he sold his stocks at the end of last year, according to The Sun.
The actor said he lost 35% to 40% of his net worth in the 2008 crash. "At the end of last year, I took a whole bunch out," he said, according to The Sun.
After an incredible run, hedge fund legend James Simons calls it quits. Check out what he was targeting.
One of the key parts of my investment approach is finding and learning from strategists who have proven long-term track records, something that can be hard to do in an investment world filled with unproven pundits and talking heads. And, when it comes to a long-term track record, few can match the one compiled by James Simons.
Simons, a quantitative trading pioneer who recently stepped down as chief executive of Renaissance Technologies, the firm he founded nearly 30 years ago, has managed one of the most successful hedge funds in history -- the Medallion fund.
The numbers are the stuff of which legends are made: Medallion has averaged returns of about 45% a year (after fees) since its inception in 1988,
Can you find interesting stocks by looking into the best performing ETFs?
Here's my idea: Find the sector ETF that is currently having the highest relative strength and try to hand pick the best stocks from that portfolio. It's the Willie Sutton Theory. Willie was a famous bank robber and was asked:"Why do you rob banks?" His reply: "Because that's where the money is!"
If as a group, these are the stocks performing the best then why not search for the gems in the mother lode?
The company became a target for criticism during the healthcare debate, causing concerns about executive safety.
The ill-timed premium increase turned WellPoint into a hot topic, and its president, Angela Braly, justified the move and became the target of criticism from all sides.
Perhaps it's not surprising, then, that Braly was so concerned for her personal safety that Wellpoint spent $151,000 on her security, according to the Footnoted blog. The money went toward bodyguards, a security-enhanced vehicle and an in-home alarm system.
Retail sales, which will be released Thursday, are expected to show the biggest growth since 1994.
By Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet
Warm weather, strong pre-Easter spending and low year-earlier numbers probably contributed to a jump in retail sales for March.
The S&P Retail Index hit a 52-week high on Tuesday as expectations for the sector rose ahead of comparable-store sales results, which will be released on Thursday.
The International Council of Shopping Centers expects stores to report the best sales since 1994. The trade group said on Tuesday it expects sales to increase 8% to 10% for the month, boosting its previous forecast of 3% to 3.5%. If the ICSC's forecast is correct, March would mark the third consecutive month of stronger-than-expected comparable sales growth.
An end would give a psychological boost to shares of companies that compete with Chinese exporters.
It looks like the fix is in.
The governments in Beijing and Washington look like they're figured out a formula that will lead, sooner rather than later, to an end to the renminbi/dollar peg and the appreciation of China's currency versus the dollar.
Sooner, I'd say, is this summer. Maybe as early as June. The twelve-month, non-deliverable forward market in Hong Kong is pricing in a climb in the renminbi to 6.6346 to the dollar from the current peg at 6.8258.
You can create negatives if you try hard enough, but I'll stick to what's in front of me.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
When you've done five years' worth of shows, you tend to think that nothing you could say will have any sort of impact beyond wearing a funny hat or singing a silly tune like, "You just can't slay the bull" to appropriate the end of "Hotel California."
But when you mention, "Don't worry, be happy," let's just say that the long knives are out, and last night for me was the night of the long knives.
People I regularly hear from and people I never hear from blasted me back to oblivion, questioning my every assumption, from the idea that the U.S. government will be pleasantly surprised with a reduced deficit -- and I am not even talking about pulling out of Afghanistan, something that I think is on the horizon because Karzai's not worth supporting -- to the notion of an exciting turn in California housing.
Favorable year-over-year reports will encourage the bulls . . . but after first-quarter earnings reports, reality will set in.
Investors everywhere are waiting for the Dow to cross the 11,000 mark and hoping that the 6% added to the major indexes in March will be seen once again in April as we enter earnings season.
I’ll admit I’m pretty fired up about earnings myself. As a growth guy, fundamentals are everything to me, and I live for the four times a year when sales and profits are in focus and the noise of Wall Street fades into the background. (Here are my five favorite large-cap picks for this earnings season.)
AutoChina International takes leasing vehicles to a new level
Written by Douglas Estadt:
AutoChina International Ltd (AUTC) is involved in leasing commercial vehicles and providing after-sales support, road-side assistance, and value-added services. Check out some other reasons why we bought this stock:
- Great opportunity to sell the "picks, axes and blue jeans" to Chinese entrepreneurs.
- They lease the trucks that build the foundation for Chinese businesses and allow them to function properly (i.e. picks and axes).
- Have low P/E ratio and recently completed secondary offering of 2 million shares at $35.
- High insider ownership- it was announced that there was a $500,000 recent share purchase made by CFO Jason Wang
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