Some companies hit all-time records last month, while others missed forecasts.
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Delta voted as the best airline for business travelers for a third year in a row.
By William White
This is the third year in a row that Delta has been voted as the best airline for business travelers. It was ranked as the best airline in nine out of 10 categories on the survey by corporate travel managers, reports The Wall Street Journal.
If the region is on the mend, then these large caps have further upside.
The legendary oilman's regulatory filings provides investors with great oil stock picks.
By Aaron Levitt
After graduating from Oklahoma State with a geology degree, T. Boone Pickens knew that energy was the sector for him.
In his 60-year business career -- first as a corporate raider, then as a legendary oil man -- Pickens has become one of the most successful institutional managers focused on the oil and natural gas markets.
Through various funds at BP Capital, T. Boone Pickens has amassed quite a fortune -- estimated to be worth around $950 million -- and has become an outspoken proponent of American energy independence.
So when Boone talks, investors should listen.
Doug McMillon, an insider who has been with the company for decades, will only bring more of the same.
By Jonathan Berr
Wal-Mart (WMT) should have "encouraged" CEO Mike Duke to retire months ago.
Under Duke's five-year tenure, the stock has gained roughly 52%, underperforming both the S&P 500 and nemesis Target (TGT) -- both of which more than doubled during that same time period.
Descendants of the late Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, who still control the retailer, was probably hoping that a change in management would lead to a change for their financial fortunes as well.
It's hard to say whether Duke's successor, Doug McMillon (pictured), the head of Wal-Mart's International business, is the answer to what ails the retailer. McMillon started with Wal-Mart in 1984 as a summer seasonal worker and managed to grow the company's international business at a faster rate than its U.S. operations.
So far, 2 leading treatments have fizzled. But Orexigen hopes for more success with its new Contrave.
So far, Belviq, from Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) and Eisai, and Qsymia, from Vivus (VVUS), have fizzled saleswise. Is there really a market for obesity medicines?
The new e-reader will come with a display resolution of 300 ppi, topping the nearest competitor's by a significant margin.
Amazon (AMZN) is already working on another e-reader.
The new e-reader will come with a display resolution of 300 ppi, topping the nearest competitor (the Kobo Aura HD, which features a 265 ppi display) by a significant margin.
Codenamed "Ice Wine," Amazon is building its e-reader with an improved light sensor that will automatically adjust the display's brightness depending on how well the room is lit.
UBS analyst Colin Langan anticipates that 2014 will be a better year for GM than for Ford, at least in the first half of the year, thanks to the benefit of the new Silverado rollout.
DETROIT (TheStreet) -- A leading auto industry analyst is projecting that GM (GM) shares will perform better than Ford (F) shares in the first half of 2014 and possibly beyond.
"While we believe both GM and Ford have compelling valuations, we see more positive catalysts for GM over the next six to nine months," wrote UBS analyst Colin Langan in a report issued Monday. He said GM will benefit from a sales ramp-up resulting from its 2014 Silverado introduction.
Time the trade correctly, and you can make money.
By Neal Rau
Yelp (YELP) shares have returned more than 215% this year even though the company still is not profitable.
The online review site missed analyst estimates when it reported in late October, and shares have since declined. Local business reviews are more popular than ever, and Yelp’s mobile app continues to be the most popular tool for consumers on the go, so was the recent pullback a buying opportunity?
Along with earnings, Yelp announced a registered public offering of approximately $250 million of its shares of Class "A" common stock, and that was a concern. Yelp intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for additional working capital and general corporate purposes, including sales and marketing activities, general and administrative matters and capital expenditures. In addition, Yelp may use a portion of the net proceeds for the acquisition of, or investment in, technologies, solutions or businesses that complement its business.
Investors and the media who were burned by the last 2 bubbles are fretting at the slightest hint of overvaluation.
Enough with the bubble talk.
Yes, stocks have been on a tear in 2013, and yes, valuations have risen significantly. But with the S&P 500 trading for 17.6 times trailing 12 month operating earnings, 1.46 times sales, and 2.2 times book value, we're hardly at bubble levels.
Don't trust the denominators of those metrics because you think the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing policies have propped them up?
To an extent and in certain areas, sure. But again, not to bubble-like proportions -- particularly not when many of the same people crying bubble have also been saying (correctly) that QE's liquidity in large part has not been making it into the broader economy.
CEO Tim Cook reportedly cancels plans by marketing execs to expand holiday hours, saying that employees should be with their families.
By Tim Parker
There’s no doubt that Thanksgiving is losing its coveted spot as one of two holidays where the country grinds to a halt.
Each year, more stores try to get a jump on Black Friday sales by opening at some point on Thanksgiving Day -- always the fourth Thursday in November.
Apple (AAPL), not a company to miss out on a sale, was internally considering opening more of its stores on Thanksgiving but CEO Tim Cook (pictured) said no, canceling plans already made by the company’s marketing directors.
Last year, Apple stores in high volume markets opened on Thanksgiving Day. Those stores included the store on the Las Vegas Strip, Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, and the store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Doug McMillon worked his way up from a summer job at a distribution center to head the retailer's international division.
Despite minor damage to the charts, the stock looks good in the medium term.
By Serge Berger
Intel (INTC) held an analyst day last Thursday during which the company laid out its sales forecast for 2014. The stock rallied about 2.5%, but gave back all of its gains and more on a big-volume selloff the next day.
Intel told analysts about plans to increase mobile chip production in 2014, but disappointment hit after Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith said the company's revenues won't grow in 2014.
On a more positive note, analysts took a liking to Intel's product road map. The company said it had somewhat missed the boat on mobile chips, but CEO Brian Krzanich predicted production of tablet chips would grow four-fold in the coming year.
Pad your portfolio with great opportunities on these companies on the verge of earnings reports.
By Jamie Dlugosch
Last week’s market action was remarkable in many ways beyond the major market indexes closing across key psychological thresholds. I’ve never seen so many so called experts -- pros and talking heads -- calling for a market reversal or worse a downright crash.
Give me a break.
It was virtually guaranteed that stocks were going to go up last week, and that is exactly what they did. Friday’s powerful surge was a strong punctuation mark to a week of incessant guessing at a correction that never materialized. Anyone acting with such hubris thinking that they could predict the exact time the market would reverse course is ludicrous, of course.
The struggling mobile company announces the departure of 3 top execs.
BlackBerry's new interim CEO, John Chen, is credited with the management shakeup. Both the CMO and COO had been at the company for just a short while, brought aboard by Chen's predecessor, Thorsten Heins. According to The New York Times, "the company [will] no longer have chief operating and chief marketing executives."
The coffee wars are far from over, but this company is still king of the hill -- and could grow even faster.
The number of Starbucks coffee shops that flooded the market during the mid-2000s was almost comical. In 2008, there were more than 230 in New York City, with over 180 just in Manhattan.
There were literally Starbucks locations right across the street from each other. As a coffee lover and Starbucks fanboy, I didn't mind.
But rapid expansion and market saturation turned out to be an unsustainable business model, which led to a large number of underperforming stores. As a result, Starbucks brought back former CEO Howard Schultz in 2008, and the company closed a number of U.S. stores and ceased expansion efforts.
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