The US isn't strong enough not to care about them now. But one day it will be, Jim Cramer says.
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If fears continue to build, investors will want to unload these shares.
By Jamie Dlugosch, Stockpickr
It is human nature to be fearful. For some reason, we are all wired with some degree of skepticism about the future. Perhaps it's due to our awareness of the ultimate inevitability of our demise. Over the past six weeks, the amount of skepticism and fear in the stock market has risen.
The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), also known as the "fear index," is up 23% since the end of April. Typically such spikes are accompanied by sharp declines in the stock market. Indeed, the S&P 500 ($INX) is down about 5% over the same period. As painful as it is to lose 5%, the losses could be a lot worse.
With the VIX currently at 18.21, there is a lot more fear to be had in the market. When stocks bottomed in March 2009, the VIX peaked at 53.25, more than double where we are today. But should fear in the current market continue to build, here are five names I would consider liquidating.
Still in a fragile recovery, the doughnut chain looks to yogurt, juices and specialty coffees to sustain momentum.
So in order to keep momentum going, the company is ... getting healthier?
Chief executive James Morgan wants to add oatmeal, yogurt and fruit juice to the menu, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. He's also looking at specialty coffee, starting with custom blends in September and espressos and lattes over 18 months.
Homer Simpson would be disappointed, and I admit I am as well.
The tech giant could partner with a television maker to 'blow Netflix and all those other guys away.'
We're talking full-on TV sets. The DailyTech site says it has interviewed a former company executive about Apple's plans to bundle Apple TV and iTunes inside television sets. The idea, the executive said, is to "blow Netflix (NFLX) and all those other guys away."
Apple would get the TVs from a major supplier, the source said, but put its own brand on them. "You'll go into an Apple retail store and be able to walk out with a TV," the source said. "It's perfect." The TVs could come out this year or next.
Nearly 15,000 readers rate the carriers they love and hate.
That's the takeaway from the latest airline survey from Consumer Reports. Nearly 15,000 readers rated the top airlines, and the one that charged significantly fewer fees was the strong winner.
Southwest (LUV) topped the list, with a rating of 87, getting top marks for easy check-in, good service, clean cabins and baggage handling. Southwest might have nailed that last category because it's the only airline that lets you check two bags with no extra charges, Consumer Reports says. Additional bags cost $50 each.
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Many don’t trust the market’s latest rally, but technical indicators suggest that even when this rally stalls, the market may be well supported for a new run to the prior highs.
Fears of government spending cutbacks have kept many aerospace and defense stocks trading at bargain prices.
With talk of deficits, debt ceilings and potential budget cuts dominating the U.S. political landscape in recent weeks, a good deal of fear and uncertainty have been swirling around stocks of companies that could be impacted if the government starts slashing its budget.
One such area is aerospace and defense firms. The defense budget has come under great scrutiny lately as Congress tries to claw away at the $1.4 trillion U.S. budget deficit. That -- along with investors' increased appetite for riskier stocks amid the Federal Reserve's money-printing binge -- has helped keep the shares of many A&D companies trading on the cheap.
Last week, however, the House Appropriations Committee passed a defense budget that cut President Obama's spending request less than some had feared, good news for defense-related companies.
Mortgage woes weigh on the company, but the stock may be too cheap to resist.
By Dan Freed, TheStreet
Bank of America (BAC) looks ugly, yes, but when do its shares become too cheap to pass up?
That's the question analysts and investors have been asking since October, when it finally sank in that housing-related legal challenges were likely to cost tens of billions of dollars and that Bank of America appeared to be on the hook for most of it as a result of its acquisition of Countrywide Financial in 2008.
Countrywide was one of the most aggressive actors out there when it came to making home loans that were unlikely to be repaid. The lender appears to have ramped up its mortgage operation just as the housing market was at its frothiest.
Streaming apps just don't work on Android.
By Tim Beyers
Android's versioning problems are far from over. In tests this weekend, I found that none of the major streaming apps aside from YouTube work on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 I received during Google's (GOOG) I/O developer conference last month.
And that's after upgrading the underlying OS to the latest edition of Honeycomb, version 3.1. Knowing this, I wonder how any of us can be surprised that Apple's (AAPL) iPad still dominates the conversation when it comes to tablets.
To be fair, Apple users have their own issues with version 1.3 of the iPad edition of Netflix (NFLX). "I LOVED this app until the update prior to this last one," reviewer dailyink wrote of the app at Apple's website. "Now the app constantly crashes when searching titles.
This fund provides relief from the troubled eurozone.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
In light of Greece's debt woes, Europe has been under a cloud of uncertainty. While I urge investors to steer clear of the European Union at this time, risk-tolerant ETF investors looking to expand their portfolios' geographic reach into the region may want to put a fund like the iShares MSCI Switzerland Index Fund (EWL) on the radar.
Switzerland is outside of the troubled eurozone, and in the near term EWL will likely be more stable than products designed to track its euro-based neighbors.
Already the fund has shown promise as a haven for Europe-hungry investors. During the past 90 days, EWL has outperformed the EU-tracking iShares MSCI EMU Index Fund (EZU). Over that period, shares of EWL gained 8%, while EZU has dropped more than 1%.
Apple is later than usual with the update of its flagship smartphone, but the features may make it worth the wait for investors and consumers alike.
By Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com
It's summer, and that typically means legions of Apple Inc. (AAPL) fans are worked into a lather about the latest iPhone launch. Since 2007, there has been a snazzy new model of the iconic smartphone released between mid-June and mid-July, just like clockwork.
Not this year. Turns out iPhone fans won't get their paws on a new gadget until September.
A market bounce after a long decline always looks fantastic. But it's worth buying only if the core data have actually improved.
Shocker. The same way that stocks don't go straight up, they don't go straight down either. It is entirely possible that we should have been down Tuesday. Given the litany of ailments, why not?
But that's not how the market works. Time and again I have seen big streaks of declines break, even if they shouldn't have. Only when the Western world was imploding in late 2008 have I ever seen crushing declines that could not be reversed in a heartbeat.
In fact, the amazing Nasdaq ($COMPX) rollover of 2000 to 2003 (the most breathtaking decline I have ever seen -- relentless, punishing, inexorable) was punctuated pretty constantly by rallies that sucked people in. The rallies actually looked a lot like Tuesday's Nasdaq rally, in which it was hard to imagine a more beautiful tape.
At a time when bank capital requirements are under intense scrutiny, PNC Financial makes a big buy.
The end of QE2, an economic rebound and more powerful inflationary pressures are set to hit one of the market's favorite havens.
We're on the cusp of some major changes for the economy and the stock market, changes I've covered in recent posts and columns.
The recovery looks ready to re-accelerate. Inflation is rising. The Federal Reserve, which started its two-day policy meeting Tuesday, is set to end its $600 billion money-printing stimulus but keep interest rates pegged near zero. And risk appetites have returned as the situation in Europe moves toward a new solution.
All of this is a perfect recipe for big losses on the one asset class considered to be "risk free": U.S. Treasury bonds. Here's why.
Cable companies hope better service keeps customers from ditching cable for Internet video.
Situations like these hurt Comcast (CMCSA). The cable company won the "worst company in America" crown from the Consumerist website last year, and slow customer service was likely a big factor there.
So Comcast is trying to clean itself up, starting with that nasty four-hour cable guy window. By next year, the cable giant wants to shorten its repair window to two hours or less, Bloomberg reports.
This isn't as easy as it sounds. The company is adding new dispatch technology and giving all of its technicians laptops and handheld devices, Bloomberg reports. It's part of the broader overhaul of the cable system, which Comcast is renaming "Xfinity."
The stock ran hot right out of the box but overheated and plunged, tempting many investors.
By Anders Bylund
Pandora Media (P) took the plunge and hit the public market. Now you, too, can own a piece of your favorite streaming music service. But Mr. Market has hated this stock so far -- if you were first in line to buy shares on Wednesday, you've lost 44% of your investment already.
Fellow Fool Rick Munarriz called it: Amid Pandora's scorching hot IPO, he told you to stay away from the launch. Though revenue is growing like gangbusters, costs are tagging along as well and the company hasn't figured out how to turn a profit. And the share offering price more than doubled from the initial plan as fellow online darling LinkedIn (LNKD) and others threw chum in the IPO waters. LinkedIn hasn't done much better, by the way. Just short of a month into its public life, the stock has taken a 25% haircut from where it opened on its first day.
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