New legislation is allowing foreign companies to finally invest in the country's vast oil reserves.
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A growing direct-to-consumer business is necessary for the teen-apparel retailer achieve its aggressive goal.
The teen-apparel retailer saw 41% growth in its direct-to-consumer business, which will help it achieve its ambitious goal of $1 billion in annual Internet sales. E-commerce sales have become a major focus area for teen-apparel retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Aeropostale (ARO) and Gap (GPS).
Manulife Financial's Asian operation is the largest source of value for the company, contributing about 23% of the stock price.
Manulife is a leading Canadian financial services group operating in 22 regions worldwide. The company provides life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, pension and banking products and other services. Americans might recognize the company's John Hancock brand, though it operates in Canada and Asia as Manulife Financial.
Although these stocks are based in Europe, they should be viewed as global powerhouses.
Many companies are considered to be European only because they are headquartered in Europe -- when in fact their operations are worldwide.
The six companies discussed below are global powerhouses with strong business franchises. As such, they are not any more vulnerable to a slowdown in Europe than are multinational companies based in the U.S. or in Asia.
History shows there's a lot of money to be made in the days before and after the holiday. This year may be different.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) of 30 blue-chip U.S. companies has historically given investors something to be thankful for during the week of Thanksgiving: money.
Buying into what is known as the Thanksgiving Rally could earn you profits that make up for Black Friday shopping on Apple (AAPL) iPhones, Coach (COH) bags and Sony (SNE) LCD TVs. The rally, often used as a short-term trading strategy, was coined after a 35-year trend whereby the stock market would pop on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day and the Friday afterward.
Forget soup. To understand this company, look at the growing desire for easy-to-make meals.
Selling canned soup is an increasingly tough proposition for Campbell Soup (CPB), which reported a 4% decline in quarterly soup sales on Tuesday.
But that doesn't mean the iconic brand has given up trying to win over the hearts and minds of America's cooks. Campbell's big bet these days is on simple meals, which includes soup as well as jarred sauces and mix packets. That division boasted a decent profit increase of 8% as the company trimmed advertising expenses and raised prices.
Tuesday, it announced it had signed up 1 million paying members to "Call of Duty Elite" service in six days.
Warren Buffett was once quoted as saying that he likes the cigarette business because its product costs a penny to make, sells for a dollar -- and is addictive.
While smoking may not be your thing, it pays to keep Buffett’s observation in mind when searching for potential investments. Few things are as attractive from a shareholder’s perspective as a business that sells products capable of addicting customers.
Technical and fundamental pressures are weighing heavily on the industry, and investors who buy solely for the big yields will become susceptible to excessive downside risks.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The July cut in Medicare reimbursements to nursing home operators and landlords who rent to them has hit many of the health care REITs quite hard over the past few months. The concern is whether nursing home operators will be able to make rent payments after the cuts in Medicare spending.
Back in the 1990s, there were also sharp cuts, but most of the companies then were on much weaker financial footing, and many eventually declared bankruptcy. Even if the companies are able to make rent payments, profits are likely to take a sizable hit, which will make it difficult for landlords to increase rents.
The video-streaming and by-mail DVD company will raise a much-needed $400 million, but at a stark cost.
By Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com
Netflix agreed to sell $400 million in stock and convertible notes this week in what some are calling a desperate effort to raise cash and purchase the online rights to more content. The move indicates not just an urgent need to bolster its streaming video catalog but significant cash flow issues for a company that once was seen as the biggest growth story on Wall Street.
Leaders in the US and Europe have lost touch and don’t care about stock markets or credit.
They aren't part of the real world. That's how I feel about the supercommittee lawmakers and Europe's politicians and central bankers. Neither group seems to care a whit about stock markets or credit.
In Europe, they just think about inflation. They still haven't rolled back the second rate hike. Can you imagine trying to do business with 17 different governments and a central bank that speaks of a binary world between slowdown and hyperinflation, when the truth is that the options are a severe recession/depression or inflation?
Abbott Labs, CME Group and Occidental Petroleum score as quality stocks with low price-to-book value ratios.
Quality companies with low price to book value ratios have outperformed companies with higher valuations for the past three-, five- and 10-year periods.
To find the best companies with low P/BV ratios, we required Value Line Financial Strength ratings of B++ or better, low price to earnings ratios, dividend yields of 1.0% or higher and good earnings prospects for the next 12-month and five-year periods.
Recent weakness in tech titans has gotten plenty of attention, and the charts indicate that further declines could be in store.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Updated Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 8 a.m. ET: Last week was clearly a rough one for stocks. Monday, the failure of a Congressional supercommittee to reach a decision on cutting U.S. debt pushed stocks sharply lower. Then, after the close Monday, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) posted weak results that signal more trouble ahead for the tech sector on Tuesday.
The ongoing weakness in some of the largest tech stocks -- which is likely to accelerate Tuesday due to HP's results -- has many wondering whether the whole tech sector is in trouble or if the weakness in just a few stocks is artificially depressing the Nasdaq 100.
Turmoil in Europe and a Congressional supercommittee that's anything but super are taking a toll on global markets.
Ryanair's CEO says that planes could offer the same kind of pay-per-view setup that hotels have.
That's the latest idea proposed by European discount carrier Ryanair, according to news reports. But Ryanair's CEO is known for crazy ideas that don't actually pan out, so no one's sure where he's going with this one.
British tabloid The Sun quoted Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary as saying he wants to launch an in-flight service that mimics the pay-per-view setup offered by hotels. Passengers could gamble, play video games and watch movies -- even adult movies.
AT&T will sell a Windows phone but admits there will be challenges.
Try as it might, AT&T (T) is finding it hard to resist the long-term allure of the iPhone.
Glenn Lurie, head of Ma Bell's emerging-devices group, told investors at a conference in Barcelona that the company is negotiating to carry Windows smartphones built by Nokia (NOK) sometime next year. He also said that Microsoft (MSFT) will face "a lot of challenges" in trying to win market share from Apple (AAPL) and Android rivals HTC and Samsung, Bloomberg reported.
Political bickering between Democrats and Republicans blocks any deficit-cutting agreement. That, combined with the deepening European debt crisis, sets the stage for additional market losses and another halt to economic growth.
We could see this coming a mile away. To no one's surprise, the bipartisan deficit "super committee" declared itself a failure this afternoon, with no agreement to be had.
That after a day in which stocks plunged as it becomes clear the United States is increasingly ungovernable -- something I discussed in my recent column "Will DC wreck the economy, again?"
After three months, the gap between the $2 trillion plan from the Democrats (an equal mix of new taxes on the rich and spending cuts) and the $1.2 trillion deal from the Republicans (mainly spending cuts) as three months of talks failed to deliver a compromise on $1.2 trillion in budget savings over the next 10 years.
"We are deeply disappointed that we have been unable to come to a bipartisan deficit reduction agreement," the panel said in a statement, "but as we approach the uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving, we want to express our appreciation to every member of this committee, each of whom came into the process committed to achieving a solution that has eluded many groups before us. Most importantly, we want to thank the American people for sharing thoughts and ideas and for providing support and good will as we worked to accomplish this difficult task."
You can read the panel full statement here.
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