The company, which reports its quarterly earnings Tuesday, has once again become an investor favorite.
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These fast-gaining shares carry high risk at current levels, and shareholders should lock in profits now.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
As Apple (AAPL) climbs past the $500 level and Wall Street analysts bump their targets for the S&P to 1,400 or 1,450, the signs continue to indicate a market where risk is increasing.
This is the opposite of last fall, when the major firms were lowering their forecasts for both the S&P 500 and U.S. GDP at a rapid rate, as we noted back in September in Is the Majority Wrong?
After one of the best runs in market history, structural issues are resurfacing to spoil the fun. Think about taking an agile, cautious short position.
Reality has caught up to the runaway market. Economic data here at home are starting to disappoint as the temporary tailwinds of savings drawdown and inventory restocking fade. Witness Tuesday's retail sales miss or Friday's poor trade report. Data are weakening overseas as well, with activity slowing in key economies, including those of Japan and Germany.
The situation in Europe is deteriorating, with analysts at Moody's downgrading the credit ratings of a number of countries Monday night, becoming the first agency to call into question the creditworthiness of the United Kingdom. Greece is fast approaching the precipice. Its coalition government is weakening from the intense popular uprising against additional budget cuts. Participation in its critical debt restructuring deal is reportedly weaker than expected. And now, a chorus of eurozone officials, including the finance ministers of Germany and Poland, is playing down the negative effects of a Greek default and eurozone exit.
With investor sentiment at extreme highs, this sets the stage for a dramatic market reversal as it becomes increasingly clear that central bank interventions -- such as the actions by the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England over the past week -- can no longer solve the structural problems at hand. We're already seeing signs of this.
The internet search giant is setting its crosshairs on your living room. Would an Android-powered home catch on?
Is this move a natural progression for Google, or does it have flop written all over it?
Did the tech giant figure the ends justified the means?
Foxconn, one of Apple's main suppliers, seems to have consulted the works of Charles Dickens for management tips.
Mylan is upgraded to 'buy' at Goldman, while Bank of America is downgraded to 'neutral' at Citi.
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Gap (GPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
- Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
- HollyFrontier (HFC) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
- Mylan (MYL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
- Pioneer Natural (PXD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Both companies have failed to deliver in the past but are creeping back up despite continued missteps.
These two companies disappointed and disappointed badly. They didn't deliver what we thought they would, but more importantly they didn't deliver the guidance we expected.
Now what's happening to them? They are creeping right back up, headed back to where they were before the huge misses.
With a high yield and rapid growth, this offshore operator is a fundamental and technical buy.
We continue to seek stocks that can outperform on a relative basis and provide dividend support to protect the downside. Offshore driller SeaDrill Limited (SDRL) combines both positive catalysts.
SeaDrill is in rapid growth mode seeking to capitalize on the explosive worldwide need for safer, better-quality rigs in the post-BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill era while providing capability for drilling in more difﬁcult and deeper waters (and capturing higher crude prices).
Jeremy Lin's meteoric rise as a player is making MSG a hot stock. Don't get burned.
By Kyle Woodley
Sports phenomena rock the mainstream media all the time. The stories surrounding athletes like Tim Tebow and LeBron James are larger than life, so when they hit the traditional news outlets and plaster social media, no one bats an eye.
But when a sports phenomenon -- in this case, one dubbed "Linsanity" -- causes a major move in a well-known stock, it's time to step back and take a breather.
Longtime tech leader IBM has a lot more power to grow than some investors foresee.
Just because IBM (IBM) has been a steady, reliable blue-chip growth stock all these years is no reason to get bored with it, as some investors seem to feel these days. You will miss out on IBM's continued solid growth if you take its stock for granted.
True, the buzz these days in the fast-moving world of technology is all about the social networks such as Facebook and Groupon (GRPN), even somewhat eclipsing a bit the relatively new tech leaders Apple (AAPL) -- which hit an-all-time high of $500 a share Monday -- Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT). But information technology wizard IBM is hardly mentioned anymore among the must-own and truly exciting tech stocks.
The online gaming company is expected to report a profit Tuesday, which may allay concerns about its potential.
All eyes will be on Zynga (ZNGA) Tuesday as the company is expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 3 cents per share on revenue of $301 million.
As tech companies go, these numbers are tiny. However, positive earnings are impressive for such a young company. Zynga's strong numbers have encouraged some investors even as its dependence on the Facebook platform has inspired skepticism.
Local governments won't have to scramble to repay loans used to finance construction projects.
The company's performance in the smartphone and mobile operating system markets was stunning last quarter.
The iPhone 4S has significantly boosted the fortunes for Apple (AAPL), with the company's stock price surpassing $500 for the first time. That's up from $400 last October, when the phone was launched.
Not only has the iPhone 4S helped Apple become the No. 1 global smartphone maker, but it also narrowed the gap with Google's (GOOG) Android operating system in the U.S. According to a BGR report citing StatCounter research, Apple has a 59% share of mobile Web browsing usage in North America.
With the Kindle Fire making major inroads in the tablet market, some think Apple would be wise to take on Amazon with a cheaper 7-inch iPad.
Technology analyst Ezra Gottheil told Computerworld that a smaller version of the 9.7-inch iPad has always "been in the plan" for the Cupertino, Calif., company, and could see store shelves as soon as this year. But late founder Steve Jobs was vehemently opposed to a smaller iPad, saying the screen would be too small to "express the software."
All things considered, would producing a smaller, more portable $200 tablet be in Apple's best interest?
Can the aircraft maker accurately project demand 20 years out?
Boeing (BA) executives recently issued a very long-term forecast for the global aviation industry. For any other industry, a two-decade projection might almost seem silly, but Boeing's business is also a long-term one, where a product can take years to develop, test and manufacture -- and being well prepared is crucial.
The maker of the 787 Dreamliner is projecting demand of 33,500 planes worldwide by the year 2030, MarketWatch reported. The market value of these crafts is about $4 trillion -- that's right, trillion. And Boeing is gearing up to take its share of the projected demand.
You can't get more solid than these picks from a defensive fund manager.
By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com
Picking stocks that are increasing dividend payouts and growing in price, while meeting the moral requirements of a Catholic investor base, is George Schwartz's daily challenge.
In my interview with Schwartz, he describes several companies -- two of them in detail.
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