Geopolitical crises are taking a toll on stocks as we head into the seasonally weak month of August.
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The financial giant says debit card spending helped it achieve double-digit earnings and revenue growth.
MasterCard (MA) shares soared almost 8% in early trading Wednesday after the credit card processing company reported better-than-expected earnings.
Despite catastrophes in Thailand and Turkey, funds pegged to the countries' markets have managed to move higher.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Many investors have had their sights focused on the ongoing economic and political sagas facing developed regions like the European Union. However, in other parts of the globe, Mother Nature has been playing a major role in driving sentiment.
For months, Thailand has been working diligently to defend itself from rising waters brought on by heavy monsoon rains. According to Bloomberg, the flooding is the worst the nation has witnessed in 70 years.
Strong growth and a generous dividend boost the prospects for the chip-maker.
This year, Intel (INTC) has rewarded investors with a rare blend of rapid growth, a generous dividend and impressive share-price action.
Several drivers suggest Intel can keep providing investors a few of their favorite things. Indeed, only three technology stocks in the S&P 500 Index yield more than Intel's 3.4%, and the company raised its dividend in August.
Buy any one of these mutual funds and sleep tight at night.
By Frank Byrt, TheStreet
So, let's get this straight: The stock market slid in September, rebounded in October and now it's . . . tanking again?
Most recently, the S&P 500 Index ($INX) fell 2.8% yesterday, extending a two-day decline to 5.2%. Is it any wonder individual investors are checking out?
A larger world population means more demand in certain areas, providing simple and logical investment strategies.
By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace
While investors try to anticipate next quarter's earnings results or even examine the big picture in Europe, it's really important to stand back and look at the even bigger picture. It might not be easy, but it's what top-notch investors like Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A) Warren Buffett do. It takes guts and patience, but the payoff can be big.
Pimco's Bill Gross and Schwab's Liz Ann Sonders say political infighting may put a damper on the stock market.
By Robert Holmes, TheStreet
Individual investors will be up against political gridlock as the economy grows slowly next year, prospects that may damped stock market gains even if Congress pushes through a trillion-dollar budget cut.
A "relatively toxic political environment" next year will "get uglier," said Liz Ann Sonders, a chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, during the Schwab Impact 2011 investment adviser conference in San Francisco late Tuesday.
Industrial executives crave certainty from Washington and, cynical as it sounds, view the election as a distraction that could prevent the president from interfering with business.
Can this economy turn without help from Washington, D.C.? Can it turn even with Washington hurting it? Those are the two questions I am asking industrial CEOs, and the answers are a little surprising.
First, many of the industrial CEOs I deal with actually see a turn happening in this country's economy. They see it in nonresidential construction, which can be a real driver of the GDP growth. They see it in autos, where a 13 million auto build, once dreamed of, is now a reality. They see it in larger orders for trucks and generators and construction equipment.
With a stealth rally under way in its shares, now is the time to start buying them.
By Chuck Carlson, The DRIP Investor
Wal-Mart (WMT) deserves some love. Yes, I know the stock is trading where it was 10 years ago. I know lots of people view it as the quintessential evil corporation. And I know it's hard to grow a company with revenue near half a trillion dollars.
But I also know the stock is beginning to put on one of those stealth rallies that investors ignore at their own peril. In my view, it's time to put Wal-Mart stock in your shopping cart.
Sony forecasts a fourth straight annual loss. MasterCard's profit jumps on a rise in credit card use. Concast posts higher profit and revenue.
By Andrea Tse, TheStreet
Sony (SNE), the Japanese electronics giant, reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of 27 billion yen ($346 million) and said it expects an annual loss for the fourth year in a row. Sony said it expects an annual loss of 90 billion yen; it previously expected a net profit of 60 billion. Sony shares were down 5% to $18.72.
MasterCard's (MA) profit rose 38% on a jump in credit card use and new deals with other banks to issue debit cards bearing its logo. Net income was $717 million, or $5.63 per share, on revenue of $1.8 billion, exceeding expectations for profit of $4.81 per share on revenue of $1.7 billion.
FedEx, plus an agricultural stock and an airplane parts maker show up at the top of our screen.
By Kevin Cook, senior stock strategist with Zacks.com
On Tuesday, I screened for stocks with strong fundamentals and a discount price. Although conservative, this strategy has proven to be a solid out performer in the past. Fourteen companies surfaced from this screen, with the top three results shown in alphabetical order. Here they are:
American manufacturers are fueling the recovery here as Europe quakes and China's growth gets relatively worse.
By Lindsey Bell, TheStreet
If you can keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs, you may be able to hold on to investment gains this year.
After Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou stunned the world by announcing a referendum on the new European bailout plan, stocks tumbled in Europe and the United States. That news overshadowed a U.S. October manufacturing report that suggested America is still a good place to invest.
There are safer plays than an industrial with significant eurozone exposure.
Some big banks in the U.S. are reporting record earnings. But are these earnings all they're chalked up to be?
By Tom Jacobs
Two years after the big bank bailout, should investors rest easily and buy banks hand over fist like successful money managers Bill Ackman and Bruce Berkowitz? Or are the banks just out on bail, waiting another trial?
The answer is in the middle. Earnings are better, sure, but not as good you think.
The ratings agency is positive on the beverage giant's strong operations and credit quality.
Standard & Poor's has upgraded its ratings outlook on Coca-Cola (KO) on the back of the company’s strong operations and credit quality.
Despite the prevailing market turmoil, S&P upped Coca Cola's outlook to positive from stable and reiterated its "A+" long-term corporate credit and "A-1" short-term corporate credit and commercial paper ratings. The agency said it continues to expect robust performance from Coca-Cola even in the uncertain economy.
Instead of selling itself, the Internet company announces an acquisition to boost its display-advertising business.
Yahoo's (YHOO) board may have screwed up again.
Rumors surfaced last week that instead of selling itself, the company was mulling a share buyback and dividend to appease investors. Benzinga spoke to Yahoo about the rumors, only to be told the company would not comment.
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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market punctuated July with a broad-based retreat that sent the S&P 500 lower by 2.0% with all ten sectors ending in the red. The benchmark index posted a monthly decline of 1.5%, while the Russell 2000 (-2.3%) underperformed to end the month lower by 6.1%.
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