How long can the S&P 500 keep 2,000?
How long can the S&P keep 2,000?

The Federal Reserve and Congressional politics threaten to rain on the market party.

VIDEO ON MSN MONEY

Will Eddie Lampert's retail empire ever get its act together?

By Jonathan Berr Nov 17, 2011 12:17PM

Sears Holdings (SHLD) CEO Lou D'Ambrosio deserves credit for not sugar-coating lousy quarterly earnings. Too bad talk is cheap.

The struggling retail empire controlled by investor Eddie Lampert reported a net loss of $421 million, or $3.95 per share, significantly worse than the loss of $218 million, or $1.98, a year earlier. Sales slumped for the 19th straight quarter, tumbling 1.2% to $9.57 billion. 

 

A number of carriers plan to launch new international and domestic routes next year while curtailing non-profitable flights.

By Zacks.com Nov 17, 2011 12:13PM

Image: Mother and daughter watching in-plane movie © Ron Levine/Photodisc/Getty ImagesBy: Zacks Equity Research

 

After a prolonged battle with soaring fuel prices and capacity pullback to optimize the cost structure, airline companies are on a spree to expand network capacity.


Companies like Delta (DAL), JetBlue (JBLU) and Southwest (LUV) are the latest to join the bandwagon after United Continental (UAL) announced last week that it will launch flights in new international routes in the first half of 2012.

 

The company has seen rapid customer growth, which analysts think reflects market acceptance of enterprise cloud computing.

By Zacks.com Nov 17, 2011 11:55AM

By: Zacks Equity Research

 

Salesforce.com (CRM) is scheduled to announce its third-quarter results Thursday afternoon, and we see limited movement in analyst estimates to date.

 

Second Quarter Overview

Salesforce.com delivered decent second-quarter results, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate on the bottom line. The quarter’s adjusted earnings came in at 6 cents per share, 3 cents ahead of our expectation.

 
Tags: CRM

With each bond auction worse than the previous one, we're caught in an endless downward spiral.

By Jim Cramer Nov 17, 2011 11:15AM

the streetIf you know that every bond auction of almost every country in Europe is going to go badly from now on, if you know that any particular country, like Spain or Italy, has endless financing needs and no institution can afford to show that it has that paper on the books, then you are set up for an endless spiral down. You can't break it. It's as if every day a new Macondo well goes off and the only way to stop it is to let it run out.

 

The company now allows businesses to establish a presence on its Google+ social network.

By Trefis Nov 16, 2011 5:45PM
With the launch of Google+ Pages, Google (GOOG) is quickly following on Facebook's footsteps by including brands and businesses on its social-networking platform.

Although Facebook has already established itself in promoting business pages, Google can provide an additional advantage to businesses by providing extensive integration between Google+ and other features such as Google Search and Google Apps. These moves will help draw businesses in promoting themselves and could threaten to extend its lead over Yahoo (YHOO) and AOL (AOL) in the online advertising market. 

The most immediate impact of the Fire will be felt not by Apple, but by competitors such as Research In Motion, Motorola and HTC.

By Trefis Nov 16, 2011 5:38PM
Ever since Amazon (AMZN) announced in September it would sell its Kindle Fire for a mere $199, the tablet has drummed up a lot of interest from developers and consumers alike.

A recent study by Retrevo.com suggests that more people are interested in purchasing the Fire than Apple's (AAPL) tried-and-true iPad this holiday season. We believe this poses a bigger threat to tablets from Motorola (MMI), HTC and other carriers using Google's (GOOG) Android software. 

Where is the retailer headed this holiday season?

By Benzinga Nov 16, 2011 5:26PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer


Target (TGT) really hit the mark Wednesday with earnings that blew away Wall Street estimates.


The Minneapolis retailer reported earnings of 87 cents per share on $16.4 billion in revenue. Analysts were looking for earnings of 74 cents per share on $16.3 billion.

 

Protesters intend to shut down the New York Stock Exchange and various subway stations on Thursday.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 16, 2011 3:52PM

the streetBy Joe Deaux, TheStreet

 

A day after a New York Supreme Court judge ruled Occupy Wall Street protesters couldn't return to Zuccotti Park with tents and sleeping bags, the protesters were preparing to shut down Thursday the New York Stock Exchange and subway stops across all five of the city's boroughs.

 

Thursday marks the two-month anniversary of the protest movement and demonstrators have said being kicked out of the park on Tuesday has invigorated them even more to close Wall Street.

 

While the US stock market remains in stasis, the eurozone debt market is under incredible selling pressure as the resources needed to end the crisis dwindle.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 16, 2011 3:48PM

It's been a story of two markets this week. On one hand, the European sovereign debt market has been hammered like never before, with the contagion of fear and the symptoms of rising borrowing costs and panicked selling spreading from the infected like Italy and Spain to once-immune countries like France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria.

 

On the other hand, the U.S. stock market continues to post low-volume, narrow-breadth, late-day rebounds kicked off by the closing of European markets. It has remained within a narrowing monthlong trading range.

 

The organization has lost $5.1 billion in the past year and can't make an annual $5.5 billion payment due Friday.

By Kim Peterson Nov 16, 2011 3:06PM
The U.S. Postal Service continues to be destroyed by FedEx (FDX), UPS (UPS) and the Internet, and its future is looking bleak.

The service said this week that it lost $5.1 billion in the past year. And that's after a prolonged cost-cutting effort that eliminated 130,000 jobs and shuttered smaller post offices. 
Tags: FDXgmups

The company is reportedly allowing only employees into the facilities at some New York cafes.

By Kim Peterson Nov 16, 2011 1:58PM
Starbucks (SBUX) loves to set up cafes in areas with heavy foot traffic. But its restrooms end up open to everyone as a result.

The company is getting a little tired of that in New York, according to news reports. So it's begun closing off some restrooms to everyone but employees. 
Tags: SBUX

Forget the major players for now and turn your attention to the less glamorous parts of this energy sector.

By MSNMoney partner Nov 16, 2011 1:36PM

Image: Oil pump jack, low angle view, dusk (© Seth Joel/Photographer)By Gene Marcial

 

Oil is hardly considered black gold anymore, with crude prices no longer shooting up into the stratosphere. But investors shouldn't give up on oil because some energy-related stocks are becoming more attractive even as Wall Street is shifting its focus away from the industry.

 

Forget the major oil exploration and production companies such as ExxonMobil (XOM) or Chevron (CVX) for a while and turn your attention to the less glamorous parts of the business that aren't on the radar of most investors, large and small. Companies that service and provide supplies and all types of support to the giant oil producers are the alluring hidden plays that deserve attention.

 
Tags: CVXoilXOM

The bank says it's aiming for $2 billion in ongoing efficiency savings annually.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 16, 2011 12:42PM

By Shanthi Bharatwaj, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Citigroup (C) plans to cut about 3,000 jobs, or 1% of its work force, as part of a broader expense-reduction plan, sources say.

 

The details are still being worked out, and the final number could be higher. People familiar with the staffing plans also noted that some of the actions have already been communicated and are a result of re-engineering and divestitures.

 

The computer maker has tried numerous turnaround strategies, but nothing seems to be sticking.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 16, 2011 11:32AM

Dell (DELL) CEO Michael Dell has been trying to figure out what to do with the company he co-founded ever since he returned as captain of the ship in 2007. His ideas seem not to be working, as evidenced by Tuesday's disappointing earnings.

First he wanted to win over consumers with snazzy product designs like Apple (AAPL). "We are kind of in the fashion business," he told the Knowledge@Wharton website, run by the University of Pennsylvania's business school, in 2007. "We have been putting quite a bit more energy into this. It will be reflected in future products."

 

A new CEO hopes some tech-world experience will help him reimagine the struggling retailer.

By InvestorPlace Nov 16, 2011 11:21AM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


Ron Johnson is the new J.C. Penney (JCP) chief executive officer, taking the reins of the iconic retailer on Nov. 1. And if his recent comments to analysts are any indication, the new CEO is looking to draw heavily on the big ideas from his days at Apple (AAPL) to breathe new life in to the struggling department store.

 

DATA PROVIDERS

Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.

Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.

STOCK SCOUTER

StockScouter rates stocks from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, using a system of advanced mathematics to determine a stock's expected risk and return. Ratings are displayed on a bell curve, meaning there will be fewer ratings of 1 and 10 and far more of 4 through 7.

116
116 rated 1
274
274 rated 2
447
447 rated 3
698
698 rated 4
633
633 rated 5
652
652 rated 6
650
650 rated 7
491
491 rated 8
268
268 rated 9
125
125 rated 10
12345678910

Top Picks

SYMBOLNAMERATING
TAT&T Inc9
VZVERIZON COMMUNICATIONS9
EXCEXELON CORPORATION8
AAPLAPPLE Inc10
ATVIACTIVISION BLIZZARD Inc10
More

Trending NOW

What’s this?

RECENT QUOTES

WATCHLIST

Symbol
Last
Change
Shares
Quotes delayed at least 15 min

ABOUT

Top Stocks provides analysis about the most noteworthy stocks in the market each day, combining some of the best content from around the MSN Money site and the rest of the Web.

Contributors include professional investors and journalists affiliated with MSN Money.

Follow us on Twitter @topstocksmsn.

MARKET UPDATE

NAMELASTCHANGE% CHANGE
There’s a problem getting this information right now. Please try again later.
NAMELASTCHANGE% CHANGE
There’s a problem getting this information right now. Please try again later.
Market index data delayed by 15 minutes

[BRIEFING.COM] Equity indices are little changed at midday with the S&P 500 hovering within a point of its flat line. Small caps underperform with the Russell 2000 trading lower by 0.2%.

The first two sessions of the week produced the lightest volume totals of the year so it was not surprising to see the key indices respect narrow ranges through the first half of action today. After opening on a slightly higher note, the S&P 500 has remained within two points of its flat line. ... More


Currencies

NAMELASTCHANGE% CHANGE
There’s a problem getting this information right now. Please try again later.