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It's old tech versus new tech in a race for recovery.
By James Brumley
Although few seem to appreciate it, the past few weeks have been nothing less than amazing for stocks.
Yes, the S&P 500 ($INX) as well as the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) have both hit new all-time highs. But the move into uncharted territory is even more impressive in that it materialized on top of an already-frothy 17% rally. All told, stocks have advanced 22% since the November low, with hardly even a blip along the way.
It's a good time to remember Buffett's golden rule.
By David Sterman
Few would mistake the current market action with what we saw back in 2000, but it's increasingly clear that investors have become conditioned to ever-rising stock prices.
The S&P 500 ($INX) has posted a very impressive rebound over the past 17 quarters. In fact, over the past 20 months, the S&P 500 has risen 46%, which is what investors should reasonably expect from the market over six or seven years.
There's no shame in staying involved in a bull market, as long as you show a great deal of discipline. An ever-rising market requires you to start trimming the more aggressive and risky portfolio holdings, maintaining a focus on stocks and funds more likely to hold their own when the inevitable market correction comes.
In the battle for cost-conscious consumers, it's looking more attractive to Wall Street than giant competitor Wal-Mart.
Although both companies were hurt by unusually cool spring weather, Wal-Mart's latest quarterly earnings report disappointed Wall Street while Kohl's beat analysts' expectations, despite having what CEO Kevin Mansell described as a "slow start."
The best income stocks offer big payouts, decent share appreciation and rock-solid stability. Don't miss out on these energy investments.
By Jeff Reeves
We all know about the current dividend investing trend. With CDs and Treasuries yielding less than 2%, your best shot at income is to seek out stable dividend payers.
The best income stocks offer big dividends, decent share appreciation and rock-solid stability. And one of the best places to look for that triple-treat of a dividend stock is in the master limited partnership arena.
Master limited partnerships, or MLPs, are quirky investments. They have special tax rules, offering "distributions" instead of dividends to its "partners" or "unitholders." But don't let the jargon fool you. MLPs essentially are the same as dividend stocks, only their special corporate structure ensures that the vast majority of any profits are delivered right back to shareholders. Er, I mean "unitholders." You get the idea.
The shorting process is lifting these stocks and making them hard to value.
The answer is simple: You don't. You can't. You can't, because there's a confluence, an actual formula, for what's going on here. You take a service or product that is much loved, you verify constantly that it is loved, whether it be because of the rapid adoption of the online service or a terrific rating in Consumer Reports, and you add in sudden profitability and a chance for long-term dominance and then sprinkle on nonbelievers who short the stock because the usual valuation works are defied, and they can't be defied forever. The result? You get Tesla Motors (TSLA) at $10 billion, and you get Amazon (AMZN) at 220 times earnings.
US markets are set to open on a higher note ahead of consumer sentiment data.
U.S. equity futures rose slightly in early premarket trade heading into the weekend after a week marked by small moves in equities in both directions. Stocks look set to test all-time highs again in Friday's session if futures can hold gains into the open.
In other news, the European Union reported EU auto sales rose 1.8% in April, the first monthly gain in over 18 months.
Japanese Machine Orders rose a whopping 14.2% in March, much better than the 3.2% expected gain. However, the data is extremely volatile and may not be a clear sign that stimulus policies are working just yet.
It's been minimal since the 2008 crash. Job insecurity at home and low global demand for goods and services are keeping price pressures at bay.
What few people talked about was if there were any great worries about inflation -- or if interest-rate cuts by central banks around the world, and moves to flood their banking system with cash to promote growth, were causing enormous inflationary pressures.
This was a change from the near-constant television chatter about how those big, bad central banks were going to destroy the economy as we know it. But the big fears are just fears so far. There isn't much inflation in the developed countries, certainly not the United States. Not yet, anyway.
The company moves ahead on its leukemia treatment, after encouraging study results.
By Zacks Equity Research
Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD) recently presented encouraging data on its pipeline candidate, the leukemia drug idelalisib (formerly GS-1101), from a phase II study. That study is evaluating idelalisib, combined with Roche Holding AG’s (RHHBY) Rituxan/MabThera (rituximab), in treatment-naïve patients (ages 65 and older) suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The second most common leukemia form in the US, CCL refers to a slow-growing cancer. It stimulates the production of multiple mature white blood cells.
The results stated the regimen achieved an overall response rate of 97%, with estimated progression-free survival of 93% at 24 months. Encouraged by the results of the phase II study, Gilead intends to evaluate idelalisib for the indication in phase III studies.
The fund will result in the installation of 110 megawatts of rooftop panel by SolarCity, the country's largest residental solar installer.
Elon Musk's electric car and rocket ship ventures may score the headlines, but SolarCity (SCTY), his rooftop photovoltaic company, is proving the market leader of a booming business.
On Thursday, the Silicon Valley firm further consolidated its position as the nation's largest residential solar installer -- with the announcement that Goldman Sachs (GS) will finance $500 million in leases for SolarCity's customers.
In a hot market where the popular names can cost hundreds of dollars a share, the real potential may be in stocks that go for less than five bucks.
However, as Michael Brush notes, "If you look beyond the household names, you'll find a lot of stocks from solid companies that go for much more modest prices -- say, less than $5 a share. Given that so many of these small companies get overlooked by the experts, here's where you can find bargains ready to jump higher."
Brush reviewed his own holdings and picks from his Brush up on Stocks portfolio to find seven budget-priced stocks with solid potential, like Sirius XM (SIRI) -- with one crucial caveat: "Do not overpay!"
This car manufacturer has endeavored to do things differently from the beginning, and that may give it interesting potential.
By Alex Daley, Casey Daily Dispatch
Compared to most other fledgling automakers, which rely on shared assembly plants or rented space from the big players, Tesla (TSLA) is much better off.
In 2008, founder Elon Musk took advantage of the financial crisis to purchase and retool a state of the art GM/Toyota manufacturing facility called "NUMMI." In theory, NUMMI is capable of producing 500,000 cars per year.
But if Tesla is going to grow into a sales behemoth, it's going to have to prove it can shatter the ceiling imposed on most other electric cars: They have failed to consistently break above 5,000 units per quarter.
The recovery should enable them to push through long-delayed premium increases -- and interest rates won't be going any lower.
Stocks are virtually unchanged following a deluge of domestic economic data this morning.
The old 60-40 rule has outlived its usefulness for investors, says one successful fund manager.
Thank you, Eric for joining me. I appreciate your time.
Thanks for having me.
Let's talk a little about the obsolescence of the 60/40 model, the old model that recommended investors put 60% of their portfolio in equities and 40% into fixed income, adjusting it along the way as you retire, maybe getting a little more conservative, a little more in fixed income. That worked for a number of years, but it's no longer working, is it?
What can the soda company do to make its revenue look rosier? Add the world's best-selling cookie to its lineup.
Animated ads don't often catch my eye and my imagination but this one (see MultiVu.com) did, and it brought back sweet childhood memories.
Now, before you watch the video of the ad and enjoy the catchy song, remember you're reading this because you want to know if PepsiCo (PEP) and some activist investors may have dollar signs in their eyes when they also see the video.
First, I'd like to send out congratulations to the folks who manage the company. On Wednesday shares of PEP hit a new 52-week high of $84.45, lifting PEP's market cap to well above $130 billion. Coincidentally its bigger rival, Coca-Cola (KO) also hit a 52-week high ($43.10), giving it a market cap of $191 billion.
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All hail the bull market, which ended the week with a big rally. But it also is starting to look a little like 1987, which suffered an epic blow-out.
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