There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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Zynga is downgraded to 'neutral,' and MetroPCS is downgraded to 'market perform.'
Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Weyerhaeuser (WY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
- Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at RBC Capital
- Atwood Oceanics (ATW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
- Pandora (P) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus
- Costco (COST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair
The FBI is building cases against at least 120 more insider-trading targets. Can the federal crackdown clean up the hedge fund industry?
Michael Douglas memorably brought insider trading to the public consciousness as Gordon Gekko. Now, 25 years later, the man whose fictional alter ego declared that "greed, for lack of a better word, is good" is taking to the airwaves to urge anyone who knows about insider trading in the real world to report it to the FBI.
China's fast-growing fast-food market prompts an advertising blitz for an unconventional menu item.
Plans involve Westward expansion in the U.S. away from the company's New England-centered operations. They also involve opening shops to the Far East and a bold strategy to tap into China sales.
Here's a pure play on global demand for coal, iron ore, copper and precious metals.
Metals and other resources are getting harder to mine as the more accessible deposits become depleted. This is leading producers to mine in ever more challenging places, including deep underground.
Investors can benefit by buying shares in the suppliers of mining equipment. One superb example is Joy Global (JOY).
Shipwrecks, fires and robbery have plagued the cruise line recently. Yet its stock seems impervious.
By Beth Gaston Moon
Nearly 100 years ago (April 15, 1912), the RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage, resulting in the loss of 1,517 lives. The maritime disaster, one of the worst of its kind, has served as a cautionary tale ever since as a chilling example of hubris.
On the business front, the vessel's owner, White Star Line, managed to stay afloat despite this high-profile tragedy and the Great Depression that followed. White Star later merged with Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in 1927 and still operates today as a subsidiary of Cunard. Cunard is a British-based division of Carnival (CCL), which has been in the news for some recent disasters of its own, though thankfully none of Titanic proportions. The worst incident was the recent partial sinking of the Costa Concordia passenger liner, which claimed at least 25 lives.
The company leases shipping containers worldwide, and sees firsthand how the global economy is faring.
By: Tracey Ryniec
Is strong customer demand a thing of the past for container companies? TAL International Group (TAL) doesn't think so, predicting that 2012 will mirror the strong results of 2011. This Zacks No. 2 Rank ("buy") continues to be cheap, with a forward price-to-earnings ratio of just 9.2.
TAL International is at the forefront of the global economy because it leases intermodal freight containers and chassis to customers around the world. If shipping is picking up, the company will see it.
Is the search giant at fault for the online retailer's unexpected quarterly hit?
Overstock.com (OSTK) shocked investors Friday by announcing an unexpected quarterly loss and plummeting revenue.
The online retailer reported a fourth-quarter loss of $3.4 million, or 15 cents per share, compared with a profit of $14.9 million, or 63 cents per share, a year earlier. More worrying than the unexpected loss was a huge drop in revenue to $314.1 million from $348.9 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of 45 cents per share on revenue of $377.6 million.
The leverage-loving ocean driller seems less risky after recent moves from the European Central Bank.
The automaker has about 116 days of supply for pick-ups.
But General Motors (GM) barely eked out a 1.1% increase. And that was good news -- analysts were expecting a drop by as much as 6% as GM pulled back on the incentives it offered to customers.
But are the company's inventory levels a concern?
Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility could change things for Android partners like Samsung and HTC.
The CEO and president are the two largest shareholders in this high-yielding investment firm.
It's rare to find a stock with a high yield, growing dividend, a very solid management team and bright prospects for the future. But that favorable situation is exactly what Main Street Capital (MAIN) offers.
Based in Houston, Main Street makes equity investments and loans money to small- and mid-sized companies. Its dividend is paid monthly. It has never been cut since the company was founded in 1997. The stock currently yields 7%.
The tech giant alleged Motorola was illegally attempting to block its sales by abusing patents.
Motorola had demanded a 2.25% royalty on iPhone sales related to a single patent involved with 3G/UMTS wireless standards. Apple argued that Motorola's licensing agreements were unfair and did not follow Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory terms (FRAND).
The deal with Peugeot turns out to be a whole lot of not very much.
By John Rosevear
It turned out to be both more and less than we expected: While General Motors' (GM) new partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUGY) does feature a major new joint-purchasing initiative, it doesn't, at least on the surface, appear to do much to solve the very real problems facing both companies.
The market didn't love the news, sending Peugeot's shares down sharply -- though GM's were flat at midday Thursday. Clearly, Peugeot investors were disappointed by the scope of the announcement, which turned out not to be the lifeline some had anticipated.
The business-review site faces serious headwinds, but its growth is something to behold.
By midday, shares had pulled back slightly to about $24.28.
The IPO price placed Yelp's value at about $900 million, but Friday's stock rise sent the valuation closer to $1.5 billion. Yelp looks pretty smart now for spurning Google's (GOOG) $500 million offer in 2009.
The financial impact of the scandal is minimal as News Corp does not rely on its publishing business for the majority of its value.
But more upheaval awaits. New accusations have emerged in the last couple of weeks, one from a London police official and another from Cherie Blair, wife of the former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair, accusing News Corp. of bribing and hacking phone lines, respectively.
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