If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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By Rob DeFrancesco, Tech Stock Prospector
There was a lot of caution heading into the fiscal first-quarter earnings report from F5 Networks (FFIV).
As it turned out, that caution was unwarranted. The company delivered on both the top and bottom lines. Per-share earnings of $1.03 beat the consensus estimate by two cents, and revenue rose 19.9% to $322.4 million, above the consensus estimate of $319.1 million and the guidance range of $315 million to $320 million.
Wednesday's rebound is not unexpected, but this likely oversold bounce should lead to a deeper correction -- and more buying opportunities.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Since Dec. 21, 2011, the S&P 500 had not touched its 20-day exponential moving average (EMA) until Tuesday, when it closed almost 1% below it. ETFs like the Spyder Trust (SPY) gapped below their 20-day EMAs.
As I said last week, the sharp decline in the Russell 2000 Advance/Decline (A/D) line sends a strong warning that investors should not get caught up in the euphoria at current levels. The market internals were very weak on Tuesday, and they have confirmed the deterioration evident over the past few weeks.
Western Gas Partners has seen double-digit gains in a matter of months.
The music service is losing money, but it could be reaping the benefits of the growth of mobile.
The stock was down 24% in the late afternoon to $10.85 -- well below the $16 price from its June initial public offering.
Pandora was one of the highest-profile tech IPOs of 2011 but one of the hardest to call. It uses algorithms to custom-pick songs and artists for users. Its service is free with advertisements or $36 per year on a premium basis.
Yelp is already running into trouble, and the investors who jumped in right after the IPO are hurting.
It's happening again, the big losses on the big dot-coms. If I had hair, I'd be pulling it out, because I know I have clearly failed at my mission to get people not to buy at the red-hot aftermarket "deals."
The latest? Yelp (YELP). The stock flew right out of the chute last Friday and now it is plummeting, and those who bought in the aftermarket have no idea what they own or why they own it ... other than it was hot.
The retailer will shutter at least 180 locations through 2015 and turn its focus to online growth and international expansion.
The retailer will close at least 180 more underperforming stores through 2015 as their leases expire. It might even buy out the leases in other cases, executive Eric Cerny said Wednesday at an investing conference.
The company's U.S. store count was down to 946 at the end of January. So taking 180 more out of the mix is about a 20% reduction. That's pretty significant.
The new incarnation of the tablet is slick, but that's only the beginning of why the company's stock is great.
By Jeff Reeves
Apple (AAPL) was the center of attention Wednesday -- isn’t it always? -- at a press event in San Francisco. Consumer electronics fans were eagerly awaiting iPad release news, especially the date that the new tablet will be available.
They weren’t disappointed. The new iPad will include a host of features, including a slick new display, HD video recording and voice dictation.
But for investors, this in-demand gadget is only one tiny reason you should snap up this excellent investment for your portfolio. Here are five reasons Apple is better than ever:
With or without merger approval, Express Scripts and Medco are solid growth companies.
Sometime in the next two months the Federal Trade Commission will hand down its ruling on whether to embrace or reject Express Scripts' (ESRX) $29 billion acquisition of its bigger rival Medco Health Solutions (MHS). Wall Street isn't so sure the FTC will go for it, but some mergers-and-acquisitions pros think the agency will.
It doesn't really matter.
We don't expect the online reviews site to turn cash-flow positive before 2013.
Consumer tastes are shifting to spirits and other interesting beverage choices, and brewing companies are responding.
Brands like Skinnygirl Cocktails are advertising heavily and attracting new consumers. Bartenders are having a field day with new flavors like Pinnacle's Whipped Cream vodka. Beer, meanwhile, has seen sales volumes skid for three years running.
So beer makers are going exotic, developing new varieties that might make a traditional beer drinker cringe.
Aging 2G network is a drag on wireless carrier's 4G LTE expansion.
The head of the Blue Chip Growth fund sees upside in PCs, smartphones and tablets.
Shares are attractive even amid economic uncertainty.
Kraft is downgraded to 'hold,' Express Scripts is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Altera is initiated with a 'reduce.'
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
The wireless network company could change on its own, but a buyout is also possible.
We were recently asked whether Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) could be a viable buyout candidate. Here's our assessment of the stock's outlook and its buyout potential.
Central to ALU's challenge is its high fixed cost structure. Current management has addressed that more effectively than what we saw previously, but there is still progress that needs to be made before ALU can realize the cost flexibility it needs to optimize its model.
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