The most likely scenario is that the markets will begin to rise from here -- and that bounce is just beginning to take hold.
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Serious issues like drought and the deterioration of the developed world spell opportunity for this industry leader.
Some of the best investments are right in front of us every day. Yet they're often overlooked because they're so much a part of our daily lives they don't register with the conscious mind.
One area investors may underappreciate is infrastructure -- things like telephone poles, towers for wireless communication, substations for electric utilities, and guard rails along roadways, to name just a few. Although infrastructure is the very foundation of society, I suspect it's probably far from the first thing on investors' minds.
However, I expect it to be an excellent investment in coming years. In the U.S. and other developed countries, infrastructure has been neglected for so long it now needs some heavy-duty overhaul. Many areas of the emerging world have little or no infrastructure at all and will need tremendous amounts put into place for the first time.
Former CEO cuts his holding to 20% but says, 'the story in't written yet.'
In mid-January, Daniel Fidler worked his final day at what was Barnes & Noble's (BKS) store in Chestnut Hill, Mass., putting in a few extra weeks stripping out books and bookcases after the store closed at the end of the year. "I was depressed but I kept a smile on my face because I didn't want to think about what would happen," said the 24-year-old, who is still looking for a new job. "We had a party at a restaurant, and everybody who left came back, but it was bittersweet."
Barnes & Noble is making its last stand in towns just like Chestnut Hill. Its 663 stores still stretch across all 50 states, but there are 63 fewer than five years ago. Stores in Georgetown and the heart of Greenwich Village have closed. Gone, too, is the rambling college store in Manhattan's Flatiron district that was the sole Barnes & Noble retail property when Leonard Riggio bought that business in 1971.
Lending was up in the first quarter, but that jump has hidden the fact that individuals are still having a tough time getting loans.
'Headline pay' vs. 'realized pay'? Cash bonuses and stock awards? It's harder than ever to decipher compensation within the sector.
One thing is certain, it can't have done both. The surprising fact is that neither figure represents what Dimon (pictured) actually earned in either year.
In 2012, Dimon earned $9,506,114 while last year he earned $12,033,071, figures that have not been reported elsewhere. That's a 27 percent increase in a year when the bank saw some of the largest fines ever handed out to a financial institution. In this case, it's not so much performance-related pay as fine-related pay.
The company, headed for an IPO later this year, is worth as much as 10 Tesla Motors combined, says Bernstein's Carlos Kirjner.
That's the valuation Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner slapped on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. following the glimpse at the better-than-expected results investors got this week.
Yahoo (YHOO), which owns a 24 percent stake in Alibaba, said late Tuesday that the China-based e-commerce giant’s revenue jumped 66 percent in the quarter ended Dec. 31, well ahead of analysts' estimates.
The results buoyed investor optimism for Alibaba ahead of its initial public offering in New York. The deal, expected later this year, could raise about $15 billion from investors, just shy of what Facebook (FB) sold when the social-networking firm went public in May 2012.
The Cline Shale in Texas could be the largest North American oil region of all time. Here's one stock at the center of it all.
Every now and again, an opportunity comes along that turns unsuspecting, normal people into overnight millionaires.
Such as are the promises being made with the Cline Shale, located in the Permian Basin in West Texas. It has become one of the most talked-about and buzzworthy energy plays in the last century, let alone the past few years.
Covering an area of over 1 million acres, the Cline Shale could be the largest North American oil play of all time, with the potential to pull 30 billion barrels of oil out of the ground.
These picks continue to gain amidst the seemingly insatiable demand for the nation's top hot drink.
It's not too late for investors to get their buzz from investing in the coffee industry.
Coffee consumption --along with coffee profits -- continues to rise annually, and consumers show no sign of limiting their coffee habits.
Americans already drink an estimated 400 million cups a day, about one out of every four cups consumed on the planet, by some accounts.
Some consumers may whine about the $5 cup of Starbucks -- but they keep buying, in higher numbers than ever before. Specialty coffee is the fastest-growing segment of the industry, and consumers continue to shift over to spendier gourmet coffee options. Some 34 percent of American adults now consume gourmet coffee beverages daily, up from 31 percent, last year, while daily non-gourmet coffee drinking is down to 35 percent from last year's 39 percent.
These unknown names are steady defensive picks, delivering dividends and low volatility in an unsteady market.
How much do you fear a stock market correction?
There are dire warnings, the latest from Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts Stephen Suttmeier and Jue Xiong, who said earlier this week that the Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) may have topped out following its recent rally heading into May, typically a weak month for stocks.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq is down 3 percent this year following gains of 38 percent in 2013 and 16 percent the year before. From its closing high March 5, the index has pulled back 7 percent.
But it's not only high-flying tech stocks. Mark Hulbert discussed the technical and seasonal aspects of the correction fears, the decisions of some investment advisers to "sell in April and go away" and possible tax implications. The benchmark S&P 500 Index ($SPX), which surged more than 30 percent in 2013, is little changed this year.
Remy Cointreau says it was 'adversely affected' by China's anti-extravagance policy.
Shares of major drink makers got battered on Thursday after poor results from Diageo (DEO) and Remy Cointreau, stemming from the Chinese economic slowdown, caused a sell-off.
Remy Cointreau fell 3.8 percent and Diageo fell 4.5 percent after the companies reported earnings. Other drink makers were also dragged down, with Pernod Ricard (PDRDY) lower by about 3.6 percent.
Remy Cointreau, maker of ultra-premium cognac Louis XIII, blamed China for a 13.5 percent decline in sales for the year ending March 31 to 1.03 billion euros ($1.43 billion).
The next half-decade could bring dozens of new potential blockbuster treatments to the market.
Britain's Queen Victoria left an unfortunate legacy: Her descendants, spread across numerous European royal families, all inherited a genetic mutation that causes hemophilia. In fact, one out of every 5,000 to 10,000 males in the world is born with the defect.
But hemophilia may soon be a relic of the past. Baxter International's (BAX) recent acquisition of Chatham Therapeutics has led doctors to anticipate a reworking of the genes that cause the disease.
In fact, a wide range of genetic mutations hidden in human DNA are now being targeted by biotechnology researchers.
These tech headliners are in the midst of broader breakdowns. Consider cutting them from your portfolio.
By Anthony Mirhaydari
For the first time since 2012, investors are contending with some serious market volatility. The vicious whipsaws were on display Tuesday as stocks launched higher after the both the Russell 2000 and the Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) threatened to fall below their 200-day moving averages for the first time in three years.
The selling has been led by a breakdown in momentum stocks that hedge funds and retail investors alike piled into. Many are already down more than 20 percent from their highs.
And while that has been a drag on parts of the market -- especially the tech- and biotech-sensitive Nasdaq (which was down 7 percent from recent highs) -- we haven't seen the damage hit the overall market really hard just yet: The S&P 500, for instance, is only down 1.6 percent from its all-time high. The credit markets are also holding up, with corporate bonds resilient.
In tech, several of these tropes are making the rounds. But just because they're not true doesn't mean they're not profitable.
Sometimes the case in the tech world gets made even when it shouldn't be, and everyone eventually accedes to it.
For example, even without any real evidence that the personal computer business isn't falling off a cliff, the consensus has developed that it has gotten better. This view says you need to buy Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Intel (INTC) -- which, these analysts also claim, have lots of storage kickers away from personal computers to bring out value.
That's just perceived wisdom, but it has been one of the strongest calls out there.
Or how about Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC)? The consensus, as represented by short sellers (investors betting against these shares) -- and not unlike the view on HP -- has been that disk drives are going away courtesy of the personal computer's secular decline, and aided by increased production.
The company is attempting to block lawsuits with a new policy that lawyers are already questioning.
If you like Cheerios, you may want to keep it to yourself.
The Fortune 500 powerhouse notes a change in legal terms, warning on its website:
The chain blanketed the country with its giant locations. Now it makes more sense to focus on e-commerce.
It's an online distribution center, for a company that seems the unlikeliest of Internet retailers.
For decades, Home Depot excelled at the traditional retail model of growing by adding new locations. But the seller of tools, saws, particleboard and washing machines is making a hard turn toward the Internet in the face of changing shopper habits and fast diminishing returns from new store openings.
In-store health services and wider array of products add to the outsized profits that flow from retail pharmaceuticals.
With some 45,000 drugstores in the U.S. with combined annual revenues of $245 billion chasing the U.S. consumer, there’s no shortage of competition.
It’s an industry forever in growth mode, with global pharmacy sales expected to reach $1.4 trillion by 2017.
U.S. chains' profits are flowing not only from growing pharmaceuticals demand but from cosmetics and hair products segments, seasonal merchandise and a growing array of food products. Even more importantly, the big chains are aggressively expanding lucrative services such as vaccinations, in-store primary health care and mail-order drug sales.
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