The company, which reports its quarterly earnings Tuesday, has once again become an investor favorite.
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Strong revenue growth was driven by higher prices and rise in volumes.
Fourth-quarter sales increased by 5% to $11.04 billion, supported by higher prices and a 3% rise in volume, the company announced Tuesday. Profit fell 71% to $1.66 billion from $5.77 billion, mostly due to a one-time gain associated with the acquisition of bottling operations in 2010. However, excluding special items, profit rose 10% to 79 cents per share from 72 cents a year earlier.
Coca-Cola currently competes PepsiCo (PEP), Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and other domestic players.
The oil company will double the number of exploratory wells it digs this year and increase organic capital expenditures.
More critically, the company managed to increase its oil and gas production volumes in the upstream segment after a few quarters of production declines. Going forward, BP plans to increase its exploration activity in 2012 with a particular focus on deepwater prospects.
Refining results in the fourth quarter were hit by lower downstream margins, with operations in the U.S. getting a particularly hard beating.
These regional banks scored best in a screen for performance and yield.
Over 400 banks and thrifts have failed since the beginning of 2008, following the housing bubble burst. And many once-stable dividends disappeared in the blink of an eye.
The banking sector has been slow to recover. For instance, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF), which tracks an index of some of the largest U.S. financial institutions, is still roughly 60% below its price five years ago.
One nice quarter does not make a complete turnaround story. There are too many missing pieces in this puzzle.
By Anders Bylund
The stock rocketed nearly 20% yesterday after a stellar fourth-quarter report. Analysts expected modest non-GAAP earnings of $0.06 per share on $177 million in sales. That would have been a 9.4% year-over-year revenue decline and a very steep profit drop from $0.37 per share.
The heavy machinery maker is strengthening its product portfolio in the 2 countries to meet high demand.
In Japan, Caterpillar is ramping up production capacity to meet higher demand from the rebuilding efforts following last year's earthquake. In North America, the company is sharpening its focus on the waste management industry with its recent alliance with Exodus Machines.
Despite economic uncertainty, the giant retailer forges ahead with plans to increase sales, profitabilty and cash flow.
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The U.S. economy is still not out of the woods and the European debt crisis continues to take its toll on the financial markets. Despite all this, Macy's Inc. (M) has managed to keep up its momentum.
With the holiday season over, consumers are giving their wallets a rest as they await another round of austerity measures. This was evident from Macy's lower-than-expected January comparable-store sales results. However, it also marked the 26th successive month of year-over-year sales growth.
Nearly 2 years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Macondo well still casts a long shadow over the company's valuation and prospects for a higher stock price.
What mattered when BP (BP) reported its earnings this week wasn't what happened in the just-ended fourth quarter (pretty good news -- it beat analysts' earnings forecasts by a penny a share; revenue jumped 15%).
And it wasn't what happened Wednesday (it boosted its quarterly dividend 14% to 8 cents a share), much less what is happening to its underlying business (CEO Bob Dudley predicted operating cash flow could surge 50% if oil prices remain around $100 a barrel).
Earnings show Akamai will ultimately emerge as a cloud-focused software company.
Shares of Akamai (AKAM) surged in after-hours trading Wednesday following a fourth-quarter earnings report that topped estimates. They continued to climb Thursday, more than 10% by midday.
Before the results were issued, I suggested that Akamai was trading at levels that would make either bulls or bears very unhappy once the results were out (see Akamai Earnings Preview: Investors to Ask 'What Have You Done for Me Lately?').
Strong headwinds, including lawsuits and regulatory issues, could slow client activity and dim the stock's appeal.
Whenever the stock market launches a strong advance, as it is doing these days, the major investment banks normally lead the upward parade.
Sure enough, shares of Goldman Sachs (GS) have shown fresh vigor as the market, buoyed by a strengthening economic recovery, has resurged. Goldman's stock has climbed to $115 a share, up from $104 in mid-January 2012. That's way up from its 52-week low of $69 on Feb. 16, 2011.
The online coupon site's share price tumbles after a disappointing earnings report showing a $42.7 million loss.
By Tom Taulli
But that Facebook bump has disappeared in a hurry. GRPN plunged more than 11% in early trading Thursday as the online coupon giant flubbed its first-ever earnings report as a publicly traded company.
Amgen is downgraded to 'perform,' and 3M is downgraded to 'hold.'
Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
- Walgreen (WAG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
- Celanese (CE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
- CIT Group (CIT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
- Akamai (AKAM) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
The beverage maker continues to lag Coca-Cola.
If there were a mercy rule in the cola wars, PepsiCo (PEP) would have triggered it long ago. Now the company is starting to fight back, though investors have to wonder whether the effort is too little too late.
PepsiCo on Thursday announced plans to cut about 8,700 jobs, which about 3% of its work force. At the same time, it will ratchet up marketing spending by as much as $600 million with a particular emphasis on North America.
However, the big payouts come with some serious risks.
While the energy sector typically isn't viewed as a source of yield, there is no shortage of energy-related dividend plays to consider even after the strong gains of the past four months. But not all dividends are created equal. In some cases, investors need to look past the headline dividend number to see if there's more to the story.
With this in mind, here's a look at six of the highest-yielding plays in the energy sector.
The streaming wars are heating up. Should you sell this video pioneer?
The long-awaited "Netflix (NFLX) killer(s)" seemed to have finally arrived.
On Monday night, Coinstar (CSTR), the owner of the Redbox DVD kiosks, announced it will enter into a joint venture with Verizon (VZ) to supplement the physical DVD-rental business with streaming. Coinstar also bought out a DVD kiosk rival and posted profits that blew away expectations and have nearly tripled since the end of 2010. Coinstar executives say they are poaching physical DVD customers from Netflix.
The Israeli drugmaker has outstanding management and a history of aggressive acquisitions.
To qualify for a spot in our model portfolios, companies must be leaders in their industries, have a history of rock-solid sales and earnings growth, and be led by outstanding management that will ﬁnd ways to increase growth.
One such buy is Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA). Based in Israel, the company develops, makes and sells generic and proprietary drugs. It has become the largest producer of generic drugs in the world, led by management's aggressive acquisition and product-development programs.
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