Investors are hotly divided over this young tech company, which has a can't-miss concept but has yet to generate real sales.
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Plus, our analysts provide a couple of stocks we think the fathers of the world will like -- certainly more than just slippers or a necktie.
The regulator has created an accelerated path to market for the most promising drugs -- and these health giants stand to gain the most.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a groundbreaking policy change last year that is having a large impact on the biotech industry and creating a big opportunity for investors.
To create a faster path to commercialization for potentially life-saving drugs and medicine, the FDA in July introduced a new "breakthrough" status for drugs that show "substantial improvement on existing therapies for clinically significant endpoints."
For an industry that is accustomed to a costly 10-year commercialization process, the breakthrough status is a welcome shift. An accelerated channel to commercialization could enable drug companies to shave years and billions of dollars from the cumbersome process.
Only a few select technology industry groups have done well recently.
John Person sat down with MoneyShow.com's Nancy Zambell recently to give his take on profitable tech picks for the summer months.
John, the technology sector has been interesting. There have been pockets of it that have been very valuable lately, and other pockets that seem well overdone. We've heard about cloud computing...on and on and on and on about cloud computing. No one has really seemed to have done much with that in terms of stock prices. Do you have any place in that area at all?
It's real interesting that just, say towards the beginning first week of May, the world started to come alive with the knowledge that technology was now starting to be the place to invest. The funny thing is, some technology pockets had had a nice run.
Max Wolff, chief economist and senior analyst at GreenCrest Capital, explains four big risks that no one is talking about.
Apple's decline has been well-documented. One need only look at a stock chart, which shows that shares of Apple (AAPL) have lost more than a third of their value in nine months. Or one could look at the number of Google (GOOG) searches for "Apple," which peaked with the stock in September 2012 and have since dropped precipitously.
But Max Wolff says that Apple investors should look out for a variety of risk factors that haven't yet materialized. According to Wolff, chief economist and senior analyst at GreenCrest Capital, Apple faces four big risks that no one is talking about.
This important asset class should be anchored with at least one ETF and include companies that will be held for at least 10 years.
By Larry Meyers
Readers of my column know that I often make reference to "your long-term diversified portfolio." That's because I think any serious investor is in the market for the long haul, and the portfolio must be diversified across many different asset classes. Diversification, properly allocated, will ideally smooth out your risk over time and provide you with market-beating returns with less risk than the overall market offers.
So what the heck is actually in a long-term diversified portfolio? Only you can answer that based on your risk tolerance, time horizon and overall financial plan. What I can offer is the diversified portfolio I would construct today if I were an investor with a 30-year time horizon, and average risk tolerance.
Sometimes a more focused approach can be more advantageous.
By Jim Lowell, Forbes ETF Advisor
Overall, I think the international markets may recover...not a bold claim. But that if they do, I don't think such favor will be universal and equal.
That means that I don't like buying whole established international marketplace ETFs as if their risks and returns are created equal, as much as I like more selectively constructed and concentrated foreign stock ETFs. If a rising tide lifts all boats, I'd expect the more selective and concentrated international ETFs to rise faster and higher than the average broad-based international ETF.
Big banks are handing out long-term loans to businesses with weak cash flow and once again using derivatives like they did in 2008.
Wall Street is cooking up another crisis -- making shoddy loans and selling worthless securities to investors hungry for higher yields than CDs and government bonds offer.
Dodd-Frank banking reforms imposed very costly regulations on mortgage and commercial lending. Regional banks, which have solid knowledge of smaller businesses, could not bear these costs and sold out to large Wall Street institutions. Now a handful of money center banks control more than half the deposits and lendable money.
Although big banks have branches everywhere and are flush with funds, they don't know much about which businesses are likely to repay what they borrow.
The retailer's growth is slowing and management is missing the mark.
Retailers across all sectors are finding it increasingly difficult to get customers to come in their stores. When customers do arrive, there is also the challenge of getting them to spend money.
Unfortunately, Target (TGT) has fallen short in both categories.
Although rival Wal-Mart (WMT) has faced similar challenges, Wal-Mart has figured out ways to offset weakening sales and softer comps (TheStreet). Making matters worse, Target's management has issued meager guidance, which has resulted in several analyst downgrades.
Use one legendary investor's chart tool to analyze the other's portfolio.
GuruFocus hosts many valuation tools, including Peter Lynch charts (GuruFocus), a very useful tool that can tell you clearly if a stock is undervalued and whether it is a good time to buy.
This tool, used by the great investor Lynch, charts a company's stock price against its earnings line; if the stock price is dramatically lower than the earnings line, it is usually a good time to buy.
Stocks are lower as consumer confidence pulled back in June from a 6-year high.
DuPont downgraded to 'neutral,' and GameStop upgraded to 'outperform.'
- Consolidated Edison (ED) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
- GameStop (GME) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
- Groupon (GRPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
- Hormel Foods (HRL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc
- Apollo Investment (AINV) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo
It appears he only bought 2 stocks at low prices. The third perhaps less so.
When analyzing stocks, Yacktman's team is primarily concerned with price. Below are three valuations of Yacktman's new buys based on Peter Lynch charts, reverse discounted cash flow (DCF) and price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio. It appears that he bought two of the stocks at low prices under most of the measures.
Yacktman invested in 14,912,159 shares of Dell in the fourth quarter 2012 and first quarter 2013, at average prices of $10 and $13, respectively. Dell shares have since advanced 16%, to $13.37 per share.
FedEx, CarMax and Kroger report earnings. National Association of Homebuilders releases housing market index. Big Data companies continue to dominate headlines.
By Michael Fowlkes, InvestorsObserver
FedEx reports earnings Monday
What's happening: Shipping giant FedEx (FDX) will report its fiscal fourth quarter results before the market opens on June 19. Analysts have forecast earnings of $1.97 per share, down slightly from the $1.99 it earned during the same period last year. The stock sold off sharply following a disappointing third quarter report in March, but has still managed to trade up 6.4% year to date.
Technical analysis: FDX was recently trading at $97.49, down $12.17 from its 12-month high and $13.57 above its 12-month low. Technical indicators for FDX are bullish and the stock is showing signs of a possible trend reversal. The stock has support above $92.00. Of the 20 analysts who cover the stock 14 rate it a "strong buy," one rates it a "buy," four rate it a "hold" and one rates it a "strong buy." The stock receives Standard & Poor's 5 STARS "Strong Buy" ranking.
Should investor start considering the service as one of the tech giant's key drivers to future growth?
By Tim Parker
iTunes is adding 500,000 new accounts each day, according to Appleinsider.
This week, Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook announced that iTunes now has 575 million users, equating to an average of a half million new accounts per day. At current rates, the company will add 100 million accounts by the end of 2013.
This puts Apple second only to Facebook (FB) in total number of user accounts, and while Facebook may have nearly two times as many users as iTunes, Apple is growing at a faster pace. In 2012, the iTunes account base grew about 55%. Interestingly, Pandora (P) grew its user base by 39%, while Facebook came in third, growing its user base by 25% last year.
IBM's recent performance stumble has investors rightly worried, but formidable strengths in several long-term growth areas bode well.
After Big Blue's most recent quarterly results missed analysts' estimates for the first time since 2005, several brokerages slashed their price targets on IBM's stock. And indeed, the shares have sputtered, tumbling about 5% over the past three months amid a broader market rally.
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[BRIEFING.COM] The major averages ended higher across the board as the S&P 500 advanced 0.8%.
Equities climbed steadily since the opening bell as investors prepared for tomorrow's policy decision from the Federal Reserve. Although chatter in recent weeks has included speculation the Fed would look to taper its asset purchases, today's broad gains suggest investors expect mostly reassuring words from Chairman Bernanke at tomorrow's press conference.
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