A lack of splits means fewer big-name companies care about low share prices.
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The jackpot winner needs a boring investment strategy. Risk is not an option with this much money.
The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $636 million, with the next drawing scheduled for Tuesday night.
Anyone lucky enough to pick the winning numbers may be tempted to make big plays with the cash. But investing pros say that person can live like a rock star even if he or she invests the winnings like a grandma.
Assuming one person wins all of the cash, the prize would be reduced to $341 million, before taxes, if the winner takes the cash in a lump sum.
That's more than enough cash to cover multiple mansions, expensive cars, business ventures and several trips around the globe. But a lottery winner who invests the cash smartly can "still generate a multimillion-dollar income with very little risk," says Matthew Goff, a financial adviser in Houston. What's more, they wouldn't have to spend their main winnings.
The pharmaceutical company's future isn't nearly as dark as the bears would want you to think.
By Richard Saintvilus
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Never one to shy away from a contrarian position, back in October I rushed to the defense of Eli Lilly (LLY) following some harsh words and several downgrades from the Street. Investors had many concerns.
Chief among them were worries about Lilly's pipeline of drugs in development and production. Although I wasn't necessarily Lilly's biggest fan at the time, I didn't agree with the idea the stock, which then traded at around $49 per share, would see the 20% downside suggested by Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford, who cut his price target to $40.
Holford cited pipeline fears, which have been a known issue with Lilly for some time. But I believed this was already priced into the stock. Lilly had retraced 15% in the couple of months before Holford's note.
Warner Bros. and DC Comics hope to build on the financial success of 'Man of Steel' by generating lots of buzz.
While Warner Brothers' (TWX) "Man of Steel" cost around $225 million to make, made $291 million domestically, and pulled in just under $663 million globally, it wasn't bulletproof when it came to the polarizing attitudes it stirred in critics (holding a 56 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and fans alike.
Overall, however, it was a big win for the studio, breathing in new life into the film franchise after 2006's disastrous "Superman Returns."
Now, it's sequel time, with pre-production having already started in Michigan for the big-budget blockbuster-to-be. And while there are still many details shrouded in mystery, everything that Warner Brothers and DC Comics has done so far points to the Man of Steel sequel being a much larger financial success then its predecessor.
There is a chance stocks sell off hard on Tuesday. If that's the case I believe odds are good for a nice post-Fed rally.
With this rally these last two days, the bulls are now ratcheting things up, but things are good with these two days of decent action. So you would certainly expect some weakness and spillover from a sloppy Europe. It's a funny thing, though: Of late, when we get these kinds of rallies into huge events, like the Federal Reserve meeting, they tend to lead to some rather quick, almost instant unsettling action immediately after the event. Then comes a rebound and resumption of the rally that led into it.
On Monday night, I chatted with some investors who wanted to know why the pundits were all making such a big deal about the Fed when it's clear that, if you've worried about the Fed all the way up, you haven't made nearly as much money as you would have otherwise done. Those investors wondered if, perhaps, that's because the Fed's importance is overstated. They questioned whether it's all been blown out of proportion vs. the prospects of the companies I think people should own.
That's a pretty compelling statement, when you think about it. What has all of this worrying about the Fed done for you? How has it helped you at all to make money? I think the answer is obvious. If you've bought stocks every time the media has fretted and cried woe, you've gotten better prices than if you haven't. It's a sideshow that often occupies the main stage.
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A deal to combine the No. 3 and No. 4 carriers is just in the rumor phase at this point.
Even if the rumors are true, it doesn't appear that Sprint would make an offer until sometime during the first half of 2014.
But a rumor that likely wouldn’t come to fruition until sometime next year was enough to send the stock nearly 9 percent higher on the day -- the largest one-day move for T-Mobile in more than one year.
The deal would combine the No. 3 and No. 4 carriers by revenue, leaving the combined company still holding onto the No. 3 spot.
If the deal took place, the combined company would still be relatively small by cell phone company standards. The new company would have roughly 57 million subscribers compared to Verizon's (VZ) 95 million and AT&T's (T) 72 million.
Analysts at the company name who they think will flourish in the coming year.
Among the financial stocks that analysts at Credit Suisse expect to flourish in the coming year are private equity firms Apollo Global Management (APO) and Blackstone Group (BX), as well as investment broker giant Goldman Sachs Group (GS) and asset manager State Street (STT).
In a research report out this past week, Credit Suisse was selective with its picks in the sector. After a strong year, many of the stocks have returned to their trading multiples from before the financial crisis. Also, the impending Volcker Rule changes are likely to have some effect on many Wall Street institutions.
Companies are having a tough time convincing doctors, patients and insurers to give new treatments a try.
By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Ron Winslow, The Wall Street Journal
After years of anemic productivity, pharmaceutical companies are launching new drugs at the fastest pace since the 1990s, including 39 last year alone.
But there is a problem: selling the new drugs.
New medicines, including blood thinners from Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Pfizer (PFE) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) and autoimmune-disorder drugs from Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline (GLAXF), are encountering a skeptical and cost-conscious marketplace.
Drug makers are finding it hard to convince doctors, patients and insurers that the new advances are worth their typically premium prices. Skepticism is particularly steep for drugs aimed at conditions that already have effective treatments.
Spending hours on the sofa watching multiple episodes of a television show is very common, the video-streaming company says.
By Rex Crum
"Binge viewing," also known as "sitting around in your sweatpants all weekend and doing nothing but watching 12 straight hours of a TV show," is with us to stay.
It's a practice tailor-made for watching all of a brand new show that you might have just heard of. It's also perfect if you are a fan of some program that has been off the air for years, and now you can watch all 80 episodes of, say, the original "Star Trek" series.
Of course, if you did that, you might also need to heed the advice from William Shatner, Capt. James T. Kirk himself, who in a famous "Saturday Night Live" sketch from 1986, chided a group of "Trekkies" at a one of the show's conventions to "get a life!"
One of those places where you can binge on "Star Trek," and thousands of other shows, is on Netflix (NFLX), which on Friday went so far as to call binge viewing "the New Normal."
Moncler's pricey down coats are beloved by the wealthy. And Monday, the company's stock was a winner as well.
On Monday, investors sought to get a piece of another expensive Moncler offering, bidding up the shares of the company by more than 40% from their IPO price.
His 32% stake in Moncler is now valued at about $1.6 billion. It's one of Italy's biggest IPOs in years.
The jeweler received an analyst upgrade Monday after seeing nearly 60% gains in 2013.
Shares have stormed to nearly 60 percent gains in 2013, easily beating the market. Shares were up more than 1 percent Monday following an upgrade from Canaccord Genuity.
Motley Fool analyst Jason Moser thinks Tiffany especially benefits from its strong brand, which gives it pricing power and allows it to maintain enviable margins.
Don't mess around with this troubled retail stock.
By Jeff Reeves
Sears (SHLD) has been on one wild ride in 2013. Though total year-to-date returns are a ho-hum 10% gain, the details are pretty crazy.
- From January to May, SHLD stock jumped about 35%.
- From May to August, Sears stock lost roughly 30%.
- From August to November, it gained about 40%.
- From its November peak, SHLD stock is down almost 30%.
Volatility is clearly the name of the game in this battered retail player. So is the latest Sears stock selloff only the beginning, or is it time to jump in and then ride the wave higher once more?
Unfortunately, it seems that this is only the beginning of more declines for Sears stock -- particularly in the long-term.
The virtual currency is here to stay and can make you money. Here are 3 reasons it's gaining fast.
By Jamie Dlugosch
The hottest investment in 2014 will be the virtual currency Bitcoin.
Take it to the bank. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Bitcoin doubles in value or more next year.
Sure there are those who say it's nonsense, that Bitcoin is a raging bubble not unlike the "tulip craze" of the 1630s. Blah, blah, blah.
It is not. In fact, it is far from it. Bitcoin is not only here to stay, it is something that if you get in now can make you rich. It is simply the most exciting financial story to come along since the dot-com boom.
I know what you are thinking. The dot-com boom ended in disaster. Indeed, it did. The dot-com boom was indeed a bubble. But before that bubble popped there were many that profited handsomely and did so over a long period of time before the implosion.
The insurance giant continues to shed non-core business assets following its 2008 bailout.
The insurer that once needed a $180 billion bailout from Uncle Sam to stay afloat — American International Group, better known as AIG — is pocketing another $5.4 billion, the company announced Monday morning. The source of the funds this time around: the sale of its aircraft leasing unit, International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), which was long considered one of AIG’s most valuable assets.
Calling ILFC a "non-core" asset, AIG announced that it is selling the unit to AerCap Holdings, a Netherlands-based aircraft leasing company that is one of the largest in the world. In return for ILFC, AIG is receiving $3 billion and 97.6 million AerCap shares — or a total value of approximately $5.4 billion. After settling intercompany loans, AIG’s net cash proceeds from the deal will be an approximate $2.4 billion.
With all the organic sellers that have emerged over the past couple of years, it will be hard for Whole Foods' management to duplicate its past success.
By Richard Saintvilus
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The recent consumer shift towards organic and natural foods has certainly improved the profile and popularity of Whole Foods Market (WFM), whose name within the retail sector has always been associated with health and wellness.
While that reputation hasn't exactly changed -- and there is ample evidence that this new healthy-eating lifestyle among Americans is here to stay -- Whole Foods no longer corners the "health market." I fear this fact is not yet reflected in today's share price.
I'm not discounting the fact that Whole Foods is a well-run company, one that operates at a high rate of efficiency. But at the same time I'm not willing to ignore that chains such as The Fresh Market (TFM) and Natural Grocers (NGVC) have done quite well for themselves in a relatively short period of time. Not to mention Sprout's Farmers Market (SFM), which sprouted out of nowhere to post 24% revenue growth and strong margins.
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[BRIEFING.COM] There was plenty of excitement in the stock market on Wednesday following the FOMC decision to taper its asset purchase program. There wasn't much excitement, however, on Thursday, which featured the added news that the Senate passed the two-year budget agreement. After some early gyrations, the major indices held to pretty tight trading ranges throughout the session and ended the day little changed.
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