There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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Gold has chalked up gains every year over the past decade -- a claim few other investments can make.
Our top pick for 2012 is gold. It has been the best investment year after year, and it's still the best performer.
Can Google's new service make the social networking site obsolete?
By Tuomo Kallio, Benzinga Staff Writer
About 625,000 new users join Google's (GOOG) social network, Google+, every day, according to Bloomberg. At this rate, the service will have 400 million users by the end of 2012, which would make it a serious competitor for Facebook.
Ancestry.com co-founder Paul Allen posted a note Tuesday saying that he expects the number of Google+ users to grow, as more and more people are using Android smartphones.
While the office supplier is sensitive to economic activity, investors overreacted in dumping the stock.
By George Putnam, The Turnaround Letter
One of our favorite stocks for 2012 is OfficeMax (OMX), a leading seller of office products in both the business-to-business and retail channels.
Buy out Netflix? EA? Never.
By Evan Niu
It's no secret: Apple (AAPL) is loaded.
Over the years, it has been steadily growing its cash hoard, and inevitably the discussion leads to the same question: What should Cupertino do with its mountain of money? The two most popular suggestions are always a dividend and ginormous acquisitions. The Mac maker now has $81.6 billion in cash and investments sitting on the balance sheet, and that doesn't include long-term marketable securities of $55.6 billion, which are generally included in Apple's cash-equivalent figures.
This is one retailer that doesn't like to spend much money making its stores appealing to customers.
That number is the amount Sears spends each year updating its stores.
Retailers like to take good care of their stores. They'll refresh the color themes, upgrade the cash registers, replace carpets and redo the signage -- anything to make the overall shopping experience better.
Which executives did a great job in a turbulent economy, and which ones failed to lead?
There's no doubt about it: It's a jungle out there on Wall Street, and a lot of chief executives are under fire these days. It was easy to justify that big bonus and corner office when times were good and everyone was rolling in profits -- but now that the economy is very challenging and even good stocks have trouble getting ahead, the bar is significantly higher for company leadership.
The worst CEOs tend to make themselves pretty obvious as their company struggles and shares plummet.
Huge demand for oil transportation from Canada to the US and other markets is leading the company to invest aggressively in its Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Recent reports suggest the company's efforts have fared pretty well, as demand for oil moved through the pipeline has surpassed installed capacity by 63%.
Tuesday's dramatic share price plunge still doesn’t turn the company’s stock into a blue light special, as many other retailers have shown.
Certainly, in the last four years that Edward Lampert has presided over the fortunes of Kmart and Sears (SHLD), things have gone from bad to worse at the struggling retail empire he created.
At first, the deal looked great: He acquired a controlling interest in then-bankrupt Kmart and, after that chain emerged from bankruptcy, orchestrated a merger with Sears.
While these moves are encouraging, what still remains to be seen is how the new management team approaches labor negotiations.
It has been a busy month for the Fort Worth, Texas company after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November.
In its first move after the filing, American streamlined its senior leadership team.
CEO Tim Cook is wasting shareholders' money fighting the popular Android mobile platform made by Google.
At least, that's the conclusion of a Bloomberg News analysis of the "thermonuclear" patent war that the Cupertino, Calif. company is waging against the three largest Android users: Samsung Electronics, HTC and Motorola Mobility (MMI).
Despite management's poor decisions, the stock could double in the next 6 to 12 months.
By Ian Wyatt, The 100K Portfolio
Every once in a while an outstanding company falls from grace. Sometimes it's because the market for its products has changed. Other times it’s due to external factors, such as expiring patents, a lawsuit, an unexpected catastrophic event or new competition.
Leadership changes at one of the world's largest and most underappreciated biotechs bode well for investors.
A pivotal event -- change in the company's leadership -- should entice investors to pick up shares now. The changes, which will occur by mid-2012, include chief executive Kevin Sharer's retirement on May 23. He will be succeeded by chief operating officer Robert Bradway. And the head of research and development , Roger Perlmutter, will retire on Feb. 12, to be replaced by chief medical officer Sean Harper.
Recession-resistant fast-food company has appetite for growth.
By Jim Powell, Global Changes & Opportunities Report
My top pick for 2012 -- and a promising new addition to our list of blue chip stocks that have good long-term track records -- is McDonald’s (MCD).
As 2012 nears, investors' patience is wearing thin with these poor performers.
My list of endangered CEOs is based on several objective criteria. First, I tried to separate companies hurt by macroeconomic factors beyond their control from those whose fortunes were hurt by specific management decisions. Then I culled the list further to include companies with stock prices down by at least 30% for the year.
A cute year-end rally has pushed stocks back over a critical level separating bull and bear markets. Can it last?
While many people are still enjoying extended holiday breaks or are busy cashing in those ubiquitous gift cards, Wall Street has been gently pushing stocks higher. And higher. And higher. Enough to push the S&P 500 back over its 200-day moving average, the line of demarcation between bull and bear phases, for the first time since October.
Catalysts for the move have been a relative calming of the eurozone debt crisis (though it's changing for the worse again with Italian borrowing costs surging back over 7%) and some better-than-expected economic data here at home. Plus, stocks just tend to do well during the final few weeks of the year. Chalk it up to holiday cheer.
The question is: Can the positive momentum last and keep stocks out of bear market territory?
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