There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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Shares sink after a rare earnings miss, but the dip will be a mere bump in the road.
By James Rogers, TheStreet
Apple (AAPL) sent shock waves through Silicon Valley when the company reported a rare miss after markets closed on Tuesday, falling short of the consensus profit view for just the third time since 2002.
Investors were shaken by the fourth-quarter numbers, particularly the gadget maker's weaker-than-anticipated iPhone sales, pushing Apple's stock down by as much as 5% in early trading Wednesday.
The fourth-quarter results, however, should be little more than a bump in the road for Apple and its new CEO, Tim Cook, who stepped up to replace his iconic predecessor, Steve Jobs, in August.
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In early October, the Census Bureau released 2010 figures revealing American homeownership is at its lowest level since the Great Depression, with the homeownership rate falling to 65.1%. That's compared with a nearly 70% peak in 2005 and 2006 that might never again be achieved now that funny-money mortgages have evaporated.
You might think it’s an overreaction to call homeownership dead when more than half of Americans are still living in a property they own or are carrying a mortgage on. But a closer look at the numbers reveals the trend is serious indeed, pushing more Americans into rentals.
This market is driven by momentum, something Apple just lost and Intel just gained.
I think people are going to be very worried about how there's nothing out there looming that could be positive in the out years for Apple.
But Intel? It's so cheap, who cares?
Which one, however, is really cheap? In reality, after you back out Apple's cash, it trades at pretty much the same price-to-earnings multiple, even though Apple's growth rate is much, much higher than Intel's.
These dividend-paying stocks appear undervalued relative to their long-term appreciation potential.
By John Buckingham, The Prudent Speculator
It is nice to see the renewed interest in income, as we can’t forget that dividends and their reinvestment have long been substantial contributors to the total return on equities.
Here we highlight four dividend-paying stocks that we believe are undervalued relative to their long-term appreciation potential: Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK), Merck & Co. (MRK), Ship Finance International (SFL) and Whirlpool (WHR).
Noted value investor Leon Cooperman shares his thoughts at this year's Value Investing Congress.
The country's economic growth rate slid to 9.1% last quarter, but that's not necessarily bad.
A surge of buying interest has formed a rare phenomenon.
Volatility has returned to Wall Street this week as traders react to every murmuring, rumor and media report coming out of the eurozone. On Monday and in early Tuesday, investors were in a sour mood after German finance minister and frequent party pooper Schaeuble tried to dampen expectations by saying the upcoming Oct. 23 eurozone summit would not reveal a "definitive solution" to the crisis. This was a case of being overly honest and precise at a time when nerves are raw and markets jumpy.
That is, until late in Tuesday's trading session when the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper reported that French and German officials are close to expanding Europe's bailout fund from €440 billion to €2 trillion by turning it into an insurance vehicle for private investors. Shares surged in response.
The United Automobile Workers union is voting on whether to approve new contracts that focus on bonuses instead of raises.
Full wages for a member of the United Automobile Workers? About $28 an hour. Is it any wonder, then, that automakers are increasingly looking to shift work to Mexico and China?
Wages are the central issue of new agreements the union is trying to forge with Detroit's automakers. About 62% of Ford (F) workers voted this week to support a new four-year contract, and balloting is expected to end Tuesday.
CEO Dick Costolo says the site's recent $800 million round of funding values the company at $8 billion.
By Olivia Oran, TheStreet
Micro-blogging site Twitter is now valued at $8 billion, CEO Dick Costolo said Monday night at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco.
That valuation is based on the company recently raising $800 million in a two-stage funding round, Costolo said, adding that Twitter is not looking towards a near-term IPO.
"We don't want to be beholden to an IPO window," he said. "I want the company to go public when the company is ready and prepared to be a public company, and not at the whim of some window."
These semiconductor stocks show bullish chart patterns. Here are risk-controlled entry points to watch for each.
The strength seen in the Nasdaq 100 and in many technology stocks since the August lows continues to suggest that tech will be one of the strongest industry groups as we head into the end of the year.
As is often the case, the technical outlook and some of the fundamental forecasts are not in agreement. One semiconductor industry leader, Morris Chang, who is the chairman and CEO of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (TSM), just recently painted a very dismal outlook not only for the economy but for the semiconductor industry.
In fact, many semiconductor companies have already cut their sales and margin estimates for the fourth quarter. Still, there are several stocks in this group that are leading the market higher.
Is the coffee company intentionally failing to disclose its financial information?
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) was falling again Tuesday, unable to recover after a legendary hedge fund manager criticized the coffee maker at an investor event.
David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital has numerous issues with the K-Cup maker, but his biggest complaint surrounds the company's lack of disclosure. According to Bloomberg, he thinks it's time for the company to become more transparent.
Green Mountain isn't as frothy as you may think.
By Rick Aristotle Munarriz
Legendary hedge fund manager David Einhorn has gone from bashing Florida real estate to bashing coffee beans.
There isn't really anything new in Einhorn's argument. He's pointing to the same patent expirations, accounting concerns, and frothy valuations that have burned Green Mountain bears in recent years.
Even though the motorcycle maker had a solid quarter, concerns about margins hit the stock hard.
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Blame the $8,000 SuperLow for whacking Harley-Davidson (HOG) stock Tuesday.
Even though the company had a good third quarter, with profit more than doubling, a shift to producing cheaper bikes like the SuperLow worried investors. Those bikes aren't as profitable, and gross margin in the quarter narrowed to 33.7% from 34.9% a year earlier.
Gross margin was the main reason the stock ate dirt Tuesday even after solid quarterly earnings. Harley lowered its full-year guidance on gross margin to between 33.5% and 34.5%. That's a mere 0.5% less than before, but it was enough for shares to close at $34.59, down 7%.
For tax-efficient exposure to Kinder Morgan's $38 billion deal with El Paso, use these funds.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
The week began with news of a landmark M&A transaction in the natural gas pipeline and storage industry. As the overall impact of this deal gains clarity, ETF investors can position themselves to benefit.
Kinder Morgan's (KMI) decision to acquire El Paso (EP) is notable for a number of reasons. First, the deal, valued at $38 billion, marks the largest pipeline takeover in history.
In addition, the marriage of these two massive gas transporters represents another notable example of the consolidation that has been taking place in natural gas.
Facing a host of risks, including Wall Street protests and mortgage lawsuits, financials could see more downward pressure.
By Robert Barone, TheStreet
It appears that several factors are still not priced into the market. Continued downward pressure on financial stocks could be expected as events unfold, especially the potentially disruptive forces that Europe may unleash, or the conclusion that the foreclosure and mortgage lawsuits are larger and more significant than currently believed.
Here are the top seven reasons bank stocks may keep falling.
1. Occupy Wall Street. Although it's not a cohesive movement, at least part of its birth can be traced to outsized Wall Street salaries and bonuses, especially since taxpayers saved most of the Too Big to Fail banks.
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