The $19 billion WhatsApp deal could become the Facebook founder's legacy . . . or his albatross.
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World steel production has increased since April 2009 due to a moderate rise in demand. But global growth could slow in 2012.
The world steel industry is concentrated in structure, with a few producers accounting for the lion’s share of sales.
Historically, the automotive and construction markets have remained the largest consumers of steel, absorbing more than half of the total steel produced. Large automakers such as General Motors Company (GM), Ford Motor Company (F), Toyota Motor Corporation (TM) and Honda Motor Company (HMC) depend upon the steel industry.
The company looks like it will survive the shakeout in the solar sector, but that's not guaranteed.
A popular analyst is eyeing an Apple HDTV next year.
By Rick Aristotle Munarriz
By the time Apple (AAPL) rolls out its rumored flat-screen television -- whenever that may ultimately be -- we may as well call it the iMunster.
After all, no one has championed the cause the way that Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster has. For nearly three years Munster has hopped on his horse, shouting to anyone within hearing distance, "The Apple HDTVs are coming! The Apple HDTVs are coming!"
Any advantage to the aircraft maker will set it on track to reach 40% global market share by 2014.
The aircraft manufacturer is competing with Airbus for the deal -- worth about $15 billion at list prices -- and analysts speculate that a split-order is the most likely outcome. If Boeing manages to secure exclusivity, however, it would be the latest in a string of high-profile coups for the manufacturer, continuing a trend which could send its global market share above 40%.
The company is taking another look at expansion and is signing key deals.
At that time, the stock was trading above $16 a share. Of course, Alcoa wasn't alone. The industry as a whole, including Freeport McMoRan Copper (FCX) and Brazilian firm Vale (VALE), took it on the chin around that same time.
Despite a strong November close, these big, dividend-paying Dow stocks have plenty of leftover upside potential.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Wednesday’s record gains helped most stocks close near their highs for November, yet the month-end scan of the stocks in the Dow Industrials reveals that many are still far from overbought levels. Many of these large-cap stocks also offer attractive yields.
I use Starc band analysis to identify overbought and oversold conditions. When a market or equity is close to its upper monthly Starc band (Starc+), it is a high-risk time to buy and considered overbought. Conversely, when close to the lower monthly Starc band (Starc-), it is a low-risk time to buy and considered oversold.
The sector has been hit hard in the economic downturn, and stocks are now too cheap to ignore.
Shares of the Miami cruise operator, not surprisingly, got crushed and are down more than 40% for the year. Things, though, are looking better for the company.
As the U.S. economy slowly recovers, people are going to feel more confident about their economic futures and will take more vacations.
Buyers flocked to dealerships as automakers offered end-of-year discounts and other incentives.
Buyers snapped up cars in November, making the month one of the most successful for auto sales since the Cash for Clunkers days of 2009.
Strong demand helped push the seasonally adjusted annual rate for light vehicles to 13.7 million, according to industry tracking firm Autodata. That's higher than the 13.3 million seen for October and the 12.3 million a year earlier.
Hewlett-Packard and Procter & Gamble are upgraded.
- US Airways (LCC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
- Procter & Gamble (PG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
- Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
- Green Mountain (GMCR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair
- Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
Accept a buyout offer when it comes. It is the only sensible move.
Yahoo (YHOO) should take the money and run -- fast.
According to Reuters, Blackstone Group and Bain Capital -- along with some Asian partners -- are preparing a bid of about $25 billion for all of the Internet portal. It remains unclear whether China's Alibaba, which wants to buy back Yahoo's 40% ownership stake in it, will participate in the $20-per-share bid, though it seems likely it would.
A string of better-than-expected quarters suggests a turnaround is developing for the retailer.
There’s a nice turnaround story building at Foot Locker (FL), the specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,400 stores in 22 countries.
Solid operating momentum, a cash-heavy balance sheet, and an attractive yield of nearly 3% are just a few of the attractions of these shares.
Its best-selling drug ever goes off patent. What's next for the world's largest drug company?
The day finally came when the world's largest drug company, Pfizer (PFE), lost patent protection on the best selling drug ever, cholesterol fighter Lipitor.
Lipitor has been a major source of income for the New York-based pharmaceutical. The pill was released in 1997, and by 2006 it had reached peak sales of $12.9 billion, accounting for 27% of the company's revenue. Even after Pfizer acquired Wyeth, Lipitor still accounted for 15.8% of total revenue in 2010, with $10.8 billion in sales. Altogether, Lipitor sales surpassed $100 billion.
Despite economic uncertainty, people have continued to eat out. We've found 5 restaurant stocks that offer both fundamental and technical strength. Pizza chains are stand-outs.
By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com
Consumers and businesses have continued going out to restaurants and spending money, even in a shaky economy. While many stocks have been struggling below key moving averages in the recent market volatility, several restaurants are trading at or near all-time highs.
Pizza restaurants, in particular, are standouts, with a few chains delivering fresh price action that’s far outpacing the broader market.
So far, betting on upscale retailers has proved to be a wise strategy, but a disappointing forecast from Tiffany's could mean future growth will be harder to find.
By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times
Tiffany's (TIF) earnings may look glittery on the surface, with the jeweler on Tuesday reporting a 63% jump in its third-quarter results and boosting its forecast for the year by another nickel a share to as much as $3.80. But even the news that Tiffany's same-store sales climbed by 16% (excluding currency fluctuations) in the third quarter – at a time when other retailers have a tough time topping 4% or 5% – wasn't enough to allow the stock to shine. Even as the broader market rallied strongly Wednesday, Tiffany’s shares edged lower, following a drop of almost 9% the day before.
Sales growth at Tiffany’s seems to be slowing, and the fourth quarter will be a slower one than the company expected. Investors also were unnerved by the company's news that gross margins narrowed, in large part due to the fact that sales were of more costly items, which usually have lower margins.
As jobs come back, so will homebuyers.
Has housing bottomed? Did we finally get a number Wednesday that shows it is bottoming? Possibly, but it wasn't the pending home sales figure. Although they jumped 10.4%, that isn't how housing will trough.
It will be based on employment, and the numbers from ADP said the U.S. added 206,000 jobs in November. That's much better than the expected 130,000, and it may be the key number to focus on if we are to believe that housing can stop going down.
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