The most likely scenario is that the markets will begin to rise from here -- and that bounce is just beginning to take hold.
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Even though consumer response has been tepid to electric cars, GM is pushing ahead with new models.
The minicar is set to go on sale in 2013, and will be a direct competitor to the Nissan Leaf. Shares of GM rose more than 4% in afternoon trading to $23.41. Shares of A123 Systems (AONE), which will make the lithium-ion battery for the Spark, rose more than 25% to $4.19.
As risky assets blast higher on renewed confidence, pessimists betting on a new bear market are caught out.
Stocks continued their breakout Wednesday as the eurozone moved closer toward a definitive resolution of its debt crisis, the Q3 earnings seasons heated up, and investors were reminded that the Federal Reserve stands ready to unleash additional monetary stimulus if needed.
European Commission president Barroso unveiled a multi-step plan that will act as a road map to backstop the continent's banks and move toward a Greek debt restructuring. Also, Slovakia, the last of the 17 eurozone countries to approve a strengthening of the group's bailout fund, is moving closer to ratification.
The company says same-store numbers are on the mend after 9 straight quarters of decline.
At the company's annual analyst meeting Wednesday, executives said same-store sales at U.S. stores have been rising for the past three months. Same-store sales make up about 98% of Wal-Mart's total U.S. sales.
The improvement is enough that Wal-Mart will likely show positive U.S. growth when it reports quarterly earnings next month.
The risk-reward ratio is not lining up favorably for this trio.
Get out your pom-poms, everyone, because earnings season officially kicked off last night with a profit warning from Alcoa (AA). While that’s not exactly the way investors would have liked earnings season to kick off, the vast majority of S&P 500 companies have met or beaten analyst expectations over the past few quarters.
However -- take a deep breath -- earnings estimates are falling globally. Between debt-contagion fears in Greece and a slowdown in U.S. government spending, profit projections are dropping, and investors are finally scrutinizing company earnings as they should have been doing in the first place. The recipe for failure is there this quarter, more so than in any quarter in recent history, so it pays to take note of companies which are on shaky ground to start with.
The ice cream company throws its support behind Occupy Wall Street. Is a new flavor on the way?
Most of the protesters seemed to have no problem with the fact that Ben & Jerry's is owned by Unilever (UN), a global conglomerate that reportedly spent $750,000 on congressional lobbying last year. "It's hard to say no to free ice cream," said one 26-year-old protester from Ireland, according to DailyFinance.
The Ben & Jerry's board issued a statement expressing admiration for the Wall Street protesters. "We realize that Occupy Wall Street is calling for systemic change," the statement said. "We support this call to action and are honored to join you in this call to take back our nation and democracy."
At least one ETF is now a good deal for long-term investors.
We are adding the out-of-favor Market Vectors Steel ETF (SLX) to our Contrarian Portfolio.
Even if we see S&P earnings fall 10%, 20% or even 30% from recent levels, I suspect that investors who scoop up shares now of excellent stock ETFs -- such as SLX -- will be glad they did several years from now.
Slowing economic growth has tempered expectations for steelmakers, and their prices were savaged in early August 2011, losing nearly 15%.
Forget about this summer's 'commodity crumble.' These majors will deliver strong third-quarter earnings.
By Dan Dicker, TheStreet
There are exploration and production divisions, enormous segments dealing with transport and refining, and separate segments for natural gas, liquids and chemicals.
As complex as these companies are, the price of a barrel of crude is still the most important input to their earnings results and therefore has the biggest impact on their stock prices. It is no wonder that these mega-cap oil companies' share prices have historically followed the price of the oil they generate.
A service issue that began Monday has affected tens of millions of users, causing another headache for Research In Motion.
BlackBerry users are running out of patience as a global service outage heads into its third day. The problem has spread to the U.S. and Canada, with users reporting delays, slow e-mail and one-way conversations.
Analysts estimate that about half of BlackBerry's 70 million subscribers outside North America have been affected, Reuters reports. It's unclear how many in North America were affected Wednesday.
Hollywood was "paralyzed in its tracks" Wednesday, reported entertainment site TheWrap. Hollywood actors and executives have long favored the BlackBerry over other smartphones, the site reports.
Private education has its problems. Is it finally time to sell this industry?
For-profit institutions are notorious for being unable to place alumni into the work force. While their businesses grow, their reputations sink.
It is time to note the discrepancy: People who attended traditional schools dislike for-profits, but those without traditional options seem to embrace the for-profit route despite knowing the statistics. Let's examine this problematic industry and focus on one of its worst performers in 2011: Capella Education (CPLA).
This fund adjusts its exposure to twists and turns.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Growth-correlated resources have not been the only commodities to take hits, however. On the contrary, even gold recently came under pressure. The iShares Gold Trust (IAU) is off nearly 10% over the past month.
As resource prices continue to struggle to find stability, it will be tempting to make alterations with every fluctuation. Long-term investors, however, will need to exercise patience and flexibility in order to come out unscathed. For some, the time and effort needed to construct and maintain a strong portfolio may prove to be too daunting.
Luckily for those who prefer a hands-off approach, there are several options.
Despite all the headwinds, the bank is still a good choice for long-term investors.
By Philip van Doorn, TheStreet
The dismal year-to-date performance of JPMorgan Chase's (JPM) stock underscores why you should invest in the bank now.
In a few years, you may be looking back at the killing you missed on JPMorgan Chase. The shares are bargain-priced right here, and you can add on the dips.
Shares of the nation's second-largest bank by total assets -- running a close second to Bank of America (BAC) as of June 30 -- closed at $32.30 Tuesday for a 22% year-to-date decline. That compared with a 53% decline for shares of Bank of America, while Citigroup (C) was down 44% to $24.49 and Wells Fargo (WFC) was down 15% to $26.13. The benchmark KBW Bank Index was down 28% year to date, closing Tuesday at 37.45.
The companies are facing strong resistance and are likely to lag the overall market.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The general pessimism over the prospects for the economy and consumer health has pressured casino stocks over the past few months. The data from Las Vegas look a bit more positive than prices of the big casino stocks, however.
Even though gambling revenues fell 8.7% in August, it was attributed mainly to drop in baccarat revenue, as other gaming revenues showed a 5.7% gain. Room rates and the number of visitors are increasing, which is also encouraging.
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The fact that Europe's rescue plan hinges on this small country's vote reveals some big problems with the EU system.
I had a debate Tuesday with some people about the importance of Slovakia.
I think Slovakia stands for everything that is wrong with the European Union. Slovakia shouldn't matter. We are way too late in the game for that country to play a role. That's like Rhode Island holding up the United States.
All that said, for a moment I thought: Is this the "enough is enough" moment when we decide that we can't be linked to these morons because their system is a failed one anyway? Any system that needs the buy-in of Slovakia and Malta can't be one that we take seriously, can it?
I think we are at two crossroads. One is the forced irrelevance of Europe, simply because its system is such a joke that we have to accept that it will collapse and we have to start the insulation process, the worldwide cordon of this union. The other is that Germany and France are really all that matter and that they are going to lose their credit ratings eventually, so let's move on.
The aluminum giant's earnings fell short, but the stock has a lot of other things going for it in the long term. With video reaction to Alcoa's third-quarter financial results.
Alcoa (AA) disappointed investors big-time Tuesday with earnings missing forecasts by about 32%. But look past the headlines and consider the merits of buying AA stock right now, especially if you are the buy-and-hold type.
Alcoa stock opened down as much as 3% in early trading Wednesday after the aluminum company reported profits of $172 million, or 15 cents a share, for the third quarter. That was well short of the 22 cents per share forecast by Wall Street investment analysts. But there are signs of life at Alcoa -- and reasons to expect the stock is at or near the bottom.
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