Once you get past the hype, there's little chance for long-term gain with this stock.
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By virtue of its success, Apple can be a lightning rod for critics. But the best-run company with the best products doesn't need to follow the same rules as everyone else.
The caller was angry. He wanted to know how Apple(AAPL) could sit on that $60 billion cash war chest and not return that to shareholders. He wanted to know why Apple hasn't split the stock. He wanted to know why these injustices occur.
I thought about it for a moment, knowing that I favor dividends and returning capital to the shareholders. I don't have much of a love for splits, but I know -- rightly or wrongly -- that such an event would attract a lot of new buyers to the stock.
But then I just let loose. When you perform as well as Apple does; when you invent a whole new ecosystem; when you are the world's best engineering, designing, manufacturing and retailing name; when you have changed as many games as they have and when you have made as much money for shareholders as they have, then you know what? You don't have to play by the rules that others do.
The cash flows coming into Energy Transfer Partners look to be ramping up this year.
Why this tobacco king is worth buying.
Significant barriers to entry, absurdly high margins, and name recognition even greater than Charlie Sheen. That's Philip Morris International, and that's part of the reason Fool analyst Dan Dzombak is buying shares for his Rising Stars portfolio.
Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks Editor
Philip Morris International (PM) is unique in that it is an American company that earns 100% of its revenue from outside the U.S. It sells cigarettes around the world -- with 40% of its sales coming from the European Union, 24% from EMEA (Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), 22% from Asia, and 12% from Latin America and Canada. Its brands have been ingrained in people's minds through years of advertising, allowing the company to charge more for its products. Combined with an addictive product, this brand strength means Philip Morris will be a market leader for years to come.
The legendary investor sits down with CNBC for hours to share his opinions about the financial world.
That's a no-brainer for Warren Buffett, who likes investments that produce and deliver returns. With gold, he told CNBC today, all you can do is hold on to it and hope that people become more afraid.
All the gold in the world is worth about $7 trillion, he said on CNBC. You can take that same chunk of change and buy seven Exxon Mobils (XOM) and still have trillions left in "walking-around money," he said. "The problem with commodities is you're betting on what someone will pay for them in six months," he added.
We have lots of videos of Buffett speaking about his investment strategy, his likes and dislikes, and about how he just lost an acquisition to another suitor. The videos will start playing below -- or, you can click here to specifically catch Buffett's take on gold vs. Exxon Mobil.
The social networking giant's share of the display advertising market is expected to expand to 21.6% this year, compared with 16.4% for Yahoo.
By Olivia Oran, TheStreet
Facebook's share of the $10.1 billion online display advertising sector -- comprised of graphic ads like banners, interactive media and video -- is expected to increase to 21.6% this year from 13.6% in 2010, eMarketer said. This means Facebook's ad revenue could top $2.2 billion this year.
Yahoo, which has traditionally been considered the leader in display ads, is expected to see its share rise slightly to 16.4% this year from 16.1% in 2010.
Starbucks spurned Kraft and wants a new partner in the single-serve scene, but Green Mountain and its consumers may be out of its league.
By Jason Notte, TheStreet
Starbucks (SBUX) just broke up with its longtime supermarket distributor Kraft (KFT) and seems to have its eye on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) for a steamy single-cup partnership. But who wants who more?
"Starbucks needs a single-serve solution, and there's no question they're going to have to have one," says Scott Van Winkle, consumer analyst for Canaccord Genuity. "Green Mountain doesn't need Starbucks."
How could he be so optimistic? Doesn't the guy read the papers?
Warren Buffett must be an idiot, isn't he? I mean think about it. Think about what this clown is saying and doing. Think.
First, he likes investing in America. The stooge! Doesn't he realize we don't know how to make anything, and we have a dysfunctional government with a dysfunctional president? Doesn't he read the papers?
Second, he wants to buy something big right here, right now? Who is he -- Moe? Larry? Curly? Dumb? Dumber? Petey? I mean someone buy the old guy a copy of The Wall Street Journal. He’ll see that everything is overvalued and going lower. How can he want to buy anything when we know everything is hopelessly, radically overvalued? Like maybe 10%, 20%, 30% overvalued? You name it.
Plus, everything is going higher: costs, taxes, labor, materials, entitlements. Shouldn't he be selling and shorting? Who is he kidding? Does he think he's cheerleader-in-chief? Is that the game he's playing? He just likes the TV. Would walk a mile for a camera.
American shares succumb to selling pressure as it becomes clear the U.S. economy isn't immune to rising food and fuel prices.
So, this is how it ends. The powerful market uptrend that has seen the S&P 500 gain nearly 30% since September is collapsing under the weight of inflation concerns, a slowdown in Chinese economic growth, and political turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East.
There are new concerns that rising food and fuel prices -- both here at home and overseas -- will translate into reduced earnings growth and smaller profit margins. And of course, there is the risk that sticker shock will damage still-fragile consumer confidence. I've written frequently about these topics over the last two months -- which you can check out on my article index here.
Everywhere I look, there is evidence that Wall Street traders don't consider this a temporary blip; instead, they are preparing for the worst.
At the rate things are going, the middle of 2011 could be the real crunch point for the year.
The magazine criticizes General Motors' flagship car for its inefficiency, its short range and its 'annoying' charge time.
The Chevrolet Volt, which GM has put its heart and soul into since emerging from bankruptcy, isn't that great of an electric or gas vehicle, said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' auto testing center, according to The Detroit News.
"When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn't really make a lot of sense," Champion added. "This is going to be a tough sell to the average consumer."
Ouch. And so ends the Volt's honeymoon. The plug-in car had a great coming-out party, winning the coveted "car of the year" award in January at the North American International Auto Show. It was also named car of the year by Motor Trend Magazine.
Grupo Prisa is an undiscovered gem.
Jim Royal's Special Situations portfolio looks for instances where spinoffs, reorganizations, etc. create mispriced stocks. Today he tells us about Grupo Prisa -- a small Spanish media firm with a huge international reach.
Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks Editor
Today, I have a doozy of a special situation, and it involves Grupo Prisa (PRIS) (PRIS.B), a Spanish media company based in Madrid. The company owns attractive assets, but a buying binge ballooned its debt. Now, a recapitalization and subsequent deleveraging make the stock a cheap buy.
The company, and why I'm buying
Grupo Prisa has a diverse range of media assets, focused primarily in the Spanish language.
Momentum continues as discounts and an improving economy lure buyers to car dealerships, but high oil prices threaten future growth.
But this party may not last long. Spiking oil prices could hurt sales of larger vehicles, a scenario we saw in 2008 as gas climbed to $4 a gallon. The nationwide average is $3.38 a gallon -- up 9% in the last month. The average gas price for all of 2010 was $2.79.
And March could see automakers finally pull the deep discounts that lured many buyers to car dealerships.
For now, at least, U.S. automakers are enjoying a February that blew away analyst expectations. General Motors (GM) saw its sales soar 46% last month, beating the 36% increase analysts were looking for.
Company officials acknowledge the role of incentives in the automaker's recent bankruptcy and vow to adopt a 'disciplined approach' to doing business.
General Motors (GM) said sales in its home market surged 46% in February as sales incentives, including lease deals and cash offers for existing GM owners, drove shoppers to dealerships.
The sales gain was higher than analysts had projected for the automaker and cemented a market share gain for GM in the first two months of the year.
In a measure of the popularity of its incentive programs in February, GM said retail sales, which exclude bulk purchases by rental agencies and other fleet operators, were up 70% from a year earlier, a record increase.
Analysts and GM's rivals have questioned whether the automaker was at risk of returning to the reliance on heavy discounting to drive sales at the expense of profits which had marked its slide into bankruptcy in the last decade.
Star Scientific is developing CigRx, a nicotene-based compound that could help reduce brain inflamation and fight the disease
By Jeff Reeves, Editor, InvestorPlace.com
When you think about the tobacco industry, most folks probably don’t get a very good taste in their mouth. Investors think of massive lawsuits, steadily increasing taxes on cigarettes and dwindling smoker statistics choking off profits. And the general public thinks of lung cancer and that stale smell of Uncle Mickey’s jacket that infects the entire closet every time he visits for Thanksgiving.
But if tobacco stock Star Scientific (CIGX) has its way, the public could have a very different perception of tobacco in the future.
Namely, as the plant that cured Alzheimer’s.
When a company in a growing industry is still getting hurt, it's a management issue.
And then there were five that were no good, no good whatsoever:Cisco Systems(CSCO), Avon Products (AVP), Johnson & Johnson(JNJ), CVS(CVS) andLiz Claiborne(LIZ). All are showing breakdowns, and they all seem like the last stocks you want to be in.
It's surprising. Is there a more explosive business right now than Internet traffic? Cisco has long been considered the backbone of Internet traffic. But it has done a hasty foray into consumer products and is now offering telecom companies some of the most expensive routers needed to process wireless voice, data and video. Consequently, it is losing to Hewlett-Packard(HPQ) on the low end and Juniper(JNPR) on the high end. The latter has a higher-end and cheaper solution for carriers, and it is taking share and names. Juniper remains one of my favorite stocks and an Action Alerts PLUS name. I can do without Hewlett-Packard.
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