Once you get past the hype, there's little chance for long-term gain with this stock.
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These shares offer strong payouts, making them good names to own before the market takes another dive.
By James Dlugosch, Stockpickr
The economy is recovering, and stocks have crossed key psychological barriers. Things are quite good, or at least that is the appearance. The S&P 500 ($INX) has doubled since bottoming in March 2009. Over the past six months, the gains have been growing.
It is only natural for investors to be concerned. Nothing goes up forever. Stocks will at some point take a pause. I think that moment has arrived and stocks will move sideways from here.
For such a market, investors should consider investing in dividend stocks. Rather than worrying about stocks going up or down, dividend stock investors can sit back and watch their corporations stack up piles of cash. Here are five dividend stocks to consider for your portfolio.
The pharmaceuticals company has a rough fourth quarter and faces continued uncertainty with 2 manufacturing plants.
Apple delays the LTE 4G iPhone until 2012. Banks use tax dollars to finance a luxury hotel. Sears finally hires a CEO -- with no retail experience.
By TheStreet Staff, TheStreet
Here is this week's roundup of Wall Street business blunders.
5. Verizon's bad apple
There's no phone as cool as the next big phone. Just ask anyone who's been holding out for the 4G Verizon (VZ) iPhone. But don't ask this week, after Apple (AAPL) delayed the LTE 4G iPhone until 2012.
Apple's iPhone 5, due out this summer, will not be an LTE 4G iPhone, Telecom Pragmatics analyst Sam Greenholtz told TheStreet Thursday.
Some isolated shares got hammered this week despite good quarterly results. They deserve a look now.
Did we bottom? Heard that a gazillion times. I find it valueless unless you are some sort of SPX futures trader. I believe many stocks have put in a bottom and can be bought because they have been hammered and will do fine in a higher-oil-price environment. I think those names have probably bottomed.
Others, not so fast.
I keep talking about commodities stocks that have bottomed, but let me broaden it. Medco Health(MHS) is a company that reported a terrific quarter and then, almost immediately, completed a 10% swoon right when its monster share buyback came into play -- and the company said it would have no problem beating estimates.
Medco Health has absolutely nothing to do with anything that is driving stocks. Nothing. It is a play on drugs going generic. Beginning six months from now, you will see more patented drugs going generic than at any other time in history.
These most-liked brands resonate with consumers, meaning free marketing and a loyal customer base.
A few years ago, there were still a lot of folks who thought social media was just another silly tech fad. But the rise of Facebook and Twitter as marketing tools and revenue streams has soundly squashed such talk.
But an important development worth noting is the power of social media to find loyal customers to be your brand advocate. Instead of just buying a product, they become a free marketing division and tell all their friends all over the world how great your business really is.
Such loyalty and brand advocacy can't be underestimated. And these top three Facebook-famous stocks have both qualities in spades:
Newmont Mining has what no gold investors want: production costs that keep rising.
China's future growth rate comes into question as key factory regions see a labor shortfall.
Increased efficiency and pent-up demand should fuel the automaker forward.
Fool analyst Jim Mueller looks for market mispricings for his Messed-Up Expectations portfolio. Today, he's keying on the market's misunderstanding of Ford.
Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks Editor
When Ford Motor (F) landed on the watchlist for my Messed-Up Expectations portfolio, I was a bit surprised. With better than a dozen analysts following the company, I wouldn't expect the market to ever reach a point where growth in free cash flow (FCF) was expected to be so low as to pass my screen, but that's exactly what happened. And I, for one, am not going to let the opportunity to invest in this strong, and strengthening, company pass me by.
The catalyst to this opportunity, I believe, is Ford's recent earnings report, which wasn't quite what the market expected.
The automaker reports its largest profit in more than a decade, but that doesn't mean the bailout was a success.
GM's road to recovery has been funded largely by the U.S. government. With these results, maybe the $49.5 billion bailout wasn't such a bad thing?
Not so fast. Taxpayers are still on the hook in a big way, and GM needs to do much more to sufficiently repay its rescue.
Even with today's solid results, GM shares fell by 6% in midday trading to $32.51 -- below their November IPO price of $33 a share. Why the sharp drop? We'll get to that in a minute.
Health care funds offer stability as global tensions produce more market turmoil.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
While stocks remained on a relatively uninterrupted upward path during the opening weeks of 2011, global headwinds have begun to mount more recently, once again testing the resilience of the market's recovery.
Rather than fleeing, however, investors can use the market's recent bout of turmoil to add to defensive positions. One sector that may prove attractive in the near term is health care.
Over the past six months, this sector has lagged the broader indexes considerably as the market's relentless climb caused investors to pour into riskier asset classes. Although health care shares are unloved at this point, if these global economic issues present the markets with hurdles in the coming weeks, this segment and its stability will likely fall into favor again.
United has dropped so sharply on oil prices that it now looks attractive.
By Ted Reed, TheStreet
Let's just say that oil prices are not going to keep going up forever.
Some analysts are beginning to suggest that airline shares, pummeled recently by rising fuel prices, could be attractive because of continuing strong traffic and some success in raising fares, not to mention the potential variability of the fuel-price trend.
"Opportunities exist in the group," Dahlman Rose analyst Helane Becker wrote in a report issued Thursday. She noted that in two days of trading -- Tuesday and Wednesday -- United (UAL) fell by 15%, while US Airways (LCC) fell by 13% and Delta (DAL) fell by 4%.
In the past week, the average legacy-carrier stock has fallen 13%, while the S&P 500 ($INX) has slipped 2%, said Soleil Securities analyst Jim Higgins.
Some have more than doubled in February and outperformed major benchmarks.
By Robert Holmes, TheStreet
Stocks under $5, such as eDiets.com (DIET) and Acceler8 Technology (AXK), have doubled this month, squashing the broader market and surprising investors who haven't heard of the penny-stock companies.
Almost 1,000 stocks under $5 on major U.S. exchanges are up only 2.4% in February, in line with the benchmark S&P 500 ($INX). Friday, the S&P 500 had traded at its highest peak since the financial crisis started in September 2008. Protests across the Middle East sparked a rally in crude prices and triggered a pullback in equities.
Analysts expect stocks under $5, like Citigroup (C) and Sprint Nextel (S), will outperform this year, but those companies haven't been among the biggest winners in the new year. Instead, penny stocks including Evergreen Energy (EEE) and Independent Bank (IBCP) have surged as much as 500%.
The online retail giant's incursion into streaming video might not disrupt Netflix's dominance, but it might take a toll on its share price. With video commentary.
Am I worried about Amazon's(AMZN) incursion into the world of Netflix(NFLX)? You bet I am. But not because Amazon has a good collection of films and TV shows. And not because its library could one day rival Netflix's. I bet it won't.
I worry because Amazon doesn't have to charge for the service. Amazon is making it a "premium" for subscribing to Amazon Prime. When you give something away that others charge for, it is always going to be a problem.
Mind you, I am not worried about the dominance of Netflix; I am worried about the multiple of Netflix's stock. You need smooth sailing to stay on the Netflix horse. You need to have no real competitors of consequence. That's why I was never worried about Coinstar(CSTR).
The old sack will return while the company retools its packaging. The loud biodegradable bag was just one among several branding disasters. With video demonstration.
By Jeff Reeves, Editor, InvestorPlace.com
After less than two years on the market, the biodegradable SunChips bag is destined for the trash heap. The packaging made a lot of noise with critics because it was perceived as louder and more "crinkly" than any other packaging on the market.
Now the eco-friendly bag that started as a good environmental deed and an attempt at creative branding has become a lesson in marketing gone wrong. Theloud SunChips bag has been silenced (watch the video below), and Frito-Lay is returning to the old packaging as it races to create a new bag that's as easy on the ears as it is on the earth.
Fidelity Investment's analysis of 11 million accounts shows the average balance the highest in a decade. With video reports.
By The Associated Press
Most 401(k) accountholders continue to plug away at setting aside a portion of their pay. That consistency, along with a rising stock market helped push balances in plans managed by Fidelity Investment to a 10-year high, the retirement plan provider said Wednesday.
An analysis based on 11 million accounts showed the average balance rose to $71,500 at the end of December.
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