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The Energy Department's conditional approval of liquefied natural gas exports could provide benefits for American energy, engineering and construction firms.
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy approved what is only the second permit to export liquefied natural gas from the United States.
The permit went to the Freeport LNG project in Texas, a joint project of Freeport LNG Investments, ZHA FLNG Purchaser, Dow Chemical subsidiary Texas LNG Holdings and Turbo LNG, a subsidiary of Japan’s Osaka Gas. The permit will allow Freeport to export up to 1.4 billion cubic feet to gas a day. Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, Freeport plans to begin exports in 2017.
The permit went to Freeport, but I think the immediate profits will go to Chicago Bridge and Iron, the engineering company most likely to win the bulk of work on Freeport.
Bargain hunting gives silver a boost after a nasty dive in overnight markets. But worries about rising interest rates and a possible U.S. debt downgrade gives the metal a boost.
Had that level held, the result would have been the lowest price since August 2010. The sell-off was so extreme that the CME Group, which operates the New York Mercantile Exchange where silver is traded, halted trading in the metal four times overnight.
But silver -- and gold (-GC) -- surged in late trading, settling at $22.58 an ounce, up 23 cents. Gold, which had fallen to as low as $1,336.30, settled at $1,384.10, up $19.40.
Both were surging in electronic trading late Monday -- a signal perhaps that the metals have bottomed after severe slumps this year.
These companies are in the sweet spot of a major economic trend.
In this edition of Investor Beat: Yahoo spends $1.1 billion for Tumblr. Will the blogging service pay dividends for shareholders?
Even though she promised “not to screw it up,” the Tumblr acquisition has some observers wondering if Yahoo paid too much. In our lead story, Motley Fool analysts Andy Cross and Jason Moser discuss the pros and cons of the deal -- and whether it will pay off for investors.
Both the incorrigibly unhampered DJIA and broader S&P 500 have been rocketing to record highs.
There hasn't been any "May Day" calamity this month, as many skeptics had predicted. Instead, the market's barometers have been climbing to multiple new highs. So it's been a downer for the believers in the "Sell in May and Go Away" market strategy.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been incorrigibly unhampered, posting its 221st record closing high this year at a majestic milestone 15,354.40 on May 17. The broader S&P 500 stock index also climbed to another record, at 1,667.42, and the NASDAQ composite index soared to its highest close since October 2000 at 3,498.97.
Time to worry?
Stocks retreat this afternoon after hitting yet another life high earlier in the day.
Despite the promise of big-name stars, the paid hub launched with a series of lesser-known actors, indie filmmakers, girls in bikinis and other oddities.
On May 9, Google (GOOG) made its first attempt to persuade consumers to pay for content on YouTube.
Despite the promise of big-name stars and high-end content, YouTube did not launch its paid channels hub with the likes of Ashton Kutcher or Sofia Vergara, both of whom were expected to be on board.
AwesomenessTV, the popular teen and tween channel that was acquired by DreamWorks Animation (DWA), was also absent from the list.
Instead, YouTube's paid hub launched with a series of lesser-known stars, indie filmmakers, girls in bikinis and other oddities.
When it comes to efficiency gains, a watt saved is a watt earned.
The online business directory sees strong growth in mobile searches.
Our latest Top Ten list has an impressive crop of stocks with good stories and charts that have shown large recent buying power (usually on earnings).
Our favorite is Yelp (YELP), a relatively recent IPO that has a great, sustainable story, rapid sales growth and a stock that just exploded higher on earnings. The company is becoming the 21st-century, interactive version of the yellow pages.
Yelp is essentially the de-facto search engine that connects local businesses with consumers who are ready to buy. One study showed that just having a decent presence on Yelp can boost sales by about $8,000, with that number tripling if it's combined with marketing efforts.
Investors still clinging to the stock are looking to the company's founder and private equity shop Silver Lake Partners to complete their proposed buyout.
It shouldn't have come as a great shock to anyone that Dell's (DELL) fiscal first-quarter results, reported Thursday, were rather dire.
Or is the company engaging in some kind of devious and underhanded conspiracy to make its results look worse than they really are, and whip up support for a bid, even if it's not one that reflects the company's real value?
TJ Max, Saks and seven others report earnings, some following multi-year stock highs.
This week's earnings reports focus on 18 buy-rated stocks in the retail-wholesale sector. This profile is on the front nine, those scheduled to report Monday, Tuesday and pre-market on Wednesday.
On Tuesday I focus on the back nine, those reporting after the close on Wednesday through pre-market on Friday.
Let's call an earnings beat a birdie, a match a par, and a miss a bogey. Having an under-par round of earnings from buy rated retail stocks will be a key to sustaining the upward momentum in the overall stock market.
Among last week's earnings reports were five buy-rated stocks in the retail-wholesale sector. Three beat earnings estimates and two missed, so there were three birdies and two bogies.
These companies indulge our desire for instant gratification
Most recently, the big gig is smartphones like Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Samsung's (SSNLF) Galaxy that put the world at our fingertips. They allow us to get email, check Twitter, snap photos and listen to music on a device we can keep attached to our hips.
Heck, just turn on the TV and you'll see countless ads selling same-day delivery services, five-day weight-loss plans and easy, microwave dinners.
For investors willing to bet against the crowd, these dogs could become tomorrow's darlings.
One of our favorite places to look for turnaround candidates is a list of the worst performers in a certain segment of the market. Because investor sentiment can change very rapidly, today’s dogs often become tomorrow’s darlings, and those who are willing to go against the crowd can reap significant profits.
Among the worst performers in the S&P 500 index since the market hit its lows last June are Apple (AAPL), F5 Networks (FFIV), J.C. Penney (JCP) and Monster Beverage (MNST).
To be sure, many of these stocks carry some risk. There are, after all, reasons why they have underperformed. But the market often overreacts to these risks, and if these companies can fix their problems their stockholders will be very handsomely rewarded.
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Caution has clearly been the fool’s way in this market.
You've been an idiot if you've sold almost any stock so far since the start of 2013. You've been a moron if you've been waiting for revenue to pick up before you've bought. You have been a fool if you've feared the Federal Reserve would act imminently.
You've been a total bozo if you've listened to President Obama about the crashing of the economy because of the sequester -- particularly if you've sold the defense names, which have been the best-acting stocks in the book.
In fact, the moves are eerie. It is as if there had been an edict that every stock -- other than gold stocks, a copper or an iron ore stock and maybe a few steels -- that everything has to go higher.
To me this speaks directly to the notion of underinvestment and the supply and demand of equities.
Bulls may be in control, but Wall Street will be watching for any sign of the Fed backing off its bond buying.
It's Monday and the S&P 500 is, again, sitting at an all time high of 1,667.47. CNBC predicted that the bulls will keep control this week, but the market will watch for any sign that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is considering drawing down the central bank's bond buying.
However, some technicians note that the market is looking parabolic as the upward slope of the rally is the steepest it's been since it began.
Early on Monday S&P 500 futures are down slightly to 1,665.07, while the euro/U.S. dollar was up slightly at 1.2864. Also in Europe,German 10-year government bond yields rose 3 basis points to 1.36%, and Italian 10-year government bond yields fell 2 basis point to 3.83%.
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