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Investors may be tempted by this rock star fund, but the outlook may not be so bright.
By The ETF Professor
Following Thursday's savage plunge that saw Japanese stocks notch their worst one-day performance in more than two years, it is no surprise that ETFs focused on the world's third-largest economy are tumbling today.
DXJ was down about 4.3% Thursday, but that was an improvement from its worst levels of the day of more than an 8% plunge. Before Thursday, DXJ was up a jaw-dropping 28.4% in the past three months. Now home to almost $10.8 billion in assets under management, DXJ has been the top asset-gathering ETF in the world this year.
Investors see value in Hewlett-Packard and growth in ChannelAdvisor.
ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), the two standout names today, represent polar opposites, and yet both were up big Thursday, a phenomenon that explains a lot of this market's innate strength.
Most market participants thought that Hewlett-Packard would be a disaster, given the rapid secular decline of the personal computer and the hideous results of competitor Dell (DELL). Instead, we got the opposite, a totally solid positive-cash-flow quarter that showed a dramatic improvement in the balance sheet and a nice bump in the dividend.
None of this was expected. Consequently, Hewlett has rallied significantly, something that makes a ton of sense, because the issue of the company's viability, which was in question not that long ago, has been taken off the table entirely. CEO Meg Whitman has reined in expenses, improved supply-chain management and billing and is doing much more with far less.
Here's why Wall Street got excited about the computer maker's results and its future prospects.
By George Anders
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) did something that practically defies the laws of physics: It reported a 10% revenue decline for its fiscal second quarter ended April 30, along with correspondingly soft earnings -- yet saw its stock rocket ahead 17%, to $24.86. The quick explanation was that relieved investors had braced for even worse results. But there's more to the story.
The biggest driver of HP's stock price lately has been -- and will continue to be -- investors' gut sense of whether the giant tech company can steer its way toward a successful turnaround or not. If everyone agrees that HP is on the mend, the company's quarter by quarter results this year aren't nearly as important as investors' growing confidence that the computing and printing company will be doing much better in 2016 and beyond. But if there's any chance that HP's troubles might be unfixable, then everything that investors need to know is summed up in one word: "sell."
Investors expect the report to show some weakness, and are cautious ahead of the long holiday weekend.
By Tim Parker
On Thursday the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) erased a loss of more than 120 points to end close to flat on the day, suggesting a buy on the dip mentality. Let's not forget that this is a market that found a way to attract buyers on a day the Nikkei was down more than 7% and most global markets sold off as well.
This morning, g around the world were steady with most major averages near the flatline.
- S&P 500 futures are down nearly 3 points to 1647.25
- The EUR/USD was up at 0.38% to 1.2984
- German 10-year government bond yields are unchanged at 1.466%.
In the never-ending contest for sales, Ford, GM and Chrysler are pulling ahead.
Demand for cars and trucks is up. U.S. automakers have noticed and are responding. Bloomberg noted Wednesday that number two U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. (F), will add the capacity to build 200,000 more vehicles a year in North America. All this based on increased demand for Ford’s F-Series pickups and Fusion sedans.
In addition, most Ford North American assembly plants will be idle for one week this summer instead of two. That, alone, will increase production by about 40,000 cars and trucks.
Ford Motor Co.'s F-Series pickups are no stranger to strong sales, having led sales of U.S. full-size trucks the past 36 years. F-Series trucks, in fact, have been the country’s best-selling vehicle of any type for more than 30 years according to Bloomberg.
At $42 a share, the transaction represents a 23% premium to the teen-apparel retailer's closing price on Wednesday.
Rue21 (RUE) inked a deal on Thursday, to be acquired by private-equity firm Apax Partners for $1.1 billion in cash -- a move it says will deliver "substantial and certain value" as it looks to grow its store base and build out its e-commerce platform.
At $42 a share, the transaction represents a 23% premium to the Warrendale, Pa.-based teen-apparel retailer's closing price on Wednesday. The deal will return Rue21 to private management.
Apax has long held a stake in Rue21. The firm's chief executive, John Megrue, said he's worked closely with Rue21's Bob Fisch to support the company's growth -- from less than 100 stores at the time of the initial investment in 1998 to more than 900 today.
What does the Nikkei's sudden plunge mean, especially after its recent strength?
I saw headlines Thursday morning saying just that. But to me this looks like profit-taking on a huge run up in global markets so far, no more and no less -- even in Japan.
Here’s the background: At its high Wednesday, the Standard & Poor’s 500 was up 10% from its low on April 18; the Nikkei 225 was up 21% from its April 18 low; the NASDAQ Composite was up 12% from its April 18 low. The phrase, “too far, too fast” comes to mind.
In this edition of Investor Beat: new home sales rise in April. What does that mean for investors?
The Dow is off slightly on the day, after falling nearly 130 points at the open. Decent reports on jobless claims and new-home sales helped.
But stocks rebounded off those lows because reports on the U.S. economy -- jobless claims and new-home sales -- were better than expected.
Plus, Federal Reserve officials were running around -- trying to assure investors around the world that they weren't about to pare back or stop their big bond-buying program any time soon. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke had made the point repeatedly in Congressional testimony, but minutes from the Fed's April meeting suggested a change might come starting in June.
Business development companies offer high-dividend yields and funds that focus on them offer investors the broadest possible exposure.
Our team of analysts here at StreetAuthority endeavors to spot value wherever it may lurk, but we're partial to a few solid investment angles.
With Europe mired in recession, China faltering, commodities declining and stocks looking vulnerable, investors seeking safety will look to the greenback.
A wide set of markets currently seem to be at a cusp, and the direction they go from here might require investors to take a radically different approach to protecting their wealth.
You can diversify your portfolio with funds focused on emerging companies and markets.
By Jim Lowell, Forbes ETF Advisor
First, SPDR S&P Emerging Asia Pacific (GMF) seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the S&P Asia Pacific Emerging BMI Index, which is made up of companies from the emerging Asia-Pacific regions.
It began trading in March 2007, and has a market value of close to $500 million. The top five country representations are China (36%), Taiwan (25.3%), India (15.8%), Indonesia (6.8%), and Malaysia (6.7%). The top three sectors are financials (28.1%), information technology (19.8%), and energy (10.9%).
The top ten holdings are Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM), China Construction Bank, China Mobile (CHL), Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (IDCBY), PetroChina (PTR), Bank of China, Reliance Industries, Hon Hai Precision, CNOOC (CEO), and China Petroleum & Chemical (SNP).
The retail giant doesn't always get the credit it deserves for operating one of the most efficient businesses in the world.
"For now, from an investment perspective, the stock is still trading at an attractive valuation. When compared to Costco and Target, which are both trading at higher P/E ratios, a case can be made that Wal-Mart is undervalued by at least 10%. With continued operational improvements and a recovering economy, patient investors should expect shares to approach the lower $80s by the second half of the year."
The home improvement company believes the housing market is recovering, but the Fed chief isn't so sure about the economy.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified on Wednesday in front of Congress explaining that the Fed may or may not rein in quantitative easing in upcoming sessions, based on the future economic situation. That brought a much needed pullback to equity markets, and introduced further uncertainty over the state of the economy for the rest of 2013.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, Home Depot (HD) released strong earnings and raised its outlook. The company believes that the housing market, if not the entire economy, is on the rebound.
The first chart below is of Home Depot over S&P Equal Weight ETF (RSP). The pair shows the relative strength of Home Depot versus equity markets over a two-year span.
Stocks are a bit lower this afternoon but well off their earlier lows.
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[BRIEFING.COM] Commodities are mostly lower this morning, despite weakness in the dollar index, on broad market weakness. Crude oil and natural gas have slid lower since the overnight session and crude came close to the $93 level. July crude oil is now -0.9% at $93.38/barrel.
Natural gas fell about 2% off its overnight high and is still near its $4.22 session low. Currently, June nat gas is -0.8% at $4.23/MMBtu.
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