There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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Despite management's poor decisions, the stock could double in the next 6 to 12 months.
By Ian Wyatt, The 100K Portfolio
Every once in a while an outstanding company falls from grace. Sometimes it's because the market for its products has changed. Other times it’s due to external factors, such as expiring patents, a lawsuit, an unexpected catastrophic event or new competition.
Leadership changes at one of the world's largest and most underappreciated biotechs bode well for investors.
A pivotal event -- change in the company's leadership -- should entice investors to pick up shares now. The changes, which will occur by mid-2012, include chief executive Kevin Sharer's retirement on May 23. He will be succeeded by chief operating officer Robert Bradway. And the head of research and development , Roger Perlmutter, will retire on Feb. 12, to be replaced by chief medical officer Sean Harper.
Recession-resistant fast-food company has appetite for growth.
By Jim Powell, Global Changes & Opportunities Report
My top pick for 2012 -- and a promising new addition to our list of blue chip stocks that have good long-term track records -- is McDonald’s (MCD).
As 2012 nears, investors' patience is wearing thin with these poor performers.
My list of endangered CEOs is based on several objective criteria. First, I tried to separate companies hurt by macroeconomic factors beyond their control from those whose fortunes were hurt by specific management decisions. Then I culled the list further to include companies with stock prices down by at least 30% for the year.
A cute year-end rally has pushed stocks back over a critical level separating bull and bear markets. Can it last?
While many people are still enjoying extended holiday breaks or are busy cashing in those ubiquitous gift cards, Wall Street has been gently pushing stocks higher. And higher. And higher. Enough to push the S&P 500 back over its 200-day moving average, the line of demarcation between bull and bear phases, for the first time since October.
Catalysts for the move have been a relative calming of the eurozone debt crisis (though it's changing for the worse again with Italian borrowing costs surging back over 7%) and some better-than-expected economic data here at home. Plus, stocks just tend to do well during the final few weeks of the year. Chalk it up to holiday cheer.
The question is: Can the positive momentum last and keep stocks out of bear market territory?
How will this affect the oil company's bottom line?
As one of the largest oil companies in the world, Chevron (CVX) is used to operating in some less-than-hospitable locations. Angola, Nigeria and Russia are just a few of the places where Chevron does business that aren't exactly top-notch vacation destinations.
Western oil majors expect trouble of some kind or another in many countries, but Brazil should not be one of them. Until now.
After 5 straight profitable quarters, analysts see earnings for this homebuilder leaping next year.
By Michael Cintolo, Cabot Market Letter
Throughout market history, three-quarters of all big winners have been growth stocks -- those with big sales and earnings, huge profit margins and a unique and potentially revolutionary new product and service.
Dick’s is the biggest name in the sporting goods space.
By Jason Moser
This article is part of ourRising Star Portfoliosseries.
"If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf."
The legendary comedian hit the nail on the head. As a golfer for almost my entire life, I've put in a lot of hours working to get better. In fact, sports in general have played an integral part in my life, all the way down to my fantasy football team. Now it's my portfolio's turn, and Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) is finally earning a spot in the starting lineup.
They're in the sweet spot of important seasonal patterns that could present good buying opportunities despite low-volume trading around the holidays.
Just four trading days remain in 2011, and while volume is expected to be low, that does not mean we should ignore the markets this week.
As discussed earlier this month, the typical seasonal pattern is for stocks to bottom in November and then stay strong into May. If you look at the daily data, the Spyder Trust (SPY) typically has a short-term bottom on Dec. 19, which is precisely when it made its recent low.
Investors are happy with the acquisition, which eliminates a key rival and helps Akamai gain control of important technology.
The move eliminates a key rival for Akamai in value-added services and also helps the company gain access to Cotendo's mobile acceleration technology. Founded in 2008 and backed by strategic partners such as Citrix, Juniper (JNPR), Google (GOOG) and AT&T (T), Cotendo has an impressive list of customers, including big names such as AT&T, Facebook and Zynga (ZNGA), that use its dynamic site acceleration (DSA) and application acceleration services.
With positive industry trends, strong earnings growth and historically low valuation levels, the pharmacy chain has great appreciation potential.
By Jim Stack, InvesTech Market Analyst
CVS Caremark (CVS) was created in 2007 by the merger of two pharmacy heavyweights: CVS, the nation's second largest drugstore chain, and Caremark, a leading pharmacy benefits manager.
A focus on hot areas like renewable energy and bioplastics will enable the company to maintain its market share.
The industrial giant, founded to mine a mineral deposit in 1902, now offers more than 55,000 products to a wide variety of markets and has a presence in some 200 countries. The company's major products include adhesives, laminates, fire protection products, medical and surgical supplies, dental products, office supplies, optical film and car care products.
Some of the company's most recognizable brands include Scotch Tape, Post-It products, ACE bandages and Thinsulate insulation products.
As a slide in sales continues, Sears Holdings announces the pending closures of more than 100 stores. And a year from now, the outlook might be just as grim.
While many retailers remain on pins and needles about how their holiday receipts will stack up, there's no mystery at Sears Holdings (SHLD). The company that operates Sears and Kmart department stores has been losing customers and bleeding red ink forever, and the past few months were no exception.
So Sears wasted no time in announcing a huge cutback on its store count. Between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores will be closed. The company says $140 million to $170 million will be made as inventory is shuffled out at fire-sale prices.
Investors stand to benefit from higher oil prices and dividend growth policy.
By Kelley Wright, IQ Trends
Every year the markets present investors with both challenges and opportunities.
We believe investors will have to wade through myriad challenges in the first-half of 2012 -- both geo-political and geo-financial, not to mention the ones that come from left field.
With over 15 million acres spanning major U.S. gas plays, no company is better positioned for a surge in natural gas demand.
By Nathan Slaughter, Scarcity & Real Wealth
What if I said you could buy 1,000 acres of productive land, and then later unload 250 of them, pocketing enough cash from the sale to cover the entire initial investment? Yes, that means you would keep the remaining 750 acres for free.
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[BRIEFING.COM] The afternoon session wears on and there hasn't been a lot of change in today's tone. Things are mixed with blue-chip averages underperforming, although the small-cap Russell 2000 (-0.1%) has been unable to hold an earlier gain that had it up as much as 0.6%.
Every sector is in the red at the moment, implying that relative strength at this point is couched more in terms of which sectors are down the least rather than which sectors are up the most.
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