Tech fell so far at the start of the new millennium, it was difficult to imagine that the index could ever make up what it lost.
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The economy of the People's Republic may be slowing, but the country's appetite for KFC continues to grow.
Hard or soft? That's been the big question surrounding the slowdown expected in China, the great hope of the global economy.
Worries that the Chinese economy may be in for a "hard" landing -- one that would leave it unable to buoy other regions of the world -- were fueled by the news Monday that the International Monetary Fund slashed its estimate for China's growth for this year to 8.25% from 9%. That lower estimate -- a contrast to the 9.2% growth recorded in 2011 -- would be the logical result of weakening exports as the economic climate in Europe deteriorates.
Technology stocks have been all over the place in the past few years. But this one looks set for big things in the long term.
Salesforce.com (CRM) will become even more of a battleground stock in 2012.
We started to see some of this last year. The bulls and bears have very strong opinions about this cloud-based provider of customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. After ending 2010 at $132, up 78.9%, Salesforce.com shares climbed higher still to $160.12 in July 2011, but then finished the year down 23%.
Durables makers have led this market higher and could make even more hay if recent trends hold up.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
Clint Eastwood and Chrysler aren't the only ones who think the world "is going to hear the roar of our engines" very soon.
Strong spending on durable goods by businesses and consumers has been perhaps the most encouraging economic trend of all, while the turbo-charged performance of related shares has added lots of mileage to the market rally.
AMD is upgraded to 'buy,' while Urban Outfitters is downgraded to 'sell.'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
Shares of the real thing remain cheap.
The iconic beverage maker on Tuesday reported better-than-expected quarterly results, fueled by strong growth in emerging markets such as China and India. Shares were up in early trading. The stock has risen about 9% over the past 52 weeks.
The carrier is mitigating fuel cost pressures with capacity improvements and synergies.
Major U.S. legacy carriers, including United Continental (UAL) and Delta Airline (DAL), were able to report a profit in fiscal 2011. This despite a challenging year for the U.S. and global economies, marked by high unemployment, slow GDP growth, volatile jet fuel prices and the debt crises in Europe. However, capacity discipline, fare hikes and re-fleeting decisions have contributed to top-line growth and helped mitigate fuel cost pressures.
After hitting a 52-week high last week, shares next target is the 5-year high.
By Tracey Ryniec
Macy's, Inc. (M) has been on a roll since the Great Recession. Shares of this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) now have their eye on the 5-year high after hitting a 52-week high last week. Yet there's still plenty of value. Macy's is trading at just 11x forward estimates.
Macy's operates 850 department stores under the brands Macy's and Bloomingdale's in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
It also is an online retailer using the websites macys.com and bloomingdales.com.
The former head of retail operations at Apple is now trying his hand at transforming the company.
For our latest Editor's Choice, we're selecting a stock that recently broke out of an eight-month base on humongous volume.
J.C. Penney (JCP) is far from being a growth stock, but the market seems convinced that it’s on the cusp of a powerful turnaround. Indeed, the company is just embarking on an aggressive turnaround plan. Actually, it’s more of a total transformation, and so far investors like what they’re hearing.
Will the company be able to succeed amid signs of an economic slowdown?
Citigroup (C) has announced that it will be the first Western bank to issue credit cards in China. Currently, the only foreign bank allowed to offer its own credit cards in China is the Bank of East Asia (BKEAY) in Hong Kong.
The Chinese credit card market is dominated by domestic banks, including Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (IDCBY) and China Construction Bank (CICHY), which have been facing challenges recently from a deflating property market and troubles in Europe, which may stall Chinese growth.
Investors have multiple ways to succeed this year, if they understand how the lingering effects of deleveraging are colliding with emerging forces of inflation.
By Charles Githler, chairman, MoneyShow.com
The worst is over for investors, and an improving environment awaits us in 2012, according to the MoneyShow experts who proved most accurate last year. Nor will the European sovereign debt crisis whipsaw the markets with last year’s ferocity.
The bad news: Our old friend, inflation, is still on its way back.
Its return was our top forecast last year.
Exxon and BP forecast that electric cars and hybrids will account for only 4% to 5% of the global fleet in the next few decades.
Both companies released projections for the next two to three decades, and forecast that electric cars and hybrids will make up 4% to 5% of the global fleet even after decades of development. These forecasts are at odds with projections by independent consultants like McKinsey and government targets, which see electric vehicles taking on a much bigger role in transportation in the future.
The company has been as steady as anyone could hope, but that doesn't mean it's a good time to buy, especially if you're just looking at price charts.
By Julie Carnevale, FASTgraphs.com
McDonald's (MCD) has a consistent record of growing earnings at double-digit rates, and the market tends to price the company's shares within reasonable variations of its earnings achievements.
But is McDonald's is too expensive to buy or hold at current prices?
Since 2009, trading volume has withered as exchange-traded funds have exploded. Is this where all the money is going?
January was a heck of a month, at least for stocks. The S&P 500 gained a hefty 4.3%, and the market's up more than 17% from its October lows. Yet, there's been a notable lack of volume on the way up. One could put the question this way: Where did all the money go?
There are two potential ways to interpret that -- and they're diametrical opposites.
Everyone's upset about companies not paying their fair share. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
By Dan Caplinger
As we watch the turmoil in Europe, the U.S. gets closer and closer to a sovereign debt crisis of its own. Yet the most recent public uproar over whether corporations are paying their fair share of taxes distracts from the far more important question: Why are we wasting time worrying about a tax that hasn't contributed all that much to the government's coffers for decades?
Much ado about little
Last week, The Wall Street Journal raised the hackles of tax reformers everywhere by highlighting a statistic from the Congressional Budget Office. According to the CBO, corporations paid just over 12% of their profits in taxes last year -- the lowest percentage since 1972.
The iPhone maker, which did not even run a commercial, got the best promotion by far.
I saw a lot of commercials last night that were cute. Funny dogs. Smiling, mischievous babies. Lovable polar bears. I saw some stupid ones, too, like the insulting and endless demeaning of women by GoDaddy, or something about a kid relieving himself in pool. I guess that was an ad for porta-potties?
But there was one ad that struck me as the most honest, most riveting and most compelling of all.
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