New legislation is allowing foreign companies to finally invest in the country's vast oil reserves.
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Housing plays are rising, including the venerable paint supplier and a faucet maker backed by a top hedge fund manager.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
Stocks go up, stocks go down, and most of the time it means nothing at all. Much of the trading these days is done by computers scalping pennies over microseconds, and if the past year proved anything at all, it's that most of the apparent patterns generated by the hyperactive machines can't be trusted.
One day a stock is a breakout candidate, and then suddenly it's trashed. Just as the charts look like a lost cause, the market rockets higher.
Here's why shareholders are still unlikely to get any of the company's ever-mounting cash hoard.
Apple investors should be some of the happiest shareholders on Wall Street. And for the most part, they are. But when it comes to the question of dividends, the gratitude vanishes.
Year after year, Apple (AAPL) investors ask about a dividend. Year after year, Apple declines to offer one, rewarding shareholders instead with handsome returns in its stock value. Apple returned investors more than 25% in 2011, a year when the rest of the market basically flat-lined.
Good earnings, Calvin Klein expansion and short interest could spur a rally.
By Todd Salamone, Schaeffer's Investment Research
In early December, G-III Apparel Group (GIII) reported quarterly earnings of $2.16 per share as year-over-year revenues rose 13.3%.
The company plans to more than double its number of outlets over next 20 years. Baskin Robbins expands in Asia.
By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times
Coffee addicts and policemen in quest of a donut fix in the Northeast are familiar with Dunkin' Donuts because that's where most of the chain's 7,000 U.S. outlets are.
Now, six months after its IPO, parent company Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN) has announced plans for a vast, long-term expansion. The company will more than double its number of locations over the next two decades, taking it into regions of the country where it isn’t currently a force. That will mean going head to head with Starbucks (SBUX), of course, but that doesn’t seem to deter Dunkin’ Brands’ management team. After all, fans of its coffee and donuts in Seattle -- Starbuck's backyard -- took to Twitter on Thursday to plead with Dunkin’ Donuts to open up shop in the Emerald City. (The last outlet was shuttered a decade ago.) As one Tweeter put it, "Seattle is waiting for their Dunkin' Donuts. WHERE ARE THEY?"
Traveleres and JC Penney are upgraded to 'outperform,' while Kohl's and Nordstrom are cut to 'hold.'
Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Travelers (TRV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
- TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
- Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
- SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
- J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
- SunTrust (STI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie and to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Alcoa and Target have disappointed investors even before reporting quarterly results.
Alcoa (AA), which unofficially kicks off earnings season next week, set the downbeat tone Thursday when it announced plans to shutter an idled aluminum smelter in Tennessee and reduce operations at a Texas plant as part of a planned 12% reduction in capacity. When it finally reports Monday, the company, which obviously lives and dies by aluminum prices, is expected to post its worst results since 2009.
The company once hoped for double its current market cap. Here's how it might just get there.
While Groupon has had its share of mistakes, including criticisms on its creative (and supposedly confusing) accounting metrics as well as PR mishaps, we try to explore a couple of scenarios that could propel the company closer to the original expected valuation of $25 billion. We recently launched coverage on our analysis of Groupon with a $8.6 billion valuation estimate.
The miner looks cheap regardless of the outlook for copper.
By Kevin McElroy, Global Commodity Investment
One of my favorite blue-chip commodity stocks is on sale again. Freeport McMoRan (FCX) currently has more superlatives than a high school yearbook.
This signals long entry opportunities.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Many investors are likely aware of the term golden cross, which is defined as a short-term moving average (MA) crossing a longer-term moving average. Most often, this refers to the 50- and 200-day moving averages.
On Jan. 3, the 50-day MA for the SPDR Diamond Trust (DIA), the primary Dow-Tracking ETF, crossed above the 200-day MA. The 50-day had been below the 200-day since Aug. 24, 2011.
Unless the company starts to serve third-party resellers better, it will begin to lose market share.
By Thomas Kee, guest columnist
In all industries, across all demographics and within every business segment, one thing remains crystal clear. Businesses must serve their customers or their customers will go elsewhere.
In the case of Apple (AAPL), the demise of the growth rate of what was once one of the best on the planet is happening in front of our eyes. Unless Apple starts to serve its customers better, it will begin to materially lose market share and revenue and earnings projections will come down aggressively.
These 3 picks are among oil shares that should outperform.
As a group, these shares have been outstanding performers during those important periods since 1972, gaining an average 15.6% and outperforming the average 5.9% gain for the S&P 500.
The graphics king began its serious push into mobile computing last year and showed ambitions of becoming much more than a graphics chip maker.
Our price estimate for Nvidia stands at $20.91, implying a premium of about 50% to the market price.
Utilities are the best small-cap sector right now. Here are some standouts to watch.
By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com
The top-performing sector from the S&P SmallCap 600 in 2011 was utilities -- not particularly surprising, given that investors were seeking yield, as well as putting money into reliable defensive names.
With Europe likely to roil markets for the foreseeable future, and investors continuing to fret about the economy, defensives and dividend payers should remain in favor as 2012 trading gets under way this week.
One top technical performer heading into the new year is El Paso Electric (EE), which provides service to customers in Texas and New Mexico.
Looking for some new stock ideas for 2012?
With more than 50 advisors participating in this year's survey, there's something for every type of investor, from high-quality blue chips to speculative home runs. As always, we caution you to only use these ideas as a starting place for your own research and only buy stocks that meet your personal investing criteria, risk parameters, and time horizon.
Mega caps, junk bonds and emerging markets offer hedged play on economic recovery.
If 2011 was a slim-pickings picnic, many are saying 2012 will be nothing more than the ants. Not me. I know the macro issues we’ll have to invest through: ongoing eurozone crisis, escalating U.S. class warfare rhetoric, another Arab Spring. But don't forget that 2011 also taught us that even though one major piece of the global economy was broken, our own economy was able to maintain growth, albeit slow.
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So far, the chain is only testing the offering in a few locations. It's ramping up its breakfast menu nationwide, however.
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[BRIEFING.COM] Equity indices continue trading in mixed fashion with the Nasdaq (+0.3%) trading ahead of the remaining indices.
The tech-heavy index has benefitted from the relative strength in the biotech space (IBB +0.9%), the outperformance of its top component-Apple (AAPL 101.23, +0.65)-and modest gains among chipmakers. The PHLX Semiconductor Index is higher by 0.1% with 16 of its 30 components trading in the green. NXP Semi (NXPI 65.35, +1.32) is the top-performer, ... More
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