The Dow has run up to -- and been turned away from -- 16,000 twice before.
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Shares slip after Amazon strikes a streaming deal with CBS.
By Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet
As part of the agreement, the e-commerce giant will allow its Prime users to stream CBS' television content. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Starting this summer, Amazon will add 2,000 episodes, growing its total number of Prime instant videos to more than 8,000 movies and television shows. It will also offer full seasons for 18 popular television series, including The Tudors, Numb3rs, Medium, the complete Star Trek franchise, Frasier and Cheers.
The move comes as Netflix has faced stark criticism from subscribers after a rate hike and outage.
Strong market performance this week has set up favorable buying opportunities in ETFs tracking consumer discretionaries, technology and consumer staples.
With giants like GE and Caterpillar ready to report earnings, these funds offer investors a range of aggressive and conservative plays in the sector.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
In the same way the financial sector dominated earnings-related headlines last week, during the latter half of this week, industrials will be front and center as leading companies like General Electric (GE) and Caterpillar (CAT) report their quarterly performances and updated outlooks.
The market's multi-week spurt of rocky action has pressured emotions recently. However, breakout numbers from these giants of industry would be a welcome dose of confidence for wearied and doubtful global investors.
ETF investors have a range of options to tap into this corner of the market. As companies step up and provide insight into the future, it may be worth putting some of these products on the watch list.
Demand should surge over the next 25 years. Consider 2 stocks and an ETF.
By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace
For the past couple of years, natural gas has been a dud for investors. A big problem has been the surge in production, which has been driven by new innovations like fracking and horizontal drilling.
Yet this may be short-term noise. According to a report from the International Energy Agency, natural gas is poised for a golden age, with at least a 50% spike in demand by 2035.
Why the growth? There are many key factors. First, there will be a continued focus on energy sources that have lower carbon emission levels. And demand from China, India and other emerging economies should remain strong.
In addition, as seen with the Fukushima nuclear implosion in Japan, natural gas looks fairly safe. Consider that Germany recently said it will shut down 17 of its nuclear power plants.
Even at the peak of the scandal, shares went up. And the stock remains a buy, because this robust media empire puts up the numbers that Wall Street craves.
How could News Corp. (NWSA) go up almost a dollar Tuesday despite the endless grilling the Murdochs received in front of British lawmakers intent on finding out -- to use the old Watergate phrase -- "What did you know and when did you know it?"
Isn't this empire falling apart before our eyes? Isn't this the denouement of a great media empire? Isn't this a modern-day "Citizen Kane," in which a tremendous kingpin and his newspaper come crashing down, one in which you want to jump up and down and shout "Rosebud," which would have been far more effective than a shaving-cream pie in making the twilight point? Is the stock's rally just mocking us?
Hardly. In fact, this is just exactly how things play out in the stock world. Tuesday was the peak day, the day when the buck stopped at the Murdochs. And despite what I am sure will be endless attempts to keep this juicy story alive, from now on it will be more Page 6 than it is the business page, meaning that the worst is over for the business -- even if it isn't for the Murdochs, although it is probably over for them, too.
Revenue for the consumer tech giant soars 82%, and today's announcement of a new MacBook Air and Lion OS could mean even bigger sales to come.
To say Apple (AAPL) impressed Wall Street with its profit and sales results Tuesday is the understatement of the year. Kind of like saying the iPhone is nice for making calls or that Steve Jobs is pretty good with computers.
Let's put it this way: When you triple your profits and beat sales forecasts by about $3.5 billion in an environment where consumers are still skittish, you're doing fine.
And as if Tuesday's numbers weren't impressive enough, Apple grabbed headlines again Wednesday by unveiling dramatic updates with its MacBook Air, Mac mini and Lion operating system.
The company blew away expectations in its most recent quarter, but it still has some long-term worries.
- For the second quarter, Google reported earnings of $8.74 a share (excluding one-time items). That was 91 cents a share above the Wall Street consensus estimate of $7.83.
After a pullback on concerns over the US debt ceiling and the future of the eurozone, buyers reassert the strength seen in late June.
It's been a volatile couple of weeks. Investors have been held captive to the headlines -- which by nature are dynamic and unpredictable. Traders, with nowhere else to hide, flocked to the safety of precious metals and sold pretty much everything else. Treasury bonds and stocks have both been hit in recent days.
Here at home, the politicos in Washington have danced ever closer to the Aug. 2 debt ceiling deadline with seemingly irreconcilable positions on taxes and spending. And across the Atlantic, the sovereign debt contagion that pulled down Greece, Ireland and Portugal started to threaten core countries like Spain and Italy. Scary stuff.
That all changed on Tuesday as stocks and other risky assets screamed higher as these two political uncertainties -- the U.S. debt ceiling and the new Greek bailout -- move toward positive resolutions. And that sets the stage for the resumption of the medium-term uptrend I've been writing about in my columns and blog posts lately. Here's why and how to take advantage.
Taking a position ahead of quarterly results, even if they are better than expected, can be risky, but assessing technical outlook can provide a valuable edge.
Shares of the tech powerhouse suffered their worst first-half performance since 2008 on growth worries, but investors still see upside after the stock's rebound.
By Robert Holmes, TheStreet
Apple (AAPL) shares notched yet another all-time high Monday even as the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) tumbled nearly 100 points, an impressive comeback for a stock that suffered its worst first-half performance in three years.
Apple, which is due to report quarterly results after the closing bell today, lost some of its shine earlier this year on worries about whether the company could sustain its high growth rate. Apple didn't hold to its schedule of launching a new iPhone iteration in June. Competition from Google (GOOG) and other handset and tablet makers intensified. Perhaps most importantly, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took yet another leave of absence for health reasons.
By June 20, Apple shares hit a low of $310.50, 3.7% below the stock's closing price at the end of 2010. Through the first six months of the year, Apple shares had their worst first-half performance since 2008, when the worst recession since the Great Depression bruised equities.
Funds tracking gold and the Swiss franc have become increasingly attractive in a turbulent market.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
It's a new week, but on the economic front not much has changed. U.S. lawmakers continue to butt heads trying to construct a plan regarding the debt ceiling.
And across the Atlantic, the European Union remains embattled in a debt challenge of its own. In the days ahead, investors can expect more in the way of uncertainty as those issues dominate headlines and raise doubts about the global economic recovery and growth picture.
Despite the resounding anxiety and rising investor ire, a handful of options have actually managed to buck market jitters and power higher. Looking to the near term, these corners of the market may be worth keeping an eye on as we head further into the second half of the year.
It may seem like there's plenty of bad news out there, but beneath the surface tension there are great opportunities.
With no end in sight to the sovereign debt issues driving the metal's recent rally, investors can gain exposure through mining shares and ETFs.
By Jake Lynch, TheStreet
Gold and silver have tagged nominal highs, and the rally's catalyst remains firmly intact: Sovereign debt woes, in Europe and in the U.S., increasingly resemble a no-win scenario.
Extreme leverage by government entities has been satiated with austerity programs and liquidity solutions, with little or no work done to resolve the true issue of solvency. Greece and Portugal are suffering under unsustainable debt burdens, and Italy and Spain are the latest targets of bond-market vigilantes, who may soon turn to the U.S.
As fear gains traction, it's wise to consider precious-metal investments as a core portfolio holding.
Among the greatest of fears is the contagion potential of eurozone defaults. With almost every bank in the eurozone carrying low-quality bonds, a restructuring -- the technical term for default -- may plunge the global economy into an even more severe recession than in recent years.
The British music-streaming service has won over celebrities with innovative Facebook integration. Now it's available in the US. Should rivals be worried?
By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace.com
Another musical British invasion -- Spotify -- has finally hit the United States, and Pandora (P) is taking notice. The noise has been intense, kind of like a Metallica concert. Even celebrities like Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher have been sending out some nice Tweets about the service.
So what makes Spotify interesting? Essentially, it has added social features, which have fans raving.
In Spotify, you can share music tracks and play lists with your friends, such as on Twitter and Facebook. According to a blog post from company brainchild Sean Parker, "By enabling social discovery of music, Spotify will forever change the way music is discovered, consumed, marketed, and monetized."
The iconic motorcylce maker stalled after the recession hit, but thanks to cost cutting and renewed demand, HOG is revved up once more.
Founded in Milwaukee just after the turn of the 20th century, Harley-Davidson (HOG) has a long history of ups and downs.
It was one of only two major American motorcycle shops to survive the Great Depression, and it became a manufacturing powerhouse, thanks to military contracts for motorcycles used in both world wars. But in the postwar years, the company again fell on hard times, first because of biker-gang image problems in the 1970s, then Japanese competition in the 1980s. In the 1990s, Harley stormed back as wealthy baby boomers took to the open road, but then the financial crisis of the late 2000s caused a sharp decline in the sale of high-priced toys like Harley-Davidson bikes.
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[BRIEFING.COM] Equity indices settled on their lows following a steady, session-long slide. Similar to yesterday, small-caps paced the retreat as the Russell 2000 fell 1.6%, extending its December loss to 3.6%. The S&P 500 settled lower by 1.1%, widening its month-to-date decline to 1.3%.
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