Geopolitical crises are taking a toll on stocks as we head into the seasonally weak month of August.
- Moody's: RadioShack is running out of cash
The retailer may not have a financial cushion to fund its turnaround plan.
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Bottom line: It's a clear signal that the Internet pioneer is up for sale.
Jerry Yang's abrupt departure Tuesday from Yahoo (YHOO) is a clear signal that the company he co-founded is on the block. A flashing neon "For Sale" sign would be less subtle, and that's the problem.
Pressure is so intense from shareholders -- including activists such as Daniel Loeb -- that Yahoo has little choice but to quickly sell anything that isn't nailed down.
The country's hotel industry has slumped over the past year, but the downturn is actually an advantage.
Three familiar names in retail are fast approaching their day of reckoning.
By Jeremy Bowman
While our banks may be too big to fail, it seems that our superstores are now too big to survive. The news for several familiar big box chains has gone from bad to worse lately as a slow economic recovery, increased competition from online channels, and a failure to adapt to new market conditions have a number of retail chains teetering on the brink of collapse.
The writing's on the wall
After posting an EPS loss of $1.31 in 2011, Barnes & Noble (BKS) recently announced this year's loss would be twice as large as previously expected, between $1.10 and $1.40. The bookseller's Nook e-reader, on which the company's last hopes seem to be riding, sits in a purgatory. Company execs had toyed with the idea of spinning it off entirely before announcing a partnership with TheNew York Times (NYT), in which the Times will subsidize the Nook for readers in exchange for a full year's digital subscription to the newspaper.
The coupon site needs to get its merchant mix right, focusing more on service-based businesses that benefit from daily deals.
While Groupon can become a sustainable business, we believe that its present fundamentals do not support the stock's current market price.
Earnings could be the catalyst that drives bank stocks into high-risk buying zones, but one big bank looks like a good buy on a correction.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The reaction of the overseas markets to the S&P downgrades announced after Friday's close has been very positive with stock index futures actually showing nice gains. This week, of course, is an important one, with many key quarterly earnings reports.
In running a weekly scan of bank stocks, I was interested to note that over half of the 10 bank stocks that are closest to their weekly Starc+ bands have either already reported or are scheduled to report earnings this week.
While the computer giant retained its top position, the competitors are closing in.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) continued to lead sales, accounting for 16.3% of worldwide PC shipments in Q4, followed by Lenovo, Dell (DELL), Acer Group and Asus, in that order. However, the giant computer maker took a major hit during the quarter.
As car ownership becomes less attractive, 18- to 34-year-olds are becoming the most lucrative and influential market segment for the car-sharing company.
Zipcar competes with traditional car-rental companies like Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ), Avis Budget Group (CAR) and car-sharing services like Connect by Hertz, Enterprise's WeCar, UHaul's UCarShare and City Car Share.
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There's a tremendous reluctance to ever admitting that anything better is happening in Europe.
It doesn't matter that the borrowing costs for the downgraded Spanish 12- and 18-month paper went for half of the interest rate that it sold at last month. It doesn't matter that you had a darned good trade if you bought last time. It doesn't matter, because all European countries are basket cases and in the end everything must fail.
Admit that's not the conventional wisdom -- it's the only wisdom.
US Airways, TPG Group and Delta would each bring different possibilities to the table.
The week before American Airlines' parent AMR Corp. (AAMRQ) filed for bankruptcy in November, I offered four ways for the struggling legacy airline to pull out of its tailspin. Now that it's taken the first step -- gaining Chapter 11 protection -- let's consider step two: merging with another carrier.
The company says it has new technology to keep food hot and crispy in transit.
The fast-food chain has begun delivering to homes in Washington, D.C., USA Today reports. If the test goes well, the King may expand the service to other cities.
Home delivery has always been a challenge for the food and beverage business. Pizza restaurants obviously have found success, but burgers and fries don't hold up quite as well in transit. They also lose some appeal in the microwave. Finally, the size of a fast-food order isn't normally large enough to justify the expense of delivery.
Goldman downgrades Philip Morris, while CIBC upgrades Potash Corp.
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
- LyondellBasell (LYB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
- Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
- Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
- Potash (POT) upgraded to Sector Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC
The timing of the Costa Concordia disaster could not be worse, as many cruises are booked at this time of year.
As Bloomberg News notes, about one-third of all cruise vacations are booked between January and March. Moreover, Europe accounts for about 38% of the revenue of Carnival, the corporate parent of Costa Concordia.
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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market punctuated July with a broad-based retreat that sent the S&P 500 lower by 2.0% with all ten sectors ending in the red. The benchmark index posted a monthly decline of 1.5%, while the Russell 2000 (-2.3%) underperformed to end the month lower by 6.1%.
To get a better feel for what led to today's retreat, we'd like to look back to Wednesday, when the market had ample reason to rally, but did not. Instead, it ended basically flat after a sloppy day of ... More
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