Longtime market bull Jeremy Siegel says investors could realize the market is behind the curve on interest rates.
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Meanwhile, smaller rival ConocoPhillips is downgraded to 'hold.'
Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
If the restaurant reservation site's increasing spending outpaces revenue growth, margins will take a serious hit.
The company's shares are currently trading at around $40 apiece. This is not far from the $45 and $49 price targets with which Goldman Sachs (GS) and Credit Suisse (CS), respectively, initiated their coverage of the company recently. A few weeks ago, we presented our views on the extreme fluctuation witnessed in the online restaurant reservation company's stock price last year.
This bond fund acts like a large-cap stock in bull markets and a defensive stock when times are tough.
By Rick Pendergraft, ETF Master Portfolio
Given the current global economic uncertainty, I don't expect big things from the equity markets in 2012. With that in mind, my pick for 2012 is the SPDR Barclay's Capital High Yield Bond ETF (JNK).
Newly listed companies are often among the market’s best performers. Here are some small-cap names with solid support since their debuts.
By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com
I regularly track recent IPOs -- meaning any company that’s gone public within the first ten or 12 years of its existance -- for signs of fundamental and technical strength.
These newer companies often have products and services that are still hot and in demand, and company management often remains creative and enthusiastic. All together, that can be a recipe for healthy growth.
Some popular chains have become a little more palatable.
With so many concept restaurants to choose from, one has to wonder whether the market can sustain them all. The answer is simple: They are sufficiently different from each other and are healthy competitors -- so they can all make a buck. That's the American way, and three cheers for being able to chow down on any kind of meal you please.
While the food at each of these places may be good, are their stocks worth buying? In the past, I've found these stocks to be perpetually overvalued. Let's see if they still are.
The smarter tech companies have already moved away from the personal computer.
What would have happened if Microsoft (MSFT) had said something positive about personal computers this week instead of something negative? How much would the stock have moved? How much would the group have moved?
Maybe the issue, though, is that there isn't much of a group anymore. Remember the PC makers? How about the PC component makers? They've all kind of realized this day would come, when the personal computer wouldn't have growth, and they have all moved on, including Microsoft.
The beverage giant notified federal regulators that it detected a fungicide in some of its and a competitor's products.
It all started Dec. 28, when the Food and Drug Administration got notice that one of the major juice companies found low levels of a pesticide, carbendazim, in its and a competitor's juice products.
At first, Coke refused to admit that it was the company. ("Why does that matter?" a spokesman asked Dow Jones.)
The master limited partnership can offer cash distribution even in periods of losses.
The partnership has a long history of increasing distributions to unit holders. With this distribution, Plains has increased the quarterly distribution to limited partners in 29 of the last 31 quarters. Plains' consistent hike in distribution bespeaks the partnership's commitment to provide increasing returns to stakeholders, leveraging its profitable assets.
The shoe company has defied critics with annual sales that jumped 27% from 2010.
Shares of the footwear retailer jumped more than 16% in response to close at $18.56.
We'll get the official results for Crocs' fourth quarter and full year next month. But the company couldn't resist offering a little peek at what to expect. For the fourth quarter, revenue will be at the high end of the company's previous guidance of $200 million to $205 million.
Some experts believe the micro-blogging site has a point. Investors aren't worried -- yet.
Google (GOOG) and Twitter are at odds over the search engine giant's plan to offer more personalized results.
The micro-blogging site, which may go public this year, argues that Google is unfairly promoting its Google+ social network at Twitter's expense through its Google Search Plus Your World feature. A leading search engine industry observer wrote today that Twitter may have a point.
The country is one of the luxury retailer's key growth drivers, and holiday sales there were disappointing.
After seeing their parents' portfolios get hammered, they're turning to low-risk, low-reward options.
But what's particularly striking is that younger investors are steering clear of the market. After watching their parents' fortunes evaporate, they're avoiding equities altogether.
A recent investing survey by MFS Investment Management found that 29% of investors said they would never be comfortable in stocks, Reuters reported. That feeling rose to 52% of investors younger than 31.
With the eurozone crisis threatening to pull down the US economy, some members of the Federal Reserve are discussing another round of quantitative easing.
We've got problems. A number of structural issues -- from Europe's woes to the federal debt problem to stagnant job growth and still-falling home prices -- will likely push the American economy dangerously close to a new recession in 2012.
Much of Europe and Asia are already there. Indeed, a coalition of Europe's major economic institutions said Wednesday that the eurozone is already in a recession.
It's probably not surprising, then, given the activist nature of our central bank, that the Federal Reserve -- which is already in the midst of Operation Twist to pull down long-term interest rates and has committed to holding short-term rates near zero through 2013 -- is starting to fidget. A chorus of officials have hit the speaking circuit over the past week, talking up the potential for more policy easing.
Natural gas fuels this MLP's attractive dividend growth.
By Carla Pasternak, High-Yield Investing
ONEOK Partners LP (OKS) -- my top income idea for 2012 -- has three major businesses: natural gas gathering and processing, natural gas pipelines, and natural gas liquids (NGLs).
A sharp correction could hit these red-hot stocks soon. Investors who wait to buy should be rewarded.
All of a sudden, regional bank stocks seem to be the flavor of the week, which is not surprising considering they have done so well since the October lows. Though the chart formations suggest that they can move even higher in 2012, now may not be the time to buy.
Most regional banks have a level of strong resistance not far above current levels, which is likely to cause a sharp setback for late buyers. As I have discussed frequently, a poor entry level is the root cause of many losing trades.
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