The most likely scenario is that the markets will begin to rise from here -- and that bounce is just beginning to take hold.
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A recent move to unionize store workers hints that the company's cultlike following among consumers and employees isn't bulletproof.
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com
Apple (AAPL) tries hard to hide the fact that, deep down, it's really just another corporate behemoth. The company will top $100 billion in revenue this year, and it typically trades north of 13 million shares of stock each day.
Somehow Apple has managed to cling to its brand as a hip outsider in the business world, known as a company of innovators succeeding with a focus on individual expression and creativity. But as the company continues to grow beyond its already titanic influence, the paint is starting to peel on that colorful corporate identity.
The clearest sign that Apple's cultlike following may be at risk is a small effort to unionize employees -- clearly setting workers apart from their bosses, not beside them.
China's lending slowdown will help the country move toward sustainable growth. Once that's achieved, we will have removed a key problem in the world economy.
So China's lending is slowing, and now we freak out? We sit here every week fretting about what the Chinese central bank will do to slow down its economy, and when we get a sign of a soft landing -- like lower lending -- that sends property stocks down?
Oh, please. This is exactly what we want, for the Chinese to get rid of real-estate speculation. If we can just see some slowing of wage inflation, we could be getting there.
Where is getting there? When the Chinese achieve sustainable growth, we will be removing one of the key negatives in the world's economy. No, it doesn't cure Japan, and it won't send oil down. Greek bonds will still make Europe tremble. But it's been six weeks straight down, and we know that one of the proximate causes is tightening in China.
Frustrated investors shouldn't unpack the station wagon just yet...while the markets looked gloomy last week, a rebound appears possible in the next few weeks.
We may be seeing a standoff between Germany and the European Central Bank.
Concerns about profit and revenue dog the radio company, set to debut under the ticker symbol P.
This week brings us Pandora, another tech IPO that investors appear eager to snap up. But is the Internet radio company a good buy?
Investors are so enthusiastic that Pandora raised its price range Friday to $10 to $12 from the original $7 to $9 a share. The company also boosted the total offering by 1 million to 14.7 million shares.
If those shares go for $12, Pandora would raise $202.6 million in the initial public offering, Dow Jones reports. And the company would be valued around $1.9 billion.
Is Pandora truly the next big IPO, as the following video states?
Comparisons with Build-A-Bear and Heelys are ridiculous.
By Rick Aristotle Munarriz
Calling IMAX a fad stock and a premium cinema gimmick are some pretty heavy bearish assumptions. I spoke to IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond today, who naturally wasn't very happy with Larry Meyers' piece.
"IMAX has been in business for 43 years," Gelfond responds. "I find it unusual to call a 43-year old business a fad."
A spokesman for 1 of the 6 publicly traded banks tells TheStreet that the Fed's plan is actually a good idea.
By Philip van Doorn, TheStreet
The likely expansion of the Federal Reserve's stress tests beyond the largest banks could send these stocks reeling even further -- but is unlikely to have much of an immediate effect on most of the banks that would be subject to the ramped-up government scrutiny.
The Federal Reserve plans to expand its annual stress tests to review banks' capital adequacy to include all financial holding companies with total assets in excess of $50 billion, according to a Bloomberg report citing "people familiar with the discussions." So far, 19 banks have gone through two rounds of the tests.
Banks have been responding to a slew of new regulations in recent years. The CARD Act, passed in 2009, ended several practices that boosted credit card fee revenue. The Durbin Amendment, a provision of the Dodd-Frank banking reform legislation that will severely cap the interchange fees that large banks charge retailers to process debit card transactions, will soon present new challenges for banks.
Pump prices have fallen steadily over the past month as oil prices and demand have come down.
The average nationwide price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.72, down a penny from Thursday, 7 cents from a week ago and 24 cents from a month ago.
And it looks like that trend may continue for a while, the way oil prices are going. Friday saw a sharp drop in light sweet crude for July delivery to less than $100 a barrel. The price drop came after reports that Saudi Arabia would boost production to 10 million barrels a day in July.
On top of that, the demand for gas -- at least in the U.S. -- is down. In the four-week period ended June 3, gasoline use was 1.3% lower than it was in the same period last year, according to MasterCard. We've seen the same pattern for months now.
Sharp recent gains may mark the beginning of a new uptrend. Investors who act now can get solid entry points on 3 industry leaders.
Companies catering to the jobless -- including search services, for-profit educators and discount retailers -- might gain as the economy struggles.
By Jamie Dlugosch, Stockpickr
A 9.1% unemployment rate sounds like a bad number -- and it is -- but for some stocks, the poor jobs market is a boon for business. Companies catering to the unemployed, including job search and posting services, for-profit education businesses and discount retailers, all stand to prosper as the economy lags.
From a social perspective, the situation is bad -- and probably worse than the numbers show -- but we are here to make money. What I see in the current environment is fertile ground to grow. More importantly, the situation is unlikely to change soon.
That means profit opportunities will be steady and consistent for years. Given that the market usually affords such companies premium valuations for such dependency, I would encourage investors to snap up these stocks now before they go too far too fast.
The investor has endured controversy over the years but has managed to save face.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." -- Warren Buffett
Although his successful, multi-decade investing career has drawn followers, the roots of Warren Buffett's appeal can be traced back to more than just his ability to make money.
Thanks to his extensive philanthropic work, optimistic outlook and folksy, grandfather-like charm, the world-famous investor has managed to construct a nearly bulletproof positive reputation.
That's not to say that this reputation has not been tested. On the contrary, over the past few years, a number of his actions have been greeted with ample criticism from market commentators and Buffett followers.
There's lots of trouble with big financials, but after sharp declines, this may be a buying opportunity.
Warren Buffett famously has said, "Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful." Easier said than done, right?
Well, the good news is that it's easy to find where others are fearful. Bank stocks are off sharply year to date, and many are approaching new lows. A battered mortgage market, threats from Moody's to downgrade debt at major financials and fears over new financial regulations are just a few reasons investors are shunning the sector.
But that fear could be a huge buying opportunity for aggressive investors willing to take some risk, with the potential of big long-term rewards when the dust settles.
There aren't enough stories out there like that of Titan Machinery, which has multiple moving parts all falling into place at the same time.
I had the CEO of Titan on "Mad Money" last night, and I felt like I was talking to someone from the good old days, whenever they were. Titan is a dealer of tractors and construction equipment in the Midwest -- especially the upper Midwest -- and it's in a boom time, as anyone who was on the company's call can attest to. The farmers are awash with cash and, of course, still getting subsidies. Corn prices are incredibly high, so they can buy more equipment. And the flood damage that a lot of the country has experienced is leading to a surge in construction machinery.
All of this in an area that has about 3% unemployment, because Titan also happens to serve the areas being affected by huge shale gas finds.
Let's see, a seller of construction and agricultural equipment in farm and oil boom towns -- it doesn't get better than that.
Was last month's economic slowdown just a bump in the road?
The long rally in Treasury bonds is set to fizzle as inflation, credit risk and the end of QE2 weigh on prices.
Over the past few months, U.S. Treasury bonds have defied the naysayers and pushed to levels not seen since last October. This came as a surprise to many people, especially since the government has already hit the debt ceiling and three major credit rating agencies have threatened to downgrade the U.S. credit rating if Washington fails to act as technical default looms in August.
The rise was driven by an increase in demand for haven assets as the economy hit another soft patch. Other factors included the European debt crisis, stabilization in the U.S. dollar and a whiff of disinflation as Wall Street marked down growth expectations.
But now, the naysayers look ready for their time in the sun as risk appetites rebound and the economy looks ready to re-accelerate and surprise newly pessimistic investors. And that means it's time to bet against the U.S. government by betting against its bonds. Here's why.
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