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EU regulators may have killed the merger with Deutsche Boerse, but the NYSE remains a very attractive business -- and an inexpensive stock.
The stock price of NYSE Euronext (NYX) sank 1.8% in trading on its own exchange Tuesday as traders and investors braced for word that the European Commission would block the company's proposed merger with Deutsche Boerse AG as being anticompetitive. Their fears were realized as the EU ruled against the merger Wednesday.
Strictly speaking, the regulators are probably right: In the short run, at least, the merger would have left investors with fewer independently owned trading platforms. But does that really matter in the global financial world we inhabit? And should investors really respond to the prospect of the failed merger by dumping their holdings in NYSE Euronext?
The company's huge cash hoard is prompting speculation.
By Chad Fraser, Investing Daily
In the wake of the latest earnings from Apple (AAPL), Benzinga.com's Gordon Wilcox wrote the following: "It might be par for the course with Apple, but investors certainly still enjoy seeing the maker of iPhones and iPads crush Wall Street estimates come earnings time."
So they did last Wednesday, sending the shares up 6.2% to around $446.66. Here's what had investors in such a good mood:
The bank is hoping for opportunities when new rules force other Spanish institutions to go under or sell out.
Finding great long-term investments is easy, if you've done huge amounts of groundwork and study. But there are some short cuts.
By J. Royden Ward, Cabot Benjamin Graham Value Letter
How can you adapt what I have learned during the past several decades and create your own simplified investment approach?
Very easy. I can get you on your way to steady, above-average profits using just two metrics: the Standard & Poor's Quality Ranking and the PEG ratio.
Nah. In fact, it won't even crack the top 10.
By Jeff Reeves
Ready for the largest IPO in history? Well, you'll have to keep waiting because Facebook won't be it.
Facebook filed documents for its initial public offering of stock as early as Wednesday. According to a report from Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley (MS) has been selected as lead underwriter, a bit of a black eye for Goldman Sachs (GS). The Facebook IPO valuation is fluid, but could push into 12 figures. And most importantly, the initial Facebook stock offering will garner about $5 billion in new funds for the social media company to grow.
Overall sales are expected to increase by 7% for the month, continuing solid momentum from 2011.
Automakers have big sales expectations for 2012. And so far, it looks like they're going to match those predictions with no problem.
Judging by January's sales numbers, the industry appears poised to build on what turned out to be a very solid 2011. Most automakers saw sales gains from a year earlier, and this time, they didn't have to slash prices and offer other incentives to make those sales.
Chrysler continued an impressive streak of blowing sales out of the water. The automaker said U.S. sales rose 44% in January to 101,149 vehicles. It was Chrysler's best January sales in four years.
Here's a way to roll the dice on the long-term growth of gaming in China.
Our latest featured stock, Melco Crown Entertainment Limited (MPEL), is a play on "Asia's Las Vegas."
Melco is an operator of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities focused on the fast-growing Macau market -- the only Chinese city in which casinos are legal. Macau became the world's biggest gambling hub in 2006, overtaking the Las Vegas strip in terms of revenues that year.
More and more young people are tweeting, especially as their parents ease into Mark Zuckerberg's social network.
Has Facebook lost its cool? An increasing number of teenagers, apparently turned off by the graying of Mark Zuckerberg's 800-million+ users social network, are making the digital trek over to Twitter. Here's what you should know:
A newly released report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found a "slow, but steady" increase in the number of teens using Twitter, says Martha Irvine for the Associated Press. Two years ago, just 8% of kids ages 12 to 17 were using Twitter. By last July, that number had doubled to 16%.
Seagate is upgraded to 'overweight,' while T. Rowe Price is downgraded to 'sell.'
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Citigroup (C) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
- First Horizon (FHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
- Archer Daniels (ADM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
- Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners
- Seagate (STX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
This must-buy big name is solid and growing strongly -- and it's a bargain.
Some of the world's greatest investments are often sitting right under your nose. While rummaging through my garage the other day, I came across a hammer. I know what you're thinking: I'm going to talk about Home Depot (HD). Nope, I'm going one better. Home Depot has to shell out a lot of money to build and maintain these stores.
Instead, I'm going to talk about a company whose name requires Home Depot to stock its products. That name is Stanley Black & Decker (SWK).
The automaker posts quarterly and annual profits.
Chrysler Group on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $225 million versus a loss of $199 million a year earlier as the company added new and refreshed vehicles to its lineup. Revenue jumped 41% to $15.1 billion. Like General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor (F), Chrysler is benefiting from rising consumer confidence. In 2011, the three posted their best annual sales in three years.
These two retail stocks are being added to a portfolio made up of stocks splitting their shares.
Our portfolio is comprised of stocks that have announced 2-for-1 stock splits. Each month, we look at all of the companies that have announced splits, and then based on their fundamentals, we select one to add to our model portfolio.
Here's a look at our last two portfolio editions -- retailers TJX Companies (TJX) and Ross Stores (ROST). We recommend purchase of both.
Can the coffee company conquer a country of tea lovers?
By Zacks Equity Research
Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) is slated to make its way into India by the end of August. Starbucks, along with Asia's largest publicly traded coffee grower, Tata Coffee Ltd, is planning to open 50 stores, which will spread its Frappuccino aromas either in Mumbai or in the capital, Delhi, the two largest cities of the country.
A year back, Seattle-based Starbucks entered into an agreement with Tata Coffee Ltd. Per the agreement, Starbucks got the right to procure coffee beans from India and engage in sourcing and roasting of beans while exploring the possibility of opening outlets in the country.
Though there's lots of buzz, traders and consumers should temper their enthusiasm for the social-networking giant.
Social-media giant Facebook filed for its initial public offering Wednesday. The company's filing documents say it generated $3.7 billion in revenue in 2011 with $1 billion in net income, a 27% net profit margin. Revenue was up 88% in 2011 after a 154% gain in 2010. The offering shows that CEO Mark Zuckerberg owns 28% of the company and earned $1.48 million in salary and bonus in 2011.
But there are still a lot of unknowns: how the user experience will change, how profitable Facebook will continue to be and, of course, how Zuckerberg and company will spend the mountains of money they rake in from a stock sale.
But one thing is for sure: This could be the most-hyped IPO in recent memory. And that enthusiasm could be bad for investors who try to get a piece of Facebook.
Gasoline-fueled cars still trump the electric cars in price, speed, maintenance costs, range and refueling options.
The world's dependence on oil will need to wane sometime in the future and electric cars would help this transition. And yet, very few know that they were one of the more preferred cars before the advent of the internal combustion engine and gradually lost the battle of becoming the preferred choice for customers.
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[BRIEFING.COM] The headlines generally favored Tuesday being another good day for the stock market. Instead, it was just a mixed day with modest point changes on either side of the unchanged mark for the major indices.
For the most part, the stock market was a sideshow. The main trading events were seen in the commodity and Treasury markets, both of which saw some decent-sized losses within their respective complex.
Dollar strength was at the heart of the weakness in ... More
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