8 reasons the market isn't worse
8 reasons the market isn't worse

Stocks should be crushed by global turmoil, Jim Cramer says. Instead, they're doing fine.


A higher life expectancy and rising retirement age are contributing to the boom in retirement solutions.

By Trefis Jun 21, 2012 10:30AM
TrefisImproving life expectancy and a rising retirement age limit are set to push the annuities market in the U.S., benefiting insurance companies such as MetLife (MET), Manulife Financial (MFC), Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) and Prudential Financial (PRU).

With doubts being raised about the solvency of the social security provision, Americans are encouraged to look for sources beyond government entitlement to secure their financial positions and avoid any chances of outliving their financial resources. The U.S. government has acknowledged that the official retirement age will rise from the current limit of 67 in the near future.  
Tags: aigMETPRU

Bruce Berkowitz's Fairholme Fund is beginning to show some recovery signs in his long-term bets.

By GuruFocus.com Jun 21, 2012 10:20AM

After losing more than 32% on heavy bets on financials in 2011, Bruce Berkowitz's Fairholme Fund (FAIRX) has rebounded to the top 1% of funds, according to Morningstar.

Berkowitz often emphasizes that he does not believe performance can be measured by a revolution of the sun but on a long-term basis. Though his fund suffered a challenging year, some of his long-term bets are beginning to show the recovery he anticipated.


CEO Bob McDonald must be held accountable for a string of poor quarterly results.

By Jim Cramer Jun 21, 2012 10:10AM

Why can't Bob McDonald be held accountable for what's happening at Procter & Gamble (PG)? Why can't the decline of this great company be placed at his feet?


A lot of people who write and talk about business do not, I believe, understand the importance of a CEO to an enterprise. They believe some companies can't really be affected in significant ways by the person at the helm.


I disagree.


Limited shipping capacity and strong demand are boosting prospects for this LNG tanker operator.

By TheStockAdvisors Jun 21, 2012 9:59AM

By Nathan Slaughter, Exploration & Paydirt


Golar LNG (GLNG) is one of the primary beneficiaries of the burgeoning global trade of liquefied natural gas (LNG).


The company owns a fleet of modern LNG tankers that are paid handsomely to transport chilled gas from port to port. Its fleet is 100% utilized, reflecting the lack of idle shipping capacity. Companies with available tonnage have almost been able to name their own price.


The stock's valuation makes it look too cheap not to take a bite.

By InvestorPlace Jun 21, 2012 9:35AM

By Dan Burrows

InvestorPlace's special report about Apple (AAPL) on the occasion of the iPhone's fifth birthday would surely be incomplete if we didn't weigh in on the prospects for its stock. Let's start by looking at how it's fared recently.

Turns out the shares have seriously stumbled since hitting a record closing high of $636 in early April. The stock is off more than 8% since then to about $580 and change, shedding $50 billion in market cap -- more than the entire value of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -- along the way.

That's a sharp sell-off. By comparison, the S&P 500 is off just 2% over the same period.


Orders from the US and Norway should benefit the company's aeronautics division.

By Trefis Jun 21, 2012 9:10AM
TrefisLockheed Martin (LMT) last week received a $490 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to start buying materials and components for the seventh batch of 35 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) planes.

The seventh batch will deliver 19 conventional take-off and landing or F-35 "A" models to the U.S. Air Force, six short take-off and vertical landing or F-35 "B" models to the U.S. Marine Corps, four carrier variants of F-35 to the U.S. Navy. The remaining six F-35 fighter planes will be delivered to some of the international partners of the F-35 JSF program, including three F-35 "A" models to Italy, two F-35 "A" models to Turkey and one F-35 "B" model to Britain. 
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The drugstore lowers sales guidance for the year, and the open source software provider reports weak billings.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 21, 2012 8:45AM
By Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet.com

Rite Aid (RAD) reported first-quarter earnings Thursday that met analysts' expectations, but it lowered its sales guidance for the year. The drugstore chain reported a first-quarter loss of $30.7 million, or 3 cents a share, narrower than a year-earlier loss of $65.5 million, or 7 cents a share. Analysts, on average, were expecting a loss of 3 cents a share.

Rite Aid lowered its fiscal 2013 sales guidance to between $25.3 billion and $25.7 billion and said it expects same-store sales to decline between 0.5% and 1%. The company previously anticipated sales would be between $25.4 billion and $25.8 billion with same-store sales between flat and an increase of 1.5%. Shares of Rite Aid fell 1.71% in premarket trading Thursday to $1.15.


Master limited partnerships constantly have to raise new money, which explains why Western Gas is selling 5 million units.

By Jim J. Jubak Jun 20, 2012 6:15PM
Western Gas Partners (WES) dropped 4.96% Tuesday on news that the master limited partnership has filed to sell 5 million units Friday at a price of $43.88 each. The units closed at $43.15 Tuesday. (Western Gas Partners is a member of my Jubak's Picks portfolio.)

Now I understand why stocks (or in this case master limited partnerships) fall when the company decides to sell more shares or units. The current stream of profits going to investors will in the future have to be spread over 5 million more units. That's dilution of about 5.2% on the 95.78 million units outstanding. And certainly nobody wants to pay more for units -- they closed at $45.40 the day before the announcement -- than the new units being sold command.
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Investors hope the company has a next-generation treatment for the virus. The new data will fuel more takeover talk.

By Minyanville Jun 20, 2012 5:46PM
Shares of Idenix (IDIX) were rising after the company said an experimental hepatitis C drug was effective in a mid-stage study.

The stock rose 14.3% to close at $10.71. The shares have almost doubled in the past 12 months as investors bet that Idenix will be among the winners in developing a better treatment for the liver-destroying virus. 

The pharmacy giant purchases a stake in European mega-chain Alliance Boots -- putting itself at the mercy of the continent's worsening debt crisis.

By TheWeek.com Jun 20, 2012 5:35PM

Image: Pills (© Sean Justice/Corbis)Walgreens (WAG) is purchasing a 45% stake in European pharmacy powerhouse Alliance Boots (AB) for nearly $7 billion. The deal is seen as a first step toward outright acquisition, which would make the combined company a global pharmacy giant with 11,000 stores in 12 countries.

Walgreens' share price plunged after the announcement, however, due to concerns that it had dangerously exposed itself to fallout from Europe's debt crisis, which continues to rage. 

Is Walgreens' big bet on Europe a bad idea?

Tags: WAG

Analysts expect to see a profit of 53 cents a share

By Benzinga Jun 20, 2012 5:24PM
Image: Couple shopping for a new car © Tetra Images/Getty ImagesBy Nelson Hem, Benzinga Staff Writer

Used-car retailer CarMax (KMX) has seen profit rise for three straight quarters and revenue rise for four straight quarters. Will it capture the magic again Thursday when it reports its fiscal first-quarter results?

Investors certainly hope the trend continues, although recent easing fuel prices may have taken some pressure off of consumers to buy more fuel-efficient models. (See also: Ford and GM feeling Europe's economic despair.)

Here's the latest buzz on CarMax's quarter:

The troubled telecommunications company is letting employees go in small groups.

By Benzinga Jun 20, 2012 4:57PM

By Katey Stapleton, Benzinga Staff Writer

Struggling smartphone developer Research In Motion (RIMM) is dealing with yet another bout of bad news. The company is quietly cutting jobs as part of an intense restructuring to stay afloat.

The BlackBerry maker has kept the layoffs under wraps for the past several weeks, terminating about 10 employees at a time, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company cannot afford any more bad press, and certainly chose a low-key way to add to the 2,000 employees dismissed last year.


Roasters are sneaking cheaper robusta beans into their blends to save money. Will coffee drinkers revolt?

By Kim Peterson Jun 20, 2012 2:38PM
Image: Coffee Beans (© Purestock/SuperStock)Have you noticed that your coffee tastes different lately? A little bolder, perhaps even bitter? Does it seem to have more caffeine?

Coffee companies are sneaking more robusta beans into their grounds as the price of the higher-grade arabica beans has spiked, Reuters reports. Very few roasters are actually admitting to doing this, but the evidence is as plain as day: U.S. robusta imports soared by 80% in the first quarter, while arabica fell by nearly a third.

Higher-quality arabica beans have a milder, more delicate and complex flavor than robusta. They're harder to grow and more expensive. Coffee experts say robusta, by contrast, tastes like burned rubber. Robusta also has a lot more caffeine. 

This leading hospitality company has an impressive earnings surprise history and a share price hovering close to a 52-week high.

By Zacks.com Jun 20, 2012 1:47PM

By Zacks Equity Research  Resilience

Headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (WYN) offers different hospitality products and services to individual customers and business clients in the U.S. and worldwide under the brands Wyndham Hotel Group, Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and Wyndham Vacation Ownership. The company has a current market cap of $7.55 billion.

The company has an impressive earnings surprise history and a share price hovering close to a 52-week high. Shares of this Zacks No. 1 Rank ("strong buy") have gained approximately 39.5% so far this year.


Stocks head lower after Federal Reserve announces it will expand Operation Twist.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 20, 2012 12:40PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com 

Procter & Gamble
(PG) shares weighed on the Dow, falling over 3%, after the company lowered its earnings view again after cutting it in April. The company cited unfavorable foreign exchange rates and continued economic headwinds in the U.S. and Europe.

Burger King (BKW) shares moved higher on the company's first day of trading after it returned to being publicly listed. 


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