Why stocks are in for a rough ride this week
Stocks in for a rough ride this week

Longtime market bull Jeremy Siegel says investors could realize the market is behind the curve on interest rates.

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The automaker's second quarter will not be pretty.

By Jonathan Berr Jul 23, 2012 12:18PM
Image: Los Angeles, Calif., traffic on Interstate 405 © VisionsofAmerica/Joe Sohm/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesFord Motor (F) warned investors earlier this year that its second- quarter earnings would be a challenge. That forecast will likely be proven correct.

Media reports indicate that auto sales weakened in July as consumer pessimism mounted. This could force automakers to increase incentives in order to move inventory. Moreover, Ford's overseas woes, which included losing money in China and Europe in the most recent quarter, likely continued. North America was a bright spot in the first quarter, generating pre-tax earnings of $2.1 billion, its highest results since at least 2000. Such superlatives are not likely to be heard when the Dearborn, Mich., company reports results Wednesday.
 
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While Samsung is gaining ground, Apple is likely not too worried.

By Benzinga Jul 23, 2012 11:43AM
Image: Apple logo copyright Beck Diefenbach/ReutersBy Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer

Demand for Apple's (AAPL) next-generation iPhone is higher than any other smartphone the company has released.


In June, ChangeWave Research conducted a study on the demand for smartphones from the world's leading manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia (NOK), Research In Motion (RIMM), and HTC.

 

Valero Energy is upgraded to 'buy,' and IMAX is initiated with a 'buy.'

By MSN Money Partner Jul 23, 2012 11:21AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:  
  • GenOn Energy (GEN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
  • Mosaic (MOS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
  • Onyx Pharmaceuticals (ONXX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
  • Valero Energy (VLO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
 

Like the restaurant chain, these momentum stocks could join similar other crash-and-burn stories.

By InvestorPlace Jul 23, 2012 11:02AM

By Jeff Reeves

 

It has been an ugly 12 months for momentum stocks. Take a look at the 52-week ranges on some of these victims (and yes, they are now sitting near the bottom of these windows):

  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) -- $17.38 to $115.98; -85% peak to trough
  • Netflix (NFLX) -- $60.70 to $285.50; -79% peak to trough
  • Sodastream (SODA) -- $27.60 to $79.72; -65% peak to trough
  • Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) -- $29.51 to $78.25; -62% peak to trough

Now, red-hot growth stock Chipotle (CMG) is likely to be part of this list. The stock lurched down as much as 25% Friday after an ugly earnings report. It ended the day down 21.5% at $316.98. Its 52-week high of $442 is long behind it.

 

As drought conditions persist in the Midwest, agricultural commodities supplies are threatened.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 23, 2012 10:40AM

By John Nyaradi

 

The Midwest remains under a record heat wave, sending shock waves through agricultural commodities.

 

Supplies are threatened and crop failure is being discussed as summer wears on.  June was the fourth-hottest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

 

When mindless losers dump stocks in Europe-inspired sell-offs, you can pick up bargains.

By Jim Cramer Jul 23, 2012 10:38AM

If you have to sell all of your stocks every time Spanish bonds reach a milestone, you'll be in and out so many times that I doubt you'll be able to make any money. That's why I've been so critical of the risk-on, risk-off nonsense. It makes you think that somehow selling is right when the crisis asserts itself and then buying is right when the crisis ends. I am gratified that I'm hearing less and less about risk-on, risk-off, because it tells me the journalists are no longer falling for hedge fund speak and are actually trying to help people make money.

 

With a dividend linked to gold prices, this undervalued miner offers growth and income potential.

By TheStockAdvisors Jul 23, 2012 9:50AM

By Genia Turanova, Leeb Income Performance

 

Newmont Mining (NEM) currently sells at its lowest valuation in four years despite the fact that the price of its main product, gold, has nearly doubled since then.

 

Moreover, its valuation is lower than that of the overall market -- and its yield is higher. In fact, it is the highest-yielding stock in the sector, with a yield of 2.8%, significantly above the average for the category.

 
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Earnings as a whole appear mildly encouraging, but most are measured against analysts' recently reduced estimates.

By The Fiscal Times Jul 23, 2012 9:25AM
The Fiscal Times

By Suzanne McGee

 

No one these days appears to be exempt from some kind of earnings disappointment. True, earnings as a whole appear mildly encouraging, with perhaps two-thirds of those companies in the S&P 500 announcing some kind of positive surprise. But the pattern remains intact: those positive surprises often are only defined when measured against recently-reduced analysts' estimates.

 

Buried within the numbers, there are facts or figures that, in the absence of headline news in a few weeks' time, will give anxious bears fresh cause for concern.

 

The fast-food giant reports lower net income, and the pharmaceutical company reports an experimental caner drug failed in trials.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 23, 2012 8:56AM
By Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet.com

McDonald's (MCD), reported that second-quarter net income fell 4.5% to $1.35 billion, or $1.32 a share, from $1.41 billion, or $1.35, in the year-earlier period. Revenue was about flat at $6.92 billion compared with $6.91 billion. The fast-food giant, was expected by analysts Monday to post second-quarter profit of $1.38 a share on sales of $6.94 billion.
Shares fell about 2% in pre-market trading at last check.

Germany's Bayer and Onyx Pharmaceuticals (ONXX) said Monday that Tarceva, a jointly produced drug, in combination with Nexavar tablets for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer, failed in further improvement of overall survival. 

Home Inns and Hotels Management investors are worried about the budget hotel sector in the nation's slowing economy.

By Jim J. Jubak Jul 20, 2012 5:06PM
Image: Hotel maid (© Simon Jarratt/Corbis)Why have the ADRs (American Depositary Receipts) of Home Inns and Hotels Management (HMIN) been in such a slump? (Home Inns and Hotels is a member of my Jubak's Picks portfolio.)

The ADRs have plunged from $31.92 on March 2 to $20.19 on June 4 before rallying to $22.66 on June 29. They now are in retreat again, closing Friday at $17.

Mark it down to a fear of growth without profits in China's slumping economy in general and in the budget hotel sector in particular.
 
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A new reservation system calmed the usual Apple customer frenzy overseas.

By Benzinga Jul 20, 2012 3:49PM
Image: China (© Brand X/SuperStock)By Katey Stapleton, Benzinga Staff Writer

The newest Apple (AAPL) iPad has finally arrived in China. Legal woes that held up the promotion and sale of the tablet have been settled, allowing techies to now swoop up a fresh version.


Shenzhen Proview Technology received a $60 million payday from Apple on July 2 to settle the company's claim of ownership over the iPad name. The claim had prompted a trademark lawsuit and brought iPad sales to a standstill in China.

 

The tragic killings at a showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises' may impact the movie's box-office success. Studio executives reportedly considered canceling screenings in response.

By Kim Peterson Jul 20, 2012 3:17PM
Before Friday's horrific shooting at an Colorado movie theater, Time Warner (TWX) was riding high on hopes for "The Dark Knight Rises." The movie was expected to have the No. 2 opening of all time, with about $170 million in box-office sales.

But early Friday, the movie's midnight showing became the scene of a tragic crime in which a gunman shot 71 people, killing 12. The nation is reeling from the shooting, and some people are saying that they are too afraid to see "The Dark Knight Rises" in the theater because of worries about copycats. 
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Equity Income Fund portfolio manager Brian Rogers likes telecommunications companies.

By GuruFocus.com Jul 20, 2012 2:19PM
Brian Rogers is a portfolio manager of T. Rowe Price's Equity Income Fund, whose objective is to "provide substantial dividend income as well as long-term capital appreciation through investments in common stocks of established companies." As such, Rogers has selected a number of high-yielding companies for the fund's portfolio. Through his guidance and strategy, the fund has returned 6.7% over the last 10 years and 9.42% year to date, compared to 0.06% and -1.02% for the S&P.

The highest-yielding stocks in the portfolio are Nokia Corporation, CenturyLink, Telefonica and Sun Life Financial.  

These 3 Canadian stocks offer value, rapid earnings growth and strong balance sheets.

By TheStockAdvisors Jul 20, 2012 1:22PM
Image: Canada (© Royalty-Free/Corbis)By J. Royden Ward, Cabot Benjamin Graham Value Letter

I screened my Benjamin Graham database to find Canadian companies with rapidly growing earnings and strong balance sheets.

I believe many outstanding buying opportunities exist. Here is a look at three of our picks -- in agriculture, energy and information services. Each offers excellent appreciation potential during the next six to 12 months. 
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Shares were priced so high that any bump in the road could take them down.

By Kim Peterson Jul 20, 2012 12:58PM
Updated 4:25 p.m. ET

Chipotle Mexican Grill
(CMG) shares plunged 21% Friday after the longtime market darling missed revenue expectations on slowing sales.

At least four brokerages cut price targets on the stock, and Goldman Sachs (GS) booted Chipotle from its "conviction buy" list. Other restaurant chains that have seen similarly hot growth in recent years were also hit. Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) closed down 3.5%, and Panera Bread (PNRA) fell nearly 4%. 

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