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The stock hits an all-time low with earnings just around the corner.

By Benzinga Jul 12, 2012 11:03AM

By Brett Callwood

 

The shares of e-commerce marketplace Groupon (GRPN) on Wednesday dropped to the lowest levels since going public in November. They are dropping another 5.5% in Thursday morning trading.

 

According to CNBC, trend-tracking site ComScore reported a 15% decline in traffic in June compared to the previous year. In the same month, Groupon had 12.25 million visitors, down 2.25 million from June last year.

 

Marriott, InterContinental and Starwood lead an early rebound.

By Gene Marcial Jul 12, 2012 10:39AM

The lodging industry was one of the hardest hit sectors of the economy, with the major multinational hotel companies bearing the brunt of the global recession's adverse impact. But as the industry started to recover this year, the same top hoteliers and hospitality companies that reeled from the downturn are now  leading the recovery's early phase.

 

So shares of top-ranking lodging companies, Marriott International (MAR), InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT), have been on the rise, even as other lodging stocks are still nursing their wounds.

 
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Companies and consumers are sitting on their wallets, and we should not be surprised.

By Jim Cramer Jul 12, 2012 9:52AM

What the heck happened to spending? Everywhere we turn, we see that spending has been cut. Wednesday night we looked at Adtran (ADTN), a run-of-the-mill supplier to the telcos, and it is talking about a big decline in spending by the companies. That's something, because they always have to spend to keep up.

 

We heard Wednesday from Burberry and Levi Strauss that people aren't spending for either the high end or the low end, as Burberry's goods cost a ton and Levi Strauss' don't.

 

Its bankruptcy could start a parade, so beware of falling miners.

By InvestorPlace Jul 12, 2012 9:45AM

By Aaron Levitt

 

It's been a rough few months for companies and investors in the coal sector.

 

First, advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have unearthed a virtual ocean of natural gas and have dropped prices to decade lows. Those low prices have scads of utilities preferring it over coal. Already, more than 112 older coal-fired power plants are scheduled to retire across the country, as electricity producers switch to cheaper and greener gas. Then came the Obama administration and the EPA's sweeping rules designed to limit carbon-dioxide emissions from new power plants. These rules effectively block the construction of new coal-burning plants and make natural gas even more attractive.

 

Add these two points to slowing global growth, and it's no wonder the coal industry continues to be hit hard.

 

These 3 were going to be game changers. Did they live up to the promise?

By Minyanville Jul 12, 2012 9:31AM

In 2010, the Minyanville team picked out their best bets for the small retail Davids that would take on industry Goliaths. Which company might be more urban than Urban Outfitters (URBN)? Could a former Mouseketeer really take on Levi Strauss? And was there a new fashion icon that might target Target (TGT)? We made our predictions and came up with a diverse list of nine upstart companies with their work cut out for them. (See our original series, here.)

 

Two years later, we decided to take a look at three of the most popular publicly traded brands from our list. First up, Rue 21 (RUE).

 

The Oracle of Omaha, in a live interview with CNBC, strikes a much more bearish tone than he has recently.

By MSNMoney partner Jul 12, 2012 9:24AM

Ben Berkowitz, Reuters


Warren Buffett made some of his most pessimistic comments on the economy in recent memory Thursday, telling CNBC that things have slowed in the United States in the past six weeks.


Buffett, in a live interview, said Europe had also experienced a "pretty fast" slowdown in recent weeks as spending has declined.


The 81-year-old Oracle of Omaha said that even as the economy has cooled off, residential housing is starting to pick up, albeit off a low base. Watch the live interview in the video below.

 

The entertainment company shares are upgraded, and the industrial and construction supplies provider beats estimates.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 12, 2012 9:02AM

By Michael Baron, TheStreet.com


Walt Disney (DIS)

The Dow component received an upgrade from Wells Fargo early Thursday. The firm went to "outperform" from "market perform" on the stock, saying concerns -- such as the potential for margin contractions at ESPN -- that previously kept its optimism in check seem to have dissipated.


"Fast forward to today, and the truth is our fears appear unwarranted," Wells Fargo said. "We understand that DIS is a consensus long but we think estimates are too low and that the stock may actually break out of its current mid to high $40-range on this coming earnings call. If we are wrong and DIS misses expectations, then we would view a pull back as a great entry point given our increased confidence in the long-term story."

 

Despite recent downgrades, other reports paint an improving picture of the business.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Jul 11, 2012 4:12PM

By Eric McWhinnie

 

Credit card company stocks have charged significantly higher this year. Plastic-names such as Discover Financial Services (DFS) and American Express (AXP) have easily outperformed the S&P 500 in 2012.


Whether its for convenience on the go, or necessity in a sluggish economy, people continue to rely on credit cards in their daily lives. However, a recent round of downgrades in the industry may give investors the perfect excuse to book profits.

 

Most investors in the precious metal should avoid ETFs and focus instead on these picks.

By TheStockAdvisors Jul 11, 2012 2:19PM
Image: Gold Bars (© Stockbyte/SuperStock)By Curtis Hesler, Professional Timing Service

Seasonally, gold is often ho-hum during the first six months of the year, only to set a low in July and extend strongly on the up side into October.

If I were short, I'd be anxious about the next "black swan" event that could propel gold suddenly higher. I'd also be apprehensive about that seasonal strength and concerned that there is an important cyclical low due right about now. 

Agricultural plays and gun makers are performing exceptionally well right now.

By MoneyShow.com Jul 11, 2012 1:58PM

Image: Combines in field (© Mark Karrass/Corbis/Corbis)By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com


In this interview, investing coach Gennady Kupershteyn shares some ideas for sectors showing technical and fundamental strength. In addition to some agricultural stocks, he discusses tech, health care, gun makers, and consumer discretionary names.


Kate Stalter: Today, I'm speaking with one of our frequent guests here on the Daily Guru, Gennady Kupershteyn of Capitalist Bull.

 

Though this time, the $740 mark from UBS seems reasonable -- in two years.

By InvestorPlace Jul 11, 2012 1:48PM

Apple logo copyright Beck Diefenbach/ReutersBy Jeff Reeves


Another analyst is kicking off coverage of Apple (AAPL), this time at UBS (UBS). The $740 12-month price target for the tech stock and a "buy" rating is the latest vote of confidence for Apple.


Yawn.


I know, I know -- more nonsense about Apple price targets. These things are the hype machine of tech analysts and frequently are just silly figures to get attention.

 

Stocks have been sliding after a dramatic end-of-June surge. Here's why the uptrend isn't finished yet.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Jul 11, 2012 1:29PM

Stocks have been suffering bouts of panic selling over the past few days as concerns about the future of the new plan to use eurozone bailout funds to directly recapitalize weak banks (such as those in Spain) dampened spirits. German ratification of the plan will be delayed by the country's constitutional court for as long as three months, according to reports in Der Spiegel.
 
Some better industrial production data out of Europe and rumors of additional policy easing by the People's Bank of China weren't enough to overcome those worries. Have the four consecutive losses (with a fifth possible on Wednesday) opened the door to a new medium-term downtrend? Or is this merely a buying dip within a larger uptrend?

 

Stocks are mixed as investors await the release of minutes from June's Federal Reserve meeting.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 11, 2012 1:28PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Fertilizer stocks, including Potash Corp. (POT), Mosaic (MOS) and CF Industries (CF), moved up modestly after the USDA slashed its forecast for corn yields.

Goldcorp (GG) slumped nearly 10% after the company reported lower than expected second-quarter gold production and reduced its full-year production guidance. Its announcement weighed a bit on peers, including Barrick Gold (ABX), Newmont Mining (NEM) and Yamana Gold (AUY). 

Despite introducing new merchandising and pricing policies, the retailer continues to stumble.

By Benzinga Jul 11, 2012 1:13PM
Image: Woman shopping in interior design shop, side view © Alistair Berg/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesBy Brett Callwood, Benzinga Staff Writer

Department store operator JC Penney (JCP) will likely see second-quarter sales fall more than the 20% witnessed during the first-quarter.


According to MarketWatch, the company has attempted to overhaul merchandising and pricing, but the efforts have failed to bring in customers.

 

Amazon's tablet made a splashy entrance and even managed to eat into the iPad's wide lead. But could the e-tail giant do the same with a smartphone?

By TheWeek.com Jul 11, 2012 11:41AM

Image: Amazon.com logo © EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty ImagesFirst came the Kindle Fire. Now Amazon (AMZN) is reportedly working with manufacturer Foxconn to develop its own smartphone, which would presumably take a cue from the Seattle-based e-tailer's popular line of Kindle tablets. The move is seen as Amazon's attempt to upset Apple (AAPL) and Google's (GOOG) goals in the digital content market by locking consumers into its robust catalog of e-books, movies, and mp3s -- even though the phone will likely run on something similar to the already-established Android platform.

But while the low-cost Kindle Fire was a rousing success, critics say that building a smartphone is an entirely different kind of beast, and Amazon would be wise to stay away.

 

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