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 pair of companies will give investors a glimpse into the health of the economy as the holidays approach.
By Robert Holmes, TheStreet
Investors are stuck in a no man's land in which Credit Crisis 2.0 is capsizing a shaky global economy.
Every region of the world and asset class has its share of woes, from emerging markets to bonds, a condition that's unnerving American investors already wracked with worry over high unemployment.
Record revenue and a bright outlook from the industrial equipment giant are signs the global economy is still growing.
By Robert Holmes, TheStreet
Caterpillar's (CAT) third-quarter earnings report is a sign the global economy won't suffer another wave of recession.
Caterpillar, the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, reported a third-quarter profit of $1.71 a share Monday, an increase of 40% from a year earlier. Revenue jumped 41% to $15.7 billion, although the results include the company's acquisition of mining company Bucyrus International. Excluding that, revenue of $14.6 billion was an all-time record.
It's a big earnings week for these ETFs.
By Andrea Tse, TheStreet
1. iShares Dow Jones U.S. Energy Sector Index Fund (IYE)
Major oil companies will be in focus this week, pushing IYE and other large-cap energy ETFs into the spotlight. Exxon Mobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX) and ConocoPhillips (COP) are among the companies slated to report their earnings. This trio accounts for over 40% of the fund's total portfolio.
IYE has seen a strong run up in recent weeks as EU-related concerns have begun to abate. This strength has helped it recover all of the losses it suffered during the September selloff.
The days ahead will be crucial for IYE. In the event that confidence returns, the fund could be in for a lift. However, given its top heavy nature any exposure to IYE should be kept small.
In a region where Weimar inflation and German deflation led to social unrest and the rise of Hitler, peace and stability are more important than triple-A credit ratings.
In other words, there truly is no plan big enough and no entity large enough to rescue banks from themselves. The European banks, unlike the American ones, are so huge and so intertwined with the fortunes of sovereign debt that anyone who even thinks there could be a solution that isn't catastrophic is regarded as a lightweight.
This time, the sporadic approach of the past has been replaced with a comprehensive nationwide rollout for the cult boneless pork sandwich.
McDonald's (MCD) has been tearing it up in 2011. Shares are up 20% so far this year compared with a flat market. The company's McCafe coffee offerings have been a tasty and affordable alternative for cash-strapped consumers, and flashy upscale store redesigns and an exclusive McDonald's McTV channel look to build on current momentum.
But for some fast-food fans, the tastiest development of all is McDonald's plans to bring back the vaunted McRib sandwich in November. And this time, the sandwich will appear not just sporadically but nationwide as part of a serious rollout.
The heavy-equipment maker posts better-than-expected earnings. The movie rental company reports after the close.
By Andrea Tse, TheStreet
Construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (CAT) reported third-quarter adjusted earnings of $1.93 a share, beating the estimated $1.54. Caterpillar said it would have full-year sales of $58 billion after forecasting a range of $56 billion to $58 billion. Caterpillar also expects to have a full-year profit of $6.75 a share, compared with a previous outlook of $6.25 to $6.75.
Online movie rental company Netflix (NFLX) is expected to post a third-quarter profit of 94 cents a share after the markets close Monday, up from 70 cents last year.
Manufacturer Eaton (ETN) said third-quarter earnings rose 36%, and it reaffirmed the midpoint of its full-year earnings outlook. Excluding a charge related to acquisitions, earnings in the quarter were $1.08 a share, matching estimates.
A diversified portfolio and a high credit rating make this health care leader a defensive favorite.
We are boosting our stake in blue chip healthcare stocks and have chosen Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) as the latest stock to join our Growth Portfolio
The company one of the best-diversified and most defensive stocks in the health care sector; it is also one of a handful of companies that emerged from the ravages of the credit crunch and recession with an AAA credit rating from S&P.
Placing a value on US Bancorp depends a lot on the future of the banking sector.
Friday's big bounce shouldn't have been that surprising based on the charts, which tell us that the overall rally could run through the end of the year.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Wall Street professionals and the media were fixated on two things last week: the trading range in the stock market averages, and the European summit over the weekend.
Very few are talking about the very bullish action of the market internals, which are painting a much more attractive picture.
Boston Scientific fell after missing earnings expectations. Is it a good buy now?
There have to be at least 1,000 scientists living in the metro-Boston area that specialize in the life sciences and health care. With institutions all over the place, including universities like Harvard and MIT, Boston is in shortage of brilliant, cutting-edge scientists.
One famous global company that operates out of Boston is Boston Scientific (BSX). Boston Scientific develops and manufactures medical technology applicable to a range of diseases, including various cancers and heart conditions. The company's stock has lost almost 30% in value, but could it still be valuable?
RIM announces its new software strategy, but it won't be enough.
By Evan Niu
There's a new mobile operating system on the block, and you can call it BBX.
Research In Motion (RIMM) just announced its new mobile operating-system strategy at its BlackBerry DevCon developer conference. BBX will be a single and unified OS that will run on smartphones, tablets, and embedded devices, similar to Apple's (AAPL) iOS strategy.
It will leverage the $200 million purchase of QNX that RIM made last year. The new OS is taking the best of the BlackBerry platform and the best of the QNX platform and tossing them into a digital mixing bowl.
Better economic fundamentals force worrywarts back into risky assets.
After spending the better part of two weeks dancing around the flat line, the Dow Jones Industrial Average blasted over technical resistance Friday, returning to levels not seen since early August, as it breaks free of its three-month trading range.
The fierce standoff between bulls and bears has been driven by the fact that both sides had a compelling argument. The optimists pointed to better economic data and a strong start to third-quarter earnings. The pessimists were obsessed with the nightmare eurozone breakup scenario as the Gordian's Knot that is saving Greece, backstopping Europe's banks, and preventing the debt contagion from bringing down Italy and Span seemed too tall a task.
But now, with Europe's leaders demonstrating deep commitment to their cause and economic growth accelerating to a pace not seen since early 2010, the bulls are making an offensive push. And investors are rallying to their side.
A newly amended filing shows the Nov. 4 offering will list shares between $16 and $18 -- much lower than previous estimates.
By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace IPO Writer
Unless there's an implosion in the stock market, Groupon should be a publicly traded company within two weeks or so. To get things rolling, the company on Friday filed its latest amendment to its S-1, the formal IPO document that provides all the necessary information for investors to evaluate the deal.
The listing will be on the Nasdaq with the symbol GRPN, and the IPO date will be Nov. 4.
The last step is for the company's 30-year-old CEO, Andrew Mason, to pitch the deal on the road. Hopefully, he won't be too goofy, which has been his reputation.
Homebuilding stocks could begin an impressive year-end run. Here are entry levels and price targets for four major players.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Monday’s release of the US Economic and Housing Outlook hinted at some interesting trends for the housing market. The rising rental rates and pickup in new construction of apartments is starting to make single-family homes more attractive.
This release was followed on Tuesday by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo housing index, which showed that builder confidence had a nice jump. More good news came on Wednesday, when housing starts jumped 15%. The enthusiasm was dampened on Thursday, however, as existing home sales continued to decline and home prices were also lower.
American Express and Coca-Cola fared well, but Wells Fargo turned in a tepid report.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Given the mix of winners and losers we have seen during the opening weeks of earnings season, it has likely been difficult for many stock pickers to navigate the markets without a setback. Even Warren Buffett has seen a blend of strength and weakness from the companies in his legendary portfolio.
This week has been important for fans of the Oracle of Omaha. Over the past few days, some of the largest names in the Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) portfolio have reported quarterly earnings and provided insight into the closing months of the year.
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