Indexes might not be in correction territory, but they're getting closer. Now's the time to consider what moves to make.
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This ETF holds midstream energy master limited partnerships and offers a 6.4% yield.
In this low interest rate environment, it’s been tough for income investors to find worthwhile payouts that don’t entail inordinate amounts of risk.
But there’s one income-producing sector that has become increasingly attractive as the markets have sold off -- midstream master limited partnerships.
These midstream MLPs operate the pipeline and storage infrastructure for our oil, gasoline and natural gas resources.
The struggling retailer wants to allow competitors to sell its most valuable brands. Smart move or disaster in the making?
But is Sears' latest move a stroke of genius or the final nail in the coffin?
The company doesn't have much going for it, but what it does have are its brands. Craftsman tools. DieHard batteries. Kenmore appliances. People know and trust them. They are some of Sears' most valuable assets.
Here are some exchanged-traded funds to follow during this busy week of earnings reports.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Here are five ETFs to watch this week.
The industrials have run into trouble in the past few months as investors have begun to question the strength of the global economy. Since its July breakdown, shares of XLI have struggled to recover lost ground, as the fund has jockeyed back and forth along a generally sideways path.
Though its shares trade at a tremendous discount to book value, the company's ultimate mortgage risk is unknown, and there are better bargains out there.
By Philip van Doorn, TheStreet
Shares of the nation's largest bank holding company closed at $6.19 Friday, and while they gained 5% last week, the stock is down 53% year to date. After a second-quarter net loss to common shareholders of $9.1 billion, or 90 cents a share, Bank of America will announce its third-quarter results Tuesday, with analysts polled by FactSet expecting the company to post earnings of 28 cents a share.
Bank of America's shares on Friday traded for less than half the company's June 30 tangible book value of $12.65, according to SNL Financial. The shares were also historically cheap relative to forward earnings, trading for just 5.6 times the consensus 2012 earnings-per-share estimate of $1.12, according to analysts polled by FactSet.
These low-priced carriers are jumping up even as established competitors are flat or down.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The Baltic Dry Shipping Index has surged more than 68% since early August, which likely has left some economists, who have been racing to lower their economic forecasts, shaking their heads.
The surge has been attributed to an increase in booking to ship thermal coal, iron ore and grains through the Panama Canal. Because the number of large ships that can pass through the canal does not change much year over year, an increase in shipping rates is often interpreted as a sign of future economic activity.
These stocks are poised to benefit as hospitals shift from paper records to electronic systems.
One of our favorite game-changing sectors is electronic medical records. Here's a look at our four top picks in this growth market.
The best estimates say that hospitals will need to spend $100,000 per licensed bed to implement these new programs, which render paper files obsolete.
With 950,000 hospital beds in the country, that's $95.5 billion in revenue, and there are only a handful of companies that stand poised to collect it.
Two blockbuster energy deals reflect the foreign interest in our crude and our growing need for a bridge fuel to renewables.
We will all be buzzing, as we should be, about the huge Kinder Morgan (KMI) deal to buy El Paso (EP) and how it will make Kinder Morgan a colossus of a pipeline that will be able to move natural gas through much of the country.
It is a deal meant to ensure the Kinder entities dominate the transport of the fuel. Of the three entities -- Kinder Morgan, which owns and operates the pipelines; Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), the toll collector of the group; and Kinder Morgan Management (KMR), a limited partner of KMP that controls its business -- I like KMP best because it is a master limited partnership that gives you a high 6.4% yield.
Game developer Rovio floats the possibility of 2012 public offering, saying the company could be worth $1B.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the mobile boom iPhone is Rovio Entertainment. Based in Finland, the company is the mastermind behind the hugely popular game "Angry Birds."
Rovio's chief marketing officer, Peter Vesterbacka, says the company is probably worth more than $1 billion, thanks to its hit game, according to Bloomberg, and it looks like the company might be prepping for an IPO.
Some gearheads may not like to hear it, but sales momentum and lack of a bailout give Ford the edge.
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com
Americans can be fierce defenders of their cars, refusing to drive certain brands and claiming others can do no wrong. And after the 2009 automaker bailouts for Chrysler and General Motors (GM) and an industry-wide push into fuel-efficient cars and electric vehicles, that brand war might be more heated than ever.
Here's why, from a business perspective, Ford is just plain better than GM:
This leading maker of video games is a new addition to a buyback-based model portfolio.
We previously bought Activision Blizzard (ATVI) in our buyback portfolio last June, and sold it in September. It has since floated to the top of our research screens again.
Activision is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products, headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif.
Bondholders fed up with low yields could drive stocks significantly higher. And a few sectors should be ready to buy into at the next pullback.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The stock market’s initial rally phase from the October 4 lows has gone a bit further than even us bulls expected. I guess my question from last month, “Can Doom and Gloom Save the Market?" has been answered.
Clearly, the roadblocks to an economic recovery have not been removed. While the technical outlook for the stock market has improved dramatically, there is still some work to be done.
I expected a pullback sometime last week, but the buying was relentless. Once we get a two- to five-day correction, it will be the strength of the following rally that will help determine how far stocks can rally into the end of the year.
The stock is a bargain at current levels, but there is a good chance the price could drop further in the near term.
Coincidence or scientific proof that people are trading in their BlackBerry's for iPhones?
The search engine giant is quickly moving to compete with Apple and Amazon.
Google (GOOG) wants a part of that action as well and is planning its own online music store to compete with Apple and Amazon (AMZN) according to various news reports this week. But Google may have to forge ahead without cooperation from much of the music industry.
The company has talked to all four major labels about participating in its service, but only EMI Group, owned by Citigroup (C), is close to a deal, The Wall Street Journal reports. EMI has Katy Perry and Gorillaz among its artists.
It's time to get past the idea of us vs. them.
By Alyce Lomax
The Occupy Wall Street movement is already showing signs of being commandeered by the great Main Street street fight between left and right -- also known as us versus them. Don’t fall for the distraction: The 99% really need to occupy common ground; there’s plenty of it to occupy.
Wall Street deserves universal wrath. In 2008, financial companies like Goldman Sachs (GS), Citigroup (C), AIG (AIG), and Bank of America (BAC) privatized profits and socialized losses when they received a monster public bailout. Not only did they show no remorse or humility, they still believed they deserved whopping big salaries and bonuses.
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