Geopolitical crises are taking a toll on stocks as we head into the seasonally weak month of August.
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Gold and dividend funds offer some safety when stock markets are rough.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
It's common for trading to be volatile during short trading weeks, and this week is no different. After a dismal Monday overseas, U.S. investors returned from the Labor Day weekend to find heavy losses.
In recent weeks, I have highlighted a variety of conservative assets investors can turn to for shelter from the economic storms. In the days ahead, many of these securities will offer welcome relief.
It's crucial to note that not all market shields are created equal. Before diving into any position, do your homework.
Things might get turbulent for Google shareholders in late October when Motorola reports its next earnings.
By Eric Jackson, TheStreet
It replaced a trusted hand -- CEO Eric Schmidt, who arguably is still young (56), with years left before he's ready to be put out to pasture -- with a young and unproven co-founder in Larry Page.
I warned earlier this year that Google stock shouldn't be owned for the next six months when the company made the announcement in January that Page was taking over for Schmidt. That call was correct, as Google's stock dropped from $626 on Jan. 20 when the succession was announced to $484 on June 20 -- a decline of 23%.
It's appropriate now to take a step back and see where Google really is in its own development and as a stock. In late June, Google bottomed out at around $474. After that, the stock jumped on its Q2 earnings and expectations.
The bank is in a constant state of patching its holes.
August certainly was an interesting month for the stock market. The Dow suffered about a 5% decline and the S&P lost almost 7%, but that's not the whole story. A chart of the major indexes looks like a big W, thanks to white-knuckle volatility, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average having moved in a roughly 1,500-point range. Some traders made a mint on well-timed buys.
One of the biggest movers in August was Bank of America (BAC). The financial stock shed about 18.5% last month to continue its ugly streak in 2011. However, shares did leap from $6 to $8 in just two trading days, rewarding those savvy few who bought the bottom.
Amid this volatility, the billion-dollar question for B of A investors should be whether the stock has the potential for another big move like that. Unfortunately, the direction of this stock seems to be down, down, down.
When the current decline is over, shop from this list of stocks that hit 52-week highs last week.
If you want to know what to buy and when to buy it, I am excerpting here a list from Briefing.com of the stocks that hit 52-week highs last week.
Now, you know that I like the higher yielders, but these stocks represent the market’s favorites while Europe was brewing. They are stocks that I think represent the places to go after the decline is over. We are so not there, but I think you need to be prepped.
I am editing the list to home in on stocks I like, and I am taking out the gold stocks -- a substantial part of the list -- because I like the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) and because I accept that the gold stocks will remain "go to" as long as we are in a race to debase currencies. Basically, I like all of the gold stocks, but my favorites remain Randgold Resources (GOLD) and Goldcorp (GG).
First are the soft-goods stocks, and there I want to highlight Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Kimberly-Clark (KMB), Coca-Cola (KO), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), Diamond Foods (DMND) and Church & Dwight (CHD). These managed to rally despite all of the negativity, and I believe that they should be front and center on your screen. Please keep in mind that the issue here is recession, and these all work in a recession.
At this point, the best hope for the fallen Internet giant in the long term is a buyout deal.
By Jeff Reeves, Editor, InvestorPlace.com
Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) hired Carol Bartz in early 2009 to right the struggling media giant. Hard-charging Bartz moved quickly, upending the Yahoo org chart, imposing a near-secretive culture on the Silicon Valley company and slashing 675 jobs, or 5% of staffers, on top of the 1,600 laid off the previous year.
The result? Yahoo is no better off than when Bartz took over. Yahoo stock traded at $12.10 on Jan. 13, 2009, when Bartz took over. As of Tuesday's close (before Wall Street cheered the CEO's firing and bid up shares), YHOO was at $12.91 for a nearly 6% loss. Revenue has also seen a slow decline year over year from fiscal 2009 to 2010, with another projected slide for this year too.
Not surprisingly, Bartz is out despite a year left on her contract. But now the question on everyone's mind now is whether anyone can save Yahoo.
The company may be rethinking its IPO plans, and that's probably a good thing.
Unfortunately, it's been downhill for Groupon since then.
This week brings word that Groupon is rethinking its plans for an initial public offering.
The only thing the Ford Evos Concept won't do is run all-electric.
By Evan Niu
What do you get when you mix various popular consumer and technology shifts like cloud computing, social networking, and plug-in hybrids? The Ford (F) Evos Concept, of course!
The slick-looking concept vehicle features "gull-wing" doors (think Back to the Future) and is set to be unveiled later this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In addition to being a plug-in hybrid, it will be integrated into your personal cloud of information, ranging from your work schedule and music preferences to keeping up with local weather conditions.
It will even socially network with your friends to recommend better driving routes. The idea is to allow the car to get to know the driver in a way that personally tailors the driving experience. The company goes as far as to say that the Evos will get "to know you and can act as a personal assistant to handle some of the usual routines of a daily commute."
Europe will tackle a number of crucial economic issues this month, and markets may stay unsettled until October.
ETFs that invest in telecom, banks and agriculture will be in the spotlight as investors nervously monitor this week's market action.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Here are five ETFs to watch this week.
The telecommunications industry was in the spotlight last week following reports that the Justice Department was suing to block AT&T's (T) proposed multibillion dollar plan to acquire T-Mobile because it would impede competition and hurt consumers.
If you're looking to sell shares of large banks after Friday's FHFA lawsuits, it's probably too late. Instead, consider the many solid banks that don't have mortgage targets on their backs.
By Philip Van Doorn, TheStreet
Instead, take a deep breath and mull some other bank stock opportunities, because the automated traders and other market pros will clean your clock if you try to trade based on the lawsuit headlines.
It's perfectly understandable for bank stock investors to panic over the long holiday weekend. After all, it was a week of maximum pain for Bank of America (BAC), with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) joining the throng of parties objecting to BofA's previous $8.5 billion settlement of Countrywide mortgage putback claims.
Sell this cosmetic and fragrence retailer before it releases earnings Thursday
There is a tremendous amount of noise in the market that can influence stock price.
Ultimately, the value of a stock is based on the present value of future profits.
When a company reports earnings results, market participants receive a key piece of information that can be used to determine the price of a stock. For a brief moment in time after a company releases its operating performance, the market will adjust pricing based on how the numbers match up against current expectations.
In many cases stocks of companies reporting results will move significantly higher or lower.
Understanding how investors use earnings against Wall Street estimates creates a profitable trading opportunity. Using a few key variables combined with understanding how the market will react to new information can guide you how to trade a stock in advance of the news being reported.
Use the Earnings Predictor to help you identify winning trades. On Thursday Ulta Salon (ULTA) reports earnings for the quarter ending July 31, 2011.
These Dow stocks are part of a very select group to have gained this year, and all show bullish chart patterns and would be good buys on a further market correction.
The upcoming iPhone 5 launch will be the first major product release since Steve Jobs resigned, a crucial moment for the company’s new CEO Tim Cook.
By James Rogers, TheStreet
What can investors expect from the new iPhone launch, rumored to be imminent? Initial speculation tagged Sep. 7 as a potential launch date, although this now seems unlikely. Apple, however, typically debuts a major product in the late summer/early fall.
With Apple under increasing pressure from a deluge of Google (GOOG) Android devices, the stakes are high for the new iPhone, said Sandeep Aggarwal, an analyst at research firm Digital Route.
"Given that Android has become a much stronger competitor since the last iPhone release, Apple must show some killer features/apps to make a bigger dent in the Android ecosystem," he told TheStreet.
Several casino owners have upsides, but the value's not there
By Jonathan Berr, InvestorPlace Writer
When it comes to casino stocks, investors have not always had Lady Luck on their side — even in the red-hot gaming market of Macau.
Shares of Wynn Resorts (WYNN) have soared more than 46% this year because its operations in Macau are growing like gangbusters. The Macau magic, however, has not rubbed off on Las Vegas Sands (LVS), which has barely budged this year amid investors’ concerns about lawsuits alleging illegal activities in Macau, which the firm has denied. MGM Resorts (MGM), which recently took control of its Macau joint venture, has been hurt by concerns about its lackluster earnings. Its shares have slumped nearly 30%.
None of these stocks are a compelling value even though Macau gaming revenue was a record $3.1 billion in August, an increase of 57% year-over-year.
No one is disputing that things are bad across the pond, but the desire to take down everything here because of our link to Europe is overblown.
I mean, if they are down 5, don't we have to be down at least 5? Aren't we that dependent on Europe? Wasn't that down 2%-3% Friday off the jobs report just the foreplay for European madness?
That's what all the macros think. They just relate one to another as if we are all related. But are we? Did you see what was still up big last week despite this link with Europe? Stocks like Kimberly-Clark (KMB) and Procter & Gamble (PG) and McDonald's (MCD)? Bristol-Myers (BMY)? Anything with a nice yield?
But the big wins this year are what I am now calling "edge wins," companies on the edge of the decline that don't deserve to be in the decline at all -- and wouldn't be if there were no such thing as futures. Don't laugh. They didn't exist in the early 1980s when I was trading pretty aggressively, unless you think the Value Line futures are part of a vast conspiracy to take all stocks down or up off of "each other."
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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market finished a down week on a cautious note with small caps leading the retreat. The Russell 2000 lost 0.5%, widening its weekly decline to 2.6%, while the S&P 500 shed 0.3%. The benchmark index ended the week lower by 2.7%.
This morning, the market was provided a basis to rebound with the July employment report, which was just right for the policy doves (209K versus Briefing.com consensus 220K). It showed payroll growth that was weaker than expected, ... More
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