New legislation is allowing foreign companies to finally invest in the country's vast oil reserves.
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As a slide in sales continues, Sears Holdings announces the pending closures of more than 100 stores. And a year from now, the outlook might be just as grim.
While many retailers remain on pins and needles about how their holiday receipts will stack up, there's no mystery at Sears Holdings (SHLD). The company that operates Sears and Kmart department stores has been losing customers and bleeding red ink forever, and the past few months were no exception.
So Sears wasted no time in announcing a huge cutback on its store count. Between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores will be closed. The company says $140 million to $170 million will be made as inventory is shuffled out at fire-sale prices.
Investors stand to benefit from higher oil prices and dividend growth policy.
By Kelley Wright, IQ Trends
Every year the markets present investors with both challenges and opportunities.
We believe investors will have to wade through myriad challenges in the first-half of 2012 -- both geo-political and geo-financial, not to mention the ones that come from left field.
With over 15 million acres spanning major U.S. gas plays, no company is better positioned for a surge in natural gas demand.
By Nathan Slaughter, Scarcity & Real Wealth
What if I said you could buy 1,000 acres of productive land, and then later unload 250 of them, pocketing enough cash from the sale to cover the entire initial investment? Yes, that means you would keep the remaining 750 acres for free.
The big machinery maker digs in for the long haul despite sluggish U.S. economic growth.
By J. Royden Ward, Cabot Benjamin Graham Value Letter
Caterpillar (CAT) is the world's largest manufacturer of earth-moving equipment. In addition, the company makes diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.
The troubled financial institution is slowly crawling out of the hole it dug for itself.
According to Reuters, the Charlotte, N.C. company is considering unloading additional assets to comply with new capital rules. That's not surprising, given that the company has been selling everything -- $50 billion since 2010 -- that wasn't nailed down, including its stake in the largest Pizza Hut franchisee and the China Construction Bank.
Regulators "are trying to have us have more capital, more liquidity, so in a time of crisis, we can be there to support the economy and not have to shrink and retrench," CEO Brian Moynihan recently told the Boston Globe."We’re all for that."
The carrier clearly had the most to lose if the AT&T and T-Mobile merger had gone through.
Sprint welcomed AT&T's move as "the right decision" for customers, as the deal would have created "an undeniable duopoly that would have resulted in higher prices, less innovation and fewer choices for the American consumer." Sprint also lauded the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice for a job well done.
Had the merger been approved, AT&T would have leapfrogged ahead of Verizon (VZ) as the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., leaving Sprint in an even more distant third place.
The giant e-tailer takes the long view with new shipping centers, aggressive pricing and growing customer base.
By Stephen Quickel,US Investment Report
Amazon.com (AMZN) is a controversial call that we think will bear rich fruit long-term, and should begin to perform nicely during 2012.
The giant Internet retailer, with revenues in the $50 billion range -- 10 times its sales in 2003 and twice its 2009 total -- has taken a great tumble.
Branded drugs are set to lose over $100 billion in revenue in the next few years, and Merck, like other large pharma companies, will need to develop new drugs to offset these losses.
Merck is the No. 2 pharmaceutical company in the world, offering prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health and consumer care products. It delivered nearly $46 billion in revenue in 2010 with a profit of $861 million, or 28 cents a share. On a non-GAAP basis, earnings were $3.42 a share.
Merck competes with other pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer (PFE), Abbott Labs (ABT), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and Roche.
Regulators are investigating whether a recent infant death was related to the company's Enfamil product.
From fast food to salons and energy to tech, here are some ideas with great long-growth potential.
There is still potential for short-term market drops back toward the August lows, and until that probability is greatly reduced, it would be prudent to continue to hold a large cash reserve.
In the meantime, we continue to track numerous stocks with great growth potential; here, we present the current top prospects. If you do choose to invest in some of these, take care to buy on dips. And if you incur losses, keep them small, so you’ll still be in the game when the next big bull market gets rolling.
The new 4G device has impressive features, but competitors aren't standing still.
Mobile technology heading into 2012 is all about the marriage of two features: the lowest price tag and the highest specifications. Look no further than Apple's (AAPL) strategy with the recently released iPhone 4S. With a two-year contract at Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) or Sprint (S), you can get a fine iPhone that sports a voice-operated personal assistant and an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot HD video in 1080p -- all for just $200. Some fancy specifications and a nice price.
Sony (SNE), true to tradition, is pushing at least the high-end aspect with its latest mobile devices.
Gogo aims to raise $100 million in an offering to help it expand operations.
The company is the main provider of on-board Wi-Fi in the U.S., and needs more money to expand its business. Gogo has filed paperwork to raise $100 million in an initial public offering, and will trade under the ticker symbol GOGO.
Gogo handles in-flight Internet for nine of the 10 North American airlines that offer the service, including Delta Air (DAL), Alaska Airlines (ALK), US Airways (LCC) and American Airlines, owned by AMR (AMR). It's on a trial basis with United Airlines (UAL).
The business uniform supplier blows past analyst estimates and raises 2012 guidance.
By Todd Bunton
Cintas (CTAS) delivered excellent second-quarter 2012 results Tuesday. Earnings per share came in at 57 cents, crushing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 9 cents. It was a whopping 50% increase over the same quarter in 2011.
Revenue rose 9% to a record $1.02 billion, ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1 billion. Organic revenue increased a solid 7% as the company maintained momentum in its rental uniforms and ancillary products segment, as well as in its first aid, safety and fire protection services segment. Operating income improved 30% year-over-year, while operating margin improved from 10.9% to 13%.
The video-streaming and DVD company is cutting the annual stock-option allowance for Reed Hastings.
The company has cut Hastings' annual stock-option allowance by half to $1.5 million, Bloomberg reports. A year ago, he was given $3 million in stock options.
Hastings didn't get a raise, either. His salary of $500,000 will stay the same.
Despite many challenges, Jamie Dimon's bank will be one of the winners on the new Wall Street.
Analyst Todd Hagerman of Sterne Agee hit the nail on the head when he identified headwinds that JPMorgan Chase (JPM) is going to face in the coming months. They range from the sluggish global economy to the new regulatory environment and other "structural changes that are affecting most of the bank’s core businesses."
And maybe Hagerman is right to suggest caution when it comes to loading up on the bank's stock -- on Wednesday he cut his rating on JPMorgan shares to "neutral" from "buy." Certainly, JPMorgan's much-lauded CEO Jamie Dimon appears to have a tin ear regarding the world beyond Wall Street, having dismissed the financial crisis as just another cyclical downturn and, more recently, shrugged off populist outrage at the behavior of behemoth banks.
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