If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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The burger chain's solid earnings couldn't allay investor concerns about foreign-currency fluctuations, however.
Net income rose 11% to $1.38 billion, or $1.33 per share, versus $1.24 billion, or $1.16 billion, a year earlier. Revenue rose 10% to $6.82 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected earnings of $1.30 on revenue of $6.8 billion.
Dollar stores' stocks rival their wares for great value.
Fifteen years ago, I walked into a 99 Cents Only store. Being an unemployed graduate student, I was eager to save as much money as I could while buying the things one needs to live one’s life. I discovered that you get what you pay for. After loading up on dish soap, paper towels and other staples, I found the quality to be absolute garbage. I vowed never to waste my time or money again.
But a few years ago, I sauntered into a Dollar Tree (DLTR) because the stock had been doing well and I couldn't fathom why that was the case. How could there be tens of thousands of these dollar stores when all they sold was junk? As it turns out, they didn't sell junk anymore. They sold brand-name merchandise. I became a fan.
The geophysical equipment seller is a small cap growth story that stands to benefit from higher demand in the field.
By: Jared Levy
Much of the world's surface has been mapped. You can even capture an image of someone's house via satellite on the other side of the world. What we don't know much about is what lies beneath the soil, socks and water. Below the earth's surface is a plethora of resources that have yet to be tapped.
Mitcham Industries (MIND) leases and sells all types of geophysical equipment that are used to perform seismic and other studies for all sorts of industries around the globe.
One analyst group says the company may have seen 350,000 textbooks downloaded over the weekend.
Apple (AAPL) broke yet another record over the weekend, selling what some analysts think is more than $5 million worth of a hot new item.
That's according to Global Equities Research, which reports that the Mac maker has sold more than 350,000 of the high-school textbooks currently offered from the iBooks Store. The research group estimates that Apple's free authoring tool released last week, iBook Author, has been downloaded more than 90,000 times.
Investors are discouraged by the business-as-usual message from the company's new CEO.
Lazaridis, who founded the Canadian technology company in 1984, is becoming a vice chair of RIM's board and will provide "strategic counsel" to new CEO Thorsten Heins. The company also named Lazardis the chair of something called the Innovation Committee, which seems ironic given the notable absence of that quality at RIM for years. Balsillie remains on the board.
That's great news for the ETF business, but it may be a warning for investors that it's time to get out.
By Thomas Kee, guest columnist
The flagship exchange-traded fund for the S&P 500, SPDR 500 (SPY), has just made headlines by surpassing the $100 billion market cap mark. The move was hailed as yet another sign that the ETF industry has come of age.
But like a Time Magazine cover story, this headline may be a contrarian indicator for the market.
With no real news to justify a rally, you have to wonder if we're seeing 'the mother of all short squeezes.'
Sears Holdings (SHLD) has been an oddball stock for a long time, but this January it's just gone bonkers.
Look at what's happened in the last trading day. Shares shot up more than 10% Monday in morning trading, and finally fell back to a 3.3% loss to close at $47.39. Why? No one knows. But this action is just a normal trading day with Sears. Shares are up more than 50% so far this year.
The thing is, there's nothing going on with the company itself to justify such a rally.
It's unreasonable to expect the company to meet the current demands.
The operator's preferred shares carry low risk and a nice yield.
Shares in container ship operator Seaspan (SSW) jumped 20% after the company announced a tender offer to buy up to $150 million worth of common stock for $15 a share.
The 10 million shares repurchased as part of this deal represent about 15% of the outstanding float of stock, a significant repurchase. The buyback is a sign of management's confidence in the long-term prospects for the company.
Research In Motion and Yahoo have made big changes lately. But in the fast-moving technology sector, it may be too little, too late.
First, they have captured the attention of everyone: home gamers, institutions, everyone. I don't blame them. People use both. Yahoo had been the de facto Web for many people before Google (GOOG) and Facebook. The BlackBerry had been the de facto cellphone for corporations.
The single-cup market in the US is dominated by this coffee roaster with its proprietary Keurig brewing system.
K-Cup portion packs and Keurig single-cup brewers and related accessories contribute a significant proportion to GMCR's revenues -- approximately 84% in 2011.
The cable company will score major ad revenue as the Giants and Patriots vie for the NFL title.
The game, airing on Comcast's NBC TV network, will feature Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots -- two of the game's most exciting quarterbacks, who also happen to play for two of the NFL's most storied and popular franchises.
ConocoPhillips is downgraded to 'sell' at UBS.
Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Research in Motion (RIMM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
- BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
- Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
- Waters (WAT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JP Morgan
- Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
One of the best plays on recovering global chip demand has soared to longtime highs, in a bullish tell.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
It was only six weeks ago that Texas Instruments (TXN) issued a sales warning heard around the world, citing "broadly lower demand across a wide range of markets, customers, and products." Its stock bottomed ten days later below $28 a share.
And all it's done over the last month is surge 20%, aided by the 8% spike Wednesday. Of course, a lot of trash has been treated like treasure lately.
The stock plunged the day after the company's earnings miss, and history says shares won't bounce back right away.
Google's (GOOG) share price nosedived Friday after the search giant announced disappointing fourth-quarter profit and revenue late Thursday. Analysts had projected EPS of $10.50 a share, and Google came in at $9.50. Ouch.
But the 8% plunge in the stock's price -- an immediate and understandable response on the part of investors who have come to count on Google to deliver growth in a world in which that is becoming increasingly scarce -- may not be an end to the matter.
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