Some companies hit all-time records last month, while others missed forecasts.
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There are a few different opinions about Twitter’s future floating around the market -- for instance, Deutsche Bank thinks it could hit $50, while Bank of America is calling for a $36 price target.
Motley Fool One Analyst Jason Moser isn’t worried about the different opinions -- while he knows that the company’s business model is still unproven, he likes that Twitter is investing so much in itself so that it can reach more people.
If you're going to invest in a clothing outlet, invest in one with health competitive advantages and a customer base with deep pockets.
Kroger and Dollar General are among the companies reporting as the holiday shopping season picks up.
By Nelson Hem
Quarterly reports from retailers Kroger (KR), Aeropostale (ARO), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) and Dollar General (DG) will be among the highlights this week. A couple of Chinese solar companies and the big Canadian banks are scheduled to report as well.
Below is a quick look at what analysts expect from some of this week's most prominent earnings reports:
In its report late Wednesday, this mall-based specialty retailer is expected to post a net loss of $0.24 per share for the third-quarter, compared to a profit of $0.31 per share in the year-ago period. Note that 60 days ago the consensus forecast called for a net loss of just $0.23 per share.
While the cereal and snack food stock does offer a strong yield at 2.9%, I still consider this a stale pick.
By Richard Saintvilus
While investors are understandably disappointed, that the stock has posted any year-to-date gains at all should qualify as a win given the company's recent quarterly results.
While Kellogg still has dominant positions on the cereal and snack food shelves, the company has struggled to please the Street with organic growth. I won't go so far as to proclaim that General Mills (GIS) and Post (POST) have become better investments. But on a relative basis, it's hard to dispute their respective results. Following yet another disappointing quarter, Kellogg shares may be stale for the foreseeable future.
The 25-day quiet period on the stock ends, allowing companies to rate it. The reactions are mixed.
By Tim Parker
Monday not only means Cyber Monday, it also marks the end of Twitter's (TWTR) 25-day quiet period.
As expected, some of the high-profile underwriters of the IPO issued ratings on the stock in the early morning hours Monday.
During the first 25 days of trading, companies involved in the IPO are not permitted to issue ratings or guidance. Some of those underwriters include JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and others.
Of those companies, here’s what we know so far:
- JP Morgan initiated coverage on the stock with a "neutral" rating and a $40 price target implying that at least for now, Twitter’s upside has peaked.
The company is getting millions of dollars in free advertising on the biggest e-commerce shopping day of the year.
The thing is, Amazon Prime Air won't be available for many years. Even Bezos said Sunday night that the earliest Amazon Prime Air could be in service is 2015 because that's the soonest the FAA could update its laws.
A stong Model S backlog, hopes for the Model X SUV and technical support add up to a bullish case for the stock.
By Jeff Reeves
Tesla Motors (TSLA) has been on a wild ride lately. The stock has fallen about 35% from its high of $194.50 to around $130.
Of course, even after this decline, shares of the stock still are up about four-fold this year in 2013.
So is Tesla stock doomed for continued declines, or is the electric car manufacturer now a great opportunity for new investors now that it has cooled off a bit?
Me, I am a believer TSLA stock, its flagship Model S sedan and its iconic CEO Elon Musk.
That’s why I personally bought into Tesla on this pullback -- and I think you should too if you're a long-term investor.
Here's why I invested in Tesla:
Stocks are booming again, but as in 2000, not all of them are reaping the benefits.
The stock market is booming again, said Floyd Norris in The New York Times.
At first glance, those numbers seem impressive -- especially when you consider that they're higher than those in "the spring of 2000, when the country was in the midst of a love affair with technology stocks."
But the S&P 500 has changed quite a bit since then -- both in how it "is calculated and the nature of the bull market that ended in 2000."
And many of the stocks that made up the S&P 500 at the 2000 peak turned out to be disasters. Anyone who bought shares in five of the 25 largest firms in that year's S&P 500 index -- Lucent Technologies, Northern Telecom, WorldCom, Sun Microsystems, and American International Group (AIG) -- would by now "have lost more than 90 percent of the investment."
That cohort of naysayers never dies no matter what the market shows us.
It's giving you every reason to sell off. Somehow, even though Black Friday obviously can't have been as strong as Black Fridays of the past because stores opened on Thanksgiving, the press has pronounced the holiday season a bust.
Somehow, despite a wholesale shift in spending to online, we don't bother to account it in holiday spending. Somehow we have decided that the consumer is, once again, tapped out -- and, no matter how many times the consumer hasn't actually been tapped out, the press has ruled she has been.
If you believe these stories, then just go short Target (TGT) and Wal-Mart (WMT). They are the two that stand for this weakness. Dump some J.C. Penney (JCP), too. I think these are sucker trades, as they reflect a ton of gloom, but there's always someone out there who didn't get the memo.
Shares have bounced 42 percent since hitting a low in April
By Tim Parker
If December is kind to Apple (AAPL), the stock will likely end 2013 in positive territory.
The stock has been on a tear of late, and while everybody waited for this to be the normal bull trap, Apple has continued higher much to the delight of long-term holders and those brave enough to play the latest momentum rally.
This global pharmaceutical giant continues to buy back shares and boost dividends.
One of the latest additions to our Buyback Portfolio is GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK), one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.
The London company holds an estimated 7% of the world's pharmaceutical market and employs around 99,000 people in more than 100 countries. The company bases its North American operations in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina's Raleigh-Durham area, where it has about 6,000 employees.
Glaxo makes almost 4 billion packs of medicines and healthcare products every year, screens some 65 million compounds every year in a search for new medicines, and supplies one quarter of the world's vaccines.
The company is the focus of an antitrust probe within the country. There may be politics at play here.
As Chinese wireless carriers prepare to launch new 4G networks, the worldwide leader in mobile device chips has been hit with an antitrust probe by China’s National Development and Reform Commission.
The regulatory investigation is seen as an effort by the government to bolster the position of Chinese companies in their licensing negotiations with Qualcomm (QCOM). Device-makers have to pay royalties to the chip-maker for the processors used in smartphones on the new 3G/4G networks, Reuters notes.
Chinese carriers -- including China Mobile (CHL), China Unicom (CHU) and China Telecom (CHA) -- are investing $16.4 billion in rolling out faster LTE networks across China. The new networks give Qualcomm, whose chips support both 3G and 4G Chinese networks, a six- to nine-month lead over other chip manufacturers in the rapidly expanding Chinese market.
Is the company's convoluted free shipping just a desperate 'me, too' attempt?
MasterCard customers can get free two-day shipping under the free subscription model if:
- They pay with a MasterCard (OK, this point is obvious).
- They purchase their items from partnered companies, a short list that presently includes Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), QVC, and Best Buy (BBY).
- They make their purchases through MasterCard's portal site.
- They pay for the two-day shipping up front (they're reimbursed up to $20 per order by MasterCard later).
Investors were watching for strong sales at the retailer.
Shares of Macy’s (M) edged higher in early trading Friday on investor optimism that the department-store giant would see strong Black Friday sales.
The stock was up 22 cents, or 0.41 percent, at $53.76 shortly after the stock market opened. It later fell by less than 1 percent to $53.26.
Black Friday is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year for retailers and the kickoff to the all-important holiday shopping season. Black Friday sales figures are generally a good indication of consumer sentiment leading into the holiday season.
The company's business model has yet to gain traction with investors, however.
By Neal Rau
Groupon's (GRPN) made a name for itself as a pioneer of the daily deal business -- a business model that has been replicated by hundreds of copycats over the past few years.
Lately, however, the company has been more focused on its retail goods business, and is transforming from a daily deal email platform to a local service and merchandise marketplace.
Instead of sending time sensitive emails with offers, consumers get to search for local deals that do not expire. The stock is up 86% this year, but is well off the yearly highs made in September. Is Groupon a buy after the big pullback?
This new platform will be important, as companies like Google (GOOG) have added filters to organize Gmail messages into Primary, Social, and Promotion categories, which has reduced the amount of customers seeing the company’s email offers.
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