If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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This technology bellwether is a cash machine and a solid play in an uncertain environment.
Oracle (ORCL), the database and business software giant, reported its fiscal fourth-quarter results last week and we wanted to circle back and take a closer look.
The technology bellwether delivered better-than-expected results and guided a bit above the consensus for the current quarter, but more than anything it showed that its large corporate customers are continuing to spend on IT infrastructures.
The major truck and defense vehicle maker looks like an enticing target.
Its latest defensive moves, including adopting a shareholder rights plan, or "poison pill," aimed at thwarting hostile bids, signal that Navistar has been getting unsolicited feelers from some interested groups.
Deutsche Bank is downgraded to 'sector perform,' and Research in Motion is downgraded to 'underweight.'
Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
The exchange gets creative with its initiatives.
The workshop is nearing the end of its nationwide tour that included stops in Houston, Austin, New York, Boston and Chicago among other cities, with the aim to connect small businesses with established corporations such as Yelp.
The tour is part of the NYSE Big StartUp, an initiative by NYSE to help promote start-ups and small businesses. This initiative also includes a $1.5 million commitment, the Accion-NYSE Job Growth Fund, to help finance budding entrepreneurs.
The Budweiser brewer is said to be in talks to purchase the rest of the Corona maker.
Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch Inbev (BUD) is close to buying the second half of Grupo Modelo, giving it control over the maker of Corona beer, according to DealBook.
Grupo Modelo has a stock market value of about $23 billion, so the deal, which is expected to be concluded early this week, could cost Anheuser-Busch around $12 billion. Of course, talks could break down.
Good investors often load up on what others are avoiding.
The nonstop headlines about the European debt crisis have led many investors to cash out a good chunk of their U.S. stock holdings over the past few months. From March through May, investors collectively pulled a net of about $44 billion from U.S. domestic equity mutual funds, according to the Investment Company Institute.
It's easy to understand why, with ever-increasing fears that Europe's woes would push an already slowing U.S. economy into recession. But if you want to beat the market over the long haul, doing what most investors are doing is a very bad recipe.
One of these telecoms has several significant advantages.
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Just to prove that I'm not strictly on a witch hunt, I'm a long-term, satisfied customer of AT&T's (T) wireless phone service. I have no plans to change that, either -- partially because of convenience, and partially because I don't want to change something that already works great for me.
As an investor, however, I gotta say: Verizon's (VZ) wireless service looks like it's going to eat AT&T's lunch.
The investment bank says it will improve risk management, while the BlackBerry maker could split in two.
JPMorgan Chase (JPM) will improve risk management of its Chief Investment Office, the unit that racked up more than $2 billion of trading losses, while avoiding big bets on derivative and private-equity investments, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people close to the bank. But the CIO intends to stick with a strategy permitting a wide variety of other, potentially risky investments, the people told the newspaper.
An internal review by senior bankers of what went wrong isn't complete, but early conclusions focus on improving the unit's risk-management processes rather than curtailing investment options or broadly reining in risk, people close to the matter said.
The dollar's appreciation is not necessarily good for US companies.
Philip Morris (PM) cut its full-year EPS guidance on Thursday, citing currency headwinds.
The company revised its full-year diluted earnings forecast to a range of $5.10 to $5.20 a share versus actual results of $4.85 for 2011. This new guidance range was lower than analyst estimates of $5.23. The company primarily cited prevailing exchange rates as the cause of this revision.
Excluding an unfavorable currency impact of approximately 25 cents for full year, Philip Morris expects diluted earnings per share to increase by 10% to 12% versus adjusted diluted earnings per share of $4.88 in 2011.
The retailer plans to end a customer's ability to window shop at its stores and buy elsewhere later, although it's not yet clear how.
Best Buy (BBY) has vowed to eliminate showrooming in its stores, hoping to curtail a practice that threatens to destroy big-box retailers.
The company, which operates more than 1,000 retail locations in the United States, has been hit hard with declining sales, poor management and a questionable credit rating. Best Buy attributes some of its losses to a concept known as "showrooming," in which consumers visit a store to examine a product but then buy it online.
Pretty soon, the European Central Bank will be down to taking busted printers and leftover paint as loan collateral.
Sara Lee spins off coffee and tea business, and moves out of S&P 500.
This process started last October, when Sara Lee merged its refrigerated-dough business with Ralcorp Holdings (RAH) followed by a separate move in November regarding its Fresh Bakery business. In January, JM Smucker (SJM) took on Sara Lee's North American coffee and hot beverage business.
This week's hyped rollouts of the Surface tablet and Windows Phone 8 OS has the tech world abuzz, leading some to wonder if Microsoft has Apple-fied its image.
By most measures, Apple (AAPL) stands astride the tech world like a colossus, conquering one gadget class after another -- digital music players, smartphones, tablets -- and making almost unimaginable profits from its buzzy, innovative objects of tech desire.
At the same time, Microsoft (MSFT) -- which had crushed Apple into near-irrelevance 13 years ago -- went from resting on its Windows/Office laurels to "sinking ship" territory.
Not anymore, says Gizmodo's Adrian Covert.
Getting the menu wrong one spring season isn't likely to stop this juggernaut.
In a word, no. More emphatically, not by a long shot. Somehow, I think individual investors got the idea that successful investing is exciting. I think a lot of successful investing should be as exciting as watching paint dry.
Fundamentals are improving for the hotel market, boosting the outlook for these 8 companies.
The hotel industry has had a long, slow recovery from the 2008 Recession, but that recovery may be picking up steam.
Many hotel stocks, after rebounding from very depressed levels in late 2008 and early 2009, have gone essentially sideways for the last two years. We think that may be about to change and have selected 8 potential turnaround in the sector.
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