The US isn't strong enough not to care about them now. But one day it will be, Jim Cramer says.
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Overbuilding will take its toll and valuation will dip -- eventually.
By Lawrence Meyers
I am a big fan of Chipotle Mexican Grill's (CMG) food, but not of its stock. Like many concept restaurant chains, it is wildly overpriced and will eventually come back to earth.
The electronics giant is laying off 6% of its workforce. The phone company is in negotiations with 40,000 union workers.
Sony (SNE) is cutting 10,000 jobs, or roughly 6% of its global workforce. The layoffs will come by the end of 2012, Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported Monday. Sony's new CEO, Kazuo Hirai, will hold a briefing Thursday. Sony has posted four straight years of losses, hurt by weakness at its LCD television unit.
Talks continue between AT&T (T) and about 40,000 AT&T land line workers, the Communications Workers of America said Sunday. The union contracts expired over the weekend. A strike was a possibility, but both sides said they would keep working on a new deal. A CWA spokeswoman said the employees would report for work without a new contract but still retain the option to call for a walkout. At issue in the negotiations are job protection clauses and health care premiums and co-payments, according to The Associated Press.
Previous jobs reports have been subject to huge revisions. One oddity in the latest report might indicate a future revision as well.
Platforms from Google and Apple continue to gain subscribers at the expense of smaller rivals.
Google's (GOOG) Android platform continued to gain smartphone market share in the U.S. in 2012, according to the results from a recent comScore survey.
Android now owns 50.1% of the market, up from 46.9% a year earlier. Even Apple's (AAPL) iOS operating system saw market share increase to 30.2% from 28.7%, primarily due to continued high sales of the iPhone 4S.
Since Sirius XM is able to convert roughly 45% of new vehicle owners, Pandora has an opportunity to tap the remaining market.
The automotive brands include big names such as General Motors (GM) and Ford (F). This can be a key channel for Pandora to expand mainly because about half of radio consumption happens in vehicles; however, it's not going to be an easy road.
The plastic containers are still there, but the company has found success with perfumes and creams in some parts of the world.
Tupperware is moving into beauty. Yep, the same Tupperware whose plastic products have been featured in home parties for decades. Women who buy Tupperware also buy skin cream -- and Tupperware decided there were new opportunities for beauty sales as well.
Beauty products now make up a whopping 26% of Tupperware's total revenue, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Fast growers are starting to outperform value stocks more sensitive to the economic climate.
By Igor Greenwald
What does a wary market do when it learns the Federal Reserve won't be topping up the punch bowl any time soon? How does it cope with fears that austerity will tip over the tottering Spanish real-estate market, burying Europe under the rubble?
It looks like we'll have another chance to find out. But the abandon-ship drill following the release of the Federal Open Market Committee minutes on Tuesday already illuminated the most popular lifeboats.
Clothing makers are showing signs of strength, but fresh uptrends could depend on action in the major indexes in the coming weeks.
By Kate Stalter
I've written several times about one of the leading stocks that I track, Michael Kors (KORS), which has been consolidating price gains below its March 9 high of $50.69.
However, Kors is not the only high-end clothing maker showing bullish chart action. Another company named after its designer founder, Ralph Lauren (RL), has been trading in a sideways pattern and could be setting up for further gains.
This company pays out more -- over $10 billion a year -- than any other in the US.
AT&T (T) pays more dividends than any other company in America. In total, it distributes over $2.5 billion every quarter, or about $10.2 billion each year.
And this isn't some special one-time dividend. This company has paid a dividend for decades... and raised payments for 28 consecutive years, even through the 2008-2009 downturn. Right now the stock pays a 5.6% yield. But dividends are growing quickly. In the past decade, the dividend payment is up 72%.
Maybe not, but commodities could ruin the tempo.
By Charles Sizemore
This is part of a four-article InvestorPlace series discussing the outlook for and ways to invest in the BRICs countries.
Brazil is world renowned for its beaches, its potent caipirinhas and, of course, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. Onto more serious topics, it also is a world leader in alternative energy production and happens to be sitting on one of the world's largest supplies of traditional energy. Brazil's deep-water Atlantic fields will make the country a force to be reckoned with in the oil market for the foreseeable future.
Wall Street analysts are increasingly bullish on the cellular infrastructure industry. It's not too late for investors to dial in.
By Suzanne McGee
As long ago as the California Gold Rush, it became clear to some individuals looking to make money that providing the necessary tools and infrastructure was a safer bet than hunting for the nuggets of gold themselves.
That approach remains valid today when it comes to the growing North American addiction to mobile computing, from ubiquitous smartphones to soon-to-be-ubiquitous tablets like the iPad. Whether consumers choose to buy a phone from Apple (AAPL) or Samsung, and regardless of whether they sign up for a plan with AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) or T-Mobile, part of Deutsche Telekom, the one element that none of them can do without is the infrastructure that connects their devices to that carrier.
The company has overcome rising materials costs and a competitive discounting environment over the holidays.
Home decor stores are flourishing across the country as the recession fades into distant memory. And analysts are taking notice, upping price targets for Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) nearly across the board following the chain's promising Wednesday conference call.
The stock rose 8.5% Thursday to close at $71.85.
The struggling search giant announces the deepest round of layoffs in its history. Here, 5 reasons why things could get even uglier.
And this housecleaning "is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg" for Yahoo, says Kara Swisher at All Things D.
Here, five challenges Yahoo faces in its messy turnaround attempt:
The coffee chain has been making one announcement after another in the last month.
Coffee distributors far and wide are praying for Starbucks (SBUX) to hit some type of snafu. The coffee giant has steamrolled the competition in recent weeks, and analysts have scrambled to raise their ratings on the stock while lowering others.
The downward stumble could continue until news triggers a reversal.
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