If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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Good earnings, Calvin Klein expansion and short interest could spur a rally.
By Todd Salamone, Schaeffer's Investment Research
In early December, G-III Apparel Group (GIII) reported quarterly earnings of $2.16 per share as year-over-year revenues rose 13.3%.
The company plans to more than double its number of outlets over next 20 years. Baskin Robbins expands in Asia.
By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times
Coffee addicts and policemen in quest of a donut fix in the Northeast are familiar with Dunkin' Donuts because that's where most of the chain's 7,000 U.S. outlets are.
Now, six months after its IPO, parent company Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN) has announced plans for a vast, long-term expansion. The company will more than double its number of locations over the next two decades, taking it into regions of the country where it isn’t currently a force. That will mean going head to head with Starbucks (SBUX), of course, but that doesn’t seem to deter Dunkin’ Brands’ management team. After all, fans of its coffee and donuts in Seattle -- Starbuck's backyard -- took to Twitter on Thursday to plead with Dunkin’ Donuts to open up shop in the Emerald City. (The last outlet was shuttered a decade ago.) As one Tweeter put it, "Seattle is waiting for their Dunkin' Donuts. WHERE ARE THEY?"
Traveleres and JC Penney are upgraded to 'outperform,' while Kohl's and Nordstrom are cut to 'hold.'
Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Travelers (TRV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
- TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
- Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
- SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
- J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
- SunTrust (STI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie and to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Alcoa and Target have disappointed investors even before reporting quarterly results.
Alcoa (AA), which unofficially kicks off earnings season next week, set the downbeat tone Thursday when it announced plans to shutter an idled aluminum smelter in Tennessee and reduce operations at a Texas plant as part of a planned 12% reduction in capacity. When it finally reports Monday, the company, which obviously lives and dies by aluminum prices, is expected to post its worst results since 2009.
The company once hoped for double its current market cap. Here's how it might just get there.
While Groupon has had its share of mistakes, including criticisms on its creative (and supposedly confusing) accounting metrics as well as PR mishaps, we try to explore a couple of scenarios that could propel the company closer to the original expected valuation of $25 billion. We recently launched coverage on our analysis of Groupon with a $8.6 billion valuation estimate.
The miner looks cheap regardless of the outlook for copper.
By Kevin McElroy, Global Commodity Investment
One of my favorite blue-chip commodity stocks is on sale again. Freeport McMoRan (FCX) currently has more superlatives than a high school yearbook.
This signals long entry opportunities.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Many investors are likely aware of the term golden cross, which is defined as a short-term moving average (MA) crossing a longer-term moving average. Most often, this refers to the 50- and 200-day moving averages.
On Jan. 3, the 50-day MA for the SPDR Diamond Trust (DIA), the primary Dow-Tracking ETF, crossed above the 200-day MA. The 50-day had been below the 200-day since Aug. 24, 2011.
Unless the company starts to serve third-party resellers better, it will begin to lose market share.
By Thomas Kee, guest columnist
In all industries, across all demographics and within every business segment, one thing remains crystal clear. Businesses must serve their customers or their customers will go elsewhere.
In the case of Apple (AAPL), the demise of the growth rate of what was once one of the best on the planet is happening in front of our eyes. Unless Apple starts to serve its customers better, it will begin to materially lose market share and revenue and earnings projections will come down aggressively.
These 3 picks are among oil shares that should outperform.
As a group, these shares have been outstanding performers during those important periods since 1972, gaining an average 15.6% and outperforming the average 5.9% gain for the S&P 500.
The graphics king began its serious push into mobile computing last year and showed ambitions of becoming much more than a graphics chip maker.
Our price estimate for Nvidia stands at $20.91, implying a premium of about 50% to the market price.
Utilities are the best small-cap sector right now. Here are some standouts to watch.
By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com
The top-performing sector from the S&P SmallCap 600 in 2011 was utilities -- not particularly surprising, given that investors were seeking yield, as well as putting money into reliable defensive names.
With Europe likely to roil markets for the foreseeable future, and investors continuing to fret about the economy, defensives and dividend payers should remain in favor as 2012 trading gets under way this week.
One top technical performer heading into the new year is El Paso Electric (EE), which provides service to customers in Texas and New Mexico.
Looking for some new stock ideas for 2012?
With more than 50 advisors participating in this year's survey, there's something for every type of investor, from high-quality blue chips to speculative home runs. As always, we caution you to only use these ideas as a starting place for your own research and only buy stocks that meet your personal investing criteria, risk parameters, and time horizon.
Mega caps, junk bonds and emerging markets offer hedged play on economic recovery.
If 2011 was a slim-pickings picnic, many are saying 2012 will be nothing more than the ants. Not me. I know the macro issues we’ll have to invest through: ongoing eurozone crisis, escalating U.S. class warfare rhetoric, another Arab Spring. But don't forget that 2011 also taught us that even though one major piece of the global economy was broken, our own economy was able to maintain growth, albeit slow.
Shares are down and peripheral bond yields are up as spending cuts continue to undermine the continent’s economy.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
That didn’t take long.
A couple of days into the new year, Spanish and Italian stocks are down 2% amid dimming risk appetite around the globe.
Big Italian lender UniCredit had to discount its equity 43% to raise €7.5 billion from skeptical investors. Denmark’s Vestas, the world’s top maker of wind turbines, fell even more after cutting its outlook for the second time in two months as European customers postponed orders.
Expect financials and materials to do well in 2012.
By Alex Dumortier
As a forecaster on The Good Judgment Project, I compete in estimating the probabilities of political and economic events for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency. One of the lessons I've (re)learned is that "it is exceedingly difficult to make predictions, particularly about the future," to quote physicist Niels Bohr.
That gives no pause to financiers, pundits, and experts of all stripes who are always willing, around this time, to offer their predictions for the following year. I won't be left out; here are mine.
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