Geopolitical crises are taking a toll on stocks as we head into the seasonally weak month of August.
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Revenue and profits of railroads will rise from increased activity as the economy recovers.
In its fourth quarter and annual results announced last month, CSX Corporation reported a 3% year-on-year decline in volume of coal transported, even as it realized a 10% growth in annual revenues to $11.74 billion, backed by core pricing gains, greater fuel surcharges and a slight increase total volumes compared to last year.
New services have begun to threaten Netflix's already thin margins.
This has been the year of new streaming video services. Coinstar's (CSTR) Redbox and Verizon Communications (VZ) announced this month that they will partner on a new service to challenge the market leader, Netflix (NFLX).
And two days ago, Comcast (CMCSA) unveiled plans to enter the competition by offering a streaming-video service to its Xfinity customers.
The search king says it's serious about insuring users' privacy, but doubts persist.
Following a spate of online privacy controversies, Google (GOOG) (which has long touted its "don't be evil" mantra) and other Web companies have agreed to install a "Do not track" feature in their browsers.
The promise is meant to assure users of Google's Chrome browser (and its competitors) that they can surf the Web without being tracked by advertisers, hundreds of whom have also pledged to honor these privacy requests.
Carriers are looking for additional spectrum to meet strong consumer demand for higher speeds and congestion-free networks.
The wireless industry can breathe freely now that Congress has passed a payroll tax bill that also includes a plan to raise billions of dollars by auctioning off television airwaves. The proceeds from the auction will be used to fund an extension of jobless benefits as well as the creation of a nationwide public safety wireless network.
It looks like Wall Street's fashion sense may be improving.
It's a bad day for anyone who invested in the long-term potential of appalling shoe fads.
Deckers Outdoor Corp. (DECK), which sells the much-hated but reputedly comfy Ugg brand of boots, is getting slammed by investors after its earnings release. The stock closed down nearly 14% Friday.
Deckers actually earned its highest profit ever, far more than expected by analysts, most of whom must be flabbergasted at the company's continued ability to convince women to wear big, unflattering sheepskin boots with no arch support.
This toy company is rated E for everyone.
By Jason Moser
What do Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Uno have in common? No, I'm not talking about the latest "Toy Story" movie. But they are all toys and they're all members of the happy Mattel (MAT) family. And now Mattel is becoming a part of my Motley Portfolio family.
In simplest terms, Mattel is a toy company. Along with the aforementioned names, the company also owns the ubiquitous childhood brand Fisher-Price, which gives it additional exposure to popular names such as Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go!, and Sesame Street. Add Toy Story into the mix and I think you get it: The company has a knack for knowing what kids want and what parents want for their kids.
The already-healthy dividend from the energy company could get an increase with the acquisition of El Paso.
The big drops in these stocks on Thursday were all preceded by clear technical warning signals.
By Tom Aspray
Quite a few stocks dropped sharply this month, even while the overall market moved higher. One of the most dramatic was Gilead Sciences (GILD), which we featured in early-February: 3 Stocks You Shouldn't Buy Now.
GILD dropped from a high of $56.50 to a low this week of $43.81. It closed well above its weekly Starc+ band in early February but is now close to the weekly Starc- band. (Learn more about trading with Starc bands here.)
Google is reportedly developing some high-tech specs that could display information to the user.
The New York Times' Nick Bilton spoke to several Google employees and reports that the specs will be able to display information in front of the wearer's eyeballs. The glasses are expected to cost about as much as a smartphone, or in the range of $250 to $600.
Seth Weintraub, who writes for the 9 to 5 Google site, says they'll look a little like the Oakley Thumps pictured above. The glasses are expected to be based on Android, the operating software that Google has developed for smartphones and tablet computers.
Zacks ranks this industrial tools manufacturer an aggressive growth 'buy' for consistent performance.
By Brian Bolan
Actuant Corporation (ATU) has a good history of positive earnings surprises and an attractive valuation. The stock is a Zacks No. 2 rank (buy).
Actuant designs, manufactures, and distributes industrial products and systems worldwide. The company's industrial segment provides hydraulic and mechanical tools, including heavy-lifting solutions. Its energy segment offers joint integrity products that consist of hydraulic torque wrenches, bolt tensioners, and portable machining equipment.
Strong growth at home and in China offset the automaker's $600 million loss in Europe in the fourth quarter.
The automotive giant's bottom-line grew by about 62% to reach $7.6 billion for the full year. It sold 9,025,942 vehicles in 2011, registering a growth of 7.6%.
A cloud-based content delivery system could benefit a host of players in the tech sector.
I've recently been pointing to evidence suggesting Google (GOOG) will enter the content delivery business and speculated as to which companies might benefit.
Based on what I've learned, I think we can put a bow around this and predict with solid footing that Google in fact will make the move. Further, any such move should be viewed as a rising-tide event that benefits a broad swath of tech companies.
The $200 tablet has become a niche market -- and Apple may be looking to compete in it.
According to one report, an iPad with a smaller screen is undergoing tests. We believe a smaller and cheaper iPad could be a good strategy and would help Apple compete with low cost tablet vendors like Amazon (AMZN).
Wall Street lobbies hard against the Volcker Rule and restrictions on high-frequency trading to preserve its bottom line.
It has become clear in recent days that two much-debated Wall Street reforms -- the Volcker Rule and restrictions on high-frequency trading -- may never occur, at least not in any truly effective way, all in the interest of preserving market liquidity.
In other words, they may be sacrificed for no good reason.
After several bad quarters, this gold miner is poised to get back on track -- or be bought out.
Gold may not tarnish, but gold stocks do. In fact, it seems they tarnish more than most stocks when they have problems.
Kinross Gold (KGC) is one such company. Between 2002 and 2008, the stock soared nine-fold, matching its peers in the industry, but since then it has fallen more than 60%.
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