Get ready for a flood of IPOs
Flood of IPOs land this week

If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.

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This leader in industrial piping systems and engineering services is favored as a nuclear energy play.

By Gene Marcial May 23, 2012 10:41AM

As Shaw Group (SHAW) prepares to sell its energy and chemicals unit to France's Technip, some investors expect the move will unlock the value of the company as a leader in nuclear plant design and construction for which global demand is starting to ramp up.

 

Shaw is a Louisiana-based major provider of engineering, procurement and construction services to both regulated and unregulated utilities, particularly for nuclear and fossil fuel generation projects. It also provides services in air quality control installations.

 
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The automaker posted its whole brand as collateral in 2006 but is now strong enough to take trademarks off the table.

By InvestorPlace May 23, 2012 10:07AM

By Jeff Reeves


Back in 2006, after posting a staggering $12.6 billion loss, Ford Motor Co. (F) knew it was in trouble. Deep trouble.


So the company crafted an ambitious turnaround plan. It closed more than a dozen plants, suspended its dividend and killed the storied Mercury name. Ford even took the drastic step of putting its entire brand up as collateral to restructure the company -- offering up trademarks like its iconic blue oval and the Mustang name to win over bankers.


It was quite a gambit, but it paid off. Because not only did Ford remain the only Detroit automaker to avoid bankruptcy in the wake of the financial crisis, but the automotive powerhouse is now trading above 2006 valuations.

 

These days, investors want safe assets -- not risky tech IPOs.

By InvestorPlace May 23, 2012 9:57AM

By Dan Burrows


Facebook (FB) and lead underwriter Morgan Stanley (MS) should've checked the calendar. It ain't 1999.


Lost amid the recriminations and finger-pointing over Facebook's faceplant of an IPO is that it was simply the wrong stock at the wrong time. Flooding the market with a near-record issue of shares at an epic valuation when everyone is trading risk-off? What were they thinking?

 

A merging of two incompatible networks would only lead to overhead expenses for the larger carriers.

By Trefis May 23, 2012 9:46AM
With growth slowing in a saturated wireless market, the incumbents are looking at ways to consolidate and grow through acquisitions. While none of the carriers has so far gone public with any such plan, the rumor mill has been at work ever since AT&T (T) called off its T-Mobile acquisition.

In the latest speculation, we have a Reuters report claiming that AT&T and Leap Wireless (LEAP) have held merger talks in the past few months. This comes on the back of a Bloomberg article that linked T-Mobile and MetroPCS (PCS) in another acquisition rumor early last week.  
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Facebook is trading $7 below its IPO price, and Moody's upgrades Ford's credit rating.

By Benzinga May 23, 2012 8:59AM

After their first three days of trading, Facebook (FB) shares sank some 18% from their initial price offering of $38, closing Tuesday at $31. Since the IPO, the focus has shifted to the troubles with the Nasdaq's trading system as well as questionable actions by the underwriters, such as lowering estimates without telling the public. Facebook is certainly a stock to watch in the days ahead. It is unclear whether or not the social platform shares will surge back. Facebook shares are up 2% at $31.63 in pre-market trading.

 

Moody's Investors Service is satisfied with the progress of Ford Motor Company (F) and has accordingly upgraded its credit rating to investment grade Tuesday. At a time when Ford is experiencing praise from several research firms such as Fitch ratings, which upgraded the automaker last week, it has become clear that Ford's restructuring efforts have paid off. The company recently reported wholesale shipments that were 50% above the estimated breakeven point in North America. Ford closed Tuesday at $10.19.

 

In all my years on Wall Street, this is the most outrageous and egregious deal ever.

By Jim Cramer May 23, 2012 8:51AM

This Facebook (FB) fiasco is a disgrace.

 

The idea that big clients were getting the skinny that estimates were too high, something that would justify immediately cancelling orders or dumping stock into the public frenzy, is just plain outrageous. Anyone who made such a call knew that was selective disclosure, a clear violation of SEC rules. Anyone who acted on it has to be subpoenaed immediately by the SEC to find out what happened. The repercussions should and must be severe, as such a number cut on the eve of the deal is something everyone had to know -- not just the big boys.

 

A housing pickup will probably be relatively modest this year.

By Jim J. Jubak May 22, 2012 7:24PM
Image: Home under construction (© Corbis)One more dip should do it.

I put Weyerhaeuser (WY) on my watch list Tuesday. I added the stock to my Jubak Picks 5 long-term portfolio back on Jan. 13 because in the long-term, I think it's a good way to profit from the eventual recovery of the U.S. housing sector. Since then, the shares have done just about nothing -- they're down 2.7% as of 3 p.m. on May 22. But the stock pays a 3.1% dividend, so from a long-term perspective, I'm willing to wait for the turn.

But from the shorter-term 12-18 month perspective of my Jubak's Picks portfolio, I'd sure like to buy closer to the turn in the sector.
 
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Did institutional investors get warned about the company's prospects in the days leading up to the IPO?

By Kim Peterson May 22, 2012 5:41PM
The controversies around Facebook's (FB) botched IPO just keep coming.

Now, word is emerging that Wall Street was getting warnings about Facebook's prospects in the lead-up to the IPO -- warnings that retail investors were clueless about. If regular mom-and-pop investors had heard about those warnings, maybe they wouldn't have jumped into the shares.

It's an extraordinary story, if true, and could heap further damage on an already disastrous IPO. 
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The 2 tech giants plan to pitch their cloud infrastructure platforms in direct competition to the e-tailer.

By Trefis May 22, 2012 5:41PM
TrefisAmazon (AMZN) is the leader in the cloud-computing space, thanks to the immense popularity of Amazon Web Services. The cloud-based infrastructure platform enables developers to create scalable Web-based software powered by the company's massive infrastructure.

Amazon competes primarily with Microsoft's (MSFT) Azure, Google's (GOOG) App Engine, Salesforce.com (CRM) offerings such as Heroku and Force.com, and Rackspace. 

Some of the stocks in Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway portfolio are now correcting near favorable entry levels.

By MoneyShow.com May 22, 2012 4:56PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


It's always interesting to look at the stocks that high-profile investment gurus like Warren Buffett are buying. Last year, however, was not a great year for Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), which was weaker than the S&P 500, losing 4.7%.


The weekly volume pattern in BRK.B does show some signs of accumulation, so 2012 could be a better year for Berkshire Hathaway. One of the stocks that Buffett bought more of in the first quarter, Bank of New York Mellon (BK), has had a rough two months and has dropped 16% so far this quarter.

 

Increased tourism and merchandise sales are anticipated throughout the games -- good news for the official payment services provider.

By Trefis May 22, 2012 4:48PM
TrefisThe approaching 2012 Olympic Games in London have captured the imagination of sports lovers across the world. Visa (V) looks set to capitalize on the Olympic fever as the official payment services provider for the blockbuster event of the season.

The financial services company has launched a massive global marketing campaign, titled "Go World," to promote the games through various media such as television, digital advertising as well as social network platforms.  
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There's plenty of blame to spread around.

By The Fiscal Times May 22, 2012 4:28PM
By Suzanne McGeeThe Fiscal Times

Was the Facebook (FB) initial public offering bungled by the banks? Between the chaos that surrounded the first day of trading its shares on Nasdaq last Friday, followed by Monday's nosedive in the value of those shares beneath the $38 IPO price -- there's plenty of egg on everyone's face.

Blaming Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ) for the exchange's technological snafus is legitimate (sure, those pesky high-frequency traders really mess things up, but Nasdaq should have been prepared for that; it's hardly classified information). But blaming the banks that underwrote the deal, while it might make investors feel good, really isn't legitimate.  

Pity the trader that pulled out of Apple to invest in the social-networking company.

By Benzinga May 22, 2012 4:07PM

By Ilir Shkurti, Benzinga Staff Writer


As the public downgrades Facebook (FB) from "history in the making" to cautionary tale, shares continued their second-straight daily dive, nearing the $31 level Tuesday afternoon.


Meanwhile, another high-profile stock, Apple (AAPL), was seeing quite a bit of activity. The stock had picked up steam earlier Tuesday, gaining 9.5% in the morning alone. By the afternoon, however, Apple was down more than 1% to $555.16.

 

The warmer months are a good time to position for the fall.

By MoneyShow.com May 22, 2012 4:03PM

Image: Senior on the beach © Angelo Cavalli/Cultura/Getty ImagesBy Pamela and Mary Anne Aden, The Aden Forecast


The summer months tend to be a seasonally low time for gold. We can't stress enough to take advantage of further weakness to buy.


The good news is that gold and silver both held at their key December lows. It'll now be important to see if they stay above these levels at $1,540 and $27, respectively. If so, it'll be a good sign that these markets are bottoming and the worst is over.

 

Angelo, Gordon & Co. bets on a turnaround in a private-equity eatery binge.

By TheStreet Staff May 22, 2012 2:38PM

By Antoine Gara

 

After placing orders for P.F. Chang's China Bistro (PFCB) and Morton's (MRT), private equity is returning to the dinner table through Angelo, Gordon & Co's $16.30-a-share buyout of Benihana (BNHN).

 

For Angelo, the $296 million bet on Benihana comes after previous attempts by the restaurant chain to find an acquirer failed and at a more than 20% premium to Benihana's Monday close.

 

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