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.
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.
The automaker posted its whole brand as collateral in 2006 but is now strong enough to take trademarks off the table.
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 Dan Burrows
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.
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.
Facebook is trading $7 below its IPO price, and Moody's upgrades Ford's credit rating.
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.
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.
Did institutional investors get warned about the company's prospects in the days leading up to the IPO?
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.
The 2 tech giants plan to pitch their cloud infrastructure platforms in direct competition to the e-tailer.
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 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.
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.
There's plenty of blame to spread around.
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.
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 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.
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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