There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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Overall US sales are expected to rise 10% for the month from a year earlier.
Can anything stop Chrysler? The auto industry is in the midst of a remarkable revival, but Chrysler especially is putting up huge numbers.
The automaker reported another spectacular month of sales for February, with U.S. sales soaring 40% -- higher than the 32% growth analysts expected. It was the best February sales in four years. Not bad for a company that filed for bankruptcy in 2009.
All of the major automakers reported their February sales Thursday.
As PIMCO launches an exchage-traded fund version of its Total Return Fund, some mutual fund firms are left wondering whether they should jump on the bandwagon.
"…Send not to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."
All right, so 17th-century English poet John Donne didn't have the gargantuan U.S. mutual fund industry in mind when he penned those words. But that doesn't mean that at least some mutual fund managers and their bosses won't be watching uneasily Friday as the exchange-traded fund (ETF) version of the Pimco Total Return Fund (PTTAX) makes its debut.
Reports of the apparel retailer's demise are exaggerated.
Gap (GPS), the apparel retailer that pundits had dismissed as a has-been, still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
The parent of Old Navy and Banana Republic last week reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results. On Thursday, the company said that February sales also topped analysts' forecasts and underscored the strength of the economic recovery.
Liz Claiborne is initiated with an 'outperform,' and TripAdvisor is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
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Attempts to pin the metal's Wednesday collapse on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke are far-fetched.
The two most salient features of the day's action were the amazing decline in gold and the incredibly swift collapse in the euro. The latter occurred in the CurrencyShares Euro Trust ETF (FXE) from what had looked to be a stable level at around $133 to $134.
Both declines immediately brought out the "alibi-ers" -- the people who claim to know the answer for the decline.
Apple, Google and Baidu still have upside potential right now.
On Feb. 28, the Nasdaq-100 Index Trust (QQQ), tracking the NDX, closed on the high tick of the day at $64.70. The level itself does not say much until you consider that the last time "the cubes" traded at such a price was February 2001. The 11-year highs prompted a message in my email box from a financial editor regarding my take on the on the issue du jour: Are technology stocks overbought?
My short answer: Not the right ones.
The fad of making your own soda has fizzled.
Shares of the soda machine maker plunged more than 13% after the company reported that unit sales growth had slowed to 8% from 60% in the third quarter. Investors were floored by the news.
The drop in gold stocks Wednesday is a perfect opportunity to look at this mining play.
The company is emphasizing business hardware and software instead of the personal computers it built its name on.
Now Dell has had it. The company "is not really a PC company," founder Michael Dell said at an event in San Francisco Monday. "It's an end-to-end IT company that really understands the needs of its customers."
That's an interesting turnaround for the world's No. 3 personal computer maker.
The activist investor cashes out at the right time as the markets have bid up the stock.
If the soda maker can successfully market Pepsi Next, it will help boost the company's sluggish soft drink sales.
A portfolio of these high-calorie stocks would see double-digit increases.
The idea came from private trader Joey Fundora, who tweeted this week about a "fat guy fund" that could hold the following stocks: Domino's Pizza (DPZ), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) and the ADR shares of Fomento Economico Mexicano (FMX).
I think he's on to something here.
Millions of consumers use the innovative food packager's products, but individual investors have yet to discover the stock.
When you reach into the fridge for that food in a sealed plastic container, you expect that it's fresh and safe from germs or contamination. That may be thanks to Sealed Air (SEE), which makes a wide array of protective packaging materials and products.
In spite of being a worldwide maker of everyday household items, Sealed Air is far from a household name. Institutional investors are aware of the company, however, and own 75% of the shares outstanding. That's probably because Sealed Air is also a major producer of industrial packaging materials, such as the Bubble Wrap and Cryovac automated packaging systems used by food-service companies.
Seasonal patterns suggest another strong month for stocks. Any substantial pullbacks in these semiconductor stocks may present good opportunities.
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The stock market performance in 2011 was disappointing for those who follow the presidential cycle, as the third year of the cycle is generally the best. So far, 2012 -- which has historically been the second-best year in the cycle -- is making up the difference.
The table below shows that on average since 1900, the fourth year of the presidential cycle averaged a 7.77% gain versus 11.26% in the third year. With the Spyder Trust (SPY) already up 9.3% this year, stocks have exceeded that yearly average and are approaching the median return of 10.39%.
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