Longtime market bull Jeremy Siegel says investors could realize the market is behind the curve on interest rates.
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Two law professors think the government should regulate new financial products as closely as it monitors new drugs.
When Wall Street whizzes come up with new derivatives or other products, they shouldn't be allowed to market them until the government approves, write Eric Posner and E. Glen Weyl in a recent paper. The government should have an agency similar to the Food and Drug Administration that screens financial proposals carefully.
Volume patterns suggest these stocks are good buys for yield- and safety-oriented buyers.
By Tom Aspray
As I noted in January, seasonal analysis indicates that the Select Sector SPDR - Utilities (XLU) "typically tops in late December and bottoms in March." There were also technical signs at the end of 2011 that the best-performing sector in 2011 (up 14.8%) was forming a short-term top.
Even though XLU is down just under 3% in 2012, individual utilities like Dominion Resources (D), which is the ETF's second-largest holding, is down 4.9%. Dominion pays an annual dividend of $2.11, and at the end of 2011, it was yielding 4.02%. Following the correction, it now yields 4.20%.
A study finds patients using a single pharmacy are more likely to connect with pharmacists.
By Zacks Equity Research
Recently, CVS Caremark (CVS) joined Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital in an extensive study on health policy.
They came up with some new ways to save money while being treated. One of their findings was the importance of a single "pharmacy home" for pharmacy customers.
Casino stocks have been on fire the past 2 years, and January's gaming numbers show the momentum isn't slowing.
Gambling revenue in Nevada rose nearly 18.4% in January to nearly $1.04 billion. It was the first $1 billion month for the state in more than three years, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Some of the increase had to do with the Chinese New Year holiday taking place in January this year instead of February. Las Vegas is among the top 10 places to visit for Chinese New Year, according to a recent report, and the city works hard to lure visitors from mainland China for the celebration.
Brewer aims to make Budweiser the undisputed 'King of Beers.'
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The new iteration of the iPad will only drive the stock higher as owners upgrade, passing their old models on to their children.
Will people buy Apple's (AAPL) iPad 3, and will sales be good enough to propel the stock even higher? Talk about a half-a-trillion-dollar question.
I think they will because we are headed into a world where there's a chicken in every pot and an iPad in the hands of every man, woman and child.
The company plans to sell the Verismo this fall, and says it will maintain a relationship with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.
Starbucks (SBUX) is jumping into the single-cup brewing market, preparing to launch a home-based machine called Verismo.
The machine (pictured) is slated to launch this fall at specialty stores, at some Starbucks cafes and online. It's a direct hit at the single-cup brewers made popular by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR).
In a webcast Thursday afternoon, CEO Howard Schultz said Verismo will differ from Green Mountain's Keurig machines.
Williams-Sonoma is downgraded to 'underperform,' and Angie's List is initiated with a 'buy.'
Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
Forget about Facebook. The manufacturer of the iconic Stratocaster is making noise with plans to go public.
Leo Fender, the founder of the Fender Musical Instruments Corp., brought to life the Telecaster, the first commercially successful solid-body electric guitar. It would help make Fender an iconic brand for the rock 'n' roll movement and bring the guitar brand into the pop culture mainstream.
Now Fender is aiming for the U.S. market mainstream via a stock IPO.
Burger chain's results are still outstanding.
McDonald's (MCD) shares are down over 3% in early trading after the company reminded investors it was not immune to the world's economic pressures. The burger chain results were otherwise outstanding.
Comparable sales in the U.S. rose 11.1% in February, fueled by strong demand for Chicken McBites, Filet-O-Fish, coffee beverages and McDonald's breakfast line-up. Sales at stores opened for at least a year rose 4% in Europe, led by gains in the U.K. and Russia. And strength in Australia boosted sales in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa by 2.4%. Systemwide sales for February jumped 9.4%, or 9.7% in constant currencies, helped by the extra day in the month because of leap year.
Last week's $7.8 billion settlement is really just one small step.
By Aaron Levitt
A short time ago, BP (BP) reported pretty decent earnings (minus its refining unit), and many analysts and pundits hinted at a potential turnaround for the company. The integrated energy major, whose 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and created one of the worst oil spills in recent history, has been fighting a tough battle since that tragedy.
Poor earnings, legal overhang, a dwindling dividend and public backlash have hampered the company's prospects in the nearly two years since the spill. While the recent improved earnings certainly took away one of the major problems, BP's huge liability issues were still cause for concern for investors.
Experts discuss the recent comments on jobs and the economy by Fed chairman Bernanke.
Zacks experts discuss Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's recent comments on jobs and the economy. Bernanke appears to be now leaving the door open for a third round of quantitative easing, or QE3.
Don't count on consumers to keep spending as much.
As consumers and investors have begun to feel better about the economy and the labor market in particular, one of the hottest sectors in the stock market has been consumer discretionary.
Since the beginning of December, the SPDR Select Consumer Discretionary ETF (XLY) has staged a 12% rally. Consumers and investors alike have been in a much better mood, and this is evident in the consumer confidence reports. In February, the Consumer Confidence indicator jumped to 70.8 from 61.5 in January, which was the strongest reading since February 2011.
Fundamental gains, a bullish chart and support from Warren Buffett suggest that things are finally lining up for the bank.
It’s time to look for buy opportunities. The market's road to new all-time highs could still have significant bumps along the way. But the trend up is definitely in place.
And we now have a surprising new buy recommendation: Bank of America (BAC), a stock I honestly thought I would never buy. For years, it looked like it was too big to produce any appreciable growth in its share price or market share. And the company has really taken big hits in its public reputation. But things have really changed.
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