Stocks have rallied 177%, and while calling a top is the easiest thing to do, it might not be the most accurate, Cramer says.
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Despite stiff competition, Sirius has done the impossible. But beating Jeff Bezos may be truly impossible.
There's never a dull moment in SIRI-Land. With rumors swirling that Amazon (AMZN) plans to enter the realm of music streaming, I've begun to field questions about its potential impact to satellite radio giant Sirius XM (SIRI).
After spending most of 2013 at or near 52-week highs, shares of Sirius have been muted for most of this year. In fact, since reaching of high of $4.18, the stock has been down by as much as 20 percent. But that's a far cry from the depths this company has reached.
After a near-death experience in 2008 sent the company to the brink of bankruptcy, Sirius has been a model of execution. It wasn't long ago that Pandora (P) was said to be the death-knell of Sirius. Then it was Spotify.
Author contends the formation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority was one of the nation's biggest overlooked conspiracies.
There have been several scandals and conspiracies on Wall Street, but not all of them have received the media attention that they deserved.
According to Sense on Cents' Larry Doyle, the No. 1 overlooked conspiracy involves self-dealing during the formation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a regulator Doyle dismisses as woefully ineffective.
"I would make the premise that self-regulation for Wall Street doesn't work," Doyle told Benzinga. "FINRA, Wall Street's self-regulator, in the first five years of its existence -- and it was formed only in 2007 as a result of two other regulatory bodies -- imposed fines on Wall Street of a little over $50 million per year. Let's put that in context: $50 million on an industry that generates bottom-line earnings of close to $100 billion. That's the reason why Wall Street likes being self-regulated."
The fuel seems to be generally losing its luster as new buyers start to take a look.
By Thomas H. Kee Jr.
Oil prices have been inching higher since last year, and the conflict in the Ukraine this week was only a blip in that trend. Granted, the undulation in oil was aggressive, and it has people looking at oil again.
Though people are being tempted back into oil, but that may not be the best decision.
When oil prices start to gyrate like they have recently, new buyers often get enticed into the market, but we are actually looking to sell the positions recommended to clients. Last year, when oil was out of favor, Stock Traders Daily recommended both the US Oil (USO) ETF and Ultra UBS Crude (UCO) ETF, and both of those are getting very close to our upside targets.
Jeff Immelt plunked down $2.6 million on shares of his company, scooping them up at $25.19 apiece.
The move follows Immelt's purchase of 40,000 shares of GE in late January, bringing his total purchases to $3.6 million so far this year. So he’s clearly not afflicted by same pessimism gnawing these days on other corporate insiders.
Shares of the fuel-cell company are up on news of an expanded relationship with the retailer.
Plug Power currently has about 535 hydrogen fuel-cell charging stations in three of Wal-Mart's distribution centers, for use in charging forklifts and other heavy machinery, and will now be expanding that presence to a total of nine distribution centers. The stock also received analyst upgrades as a result of the contract, further spurring on investor confidence.
Co-CEO John Mackey says he gets challenged all the time on the practice, but believes it motivates employees.
Leaders of the supermarket chain believe in keeping employees as informed as possible, even when it comes to pay.
Under the company's open policy, staff can easily look up anyone's salary or bonus from the previous year -- all the way up to the CEO level.
The company is reportedly in talks to require a company in order to expand online access to areas that don't yet have it.
The idea is that Facebook could use the drones to bring Internet access to parts of the world that still need it, as part of Mark Zuckerberg's goal to bring the web to the entire world, through the Internet.org initiative.
It's similar to Google's (GOOG) plan to use balloons to beam Internet access to countries that don't have the infrastructure for broadband Internet. And it behooves both companies to get as many new people online as possible using their services instead of a potential rival's.
So what do we know about these drones?
While the stunt felt spontaneous, it wasn't entirely unplanned. The company spent $20 million on ads during the broadcast.
DeGeneres toyed with a white Samsung phone during the broadcast, including when she handed a Galaxy Note 3 to actor Bradley Cooper so he could take a "selfie" photo (pictured) of himself and other stars including Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Lawrence surrounding the host.
While the stunt felt spontaneous, it wasn't entirely unplanned. As part of its sponsorship and ad pact for the Oscars with ABC, the TV network airing the show, Samsung and its media buying firm Starcom MediaVest negotiated to have its Galaxy smartphone integrated into the show, according to two people familiar with the matter. ABC is a unit of Walt Disney Co. (DIS).
Richard Branson's company is floating a new venture, targeting a group of travelers who have been wary of cruise vacations up to now.
By Justin Bachman, Bloomberg Businessweek
The Virgin Group, which has stretched its lifestyle brand into businesses as disparate as banking, railroads, and health clubs, is now ready to take on the cruise lines. Virgin is negotiating to raise funds for at least two new ships to launch a cruise venture, according to media reports.
Cruising would become the latest travel industry for Virgin, having found success among consumers with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America, two highly regarded airlines. Virgin is also launching its first hotel this fall in downtown Chicago, with plans for a second in Manhattan. Virgin spokesman Nick Fox would confirm only that the company is exploring opportunities that include hotels and cruises. "We believe both markets lend themselves to creating a new proposition, based on Virgin's history of doing things differently," he wrote in an e-mail.
Sales fell 19% last quarter. 'It's a store that has been passed by,' writes one business expert.
Just last year, RadioShack announced it had remodeled a handful of stores and had a new strategy.
But a new strategy isn't enough to fix RadioShack's problems, Warren Shoulberg wrote in a column on The Robin Report in December.
His column helps shed light on why sales fell 19 percent last quarter.
"It’s a store that has been passed by, with a format, merchandise mix and physical presence that no longer registers with the American consuming public," writes Shoulberg, who is the editorial director for several business publications. "There just aren’t enough batteries in the world to recharge Radio Shack."
Investors took solace in the Russian president's comments that there's 'no need yet' to use military force in Ukraine, pushing stocks sharply upward.
As global stocks staged a big rebound Tuesday, the initial plunge seems to have been a major pressure point for Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured) concerning Ukraine, said Hans Olsen of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management.
Asked whether the markets or the U.S. government has more influence in determining outcomes in Ukraine, Olsen told CNBC: "I would suggest the markets."
One day after widespread selling, investors took solace in Putin's comments that there's "no need yet" to use military force in Ukraine. He also played down the presence of Russian troops in the Moscow-friendly Crimean peninsula, though he did call the ouster of former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych an unconstitutional coup.
The restaurant is in the middle of a broad overhaul, with plans for dark wood floors and a more sophisticated menu. Owner Darden is still under pressure to sell, however.
By William White
Darden has released pictures of the redesigned restaurants, which feature dark, wood floors, exposed ceiling beams and long, green couches. The changes will affect 350 of its 800 restaurants. The company still will test new designs through fiscal 2015 (starts in May 2014), reports The Orlando Sentinel.
Meanwhile, the new Olive Garden logo has a brown background with the restaurant chain's name in white font, then "Italian Kitchen" in green underneath. It also features a small, green olive branch.
These 3 growth stocks reported earnings right when Ukraine tensions were bubbling up. They are now buying opportunities.
Critical reversal or buying opportunity?
That's what people are asking themselves about Workday (WDAY), Splunk (SPLK) and Salesforce.com (CRM), three companies that had the misfortune to report unbelievably great quarters at the moment when Ukraine tensions turned into turmoil.
When I used to trade, I always disliked companies that opened up and reversed and reversed hard, especially if there was good news that propelled the initial move. The stocks of all of these companies did just that last week, despite reporting major growth (WDAY above 70 percent, SPLK above 50 percent and CRM above 35 percent) and giving guidance that required all analysts to raise numbers.
But if you are trading at a big-time institution right now -- not investing, but trading -- you are thinking to yourself, that all three just put in tops, tops that could be for the ages.
With other oil companies pulling out of the continent, Sasol will solidify its base in Africa.
Africa's robust growth potential has the World Bank projecting it as one of the strongest economies for the future. A previous article on TheStreet detailed how investors can profit from a prosperous Africa with such securities as Market Vectors Africa (AFK), Unilever (UL), and Total SA (TOT).
There are three reasons why Sasol (SSL), a major oil firm headquartered in Johannesburg, can be the most promising investrment for profiting from the improving African economy.
1. For a growing economy, investing in Big Oil should lead to big gains.
The US Navy can't function without this company, and that should mean impressive returns for shareholders.
By Tim Begany, StreetAuthority
The defense industry may now seem like an area best avoided by investors, what with the sequester eroding the U.S. defense budget and imposing total projected defense cuts of about $1 trillion over a 10-year span.
I wouldn't categorically dismiss defense stocks, though. You could end up missing opportunities for some very nice investment returns.
There's one defense firm in particular that has held up quite well so far in spite of the sequester, with earnings per share (EPS) growing by 50 percent in the past 12 months. During that time, the company's stock has more than doubled, compared with a 23 percent return for the S&P 500 Index ($INX).
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The major averages began the day on an upbeat note, but relinquished their opening gains during the first 90 minutes of action. The early sentiment was boosted by a better-than-expected nonfarm payrolls report for February (175K versus Briefing.com consensus 163K), but a closer look into the report suggested that ... More
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