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There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.


These hot movers could rise by double digits in coming months.

By InvestorPlace 8 hours ago

Image: Gold Bars © Stockbyte/SuperStockBy Anthony Mirhaydari

Fear and uncertainty is back in the air heading into the long Labor Day holiday thanks to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

This is a guy that, according to Time magazine's coverage naming him their 2007 Person of the Year, has the mental discipline to not blink when giving his blue steel staredown.

It's about intimidation, I guess.

But no-blink contests aside, Putin's demonstrated time and again his steely resolve to protect ethnic Russians living in diaspora. And after repeated feints at de-escalation, he seems to be moving all in on reports of large numbers of Russian soldiers, as well as heavy armor and artillery, engaging with Ukrainian military forces.


Here's how you can get on the bandwagon with telecom gear, cloud-based software and data analytics.

By Jim Cramer 12 hours ago

Close up of smartphone on laptop keyboard © Marek Mnich/Getty ImagesSo Workday (WDAY) couldn't do it. It couldn't get the high-growth stocks going.

But a trio of Avago (AVGO), Veeva (VEEV) and Splunk (SPLK) sure will.

Here you've got semis for mobile phones and telecom gear, cloud-based software for the life science industry and big data analytics all shining at once -- three for three! Plus, Veeva and Splunk are heavily shorted, the former in a way that has pretty much shocked a lot of cloud enthusiasts because the clients themselves love the stuff.

The move couldn't be happening at a better time for tech, because there are plenty of worries out there that DRAM supply is coming on. Remember when Micron (MU) was a leader? And the shorts were out in full force at the end of the day on (CRM) betting its big move was a one-off.


The Ukraine crisis festers and other fresh concerns boil to the surface, knocking down markets and giving volatility some life.

By InvestorPlace Thu 6:32 PM

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Caption: Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 30, 2014By Anthony Mirhaydari

Some fear returned to the stock market on Thursday and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) dipped back below 2,000 on growing evidence that Russian forces have moved into Ukraine with significant military assets.

NATO released satellite images of what it identified as Russian artillery battalions cross the border and setting up offensive positions against Ukrainian forces.

And after the close, President Barack Obama said Russia's "ongoing incursion" into Ukraine was responsible for the violence there and that the latest events would bring "more costs and consequences for Russia."

This comes as the summertime lull looks set to end (traditionally, after the Labor Day holiday) with stocks looking vulnerable perched at new highs (barely) amid collapsing volume and fresh signs of concern.

Investors need to take notice.


The jeweler's stock continues to defy gravity thanks to a combination of new products and improved performance.

By InvestorPlace Thu 4:22 PM

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Caption: Tiffany & Co jewelry store in Moscow, RussiaBy Will Ashworth

Tiffany & Co. (TIF) delivered a sparkling second-quarter earnings report Wednesday morning that easily beat analyst expectations.

When it comes to luxury retail, hardly anyone with the exception of Michael Kors (KORS) seems to be doing nearly as well ... so what makes Tiffany & Co. better than most?

Well, there are many reasons for Tiffany stock's strong performance, some of which are company-specific and others have more to do with competitor weaknesses.

Ultimately, successful retail is about executing a plan to near-perfection. To use a sports vernacular, Tiffany & Co. is currently operating in the zone, which makes it very hard to stop. So while Tiffany stock might be trading within 5 percent of its all-time highs, management optimism suggests there are future gains in the offing.


The electronics retailer is burning through cash and could run out by the end of 2015.

By Staff Thu 12:10 PM

A RadioShack store in Greenwich Village, New York on Aug. 27, 2014 © Richard Levine/Demotix/CorbisBy Richard CollinsThe Deal

Electronics retailer RadioShack (RSH)  has several options on the table it is considering, including a refinancing and a bankruptcy filing, said sources familiar with the matter.

The desired endgame is a refinancing, sources familiar with the situation said, even as bankruptcy is being weighed.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based company has struggled in recent years as it has attempted to make itself relevant in the age of Amazon's (AMZN)  e-commerce empire and Apple's (AAPL) sleek modernist stores.

New York hedge fund Standard General LP may be the one to ride to the rescue by helping to arrange that financing.


The back-to-school season could be strong, and this year's holiday season could follow suit.

By Jim Cramer Thu 10:34 AM

Macy's Store in Kennewick, Wash. © Francis Dean/REXBest Buy (BBY) and Macy's (M) say it all. Both missed. Both guided down. Both were pretty shocking. Macy's because it has been amazingly consistent and Best Buy because, honestly, the commentary could not have been more negative.

Macy's got hammered, and it turned out to be a fabulous buying opportunity. Why? Try as I have, I don't know. Maybe it is just a belief that things are getting better. Maybe because people believe that the lower gasoline goes, the better Macy's does. Perhaps it was an aberration? Maybe they saw how J.C. Penney (JCP) came back but not so much that it made a difference? Maybe it was a recognition that there has been less price cutting in the group? We don't even know. No one has the answer, but I have heard a lot of conjecture.

The simple fact is that there is a huge bid under retail and Macy's is retail.


There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.

By Wed 4:57 PM

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Caption: Examining financial data through a magnifying glassBy Tracey Ryniec


In 2013, the Russell 2000 ($TOMX) had a torrid year, gaining 33.2 percent, but after hitting another new all-time high in March, the small caps have lagged. They're barely in the green this year, gaining about 1.5 percent, while the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) has surged over 9 percent.

But this pause in the small-cap bull market presents an opportunity.

If you were afraid after last year's hot market that you had missed the small-cap boat, now is the time to climb onboard.

There are still small-cap stocks that have the ultimate investing trifecta: excellent valuation, strong earnings growth, and a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) or #2 (Buy) but you just have to know where to look.

Tags: WGO

Energy, auto and even beer companies all have something to lose in the international crossfire.

By InvestorPlace Wed 4:45 PM

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Caption: Russia's President Vladimir PutinBy Charles Sizemore, InvestorPlace

Russia made news last week by shutting down four Moscow McDonald's (MCD) restaurants, ostensibly for health code violations.

But the move is widely viewed as Russia's latest "countersanction" against the West in retaliation for Western sanctions against Russia for its involvement in Ukraine.

Funnily enough, McDonald's first Russian restaurant -- opened in 1990 when Russia was still the communist Soviet Union -- is the most-visited McDonald's location in the world.

While Russia is one of the company's biggest markets outside of North America, the closures are expected to be temporary and are not expected to inflict major long-term damage on the stock.

Other Western companies might indeed feel the pinch, and not just from Western sanctions or Russian countersanctions. Russia's economy also is contracting, potentially taking consumer spending with it.

Tags: XOM

The stock rises 9% after the company reveals strong second-quarter results.

By MSN Money Partner Wed 4:31 PM
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Caption: A Michaels store in Mount Prospect, Ill.By Tomi Kilgore, MarketWatch

Maybe Michaels Companies (MIK) just went public two months too early.

The arts-and-crafts retailer's shares got off to a rather disappointing start as they debuted on June 27, a time when the retail sector was struggling to deal with a penny-pinching consumer

The shares closed below the initial-public-offering price of $17 on just their third-day of trading. Analysts said relatively high debt levels were also a concern.

But after strong fiscal second-quarter results Wednesday, the stock has started catching up to the pack. It ran up more than 9 percent in afternoon trade Wednesday to within 3 ercent of its IPO price.


There's a place to express your views about politics, but it's not with your core retirement savings.

By MSN Money Partner Wed 2:56 PM
Image: 401k © Photodisc, SuperStockBy Ron DeLegge, U.S. News & World Report

Even though the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) has once again broken to record highs (just above 2,000) and is now up 164 percent since bottoming in 2009, the unfortunate plight of far too many investors is consistent market underperformance.   


In truth, it's alarming whenever a person’s investment portfolio has subpar performance. It's especially alarming when that lackluster performance occurs smack dab in the middle of a raging bull market

Simply put, if a person's investment portfolio can't perform well during favorable periods, how can they expect to do well during less favorable times? It's delusional to believe, after years of poor performance, a person's portfolio will suddenly change for the better.

This week's portfolio report card is for Charles in Sweetwater, Oklahoma. He’s a 66-year-old cattle farmer. 


Shares fell 9 percent during the quarter, which offers a compelling entry price now.

By Staff Wed 11:31 AM

A ConocoPhillips filling station seen on July 14, 2011, in Irving, Texas © Tony Gutierrez /APBy Marc Courtenay, TheStreet

ConocoPhillips (COP) is a popular energy holding for investors wanting growth and income. That's why it surprised me to learn that perhaps the smartest investor of all time, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) made major reductions in his exposure to the company this year.

Buffett is the quintessential buy-and-hold investor who once quipped, "Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." He'd rather buy a company in its "seedling" stage and patiently wait for it to grow to maturity before he decides to be seller.

That seems to be his view of the oil giant. According to Berkshire's latest report, it reduced its Conoco holdings by nearly 88 percent although it still owns 1,355,228 shares worth over $1.09 billion as of June 30.


Deals are the real worry, because they are the true measure of euphoria, which causes people to lose more money than just about any other emotion known to man.

By Jim Cramer Wed 10:52 AM

Charging Bull statue in New York City’s financial district © Michael Marquand/Getty ImagesDarn that Snapchat with that $10 billion valuation. We don't need that kind of story now. That's the kind of stuff that always seems to stop the indexes in their tracks. Every time the market gets traction in the Internet, we hear some wild-eyed pricing for a company such as Box or Dropbox or AirBnB or Uber and we recognize that the overvalued mob has some fabulous evidence to use against the bull.

We are always trying to figure out euphoria. We try to gauge it because it is a sign of excess. I absolutely loved Scott Wapner's interview Tuesday with Jeremy Siegel, the terrific Wharton professor, on CNBC's Halftime Report. That's especially as it concerns Siegel's comment that the skepticism is thick and there's certainly not a lot of celebration involving S&P 2000.

Then we hear about $10 billion valuations for profitless companies and we have to go right back to the euphoria drawing board.


The Federal Reserve and Congressional politics threaten to rain on the market party.

By InvestorPlace Tue 5:43 PM

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Caption: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on August 18, 2014 in New YorkBy Anthony Mirhaydari

The bulls have roared out of early August lows in one of the smoothest, most powerful V-shaped rebounds in market history.

And on Tuesday, after flirting with the level the day before, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) closed above the 2,000 level for the first time ever -- albeit by the slimmest of margins at 2,000.02. Overall, the index is up more than 5 percent from the low set on Aug. 7.

The big question is: Will the gains continue . . . or is it time to sell?

Last week, I listed three big reasons why the S&P 500 would cross the 2,000 threshold and recommended investors and clients prepare for the rise. All three are still in play.


The upstart company is the fourth-largest source of US Internet traffic, and could also help Amazon accelerate a push into Web video.

By MSN Money Partner Tue 4:35 PM
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Caption: Part of the Twitch display on the first day of Gamescom 2014 in Cologne, Germany, Aug. 13, 2014By Douglas MacMillan and Greg Bensinger, The Wall Street Journal

As videogames become a spectator sport, (AMZN) just bought the world's largest arena.

The e-commerce giant said Monday it agreed to acquire Twitch Interactive, a popular Internet video channel for broadcasting, and watching, people play videogames, for about $970 million in cash.

The deal is Amazon's second biggest, and underscores the popularity of online gaming. Though little-known outside of tech and gaming, Twitch, founded in 2011, is the fourth-largest source of U.S. Internet traffic, behind only Netflix (NFLX), Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), according to network researcher DeepField Inc.

Last October, 32 million people watched the championship of Riot Games Inc.'s "League of Legends" on various streaming services, more than the series finales of television shows "Breaking Bad," "24" and "The Sopranos" put together.


The self-driving car tech maker is well-positioned to help launch hands-free driving at highway speeds.

By Staff Tue 3:07 PM

The international award winning Mobileye device inside a Legion Cab. The device scans the area in front of the vehicle and alerts the driver. © Richard Milnes/Demotix/CorbisBy Chris Ciaccia, TheStreet

As driverless cars become more present over the next several years, Wall Street believes that Mobileye (MBLY) is best positioned to benefit significantly from this trend.

Several investment banks initiated coverage on the Israeli-based Mobileye, following its successful initial public offering earlier this month. Mobileye, which counts automakers such as BMWAudiJaguar Land Rover, Tesla (TSLA), Ford (F), Honda (HON) and Nissan (NSANY) as customers, shipped 1.3 million chips in 2013 to help automakers develop advanced driver assistance systems and semi-autonomous markets, noted Barclays Capital analyst Brian Johnson, who rates shares "overweight" with a $48 price target. 

The company also believes its radar, sensor, microchip and camera technologies will allow it be the first to develop a semi-autonomous driving car at highway speeds. Mobilye is designing the first system for hands-free driving at highway speeds with two automakers, which it expects to launch in 2016.



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[BRIEFING.COM] Equity indices closed out the month of August on a modestly higher note. The Russell 2000 (+0.6%) and Nasdaq Composite (+0.5%) finished ahead of the S&P 500 (+0.3%), which extended its August gain to 3.8%. Blue chips lagged with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (+0.1%) spending the bulk of the session in the red.

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