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As the market wades through what many people hope is a sixth bull year, some have grown nervous about how long the run can go.


Shares spike 44% after company gets the green light to file for approval of its experimental drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

By MSN Money Partner Mon 2:47 PM
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© Mina De La O/Getty ImagesBy Meg Tirrell, CNBC

Five months after Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) lost 64 percent of its market value in one day, the company got the go-ahead to file for approval of its experimental drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Sarepta said Monday it received guidance from the Food and Drug Administration that will enable it to apply for regulatory approval of eteplirsen by the end of this year, before completing a larger scale, confirmatory clinical study. 

The company will supplement its FDA filing with additional safety and efficacy data from an earlier trial as well as from a confirmatory study it plans to start in the third quarter, according to a statement.


The current earnings crop is expected to be the low point of this year's picture, however.

By Mon 1:47 PM

Man climbing ladder © George Doyle, Stockbyte, Getty ImagesBy Sheraz Mian

The first-quarter earnings season has gotten off to a relatively soft start.

Low expectations essentially guarantee that we are unlikely to get any major negative surprises. But as with economic data, the market has likely moved past the Q1 numbers and is looking ahead to the coming periods when earnings growth is expected to accelerate.


A big part of the reports thus far have been from the finance sector, with results from more than one-third the sector's total market capitalization are already out. Most of the finance sector results have been from the major banks, which alone account for more than 40 percent of the sector's total earnings.


Estimates for bank earnings had fallen ahead of the start of the earnings season as it became clear that weakness in the capital markets business will compound the existing mortgage banking woes.


Recent disclosures show that industry executives frequently consulted one another before recruiting workers or making strategic moves.

By MSN Money Partner Mon 12:58 PM
Caption: A sign is posted on the exterior of Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Credit: © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images By Jeff Elder, The Wall Street Journal

Some of tech's biggest names -- Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, Bill Campbell -- conferred and squabbled and made peace privately for years, documents in a current Silicon Valley antitrust case reveal. But they were unable to pull a new company into the club, the court documents show: Facebook (FB) declined their friend request.

In a trial set to begin later next month, some Silicon Valley giants -- Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), Intel (INTC) and Adobe Systems (ADBE) -- are accused in a class-action suit of colluding to suppress wages between 2005 and 2009, by agreeing not to poach each other's employees, among other things. 

The stakes behind the case are large, with some 64,000 employees seeking $3 billion in damages. But for now, a series of recently released documents are putting the spotlight on some potentially embarrassing details of an inner corporate circle.


We're in the gloomiest cycle in 55 years, so focus on high-quality companies with lots of cash. Here are some examples.

By MSN Money Partner Mon 11:55 AM
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Credit: © Peter Foley/CorbisBy Wallace Witkowski, MarketWatch

Taking the long-term view is probably the best course of action for investors, given the weakness of first-quarter results, as we head into the peak week of first-quarter earnings season with reports from heavyweights like Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and AT&T (T).

Stocks ended the holiday-shortened week with their best weekly gain in nine months on mixed earnings in the tech and financials sectors. The Dow Jones industrials ($INDU) and the  Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) both finished up 2.4 percent, while the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) gained 2.7 percent.

As we enter one of the weakest earnings seasons in several quarters, one encouraging sign for market history buffs is that the S&P 500 rallied to show a slight gain for the year just before Easter after starting last week in the red.


The fall in this sector has been so troubling that we are just one more big miss and one more ugly deal away from taking down a good portion of the S&P 500.

By Jim Cramer Mon 11:29 AM

Image: Stock market report © ULTRA.F/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesWe are not out of the woods as long as we are hearing about possible IPO valuations for companies like Airbnb at $10 billion that aren't being laughed at or scorned. When Dropbox is being valued comfortably at $10 billion for IPO purposes on the basis of its 200 million users, this market will not be appeased, especially when Box, a rival more centered on enterprise that can easily move into the consumer market, is now being talked about at "only" $3 billion (although I am sure it is higher this red-hot minute). logoThese are the signs that we have yet to learn from the froth that has engulfed tech stocks from Concur (CNQR) and FireEye (FEYE) to Celgene (CELG) and Gilead (GILD) and everything in between. These are why the Amber Roads and Border Frees and A10s are always going to be considered like the also-rans of the years 1999 to 2000, until they go bust, get bought or get real profitable. It is why you need to beware of headlines that say "Tech Fall Isn't Seen as Sign of Trouble," because almost everyone knows that the tech fall has been so precipitous and lurking -- seen Google (GOOGL), anyone? -- that we are only one more big miss and one more ugly deal away from taking down a good portion of the S&P 500.


Momentum stocks have taken a beating over the last few weeks so tech investors will be looking for positive news out of Netflix earnings after the close on Monday.

By Staff Mon 11:19 AM

The Netflix company logo is seen at Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. © Ryan Anson/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Chris Ciaccia, TheStreet

Netflix (NFLX) reports first-quarter earnings after the close of trading on Monday, and with the recent trouncing in the stock investors will be looking to see whether CEO Reed Hastings top-ticked his own company or if there is more fuel to this fire. The Street on MSN Money

Shares of Netflix have dropped sharply since the start of 2014, as high-momentum tech stocks have taken the brunt of selling. Netflix has dropped 6.1 percent year to date compared with a 1.94 percent decline in the Nasdaq. In Netflix's third-quarter earnings letter, Hastings warned of "euphoria" in the stock. 
"In calendar year 2003, we were the highest performing stock on Nasdaq," Hastings wrote in the letter. "We had solid results compounded by momentum-investor-fueled euphoria. Some of the euphoria today feels like 2003."


Serious issues like drought and the deterioration of the developed world spell opportunity for this industry leader.

By StreetAuthority Fri 2:17 PM
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Caption: A cell phone tower stands in Moore, Okla.By Tim Begany

Some of the best investments are right in front of us every day. Yet they're often overlooked because they're so much a part of our daily lives they don't register with the conscious mind.

One area investors may underappreciate is infrastructure -- things like telephone poles, towers for wireless communication, substations for electric utilities, and guard rails along roadways, to name just a few. Although infrastructure is the very foundation of society, I suspect it's probably far from the first thing on investors' minds.

However, I expect it to be an excellent investment in coming years. In the U.S. and other developed countries, infrastructure has been neglected for so long it now needs some heavy-duty overhaul. Many areas of the emerging world have little or no infrastructure at all and will need tremendous amounts put into place for the first time. 

Former CEO cuts his holding to 20% but says, 'the story in't written yet.'

By MSN Money producer Fri 2:11 PM

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By Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal

In mid-January, Daniel Fidler worked his final day at what was Barnes & Noble's (BKS) store in Chestnut Hill, Mass., putting in a few extra weeks stripping out books and bookcases after the store closed at the end of the year. "I was depressed but I kept a smile on my face because I didn't want to think about what would happen," said the 24-year-old, who is still looking for a new job. "We had a party at a restaurant, and everybody who left came back, but it was bittersweet."


Barnes & Noble is making its last stand in towns just like Chestnut Hill. Its 663 stores still stretch across all 50 states, but there are 63 fewer than five years ago. Stores in Georgetown and the heart of Greenwich Village have closed. Gone, too, is the rambling college store in Manhattan's Flatiron district that was the sole Barnes & Noble retail property when Leonard Riggio bought that business in 1971.


Lending was up in the first quarter, but that jump has hidden the fact that individuals are still having a tough time getting loans.

By MSN Money Partner Fri 12:52 PM
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By Stephen Gandel, Fortune

Consumers are still getting crunched.

In the past week, the nation's biggest banks reported their results for the first three months of the year. Earnings were disappointing. But the numbers also showed a significant increase in lending, which many economists said was a welcome sign for the economy. Fortune on MSN Money

The problem: Every additional dollar, and then some, that the nation's biggest banks have lent out in the past year has gone to corporations. So, while corporate lending was up by 7 percent, or $101 billion, from a year ago, that masked the fact that consumer lending at the nation's five biggest lenders has continued to drop, by $12 billion in the past year alone. 

'Headline pay' vs. 'realized pay'? Cash bonuses and stock awards? It's harder than ever to decipher compensation within the sector.

By MSN Money Partner Fri 12:23 PM
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Caption: James 'Jamie' Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co.,By Paul Hodgson, Fortune

In January, news stories claimed that JPMorgan (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon got a 74 percent pay increase in 2013. But in April, now that the proxy is out, his pay is reported as declining by 37 percent.

Fortune on MSN MoneyOne thing is certain, it can't have done both. The surprising fact is that neither figure represents what Dimon (pictured) actually earned in either year. 

In 2012, Dimon earned $9,506,114 while last year he earned $12,033,071, figures that have not been reported elsewhere. That's a 27 percent increase in a year when the bank saw some of the largest fines ever handed out to a financial institution. In this case, it's not so much performance-related pay as fine-related pay.


The company, headed for an IPO later this year, is worth as much as 10 Tesla Motors combined, says Bernstein's Carlos Kirjner.

By MSN Money Partner Fri 11:04 AM
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Caption: The Alibaba Group headquarters in Hangzhou, ChinaBy Stephen Russolillo, The Wall Street Journal

$245 billion!

That's the valuation Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner slapped on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. following the glimpse at the better-than-expected results investors got this week.

Yahoo (YHOO), which owns a 24 percent stake in Alibaba, said late Tuesday that the China-based e-commerce giant’s revenue jumped 66 percent in the quarter ended Dec. 31, well ahead of analysts' estimates.

The results buoyed investor optimism for Alibaba ahead of its initial public offering in New York. The deal, expected later this year, could raise about $15 billion from investors, just shy of what Facebook (FB) sold when the social-networking firm went public in May 2012.


The Cline Shale in Texas could be the largest North American oil region of all time. Here's one stock at the center of it all.

By StreetAuthority Fri 10:09 AM
Caption: An oil field near Bakersfield, Calif.
Credit: © Keith Wood/Getty ImagesBy Eric Winter

Every now and again, an opportunity comes along that turns unsuspecting, normal people into overnight millionaires.

Such as are the promises being made with the Cline Shale, located in the Permian Basin in West Texas. It has become one of the most talked-about and buzzworthy energy plays in the last century, let alone the past few years.

Covering an area of over 1 million acres, the Cline Shale could be the largest North American oil play of all time, with the potential to pull 30 billion barrels of oil out of the ground.  

These picks continue to gain amidst the seemingly insatiable demand for the nation's top hot drink.

By Traders Reserve Fri 9:17 AM
File photo of a Dunkin' Donuts Inc. store in Midtown Manhattan (© Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)By Karen Riccio

It's not too late for investors to get their buzz from investing in the coffee industry. 

Coffee consumption --along with coffee profits -- continues to rise annually, and consumers show no sign of limiting their coffee habits.

Americans already drink an estimated 400 million cups a day, about one out of every four cups consumed on the planet, by some accounts. 


Some consumers may whine about the $5 cup of Starbucks -- but they keep buying, in higher numbers than ever before. Specialty coffee is the fastest-growing segment of the industry, and consumers continue to shift over to spendier gourmet coffee options. Some 34 percent of American adults now consume gourmet coffee beverages daily, up from 31 percent, last year, while daily non-gourmet coffee drinking is down to 35 percent from last year's 39 percent.


These unknown names are steady defensive picks, delivering dividends and low volatility in an unsteady market.

By MSN Money producer Fri 8:12 AM

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How much do you fear a stock market correction?


There are dire warnings, the latest from Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts Stephen Suttmeier and Jue Xiong, who said earlier this week that the Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) may have topped out following its recent rally heading into May, typically a weak month for stocks.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq is down 3 percent this year following gains of 38 percent  in 2013 and 16 percent  the year before. From its closing high March 5, the index has pulled back 7 percent.


But it's not only high-flying tech stocks. Mark Hulbert discussed the technical and seasonal aspects of the correction fears, the decisions of some investment advisers to "sell in April and go away" and possible tax implications. The benchmark S&P 500 Index ($SPX), which surged more than 30 percent in 2013, is little changed this year.


Remy Cointreau says it was 'adversely affected' by China's anti-extravagance policy.

By MSN Money Partner Thu 4:33 PM
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© Johner/Getty ImagesBy Arjun Kharpal, CNBC

Shares of major drink makers got battered on Thursday after poor results from Diageo (DEO) and Remy Cointreau, stemming from the Chinese economic slowdown, caused a sell-off.

Remy Cointreau fell 3.8 percent and Diageo fell 4.5 percent after the companies reported earnings. Other drink makers were also dragged down, with Pernod Ricard (PDRDY) lower by about 3.6 percent.

Remy Cointreau, maker of ultra-premium cognac Louis XIII, blamed China for a 13.5 percent decline in sales for the year ending March 31 to 1.03 billion euros ($1.43 billion).

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