Some companies hit all-time records last month, while others missed forecasts.
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The company is moving away from the basic chemicals business that built its reputation. If it succeeds, it wants to simply be called 'Dow.'
By Christopher Freeburn
Dow Chemical (DOW), which has been around since 1897, is one of American industry’s best-known brands. However, if the company meets strategic targets in a new restructuring plan, it could trim its iconic name to just "Dow."
On Monday, CEO Andrew Liveris said the company might shorten its name if it succeeds in shedding its basic chemicals business, though it has no set plans to do so just yet.
Liveris also remarked that, after its restructuring, Dow hopes to be associated with “chemistry rather than chemicals,” The Wall Street Journal notes.
The number of federally insured institutions has fallen to the lowest level since the Great Depression.
The number of banking institutions in the U.S. has dwindled to its lowest level since at least the Great Depression, as a sluggish economy, stubbornly low interest rates and heightened regulation take their toll on the sector.
The number of federally insured institutions nationwide shrank to 6,891 in the third quarter after this summer falling below 7,000 for the first time since federal regulators began keeping track in 1934, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
The decline in bank numbers, from a peak of more than 18,000, has come almost entirely in the form of exits by banks with less than $100 million in assets, with the bulk occurring between 1984 and 2011. More than 10,000 banks left the industry during that period as a result of mergers, consolidations or failures, FDIC data show. About 17% of the banks collapsed.
Despite the Dow's historic rise, many potential investors remain on the sidelines, preferring to put their money into real estate and gold.
Pinnacle Food's stock price can approach $32 in the next 18 months.
By Richard Saintvilus
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's not often that I discuss relatively unknown small-cap companies, much less those that have operated publicly for less than one year. But I do see a winning formula emerging with Pinnacle Foods (PF), whose stock has been up roughly 20 percent since the company went public this past April.
I'm not going to pretend that 20 percent gains in 18 months is something to write home about. But in the packaged food industry, where companies like ConAgra (CAG) and General Mills (GIS) have been ravaged by weak volumes and shrinking margins, I believe Pinnacle's relative performance has been top-shelf. And with Pinnacle's recent deal with Unilever (UN) to acquire salad dressing brand Wish-Bone for $580 million, Pinnacle should now be at the top of every investor's wish list. Not everyone agrees, however.
Money managers are waiting on a better level to buy up, and I believe it'll be these groups.
Down opening. Could be interesting. It's kind of what the bulls want to see: a down opening with quiet research.
I keep thinking of that hold-to-sell downgrade of 3M (MMM) by Morgan Stanley. The report revealed that the industrial levitation could be a house of cards. This was made all the more important because the purchasing managers index from China was strong and the Baltic Freight Index has been good and the Macau take excellent. These are our real barometers. 3M had been an Asia-recovery story until Monday, when the company was revealed as a multiple-expansion story -- one for which the multiple had expanded too much, too fast.
In a volatile industry littered with burnouts, a few contenders shine brightly.
By Karen Riccio
The solar industry offers some stellar investment opportunities, but not knowing the landscape could easily waste your hard-earned money on a company on the brink of burning out.
It is truly a tale of two markets. On one hand, the average solar stock has risen 50% through September this year. China, Japan and the U.S. account for 52% of demand for solar products in 2013, filling the gap left by a once solar-hungry Europe.
As a result, Deutsche Bank forecasts solar industry backlogs will “grow exponentially over the next two years and as much as a seven-fold increase in solar installations, measured in capacity, through 2016.”
The retailer sold 2.8 million towels, many to shoppers who were buying for themselves.
A few different opinions from Wall Street were floating around. How's the market reacting?
There are a few different opinions about Twitter’s future floating around the market -- for instance, Deutsche Bank thinks it could hit $50, while Bank of America is calling for a $36 price target.
Motley Fool One Analyst Jason Moser isn’t worried about the different opinions -- while he knows that the company’s business model is still unproven, he likes that Twitter is investing so much in itself so that it can reach more people.
If you're going to invest in a clothing outlet, invest in one with health competitive advantages and a customer base with deep pockets.
Kroger and Dollar General are among the companies reporting as the holiday shopping season picks up.
By Nelson Hem
Quarterly reports from retailers Kroger (KR), Aeropostale (ARO), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) and Dollar General (DG) will be among the highlights this week. A couple of Chinese solar companies and the big Canadian banks are scheduled to report as well.
Below is a quick look at what analysts expect from some of this week's most prominent earnings reports:
In its report late Wednesday, this mall-based specialty retailer is expected to post a net loss of $0.24 per share for the third-quarter, compared to a profit of $0.31 per share in the year-ago period. Note that 60 days ago the consensus forecast called for a net loss of just $0.23 per share.
While the cereal and snack food stock does offer a strong yield at 2.9%, I still consider this a stale pick.
By Richard Saintvilus
While investors are understandably disappointed, that the stock has posted any year-to-date gains at all should qualify as a win given the company's recent quarterly results.
While Kellogg still has dominant positions on the cereal and snack food shelves, the company has struggled to please the Street with organic growth. I won't go so far as to proclaim that General Mills (GIS) and Post (POST) have become better investments. But on a relative basis, it's hard to dispute their respective results. Following yet another disappointing quarter, Kellogg shares may be stale for the foreseeable future.
The 25-day quiet period on the stock ends, allowing companies to rate it. The reactions are mixed.
By Tim Parker
Monday not only means Cyber Monday, it also marks the end of Twitter's (TWTR) 25-day quiet period.
As expected, some of the high-profile underwriters of the IPO issued ratings on the stock in the early morning hours Monday.
During the first 25 days of trading, companies involved in the IPO are not permitted to issue ratings or guidance. Some of those underwriters include JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and others.
Of those companies, here’s what we know so far:
- JP Morgan initiated coverage on the stock with a "neutral" rating and a $40 price target implying that at least for now, Twitter’s upside has peaked.
The company is getting millions of dollars in free advertising on the biggest e-commerce shopping day of the year.
The thing is, Amazon Prime Air won't be available for many years. Even Bezos said Sunday night that the earliest Amazon Prime Air could be in service is 2015 because that's the soonest the FAA could update its laws.
A stong Model S backlog, hopes for the Model X SUV and technical support add up to a bullish case for the stock.
By Jeff Reeves
Tesla Motors (TSLA) has been on a wild ride lately. The stock has fallen about 35% from its high of $194.50 to around $130.
Of course, even after this decline, shares of the stock still are up about four-fold this year in 2013.
So is Tesla stock doomed for continued declines, or is the electric car manufacturer now a great opportunity for new investors now that it has cooled off a bit?
Me, I am a believer TSLA stock, its flagship Model S sedan and its iconic CEO Elon Musk.
That’s why I personally bought into Tesla on this pullback -- and I think you should too if you're a long-term investor.
Here's why I invested in Tesla:
Stocks are booming again, but as in 2000, not all of them are reaping the benefits.
The stock market is booming again, said Floyd Norris in The New York Times.
At first glance, those numbers seem impressive -- especially when you consider that they're higher than those in "the spring of 2000, when the country was in the midst of a love affair with technology stocks."
But the S&P 500 has changed quite a bit since then -- both in how it "is calculated and the nature of the bull market that ended in 2000."
And many of the stocks that made up the S&P 500 at the 2000 peak turned out to be disasters. Anyone who bought shares in five of the 25 largest firms in that year's S&P 500 index -- Lucent Technologies, Northern Telecom, WorldCom, Sun Microsystems, and American International Group (AIG) -- would by now "have lost more than 90 percent of the investment."
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[BRIEFING.COM] The drive for five continued today and it was a success. For the fifth straight session, the S&P 500 ended lower. Like the previous four sessions, though, the losses were fairly modest in scope. The S&P 500 declined 0.4%, bringing its total loss for the five sessions to 22 points or 1.2%. All in all, that still qualifies as a pretty tame slide considering the S&P 500 had risen 150 points, or 9.1%, over the previous eight weeks.
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