The US isn't strong enough not to care about them now. But one day it will be, Jim Cramer says.
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Shares of CannaVest, a hemp-based investment firm, have skyrocketed this year.
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The fast-food giant blamed a drop in same-store sales on the weather.
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Pretty soon, the European Central Bank will be down to taking busted printers and leftover paint as loan collateral.
Sara Lee spins off coffee and tea business, and moves out of S&P 500.
This process started last October, when Sara Lee merged its refrigerated-dough business with Ralcorp Holdings (RAH) followed by a separate move in November regarding its Fresh Bakery business. In January, JM Smucker (SJM) took on Sara Lee's North American coffee and hot beverage business.
This week's hyped rollouts of the Surface tablet and Windows Phone 8 OS has the tech world abuzz, leading some to wonder if Microsoft has Apple-fied its image.
By most measures, Apple (AAPL) stands astride the tech world like a colossus, conquering one gadget class after another -- digital music players, smartphones, tablets -- and making almost unimaginable profits from its buzzy, innovative objects of tech desire.
At the same time, Microsoft (MSFT) -- which had crushed Apple into near-irrelevance 13 years ago -- went from resting on its Windows/Office laurels to "sinking ship" territory.
Not anymore, says Gizmodo's Adrian Covert.
Getting the menu wrong one spring season isn't likely to stop this juggernaut.
In a word, no. More emphatically, not by a long shot. Somehow, I think individual investors got the idea that successful investing is exciting. I think a lot of successful investing should be as exciting as watching paint dry.
Fundamentals are improving for the hotel market, boosting the outlook for these 8 companies.
The hotel industry has had a long, slow recovery from the 2008 Recession, but that recovery may be picking up steam.
Many hotel stocks, after rebounding from very depressed levels in late 2008 and early 2009, have gone essentially sideways for the last two years. We think that may be about to change and have selected 8 potential turnaround in the sector.
The struggling retailer's stock looks like a value trap.
By Dan Burrows
Shares in Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) tumbled Friday in an otherwise up market after the struggling retailer said it would close yet more stores in an effort to boost profitability.
Too bad for A&F that traders' immediate reaction to the news hewed closely to the old Wall Street saying that you can't cut your way to growth.
The CEO has been missing for a while and plans to stay absent for a few more weeks. The company says he's lost his voice.
Page wasn't at the Google shareholder meeting Thursday because he lost his voice, the company said. OK, that's understandable. But he won't be participating in the company's earnings call either, which is weeks away. Why is he skipping out on the call?
JP Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth also noted that Page hasn't posted on the Google+ social network since May 25.
Stocks rise, shrugging off the downgrade of many major global banks.
The home-furnishings chain is only the latest retailer to serve up a disappointing outlook as consumer malaise spreads.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
The list of retailers disappointed by their customers' rediscovered thrift grows ever longer. It's not exactly curtains for consumers yet, but neither are they buying curtains with the expected zeal, as Thursday evening's disappointing forecast from Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) confirms.
The home-furnishings chain's stock is on sale Friday after the earnings and same-store sales forecasts fell short of hopes, and the CEO acknowledged on the conference call "the ongoing economic challenges affecting consumers."
The real-estate investment trust has recently priced a secondary offering of 11 million shares to raise money for acquisitions and other purposes.
By Zacks Equity Research
Sunstone Hotel Investors (SHO), a real-estate investment trust, recently priced a secondary offering of 11 million shares at $10.45 each. To cover any over-allotments, Sunstone also plans to offer a 30-day option to the underwriters for purchasing an additional 1.65 million shares.
The net proceeds from the offering will be contributed to its subsidiary, Sunstone Hotel Partnership, LLC, in exchange for additional membership units in the operating partnership.
The long-awaited downgrade could have been much worse.
By Dan Burrows
Welcome to wacky world of Wall Street, where up is sometimes down and black is often white.
A total of 15 giant banks and securities firms in the U.S. and abroad suffered a credit downgrade at the hands of Moody's (MCO) -- in some cases bringing the quality of their debt perilously close to junk status -- and yet financial stocks rose smartly on the news.
So what's up with that? When it comes to the market, bad news is good news when it's not as bad as expected.
The discount chain is competitive on prices, but more of its customers are still turning to the online retailer.
Many of us would say Amazon, but Wal-Mart offered a better deal Friday on that DVD, both in its stores and on its website. Amazon charged $26.87 for the disc set, while Wal-Mart charged $24.96.
In fact, Wal-Mart beats Amazon time and time again on pricing, a study by research the firm Kantar Retail found. But Wal-Mart doesn't advertise this fact at all, and more of its customers are jumping to Amazon all the time.
Cigarette makers resort to raising prices periodically to make up for declining sales.
Because of investor pessimism they are cheap, but they boast high dividend yields and returns on equity.
Someone asked me recently if I had taken a look at Total SA (TOT), the French oil company. Any contrarian investor has to be giving some thought to depressed oil stocks lately, and even more so if they happen to be headquartered in Europe. Oil stocks -- and energy stocks in general -- always appear somewhere on my radar screen.
Total is a giant company with a capitalization of $98.7 billion. For comparison, I examined Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) of the Netherlands and Statoil ASA (STO) of Norway. Shell is more than twice the size of Total at $206.5 billion, and Statoil is comparable at $73.2 billion.
SuperValu is upgraded to 'neutral,' and Facebook is initiated with a 'buy.'
Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
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