The Dow has run up to -- and been turned away from -- 16,000 twice before.
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Novo Nordisk commands a high price on the market -- and finds itself up against high expectations as well.
The maker of performance apparel knows what it takes to succeed.
One in a special Top Stocks series on buying stocks for newborns.
If you could buy your newborn a stock like Nike (NKE), which in its first decade of trading returned nearly 600% and by today -- more than three decades later -- has returned nearly 15,500%, wouldn't you?
Under Armour (UA), which has a lot in common with Nike in its early days, also has the potential to be a stellar long-term performer.
Pizza for breakfast and red meat throughout the rest of the day? This is not a healthy diet.
Bloomberg set out to discover what Wall Street traders eat, and the answer is not pretty.
The Pretzelnator came out of a crowd-sourced contest for ideas in Germany.
For Germans, the answer was simple: a burger with ham and a pretzel bun. The company invited fans in Germany to submit recipes for a new burger and then vote on the best one. The gimmick was a hit: People sent in 330,000 recipes and voted 5 million times.
McDonald's will sell the top five recipes across its 1,415 German restaurants, starting with the pretzel-bun favorite, called the Pretzelnator. Once you get past the unusual bun, you'll find American and Italian cheeses, a burger patty, ham, lettuce, onions and mayonnaise, the New York Daily News reports.
Stocks edge lower on US consumer data.
Barnes & Noble (BKS) shares surged after Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to invest $300 million for a 17.6% stake in the bookseller's new subsidiary. The as yet unnamed unit, being called Newco for now, will be composed of B&N's digital and college book businesses, but the company did not say whether it would take the new unit public. (Microsoft owns and publishes Top Stocks, an MSN Money site.)
Monster Beverage (MNST) jumped as much as 24% and was halted for multiple circuit breakers after the Wall Street Journal said Coca-Cola (KO) was in talks to buy the energy drink maker.
But the software maker's new investment in the Nook may help to move the bookseller off the critical list.
Under the terms of the arrangement, Microsoft will receive a 17.6% stake in the new company, which does not yet have a name. Barnes & Noble will own the remainder. The deal values the enterprise, which will have a relationship with the bookseller's bricks-and-mortar stores, at $1.7 billion.
Overblown fears of another Gulf disaster have made France's Total one of the world's cheapest major integrated oil stocks.
In late March, France-based Total (TOT) announced that it had detected a natural gas leak at its Elgin Platform in the U.K. portion of the North Sea.
Although the leak inevitably led to hasty comparisons to what transpired in the Gulf of Mexico, the two disasters bear scant resemblance to one another -- but savvy investors now have a great opportunity to pick up TOT shares at a bargain price and lock in a dividend yield of roughly 6%.
Kraft Foods is upgraded to 'overweight,' and VeriFone is downgraded to 'sell.'
Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- AstraZeneca (AZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies and to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
- Kraft Foods (KFT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
- Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
- Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
- British Sky Broadcasting (BSYBY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
If you're going to saddle a baby with stock, at least give her one she can pronounce.
A fund manager ups his stake in the worst-performing stock in the index.
First Solar (FSLR) earned two unfortunate titles in 2011: the worst-performing stock in the S&P 500 after falling 86%, and one of David Einhorn's most successful shorts. Yet Brian Rogers, the manager of $500 billion at T. Rowe Price, doubled his stake in the stock in the first quarter. Amid all the problems plaguing the solar industry, why would anyone choose this stock?
The Tempe, Ariz., company is the world's largest maker of thin-film solar panels. First Solar began 2011 at $133 per share but steadily declined to $33 by year's end as events developed in Germany, the world's largest photovoltaic market. Investors began selling in earnest around the time that German lawmakers passed a law in February which cut solar power subsidies as much as 15%, six months earlier than they had planned. Germany accounted for approximately 23% of First Solar's 2011 net sales.
The restaurant chain has an uncanny ability to reinvent itself and grow sales.
The ability to keep reinventing itself to appeal to consumers domestically as well as internationally is the reason we think McDonald's deserves a higher price than the current market price.
Stock declines can make for great buying opportunities, but sometimes shares are falling for a reason.
First the declines you can buy. I want to take some Starbucks (SBUX) here, because I believe CEO Howard Schultz will turn things around in Europe, which was the only real weakness. Some would say why not go with Dunkin' Brands (DNKN). Good growth and no Europe. I think Starbucks, on a discount with one of the best CEOs in America, is worth the risk. But I am never going to say no to Dunkin'.
Every day this week, Top Stocks offers picks to give your baby. Tune in to read what our experts think are the best shares for the ages.
Oh, they may not be asking for Intel now -- the word is a little tough to pronounce at that age -- but they will surely appreciate it down the road. When it's time to buy that first house, for example, or a new car.
We posed a question to our panel of stock experts here at Top Stocks: If you were to buy stock for a newborn, what would you pick?
Shares of the bookseller soar on a $300 million investment from Microsoft. The stock exchange's earnings fall 32% after its failed merger.
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Microsoft (MSFT) will make a $300 million investment for a 17.6% stake in a new Barnes & Noble (BKS) subsidiary that will bring together the bookseller's digital and college businesses. The partnership includes a Nook application for Windows 8, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft said.
Shares of Barnes & Noble were soaring 92% in premarket trading Monday to $26.29. Microsoft shares were up 0.7% to $32.19. The stock has risen more than 23% year to date. (Microsoft owns and publishes Top Stocks, an MSN Money site.)
NYSE Euronext (NYX) said first-quarter adjusted earnings declined 32%. The exchange saw a slowdown in trading, particularly in its derivatives trading unit, and was hit by costs associated with its failed merger with Germany's Deutsche Boerse. Adjusted profit in the quarter was 47 cents a share; analysts were looking for 48 cents.
Original programming is important, as it will help the company stave off competition and increase viewership.
Netflix's ability to continue growing profits will depend on how it differentiates itself from the competitors gaining strength. These competitors include Amazon (AMZN), Dish Network's (DISH) Blockbuster, Comcast's (CMCSA) Xfinity Streampix, Hulu and others.
A big part of this differentiation is going to be content, and Netflix shed some light on its content strategy during its recent earnings announcement.
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[BRIEFING.COM] At midday, the major averages hover near their lows with the Russell 2000 (-1.5%) pacing the retreat once again. Including today's loss, the small-cap index is lower by 3.5% so far in December. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 sports a loss of 0.8%, which extends its December decline to 1.0%.
There was no specific news catalyst responsible for the selling. Instead it appears to be a case of broad-based profit-taking with eight of ten sectors retreating in unison. ... More
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