Geopolitical crises are taking a toll on stocks as we head into the seasonally weak month of August.
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Samsung's iPad competitor will remain off the US market for most of the holiday shopping season.
Samsung (SSNLF) will have to wait until December to find out if it will be allowed to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S. again.
The South Korean tech giant had requested that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh lift the preliminary ban on the device, which was issued before the now-famous patent trial with Apple (AAPL) came to a close. According to Bloomberg, Apple argued that by lifting the ban during appeal -- only to re-impose it later -- "would cause confusion in the market and is not necessary to prevent irreparable harm."
Apple's goal is not only to postpone, but to prevent Samsung from selling its tablet in America.
The massive home improvement chain is shuttering all seven of its big-box stores in China -- even while competitors like Ikea are making money hand over fist.
This week, Home Depot (HD) announced that it would close all seven of its big-box stores in China, all but ending an investment that will cost the company some $160 million. (The home improvement chain will retain two much smaller specialty stores in China, as well as an online presence.)
Home Depot, like almost every big company on the planet, saw a huge opportunity in China, where an expanding middle class has opened up a vast new market and the potential for profits. So what went wrong for the Atlanta-based company?
Here, four theories:
These hidden gems of the banking sector are sporting stellar returns.
With financial services stocks accounting for almost 15% of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX), the second-largest sector allocation behind technology, it is not surprising that this sector is often in the spotlight. Add to that the firestorm of controversy generated by the largest investment and money center banks over the past several years, and it is not a shock that the likes of Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS) and J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM) command the bulk of the banking sector headlines.
The silver lining that has emerged from the financial services sector since the global credit crisis is that it is now easier to spot some of the group's higher quality names. For investors, even better news is that not all financial services gems are household names making the rounds in the mainstream financial press on a daily or weekly basis.
General Mills is betting on nostalgia to sell consumers on Cheerios and vegetables.
General Mills (GIS), the corporate parent of both brands, is making a bet on nostalgia that might just work. Any effort to make healthy eating fun should be applauded, especially considering the fact that childhood obesity rates have almost tripled since 1980, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates that more than a third of Americans are obese, a frightening statistic.
Like most consumers, I hadn't realized that the Green Giant, who seemed to be ubiquitous when I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, had been fading for a while. Advertising Age, which broke the story, reported that General Mills had "underleveraged" the mascot for reasons that weren't clear.
MSN Money's Anthony Mirhaydari answers Facebook users' questions about the central bank's recent policy decisions.
As he answers questions from MSN Money's Facebook community, Mirhaydari also talks about the political ramifications of the Fed's moves, as well as potential investments.
Demand for new airplanes in the Asia-Pacific region is more evenly balanced between single- and twin-aisle craft.
Sustained rapid economic growth, growing trade and a growing middle class with disposable income are the factors behind making the region the largest market for future airplane deliveries among major world markets. Thus, in terms of size, Asia-Pacific will be the most important market for Boeing and Airbus over the coming years.
Stocks near flat as investors seek direction in a lackluster session.
Shares of FedEx (FDX) slumped 2% after the company beat earnings expectations for the quarter that just closed but sharply lowered its view for its current fiscal year. FedEx guided second quarter earnings per share at $1.30-$1.45, well below the $1.67 consensus, and lowered its fiscal year 2013 earnings per share outlook to $6.20-$6.60 from $6.90-$7.40.
Among the notable gainers Tuesday, Velti (VELT) was up 12% after signing a $27 million mobile marketing deal, and Energizer (ENR) was up over 9% after the company said it expects to achieve yearly pre-tax savings of $175 million-$200 million from its restructuring plans.
With the stock now trading above $700, it should have no problem going higher.
News media and analysts have been writing about the Apple (AAPL) iPhone 5 since iPhone 4S sales slowed and the gadget maker reported disappointing earnings for the first time in a long time.
Many of the opinions at the time went something like "Sales were slower than usual at Apple, but it's just in anticipation of the iPhone 5." And while that seemed like an easy call -- if not downright lazy -- it looks like it was the right one.
The stock traded above $700 for the first time on Tuesday. Next target: $800. I think Apple has the umph to do it.
General Motors is upgraded to 'buy,' and Alcoa is downgraded to 'hold .'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
But it's just playing the earnings game. If the holiday season comes in as expected, the shipper will be fine.
Shares of FedEx (FDX) slumped Tuesday after the shipper slashed its profit outlook for the the fiscal year, underscoring investors' growing unease about the slowdown in the worldwide economy.
FedEx expects to earn $6.20 to $6.60 per share in fiscal 2013, down from an earlier forecast of $6.90 to $7.40. That misses the $7.04 expected by Wall Street analysts. FedEx projects earnings to be 1.30 to $1.45 in the quarter, below the $1.67 consensus forecast. The reasons offered by CFO Alan B. Graf Jr. have a familiar ring to them.
"Earnings for the first quarter were below our expectations as weak global economic conditions dampened revenue growth, drove a shift by our customers to our deferred services and outpaced our near-term ability to reduce FedEx Express operating costs to match demand levels," he said in an earnings press release.
The refiner previously bid $2.5B to purchase BP's Carson refinery in California.
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Refiner and marketer of refined petroleum products, Tesoro Corporation (TSO) recently announced the sale of its Long Beach marine terminal and Los-Angeles area pipelines to its master limited partnership Tesoro Logistics LP (TLLP) for $210 million.
The purchase consideration was divided into $189 million in cash and Tesoro Logistics equity worth $21 million. Borrowings under Tesoro Logistics' 5.875% senior notes offering were used to finance the cash portion of the deal. The equity part comprised 98% common units while general partner units constituted the remaining 2%.
The Swiss pharmaceutical has several very strong potential oncology drugs, most of which could be commercially successful.
Last week, the company held its research and development and business briefings for investors, highlighting nearly 72 new molecular entities (NMEs) in its pipeline. Nearly 19 candidates, of which 12 are new drugs, are in Phase III clinical trials targeting a broad range of diseases.
Roche expects to receive approvals for these drugs in the next year and a half. The company unveiled its R&D strategy going forward even as it vowed to keep R&D spending stable.
Despite relatively smaller exposure, Citigroup may still be an effective way to bet on US real estate.
Among the four largest U.S. banks, Citigroup (C) is generally viewed as having the least exposure to troubled home loans. But a pair of recent analyst reports argue that the bank may still be an effective way to bet on a U.S. housing rebound.
Both Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor and Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Chris Kotowski note in recent reports that they have received lots of questions from investors about how to invest in a U.S. housing rebound, and both see good reasons to look at Citigroup in this context.
Both analysts point out that stocks tied to housing have already had a strong run. In a note published Monday, Kotowski observed the 29% rise in homebuilder ETF XHB (XHB) over the past three months, as well as a 32% rise in lumber company Weyerhauser (WY).
Homebuilder optimism hits a 6-year high, and the US current account trade deficit narrows more than expected. FedEx cuts its full-year outlook. China's territorial dispute with Japan escalates. Apple trades above $700.
Stocks trimmed earlier losses as investors weighed the significance of economic bellwether FedEx's (FDX) cutting its outlook because of "weak global economic conditions" alongside improved homebuilder sentiment.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) was up 3 points at 13,556. The S&P 500 ($INX) was down 2 points at 1,459. The Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX) was down 2 points at 3,176.
FedEx (FDX) cut its second-quarter and 2013 outlooks because international clients have reduced premium shipping volumes. The package delivery company now projects second-quarter profit of $1.30 to $1.45 a share, which misses Wall Street's forecasts of $1.68 a share on average.
Remember, even when oil plunged by $100, very few long-term service contracts were canceled.
That's how it would be if oil were down $5 over five days. It would be wrong to take such strong-headed action. But it would be especially wrong after the bogus trading we saw in the last half-hour of the oil pits Monday.
We know stocks are trading thinly, and despite endless protestations that somehow high-frequency trading enhances liquidity-something -- which even the worst perpetrators would admit it doesn't -- we know manipulation simply can't be helped. High-frequency trading exacerbates all natural directions because there is no counterweight and because there are fewer and fewer players in stocks.
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