If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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The big machinery maker shows impressive progress with its strategic goals and looks on track to achieve its targets.
The conglomerate made infamous by the crimes of its former CEO is headed for a lucrative final breakup.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
Before WorldCom and Lehman, before Bernie Madoff and Allen Stanford and Occupy Wall Street, we had Tyco (TYC) and L. Dennis Kozlowski, the CEO with a taste for $6,000 shower curtains, tax-free art, and tens of millions in "forgiven" corporate loans.
Kozlowski, who is doing 8-to-25 years in a New York state prison on larceny and securities fraud charges, becomes eligible for parole in August. And not long after that the conglomerate he expanded into a global empire will wink out of existence, its rump spun off into three separate companies that, with some luck, might become someone else's trophies.
Analyzing Warren Buffett's annual letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway is a favorite pastime of investors.
As ever, that sage walked a narrow line between full disclosure and piquing the curiosity of his audience. Perhaps the biggest tease came when he referred repeatedly to his successor without naming the individual, even as his phrasing hinted that it wouldn't be either of the two heirs apparent, Todd Combs or Ted Wechsler. Both men, he hinted "will be helpful to the next CEO" when it comes to making acquisitions.
Will the company's shares remain as tasty as its pizza?
Shares of Domino's Pizza (DPZ) skyrocketed more than 11% in early trading Tuesday after the pizza delivery chain posted better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings.
Net income at the Ann Arbor, Mich. company rose 27.9% to $30.9 million, or 52 cents a share, versus $24.2 million, or 40 cents a share, in the year earlier period. Revenue rose 4.5% to $501.7 million. Wall Street analysts expected earnings of 49 cents on sales of $514.1 million.
Nokia is downgraded to 'underperform,' and Discovery is initiated with an 'outperform.'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
Higher cigarette pricing and a dominant position in the smokeless tobacco industry are key growth drivers.
But there are two compelling reasons for investors to take a second look at Altria -- key growth drivers to its business in the coming years.
Recent decreases might be sending investors fleeing for the exits.
The highest dividends of any mainstream stock market sector in the world are being paid by European telecom firms, with many offering yields in excess of 10%. Unfortunately, as is generally the case with something that seems too good to be true, those dividends also are at risk.
Telefonica (TEF), Spain's largest telecom provider and a longtime recommendation of the Sizemore Investment Letter, is a case in point. In December, Telefonica opted to cut its dividend from a planned 1.75 euros per share to 1.50. Though the company had (and still has) the financial strength to continue paying the higher rate, the company had to accept the ugly reality that it was operating in a market that could at any moment descend into a 2008-style banking crisis.
Online profits are putting this brick-and-mortar retailer at the front of the parade.
It’s no secret that the Internet has changed the way people shop. And retailers who have not changed their ways and embraced the Internet have been under the gun.
One brick-and-mortar retailer that is doing nice business online is Macy’s (M), which operates more than 800 department stores under the Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s banner. Indeed, online sales for this retailer were up nearly 40% for ﬁscal 2012 ending in January.
Unlike Berkshire Hathaway, which should pay its investors to wait, Apple is a growth stock with terrific earnings momentum.
There's way too much chatter about what Apple (AAPL) has to do with its cash position and not enough about Apple's earnings. And I don't even want to go into the idea of the stock split. If you really need a stock split to buy, move on. The idea of buying just a couple of shares worked for buying Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) decades ago when it traded at similar prices, and it can work now.
Why doesn't the dividend matter in Apple and matter so much to me in Berkshire Hathaway? Pretty simple: earnings momentum. I was surprised at how little earnings momentum Berkshire has. Instead, Buffett focuses on book value. That's all well and good if the company is willing to buy back stock to take advantage of its discount, a discount that Warren Buffett chatters about throughout his letter to shareholders.
A cloud hangs over this much-hyped IPO -- and it has everything to do with a lack of profit.
Yelp, which is going public this week, won't be profitable for quite a while -- if ever.
The reviews site is lucky to not be in a deeper financial hole than its $41.2 million deficit at the end of last year. Total expenses soared to $99.5 million from $7.67 million in 2007, a gain of nearly 1,200%, while revenue rose more than 2,100% to $83.3 million from $3.74 million.
Its not a question of if Yelp's costs will grow at a faster rate than revenue -- but when. This is all spelled out in Yelp's S-1.
The company faces a revenue loss as one of its blockbuster drugs, Singulair, loses patent protection this year.
A decade ago, a share of Apple barely cost $10. Now it trades well above $500 -- and optimistic investors say the good times will keep on rolling.
Can Apple's share price keep climbing?
Low rates make stocks look even more attractive, but can it last?
By Dan Caplinger
Even as the stock market has hit multiyear highs recently, stocks still look cheap by many standards. Yet many investors are staying on the sidelines, fearing an imminent end to the three-year-old bull bounce after the market meltdown of 2008 and early 2009. That leaves one key question: Is keeping cash available a smart move or a waste of capital?
The bull argument
A recent article from Bloomberg said that the S&P 500 is almost as cheap as it ever has been compared to bond yields.
Samsung's new Galaxy Beam can project a streaming movie or photo slideshow onto a wall with images 50 inches across.
Here, a guide to Samsung's new "pocket projector":
Two new phones expected this year will have all the bells and whistles a user could want. Can Apple meet the challenge?
But don't expect competitors to give any ground in the smartphone race. Two upcoming phones using the Android platform from Google (GOOG) are upping the stakes considerably, and will add more pressure to Apple to deliver.
Enter the highly anticipated Galaxy S III from Samsung, the top smartphone maker in the world.
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[BRIEFING.COM] Not much change in the major averages as they remain near their lowest levels of the session. The S&P 500 has widened its loss to 1.2% with just about every sector extending its decline.
However, two rate-sensitive groups-telecom services (-0.8%) and utilities (-0.6%)-have been able to climb off their lows even as the 10-yr yield remains higher on the day (+2 bps at 2.58%).
On the flip side, the energy sector (-1.5%) occupies the bottom of the leaderboard, ... More
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