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Higher commodity costs are only part of the problem.
Though higher commodity prices are being blamed, there is another less well-known reason: People are eating less cereal.
Though nutritionists have said for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it is also the most rushed. Research from the NPD Group shows that the average American spends about 13 minutes each day preparing and consuming breakfast.
Nevada attorney general accuses the company of document fraud and illegal fee-splitting. Shares are likely to continue to decline.
By: Abigail Field
The shares of Lender Processing Services (LPS) came under fire Friday, dropping nearly 20% on unusually high volume after Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto filed fraud charges against the company.
Although LPS, a billion dollar company by market capitalization, has several business lines, the fraud charges relate to its largest (by revenue) default services division. Given the nature of the charges and the mound of evidence AG Masto cites in the complaint, Friday’s fall in share price is likely only the beginning.
The 2011 flop was overdone, so buy CAT for the New Year.
By Dan Burrows, CBS MoneyWatch columnist
After nearly quintupling from the bear-market bottom of 2009, shares in Caterpillar (CAT) have had a lousy run in 2011. That's great news for investors looking to build a position in this high-quality stock on the cheap.
Caterpillar is the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, and it's trading at bargain-basement levels with fears of a global economic slowdown more than baked into its share price.
Eli Lilly is initiated with a 'sell,' while Cablevision is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
- KLA-Tencor (KLAC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JP Morgan
- Edwards Lifesciences (EW) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital
- OGE Energy (OGE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
- Life Technologies (LIFE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim
This low-priced telecom stock could be set to outperform Wall Street's expectations.
While I wouldn't yet call Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) a "value" play, my outlook for the company has improved and I think in the mid one dollar range it merits consideration as a speculative investment.
The price of ALU has declined for several reasons. While ALU has reported earnings above the consensus of the covering analysts during the first three quarters of 2011, it has done so while reporting revenues below the consensus estimates.
We need some real signs that the Europe situation is under control.
Ah, so it's German business confidence that holds the key. That's how we can rally so convincingly. It took only one good confidence number, as well as a Spanish bond auction that wasn't a disaster, and all is well again with the CurrencyShares Euro Trust (FXE) above 130 and the European stock markets rallying with alacrity.
Oh, if only it were that simple. If only it were like the old days, with a garden-variety recession and a chance that we could come out of it with a couple of good indicators. Unfortunately, it isn't.
With the youngest fleet of offshore supply vessels, this firm is seeing growing demand for its services.
By the middle of this decade, oil drawn from the seabed more than 2,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface will double in volume compared to 2010 levels.
Hornbeck Offshore Services (HOS) provides technologically sophisticated offshore supply vessels (OSVs) and transport vessels for the oil and gas industry. It has the youngest ﬂeet of OSVs in the industry, and its ships are designed from scratch.
Investors are hoping for a smooth transition of power for Kim Jong Un, but questions abound.
The aluminum producer is profitable, streamlined and ready to roll.
By Jeff Reeves
When Alcoa (AA) reported earnings in October, CEO Klaus Kleinfeld told investors, "Alcoa is a confident company in a nervous world. We are well prepared for whatever lies ahead, with more cash on hand, lower debt and continued focus on profitable growth."
It would be natural to write off those comments as mere platitudes for Wall Street's grumpy traders. But taking a closer look at Alcoa across the past several weeks has made me agree with Klaus -- and consider AA stock as a bargain buy to hang on to across 2012.
The outlook may be dimming for this fast-growing chain.
Investors are increasingly bullish about this restaurant chain. However, the current rally might have just pushed the envelope, and we expect this optimism will fade. Chipotle competes mostly with the quick service and casual dining companies such as Chili's, McDonald's (MCD), Burger King, Yum! Brands (YUM) and Papa John's, among others.
Better growth in the US should help the Russell 2000 catch up to the larger-cap indices in the weeks ahead.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
If the US economy falls into recession sometime next year as a result of the financial crisis in Europe and the slowdown in China, it won’t be for lack of effort.
Right now, the US is looking like the main global growth engine and, frankly, the only reason the remaining stock investors have to stay in the markets and not bury their money under a mattress.
Initial unemployment claims haven't been this low in three years, fueling hopes that the job market has finally turned the corner.
While bellwethers like Apple and Amazon look poised to underperform, one stock is worthy of consideration.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The relative performance, or RS analysis, of the tech-heavy PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) broke out last July, and while the broader markets were dropping in August and September, technology stocks held up much better.
This outperformance of QQQ versus the S&P, however, ended in early November, and QQQ has been lagging since. Sentiment on many of the tech giants has also been quite negative, as both Apple (AAPL) and Amazon.com (AMZN) have disappointed investors.
The investment may help alleviate investors' anxiety about the large exodus of top executives from the company.
Hard times may be coming, and chocolate makes people feel better.
The past three presidential election years have been very hard on risky assets, and two of them were completely brutal.
The most recent was 2008, and if you don't remember the global financial crisis that occurred that year, you were either too young, drunk or in jail. The one before that, 2004, ended with a 9% gain but was flat or down for three-quarters of the span. And the one before that, 2000, featured the bursting of the technology bubble, with the Nasdaq 100 collapsing by 40%.
So it's no wonder that I am looking at the upcoming election year, 2012, with a jaundiced eye.
Efforts to draw traffic by lowering prices hammered Best Buy's margins. But the selling has been overdone.
Best Buy (BBY) reported a sharp decline of roughly 30% in its net profits this quarter compared to the same period last year. It missed consensus analysts' EPS estimate by approximately 8%, according to Thomson Reuters.
More importantly, investors reacted negatively to the fall in gross margins sending the shares down 15% earlier last week. Best Buy competes with general retailers like Wal-Mart (WMT) and Costco (COST) as well as other specialty retailers like Radio Shack (RSH) and GameStop (GME).
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The benchmark index spent the entire trading day in the green, rallying to new highs during the last hour of action. The tech-heavy Nasdaq, meanwhile, briefly dipped into the red during morning action, but was able to recover swiftly.
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