Tech fell so far at the start of the new millennium, it was difficult to imagine that the index could ever make up what it lost.
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The food company is pushing its Planters brand and launching new initiatives to address the challenges of a maturing market.
The Europeans are doing a much better job at solving their problems than they have gotten credit for.
That comment, posted early Friday morning on Twitter, has a tremendous amount of insight when you think about it. Four days ago we were hearing all sorts of stories about how there would be far fewer bondholders participating in the Greek swap than were hoped.
In fact, many articles said that there would be maybe only about 60% participation and that the whole deal was about to fall apart. I read almost no articles and heard almost no commentators who said, "Look, most will subscribe and the rest will be made to subscribe, but this is going to succeed no matter what."
A run of steady payroll gains suggests the worst is over. A dive into the data suggests otherwise.
Here's some good news. The unemployment rate held steady at 8.3% in February, while payrolls jumped 227,000. That puts the three-month average at 244,000. For job seekers, on a number of measures, the performance over the past few months has been the best of the recovery to date.
So that's it, right? Time to unfurl the "Mission Accomplished" banner, tell the Federal Reserve to withdraw the trillions in cheap money it's injected into the financial system like morphine, and ask your boss for that long-postponed raise? Well, not quite.
The company sees shares soar more than 20% after reporting strong earnings and raising its full-year outlook.
The stock was up more than 21% Friday after the gun maker beat analyst expectations and raised its revenue outlook for the year.
Smith & Wesson reported a profit of $4.4 million, or 7 cents per share, for the three months ended Jan. 31. Analysts were expecting only 4 cents a share. The company is back in the black after reporting a loss of $52.8 million, or 88 cents per share, a year ago. That year-ago loss was due in part to the plunging value of the perimeter-security systems business the company is now trying to sell.
Late Thursday, the Justice Department warned Apple and five of the world's biggest publishing companies that they're about to be hit with a lawsuit.
So, you've just finished watching Scarlett Johansson in the film version of Girl with a Pearl Earring, and decide that you want to read the book by Tracey Chevalier on which it was based.
Strength in energy and technology and a breakout in financials are needed to keep the rally moving.
By Tom Aspray
As we head into the final month of the first quarter, three of the 10 major sectors are showing gains in excess of 10% for the quarter. Several sectors have been correcting since the January highs, however, and may be close to turning around.
Only one sector exchange-traded fund, the Select Sector SPDR - Utilities (XLU), has had a negative performance for the first quarter, but as I wrote Thursday, utilities are entering a strong seasonal period and there are signs that the correction in this sector may be ending.
Homebuilders are upgraded at Credit Suisse, and Herbalife is initiated with an 'overweight.'
Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
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The roaster's stock slumps as Starbucks launches a single-serve brewer.
Starbucks (SBUX) is the king of coffee, but for a while, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) was giving it a run for its money. Green Mountain -- with its patented Keurig single-serve coffee maker and K-Cup technology -- allowed easy, high-end coffee brewing at home for a relative bargain.
But Starbucks hasn't taken kindly to the competition. The Seattle company has caught on to the tremendous potential of single-serve brewers and is launching its own machine, called Verismo. That could mean the end of the line for Green Mountain and its very profitable run.
They should also remain resilient against risk.
By Daniel Putnam
Mega-cap energy stocks might not be particularly exciting, but anyone who has been invested in this group in the past five months has a lot to celebrate. Since the market touched bottom on Oct. 3, Exxon Mobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX) and ConocoPhillips (COP) have produced total returns of 19.2%, 22.4% and 26.6%, respectively.
As these stocks continue to trade near their 52-week highs, it's time to take a closer look at what might be in store for large-cap energy in the months ahead. While the story isn't perfectly clean -- as highlighted by Exxon Mobil's news that this year's production will come in 3% lower than 2011 levels -- on balance, these three names continue to offer more pros than cons.
New exploration projects result in higher revenue for oilfield services companies like Baker Hughes.
The rig count in the U.S. touched 1,293, up 28 over the past week. Low gas prices are also forcing exploration and production (E&P) companies to shift activity toward oil-rich plays. These changing trends in the North American E&P scene are also likely to affect the performance of other oilfield services players such as Halliburton (HAL).
The coffee seller will produce a single-cup coffee machine that will compete with Keurig. The bank may cut balances on mortgages by voiding certain penalties.
By Chao Deng
Updated at 9 a.m. ET
Starbucks (SBUX) plans to sell a single-cup coffee machine that will go on sale this fall online at high-end specialty stores and at some Starbucks cafes. Starbucks' Verismo is a blow to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), the maker of the Keurig single-serve machines. Starbucks started selling K-cup packs for the Keurig machines last November. "This is not about any disappointment with Green Mountain; it's about controlling our own destiny." Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said. "They can and they will co-exist."
More than 200,000 financially strapped households will have a chance to reduce their mortgage balances under a deal negotiated by Bank of America (BAC) that could allow the bank to avoid as much as $850 million in penalties, The Wall Street Journal reported. Under the arrangement -- part of the $25 billion settlement of alleged foreclosure abuses between government officials and five large lenders -- Bank of America will make deeper and broader cuts in balances than other banks, according to the newspaper.
The company has successfully deployed its strategy of targeting commercial airplanes as its major future growth driver.
This is a significant milestone for the company, making 777 the fastest twin-aisle airplane ever to reach this mark. It also validates Boeing's strategy to target commercial airplanes as its major growth driver in coming years. Commercial airplanes are the most valuable division at Boeing, accounting for nearly 53% of the stock's value.
Suddenly there's a very good reason why the company is holding on to its mountains of cash.
Johnson & Johnson's recently approved Zytiga continues to score at the expense of Dendreon's Provenge.
Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) recently approved prostate cancer drug Zytiga continues to impress. On Thursday, the company said the drug improved survival and delayed the progression of cancer in patients with less advanced disease, according to a late-stage study.
For now, the drug is approved only for treatment in men with a late-stage form of prostate cancer who have failed to respond to chemotherapy. But the study was in men with earlier stages of the disease and who had not been treated with chemotherapy. Approval to treat this new prospective patient population could significantly grow the drug's market.
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[BRIEFING.COM] Equity indices extended this week's losses with a broad-based retreat. The S&P 500 fell 0.6% to end the week lower by 1.1%, while the Russell 2000 (-1.1%) finished with a 0.9% decline since last Friday.
Staying true to the theme observed throughout the week, the energy sector (-1.5%) tumbled out of the gate, thus dragging the broader market down with it. Once again, dollar strength and crude oil weakness contributed to sector's underperformance, but the ... More
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