Experts say that the recent market action feels 'more like a repositioning,' and that it won't stop anytime soon.
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ConocoPhillips is downgraded to 'sell' at UBS.
Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Research in Motion (RIMM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
- BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
- Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
- Waters (WAT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JP Morgan
- Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
One of the best plays on recovering global chip demand has soared to longtime highs, in a bullish tell.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
It was only six weeks ago that Texas Instruments (TXN) issued a sales warning heard around the world, citing "broadly lower demand across a wide range of markets, customers, and products." Its stock bottomed ten days later below $28 a share.
And all it's done over the last month is surge 20%, aided by the 8% spike Wednesday. Of course, a lot of trash has been treated like treasure lately.
The stock plunged the day after the company's earnings miss, and history says shares won't bounce back right away.
Google's (GOOG) share price nosedived Friday after the search giant announced disappointing fourth-quarter profit and revenue late Thursday. Analysts had projected EPS of $10.50 a share, and Google came in at $9.50. Ouch.
But the 8% plunge in the stock's price -- an immediate and understandable response on the part of investors who have come to count on Google to deliver growth in a world in which that is becoming increasingly scarce -- may not be an end to the matter.
With its large real estate holdings, this firm has attracted the interest of insiders and hedge funds.
The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) is a premier real estate company that owns a collection of prized assets, including some that were purchased by Howard Hughes Jr. many decades ago.
I'm interested in the company's extensive assets that are overlooked by most investors, and therefore grossly undervalued. When The Howard Hughes Corp. was previously owned by General Growth, a huge company with 200 shopping malls, its assets were largely overlooked.
Wendy's, LSI and SandRidge have the right stuff for big returns on small investments.
By Jeff Reeves
In the stock market, sometimes you get what you pay for. High-priced stocks like Apple (AAPL) have paid off nicely for investors in the past several years, and cheap financials like Bank of America (BAC) remain volatile and risky, even if financials seem to have some spring in their step to start 2012.
But not all cheap stocks are ugly investments that have been rightfully beaten down. Some low-priced shares are screaming bargains that are worth your cash.
Qualcomm has scored a number of design wins due to its huge portfolio of Snapdragon chips.
A strong performance throughout the year meant Qualcomm's stock outperformed the overall market, growing by almost 9% over the past year even as U.S. economic recovery came under threat from the European debt crisis.
Here are 3 companies providing enticingly generous yields.
It might surprise many investors to know that when it comes to paying generous dividends, U.S. equities don't top the list. Companies in Europe, the U.K. and even in some emerging nations provide significantly better yields, according to some Wall Street pros.
The practices and policies of paying dividends vary by region, but yields from companies outside the U.S. are on average generally much higher.
The company has struggled against the iPhone and phones using Google's Android. Shares have dropped nearly 90% since peaking in 2008, falling 75% in 2011 alone.
What was clear late Sunday was that Research In Motion's (RIMM) co-CEOs bowed to the inevitable and stepped aside.
What wasn't clear was whether the management change will give investors, who have seen the stock fall nearly 90% since 2008, any hope that the company can mount a comeback from years of losing market share and just plain coolness to Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPad and mobile phones and tablets built on Google's (GOOG) Android.
If it's any indication, Rim's shares were down $1.10 Monday at $15.90.
Shares of the nation's largest retailer are getting closer to their 10-year high.
For the last decade, Wal-Mart shares have been mostly stuck in the $50 to $60 range even though its revenue and profits have seen predictable growth. It drove investors nuts.
But we may just be witnessing a breakout.
Wall Street demands for more dollar debasement by the Federal Reserve is fueling a rebound in the precious metal.
After months in the hinterlands, silver is on the rise in a big way thanks to central bank largesse, renewed weakness in the dollar, and a nagging feeling that the worst isn't over for the economy.
I know it seems like ages ago, but some nine months ago all anyone could talk about was silver. The more speculative, more dynamic of the two main precious metals screamed skyward as the Federal Reserve busily jumped another $600 billion in cheap cash into the financial system. Thanks to "quantitative easing" -- or "QE2" as Wall Street dubbed it -- and the fears over inflation and currency debasement that resulted, silver gained nearly 180% August 2010 and April 2011.
You won't find many box-office winners from last year on the company's streaming service. There's a reason for that.
Internet veteran Tristan Louis has an observation that should come as no surprise to a Netflix streaming subscriber: The biggest box-office winners aren't on the service.
Netflix streams only five of the top 100 box-office winners of 2011, Louis notes. That's down from 10 in 2010. You can, however, find most of those hits for rental or purchase on Amazon (AMZN) or iTunes from Apple (AAPL).
As smartphones become ubiquitous, more searches will be performed on mobile devices and speech-controlled technology will become critical.
Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) have both given it a shot and tried to support voice controls on their operating systems that run on several smartphones and PCs, however neither has managed to gain traction. (Microsoft owns and publishes Top Stocks, an MSN Money site.)
The Dow is lifting on the backs of shares that investors had written off.
Sure, this market should be going down already. Sure, this year has become too good to be true. You can sell now and take it all to the bank and no one will mind that you made it because you played the first few weeks of January.
There's still Greek uncertainty. Google's (GOOG) hammering. Downbeat commentary about Europe across the board. We should be in a tailspin.
Housing data this week points to a sector recovery -- but not as fast as investors want.
Technical action in the popular ETF and rampant bearish sentiment suggest that a buying opportunity could be set up in coming weeks.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Gold futures and the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) have edged higher over the past three weeks but have failed to keep pace with the rally in the stock market. As I noted in November, investor interest in gold seemed to be very low, and by December, bullish sentiment for gold dropped to extremely low levels.
Though the sentiment is likely less negative now, headlines like "Gold Sheds 'Can't Lose' Status" over the past month suggest to me that gold is still close to completing an intermediate-term low.
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