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As the business of craft beer grows, the future of the industry is thrown into question.
The beer industry is in full debate over the future of craft beers. Heck, even the definition of craft beer is being questioned at this point.
For example, is the maker of Sam Adams a craft brewery? The industry says a craft brewer makes fewer than 2 billion barrels of beer annually, and is not more than 25% controlled by a non-craft brewer, according to The Atlantic.
But the Boston Beer Company (SAM), which makes Sam Adams, is about ready to surpass 2 million barrels, writes Clay Risen. Does that make it a corporate brewer?
For the second time in a week, there are reports that talks have failed, but this time neither side denies it.
The Walt Disney Co.’s (DIS) sale of Miramax to Harvey and Bob Weinstein and their group of financial backers appears to have failed.
An individual close to the talks said on Tuesday that talks had broken down a week ago. But Harvey Weinstein and his financial backer, billionaire Ron Burkle, has issued a statement last Friday saying talks were ongoing.
But on Tuesday, there was no such denial forthcoming. Neither side would comment for the record about the state of the talks.
As rumors swirl of a new iPhone model in the works, Wal-Mart begins to clear out inventory.
Actually, it looks like more of an attempt to unload inventory before the phone becomes obsolete. Apple (AAPL) is likely to unveil its newest iPhone at a developers conference next month.
Wal-Mart says the sale is part of "ongoing aggressive savings announcements," but people think the retailer is trying to clear some room before the new iPhone hits the market, Digital Daily reports.
A certain soft-drink maker recently boosted its yield and also offers good upside potential.
It has been a brutal May for most investors. The Dow was down about 10% so far as of the opening bell today, the S&P 500 was down 11%, and the Nasdaq off 12%. Those figures have only gotten worse as the day has dragged on.
So where do we go now? The recent sell-off has touched all corners of the market, with even the "safe haven" of gold taking a tumble. My recommendation to you: Hide out in great blue-chip stocks with upside potential for shares and a healthy dividend to help you ride things out when the market gets rocky.
Community banks still suffering, despite signs of overall industry improvement.
By Philip van Doorn, TheStreet
While the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. reported improved earnings at more than half of U.S. banks and savings and loan associations last week, the ranks of troubled community banks continued to swell.
Based on a full set of first-quarter regulator data provided by SNL Financial for the nation's 7,900 banks and savings and loan associations, 161 were undercapitalized, according to the guidelines that apply to most institutions.
SNL's list is sorted by state, city and name of the undercapitalized bank or thrift. The Watch List of 161 institutions is down from 163 in February, although 49 of the institutions on the previous list have already failed.
When you look past Europe's debt woes, you'll see stronger US consumers, an improving housing market and banks with capital.
Is everything terrible? Is everything going bad? Or are there some self-adjustments that will make the US better down the road, despite the worries from Europe.
To the last, I say, dramatically, yes. Let's go back to what caused all of our downturn to begin with: a sapped consumer, declining values in housing, a rise in unemployment and a sense that our banks were not safe. We pulled in our horns, and the banks -- worried themselves -- stopped lending.
Now let's look at where we are.
Transocean may have low-balled the potential cost of the Deepwater Horizon debacle.
The company's public response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April has been to say it wasn't our fault, and we're not on the hook for very much money.
Even if true -- and there's a good chance both statements are true -- this isn't exactly how a company that gives a damn responds to what is becoming the biggest oil-related environmental disaster in U.S. history.
Shares down another 10% following the sequel's disappointing $71.3 million opening.
As of 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday, the company’s stock was trading at $31.48 per share, about 10% lower than when trading started.
DreamWorks' stock also tanked 4% last week after an analyst predicted that “Shrek Forever After” would debut to less than the previous two installments, which both premiered to well over $100 million.
The beleaguered bank's fortunes change as it gets a buy rating from Goldman Sachs.
The analysts said Citigroup looks good as capital markets and consumer credit start to improve, DealBook writes. The analysts didn't look as favorably on Wells Fargo (WFC), which was downgraded to neutral on the suspicion that it faces more near-term risks than other banks.
New numbers for April show big improvements in consumer delinquencies and charge-offs, the analysts said. That's helped along by a better jobs market.
Xerox and Baidu are new favorites among hedge funds, according to a new report.
And for some reason, hedge funds have developed a new admiration for Xerox (XRX), reports Market Folly. That stock is now appearing on Goldman Sachs' (GS) VIP list, which shows the favorites among hedge funds using fundamental strategies each quarter.
Other new stocks on the list include Kraft Foods (KFT), Baidu (BIDU), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Equinix (EQIX).
Burger King store owners say promotion isn't worth it, but judge says the menu item must stay.
Updated at 2:35 p.m. ET
Except there was one problem -- franchisees who owned BK stores bristled at the deal, saying it squeezed margins way too thin and hurt their bottom line. The disagreement over the BK double cheeseburger resulted in a lawsuit late last year that went all the way to a federal court in Miami.
But at last, this food fight is nearly finished after a judge ruled recently that Burger King management has the right to dictate value-meal pricing to franchisees. That means the $1 BK menu item should stick around.
Investors sell stocks and buy gold after Spain's central bank bails out regional bank and euro loses value.
By Alix Steel, TheStreet
Gold prices Monday were rising as investors opted for the safety of the precious metal and sold out of stocks to buy gold.
Gold for June delivery was adding $11.60 to $1,187.30 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gold has traded as high as $1,119.10 and as low as $1,176.80. The U.S. dollar index was rising 1.16% to $86.36 while the euro was slumping 1.80% to $1.23 against the dollar. The gold spot price Monday was adding over $6, according to Kitco's gold index.
Gold prices were rallying as European debt fears flared and the euro headed toward its four-year low. Over the weekend, Spain's central bank bailed out the regional savings bank CajaSur, the second bank Spain has bailed out since March 2009.
John Auther highlights the problems with the markets -- and potential solutions -- in his new book.
The abstract is pure genius; I can't wait to read the book. To me, a genius is anyone who can take complex subjects, boil them down and explain them in such simple language that even I can understand them.
He outlines the problems with the markets as:
The amendment proposed by Sen. Blanche Lincoln would benefit foreign banks, such as Deutsche Bank and UBS.
The amendment would force banks to spin off their derivatives trading operations.
As hated as our banks are in this country, as hated as they are by the politicians, even they seem to realize that if you can't offer corporate clients a slate of swaps and derivatives, they will go elsewhere. Every major client needs that flexibility.
The satellite radio stock is on a tear in 2010, and has the fundamentals to back it up
I’m not a real believer in true “penny stocks,” since unknown companies with unknown fundamentals don’t jive with my growth investment strategy.
But I will say that there are a number of cheap stocks out there -- less than $2 or $3 a share -- that have enough Wall Street coverage to be legit, and have shown me enough punch that they would be worth any investor’s cash.
While most of these stock picks tend to be tiny, with a market cap of only a few hundred million dollars, one big penny stock stands out to me right now as a great opportunity: Sirius XM Radio (SIRI). Shares are less than $2 as of this morning’s open and are a great buy at this valuation. Here’s why:
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[BRIEFING.COM] The S&P 500 settled lower by 0.8% after early strength turned into afternoon weakness.
Today's headline event came in the form of Ben Bernanke's testimony before the Joint Economic Committee. During his remarks, Chairman Bernanke said premature tightening of monetary policy could stall the pace of recovery. This followed weeks of conflicting remarks from FOMC members, which sparked speculation regarding possible changes to the Fed's policy course.
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