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Flood of IPOs land this week

If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.

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The global media and entertainment company offers sound finances, a rising payout and strong management.

By TheStockAdvisors Dec 16, 2011 8:46AM
By Glenn Rogers, Internet Wealth Builder

Walt Disney (DIS) recently announced a big 50% hike in its dividend. While the yield is still only 1.6%, the move shows the confidence of the board of directors in the company's future and that has added to my good feelings about this business.

The long-term payout for Disney is only about 20% of the 2011 free cash flow. So the company could continue to raise dividends over the next few years without any difficulty. 
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With unexercised options, the company could be worth as much as $8.9 billion. But the $10 price in its initial public offering is lower than Street chatter of $12 a share.

By Charley Blaine Dec 15, 2011 7:36PM

Charley BlaineTwo weeks ago, Zynga projected it would sell 100 million shares in its initial public offering for $8.50 to $10 a share. 

It did. That translates into a market capitalization of $7 billion. With unexercised options, the market cap rises nearly to $8.9  billion.

But the results of Thursday's IPO had to be something of a disappointment. There was chatter on CNBC that the IPO would price at $12 a share. And Zynga originally thought it would sell its shares at $20.

A better gauge of investor sentiment about the company will come Friday when shares open for trading on Nasdaq under the ticker ZNGA.

 

The rising popularity of gold exchange-traded funds has come at the expense of gold-mining shares.

By Jim J. Jubak Dec 15, 2011 5:11PM
Image: Birds nest with golden eggs © Rob Casey/Brand X/Getty ImagesGold mining companies are getting the dividend religion too.

They’re adding dividend payouts in an effort to close the "attractiveness gap" with gold ETFs.

On Nov. 25, I wrote about the general resurgence of dividends. Given the lack of any capital appreciation in the current market and an increasing cynicism among investors about stock buybacks, companies have started to increase dividend yields as a way to support share prices and keep on the good side of capital markets.
 
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A bearish analyst note sends shares lower, but questions linger.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Dec 15, 2011 4:54PM

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

 

Maybe Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) won't have such a rosy holiday season after all. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Mark Astrachan issued a bearish note on the java giant, sending the stock sharply lower yesterday. Shares have tumbled over 20% in the last three days.

 

Astrachan's channel checks show that Keurig brewer shipments from China have declined in recent months. The news contrasts with Green Mountain's conference call last month, when the company behind the Keurig single-cup brewers and the K-Cup portion packs that fuel the caffeinated sips indicated that sales are holding up well. It stuck to its near-term guidance calling for 60% to 65% in net sales growth for the entire fiscal year.

 

Expedia’s coming spinoff of TripAdvisor offers a great play on social media at a bargain price.

By MoneyShow.com Dec 15, 2011 3:52PM

Image: Couple reading guidebook in Rome © SIMON WATSON/Lifesize/Getty ImagesBy Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com


I’m not on Facebook all that often anymore.


Partly it’s because I’ve turned into a heavy professional user of Twitter, and partly because, well, it’s no longer 2009. That was the year I joined, when Facebook had roughly half of the 800 million members it has today.


That means tens of millions of people have likely made the same journey from discovery, excitement, and engagement to a bit of exhaustion and boredom setting in.

 

With the fighter jet eventually expected to account for 20% of revenue, any further production delays will push up the company's aeronautics backlog and reduce earnings

By Trefis Dec 15, 2011 3:46PM
Image: Navy ship (© Corbis)Lockheed Martin (LMT) may consider slowing production of its flagship F-35 fighter jet in the wake of remarks by Vice Admiral David Venlet, the Pentagon's F-35 program director.

Highlighting the structural glitches which have plagued the program, Venlet told AOL Defense that tempering production rates may now be necessary. His remarks draw into question Lockheed's "concurrency strategy," which seeks to maximize unit production before test flights are completed with a view to retrofitting any necessary repairs. 
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With global markets expected to remain challenging over the next few quarters, the bank’s trading yield will also likely see a decline.

By Trefis Dec 15, 2011 3:36PM
Image: Piggy bank (© Corbis/Corbis)Morgan Stanley (MS) shares have lost more than half their value this year to trade at around $15 Thursday afternoon.

The global investment bank has been one of the most volatile financial stocks in recent months, along with Bank of America (BAC), and both have seen several single-day fluctuations of more than 5% as events related to the European debt situation unfolded. This extreme volatility can be largely attributed to the bank's extensive sales and trading operations, which can contribute anywhere between 30% and 50% of its total revenue from quarter to quarter.  
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With increasingly hostile opposition, AT&T has decided to withdraw its application and focus on securing Department of Justice approval.

By Trefis Dec 15, 2011 3:19PM
Image: Divorce (© Ingram Publishing/SuperStock)AT&T's (T) T-Mobile acquisition seems all but dead now.

The company and Deutsche Telekom (DT), T-Mobile's parent, announced Monday that they have asked a federal judge to stay further hearings until Jan. 18th so that they could “evaluate all options.” This comes after the Justice Department announced its intentions to postpone or dismiss its lawsuit seeking to block the deal. With AT&T's withdrawal of its merger application with regulators, the Justice Department has no reason to pursue the case. 
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VCs, whose entire business model revolves around their ability to focus on the upside potential of pretty much anything, are showing signs of unease.

By The Fiscal Times Dec 15, 2011 2:34PM

By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

Angst over the surprises that may lurk in 2012 isn’t confined to investors in stocks and bonds, or to the economists trying to puzzle out the impact of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis on global growth.

 

Even venture capitalists -- whose entire business model revolves around their ability to focus on the upside potential of pretty much anything, in pretty much any kind of scenario -- are showing signs of unease.

 

Transaction processors win favor as the global switch to electronic payments gains traction.

By MoneyShow.com Dec 15, 2011 2:13PM

 (© UpperCut Images/UpperCut Images/Getty Images)By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com


The choppy markets of 2011 have brought some predictable winners, such as discount retailers and dividend-paying big caps. But one "under the radar" industry that's fared well is that of transaction processors and electronic payment systems.


Two high-profile companies from that arena -- which some indices classify as finance and others as tech -- are S&P 500 components MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V).

 

What does this mean for energy stocks?

By MoneyShow.com Dec 15, 2011 1:45PM

(© Comstock/Corbis)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The stronger dollar (read: plunging euro) and OPEC’s decision to keep output of crude oil at current levels was a double whammy on Wednesday.


As if that wasn’t enough, the US Energy Information Administration later reported higher-than-expected inventories, as well as demand for crude oil that was almost 9% lower than last year.

 

The stock takes off after the shipping giant announces solid earnings.

By Jonathan Berr Dec 15, 2011 12:53PM
By Jonathan Berr

FedEx's (FDX) better-than-expected fiscal-second-quarter earnings report, released Thursday, is more proof that the U.S. economic recovery is for real.

Net income at the Memphis, Tenn., parcel delivery company rose 76% to $497 million, or $1.57 per share, as more consumers used FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx SmartPost services during the holiday season. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg had expected earnings of $1.53. Revenue rose 10% to $10.59 billion, in line with estimates.  
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We need reasons beyond 'commodities down, buy financial assets' -- because we have been down this path so many times.

By Jim Cramer Dec 15, 2011 11:45AM
 (© Anthony Bradshaw/Photographer)People taking note of the banks holding up. People taking note of the FXE bouncing. People thinking a commodity collapse may not be all that bad. 

I get that. I get the constant desire to call the bottom. I get the idea that we could bounce.
 

Despite grim headlines, investment pros who know the stock say this is a good time to buy.

By Gene Marcial Dec 15, 2011 11:02AM

Shares of Best Buy (BBY) have gotten slammed and will likely continue to stagger.

 

But don't panic. Some investment pros who know the largest retailer of consumer electronics quite well are saying the seemingly unthinkable: Buy Best Buy's stock. It is probably the cheapest deal in the store right now.  

 
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These picks are undervalued based on a price-to-earnings growth strategy.

By TheStockAdvisors Dec 15, 2011 10:38AM
By J. Royden Ward, Cabot Bejamin Graham Value Letter

Twenty-seven years ago, Standard & Poor’s created the PEG ratio (price-to-earnings growth) to measure the degree to which a growth stock is undervalued.

We use the ratio to find growth stocks selling at reasonable prices. The PEG ratio is calculated by dividing the price to earnings (P/E) ratio by the earnings growth rate. The growth rate is our estimated rate of EPS growth for the next five years. A PEG ratio of less than 1.00 indicates that a stock is undervalued.  

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