The company, which reports its quarterly earnings Tuesday, has once again become an investor favorite.
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Winter is the strong period for agricultural chemical stocks, and 2 industry leaders are showing favorable entry points.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
As discussed in "The Four Key Seasonal Trends for 2012," research has indicated that many markets show repeating seasonal tendencies. While these tendencies do not necessarily determine price behavior, buying technically strong markets during strong seasonal periods can give traders and investors an additional edge.
As the charts show, this is the peak season for fertilizer and agricultural chemical stocks, and the weekly bottoming action in two of the key fertilizer stocks makes the risk favorable on new long positions.
Changes in the business model appear to be paying off for the online retailing and auctioneering giant.
By Anthony John Agnello, Consumer and Technology Writer
Don't call it a comeback -- eBay (EBAY) has been here for a long time. But the online auctioneer and e-tailer is on the uptick again, and this time, it could stick.
Raymond James analyst Aaron Kessler's upgrade of eBay to "strong buy" gave the stock a 4% bump Monday and it was hanging onto those gains Tuesday. Kessler gave the company a 12-month price target of $39 -- a hefty 25% above current valuations. EBay is currently hovering below its resistance point price of $31.18 (trading midday Thursday at $30.97), having fluctuated between $29 and $33 for months now.
The insurer announced the acquisition of a leading health data analytics provider.
Humana(HUM) announced the acquisition Wednesday of health care analytics company Anvita Health. The financial terms of the deal remain undisclosed.
Anvita, established in San Diego in 2000, analyzes vast amounts of health care data to provide information to help companies improve the quality of their services and reduce costs.
The acquisition is expected to strengthen Humana’s clinical management.
The burger chain's comparable global sales blew away analyst expectations for November.
The Home of the Golden Arches reported that global same-store sales increased 7.4% in November, surpassing the 4.6% gain Wall Street analysts expected. Sales in Europe and the U.S. rose 6.5% each, beating analysts' expectations. Not surprisingly, shares of the Oakbrook, Ill. company, which have risen more than 25% this year, rose 1.4% to $97.75 Thursday morning.
Expedia, Philip Morris and Las Vegas Sands are downgraded to 'neutral.'
Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
Few things are as bullish as stocks breaking above the ranges they have traded in, and big-cap names like McDonald's and IBM are hitting levels we’ve never seen before.
Sometimes it hits you like that. You will be watching the ticker go by and you will say, "Holy cow, did I just see a 4 handle on Home Depot (HD)?" Or, "Wait a second, did McDonald's (MCD) just take out $95? Is Verizon (VZ) finally out of the $35 orb? IBM (IBM) about to take out $200? No way!"
That's where we are right now: Stocks are hitting levels we haven't seen before -- not "haven't seen in a while" . . . never before.
CEO Jeff Bezos is focused on a far-reaching strategy, rather than just short-term results.
Amazon.com (AMZN) has been making massive investments in its future at the expense of short-term results.
With Jeff Bezos -- one of the few remaining tech visionaries -- at the helm, we’re willing to bet the online retailer will succeed in its far-reaching strategy.
The biopharmaceutical company's core product strategy is aimed at addressing major unmet medical needs.
Alnylam develops therapeutics based on a biological breakthrough technology known as ribonucleic acid interference (RNAi). Alnylam is currently using this know-how to build a pipeline of drug candidates to treat a wide array of diseases.
Federal regulators nix a proposal to make the pill available without a prescription to minors.
Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) hoped to have the first over-the-counter emergency contraceptive available to all ages Wednesday. It failed.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rejected the company's application for Plan B One-Step -- known as the original morning-after pill -- to be available to consumers of all ages without a prescription. A positive verdict would have given Teva an exclusivity advantage it lost back in 2009, when a generic version of its drug hit the market.
The company reportedly is considering an online marketplace and fast-shipping service that may compete with Amazon.
The search giant is reportedly in negotiations with major retailers and shippers to create an online marketplace, taking Amazon (AMZN) head on. If Google's service manages to launch, it would directly compete against Amazon Prime, which provides customers free and quick shipping for a fixed annual fee.
Given the spate of new initiatives at Google, we believe the fast-shipping service will be a little more difficult to tackle, and question whether the company has the stomach for a business that could be very difficult.
The $100 million stake in Brazil's No. 2 airline will give Delta a way to win share in Latin America.
The company's commercial-free approach favors subscription revenue, but Sirius is trying to beef up ad sales as well.
Advertising accounts for only 4% of the stock's value by our estimates, but the company is making efforts to improve ad sales. The newest initiative, expected in the coming months, is SatRad 2.0, which is said to have a dual business model of subscription and advertising.
Sirius XM makes majority of its revenues through subscriptions, which are highly correlated with automobile sales.
Amazon's new tablet could pose a serious challenge to the iPad. And that’s just the beginning, with other competitors waiting in the wings.
Reviewers like "Captain Gadget" of the Huffington Post have dubbed Amazon’s (AMZN) new Kindle Fire a "tablet for dummies" compared to Apple's (AAPL) iPad. After all, you get less battery life, less connectivity, no camera and a smaller screen and hard drive, to name but a few subtractions.
But at $199, it also costs $300 less than the cheapest Apple iPad. And there seem to be plenty of folks out there willing to make the tradeoff -- enough for Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley to scale back his estimated iPad sales in the current quarter to 13 million from 14 million.
The government has suspended a plan to allow foreign companies to own as much as 51% of local supermarkets.
That's the kind of controversy India found itself in last month after giving Wal-Mart and other foreign companies the green light to own up to a 51% stake in supermarkets. Smaller shopkeepers worried that Wal-Mart, with its rock-bottom prices and competitive prowess, would put them out of business.
A look at the long-term prospects of 3 companies that have seen short interest rise.
The best thing about the stock market is that you can make money in either direction. Historically, stock indexes have tended to trend up over the long term. But when you look at individual stocks, you'll find plenty of stocks that lose money over the long haul. According to hedge fund institution Blackstar Funds, even with dividends included, between 1983 and 2006, 64% (nearly two-thirds) of stocks underperformed the Russell 3000, a broad-scope market index.
A large influx of short-sellers shouldn't be a damning factor to any company, but it could be a red flag from traders that something may not be as cut-and-dried as it appears.
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