New legislation is allowing foreign companies to finally invest in the country's vast oil reserves.
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Berkshire Hathaway shares did not perform well in 2011.
Investors in Berkshire should be thankful that their money wasn't with a hedge fund manager such as John Paulson, who recently released a 24-page letter of apology after his fund tumbled more than 32% in its worst performance in 17 years. Disappointing performance at Soros Investment Management led to the departure of the firm's chief investment officer and prompted billionaire George Soros to return money to outside investors.
Could this mean long-term growth for Mead Johnson?
A continued dispute with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts may cause Walgreen to lose prescriptions and sales.
In a move that hints at a renewed focus on merchandising, the company picks a Brookstone exec.
The company said Tueday it has hired away the CEO of Brookstone, Ron Boire, as its chief merchandising officer. Boire will report to CEO Lou D'Ambrosio, whom Lampert hired last year despite a lack of retail experience. Brookstone, long a fixture in America's malls, is holding its own financially -- which is more than can be said for Sears, where sales have declined for 18 straight quarters.
Dreamliner launch should help profits soar at this aerospace industry supplier.
Our top stock pick for 2012 is Titanium Metals (TIE), or TIMET for short.
Janney Capital Markets is concerned with the company's inflated margins and ability to sustain sales growth.
That's the message behind Janney Capital Markets' downgrade Tuesday of Williams Sonoma to "sell" from "neutral." The stock fell more than 3% to $37.19 as a result.
Williams Sonoma owns its namesake brand of home goods stores as well as the Pottery Barn and West Elm names.
Despite the recent slump in share price, Amazon's valuation remains sky-high.
The nattering and chattering over Amazon's (AMZN) foray into the tablet field with the Kindle Fire -- a product that costs more to produce than the company is selling it for -- is ultimately just a lot of smoke.
Yes, absolutely, Amazon is risking short-term profits and margins. So what? CEO Jeff Bezos always has managed the company beyond the quarterly demands of Wall Street's expectations. Amazon's razor-thin margins always have been under close scrutiny, and any time they come up short, investors punish the stock.
The company's fuel-efficient car batteries should help generate rapid growth.
Johnson Controls competes with major players such as Honeywell International (HON) and Siemens Building Technologies (SI) in the HVAC industry; Lear Corporation (LEA), Faurecia and Magna (MGA) in the automotive interior systems industry; and Exide Technologies (XIDE) and GS Yuasa in the automotive batteries industry.
Akamai, Verizon and Williams-Sonoma receive downgrades.
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Tuesday's noteworthy analyst upgrades include:
Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JP Morgan
American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Satellite television, railroads and beverage packagers should be early beneficiaries of any recovery.
The market could have done better in 2011, but, frankly, it didn’t do too badly either, considering the tumultuous challenges it had to overcome. Rather than collapse under numerous burdens -- including a wayward Europe, a tsunami in Japan and discombobulated leadership in the U.S. Congress -- it still ended higher, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) up 5.5%.
Taking a closer look at market activity, almost all of the brand-name stocks -- like McDonald's (MCD), Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), IBM (IBM) and Pfizer (PFE) -- excelled over the year. It might be time now to revisit the non-brand stocks, at least for the intermediate term.
Silicon Valley-based maker of electric cars powers up for the mass market.
While Toyota has blanketed the U.S. with milquetoast hybrid Priuses, and the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are uninspiring "appliances," Tesla Motors (TSLA) has done something different. It has built electric cars that are thrilling to drive.
Bearish traders said consumers would run out of gas and Dow stocks were the place to be. They were wrong.
Oh, to be part of the intelligentsia, the bearish think tanks that inspire so much of what passes for conventional wisdom that then gets passed on to the "news." I yearn for it because it is never wrong, always prescient and seems to make so much money when the truth is, of course, that it is often wrong, rarely prescient and costs you a fortune.
With that in mind, here are the 10 bearish myths, all conventional wisdom, that you read about over and over again and pretty much took for gospel:
The coffee shop isn't alone as food inflation drives up costs at every restaurant and grocery store.
If your New Year's resolution was to pinch a few more pennies, Starbucks (SBUX) has some bad news for you. The coffee king is hiking prices, thanks to the rising costs of coffee and milk, and passing its expenses on to java junkies.
Starbucks is raising prices about 1%, on average, in some of its most popular markets in the Northeast and South. Cities such as New York, Dallas and Atlanta are the big targets. For example, a 12-ounce cup of coffee will go up in cost by 10 cents, a Starbucks spokesman said.
Indian automaker sees strong growth at home and in China, though low-end Nano disappoints.
Tata Motors (TTM) is India's dominant producer of commercial vehicles and controls 60% of the market. It is also a leading manufacturer of passenger cars, and owns the Jaguar Land Rover brand of luxury cars and sport utility vehicles.
Spice maker shows earnings growth is always in season.
Sticking with a trend can be a good thing. The trend I'm sticking with in 2012 is dividend-growth investing -- buying shares in companies that continually increase their dividend year after year.
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