If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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The Internet retailer has become more expensive than the far superior Apple.
By Jake Lynch, TheStreet
Superlative inventory management, low pricing and innovative rewards programs have helped Amazon propel revenue 32% a year since 2008. But despite Amazon's outstanding fundamentals, its stock is overvalued and overloved.
There are signs that the growth trajectory at Amazon is tapering. Whereas sales expansion remains brisk, hitting 36% in the seasonally strong fourth quarter, profit growth was marginal. Amazon's quarterly net income rose 8.3% and earnings per share ascended 7.1%, earning a growth score of 1 out of 5 from TheStreet Ratings' quantitative equity model.
While big banks continue to struggle, the charts for these regional banks appear to be bottoming, making them possible star performers once financials turn around.
As Amazon, eBay and Netflix prepare to report earnings, Internet stock funds will try to build on last week's tech rally. Gold, energy and aerospace are other sectors to keep an eye on.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Here are five exchange-traded funds to watch this week.
So far, earnings season has proven largely positive for the technology sector after firms including Intel (INTC), Apple (AAPL), and IBM (IBM) all reported stellar performance over the past three months.
For FDN, however, the first few weeks of earnings season have been a mixed bag. Yahoo (YHOO) and Juniper Networks (JNPR) reported promising numbers last week. Meanwhile, however, index leader Google (GOOG) has struggled to regain ground after releasing a troublesome report.
FDN will be back in the spotlight this week as a number of major components announce their quarterly earnings, including Amazon (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Akamai (AKAM) and Netflix (NFLX) are slated to report throughout the week.
Look for earnings to power stocks higher again this week
Earnings from major technology players including Intel (INTC) and Apple (AAPL) propelled the market higher last week. Those strong reports helped the overall market as measured by the S&P 500 gain 1.3% for the week.
Look for the trend to continue this week.
Oh, sure there are plenty of things to worry about. At the top of the list is oil. Crude prices supported by earnings momentum crossed $110 per barrel. Gasoline at the local station for many is now at or approaching $4 per gallon.
Can the economy sustain such prices? No matter the answer, the issue does create a wall of worry for stocks. From a contrarian standpoint such a state is actually bullish for stocks.
At least in the short term I look for more gains. My top ETF buy for this week is IShares North American Technology-Multimedia Networking (IGN).
The Fed chief may not have everything figured out, but after 2 years of great stewardship, he deserves the benefit of the doubt.
You have to like a market that makes sense, that does what it is supposed to when big macro events occur that are good for earnings.
Which is why I liked last week. We have a dollar that is going down so fast that the big international companies will be able to beat numbers year over year so strongly that it makes you want to buy everything from United Technologies (UTX) and Ingersoll Rand (IR) to Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and IBM (IBM).
Last year at this time the euro was falling apart, taking with it the chances for companies like Eaton (ETN) and Honeywell (HON) -- which had expanded aggressively overseas, especially in Europe -- to beat the numbers. Now only those companies with no international winds at their back -- read the banks and the retailers -- are going to be laggards.
The style queen launches a spring pet line, offering items such as a belted trench coat and a windbreaker. Seriously.
Just because it's raining cats and dogs doesn't mean your cats and dogs have to get wet. The "pet apparel" industry has been going strong for years now, and a new spring line at PetSmart (PETM) includes a host of waterproof rain gear for the pampered pooch in your life.
But these aren't just silly hats or sweaters knitted by Grandma. For the first time, Martha Stewart Pets will get in on the act. The chic line includes a belted trench coat in tan cotton poplin (complete with shoulder cape) and an "athletic-style" windbreaker with pockets and Velcro closures.
According to a PetSmart marketer, "dogs love their walks, rain or shine," and owners just can't stay inside just because of a little bad weather in spring. But perhaps a better lesson from this product line is that pet owners remain one of the most free-spending groups, despite overcast skies for consumers in general, a trend that both PetSmart and Martha Stewart Living (MSO) hope to cash in on.
The technical readings indicate that the US and many foreign markets can still move significantly higher as we head into May.
- When the market does what you don't expect, take another look at the evidence;
- Have risk management in place, so when you’re wrong you can limit the damage.
The Donald says that his net worth changes from day to day, depending on his attitude.
That's because The Donald says that his net worth is, well, whatever he feels it is on any given day. "My net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with the markets and with attitudes and with feelings, even my own feelings," he said in a legal deposition from 2007. CNN obtained a copy of the deposition recently.
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Standout earnings in the sector could fuel a new uptrend. Here are 3 ideas for how to play it.
McDonald's is passing on the higher costs of beef, cheese and other ingredients to its customers
Americans are already feeling the impact of higher gas prices. But the next time they have a Big Mac attack, consumers may have to suffer the same sticker shock they now get when they pull up to the pump.
That's because McDonalds Corp.'s (MCD) is seeing inflation push up the costs of ingredients like Big Mac beef, cheeseburger cheese and McCafe coffee beans.
As a result, the world's largest fast-food chain said it will raise prices to keep up with food inflation.
The price increases won't be steep, at least not in the United States. Sensitive to the higher prices that Americans are facing at the gasoline pump, grocery store and everywhere else they have to open their wallets, McDonalds says it will absorb some of the initial costs by gradually raising prices to recoup the 4% to 4.5% cost of food increases.
The miner uncovers a higher grade of ore in Indonesia, accelerating production and giving some relief to worries about rising costs.
The Bratz line, which has deeply hurt Barbie sales, does not belong to Mattel, a jury decides.
Barbie maker Mattel (MAT) got smacked down by a federal jury today, and was ordered to pay $88.5 million to rival MGA Entertainment in a dispute over the Bratz line.
In what's being called a stunning decision, the jury told Mattel that it does not own the Bratz dolls. The legal battle has been going since 2004, and one analyst said today that Mattel's failure to settle was a "tremendously bad decision" by management.
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As inflation takes its toll on consumers and the trade balance, GDP growth could be disappointing.
One year ago, all was right in the world. Jobs were being created. Annualized GDP growth averaged an impressive 4.4% between the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010. The Federal Reserve even felt confident enough to allow its first round of quantitative easing to expire.
Then we had a growth scare as risky assets tumbled in the wake of the eurozone debt crisis and the Greek bailout. As a result, GDP growth slowed to just 1.7% in the second quarter amid talk of a double-dip recession.
History is repeating itself. The Fed's QE2 program is about to end. The eurozone crisis is heating up, with Greece on the verge of a debt default/restructuring. And now we have fiscal austerity and inflationary pressure -- side effects of all the stimuli used to juice the economy. I think the stage is set for another slowdown in the months to come. Indeed, by some estimates, the economy may already be shrinking.
This company has growth in sales and earnings, so I'm adding its stock to my Wall Street Survivor portfolio.
I was looking at stocks that have had and are expected to have double-digit growth in sales and earnings and are currently having positive price momentum as measured by Barchart technical indicators.
I found Gildan Activewear (GIL), a company that has over 60% market share in its niche. It makes the blank T-shirts and sweat shirts that all the other companies print on. The sales, earnings and price appreciation have been great.
Nearly all of the purchases from our recent Buffett-style portfolio are paying off nicely. Now it's time to adjust stops to lock in profits.
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