Once you get past the hype, there's little chance for long-term gain with this stock.
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Disk-drive makers look cheap, but there are better investment opportunities in technology.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
Is tech as cheap as I think it is? Yesterday the disk drive world was rocked by still one more whisper that there's been double ordering and that prices are going to come down hard. Seagate (STX) plunged a point as soon as the rumors hit the tape.
So how risky is Seagate, then? Here's a stock that just hit its 52-week-high. At 6 times earnings, how much danger is there?
Earnings at the wholesalers fell short of analysts' estimates, but Costco has more factors working in its favor.
By Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet
Both companies sell bulk items and discretionary merchandise at discount prices, but Costco does it better.
Both retailers missed earnings expectations, causing their shares to drop today. Still, Costco has some factors working in its favor.
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Full steam ahead for OSX Estaleiros, which is pretty much guaranteed Brazilian business.
Want to know why this is going to be a profitless recovery? And not just in the United States, either.
Look at the initial public offering planned by OSX Estaleiros, a startup shipbuilding company. The March 19 offering aims to raise $5.6 billion.
For shipbuilding? (For more on the profitless global recovery, see this related post.)
This is an industry with global overcapacity.
The stock gets three downgrades this week as analysts generally agree that shares are fully valued.
Why the sudden nose-crinkling? Let's go through the analysts' concerns:
Price too high: Netflix shares have risen 26% year-to-date to approach $70. That's a very optimistic scenario, according to Nat Schneider at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America.
To justify the current price,
Here's how 'Avatar' makes the case for GE, why Boeing is boosted by 'District 9' -- and more.
It's almost Oscar time! While Hollywood thinks the event is all about the movies, the buzz around the gala event prompts a whole other flavor of coverage. Gossip mags draw fashion tips from the stars, media moguls talk about advertising conflicts with Jeff Bridges and Hyundai -- and this year even economists are getting in on the action by talking about how Oscar ad sales reflect the economic outlook.
So if all this hoopla can come out of the Academy Awards, why not stock picks, too? Here are companies to buy inspired by this year's 10 best-picture nominees:
The drugmaker is no Wall Street darling. But that hasn't stopped hedge funds from taking interest.
Without Wyeth -- the rival it purchased last year -- Pfizer would be in trouble as sales of its Lipitor cholesterol pill fall off a cliff. Generic versions of the drug are expected to go on sale next year, seriously cutting into Pfizer's revenue.
But with Wyeth under its wing, Pfizer's starting to look good. In the fourth quarter, 11 of the 30 largest equity-oriented hedge funds bought Pfizer stock, according to Thomson Reuters.
Obama blames bad weather for the latest job woes, but does that fit with his global warming stance?
We dodged a bullet today with an ADP report showing the loss of just 20,000 jobs in February -- dead in line with forecasts. But since the American public doesn’t want to hear anymore about how things are getting "less bad," the White House has taken an interesting strategy: Blame the weather.
I have to point out that it’s awfully interesting to see an administration so fired up about global warming now blaming unemployment woes on record snowfall and a harsh winter. I know it’s not politically correct to say so, but that strikes me as downright comical.
So can global warming actually cause more snow? And if so, does that snow really impact the labor market so severely? Let’s examine both of these strange claims:
February sales may be the bottom of this recall story.
As expected, sales at beleaguered auto maker Toyota dropped precipitously in February -- but the intriguing news is that the drop was less than expected.
Is this the sales bottom for Toyota (TM) -- and more importantly, should investors be looking to acquire shares of the company on the cheap?
It looks like they may have bottomed, too -- after a couple of deep deeps below $72, they're trading above $74 -- or at least, won't fall much farther.
Could DreamWorks continue upward for the next 5 years?
This post comes from The Motley Fool's Rich Smith.
The idea of buying a stock right after its 52-week high sends dread through investors who worry about the "gravity" thing.
That's the thesis of my weekly column on Nasdaq ($COMP) stocks trading around their one-year highs. I run the names through the "wisdom of crowds" meter we call MSN CAPS, and out comes a list of stocks that could be poised to plunge.
And while many of the stocks will indeed fall back to Earth, some seem immune to gravity, riding a megatrend to ever-greater heights.
Let's move beyond stocks hitting 52-week highs to identify those trading at heights not attained in the past five years.
You want fries with that? Weight Watchers puts its logo on some Mickey D's menu items in New Zealand.
It's the diet everyone has always dreamed of -- losing weight eating deep-fried chicken and fish.
At least, that's the myth that McDonald's (MCD) and Weight Watchers (WTW) are pushing in New Zealand. The fast food icon and point-based diet company will partner in the region, with the Weight Watchers logo appearing on three select MCD products -- Chicken McNuggets, the Filet-O-Fish sandwich and a Sweet Chili Chicken wrap.
It's the latest win for McDonald's in a campaign for a healthier image that dates back to 2004 -- and which has coincided with a major move in its stock price.
Because McDonald’s makes its nutritional information public for all its food, here’s a real-life rundown of these "health foods." The results will surprise you.
Annaly Capital Management is a REIT with a lot of potential, but also a lot of uncertainty.
While the housing market remains one of the big unknowns right now, many income investors are wading back into REITs.
According to tax law, real estate investment trusts must give back 90% of their income to investors in order to avoid income taxes, and most companies do this by providing a hefty dividend.
Few REITs, however, can rival the 16% dividend yield of Annaly Capital Management (NLY). That’s right, 16% -- the company is trading at around $18 with an annual payout of $3 a share.
It's outrageous the government doesn't target those who almost brought down our financial system.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
What the government cares about and what it doesn't care about is driving me crazy. We are now being told that the government is looking into notes taken and actions stemming from hedge fund idea meetings because of a raid on the euro. I don't want to believe these stories. I don't want to believe them because the investigations would imply that someone thinks you could rig the biggest currency market in the world.
Meanwhile, we have credible evidence that stock after stock was rigged in 2008 -- rigged on the way down -- by concentrated illegal bear raids, evidence that was available through the trading desk and instant messages of traders on stocks like Lehman and Bear and Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) and we don't investigate that? We don't look into the bear raids that we know are banned by the 1934 Securities Act?
Qualcomm shares are up today on dividend news, but there's much to be skeptical about.
On Monday, the board of directors voted to increase the quarterly dividend by 12% to 19 cents a share from the previous 17 cents a share. The new 76 cents per share annual rate is equal to a 2.03% yield on Tuesday's noon price. (The increase is effective for dividends paid after March 28.)
The board also authorized a new, $3 billion share buyback program replacing the company's recently expired $2 billion program. (As is typical of most share buyback programs, this one wound up buying back fewer shares -- about $1.7 billion -- than authorized.)
Pizza chain sees a great quarter after unveiling a recipe that was 2 years in the making.
A Domino's deliveryman in Georgia was robbed recently by two suspects brandishing a pistol and demanding chicken wings, not pizza. "Give me the wings," one suspect reportedly said.
Domino's knew its pizza quality needed some improvement. That's why the chain spent two years testing its product, and debuted a new recipe on Dec. 27.
Tuesday, it unveiled the results of that new recipe:
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