The company, which reports its quarterly earnings Tuesday, has once again become an investor favorite.
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After hitting a wall of skepticism before Wednesday's close, the market is waiting for more positive news.
I reiterate that I think the sell-off was related to options expiration and that hiring, which is crucial, is getting better, not worse. That's the immunity from the illness of Europe that so many people keep keying on. They should be keying in on good industrial production and retail sales, but you can go up for only so long on those two.
The aircraft manufacturer is raising prices -- a sign that airlines are getting serious about buying.
Changes are afoot in the stock market that suggest now is the time to prepare for a significant market correction.
After months of mostly uninterrupted gains, stocks are beginning to stall.
Traders moved into defensive, noncyclical sectors for the third day in a row Wednesday as staples, health care, and telecom stocks lead the way. Cyclical, economically sensitive stocks in the semiconductors, technology, real-estate and transportation sectors are all showing serious underperformance relative to the broad market.
The strength in defensives, combined with the weakness of cyclical stocks, suggests investors have their doubts about whether the typical Santa Claus rally will materialize this year. Along with narrowing market breadth, the subject of my last post, this is a sign that a market correction is coming. Here's why.
The company wants to double its number of restaurants in China in 3 years.
McDonald's opened its first restaurant in China 20 years ago, in the town of Shenzhen, but it has lagged since then and has only about 1,000 outlets. So Yum Brands (YUM) jumped in to fill the void, opening about 3,700 Pizza Hut and KFC outlets in the country.
McDonald's now wants to compete. The company has opened 165 restaurants in China this year and wants to add as many as 200 next year, Reuters reports.
Time chooses Mark Zuckerberg for its annual honor. Does he deserve it?
Certainly Zuckerberg is noteworthy. But Time said he won the honor "for changing how we all live our lives." That's a bit of a stretch, isn't it?
Time says that its person of the year is the person (or thing) that most influenced the culture or the news in 2010 -- in a good or bad way, The Associated Press reports. Now, I admit that Facebook irritates me to no end, so maybe I'm a little biased. But is Zuckerberg that influential?
A retail resurgence means it's time for a little bargain shopping.
It's the holiday season, and we're offering two picks today for the price of one. For an added bonus, there's also the possibility of the world getting a few dozen more Victoria's Secret models. How can you resist?
Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor
Retail is back, guys. You can read our full explanation, but here's a quick rundown of the vital facts:
Skip the gadgets and jewelry and consider giving exchange-traded funds that invest in gold and coal.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
While images of games and gadgets may be on many people's minds, investors who have their loved ones' portfolios in mind may want to consider putting some promising exchange-traded funds under the tree this year.
Necklaces, bracelets and earrings are always thoughtful and welcome. However, this year, investors considering precious metals for the holidays may want to consider skipping the jewelry and instead present their loved ones with a shiny new gold ETF.
The index reclaimed its 1999 year-end levels Tuesday after more than 10 years of doldrums. Now we have a chance for a fresh start.
We are not running in place. In fact, what we are doing is breaking out on the last laggard index out there, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU), which closed the year 1999 at 11,497. Take a look at where we are: Tuesday we finally got back to where we were 11 years ago, although there was a heck of a lot in between.
Why focus on this number? Because for many people, we have been involved in a 10-year bear market, one that left us worse off than we were a decade ago, one that left us, without dividends being reinvested, in a lost decade of stocks. It's been a repulsive period for the alleged asset class of choice, a decade in which gold has done so much better, in which you made more money in bonds, in which you would have done so much better not indexing -- at least to the Dow.
I think this is a very important milestone. I think it says that we have a chance for a fresh start in 2011, when we could break out of a range that has haunted us.
Freeport McMoRan is distributing lots of money. What does that say about the stock's future?
Delta's revenue led the industry during the first three quarters of 2010.
By Ted Reed, TheStreet
With the fourth quarter historically one in which airlines lose money, it is possible to conclude that nearly every penny of the industry's profits will result from fee income. U.S. airlines are expected to earn about $4 billion in 2010 after losing $23.7 billion the previous year.
Speaking at an investor conference last month, US Airways (LCC) CFO Derek Kerr said the airline would have about $500 million in 2010 fee revenue, including $475 million from baggage fees. That is roughly equivalent to US Airways' expected 2010 profit.
We profit from common stock and options trading.
Written by Douglas Estadt
Today, we take a closer look at a unique and profitable scenario involving optionsXpress Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:OXPS), a web-based brokerage company. Investors may stand to profit from the simultaneous trading of OXPS common stock and options. Common stock shareholders will be paid a substantial dividend provided that they own the stock before December 27th. This dividend will then likely spark a sell off that will, in turn, benefit options traders as the put value increases. The plays from which we’ll profit are as follows:
- Purchasing the common stock, which is currently around 19.50, will pay a one-time dividend of 4.50 come the end of December
- January 20 put is trading at 1.20; as the stock will likely sell off following the 4.50 pay out, the put will become increasingly valuable and so we will be buying 3x as many of these as we bought common shares.
For more on OXPS, view today's show:
One report says that the iPad 2 could start shipping within months, leading to an April launch.
That could mean the iPad 2 will launch in April, the site suggests. Reporters from Digitimes wrote the story after talking to unnamed sources at Foxconn Electronics' plants in Shenzhen, China.
Neither Apple nor Foxconn would confirm the news, so this one heads to the rumor column. The article also says that Apple originally wanted to begin mass production of the iPad 2 in January but delayed that because its firmware is still in testing.
With prices that can't compete, the electronics retailer saw market share crumble in the third quarter.
But Best Buy (BBY) was an afterthought. That's because, lately, Best Buy has become too expensive. Now it's the place you go simply to check out electronics. When you want to buy, you go to Wal-Mart or Target.
This has been a very difficult year for Best Buy, and today's third-quarter report showed just how far the electronics retailer has fallen. Sales and profit were way below what Wall Street was expecting. Inventories were up, and now the stock has tanked, down 16% to $35.10.
Sometimes it just makes sense to pay up for the guacamole.
Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor
The fast-growing burrito chain is trading at a lofty 43 times this year's projected earnings and a still-heady 36 times next year's bottom-line target.
Chipotle is cheaper than you think, though.
This fund is headlined by stable industry leaders such as Google, Amazon and Yahoo.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
The breakneck expansion of the ETF universe has introduced investors to a diverse collection of products that track new and increasingly narrow corners of the global marketplace.
While some of these funds have struggled to gain a following before fizzling away, others have grown in prominence, earning a respectable following and establishing a sturdy foothold in the industry.
The First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund (FDN) exemplifies a narrowly focused ETF that has risen to prominence.
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