The $19 billion WhatsApp deal could become the Facebook founder's legacy . . . or his albatross.
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This is no longer a jobless recovery. Spending at restaurants likely to rise.
Last week investors received great news in the form of a very strong employment report. In March, the economy added the most jobs in three years.
Already fueling a solid economic recovery, the consumer will rejoice in these numbers. Spending is likely to gradually rise as a result.
Where do consumers like to spend hard earned dollars?
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Value Line Index -- Contains 1700 stocks so it's much broader than the S&P 500 or the very narrow Dow 30 -- Positive price momentum
- Up 3 days out of 4 for a net gain of 1.16% last week
- If the Index were a stock it would have an over all 88% Barchart buy rating, hitting buy signals on 11 of 13 technical indicators
- Hit new highs in 12 of the last 20 trading session and 3 for 5 recently
- 30 day price appreciation of 6.91%
- Tracking above its 20, 50 and 100 day moving averages
Group calls the clown a 'deep-fried Joe Camel' who is fueling childhood obesity nationwide.
One of the most recognizable corporate spokesmen of the last 40 years or so is Ronald McDonald, the “spokes-clown” for McDonald's (MCD) restaurants around the world. But if some health advocates have their way, Ronald will be getting a pink slip.
According to Corporate Accountability International, Ronald is feeding a "fast-food-industry childhood obesity crisis." Nearly 60% of Americans polled by the group believe that the fast-food industry is responsible for a growing "epidemic of childhood obesity and diet-related disease,"and marketing efforts to children that include Ronald McDonald are the biggest culprits.
Corporate Accountability International is calling the red-haired clown a "deep-fried Joe Camel for the 21st Century" and is sponsoring "Retire Ronald" events at several locations around the country.
An industrial giant comes in at the bottom of the list with a -8% loss, and a surprise stock is flying high with a +35% gain from Jan. 1 to April 1
The calendar has turned over to April and that means the first quarter has come to a close. The first three months of the year have been profitable for all the major indexes, with the Dow up 4.1%, the S&P 500 up 4.9% and NASDAQ up 5.7%.
But it’s worth noting that the year got off to a rocky start, all those gains -- and more -- coming from March alone, when those three indexes were up 5.15%, 5.88% and 7.14% respectively.
It’s been a bumpy ride these last three months even if the overall market has come out on top. Some stocks have been left behind – and others have defied the market’s volatility with a clear upwards trajectory in the first quarter of 2010. For those of you keeping score, here are the top 5 and the worst 5 Dow performers from January 1 to April 1:
Growth in China is a two-edged sword: Strong growth is good, but inflation threatens.
Growth in China isn't slowing down -- at least the manufacturing sector isn't.
The Purchasing Managers' Index climbed to 55.1 in March from 52 in February, Li Fung Group reported Thursday.
So far, Beijing's attempts to rein in growth by raising reserve requirements for banks and setting lower quotas for loans isn't having any noticeable effect on the sector.
At this time, strong growth in China is a two-edged sword, however.
Investors in both Fannie and Freddie need to consider that both companies may disappear entirely.
The mortgage securities market has been moribund since the collapse of the housing market and Wall Street in 2008.
That may change with news of a proposed $200 million private offering of securities backed by newly originated mortgage loans not backed by any government guarantees.
The high end housing market has been a lending black hole despite government backing for loans jumping to $729,750. As a result that segment of the market is still struggling with price declines and a lack of buyers.
It will be up to the private markets to save the day.
Overall executive compensation is down 1%, but the DISH move is either refreshing or disturbing depending on your perspective
A Wall Street Journal analysis released today shows that executive compensation at top companies was down almost 1% in 2009. That’s after a 3.4% drop for CEO pay in 2008 as the recession took its toll and political outcry made big bonuses unpopular.
It’s natural to see companies cutting back in leaner times -- even a bit refreshing to see that those on the top of the heap are sharing the pain of the little guys who have had salary freezes or furlough days. But what does it say about a company when it slashes CEO pay by over 90% -- even as share prices have doubled in the last year?
That’s exactly what happened at Dish Network (DISH), where founder and CEO Charles Ergen suffered the harshest drop in pay across the entire WSJ survey -- a drop of 92.5% to $623,100 a year in total compensation.
Apple's stock continues to trade high, and the company's got bank. So what's the next big product? Here's our wish list.
By Robert Holmes, TheStreet
Apple (AAPL) is readying its iPad for store shelves this weekend and a rumored iPhone refresh is in the pipeline, but investors -- now enjoying near-record highs in the stock -- should be looking for the company's next big idea.
Apple's shares jumped earlier this week on a report that the company will update its iPhone product line with a faster, slimmer design that will run on CDMA wireless networks, which could potentially make the iPhone available to Verizon (VZ) customers. Plus, on Saturday, the much-hyped iPad device will go on sale at Apple retail stores and Best Buy (BBY).
A new survey shows a high number of BlackBerry users eyeing rival phones.
Online research firm Crowd Science says that BlackBerry users are more likely to find a new phone than users of the iPhone or the Android operating system, according to MarketWatch.
Nearly 40% of BlackBerry owners said they "definitely or probably" would switch to an iPhone, according to the study from Crowd Science. Another third said they would switch to an Android phone by Google.
Bank of America shares climb back above $18 for the first time in five months, and Wall Street remains bullish about their prospects.
By Lauren Tara LaCapra, TheStreet
With Bank of America's (BAC) shares rising steadily since mid-February, investors are wondering whether they'll reverse course as they did a few months ago or keep climbing, as analysts predict.
The stock has traded between $14.25 and $18.35 since Feb. 9. It broke through the $18 barrier on March 25 for the first time in more than five months, and has remained at that level for the past few days on relatively light volume.
Bank of America is up about 18% this year as financial stocks have outpaced the broad market, with the KBW Bank Index ($BKX) advancing 21.5% versus gains of roughly 4% and 5% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) and S&P 500 ($INX), respectively, through Wednesday.
Apple's iPad tablet, which goes on sale Saturday, gets a nice round of applause from critics.
Arguably the most influential tech reviewer out there is Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal. Mossberg is already a big fan of Apple's -- to the point where the company quotes him often during presentations and sales pitches.
So maybe it's no surprise that he loves the iPad. "After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop," he writes.
Survey shows Google's smart phone system challenging the iPhone, making RIM an afterthought.
Google (GOOG) and its Android operating system are now the next big thing for smart phones, taking the spotlight from Apple (AAPL) and its iconic iPhone. And with these two smart phones as the leaders, future demand for Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry devices is drying up.
Nearly twice as many consumers were using Android-based phones compared with three months ago, according to a survey of 4,000 consumers in March by ChangeWave Research (an InvestorPlace company).
Granted, these users still make up less than 10% of the market and are far behind the iPhone’s 32% share of the market or the BlackBerry’s industry-leading 37%, but the growth rate is very impressive.
Directors, theater owners join MPAA in asking government regulators to slow down before approving new exchanges.
The forces continue to mount against Cantor Fitzgerald's attempt to create an online futures trading system based on movie box-office performance.
On Wednesday, the Directors Guild of America and the National Association of Theater Owners were among a number of Hollywood organizations and guilds to join the Motion Picture Association of America in its attempt to at least slow down regulatory approval for the new Cantor Exchange trading market, as well as another movie-futures trading system being established by Media Derivatives.
The group sent a letter to the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, asking it to delay a April 2 meeting at which it’s expected the regulatory body will determine whether Media Derivatives can go forward with movie futures trading for institutional investors.
Some observers worry the company has lost its edge in advertising, growth and market-share gain.
Google (GOOG) hasn't had the best run of it lately.
The search giant is stuck in a nasty squabble with China. On top of that, Bloomberg reports, growth is slowing, regulators are growing ever more vigilant, and times are changing for advertisers (its main cash cow).
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And Facebook has jumped out in front to become the most popular U.S. Web site. And so investors worry that Google, no longer the tech hotshot, is becoming more and more like Microsoft (MSFT), which has not innovated well into new markets.
The president's easing stance on oil exploration is a good sign for Transocean.
Shares of Transocean (RIG) were up more than 3% Wednesday on news that President Barack Obama has proposed permitting exploration in the Atlantic Ocean from Delaware to Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico 125 miles off the west coast of Florida if Congress lifts its moratorium on drilling in the area.
Very little is expected to happen very quickly. An area 50 miles off the coast of Virginia would be opened up for immediate exploration. Further south, areas would be opened for study with a decision on drilling pushed off into 2013.
And all this is just a proposal by the Obama administration anyway. But even if this is all just words now, they're important words.
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