Stocks have rallied 177%, and while calling a top is the easiest thing to do, it might not be the most accurate, Cramer says.
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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:
What an analysis of 'pair trades' reveals as stocks get off to a great start in March.
Traders kicked March off with a bang as stocks have posted impressive gains over the past two days. Last month's worries over the solvency of high-debt European nations seemed to dissolve into the ether. Even a set of disappointing economic reports here in the United States late last week wasn't enough to dampen the enthusiasm of buyers.
Some of this was to be expected. The first trading day of the month tends to have a positive bias because of the automatic investments in pensions, IRAs, etc. Since last April, the first trading day of the month has been an up day 9 of the last 11 times. But there was something else afoot, something that points to a deeper change in sentiment.
One of the surest ways to detect these shifts in attitudes is when a cross-asset correlation changes. In other words:
The Oracle of Omaha is his usual wise and witty self in his latest shareholder letter. Here's what investors can learn from his comments.
Warren Buffett released his year-end 2009 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders over the weekend, and, as usual, the Oracle of Omaha's comments are filled with a good deal of wit and candor -- where else could you hear a Fortune 500 CEO say he enjoys issuing new stock "about as much as we relish prepping for a colonoscopy"?
Of course, Buffett's letters are also always filled with wisdom, and I pay particular attention to his words, since his approach forms the basis for one of my Guru Strategy computer models (up more than 50% last year and another 4.2% in 2010). This year's edition is no different, as Buffett lays out insightful thoughts on both current market conditions and long-term investing strategy. Here's a look at what I think are the five major takeaways investors should glean from Buffett's latest letter:
1. It's still all about the businesses -- the long-term businesses
Buffett once said, “As far as I am concerned, the stock market doesn’t exist. It is there only as a reference to see if anybody is offering to do anything foolish.” He still means it, and all you need to do is read the very first page of Berkshire's report for proof. That's where Berkshire monitors its annual progress by listing the growth of its book value, not its stock price, something it always has done.
A look at the real data should give investors reason to be optimistic about March -- and beyond.
By Jon D. Markman, InvestorPlace
With all the talk about Greece’s debt, high unemployment and bear markets lately, it’s high time someone pointed out what’s going right with the economy now. So here are seven reasons you should be bullish about the market in March -- and beyond!
7. We are only in the second inning of the recovery. How can I be so sure? Well, the past nine economic expansions have lasted 62 months on average, and we are about eight months along since the economy stopped shrinking and GDP pushed into positive territory again. It’s a bit early to declare “game over” just yet, so don’t read too much into the slow start of this bull market.
The Oracle of Omaha's latest letter to shareholders suggests his investment strategy has become more conservative.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Warren Buffett has released what's regarded as the most widely anticipated missive in finance.
The Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) shareholder letter provides investors insight into Buffett's investment empire, as well as a clearer window into minds of the Oracle of Omaha and his partner, Charlie Munger.
Some view this annual document as the best account of Buffett's business and personal life. In his most recent letter, Buffett outlined the structure of Berkshire Hathaway and provided a forecast for the firm heading into the future.
It's hard to pinpoint why stocks are rising, so it may be time to step back and assess the action.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
Monday felt like "money in," one of those days where you can't pinpoint what triggered the rally other than a surfeit of cash.
You had the oil stocks up even though the oil futures were down. You had the natural gas stocks higher even though natural gas futures were down. You had still one more day of strong health care stocks, even though Nancy Pelosi swore up and down that she would jam health care down our throats.
You had retail up again even though we had big storms that made it so February will most likely be disappointing. You had Ford (F) blitzing higher even though we know that they lost a lot of showroom time to snow days.
A welcome to open-carry advocates may not help the coffee chain. But acceptance of sidearms is good for gun makers.
Johnny Cash wondered about the wisdom of a young farmhand’s journey to town with his gun by his side in the song, “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town.”
So I have to wonder what the Man in Black would think of those taking their guns to Starbucks?
We're not in the Wild West anymore and they're unlikely to be used, some would say. Others would say that's why sidearms aren't needed.
The question's getting a lot of discussion and debate online as gun owners nationwide test a variety of open-carry laws, some of which allow businesses to ban them. According to an Associated Press report, California Pizza Kitchen and Peet's Coffee & Tea are among the businesses that have banned customers with guns.
There are big problems in the soft-drink industry as the North American market for soft drinks declines.
Gee, I really hate this deal.
Wall Street will be keeping an eye on the jobs report, earnings and the Fed Beige Book
By Maria Bartiromo, CNBC
Jobs will be among the big stories again this week, especially after last week's surprise increase in the number of people filing for unemployment benefits, as we wait to get the latest unemployment rate. On Friday, we'll get the official Employment Situation report from the government. It will include the newest unemployment rate, which currently stands at 9.7 percent.
On a related note, fourth-quarter productivity and labor costs will be released Wednesday. Productivity has surged the last three quarters as companies continue to try to make do with fewer employees.
Investors will also be watching the Fed's Beige Book for clues on interest-rate policy, along with other economic and corporate earnings reports.
Peter Parker loses his job in this economy. How to save the city and still pay rent?
Spider-Man's going to have a tough time paying the bills now.
Peter Parker will get fired by boss J. Jonah Jameson in Wednesday's issue of "Amazing Spider-Man," joining millions of Americans who have been hit hard by the economic recession.
I suspect that even Spidey sense won't help him figure out the unemployment paperwork, either.
"Peter Parker’s been through some rough times lately, with all of his deadliest foes returning, and he couldn’t lose his job at a worse time,”
Sony uncovers PlayStation 3 bug, and tells most users to turn off their systems for 24 hours.
So unless you own one of the newer "slim" PlayStation 3 models, just stay away from the system completely. Fortunately, investors seemed to shrug at this news, and Sony shares are doing fine Monday.
The problem appears to be a huge bug in the PS3's internal clock. Seems that the clock in some systems may have reset to Jan. 1, 2000.
That has affected Sony's PlayStation Network, an online service for gaming and shopping.
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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market finished an upbeat week on a mixed note. The S&P 500 added just over a point, holding its weekly gain at 1.0% while the Nasdaq lost 0.4%.
The major averages began the day on an upbeat note, but relinquished their opening gains during the first 90 minutes of action. The early sentiment was boosted by a better-than-expected nonfarm payrolls report for February (175K versus Briefing.com consensus 163K), but a closer look into the report suggested that ... More
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