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Be wary of dire market forecasts

The most likely scenario is that the markets will begin to rise from here -- and that bounce is just beginning to take hold.

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When a stock is a favorite of many of the most successful investors around, you know it's special.

By StreetAuthority 3 hours ago
File photo of an AT&T Wireless store in Philadelphia, Penn. (© Matt Rourke/AP)By Eric Winter

They say there is power in numbers, and when it comes to investing like the pros, that sentiment is right on the money.

One of my favorite analytical methods is to find stocks that possess as many professional "endorsements" as possible. These stocks not only have impressively high yields, but they are also well-represented in the portfolios of the world's investing elite.

The beauty of today's hedge-fund regulations mean that managers are required to disclose their long positions every quarter, allowing investors of all sizes access to detailed insight into what a manager is holding. 

The Chinese e-commerce website's transaction volume dwarfs that of eBay and Amazon.com, but the company's size could be its worst enemy.

By MSN Money producer 5 hours ago

By Juro Osawa, Paul Mozur and Rolfe Winkler, The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal

Alibaba Headquarters in Hangzhou, China © ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

Jack Ma still has the spartan apartment in the Chinese city of Hangzhou where the former English teacher started Alibaba.com in 1999. As the e-commerce company grew, executives and employees often hunkered down there for inspiration while trying to come up with the next big thing.


Big doesn't come close to describing Alibaba Group Holding now.


Taobao, a website dreamed up in Ma's apartment a decade ago, has about 800 million product listings from seven million sellers who pay Alibaba for advertising and other services. In 2013, the combined transaction volume of Taobao and another Alibaba-run shopping site called Tmall reached $240 billion, says a person with knowledge of the figure.


The total is more than double the size of Amazon.com (AMZN), triple the size of eBay (EBAY) and one-third larger than the value of all the transactions last year at the two U.S.-based e-commerce giants combined.


Those numbers help explain why Alibaba is nearing another giant milestone: a hotly anticipated initial public offering in the U.S. that could raise about $15 billion from investors, just shy of what Facebook (FB) sold when the social-networking firm went public in 2012.

 

The company is scrambling to protect its equities arm, which could face declining volume and revenue as competitors close the gap.

By MSN Money Partner 19 hours ago
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. signage is displayed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (© Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images)By Justin Baer and Scott Patterson, The Wall Street Journal

Under pressure from unhappy clients and losing market share to rivals, Goldman Sachs (GS) is trying to jump-start its stock-trading business.


At recent trading conferences with top clients, including Fidelity Investments and BlackRock Inc. (BLK), and in private conversations, investors have vented their concerns with the way Goldman and other firms trade stocks, people familiar with the matter said.


Amid the mounting frustration, Goldman has sought to take a more public role in the debate over the market's future. The firm has encouraged employees to stress to clients its views on market mechanics, and in March the firm's president wrote an opinion piece about those ideas in The Wall Street Journal. Goldman's effort also has included discussions over the future of its Sigma X private stock-trading venue. The Journal reported April 8 that Goldman was considering shutting it down.

 
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The 8,000th model has rolled off the assembly line. There's a reason it's the best-selling airplane of all time.

By MSN Money Partner 21 hours ago
Credit: © David Ryder/Reuters

Caption: A Boeing 737 jetliner at the Boeing assembly plant in Renton, Wash.By Justin Bachman, Businessweek

Boeing's (BA) 737 aircraft just marked an aviation first: The 8,000th model has rolled off the assembly line, a round-number milestone for the best-selling airplane of all time. 


Boeing will deliver the aircraft, a 737-900ER, on Wednesday to United Airlines (UAL), the buyer of the first 737 sold in the U.S.


For an idea of just how popular the 737 is among airlines -- several have built their entire business models around that one airplane -- consider that Boeing's archrival, Airbus, finished its 8,000th overall plane in August. The 737 program started in 1967, seven years before Airbus delivered its first airplane.

 
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These issues can hold your nest egg together for the long haul without worries about a volatile market.

By Traders Reserve 22 hours ago

Johnson & Johnson products (© John Raoux/AP Photo)By Karen Riccio

                                                            

The stock market volatility we've experienced thus far in 2014 has certainly served as a rude awakening for many investors who were lulled into a false sense of security after a year of smooth sailing.

 

Wednesday, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) -- flat as a pancake since January -- is the only major index not in the red. Both the Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) and Dow Jones industrials ($INDU) are in negative territory, sending weary investors on a roller-coaster ride they didn't expect.

 

One way to avoid the ups and downs is by owning stocks that aren't about short-term trends, or economic cycles, or what the new Fed chair said a week ago.

 

The stock rises 8% on unconfirmed reports of a deal with a large beverage company. Shares have been extremely volatile for years.

By InvestorPlace 23 hours ago

Bottles of SodaStream flavors (© Frances Roberts/Alamy)By Dan Burrows


SodaStream (SODA) stock was jumping Wednesday after a media report said the company is looking to sell a large stake to a major beverage firm.


This is just the sort of boost SodaStream needed after a prolonged period of weakness. Prior to Wednesday's report, shares were off 16 percent year-to-date and 55 percent off the 52-week high hit last summer.


Investors should know that, based on the sketchiness of the media report, it's unclear how long the rally in the stock can last -- especially since much of the upside appears to be driven by a short squeeze.


An Israeli financial newspaper said SodaStream is in negotiations to sell a 10 percent to 16 percent stake at $54 a share -- a 33 percent premium to Tuesday's closing stock price, Bloomberg reported. That would value the stock at $1.1 billion versus its current market cap of $787 million.

 

The more likely scenario is that the markets will begin to rise from here -- and that bounce is just beginning to take hold.

By MSN Money Partner 23 hours ago
Image: Crystal ball (© Brand X Pictures/JupiterimagesBy L.A. Little, MarketWatch

Market commentators love to make the big call: market crash. 


As soon as there is a sign of general market weakness, they come out of the woodwork with their crash calls. Perennial doom commentators like Marc Faber, Harry Dent and others were on the airwaves last week talking up the fear of the impending meltdown. 


If you go back through history, that's how you get famous. You repeat your bear calls each time the market wobbles, calling for a huge decline, and if it develops while your call is still fresh, then six months down the road you are a guru -- set up to live off your 15 minutes of fame for the rest of your life.

 

If you think stocks have been faltering because of earnings shortfalls, think again.

By Jim Cramer 24 hours ago

Stock graph © y-studio/Getty ImagesWe all want to think we can spot bottoms. We all want to think bottoms aren't lockstep affairs but rather movements that take time to build. You get some confidence here, some short-covering there, some positive news from the left and some upgrades from the right.


But none of that happened Tuesday. Nope, it was all one gigantic two-stepped algorithm, and we should just suspend any judgment that there was more to it than that.


TheStreet.com logoThe first step? At 12:58 p.m. EDT the NYSE Arca Biotech Index, which had been in slow-motion-crash mode, made a sudden pivot and rallied convincingly. Don't bother looking, as nothing happened at that moment -- nothing at all. I checked the headlines of every single major biotech stock before I wrote this. There wasn't a single story of any import.

 

The bank is stuck in a legal morass stemming from ill-advised acquisitions. Will CEO Brian Moynihan ever establish a new legacy?

By MSN Money staff 24 hours ago

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan © Jacquelyn Martin/APBy David Weidner, MarketWatch


MarketWatch on MSN MoneyHe's in his fourth year as chief executive of Bank of America Corp., but it's still difficult to distinguish whether the bank reflects any of Brian Moynihan's vision or is more the product of his predecessor's legacy.


The bank on Wednesday reported a $276 million loss for the first quarter as lower mortgage originations and a $6 billion legal charge stung results. Bank of America (BAC) beat analyst estimates when stripping out the one-time charges. The problem: One-time charges have been a regular feature of too-big-to-fail banking for nearly six years.


And that's not going to change anytime soon.

 
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Amazon's delivery system is limited to just Amazon purchases, but a smaller competitor believes it has the solution to the growing problem of urban package deliveries.

By TheStreet.com Staff Wed 11:19 AM

File photo of a woman walking past an Amazon locker in New York © Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesBy Laurie Kulikowski, TheStreet


What is one of the biggest inconveniences for urban dwellers? Many say the fear that they won't receive package deliveries. It's a reason why many apartment residents prefer to plug in their work address when asked for shipping information, putting added responsibility on the office mail-room or administrative assistants that deal with that. The Street on MSN Money


With consumers purchasing increasing amounts online, the added burden of secure delivery, packages clogging front vestibules and overburdening residential maintenance staff is a big worry.


Package Concierge believes it has the solution to urban package deliveries, something it thinks Amazon's (AMZN) Lockers do not.

 

If you think the market's due for a long drift downward, here's the investment for you.

By StreetAuthority Tue 4:10 PM
Caption: Analyzing stock market from computer screen
Credit: © MicroWorks/Getty ImagesBy David Goodboy

"The times, they are a-changing."

Watching the stock market closely over the last week brought Bob Dylan's words to mind. The Dow Jones industrials ($INDU) plunged over 600 points in six trading sessions, and the high-flying Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) sustained its largest drop in over two years.

What's more, five of the 14 IPOs slated for the past two weeks postponed their launches due to the sell-off. The majority of this selling was by hedge funds slashing their risk exposure, according to The Wall Street Journal, sending shivers of fear into even the most hardened of stock market players.

This selling is different than what we witnessed in January. The January selling was triggered by the fear of a change in Federal Reserve policy and simple profit-taking. Last year's bull market prompted many investors to simply wait until January to cash in so they could delay paying taxes on their fat gains for another year.  

Could a pilot program with the London Police Department move the needle for the company?

By Motley Fool Investor Beat Tue 4:01 PM
Taser International (TASR) stock was up nearly 3 percent Tuesday after the company announced a deal with the London Police Department to roll out a trial number of its AXON wearable cameras to officers throughout the London area.

Some 500 officers would each be equipped with a camera, which would upload a constant feed to cloud storage, ideally in the hope that it could reduce complaints, increase accountability, and reduce legal costs for the department. 

With an outrageous price tag for 'Digital Paper,' the company botches another promising product.

By MSN Money Partner Tue 3:50 PM
Credit: Courtesy of Sony

Caption: Sony’s Digital PaperBy Brett Arends, MarketWatch

Sony Corp. (SNE) has done it again!

Once again, the Japanese electronics giant has come up with a terrific piece of new technology -- a breakthrough product that lots of people might want.


And then it has done its level best to strangle the product in its infancy.


A short while ago I sat down in Boston with Giovanni Mancini, director of product development at E Ink, and got an early peek at Sony’s new "Digital Paper" product (pictured). This is basically the closest anyone has yet come to a digital piece of paper.


It uses E Ink's new "Mobius" display and proprietary Sony technology. It is the size of a letter-sized piece of paper -- which makes its screen more than four times the size of a regular e-reader.

 

The company has made at least 4 acquisitions in the space, and few people have paid any attention.

By MSN Money Partner Tue 2:14 PM
Caption: The Twitter logo is displayed on a banner outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 7, 2013 in New York
Credit: © Andrew Burton/Getty ImagesBy Jim Edwards, Business Insider

Twitter (TWTR) Tuesday acquired Gnip, a company that had access to Twitter's "firehose" of data and packaged it for resale to other companies that want to slice and dice it.

It's at least the fourth acquisition that Twitter has made in the data space, and few people have paid any attention to it. Everyone knows that Twitter is an advertising business, and ads make up nearly 90 percent of the company's revenue.


Twitter has actively played down the other side of its business, data licensing, warning investors in its SEC disclosures that it expects data payments to be a declining percentage of its overall revenue.

 
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The auto-parts retailer sees shares plunge 15% after reporting a bleak quarter.

By InvestorPlace Tue 1:09 PM

Credit: © Paul Sakuma/AP
Caption: File photo of a customer leaving a Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack auto parts store in Hayward, Calif.By Christopher Freeburn


Investors hammered Pep Boys (PBY) stock on Tuesday after the auto-parts retailer reported disappointing fiscal fourth-quarter results.


Shares sank after the retailer announced it suffered a loss of 6 cents per share, which was worse than the 5-cent loss analysts expected. Revenue also was down, off 6.6 percent from a year earlier at $495.7 million, which was well below Street expectations of $535 million.


CEO Mike Odell said in a statement that while pricing for tires has stabilized, they're "still below last year's level, which has and is expected to continue to negatively impact top line sales results through the second quarter of 2014."

 
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