8 reasons the market isn't worse
8 reasons the market isn't worse

Stocks should be crushed by global turmoil, Jim Cramer says. Instead, they're doing fine.

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The company has seen rapid customer growth, which analysts think reflects market acceptance of enterprise cloud computing.

By Zacks.com Nov 17, 2011 11:55AM

By: Zacks Equity Research

 

Salesforce.com (CRM) is scheduled to announce its third-quarter results Thursday afternoon, and we see limited movement in analyst estimates to date.

 

Second Quarter Overview

Salesforce.com delivered decent second-quarter results, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate on the bottom line. The quarter’s adjusted earnings came in at 6 cents per share, 3 cents ahead of our expectation.

 
Tags: CRM

With each bond auction worse than the previous one, we're caught in an endless downward spiral.

By Jim Cramer Nov 17, 2011 11:15AM

the streetIf you know that every bond auction of almost every country in Europe is going to go badly from now on, if you know that any particular country, like Spain or Italy, has endless financing needs and no institution can afford to show that it has that paper on the books, then you are set up for an endless spiral down. You can't break it. It's as if every day a new Macondo well goes off and the only way to stop it is to let it run out.

 

The company now allows businesses to establish a presence on its Google+ social network.

By Trefis Nov 16, 2011 5:45PM
With the launch of Google+ Pages, Google (GOOG) is quickly following on Facebook's footsteps by including brands and businesses on its social-networking platform.

Although Facebook has already established itself in promoting business pages, Google can provide an additional advantage to businesses by providing extensive integration between Google+ and other features such as Google Search and Google Apps. These moves will help draw businesses in promoting themselves and could threaten to extend its lead over Yahoo (YHOO) and AOL (AOL) in the online advertising market. 

The most immediate impact of the Fire will be felt not by Apple, but by competitors such as Research In Motion, Motorola and HTC.

By Trefis Nov 16, 2011 5:38PM
Ever since Amazon (AMZN) announced in September it would sell its Kindle Fire for a mere $199, the tablet has drummed up a lot of interest from developers and consumers alike.

A recent study by Retrevo.com suggests that more people are interested in purchasing the Fire than Apple's (AAPL) tried-and-true iPad this holiday season. We believe this poses a bigger threat to tablets from Motorola (MMI), HTC and other carriers using Google's (GOOG) Android software. 

Where is the retailer headed this holiday season?

By Benzinga Nov 16, 2011 5:26PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer


Target (TGT) really hit the mark Wednesday with earnings that blew away Wall Street estimates.


The Minneapolis retailer reported earnings of 87 cents per share on $16.4 billion in revenue. Analysts were looking for earnings of 74 cents per share on $16.3 billion.

 

Protesters intend to shut down the New York Stock Exchange and various subway stations on Thursday.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 16, 2011 3:52PM

the streetBy Joe Deaux, TheStreet

 

A day after a New York Supreme Court judge ruled Occupy Wall Street protesters couldn't return to Zuccotti Park with tents and sleeping bags, the protesters were preparing to shut down Thursday the New York Stock Exchange and subway stops across all five of the city's boroughs.

 

Thursday marks the two-month anniversary of the protest movement and demonstrators have said being kicked out of the park on Tuesday has invigorated them even more to close Wall Street.

 

While the US stock market remains in stasis, the eurozone debt market is under incredible selling pressure as the resources needed to end the crisis dwindle.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 16, 2011 3:48PM

It's been a story of two markets this week. On one hand, the European sovereign debt market has been hammered like never before, with the contagion of fear and the symptoms of rising borrowing costs and panicked selling spreading from the infected like Italy and Spain to once-immune countries like France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria.

 

On the other hand, the U.S. stock market continues to post low-volume, narrow-breadth, late-day rebounds kicked off by the closing of European markets. It has remained within a narrowing monthlong trading range.

 

The organization has lost $5.1 billion in the past year and can't make an annual $5.5 billion payment due Friday.

By Kim Peterson Nov 16, 2011 3:06PM
The U.S. Postal Service continues to be destroyed by FedEx (FDX), UPS (UPS) and the Internet, and its future is looking bleak.

The service said this week that it lost $5.1 billion in the past year. And that's after a prolonged cost-cutting effort that eliminated 130,000 jobs and shuttered smaller post offices. 
Tags: FDXgmups

The company is reportedly allowing only employees into the facilities at some New York cafes.

By Kim Peterson Nov 16, 2011 1:58PM
Starbucks (SBUX) loves to set up cafes in areas with heavy foot traffic. But its restrooms end up open to everyone as a result.

The company is getting a little tired of that in New York, according to news reports. So it's begun closing off some restrooms to everyone but employees. 
Tags: SBUX

Forget the major players for now and turn your attention to the less glamorous parts of this energy sector.

By MSNMoney partner Nov 16, 2011 1:36PM

Image: Oil pump jack, low angle view, dusk (© Seth Joel/Photographer)By Gene Marcial

 

Oil is hardly considered black gold anymore, with crude prices no longer shooting up into the stratosphere. But investors shouldn't give up on oil because some energy-related stocks are becoming more attractive even as Wall Street is shifting its focus away from the industry.

 

Forget the major oil exploration and production companies such as ExxonMobil (XOM) or Chevron (CVX) for a while and turn your attention to the less glamorous parts of the business that aren't on the radar of most investors, large and small. Companies that service and provide supplies and all types of support to the giant oil producers are the alluring hidden plays that deserve attention.

 
Tags: CVXoilXOM

The bank says it's aiming for $2 billion in ongoing efficiency savings annually.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 16, 2011 12:42PM

By Shanthi Bharatwaj, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Citigroup (C) plans to cut about 3,000 jobs, or 1% of its work force, as part of a broader expense-reduction plan, sources say.

 

The details are still being worked out, and the final number could be higher. People familiar with the staffing plans also noted that some of the actions have already been communicated and are a result of re-engineering and divestitures.

 

The computer maker has tried numerous turnaround strategies, but nothing seems to be sticking.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 16, 2011 11:32AM

Dell (DELL) CEO Michael Dell has been trying to figure out what to do with the company he co-founded ever since he returned as captain of the ship in 2007. His ideas seem not to be working, as evidenced by Tuesday's disappointing earnings.

First he wanted to win over consumers with snazzy product designs like Apple (AAPL). "We are kind of in the fashion business," he told the Knowledge@Wharton website, run by the University of Pennsylvania's business school, in 2007. "We have been putting quite a bit more energy into this. It will be reflected in future products."

 

A new CEO hopes some tech-world experience will help him reimagine the struggling retailer.

By InvestorPlace Nov 16, 2011 11:21AM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


Ron Johnson is the new J.C. Penney (JCP) chief executive officer, taking the reins of the iconic retailer on Nov. 1. And if his recent comments to analysts are any indication, the new CEO is looking to draw heavily on the big ideas from his days at Apple (AAPL) to breathe new life in to the struggling department store.

 

Why? Two reasons: The president's blanket opposition to fossil fuels, and the coal and chemical money lobbying Congress.

By Jim Cramer Nov 16, 2011 10:25AM

the streetIt's not my wish is my command, but it was terrific Tuesday to see the introduction of the New Alternative Transportation to Give American Solutions, NATGAS Act, introduced in the Senate.

 

The aim is to give incentives to trucking businesses to switch to cleaner engines that use cheaper, more abundant natural gas but are more costly than regular engines to procure. If this bill passes, it would make little sense not to buy nat gas engines, because of the historic low price of natural gas compared with diesel. We have so much natural gas in this country that it is no longer an issue of availability. Diesel will almost always, from now on, be in short supply because of refinery issues and ridiculously strong Chinese demand.

 

The sporting goods giant sprints past estimates, raises guidance and announces a dividend.

By Benzinga Nov 15, 2011 5:07PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer


Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) reported better-than-expected third quarter earnings Tuesday and the company also announced a dividend for the first time. Shares jumped about 5% in early trading and held those gains much of the day, closing at $41.41, a gain of 4.5%.

 

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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market maintained a narrow trading range on Thursday before ending the session essentially where it began. The S&P 500 added less than a point, while the small-cap Russell 2000 (-0.2%) underperformed.

Equity indices displayed early strength thanks in part to an overnight boost from better than expected economic data in China and Europe. Specifically, China's HSBC Manufacturing PMI surged to an 18-month high (52.0 from 50.7), while Eurozone Manufacturing PMI ... More


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