5 reasons the market is seeing red
5 reasons the market is seeing red

Geopolitical crises are taking a toll on stocks as we head into the seasonally weak month of August.

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Lawmakers have millions of dollars invested in these big names.

By Kim Peterson Nov 17, 2011 5:43PM
Image: US Capitol (© Donovan Reese/Getty Images)Remember all the outrage about whether General Electric (GE) paid federal taxes last year? There weren't too many complaints from Congress about that, even though the country probably could have used that money.

Maybe this explains the silence: GE is the No. 1 stock investment for members of Congress, with 75 of them holding shares, according to CNBC.

The top GE investors were Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who was in for at least $1 million, and Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who was holding anywhere from $600,000 to $1.3 million in stock. 

The stock is taking a beating on word that contract talks with a key pilots union have stalled.

By Kim Peterson Nov 17, 2011 4:53PM
It's tough to be an AMR (AMR) shareholder these days.

The company's stock has fallen nearly 80% this year, mostly on concerns that labor costs and other contracts are becoming unmanageable. Shares were down some 6% Thursday on news that bankruptcy could become a very real possibility. 
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The sandwich chain is expanding with concept cafes that offer espresso drinks, Wi-Fi and television.

By Kim Peterson Nov 17, 2011 4:23PM
Credit: (© Business Wire)
Caption: Subway Cafe in CaliforniaMove over, Starbucks (SBUX). Subway is joining the coffeehouse crowd.

The sandwich chain is testing a new restaurant, called Subway Café, that serves lattes and other espresso drinks as well as frozen blended beverages. The restaurant wants people to make themselves at home, offering Wi-Fi and satellite television service from DirecTV.

It's a far cry from the typical bare-bones Subway restaurant. 

U.S. sales improved, but deep discounts deteriorated profit.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 17, 2011 3:48PM

By Alyce Lomax

 

Wal-Mart's (WMT) third-quarter results summed up a retailer that's stuck between a rock and a hard place. The discount giant has finally reversed the course of its long-declining U.S. sales. However, it has sacrificed some profitability in its drive to lower prices to increase sales.

 

Third-quarter net income from continuing operations dipped 2.9% to $3.34 billion, or $0.97 per share. On the other hand, net sales increased by 8.1% to $110.23 billion.

 

These stocks were debut darlings of 2010, rising sharply in their first year of trading. Now, after suffering some growing pains, they can be bought at a much better price.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 17, 2011 3:10PM

By Stockpickr Staffstockpickr logo

 

When it comes to investable ideas, you don't need to always search for new ideas that may or may not appreciate in value. Instead, you can focus on stocks that have already proven themselves to hold appeal in the past. Often, these same stocks can fall in value as the market hits a speed bump. With that in mind, we're re-visiting these strong IPO plays of a year ago, focusing on those names that delivered solid gain in their first year of trading, followed by profit-taking in their sophomore year.

 

For those that missed these highflyers the first time around, the current sell-off may represent a buying opportunity. Here are three IPO stocks that could rebound in 2012.

 

New-home construction is still extremely weak, and is the main reason this recovery feels so anemic.

By Zacks.com Nov 17, 2011 1:58PM

Image: Home under construction (© Corbis)By: Dirk Van Dijk

 

We got some fairly good news on the housing front Thursday morning. Housing starts fell in September to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 628,000 from 630,000 in August, a drop of 0.3%.


The number was better than the expected level of 603,000.


However, the September numbers were revised sharply lower from 658,000, and it looked like a lot of the starts got pushed into October. So call the beat of expectations and the downward revisions a wash.

 

The IPOs are coming in at a fast and furious pace after a prolonged freeze.

By Kim Peterson Nov 17, 2011 1:38PM
Updated 3:30 p.m. ET

Angie's List
(ANGI) saw a quick 40% pop on its first day of trading, rising as high as $18.75 before settling back to $16.50 in the afternoon.

The consumer-reviews site didn't have the first-day buzz of many of its Internet peers, but its gains showed that the IPO environment for even smaller companies is becoming more friendly. 

From autos to cloud computing, this company helps manufacturers produce more efficient devices.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 17, 2011 12:56PM
Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)By Brendan Coffey, Cabot Global Energy Investor

Ansys (ANSS) is a company right in the middle of figuring out where power comes from, where it goes and how best to use it.

The company designs and runs complex and critical simulations for manufacturers of every stripe. Its customer base exceeds 40,000 and includes 96 of the top 100 industrial companies in the U.S. 
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The retail-sales outlook has been grim, but actual numbers have been surprisingly strong. Should you look to buy in?

By MoneyShow.com Nov 17, 2011 12:49PM

Image: Young woman clothes shopping (© Image Source/Getty Images)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


October’s jump in retail sales caught some by surprise, and suggested that consumer spending is healthier than many think. This was the fifth consecutive monthly increase. Electronics and building supplies led the way.


On the other hand, department-store and retail-apparel sales were down. The strong seasonal period for retail, as I noted last month, generally runs until at least the start of December, if not all the way until Christmas.

 
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The company will focus on expanding in the UK and Ireland in the next few months.

By Trefis Nov 17, 2011 12:37PM
Netflix (NFLX) is trying to get through a very tough year one step at a time "despite the foot with the bullet hole," as CEO Reed Hastings recently quipped.

The company has made some progress recently by signing content deals and expanding its reach on mobile devices. Even hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson, who famously shorted the stock, is now long. 

As the European debt crisis threatens to spiral out of control, banks are desperately seeking shelter from the storm.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 17, 2011 12:29PM

By Shanthi Bharatwaj, TheStreetTheStreet

 

As the European debt crisis threatens to spiral out of control, banks are scrambling behind the scenes to protect their balance sheets and hedge their exposure to ride-out an increasingly scary 2012.

 

But while some of the moves may help mitigate the losses from Armageddon, market watchers say certain financial insurance policies -- particularly credit default swaps on sovereign debt -- may not work in a new financial crisis.

 

More shopping options and jobs are good, but low wages and competition for mom-and-pop business may be bad.

By InvestorPlace Nov 17, 2011 12:25PM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


Wal-Mart (WMT) has taken a beating lately. Disappointing earnings showed higher costs sapped profits, and the retailer recently lowered its full-year forecast. Costco (COST) and others continue to overshadow Wal-Mart in the discount market. WMT stock has gone pretty much nowhere in two years.


But there are signs that things could be turning around. The company has stopped its slide in U.S. same-store sales at its stores recently and is embarking on an ambitious campaign to tap into urban markets.

 

A better sales mix should give a boost to the automaker's share of the North American car market.

By Trefis Nov 17, 2011 12:24PM
Ford (F) recorded car sales of 49,994 in October, an 8% drop from the prior year. Despite the company's efforts to improve its fuel-efficient lineup, the overall weak economy is taking a toll on car sales.

However, Ford's car sales have improved 7% year to date from 2010. Its Fiesta, Fusion and Focus models have seen strong retail sales, and a better sales mix in the medium term should boost its share in the North American car market. Ford mainly competes with General Motors (GM), Toyota (TM), and Honda (HMC). 
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Earnings projections suggest the stock is now at bargain levels for long-term investors.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 17, 2011 12:17PM
By Geoffrey Seiler, BullMarket.com

Target (TGT), a 'buy' on our recommended list, just delivered a stronger-than-expected third-quarter profit; gains were driven by solid sales in higher-margin categories like is signature apparel lines and home goods.

The credit card unit also performed well as the penetration of the company's REDcard rewards credit card, which gives cardholders a 5% discount on purchases, rose to 9.5% from 5.5%. 
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Will Eddie Lampert's retail empire ever get its act together?

By Jonathan Berr Nov 17, 2011 12:17PM

Sears Holdings (SHLD) CEO Lou D'Ambrosio deserves credit for not sugar-coating lousy quarterly earnings. Too bad talk is cheap.

The struggling retail empire controlled by investor Eddie Lampert reported a net loss of $421 million, or $3.95 per share, significantly worse than the loss of $218 million, or $1.98, a year earlier. Sales slumped for the 19th straight quarter, tumbling 1.2% to $9.57 billion. 

 

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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market punctuated July with a broad-based retreat that sent the S&P 500 lower by 2.0% with all ten sectors ending in the red. The benchmark index posted a monthly decline of 1.5%, while the Russell 2000 (-2.3%) underperformed to end the month lower by 6.1%.

To get a better feel for what led to today's retreat, we'd like to look back to Wednesday, when the market had ample reason to rally, but did not. Instead, it ended basically flat after a sloppy day of ... More


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