Get ready for a flood of IPOs
Flood of IPOs land this week

If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.


A study shows IPOs don't hurt the shares of other companies in the same industry.

By TheStreet Staff Aug 24, 2010 12:26PM

TheStreet© 2010 Ford Motor CompanyBy Ted Reed, TheStreet


Worried that the General Motors IPO will diminish the value of Ford (F) shares?


Don't be, UBS (UBS) analyst Colin Langan said in a report that looks at the impact on the stock price of a company's No. 1 competitor in the months after an IPO. Historically, competing stocks are not hurt by large IPOs in the sector, Langan wrote.


"We found that on average, during the three and one months preceding an IPO, the main competitor experienced above-market returns," he said. "Our findings are in contrast to investor concerns and highlight that markets are more efficient than some investors anticipate."


Owner Pepsico vows to take the mushy feel out of its breakfast staple and roll out healthful new products.

By InvestorPlace Aug 24, 2010 12:03PM

Pepsi may not be the first company that comes to mind when you think of a healthful breakfast, but the soft drink giant hopes to change that with a makeover of its Quaker division.


Parent company PepsiCo (PEP) will revamp the morning meal offerings from Quaker with revised breakfast options. Reformulated instant oatmeal and two new types of cereal will be at the center of Quaker's new product push and a marketing campaign to capture an evolving consumer market increasingly concerned with eating well.


But this isn’t your mother’s oatmeal. The new instant oatmeal will address what Quaker President Jaya Kumar said is a concern: People report not wanting oatmeal to be "mushy."


Even stocks that have little to do with housing, like those of oil giants and drug companies, feel the impact of real-estate data.

By Jim Cramer Aug 24, 2010 8:32AM

jim cramerBy Jim Cramer, TheStreet


Since when did we become the United States of Housing? Housing has become pretty much the be all and end all of the market outside of employment claims. We literally dread these numbers because the estimates are way too high -- based on what? -- and when the figures come in, they are either horrible or really horrible.


Housing used to be supremely important in this country for Black & Decker (SWK) and Masco (MAS) and for Louisiana-Pacific (LPX), Georgia Pacific, Morgan Products, US Gypsum, U.S. Home and Republic Gypsum. We used to fret about what it would mean to Phelps Dodge and to some of the independent glass companies.


Most of those companies are now gone or have merged. We had some regional homebuilders, and they would have periodic cycles of good and bad. But they were regional, for heaven's sake, and often their regions would be strong when others would be weak.


There's no question that they're loving bonds. But are they really dumping equities?

By Kim Peterson Aug 23, 2010 5:06PM
Stock Market © Getty ImagesAre small investors ditching stocks, having had their fill of financial chaos?

That's what you might think if you read this New York Times article titled "In striking shift, small investors flee stock market."

But wait. On the same day, the Los Angeles Times published an article called "Still in stocks? You're hardly alone."

So are investors sticking with stocks or not? 

There's opportunity to profit now by making strategic oil plays

By Wall Street Media on MSN Money Aug 23, 2010 4:23PM
Written by Douglas Estadt

Long story short -- we think oil is too cheap. 

Recent misguided market fear is overshadowing the current opportunity to profit by making strategic oil plays.  While reading "Of Permanent Value" on Warren Buffett, I noted the section in which he explains  how many of his best investments were made during the down days of the 1970s when people were behaving as if the world was going to end. 

This mindset to seek opportunity in times of fear resonates with us.  Oil is only ever going to be more in demand while supply shrinks and investors may wish to consider these facts:


The housing market has not recovered, and may not ever return to its glory days.

By Kim Peterson Aug 23, 2010 2:26PM

Home financing © CorbisA new reality is setting in for homeowners: A house will not make you money.

We're in a vastly different world from what we saw over the last three decades, when real home prices increased every year -- sometimes by as much as 4%, The New York Times reports.

That kind of appreciation made housing seem like a smart investment. A nest egg that would make money. Now, and for the foreseeable future, you'll be lucky just to get back the money you put into your house.

"People shouldn’t look at a home as a way to make money because it won’t,"


Why does it continue to have the largest volume on the exchanges?

By Jim Van Meerten Aug 23, 2010 1:41PM
Before you all jump all over me every time I call Citi (C) a penny stock, officially that's what it is. The SEC's official definition of a penny stock is any stock trading below $5 a share, and the Big C certainly qualifies.

Normally I don't fault others for recommending a penny stock, but in the case of Citi, I'll make an exception. I think there is a real lemming mentality when it comes to Citi.

On Motley Fool, the CAPS members think the stock will outperform the market, by a vote of 8868 to 1696, with the All Stars in step with a vote of 1583 to 345. There are 11 Wall Street brokerages that have Citi on their published buy list even though they predict that revenue will continue to shrink by an additional 1.70% this year.

After abandoning successive media businesses, the CEO has embraced magazines with the hiring of Fareed Zakaria

By TheWrap Aug 23, 2010 1:15PM
The coup that brought Newsweek star Fareed Zakaria to arch-rival Time Magazine this month signals a shift at the top of Time Warner: Could CEO Jeff Bewkes, media’s most un-mogul-like mogul, have finally discovered his mojo?

With the wooing of his close buddy and fellow Yale trustee Zakaria, Bewkes is firmly embracing a media business — magazines — after years of jettisoning one media segment after another.

That comes on the heels of other Bewkes initiatives, from installing former NBC star Conan O’Brien in late night at TNT to a new “Marketing Initiative,” a cross-company task force charged with maximizing content, products and talent across Time Warner’s vast breadth.


A 12-year high in bean prices means some coffee companies are passing on increased costs to caffeine junkies.

By InvestorPlace Aug 23, 2010 11:12AM

By Burke Speaker,


Coffee prices surged to a 12-year high Monday, pushed by last year's poor Central and South American harvests and upcoming heavy storms in other coffee-producing regions that are adding to an already tight period for availability.


Now consumers could be taking a hit, with Dunkin' Donuts, Folgers and Maxwell House brands all feeling the heat.


As the de facto software for enterprise communications, CRM continues to climb, and there's no reason to think it will stop.

By Jim Cramer Aug 23, 2010 9:07AM

jim cramerBy Jim Cramer, TheStreet


Is (CRM) the Apple (AAPL) to Microsoft (MSFT) and Oracle (ORCL)?


The more I think about it, the more I am realizing that has become the de facto standard for all software, the way for corporations to free themselves of how they communicate and to free themselves from desktop communications.


I have been an unabashed proselytizer for for about 80 points on its share price, thinking that its cloud computing model would change forever the way sales forces work. We all know that sales force accountability is one of the great weaknesses of business, and CRM enables managers to see what's really going on through sales software that's delivered in a cheaper, easier way, through the Web.


While most investors keep bailing on stocks, some top strategists continue to find attractive areas of the market.

By John Reese Aug 20, 2010 4:54PM

It's been another rough week for the market, with disappointing unemployment data overshadowing some positive economic signs, like the Federal Reserve's report of a strong gain in industrial production in July.


But while fear continues to win out in the stock market, several of the investing world's top strategists are continuing to find opportunity.

Take newsletter guru and Forbes columnist Jim Oberweis. In his latest Forbes piece, Oberweis focuses on one area of the market that has him particularly optimistic: semiconductor capital equipment stocks. “After a tough decade for technology, I believe the time is ripe for chip-equipment companies,” he writes. Chip fabricators stopped buying equipment in 2008 when the economy tanked, crushing these stocks, Oberweis says. But while spending began to rebound in 2009 and many capital equipment stocks have more than doubled off their lows, “price/earnings ratios for many smaller equipment makers remain low by historical measures,” he says. “Bearish sentiment in this arena is as bad as I can remember, but the facts don’t seem to back it." 


This week's market action was nothing to write home about.

By Jim Van Meerten Aug 20, 2010 3:04PM
This week's barometer will be a little early and based on the data I took off Barchart at noon on Friday. Not a great week for the market despite all the glowing promises I heard about the economy. That's why each week I step back from the headlines and use my 3 market yard sticks to figure our what really happened.

Value Line Index - Contains 1700 stocks so its broader than the S&P 500 or very narrow Dow 30 -- Things didn't happen
  • Price down .98% for the 4 1/2 day period
  • Price down 2.32% for the last 20 sessions
  • 9 of Barchart's 13 technical indicators signal sell for a 64% sell signal
  • Relative Strength Index is only 39.22% and falling
  • At Friday noon the Index was at 2265.19, that's below its 50 day moving average of 2345.33

Barchart Market Momentum -- Contains approximately 6000 stocks -- Percentage of stocks trading above their Daily Moving Averages for various periods --50% and above is good -- Nothing good here either


Major benefits from booming casinos in Macau

By Wall Street Media on MSN Money Aug 20, 2010 2:54PM

Gambling © Jamie Grill/PhotolibraryWritten by Douglas Estadt

Asia’s gaming market is providing attractive investment opportunities. Business at casinos in Macau and Singapore is absolutely booming. Here are just a couple of the reasons we believe Las Vegas Sands (LVS) is the most attractive casino stock:


  • It recently announced a play to pay down $1 billion in debt, which will strengthen their cash position
  • The new casino in Singapore is breaking all expectations and forecasts.

One fund looks for opportunities in 'sin' stocks, and is beating the market with a 4.5% return.

By Kim Peterson Aug 20, 2010 2:42PM
Man holding cigarette © Ben + Marcos Welsh/AGE FotostockInvesting in bad things is producing good returns.

Just look at the Vice Fund (VICEX), which goes out of its way to put money into habits your mother might frown on. The fund is up 4.5% this year and ranks in the top 3% of its peers, the Associated Press reports.

Vice invests almost equally in cigarettes, booze, gaming and casinos and defense contractors. Wait a minute. Defense? The idea is that defense profits off of the escalation of conflicts. Not exactly a vice, but we'll cut the fund some slack. 

Can they still grow after the cleanup and amid continued economic uncertainty?

By TheStreet Staff Aug 20, 2010 2:32PM

TheStreetOil © Comstock/CorbisBy Eric Rosenbaum, TheStreet


What’s preventing a breakout in oil stocks: the overhang from the BP (BP) oil spill or economic uncertainty?


BP had its best rally since the oil spill when the Macondo well was capped on July 15. Then, when the markets hit a three-month peak on Aug. 5, BP reached its highest price since the oil spill crisis began. Shortly after, BP shares ran out of gas.


The pattern is exactly the same for Transocean (RIG) and Anadarko Petroleum (APC), whose shares spiked when BP capped the well and climbed higher on August 5. They have since pulled back as concerns about global economic growth caused crude oil prices to drop below $80.



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