If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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What does this mean for energy stocks?
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The stronger dollar (read: plunging euro) and OPEC’s decision to keep output of crude oil at current levels was a double whammy on Wednesday.
As if that wasn’t enough, the US Energy Information Administration later reported higher-than-expected inventories, as well as demand for crude oil that was almost 9% lower than last year.
The stock takes off after the shipping giant announces solid earnings.
FedEx's (FDX) better-than-expected fiscal-second-quarter earnings report, released Thursday, is more proof that the U.S. economic recovery is for real.
Net income at the Memphis, Tenn., parcel delivery company rose 76% to $497 million, or $1.57 per share, as more consumers used FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx SmartPost services during the holiday season. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg had expected earnings of $1.53. Revenue rose 10% to $10.59 billion, in line with estimates.
We need reasons beyond 'commodities down, buy financial assets' -- because we have been down this path so many times.
Despite grim headlines, investment pros who know the stock say this is a good time to buy.
Shares of Best Buy (BBY) have gotten slammed and will likely continue to stagger.
But don't panic. Some investment pros who know the largest retailer of consumer electronics quite well are saying the seemingly unthinkable: Buy Best Buy's stock. It is probably the cheapest deal in the store right now.
These picks are undervalued based on a price-to-earnings growth strategy.
Twenty-seven years ago, Standard & Poor’s created the PEG ratio (price-to-earnings growth) to measure the degree to which a growth stock is undervalued.
We use the ratio to ﬁnd growth stocks selling at reasonable prices. The PEG ratio is calculated by dividing the price to earnings (P/E) ratio by the earnings growth rate. The growth rate is our estimated rate of EPS growth for the next ﬁve years. A PEG ratio of less than 1.00 indicates that a stock is undervalued.
Capitalizing on the huge demand for Apple's smartphone, China Unicom should be able to increase its mobile market share.
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has issued a network permit to China Unicom, the country's second largest carrier, to sell the phone from this month onward, making it likely that the phone will be available for Christmas. Since its debut in October, Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 4S has ruled smartphone sales for two consecutive months at the three major carriers in the U.S.: Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) and Sprint (S).
Some of the world's best investors are keying in on natural-resource plays.
Some of the world's most successful investors have been bullish on natural-resource stocks recently as the world population continues to rise, global economies operate on non-renewable resources, and central banks inject huge sums into the financial system.
One is Jeremy Grantham of GMO, who has been high on resource stocks as longer-term investments for some time. "I like (personally) resources in the ground on a 10-year horizon," Grantham wrote in his recent third-quarter letter to clients.
The company says it will return to full operations at its Grasberg mine by early next year.
The soft-drink giant strikes a $980 million deal with a Saudi soda company.
The deal, valued at $980 million, gives the U.S. beverage maker a significant inroad to the growing food and beverage markets in the Middle East and North Africa. The company said in October that it wanted to move into those markets wherever it was strategically possible to do so. Now, it seems to have that foothold.
Major homebuilders have soared since early October, and some analysts say there's no real justification for the rise.
A foreclosure glut is still dragging the sector down. The National Association of Realtors just said the market downturn was worse than it thought. Freddie Mac's chief economist is predicting "another bumpy ride" for 2012.
But shares of D.R. Horton (DHI) were up nearly 50% this week from early October. Toll Brothers (TOL) was up more than 45% in that time. Lennar (LEN) was up more than 50%.
Rumors swirl that the telecom giant could acquire the red envelope. But such a deal could be bad for both companies -- and worse for customers.
On Tuesday, an investment banker told Bloomberg that Verizon is "very serious" about buying Netflix, sending a flurry of rumors flying across the tech world. Just last week, it was reported that Verizon was considering launching its own streaming service to compete with Netflix. Would it make more sense for the company just to acquire Netflix? What would such a deal mean for Verizon, Netflix and customers?
It wouldn't do either Netflix or Verizon any good: Though there are exploitable synergies between the companies, they're better off remaining independent, says Todd Campbell at Seeking Alpha.
Yield-seeking investors shouldn't forget to check the charts.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
For most of 2011, with Treasury yields so low, the search has been on for safe, sizable dividends. This explains why the SPDR Diamond Trust (DIA), which tracks the Dow Industrials, is up 4.3%, while the Spyder Trust (SPY) is down 1.2%.
Of course, dividends are not included in these performance numbers, but the demand for large-cap, high-yielding Dow stocks has been strong. In many cases, those who went for the highest yields this year have fallen further behind because many high-yield stocks have dropped sharply in price.
Economic turmoil in the Old World is felt by companies in the New World.
Speaking Tuesday at the company's annual investor day in New York, Immelt announced plans to "restructure some of its industrial operations to prepare for a European recession," according to the Wall Street Journal. The slowdown will affect many GE businesses, including health care, where the company expects the market to contract by as much as 10%.
Renewable-energy companies face growing questions of viability.
First Solar (FSLR) is taking a beating Wednesday, off almost 20% thanks to a lowered outlook for 2012, delays in its projects and expensive reorganization plans. The stock is down an ugly 74% so far in 2011 and almost 90% from its 2008 peak.
First Solar isn't alone, either. Many solar companies are getting hit hard this year -- and are running the risk of going dark permanently.
The strong interest reflects increased interest in luxury goods and a willingness to spend more per bottle.
The French champagne industry shipped 192 million bottles by the end of September, The Wall Street Journal reports. The sector counts on the holidays for a good chunk of its sales, and expectations are high that shipments will approach the record 339 million bottles seen in 2007.
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