Why stocks are in for a rough ride this week
Stocks in for a rough ride this week

Longtime market bull Jeremy Siegel says investors could realize the market is behind the curve on interest rates.

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After one of the best runs in market history, structural issues are resurfacing to spoil the fun. Think about taking an agile, cautious short position.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Feb 14, 2012 2:04PM

Reality has caught up to the runaway market. Economic data here at home are starting to disappoint as the temporary tailwinds of savings drawdown and inventory restocking fade. Witness Tuesday's retail sales miss or Friday's poor trade report. Data are weakening overseas as well, with activity slowing in key economies, including those of Japan and Germany.

 

The situation in Europe is deteriorating, with analysts at Moody's downgrading the credit ratings of a number of countries Monday night, becoming the first agency to call into question the creditworthiness of the United Kingdom. Greece is fast approaching the precipice. Its coalition government is weakening from the intense popular uprising against additional budget cuts. Participation in its critical debt restructuring deal is reportedly weaker than expected. And now, a chorus of eurozone officials, including the finance ministers of Germany and Poland, is playing down the negative effects of a Greek default and eurozone exit.

 

With investor sentiment at extreme highs, this sets the stage for a dramatic market reversal as it becomes increasingly clear that central bank interventions -- such as the actions by the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England over the past week -- can no longer solve the structural problems at hand. We're already seeing signs of this.

 

The internet search giant is setting its crosshairs on your living room. Would an Android-powered home catch on?

By TheWeek.com Feb 14, 2012 1:22PM
Image: Privacy (© Beathan/Corbis)Google (GOOG) has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to test a top-secret home entertainment device in four U.S. cities. According to the application, the system will connect through home WiFi networks and Bluetooth to other home electronics, including lightbulbs, speakers, and television sets.

Is this move a natural progression for Google, or does it have flop written all over it? 

Did the tech giant figure the ends justified the means?

By Jonathan Berr Feb 14, 2012 12:42PM
Image: Money and computer (© Angel Muniz/Jupiterimages)Would consumers be willing to pay higher prices for iPads, Macs and iPhones to make sure Apple's (AAPL) suppliers treated their workers more humanely?

Foxconn, one of Apple's main suppliers, seems to have consulted the works of Charles Dickens for management tips.  
Tags: AAPL

Mylan is upgraded to 'buy' at Goldman, while Bank of America is downgraded to 'neutral' at Citi.

By MSN Money Partner Feb 14, 2012 12:22PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Gap (GPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
  • Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
  • HollyFrontier (HFC) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
  • Mylan (MYL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
  • Pioneer Natural (PXD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
 

Both companies have failed to deliver in the past but are creeping back up despite continued missteps.

By Jim Cramer Feb 14, 2012 11:09AM

TheStreetThe moves in Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) do not make sense to me.

 

These two companies disappointed and disappointed badly. They didn't deliver what we thought they would, but more importantly they didn't deliver the guidance we expected.

 

Now what's happening to them? They are creeping right back up, headed back to where they were before the huge misses.

 

With a high yield and rapid growth, this offshore operator is a fundamental and technical buy.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 14, 2012 11:08AM
By Lou Gagliardi, Cabot Global Energy Report

We continue to seek stocks that can outperform on a relative basis and provide dividend support to protect the downside. Offshore driller SeaDrill Limited (SDRL) combines both positive catalysts.

SeaDrill is in rapid growth mode seeking to capitalize on the explosive worldwide need for safer, better-quality rigs in the post-BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill era while providing capability for drilling in more difficult and deeper waters (and capturing higher crude prices). 

Jeremy Lin's meteoric rise as a player is making MSG a hot stock. Don't get burned.

By InvestorPlace Feb 14, 2012 10:55AM

By Kyle Woodley


Sports phenomena rock the mainstream media all the time. The stories surrounding athletes like Tim Tebow and LeBron James are larger than life, so when they hit the traditional news outlets and plaster social media, no one bats an eye.


But when a sports phenomenon -- in this case, one dubbed "Linsanity" -- causes a major move in a well-known stock, it's time to step back and take a breather.

 

Longtime tech leader IBM has a lot more power to grow than some investors foresee.

By Gene Marcial Feb 14, 2012 10:00AM

Just because IBM  (IBM) has been a steady, reliable blue-chip growth stock all these years is no reason to get bored with it, as some investors seem to feel these days. You will miss out on IBM's continued solid growth if you take its stock for granted.


True, the buzz these days in the fast-moving world of technology is all about the social networks such as Facebook and Groupon (GRPN), even somewhat eclipsing a bit the relatively new tech leaders Apple (AAPL) -- which hit an-all-time high of $500 a share Monday -- Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT). But information technology wizard IBM is hardly mentioned anymore among the must-own and truly exciting tech stocks.

 

The online gaming company is expected to report a profit Tuesday, which may allay concerns about its potential.

By Benzinga Feb 13, 2012 7:36PM

Image: Couple with laptop (© Daly and Newton/OJO Images/Getty Images)By Michael Foster, Benzinga Staff Writer


All eyes will be on Zynga (ZNGA) Tuesday as the company is expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 3 cents per share on revenue of $301 million.


As tech companies go, these numbers are tiny. However, positive earnings are impressive for such a young company. Zynga's strong numbers have encouraged some investors even as its dependence on the Facebook platform has inspired skepticism.

 

Local governments won't have to scramble to repay loans used to finance construction projects.

By Jim J. Jubak Feb 13, 2012 6:36PM
Why didn't the Federal Reserve think of this? The Fed could have fixed the U.S. real estate bust with one stroke.

Monday, China has told its big government-controlled banks (sorry, private shareholders) to roll over loans to local governments. That means local governments that borrowed from the banks to pay for the 2008 stimulus plan ordered by Beijing and to finance everything from factories to roads to apartment complexes to shopping malls to the tune of 10.7 trillion yuan ($1.7 trillion) won't have to repay those loans as they mature over the next three years.
 

The company's performance in the smartphone and mobile operating system markets was stunning last quarter.

By Trefis Feb 13, 2012 5:17PM

The iPhone 4S has significantly boosted the fortunes for Apple (AAPL), with the company's stock price surpassing $500 for the first time. That's up from $400 last October, when the phone was launched.


Not only has the iPhone 4S helped Apple become the No. 1 global smartphone maker, but it also narrowed the gap with Google's (GOOG) Android operating system in the U.S. According to a BGR report citing StatCounter research, Apple has a 59% share of mobile Web browsing usage in North America.

 

With the Kindle Fire making major inroads in the tablet market, some think Apple would be wise to take on Amazon with a cheaper 7-inch iPad.

By TheWeek.com Feb 13, 2012 5:08PM
Image: young woman reading from Kindle (© Reggie Casagrande/Photographer)Apple (AAPL) is reportedly working on a 7-inch tablet to take on Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Fire.

Technology analyst Ezra Gottheil told Computerworld that a smaller version of the 9.7-inch iPad has always "been in the plan" for the Cupertino, Calif., company, and could see store shelves as soon as this year. But late founder Steve Jobs was vehemently opposed to a smaller iPad, saying the screen would be too small to "express the software."

All things considered, would producing a smaller, more portable $200 tablet be in Apple's best interest? 
Tags: AAPLAMZN

Can the aircraft maker accurately project demand 20 years out?

By Melly Alazraki Feb 13, 2012 5:04PM

Image: Airline (© Christie & Cole/Corbis)Boeing (BA) executives recently issued a very long-term forecast for the global aviation industry. For any other industry, a two-decade projection might almost seem silly, but Boeing's business is also a long-term one, where a product can take years to develop, test and manufacture -- and being well prepared is crucial.


The maker of the 787 Dreamliner is projecting demand of 33,500 planes worldwide by the year 2030, MarketWatch reported. The market value of these crafts is about $4 trillion -- that's right, trillion. And Boeing is gearing up to take its share of the projected demand.

 
Tags: BA

You can't get more solid than these picks from a defensive fund manager.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 13, 2012 3:09PM

By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com


Picking stocks that are increasing dividend payouts and growing in price, while meeting the moral requirements of a Catholic investor base, is George Schwartz's daily challenge. 


In my interview with Schwartz, he describes several companies -- two of them in detail.

 

Tobacco stocks may not be the most popular products in the eyes of many, but their growth and dividend potential remains compelling for income investors.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 13, 2012 2:44PM

Image: Man smoking (© Steve Mason/Photodisc Blue/Getty Images)By Jim Trippon, Dividend Genius


No group of stocks is more stigmatized than tobacco stocks. With legitimate serious health concerns over cigarettes as an industry backdrop, tobacco stocks have been labeled "sin stocks," and many investors shun them.


Others, however, who are open to the possibilities of investing in the group, might be interested in taking a look at their fundamentals and stock performance, along with the dividends for which they're known. 

 

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