Tech fell so far at the start of the new millennium, it was difficult to imagine that the index could ever make up what it lost.
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The share price has fallen below key technical support levels, yet some analysts say now is the time to buy.
Why is Apple struggling? Analysts have a median price target of $450 on the stock, with 50 urging a "strong buy" or "buy." Investors apparently disagree.
Apple is trading well below its 50-day moving average of $338.98 and below its 200-day moving average of $325.91. Its market value has fallen below $300 billion -- back to where it was at the beginning of the year.
The valuations of these companies argue against it.
By Jordan DiPietro
A few weeks ago, a friend asked what I thought about the future of a Facebook IPO. My short response was that retail investors would most likely get in the way after the smart money made its way on to the table, so it was hard to recommend a buy.
His response: "Buy, buy, buy!"
Here comes another bubble?
When investors start getting so involved in story stocks and ideas that they ignore fundamentals and valuations, it's very easy for a bubble to form.
Recently there's been an onslaught of tech companies coming to the market or filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission for upcoming IPOs, and the hype around these companies has become quite phenomenal.
From cereal to soda, food marketers are reviving the past to stir shoppers' emotions.
That's the hope of food companies, at least. Companies such as Pepsi (PEP) and General Mills (GIS) have jumped on the retro food bandwagon, dusting off old designs in an effort to take shoppers down memory lane.
Check out the following video for good examples of how everything old is new again on supermarket shelves. For some products, this trend is becoming a permanent look.
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Companies and the economy are healthy, and at least one fund manager says the market is way oversold.
By Frank Byrt, TheStreet
It's easy for investors to think the sky is falling, given the drumbeat of dour economic news in recent weeks.
That's because much of the bad economic news has already been factored in to stock prices. Meanwhile, U.S. corporations' fundamentals remain solid after a 19.4% jump in S&P 500 earnings in the first quarter. Besides, investors have few places to go other than equities as fixed-income returns dwindle.
That sounds like a value-oriented, stock-pickers' paradise. So why the Chicken Little reactions?
These classes have badly lagged the broad market this year, and their relative performance predicts more underperformance may lie ahead.
Why all the gloom and doom? US businesses are enjoying massive profit margins and robust sales.
By Chris Stuart, TheStreet
That's what headlines from the past couple of weeks are saying. For example:
"Shiller Sees 'Substantial' Probability of Recession"
"Nearly Half in US Think New Recession Is Coming"
"We're on the Verge of a Great, Great Depression"
What's everyone so worried about? Jobs, housing, consumer confidence, Greece -- the list goes on. But the pundits are ignoring one big fact: Corporate America is alive and well.
Keep an eye on funds tracking transportation, the Swiss franc, emerging markets and technology.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Here are five ETFs to watch this week.
Many investors turn to FedEx's reports for a read on the global economy. A strong report and outlook would indicate that consumers and businesses are becoming more confident.
Investors are way too skittish. Stay long this week
It was not easy by any means, but the market managed to finish last week with a gain. The fractional increase in value ended a six-week losing streak.
The gains were a bit of a mirage.
The major indexes may have closed higher, but many stocks traded lower. Technology stocks in particular were hit hard. Losses in that very important industry suggest that investors are still skeptical about the economy and future corporate profits.
Much of the weakness can be attributed to worries about the debt crisis in Greece. There is very real fear that a default will create a chain-reaction collapse in global finances. Until that fear subsides, stocks will struggle.
I will never sell stocks based on fear. As such, the ETF to buy this week is the iShares S&P North America Technology and Multimedia Fund (IGN).
The charts are signaling that the only way to go from here may be down. Oil shares are the most vulnerable.
Sometimes you just have to own how really bad this market is. When I went through the S&P 500 ($INX) charts this morning with an eye toward the collapse of Greece and the new battleground of Italy that's developing, I couldn't help but notice two things:
2. The charts are screaming that we are headed into a second recession that's going to be a real doozy.
I want to write from the outset that I don't see things that way. I see many companies reiterating strength, and I see many companies that haven't seen strength about to get some, notably the companies that buy commodities.
But the stocks are signaling total calamity, and it is important to know that.
Sanford Bernstein downgrades Research In Motion. GE reaches a labor agreement. Boeing gets a 6-jet order from Qatar Airways.
By Andrea Tse, TheStreet
Updated at 9:20 a.m. ET
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIMM) has been cut to "underperform" from "market perform" by Sanford Bernstein. Shares were falling 1.8% to $27.25.
Conglomerate General Electric (GE) and its two largest unions have reached a tentative four-year labor deal that affects more than 15,000 GE workers. GE shares were down 0.7% to $18.37.
Qatar Airways said it will order six Boeing (BA) 777 jets, with a total value of $1.7 billion. Boeing heads into the Paris Air Show on Monday with more orders this year than rival Airbus.
Indicators are mixed, and events next week could tip the scales to the bears or bulls, but sideways trading in the short term seems likely to be followed by a solid rebound.
Boeing will increase production as it ups its expectations for aircraft orders.
The stock slips on worries that revenue growth is slowing. So is it time to buy?
The stock has slid 24% since peaking at $642.97 intraday on Jan. 19, and now is pretty much where it was three years ago. Its forward price-to-earnings ratio is a mere 13.8, and most analysts think the stock is undervalued.
Google hasn't become a slow-growth company, but the stock market is treating it like one. So is it time to buy Google shares?
Let's go over some of the reasons investors are disappointed in the company:
Donor pays $2.63 million to eat steak with Buffett. Dick Bove calls out Cohan for "hot air" comment. J.C. Penney shares take a wild ride.
By Gregg Greenberg, TheStreet
5. Lunch lunacy
What kind of value investor forks over $2.63 million for a steak lunch?
The anonymous bidder who ponied up this outlandish amount to charity will get to dine with the king of all value investors, Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.B) Warren Buffett.
One of the company's largest stakeholders criticizes management and says he's dumping half of his holdings.
Not long ago, it seemed the company could do no wrong. Its BlackBerry device was a must-have for business and a status symbol for executives. RIM had the business world in its palm.
But the company and its stock has been on a devastating downward spiral, punctuated by disappointing quarterly earnings like the report we saw Thursday (Charley Blaine has the gory details here).
And now, even some of RIM's top investors are publicly bashing the company.
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