The Federal Reserve and Congressional politics threaten to rain on the market party.
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Analysts' expectations are much too high, and the company must say so.
Can Ford Motor (F) ever get it together? I know a lot of people are thinking that this company has gone from being the comeback kid to a serial underperformer and that the story is finished, kaput and never coming back.
I think that's wrong. In fact I think that what happened here is that the company over-promised and under-delivered. Here's why...
The company may seek to raise as much as $10 billion, The Wall Street Journal says, with a market cap of $75 billion to $100 billion. That would make the company more valuable than Amazon.com.
Facebook, the colossus of social networking, is expected to file papers for an initial public offering next week.
The indications are that the IPO will suggest the company is worth $75 billion to $100 billion, The Wall Street Journal said.
Facebook's IPO could raise as much as $10 billion, the Journal said. The offering has been hotly anticipated as a defining moment for the latest Web investing boom.
Facebook, based in Menlo Park, Calif., has more than 800 million members around the world and has dramatically changed the way people interact with each other and share information on the Internet.
MSN Money's Jim Jubak answers Facebook users' questions about his 10-year portfolio.
With the economy in flux and trading volatile, investors can't really buy and hold a portfolio of stocks for 10 years. But MSN Money columnst Jim Jubak believes they can "buy and review" a portfolio of 10 stocks for the next 10 years.
In this video, he explains his 10-year strategy while fielding questions from MSN Money's Facebook community. He discusses why commodities make sense and why Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) isn't his favorite stock these days.
The iconic motorcycle maker benfits from refocused product development and revamped dealership network.
All this has been possible because of Harley's commitment to refocusing its product development, reducing inefficiencies, and speeding time to market.
A market historian reviews the long-term pattern of stock prices and the Presidential election cycle.
What lies ahead in 2012? That’s the big question, and the fact that we’re approaching a Presidential Election likely improves the chances that this will be a good year for the stock market.
Historically, there has been a clear visible link between the Presidential election cycle and Wall Street. Below, we look at the correlation between cycles in the stock market and the 4-year election cycle.
The push for healthier food has prompted the Golden Arches to stop using ammonium hydroxide in its burgers. Will the move hurt the company's bottom line?
By Kyle Woodley
McDonald's (MCD) clientele can finally rest easy, as "dog food" is coming off the menu at the Golden Arches.
In the wake of an outcry by the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, McDonald's said on Thursday said it will stop using ammonium hydroxide, a common ingredient in cleaning solutions that's dubiously dubbed "pink slime," in its beef patties.
Some of the biggest and highest-yielding drug stocks are declining near attractive buy levels.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The early strength in the stock market on Thursday was later hit with selling as stock index futures declined for most of the day. This is consistent with a loss of upside momentum, but there are no signs of a short-term top.
If you are waiting for the major market averages to reach a certain corrective level before you buy, you may miss out. Sector rotation is how the market has been correcting recently, with the material stocks coming to the forefront early this week.
Gambling revenue from casinos in Macao soared last year to nearly $33 billion -- many times the revenue earned in gaming meccas like Las Vegas.
The Year of the Dragon is off to an explosive start, as much of Asia and Chinese communities worldwide greeted the lunar new year with fireworks and festivities.
But the party atmosphere is nothing new for the casino business in Macau, the destination of choice for Chinese gamblers, a large and avid gaming community.
3 writers weigh in on the search giant's sharing of user data.
Privacy advocates and many tech commentators aren't happy, especially because there's no way to opt out of the cross-Google data sharing. Does this change violate Google's "don't-be-evil" philosophy?
States and local municipalities are still barely getting their footing, but these companies will help them in their recovery.
By Benjamin Shepherd, Personal Finance
U.S. state and local governments shed about 244,000 jobs in 2011 and 249,000 jobs in 2010, according to government data. Since the height of the global credit crunch in mid-2008, almost 670,000 state and local government jobs have been eliminated.
But as the U.S. economy slowly heals, the outlook for state workers is beginning to improve.
Juniper and Wendy's are downgraded, while Transocean is upgraded.
Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
Ford shares slump on disappointing results.
Net income at the Dearborn, Michigan-based company reported net income of $13.6 billion, or $3.40 per share, versus $190 million, or 5 cents per share the year before. Excluding one-time items, profit was $1.1 billion, or 20 cents per share, 5 cents below Wall Street consensus forecasts. Revenue rose to $34.6 billion.
Golar's speciality fleet is set to benefit from an expected boom in LNG shipping.
By Harry Domash, Dividend Detective
Thanks to new techniques for getting natural gas out of shale rock formations, the U.S. is suddenly producing more natural gas than we need.
That's a good thing because many foreign countries are eager to import our surplus natural gas. Meanwhile, falling natural gas prices have opened up an opportunity for investors in Golar LNG (GLNG).
The company stands to gain from the latest complex exploration methods.
Already we see strong revenue and earnings growth because of the rising interest in shale exploration and increasing deepwater activity. We expect Schlumbeger to leverage its global presence and its technological edge to benefit from the current era of high energy prices. The company competes with other players in the field, such as Halliburton (HAL) and Baker Hughes (BHI).
These picks fit the bill in a sector with great long-term prospects.
Heath care stocks are the no-brainer demographic trend that every investor should take advantage of.
Aging baby boomers will demand more services, prescriptions and medical care. Health care is recession-proof, since people rarely cut back on their quality of life even if money is stretched thin. The big-picture reasons go on and on.
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[BRIEFING.COM] Equity indices are little changed at midday with the S&P 500 hovering within a point of its flat line. Small caps underperform with the Russell 2000 trading lower by 0.2%.
The first two sessions of the week produced the lightest volume totals of the year so it was not surprising to see the key indices respect narrow ranges through the first half of action today. After opening on a slightly higher note, the S&P 500 has remained within two points of its flat line. ... More
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