The most likely scenario is that the markets will begin to rise from here -- and that bounce is just beginning to take hold.
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Markets reel as Italy's borrowing costs surge, suggesting the country has passed the point of no return. And a new report suggests France and Germany have given up on the eurozone.
Updated 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday
Stocks plunged Wednesday as U.S. markets suddenly realized, after a string of cute little end-of-day rallies, that the eurozone is toast.
The debt contagion that pulled down Greece, Ireland and then Portugal has now infected Italy -- the third-largest worldwide issuer of sovereign debt -- pushing its borrowing costs to unsustainable levels. The European Central Bank, which was actively buying Italian debt to keep the situation under control, is being steamrolled.
And this afternoon, an exclusive Reuters report that the French and Germans are looking at a plan to radically overhaul and shrink the eurozone made the risk ever clearer, sending U.S. markets to their deepest losses of the day.
Delays often affect valuation.
By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace Writer
The scheduling of an IPO can be a moving target. For example, in the case of the Zynga’s offering, it looked like the company would come public during Thanksgiving week. But if this were so, it would be on its "roadshow" now.
Well, it isn't. In fact, in its most recent IPO filing, the company didn’t even provide a price range (which is a necessity for a roadshow).
Based on historical yield, these stocks are high-quality growth-and-income ideas for long-term investors.
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Our primary purpose is to assist investors in growing their capital and income base from which to derive cash for their current and future needs.
To that end we believe high-quality stocks purchased at historically low price to high yield offer the best potential for downside protection and upside appreciation.
Amid the massive bets distorting the market, stocks are tossed around like rubber ducks in the South Pacific. Dividend stocks may be the only way to make money in this madness.
When we speak of the confusion out there, when we speak of hedge funds being stymied and mutual funds unsure of themselves, when we try to rationalize what the heck is going on by looking at all of the various bets out there, we have to conclude one thing: No one knows what the heck he or she is doing!
Consider, just this week, how rampant the seeming irrationality is and try to address these six glaring inconsistencies.
The automaker warns of weakness in the European car market, while the software company announces restructuring plans.
By Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet
General Motors (GM) said its third-quarter profit fell 15% to $1.7 billion, or $1.03 a share, on revenue of $36.7 billion. While the results beat the 96-cent average estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters, the company said weakness in the European market may cause it to miss profit targets this year.
Adobe Systems (ADBE) said it plans to eliminate 750 jobs, or roughly 8% of its work force, as part of a restructuring. Adobe backed its outlook for fiscal-fourth-quarter adjusted earnings, saying it still sees a non-GAAP profit of 57 cents to 64 cents a share on revenue of between $1.075 billion and $1.125 billion.
Hard times in the financial industry could lead to a cut in bonuses by as much as 45% in some areas, according to one research firm.
The survey by Johnson Associates, a consulting firm, says that Wall Street professionals can expect sharply lower bonuses for the second time in four years.
The Brazilian bank has a sky-high annualized return on equity. Is this stock all it seems to be?
So far, Anheuser-Busch InBev isn't saying much about what could be the newest member of the Bud Light family.
The new beer, which would be called Bud Light Platinum, has received label approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, according to Advertising Age. You can see the application here.
Groupon could be a tough act to follow.
By Tim Beyers
Shares of Groupon (GRPN) are already up more than 30% from the IPO price of $20 apiece. Will Zynga, which is valued at just under $11 billion (according to data from private-equity exchange SharesPost), enjoy a similar pop when it comes public before the end of the year?
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My guess is yes, but only because IPO engineering is the new "it" strategy for companies coming public. The game is simple. Limit the amount of shares available -- as Groupon, LinkedIn, and Zillow all did -- and you guarantee a significant pop on the first day of trading.
The retailer has beefed up its financial services over the years, providing an alternative for fed-up bank customers.
The retailing giant is seeing new banking business from people fed up with Bank of America (BAC) and other financial institutions. As banking customers close their accounts, Wal-Mart is there with some options.
The cloud-computing company's third quarter proves the industry is growing strong.
Rackspace Hosting (RAX) reported third-quarter revenue Monday that was better than analysts expected, sending shares nearly 7% higher Tuesday.
The cloud-computing company's profit of 14 cents per share was in line with expectations, but its $265 million in revenue beat the $261.6 million Wall Street wanted to see.
Historical patterns suggest that now through the end of the year is the time.
What's the best time to buy gold on a seasonality basis? Now. Over the past 40 years November and December accounted for almost half of the year's gains for gold.
And 2011 doesn't differ all that much from the long-term seasonal trends. We had the characteristic spike in May, followed by a substantial correction in September-October.
New surveys show that shoppers plan to spend more money online this coming season -- and that's a positive for many retailers.
A survey by Shop.org shows that 68% of retailers expect online sales to grow at least 15% or more over last year's holiday season. This survey is in line with another survey by the National Retail Federation that found the average shopper plans to do approximately 36% of his or her shopping online this season, up from 32.7% last year.
Lower consumer spending could explain the reduced number of diners using the company's online reservation system.
The online restaurant-reservations site announced its quarterly results last week. While the company's operating costs continued to grow briskly, the weak economic environment clearly led to lower consumer spending. That could explain the reduction in the number of diners using OpenTable's online reservation system.
One investment firm tracking liquidity and fund flows says the sidelines are the place to be right now.
By Michael Baron, TheStreet
Stocks roared back in October, ostensibly because the situation in Europe has achieved some semblance of clarity, but anyone paying attention to last week's volatility knows sentiment can turn on a headline.
TrimTabs, an investment firm tracking liquidity and fund flows, decided a few weeks back to get on the sidelines. The firm is neutral on U.S. stocks, a position it defines as 0% long, and has even moved its model portfolio completely into cash.
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