Finance professor Jeremy Siegel still expects the Dow to hit 18,000. But he's concerned about the labor force and commodity prices.
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The international segment is humming. If the US rebounds, you'll have a $98 stock.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
Here's the problem with the double-dip thesis: Whirlpool (WHR).
This appliance company is actually emblematic of a host of American corporations that have simply become too international to be considered domestic, and they're doing just well enough internationally that if the U.S. ever kicks in, you're going to pay 14 times a $7 number and have a $98 stock.
Yesterday's quarter was pretty breathtaking, with a business that the Street endlessly wanted Whirlpool to give up on, Brazil, causing a big upside surprise.
The Hollywood post-production facility will join H.I.G. Capital.
A deal has been signed, but official confirmation is not expected until it closes in the coming weeks. Under the agreement, LaserPacific will be affiliated with a family of post-production companies under H.I.G.
"This is a strategic decision to better position Laser while affording Kodak the opportunity to continue to participate in post-production services," David Lanzillo, a spokesman for Kodak, told TheWrap.
The brothers may partner with 2 hedge funds to reclaim the studio they founded in 1979.
In what may be the final dramatic twist for Miramax, the Weinstein brothers are circling their old studio with an eye toward buying it back from the Walt Disney Co.
Two hedge funds have approached brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein about teaming up to buy the studio, according to an individual with knowledge of the plan.
Such a deal would make some sense. The studio has gone into decline since the Weinsteins parted ways with Disney in 2005, and the parent company has shown little enthusiasm or acumen for capturing the magic that brought indelible films like “The English Patient,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love” to American culture.
The company announces a restructuring and gets a new loan as revenue falls.
But nothing yet indicates the decisive turn in the company's business that I've been looking for. The best I can say is that it feels closer.
First, at the end of October, the company announced a restructuring, scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2010, that would merge the existing GulfMark Offshore with a wholly owned subsidiary, New GulfMark Offshore, in order to limit the percentage of stock owned or controlled by non-U.S. citizens to a maximum of 22%.
Though AAPL is mum on who its suppliers are for iPad processors, my money is on ARM Holdings.
With its iPad tablet computer, Apple (AAPL) has once again proved the power of its strategy:
- Step 1: Develop cool product ideas at the forefront of technology.
- Step 2: Keep the gadget under wraps to build up a buzz.
- Step 3: Unveil it to great fanfare -- and booming sales.
This is a story investors are quite familiar with, and Wall Street does everything but wiretap Steve Jobs' iPhone to get the inside scoop on the next big Apple item. So how do you cash in once AAPL has already made its splash -- as it has with the iPad?
Is this once-hot stock ready to take off again? I think so.
Many of you know I've been extremely bullish on Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) for quite some time, through good times and bad.
I think the bad is over.
My passion for the company's future has never wavered, even during a brush with death that nearly destroyed shareholder equity.
Starting with a buy recommendation in 2003, when shares were worth a mere $1 per share, I rode the stock to its peak of nearly $10 per share in late 2004 and early 2005. During the ride, I suggested that shares would reach my target of $20 per share as the company exploited huge growth opportunities.
Even as shares plunged over the three years beginning in 2006, I believed in the company. Time was all this company needed to win out in its death battle with XM Radio.
Even if big changes come out of Washington, these companies could thrive.
By Jon Ogg, InvestorPlace.com
Everyone wants to know which sectors are likely to be immune to political changes -- and which stocks from those sectors will actually thrive under Obama's budget and political and social ambitions.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the various sectors of the financial markets to see which companies might be immune to or at least far away from the focus and criticism of any current Washington trends.
All companies have implied market risks tied to them, but there are several stocks that seem likely to survive, and even thrive, under the current administration's plans.
The brokerage reduces its online trading fees and eliminates commissions for some ETFs. Is a price war brewing?
Fidelity also became more competitive on exchange-traded funds, dropping online trading fees for 25 ETFs from iShares. Again, it's following a move by Schwab, which said in November it was waiving some ETF fees.
Allan Roth of CBS MoneyWatch.com says that Fidelity has "blazed new trails" by eliminating ETF commissions. But, he cautions, there are still some expenses to consider here.
Shares of Warren Buffett's investment company keep climbing after hitting 52-week highs and joining the S&P 500 Index.
By Eric Rosenbaum, TheStreet
Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) subsidiary NetJets has been on a shaky flight path, but Berkshire shares continue to climb.
Berkshire Hathaway’s B shares have hit 52-week highs three times in the past two weeks, eclipsing $70 on Jan. 21. The first high was triggered by the 50-to-1 stock split in Berkshire's B shares, a move made to help finance the upcoming acquisition of Burlington Northern (BNI).
The wholesaler says it will build 20 new locations, following other retailers with plans to expand abroad.
By Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet
Costco (COST) is following the lead of retailers seeking growth potential outside the U.S.
The wholesaler plans to invest about $940 million in Taiwan expansion, according to reports. The investment will include the addition of 20 locations in the country.
McDonald's (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX) are among companies that have recently announced international growth plans. Costco shares have jumped 29% in the past year, trailing the 33% advance of the S&P 500 Index.
The FHA tried to prop up the housing market, but it might have caused more foreclosures in the process. With video updates.
For the past year, the Federal Housing Administration has backed home loans that most big lenders wouldn't touch.
The FHA has helped people get loans who otherwise would be in a pickle as credit markets have dried up. But at the same time, the FHA has insured loans for people who couldn't afford them and has artificially propped up the housing market.
Now the FHA's woes continue to mount. About 9% of FHA borrowers have missed at least three payments (up from 6.5% a year ago), and experts say that means a new wave of home foreclosures is coming, according to The Washington Post.
The bears have quieted down now that we seem to have reached some stability.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
Where are the bears who were hitting me with charts on Friday showing me that the market peaked on blah blah blah day and now they are dead right no matter what?
Where are they after a session like Monday's, a session that wasn't in their cards or their charts, a session that saw some huge gains in a lot of big-cap stocks they told me were finished, like Goldman Sachs (GS) or Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) or IBM (IBM)?
One of the most annoying things about those who are negative about the market is that after you have a 3% to 5% correction, they are right into your mailbox with charts and graphs and times and dates for when they told you we were going to be at a high and that we would go much lower. "There, there, I told you so," they say. As if they don't sound like children, frankly.
Despite multiple Oscar-winning films, the Miramax library is not the moneyspinner it's made out to be.
That’s because the library's cash flow is not close to the $300 million estimated this weekend in the New York Times, but more like a third of that sum, according to two people knowledgeable about the figures.
reported last week, Disney on Thursday essentially shut down the arthouse studio once owned by Bob and Harvey Weinstein.
News on General Growth based on a recent court filing
- Bankruptcy proceedings continuing to progress on schedule
- Commercial Real Estate values are firming up
- They've hired UBS to explore strategic options
Valassis Communications wins a last-minute settlement
In a quiet news release on Saturday, News Corp. announced that it had come to a last-minute settlement of a price-fixing lawsuit by agreeing to pay Valassis Communications $500 million.
The trial was scheduled to begin on Feb. 2 in Michigan.
The lawsuit (read the full order here) accused the marketing arm of News Corp., News America Marketing, of predatory pricing and coercive long-term contracts with packaged-goods companies and supermarkets.
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