The chain still has quality management and strong retention rates.
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A correction is likely soon after last month's surge, so investors should protect themselves.
By Richard Band, editor of Profitable Investing
If business activity keeps chugging along, as I believe it will, stock prices will bounce back.
However, the recovery process will likely take several months. Investor psychology has been wounded. Before marking up share prices significantly, Wall Street will need to hear a lot more good news than we’ve had lately. That means you need to protect your portfolio -- and I have two stocks that will help you do just that.
A source says a deal with Verizon could mean film studios would pay more for delivering higher-quality downloads.
On the issue of network neutrality, Google seems to have gone over to the dark side.
While the Federal Communications Commission continues to wrestle over the issue, Verizon and Google have reached a tentative deal on handling Internet content that could lead to film studios being charged extra if they want to deliver better-quality movie downloads, an individual familiar with the deal has told TheWrap.
The as yet unannounced agreement -- potentially to be presented to legislators or the Federal Communications Commission as a model for legislation -- essentially anticipates the splitting of Internet connections into two lines. One would be for normal traffic and one for "managed services," the source said.
Runaway economic growth, combined with inefficient energy consumption, propels China to No. 1 energy user.
The yellow metal clears significant technical resistance -- setting the stage for a test of record highs.
After flirting with new highs in June, gold has been out of sight and out of mind for most investors. In other words, the gold bugs have gone into hiding. The yellow metal has been trapped in a relentless downtrend that took prices down 8.5%.
You can't really blame people for looking the other way. Stocks are up more than 11% over the past few weeks. But things are changing now.
It's been a good couple of days for gold -- since July 28 the Gold SPDR (GLD) has gained more than 3.3% while stocks have gained just 1.5%. More importantly, gold prices have broken up and out of its month-long downtrend. Technical indicators and investment flows all now suggest that higher prices are ahead for the precious metal.
The company is putting more money into long-term investments.
But some people may not have an accurate view of Apple's cash position. That's because some financial reporting services don't count long-term marketable securities as cash, writes an industry analyst at Asymco.
Apple has vastly increased its long-term securities in a short period of time. In 2008, it had pretty much nothing in the long-term category. But as of the most recent quarter, more than a third of its cash was held in a long-term vehicle, according to Asymco.
Burned by a flattened economy, younger investors are staying conservative with their money.
But kids these days are having none of it. Now, younger investors are just as terrified of risk as their grandparents, reports The Wall Street Journal.
In a recent Merrill Lynch investors survey, 52% of those 18-to-34 years old said they have a low tolerance for risk today. That's just a few percentage points behind the over-65 group (of which 55% said they have a low tolerance for risk).
The SEC targets one of the biggest no-no's in the business.
But Baldt's star has fallen hard, and now he's being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for insider trading.
The SEC has been cracking down on mutual fund managers, accusing them of essentially doing the same thing: Telling family members to sell fund shares when the financial world was collapsing in fall 2008.
The largest book retailer in the US may put itself up for sale. Who are the potential buyers?
By Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet
Barnes & Noble (BKS) may nail a "For Sale" sign on its front lawn, which could draw interest from an array of potential suitors.
The largest U.S. book retailer said Tuesday that it is considering strategic alternatives, including a possible sale. "The board came to this decision based on the price of Barnes & Noble shares in the marketplace, which the board believes are now significantly undervalued," Barnes & Noble said in a statement.
The company's founder and biggest shareholder, Leonard Riggio, has already said he is considering bidding for the company along with a larger group of investors.
The motorcycle-maker may move its Milwaukee plant, home to its iconic bikes for more than a century. Would this help share prices?
By Jeff Reeves, editor of InvestorPlace.com
It's been quite a ride for Harley-Davidson (HOG). The iconic motorcycle company has been cranking out bikes since 1903, and it's one of only two major motorcycle manufacturers to have survived the Great Depression.
The first Harley rolled off the line just one year after the first telegraph cable was laid across the Pacific Ocean, and nowadays you can log on to Harley's website to customize your "Hog" or find a dealer on your smart phone.
But now there's a rough road ahead for the company. The plant that cranks out Harley's choppers in Milwaukee may finally be at its breaking point after more than a century, with labor costs threatening to shutter the facility and end 107 years of tradition.
The hallmark of this market has been short, sharp moves followed by crushing falls. More meandering days like Tuesday would put us on a smoother ascent.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
If we could get 10 more days just like Tuesday, 10 days when most stocks give up some pennies or nickels, some dimes, we could be in good shape to go higher.
The problem is that it almost never happens. The hallmark of this market since 2007 is that we get short, sharp moves and then we get hammered.
We had a nice steady climb off the bottom last year -- the generational bottom -- and then we met our selling match. But the problem with this market is that it's able to go off the chart getting overbought and oversold. In fact, when I saw the S&P oscillator at 9.9 yesterday, I blanched. They are going to kill it, I said to myself.
But the biggest gripe among first owners is a familiar complaint about exclusive carrier AT&T.
The first major survey of iPhone 4 users proves that reception issues and dropped calls are indeed a top concern among customers. But if you think that the primary gripe with the latest Apple (AAPL) gadget involves the so-called “death grip” that strangles the smartphone’s antenna, think again. It’s in fact network provider AT&T (T) that gets the brunt of the iPhone 4 criticism.
So says a recent survey from ChangeWave Research, conducted just weeks ago and grilling hundreds of the very first iPhone 4 customers. Here are the details:
The company's announcement of a new BlackBerry couldn't stop shares from sliding.
Investors had been hoping for an iPhone killer. The new BlackBerry Torch, however, probably won't be able to pull it off. Nor will the new operating system, BlackBerry 6, that was also announced by RIM Tuesday.
Shares of Research in Motion were down nearly 3% after the announcement. Here's what some observers were saying about the news:
China doesn't have a serious global currency yet, but it's headed there.
The renminbi is coming. The renminbi is coming.
At this pace, it may take a decade or more, but slow changes in China's currency policy are paving the way for a challenge to the U.S. dollar.
On Wednesday, Chinese regulators lifted restrictions on the flow of the renminbi in Hong Kong.
Positive market momentum could finally unwind the Death Cross in the S&P 500.
Stocks are moving up, and the Death Cross that showed in the S&P 500 Index a month ago -- when the 50-day moving average crossed below the 200-day average -- could finally disappear.
Friday, the index's 20-day average beat out the 50-day average, according to The Wall Street Journal. That's a good sign of a fresh movement upward, and if it continues, the death cross could be unwound.
It's all about money in our government, and Goldman is not about to ease up on political spending.
Restraint? Hardly. Goldman is a political machine, and that's not going to change anytime soon. The company has a 12-person government affairs office in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Post, including former aides to President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Goldman has scores of outside lobbyists, too, including former House leader Richard Gephardt. So don't think for a minute that the company is easing out of politics or showing any restraint.
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