Stocks have rallied 177%, and while calling a top is the easiest thing to do, it might not be the most accurate, Cramer says.
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Time to sell GulfMark as oil producers start reducing North American operations.
I think fundamentals in the oil industry have turned if not against, then at least away from, this provider of offshore service vessels to drilling operations.
Several oil producers are talking about cutting back on their North American drilling operations, and while this is primarily directed at land drilling, I think it has a spillover into capital budget for all of North America. (For the surge in dry holes, see this post).
Unfortunately for GulfMark,
A new class of coffee brewers in America tries to improve the experience that Starbucks offers.
But a new crop of coffee companies think they can do it better, and they're elevating the experience in a movement being called coffee's "third wave."
Third wavers are "changing the idea of coffee from a staple commodity, like corn or sugar, to something closer to wine, with seasons and terroir and varietals as different as Burgundy chardonnay and Austrian riesling," writes Josh Ozersky in Time magazine.
Are these new stores a threat to Starbucks?
The British financial giant that made a killing snatching up failing Lehman Bros. has eyes on regional retail banks
It's no secret that Barclays (BCS) and its London parent made out like bandits when the bank purchased the U.S. operations of then-imploding Lehman Brothers. Now, there are reports that the bank is shopping for a U.S. retail banking operation with a market cap in the $10 billion-$30 billion range.
So which banks are the most likely takeover targets?
GE has given investors nothing since chief executive Immelt took charge, one columnist writes.
GE shares were about $40 when Immelt took over, Arends writes. Now they're at $16.45.
Certainly, not all of that decline can be blamed on Immelt, who is GE's chairman and chief executive. But what's got Arends in a knot is that during his time in charge, Immelt has received $90 million in salary, cash and pension benefits.
Collective wisdom suggests that highflying UnitedHealth will remain aloft.
This post comes from The Motley Fool's Rich Smith.
It's the nightmare of every investor: buying a rocket stock just before it takes a nose dive.
While stocks often rise for a reason, sometimes the rise becomes the reason. Despite being cautioned against it, investors often buy hot stocks, trusting momentum to keep 'em moving higher.
Problem is, if the price goes up too much, even a great company can be a lousy investment.
Below I list a few stocks that have soared over the past year but might be ripe to fall back to Earth.
The company reports earnings tomorrow after the close. Have sales peaked?
Gun sales have been strong as owners stock up for fear new controls are on the way. But gun stocks haven't climbed as much as you'd expect.
Smith's earnings report could give them a boost.
So far, investors betting on stocks of gun manufacturers like Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm Ruger (RGR) to move higher because of fear President Obama will tread on gun rights have to be a little disappointed.
Yes, shares have gained 60% and 80% respectively since the Obama administration took office, amid strong sales and many reports of gun owners stocking up. But during a rally in which many stocks have posted similar or better results, the numbers aren't entirely spectacular.
Perhaps Thursday’s earnings announcement from Smith & Wesson will set shares on a path higher?
A brief list of reasons to like American Lorain Corp
American Lorain Corp (ALN) is an international processed and convenience foods company based in China whose stock we just bought. Why we bought:
Bank of America's $35 charge didn't target its best customers. But they might have to chip in to make up for the lost revenue.
Bank of America (BAC) just announced it will stop charging overdraft fees of $35 for most of its debit card customers. You may think that if you pay your bills on time and don't suffer overdraft fees that the changes don’t apply to you. Well, think again.
"Serial overdrafters" who constantly spend more than they have are big business for banks -- overdraft charges and related fees generate $1.77 billion a year. Without that revenue stream, these financial companies are going to have to find another way to make their cash. That could mean higher expenses for even responsible customers.
More than 50 companies are selling business applications at Google's new store.
By Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet
Google (GOOG) has opened a new online store for integrated business applications.
The Google Apps Marketplace allows customers "to easily discover, deploy and manage cloud applications that integrate with Google Apps," the company said in a blog post.
This small-cap gem with a monster dividend focuses on 'humanization' of antibodies and releated patents
Focusing on dividends sometimes attracts the scorn of active traders who think this is a slow and boring way to make money on Wall Street. But not all dividend payers are stuffy blue chips that track the major indexes.
In fact, there are some really great small-cap stocks out there that provide mammoth dividend yields on top of upside potential in shares.
Some common places to find small-cap stocks with monster yields are in the REIT industry or with publicly traded hedge funds ... but one little biotech stock with a monster yield of 14.2% proves big dividends can come in unlikely places.
Money could be made by stepping aside when things are expensive and returning when things get cheaper.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
The most trenchant moment of the whole day Tuesday may have been some interview I heard with still one more fund manager who came on TV and was asked why the public isn't involved with this market.
I always listen with one ear, but the answer I heard was something like, "Why should you expect them to be? They have had two 50% declines in 10 years, and they won't be fooled again."
Yep, the public is unwilling to be "fooled again." The public has been destroyed by the stock market repeatedly, and you have made no money at all if you have stuck with the passive strategies advocated by both the professors and the professionals.
A stealthy withdrawal of liquidity could weigh on equities.
The stock rally over the last month comes despite a drying up of liquidity -- a fancy name for extra cash in the financial system. Central bankers around the world plan the emergency programs put in place after the 2008 credit meltdown. Those plans are expected to lift the interest rates that governments, companies, and consumers pay.
Investors don't seem concerned. The broad market continues to be led by smaller and riskier stocks, as the Russell 2000 small index has seriously outperformed the large caps in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500. Over the last 22 days, the Russell has gained a whopping 14% -- by far its best run since July.
But change is coming. The Federal Reserve plans to stop directly buying bonds. Since last March, the Fed has purchased more than $1.7 trillion in mortgage debt, U.S. Treasury debt and government agency debt. It would be naive to believe this withdrawal won't cause interest rates to increase. Intuitional investors like hedge funds won't react favorably to an increase in their cost of capital. That's not all.
Without a PIN, daughter isn't allowed to cancel account. Verizon blames a customer service snafu.
Would you buy a stock in a company that bills the deceased?
Apparently that is what communication giant Verizon (VZ) did in the case of a West Virginia man who passed away in June 2009, but was billed until February of this year.
The man's daughter tried to cancel the account, but because she didn't have her father's personal identification number, a Verizon customer-service representative wouldn't comply. The issue was resolved only after the woman, who lives in Florida, contacted a consumer advocate.
I know times are tough with the recession and all, but are companies that desperate?
Drilling failure rates continue to climb, making it more expensive to find new oil.
It's not a factor now in the climbing price of oil, but the big increase in drilling failures certainly doesn't portend cheaper oil down the road -- or a rosy future for the Western oil giants.
Higher failure rates mean that it gets more and more expensive
Some countries are not allowing Wall Street firms to participate in upcoming bond issuances.
Normally, Wall Street firms would be racking up the frequent flyer miles getting these big-money deals in place. But not this time, because some European countries are banning Wall Street from participating.
"For the first time in five years, no big U.S. investment bank appears among the top nine sovereign bond bookrunners in Europe," writes the Guardian's Elena Moya.
Goldman Sachs (GS) is gone. So is JP Morgan (JPM).
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