If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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When an American appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, stocks have a great year.
This year's swimsuit cover model is American Kate Upton. And when an American is on the cover of the annual issue, stocks do better than when a non-American appears.
Yes, it's completely silly. But hey, this will give you a business reason to buy the magazine.
Although management expects costs to increase next quarter, we still see untapped revenue sources for the future.
The market clearly responded to the bits and pieces of information provided by the company during the earnings call about ongoing changes to its business model. These changes, coupled with the outlook presented by management for the year, warrants a reduction in our price estimate for the company's shares from $65 to $55.
After declaring equities safer than bonds and gold, the billionaire sets an example with several purchases.
Warren Buffett recently said stocks will outperform gold and bonds, calling them the safest asset by far. He's putting Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.B) money where his mouth is, buying up shares of DirecTV (DTV) and IBM (IBM).
In a Fortune article published last week, Buffett offered investors a preview of his upcoming annual shareholder letter. Buffett said equities will "prove to be the runaway winner," with the Oracle of Omaha talking down investments in gold and bonds. Regarding the latter, Buffett said bonds are a dangerous asset because they are currency-based and exposed to interest-rate risk.
Safeway is upgraded to 'outperform,' while Bank of America is downgraded to 'market perform.'
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
Hoping to offset soggy cereal sales, the maker of Corn Flakes and Froot Loops will pay $2.7 billion in cash for Procter & Gamble's crispy potato snacks.
Cereal maker Kellogg (K) announced Wednesday that it plans to buy Pringles from Procter & Gamble (PG) for $2.7 billion in cash. The move will help Kellog offset softening sales in its core century-old cereal business.
Indeed, during the fourth quarter, Kellogg's cereal business in North America was a laggard, posting an anemic sales growth of 1.5%. Internal net sales in Kellogg's North American snacks unit, meanwhile, rose 8.1%, and revenue at the North America frozen and specialty channels surged by 13.5%.
It stands to earn hundreds of millions of dollars from licensing agreements if it wins its latest round of lawsuits.
Motorola has already tried to block the sales of the iPhone in Europe, but its lawsuit was rejected by a German Court last week. However, it may get lucky with its patent lawsuit against Microsoft. It is targeting Microsoft's top moneymakers – Windows 7 and Xbox 360 – and some other products with patent infringement lawsuits. (Microsoft owns and publishes Top Stocks, an MSN Money site.)
With a growing fleet and rising earnings, this is a high-quality, high-yielding play on global trade.
Seaspan (SSW) is one of the world’s leading charter owners of container ships. Virtually all of the company’s vessels are leased at long-term fixed-rates.
Today, Seaspan has a fleet of 72 vessels, with seven more scheduled for delivery through 2014. All seven container ships already are committed to fixed-rate time charters between 10 and 12 years in duration from delivery.
Two of these could drop big on a market downturn.
While the market is still technically in an uptrend, things are getting uncomfortably frothy, and a pullback might be closer than you think. A dip would whack ETFs, too -- some of them more than others.
Here's a closer look at the market's most overbought exchange-traded funds, and exactly why they're so vulnerable now.
Experts explain their stock picks in the consumer services and technology sectors.
Stocks discussed include Coinstar (CSTR), Netgear (NTGR) and Zynga (ZNGA). Plus, find out what the panel thinks of the latest Greek financial reforms and how they will affect markets.
Investors are worrying more about the mismanaged bank now than when the financial situation was much worse.
The downgrade of Bank of America (BAC) Tuesday strikes me as ill-considered. When Citigroup (C) turned lukewarm on the name, I thought that if you are bullish on the market and housing in general, you would have a hard time getting back into this one.
I have to admit that Bank of America is the worst of the worst -- the most poorly run of all the major financials. People may hate Goldman Sachs (GS) more, but that's born of jealousy more than incompetence. I also expect earnings in the near term won't be anything to write home about.
Shares of companies such as LinkedIn and Zynga have jumped higher since Facebook filed to go public two weeks ago.
Is rally in the prices of some of the best-known social networking stocks due solely to the halo effect of Facebook’s IPO filing?
Shares of companies such as LinkedIn (LNKD) and Zynga (ZNGA) have jumped higher since that other social media business filed to go public two weeks ago. In the case of LinkedIn, at least, the gains may have a basis in fundamentals as much as they are in the increased appetite for anything even tangentially related to Facebook.
CEO Tim Cook hints that the company may be willing to do something with its mountain of cash.
"I think it's clear to everyone we have more cash than we need," he said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference in San Francisco, according to Business Insider. He asked investors to be patient so he could make the best decision about what to do with the cash.
"We're not going to go have a toga party or do something outlandish," he joked, according to ZDNet. "People don’t have to worry that it’s going to burn a hole in our pocket."
Some propose looking at leveraged ETFs for guidance.
By Dan Caplinger
Leveraged ETFs have been the downfall for some long-term investors who misunderstood how they worked. But now, one research company thinks that leveraged ETFs may actually provide some helpful information -- and suggests that current signs point toward a possible plunge for stocks.
Following the dumb money
Yesterday, Barron's reported a trend among leveraged ETF trading that TrimTabs Investment Research identified. TrimTabs observed that issuance of new shares of leveraged bearish ETFs, including Direxion Financial Bear 3x (FAZ) and ProShares UltraShort QQQ (QID), was at a very low level of just 0.2% of assets last week.
The company says business is normal Tuesday even as groups promise action over its gun policies.
A group that aims to reduce gun violence says it is boycotting the coffee giant Tuesday because Starbucks has not stopped customers from bringing guns into stores when the law allows it. Starbucks has the legal right to ban guns, the National Gun Victim's Action Council says. The group has sent an open letter to Starbucks with its complaints.
Knowing that a plethora of good apps is key to drawing new smartphone users, the company makes an appeal to app creators.
At a recent developer's conference, executives mentioned that, contrary to popular belief, users of the BlackBerry platform have actually shown great interest in embracing smartphone apps. This is an encouraging statement from the company at a time when it's facing challenges in competing with Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) in the smartphone and tablet market.
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