The company, which reports its quarterly earnings Tuesday, has once again become an investor favorite.
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That's great news for the ETF business, but it may be a warning for investors that it's time to get out.
By Thomas Kee, guest columnist
The flagship exchange-traded fund for the S&P 500, SPDR 500 (SPY), has just made headlines by surpassing the $100 billion market cap mark. The move was hailed as yet another sign that the ETF industry has come of age.
But like a Time Magazine cover story, this headline may be a contrarian indicator for the market.
With no real news to justify a rally, you have to wonder if we're seeing 'the mother of all short squeezes.'
Sears Holdings (SHLD) has been an oddball stock for a long time, but this January it's just gone bonkers.
Look at what's happened in the last trading day. Shares shot up more than 10% Monday in morning trading, and finally fell back to a 3.3% loss to close at $47.39. Why? No one knows. But this action is just a normal trading day with Sears. Shares are up more than 50% so far this year.
The thing is, there's nothing going on with the company itself to justify such a rally.
It's unreasonable to expect the company to meet the current demands.
The operator's preferred shares carry low risk and a nice yield.
Shares in container ship operator Seaspan (SSW) jumped 20% after the company announced a tender offer to buy up to $150 million worth of common stock for $15 a share.
The 10 million shares repurchased as part of this deal represent about 15% of the outstanding float of stock, a significant repurchase. The buyback is a sign of management's confidence in the long-term prospects for the company.
Research In Motion and Yahoo have made big changes lately. But in the fast-moving technology sector, it may be too little, too late.
First, they have captured the attention of everyone: home gamers, institutions, everyone. I don't blame them. People use both. Yahoo had been the de facto Web for many people before Google (GOOG) and Facebook. The BlackBerry had been the de facto cellphone for corporations.
The single-cup market in the US is dominated by this coffee roaster with its proprietary Keurig brewing system.
K-Cup portion packs and Keurig single-cup brewers and related accessories contribute a significant proportion to GMCR's revenues -- approximately 84% in 2011.
The cable company will score major ad revenue as the Giants and Patriots vie for the NFL title.
The game, airing on Comcast's NBC TV network, will feature Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots -- two of the game's most exciting quarterbacks, who also happen to play for two of the NFL's most storied and popular franchises.
ConocoPhillips is downgraded to 'sell' at UBS.
Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Research in Motion (RIMM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
- BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
- Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
- Waters (WAT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JP Morgan
- Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
One of the best plays on recovering global chip demand has soared to longtime highs, in a bullish tell.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
It was only six weeks ago that Texas Instruments (TXN) issued a sales warning heard around the world, citing "broadly lower demand across a wide range of markets, customers, and products." Its stock bottomed ten days later below $28 a share.
And all it's done over the last month is surge 20%, aided by the 8% spike Wednesday. Of course, a lot of trash has been treated like treasure lately.
The stock plunged the day after the company's earnings miss, and history says shares won't bounce back right away.
Google's (GOOG) share price nosedived Friday after the search giant announced disappointing fourth-quarter profit and revenue late Thursday. Analysts had projected EPS of $10.50 a share, and Google came in at $9.50. Ouch.
But the 8% plunge in the stock's price -- an immediate and understandable response on the part of investors who have come to count on Google to deliver growth in a world in which that is becoming increasingly scarce -- may not be an end to the matter.
With its large real estate holdings, this firm has attracted the interest of insiders and hedge funds.
The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) is a premier real estate company that owns a collection of prized assets, including some that were purchased by Howard Hughes Jr. many decades ago.
I'm interested in the company's extensive assets that are overlooked by most investors, and therefore grossly undervalued. When The Howard Hughes Corp. was previously owned by General Growth, a huge company with 200 shopping malls, its assets were largely overlooked.
Wendy's, LSI and SandRidge have the right stuff for big returns on small investments.
By Jeff Reeves
In the stock market, sometimes you get what you pay for. High-priced stocks like Apple (AAPL) have paid off nicely for investors in the past several years, and cheap financials like Bank of America (BAC) remain volatile and risky, even if financials seem to have some spring in their step to start 2012.
But not all cheap stocks are ugly investments that have been rightfully beaten down. Some low-priced shares are screaming bargains that are worth your cash.
Qualcomm has scored a number of design wins due to its huge portfolio of Snapdragon chips.
A strong performance throughout the year meant Qualcomm's stock outperformed the overall market, growing by almost 9% over the past year even as U.S. economic recovery came under threat from the European debt crisis.
Here are 3 companies providing enticingly generous yields.
It might surprise many investors to know that when it comes to paying generous dividends, U.S. equities don't top the list. Companies in Europe, the U.K. and even in some emerging nations provide significantly better yields, according to some Wall Street pros.
The practices and policies of paying dividends vary by region, but yields from companies outside the U.S. are on average generally much higher.
The company has struggled against the iPhone and phones using Google's Android. Shares have dropped nearly 90% since peaking in 2008, falling 75% in 2011 alone.
What was clear late Sunday was that Research In Motion's (RIMM) co-CEOs bowed to the inevitable and stepped aside.
What wasn't clear was whether the management change will give investors, who have seen the stock fall nearly 90% since 2008, any hope that the company can mount a comeback from years of losing market share and just plain coolness to Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPad and mobile phones and tablets built on Google's (GOOG) Android.
If it's any indication, Rim's shares were down $1.10 Monday at $15.90.
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