There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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Investors have multiple ways to succeed this year, if they understand how the lingering effects of deleveraging are colliding with emerging forces of inflation.
By Charles Githler, chairman, MoneyShow.com
The worst is over for investors, and an improving environment awaits us in 2012, according to the MoneyShow experts who proved most accurate last year. Nor will the European sovereign debt crisis whipsaw the markets with last year’s ferocity.
The bad news: Our old friend, inflation, is still on its way back.
Its return was our top forecast last year.
Exxon and BP forecast that electric cars and hybrids will account for only 4% to 5% of the global fleet in the next few decades.
Both companies released projections for the next two to three decades, and forecast that electric cars and hybrids will make up 4% to 5% of the global fleet even after decades of development. These forecasts are at odds with projections by independent consultants like McKinsey and government targets, which see electric vehicles taking on a much bigger role in transportation in the future.
The company has been as steady as anyone could hope, but that doesn't mean it's a good time to buy, especially if you're just looking at price charts.
By Julie Carnevale, FASTgraphs.com
McDonald's (MCD) has a consistent record of growing earnings at double-digit rates, and the market tends to price the company's shares within reasonable variations of its earnings achievements.
But is McDonald's is too expensive to buy or hold at current prices?
Since 2009, trading volume has withered as exchange-traded funds have exploded. Is this where all the money is going?
January was a heck of a month, at least for stocks. The S&P 500 gained a hefty 4.3%, and the market's up more than 17% from its October lows. Yet, there's been a notable lack of volume on the way up. One could put the question this way: Where did all the money go?
There are two potential ways to interpret that -- and they're diametrical opposites.
Everyone's upset about companies not paying their fair share. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
By Dan Caplinger
As we watch the turmoil in Europe, the U.S. gets closer and closer to a sovereign debt crisis of its own. Yet the most recent public uproar over whether corporations are paying their fair share of taxes distracts from the far more important question: Why are we wasting time worrying about a tax that hasn't contributed all that much to the government's coffers for decades?
Much ado about little
Last week, The Wall Street Journal raised the hackles of tax reformers everywhere by highlighting a statistic from the Congressional Budget Office. According to the CBO, corporations paid just over 12% of their profits in taxes last year -- the lowest percentage since 1972.
The iPhone maker, which did not even run a commercial, got the best promotion by far.
I saw a lot of commercials last night that were cute. Funny dogs. Smiling, mischievous babies. Lovable polar bears. I saw some stupid ones, too, like the insulting and endless demeaning of women by GoDaddy, or something about a kid relieving himself in pool. I guess that was an ad for porta-potties?
But there was one ad that struck me as the most honest, most riveting and most compelling of all.
The bank showed strong internal growth in the fourth quarter.
The company is seen as the next likely candidate in the biotech sector's takeover hit parade.
Recent buyouts have invigorated the biotechnology industry, and the predictable question is which company is the next likely target?
Amgen's (AMGN) acquisition of Micromet (MITI) for $1.61 billion, along with Celgene's (CELG) purchase of privately held Avila Therapeutics and Gilead's (GLD) acquisition of Pharmasset, have sparked renewed investor interest in the biotechs.
Stock trends remain bullish.
By Jared Levy
Given the current state of the economy, most consumers are likely to be smart with their money and keep splurges to a minimum. One of the only areas that they might be willing to spend a little (or a lot) extra is on their mattresses, especially if they are having a hard time sleeping due to increased stress levels.
And Tempur-Pedic International (TPX) claims to be the No. 1 recommended bed in America.
Teva is downgraded to 'equal weight,' and MGM is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
With unemployment dropping, the retailer is poised to gain market share.
Economists hoping for good employment data got it in abundance Friday when the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the nonfarm private sector added 243,000 jobs in January, ahead of most analyst estimates by nearly 100,000.
The unemployment rate has fallen to 8.3%, and the economy has added jobs for three months in a row.
While the news has caused a widespread rally in American markets, some companies will benefit from stronger employment more than others.
The Japanese automaker promised an aggressive sales effort once it got back on its feet, and it began in January.
By John Rosevear
So much for concerns about auto sales: U.S. sales of cars and light trucks (pickups and SUVs) were up 11% in January over year-ago numbers, a strong result that suggests economic momentum is increasing. That result was good enough to put the annualized sales pace at 14.1 million, the highest monthly mark posted since the "Cash for Clunkers"-fueled sales boomlet in August of 2009.
Buried in the numbers are several trends worth noting, starting with a big one: After two years of troubles, Toyota (TM) is finally starting to roar back -- and General Motors (GM) has already lost some ground.
IBM and other large businesses are increasingly allowing employees to use iPhones and other devices.
One of the biggest companies to embrace Apple may surprise you. ZDNet reports that IBM (IBM) has 30,000 employees with iPhones, 10,000 using iPads and 10,000 with MacBooks. That's according to a presentation at a recent Macworld conference.
IBM now allows 50,000 Apple products into its workforce. Unimaginable.
Governments worldwide are cutting back benefits to solar installers as panel prices drop.
The company sheds more light on its business and strategy after shares got pummeled this week.
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[BRIEFING.COM] Equity indices closed out the month of August on a modestly higher note. The Russell 2000 (+0.6%) and Nasdaq Composite (+0.5%) finished ahead of the S&P 500 (+0.3%), which extended its August gain to 3.8%. Blue chips lagged with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (+0.1%) spending the bulk of the session in the red.
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