If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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Bank stocks are rocking because everyone had written them off for dead.
If you lower expectations enough, if you get bearish enough, if you get whipsawed enough, pretty much anything looks good. You get a smaller loss from Morgan Stanley (MS) -- we love it! You get an EPS number from Bank of America (BAC) that looks something like you might expect, and you buy it. You see some revenue line from Goldman Sachs (GS) that's truly anemic and you say, "Let me in!"
Let's puzzle through how bad things have been for a moment so we can understand how we got here.
With luxury spending in China booming, the handbag maker has high hopes for the longest and most important holiday of the year.
Aspirational luxury retailer Coach (COH) may get a solid lift in sales as Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, approaches. China is the largest market for Coach outside the U.S., and with Chinese luxury spending expected to increase significantly in the week leading to Jan. 23, Coach may well witness its first 2012 bonanza.
Coach is the leading American marketer of luxury lifestyle handbags and other fashion accessories and competes with premium apparel and accessories players like Ralph Lauren (RL), Liz Claiborne (LIZ) and Ann (ANN).
F5 Networks is upgraded to 'buy' at BofA/Merrill, while Walgreen is downgraded to 'neutral' at Goldman.
Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Garmin (GRMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord
- F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
- Terex (TX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
- St. Jude Medical (STJ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
- Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
- Automatic Data Processing (ADP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
- Advance Auto Parts (AAP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Don't let a share price above $200 scare you off.
There are some low-priced stocks out there that really catch Wall Street's fancy. There's some kind of love affair with a cheap stock -- with investors fooling themselves into thinking that it's easier for a $1 stock to get to $2 than it is for a $100 stock to get to $200.
But the bottom line is still the bottom line. A stock succeeds or fails on the merit of its business, not on logistical nonsense like shares outstanding or the headline price of the stock.
MSN Money's Charley Blaine answers Facebook questions about the real-estate market in 2012.
He fielded questions from our Facebook community, including one on housing stocks.
But hold the champagne and jolly song. Despite improving operations, the banks are still a long way from a recovery.
However, both companies, whose shares have plunged more than 40% over the past 52 weeks, remain far from a recovery.
Net income at Bank of America was $2.0 billion, or 15 cents a share, reversing a year-ago loss of $1.2 billion, or 16 cents a share. Revenue at the second-largest U.S. lender rose 11% to $25.1 billion.
Increasing global voice & data usage boosts the outlook for the wireless tower operator.
This week’s Focus Stock of the Week is American Tower Corporation (AMT), which carries S&P Capital IQ’s highest investment recommendation of 5- STARS, or Strong Buy.
American Tower Corporation operates the largest independent portfolio of wireless communications and broadcast towers in North America, based on the number of towers and revenue.
Given the right price point and enhanced customer convenience and satisfaction, DVDs can still be sold.
Nevertheless, the fall in DVD sales is a concern for media companies like Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA) and Disney (DIS). For this reason, these companies are striking more online content licensing deals. Time Warner has even decided to increase the DVD sell-through window to 56 days, double the earlier period. Let's take a quick look at 2011 home video market growth and what it means.
The Costa Concordia tragedy spells severe headwinds for cruise liners' future bookings.
Vacationers, for sure, will continue going on cruises to seemingly exotic places, but for investors, shares of companies that own and operate cruise ships, such as Carnival (CCL) and Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL), should be off limits. Wall Street believes investors should stick to dry-land investing for now. The reason: The Costa Concordia disaster that has so far claimed the lives of eight people -- and counting.
"We are downgrading shares of Carnival and Royal Caribbean to neutral from positive as a result of the Costa Concordia tragedy this weekend," says Rachael Rothman, analyst at Susquehanna Financial Group.
The company says it has new financing and can continue operating while it restructures.
The stock has been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. Its shares were falling in over-the-counter trading Thursday under the new symbol EKDKQ.
The 131-year-old company had been trying desperately to sell its huge collection of digital-imaging patents, saying it needed the money to survive.
The company converted to a real-estate investment trust in 2010.
Will the numbers yield long-term growth for the homebuilder?
Shares of PulteGroup (PHM) surged nearly 6% Wednesday after positive housing data extended a now lengthy bullish run for the homebuilding sector at large. Maybe the housing bottom has finally arrived.
At least a case can be made for getting closer to that bottom and the ensuing rebound following Wednesday's bullish data. Applications for new home loans jumped 23.1% from the prior week, according to the MBA Mortgage Applications Survey.
Antipiracy bills under consideration in Congress are flawed, but their goal is valid.
Though the bills lawmakers are considering -- the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate companion, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) -- are deeply flawed, that doesn't change the fact that pirated content is a serious problem. Exactly how serious, though, is up for debate. The Freakonomics blog did a solid job recently showing that estimates of the scope of the piracy were inflated, but the problem is still real.
Investors are seeing a mixed bag of quarterly results as banks reel from weak trading revenue.
And if the other reports are any indication, Bank of America's earnings report Thursday may not be pretty. Many of the nation's largest banks and regional banks reported declines for the fourth quarter, battered by weak trading revenue.
Citigroup (C) announced an unexpected drop in fourth-quarter earnings this week as trading revenue declined.
It's all a matter of perspective.
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Last year saw many overhyped IPOs, and Zynga (ZNGA) probably takes the cake -- although it may have to compete for that title with Groupon (GRPN), which is trading slightly above its $20 offering price.
Still, the month since Zynga shares started changing public hands has been a pretty lackluster one. After the offering priced at $10, shares broke that threshold on just the first day and have remained in single-digit territory ever since. But in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, CEO Mark Pincus added some detail on why he considers the offering a success.
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