There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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As founder Zuckerberg wrote, the site's intent was 'to accomplish a mission -- to make the world more open and connected.'
When is free not really free at all?
That's a question that Facebook's execs are going to have to grapple with down the line, as they adapt their business to the realities of being a publicly traded company.
Superstitious investors look to the Super Bowl's outcome for signs of the stock market's performance this year.
That's according to the Super Bowl indicator, which says stocks rise when the winning team is from the original National Football League. You may rightly scoff at this, but the indicator has about an 80% accuracy rate. The prediction has come true in 36 of the past 45 Super Bowls, starting with the first one in 1967.
The Giants are from the original NFL, while the New England Patriots harken back to the original American Football League. If the Patriots win, the indicator says, the stock market will fall.
Seasonal strength in crude typically begins in February. Any pullbacks could represent good buying opportunities.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
As of Thursday's close, the April crude oil contract was down over $3 for the week. Often, the price of crude leads the stock market, but this has not been the case recently. Crude peaked in early January and has been declining since, while stocks have remained strong.
From a seasonal perspective, crude oil typically bottoms in February, and therefore, any further declines should be watched closely.
In the current climate, a good defense can be your best offense.
By Elliott Gue, Personal Finance
Investors are caught between a rock and a hard place. Yields offered by traditional safe havens, such as U.S. Treasury bonds and high-grade corporate debt, are near multi-year lows.
Meanwhile, ongoing concerns about the E.U. sovereign debt crisis and the U.S. economy have made investors reluctant to roll the dice on equities. That's given legs to the rally in high-quality, large-cap stocks.
Goldman upgrades Eastman Chemical and downgrades Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Firday's noteworthy upgrades include:
Employment report shows a decline in the number of jobs in financial activities.
Government data released Friday showed that a better-than-expected 243,000 jobs were created last month and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3%. Yet, the report also showed that the financial services sector lags the rest of the economy.
The Canadian oil producer offers a high yield, strong growth and low risk.
My latest featured stock pick is Baytex (BTE), a leading Canadian heavy-oil producer with an exceptional dividend to provide downside share support in a rocky market.
Geopolitical tensions, i.e. Iran, continue to rear their ugly head and reinforce our bullish outlook for crude prices and the energy sector.
The president may not deserve the credit, but these companies have thrived since he took office.
By Jeff Reeves
There's a lot of bluster this election year about the economy and President Barack Obama's effect on jobs and the stock market. But what you may not realize is that many comparisons aren't exactly fair.
Yes, in November 2008 when Obama won the election, unemployment was just shy of 7%, and when he took office in January it was under 8%. But comparing our current unemployment rate of 8.3% to what things were like when the president took office isn't so simple. After all, the financial crisis was really only beginning in late 2008, and the Great Recession didn't peak until mid-2009.
The closure of Petroplus and other key refineries should tighten the industry surplus situation.
We have a $109 price estimate for Chevron, which is at a 5% premium over its current market price.
The company's Bydureon diabetes shot finally gets the green light from regulators.
Bydureon is a long-acting form of Byetta, a twice-daily injection developed by Amylin and Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) in a partnership which was dissolved last year. The drug had been rejected twice before, which caused Amylin to lose nearly half of its market value in October 2010.
The company's quarter was propelled by strong sales in its engine segments.
The transportation company expects good results from strong commercial rentals and used-vehicle sales.
By: Zacks Equity Research
Transportation company Ryder System (R) reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of 97 cents -- in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate and up 49% from 65 cents a year earlier.
The year-over-year growth reflected accelerated organic growth in the company's commercial rental and supply chain businesses alongside acquisitions gains, improved asset use and higher used-vehicle sales. Adjusted earnings exclude a negative impact of 5 cents related to post-acquisition restructuring costs.
Pundits complain that this earnings season has been a bust, but companies that disappointed have actually held up -- or even rallied -- since blowing their quarters.
What's the definition of a strong tape? How about Boeing (BA) being up huge while the Pentagon surprises with a big cutback on an important program? How about Navistar (NAV) rallying huge despite preannouncing a shortfall because of a deal with Clean Energy (CLNE) (which I actually announced a week ago)?
And is anyone in?
After suffering higher pump prices, consumers could be due for some relief.
A few weeks ago, I warned that pain was coming to the pump as gas prices were set to climb. Sure enough, wholesale prices have climbed 17% from their December low.
The catalyst was a closing of the disconnect between crude oil and gasoline. There was just no way Big Oil was going to let its downstream refinery margins stay pinched. Crude oil climbed in October and November on Wall Street speculation and a weaker dollar and has remained elevated on geopolitical concerns and Iranian saber rattling. Gasoline kept dropping during the period but has since made up for lost time.
Things are about to change as crude oil drops out of its recent trading range and the dollar stabilizes. With this looking to be the beginning of a new downtrend, it should take the upward pressure off gas prices.
The retailer's stock price plummets after it gives disappointing guidance for the year.
Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) can't get its act together. The stock was down more than 11% Thursday after the company said it whiffed the fourth quarter.
In an earnings preannouncement, the retailer said it expects profit of between $1.10 and $1.15 a share -- far below the $1.55 per share that analysts expected.
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