If everything goes as planned, this week will be the busiest for initial public offerings since 2000.
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Unless the company starts to serve third-party resellers better, it will begin to lose market share.
By Thomas Kee, guest columnist
In all industries, across all demographics and within every business segment, one thing remains crystal clear. Businesses must serve their customers or their customers will go elsewhere.
In the case of Apple (AAPL), the demise of the growth rate of what was once one of the best on the planet is happening in front of our eyes. Unless Apple starts to serve its customers better, it will begin to materially lose market share and revenue and earnings projections will come down aggressively.
These 3 picks are among oil shares that should outperform.
As a group, these shares have been outstanding performers during those important periods since 1972, gaining an average 15.6% and outperforming the average 5.9% gain for the S&P 500.
The graphics king began its serious push into mobile computing last year and showed ambitions of becoming much more than a graphics chip maker.
Our price estimate for Nvidia stands at $20.91, implying a premium of about 50% to the market price.
Utilities are the best small-cap sector right now. Here are some standouts to watch.
By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com
The top-performing sector from the S&P SmallCap 600 in 2011 was utilities -- not particularly surprising, given that investors were seeking yield, as well as putting money into reliable defensive names.
With Europe likely to roil markets for the foreseeable future, and investors continuing to fret about the economy, defensives and dividend payers should remain in favor as 2012 trading gets under way this week.
One top technical performer heading into the new year is El Paso Electric (EE), which provides service to customers in Texas and New Mexico.
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Mega caps, junk bonds and emerging markets offer hedged play on economic recovery.
If 2011 was a slim-pickings picnic, many are saying 2012 will be nothing more than the ants. Not me. I know the macro issues we’ll have to invest through: ongoing eurozone crisis, escalating U.S. class warfare rhetoric, another Arab Spring. But don't forget that 2011 also taught us that even though one major piece of the global economy was broken, our own economy was able to maintain growth, albeit slow.
Shares are down and peripheral bond yields are up as spending cuts continue to undermine the continent’s economy.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
That didn’t take long.
A couple of days into the new year, Spanish and Italian stocks are down 2% amid dimming risk appetite around the globe.
Big Italian lender UniCredit had to discount its equity 43% to raise €7.5 billion from skeptical investors. Denmark’s Vestas, the world’s top maker of wind turbines, fell even more after cutting its outlook for the second time in two months as European customers postponed orders.
Expect financials and materials to do well in 2012.
By Alex Dumortier
As a forecaster on The Good Judgment Project, I compete in estimating the probabilities of political and economic events for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency. One of the lessons I've (re)learned is that "it is exceedingly difficult to make predictions, particularly about the future," to quote physicist Niels Bohr.
That gives no pause to financiers, pundits, and experts of all stripes who are always willing, around this time, to offer their predictions for the following year. I won't be left out; here are mine.
The employment picture got a little brighter over the past month. Here are some stocks that could benefit most from continued gains.
Throughout the second half of 2011, many (if not most) pundits and prognosticators waited for the European debt crisis to spread across the Atlantic Ocean and topple the U.S. economic recovery. But over the past several weeks, a funny thing happened on the way to another recession: The economy actually picked up, and the job market has made its most significant improvement in nearly a year.
The four-week average of new claims for unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since June 2008, according to Labor Department data. Continuing claims, meanwhile, have fallen to levels not seen since September 2008, when the Lehman Brothers collapse sparked the financial crisis.
New unemployment claims are down, which could mean an improved December jobs picture.
Thursday's report on weekly initial unemployment claims offered a promising setup for Friday's release of the December jobs number.
Cash-rich electronics company shows strong growth in core businesses.
By Benj Gallander & Ben Stadelmann, Contra the Heard Investment Letter
We focus on buying deep value plays that are out-of-favor and that strategy has contributed to our 10-year annualized return of 19.6%. One of our favorites that is overdue for a recovery is Flextronics (FLEX).
High-yielding stocks like Pfizer and Southern Copper may seem boring, but dividends have a history of saving the day.
People always want to know what sectors are going to work in a new year. Makes sense, as a great deal of a stock's move does depend on its sector -- perhaps too much, because of what I've been calling the "ETF-ization" of stocks, where the group a company belongs to hangs together by an ETF instead of trading separately, even a little bit, on the merits.
That's why I think the sector that will perform the best, again, in 2012, is the dividend sector, the segment of companies that reward you, that pay you to wait, while the company gets its act together or just simply puts on more cream to the cake.
The presidential candidate likely did very well focusing on metal-mining companies in 2009 and 2010.
The Wall Street Journal describes his choices as weird and was immediately hammered by readers calling foul. I'll say this much for his picks: They're definitely unorthodox, but they've seemed to turn out well.
Paul didn't like bonds or well-known mainstream stocks in 2010. In fact, he actively bet against U.S. stocks with a small stake in the Prudent Bear Mutual Fund (BEARX). You can see Paul's investments on his Congressional disclosure statement (registration required) for 2010.
As old hits such as CityVille lose popularity, gaming company looks to new ones to maintain user base.
Zynga has made some really popular games like CityVille and FarmVille, which had a user base of close to 100 million at their peak. However, social games can get old fast and user numbers can drop as quickly as they grow.
The soft drink giant is said to be mulling several moves to boost its earnings.
The soft drink giant is also mulling ending its 401(k) match, the paper said. The Post's sources said that Pepsi believes it is more generous than its peers because it offers both a pension plan and a 401(k) match. The elimination of the 401(k) match could reportedly save the soft drink and snack food company $75 million.
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