There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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While investing heavily on projects to stimulate domestic natural gas demand, the producer has also been moving to increase higher-margin liquids production
With gas prices forecast to remain in the doldrums for the short- to medium-term, Chesapeake has launched a two-pronged strategy to tackle the low margin environment.
A flat or smaller US defense budget would hurt these contractors.
By Lindsey Bell, TheStreet
Defense-industry stocks such as General Dynamics (GD) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) may suffer a double whammy if Congress fails to pass a budget for the Department of Defense and the so-called supercommittee trims costs.
FBR analyst Patrick McCarthy said there's a chance the Department of Defense may operate under a "continuing resolution" next year, meaning funding would remain little changed or fall. That's never happened before.
Forgoing bonds for high-yield stocks amid the current volatility isn't as safe as you might think.
By Jeff Brown, MainStreet
With interest-bearing accounts paying practically nothing and bonds paying little more, many income-oriented investors are turning to dividend-paying stocks. But a fresh look at the numbers shows investors tread this path at their peril.
"More than $18 billion has poured into the Lipper Equity Income category . . . through September 2011, the largest amount of cash flow of any Lipper equity fund category year to date," the Vanguard Group reported earlier this week. "This seems to suggest investors may be looking beyond bonds in search of income."
That's about 10% above current market prices.
Dunkin Brands Group (DNKN) is a franchisor of quick service restaurants and operates globally through both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brand names.
Currently, Dunkin' Donuts' U.S. segment contributes the most to the company's revenues, with approximately 70% share of gross revenues. Going forward, we believe its contribution will decline slightly and Baskin-Robbins International will emerge as the key driver for growth.
The ketchup king will be able to compete better with private-label brands.
In an effort to cement its position on the grocery lists of cash-strapped consumers, H.J. Heinz Co. (HNZ) will introduce a lineup of products priced between 99 cents and $1.99 in the current quarter.
According to a press release from the Pittsburgh company, the line includes a 10-ounce variety of Heinz ketchup in "innovative stand-up pouch packaging with a spout" (suggested retail price of 99 cents); a 9-ounce version of the Heinz Yellow Mustard found in restaurants (99 cents); new sizes of Heinz Worcestershire sauce and Heinz 57 sauce (around $1); Heinz Home Style Beans in varieties (priced above $1) and a 1-pound version of Ore-Idea French fries ($1.99).
With a steady climb in dividends, sales and earnings, these picks should do well in good times or bad.
In good times or bad, dividend increases make a difference. A history of dividend increases suggests a company possesses ﬁnancial fortitude and a commitment to sharing the wealth with stockholders.
We've found four standouts that have shown steady dividend increases, with three-year annualized growth rates of at least 9%: Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Dover (DOV), IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT).
The Germans appear resigned to an eurozone collapse, and they'd rather let the market dictate the destruction than risk hyperinflation.
There was always an assumption that the Europeans would do what is necessary to preserve the banks, the union and the countries that are a part of it.
The assumption seems to be unraveling before our eyes.
Citigroup analysts believe the retailer is developing a smartphone.
Amazon (AMZN) is gearing up for an absolutely Goliath holiday season. The National Retail Federation predicts online retail sales this holiday will grow 15% over the same period in 2010, when online holiday sales came to a whopping $36.4 billion. Considering that Amazon accounts for 20% of all online retail visits, the company should have a very green Christmas indeed.
The mobile chipset maker has an encouraging growth outlook, buoyed by unprecedented growth of 3G wireless networks, among other reasons.
By: Zacks Equity Research
Qualcomm (QCOM), the largest chipset manufacturer for mobile handsets, reaffirmed its long-term financial target of achieving 10% annual growth for its top line and bottom line until 2015.
Management cited several reasons for this encouraging outlook, including:
Europe's patience with Germany is wearing thin. How will this drama play out in the stock market?
The stock is still recovering from its first earnings miss in years. Apple needs to prove it can perform without Steve Jobs.
Lawmakers have millions of dollars invested in these big names.
Maybe this explains the silence: GE is the No. 1 stock investment for members of Congress, with 75 of them holding shares, according to CNBC.
The top GE investors were Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who was in for at least $1 million, and Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who was holding anywhere from $600,000 to $1.3 million in stock.
The stock is taking a beating on word that contract talks with a key pilots union have stalled.
The company's stock has fallen nearly 80% this year, mostly on concerns that labor costs and other contracts are becoming unmanageable. Shares were down some 6% Thursday on news that bankruptcy could become a very real possibility.
The sandwich chain is expanding with concept cafes that offer espresso drinks, Wi-Fi and television.
The sandwich chain is testing a new restaurant, called Subway Café, that serves lattes and other espresso drinks as well as frozen blended beverages. The restaurant wants people to make themselves at home, offering Wi-Fi and satellite television service from DirecTV.
It's a far cry from the typical bare-bones Subway restaurant.
U.S. sales improved, but deep discounts deteriorated profit.
By Alyce Lomax
Wal-Mart's (WMT) third-quarter results summed up a retailer that's stuck between a rock and a hard place. The discount giant has finally reversed the course of its long-declining U.S. sales. However, it has sacrificed some profitability in its drive to lower prices to increase sales.
Third-quarter net income from continuing operations dipped 2.9% to $3.34 billion, or $0.97 per share. On the other hand, net sales increased by 8.1% to $110.23 billion.
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