Jim Cramer asks, why pay any attention to letters from a manager who lost money in the first quarter?
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After months of ambling along, equities, crude oil and other risky assets are falling hard on poor economic data. It's set to continue.
In my post here Thursday, I warned that the little dollar-driven rebound rally of late April was ending and would be replaced with something much uglier.
In fact, the head-and-shoulders reversal pattern traced out by the NYSE Composite ($NYA) suggested stocks could very well be headed for mid-December levels -- a drop of more than 5% from current levels. Peak to trough, that would be a 10% drop from the March high.
Stocks slide on a disappointing nonfarm payrolls report.
Insurer American International Group (AIG) reported earnings that beat estimates but its stock slid almost 4% during today's session after rising fairly steadily during the past week.
Among other companies reporting earnings Friday, advancers included LinkedIn (LNKD) and CareFusion (CFN); decliners included Southwestern Energy (SWN), Warnaco (WRC) and CF Industries (CF).
Brick-and-mortar stores are using different strategies to ward off competition from online retailers.
The world's largest brick-and-mortar retailers, including Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), and Best Buy (BBY), are working hard to develop their online presence.
The media giant's dependence on the cartoon character is scary.
What was left unsaid, however, is that this may be the last hurrah for the Bikini Bottom gang.
The social network for professionals is profitable and making a savvy acquisition.
By Tom Taulli
Forget about Facebook. The hot social media stock of the moment is LinkedIn (LNKD).
Thanks to strong earnings and a recent buyout that was well-received by investors, shares soared by double-digits Friday.
So does that mean brighter days are ahead for all social media stocks and the big Facebook IPO coming up in a few weeks? Maybe. But maybe not.
Health Net is upgraded to 'buy' at Goldman, and Hasbro is downgraded to 'underperform' at BMO Capital.
Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- Allstate (ALL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
- Health Net (HNT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
- SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at ThinkEquity
- Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
- Weight Watchers (WTW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Auriga
But which credit card stock looks better going forward?
By Charles Sizemore
We'll start with MasterCard. This smaller of the two rivals enjoyed earnings growth of 25% in the first quarter and a 17% increase in worldwide purchase volumes. Not to be outdone, Visa announced a 30% rise in earnings per share on an 11% rise in payments volume.
The Oracle of Omaha also says the hype does not signal a tech bubble.
Despite the hype, he doesn't think we're in a bubble similar to the dot-com craze of the late 1990s early 2000s. Listen to what he has to say:
The hedge-fund star who blew up Herbalife shares with a few innocent questions on Tuesday owes some answers of his own.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
I bought some Herbalife (HLF) call options Tuesday. I write this up front so that you won't mistake me for a disinterested observer. And also so you won't misinterpret the rest as advice to buy Herbalife, sell Herbalife, or use its diet pills as suppositories.
In making this disclosure, I've already been infinitely more forthcoming than noted hedge-fund manager and short-seller David Einhorn. Einhorn's surprise cameo on the Herbalife earnings conference call set the stock back 20%, or $543 million in market cap lost for each of his three leading questions. The stock lost a record 34% of its value in three days, as of Thursday's close.
OK, so you don't have to aim for millions. But time and a little savvy can really pay off as your child grows. Here are 8 expert picks and some tips on where to begin.
Wouldn't it be great to give a newborn the same stock market bonanza? If only.
In today's volatile markets, perhaps the most we can do is invest some cash in a reliable, well-priced stock and hope it goes somewhere.
The right choice might turn into a college tuition in a couple of decades. Or a down payment. We just have to figure out what to pick.
This high-flyer -- up 30-fold over the past decade -- still offers long-term value.
By Jack Adamo, Insiders Plus
I've been enthusiastic about Chile ever since I started looking into it a few months ago. It has had some of the most consistent growth in the world over the last decade and its government has the highest rating for honesty of any government in South America.
Our latest recommendation, LAN Airlines S.A. (LFL), serves 76 destinations connecting Latin America to North America, Europe, and the South Pacific, as well as 93 additional international destinations through various code share agreements. It has strategic alliances with American Airlines, Iberia, and Qantas.
The energy company tops expectations. The social network rallies 10% on bullish guidance and an acquisition.
Duke Energy (DUK) reported first-quarter earnings Friday of $295 million, or 22 cents a share, down from year-earlier earnings of $511 million, or 38 cents. Adjusted earnings for the latest quarter were 38 cents a share. Analysts expected a profit of 36 cents a share on revenue of $3.62 billion.
LinkedIn (LNKD), the business social network, topped Wall Street's expectations for its first quarter. The company also gave a bullish forecast for the current quarter and said it has agreed to acquire privately held SlideShare, a service that allows professionals to share presentations, for $118.75 million in cash and stock.
Right now, it's because that's what the company says it's worth. But investors will have their say.
There was a lot of excitement Thursday afternoon when social-networking site Facebook said it might price its shares from $28 to $35 -- or as much as $11.81 billion -- when it goes public. It could mean Facebook is worth between $59.9 billion and $96 billion. The initial public offering price is expected to be set May 17, with trading set to start on May 18.
The next question is whether $28 to $35 makes sense. This is a judgment call that can be made only by the buyers of the IPO and investors once trading starts. Right now, the assumptions that would make those numbers possible suggest a pricey stock.
While everyone giggles with glee now that Apple is throwing off a dividend, this company has been doing the same thing for almost a decade, and is well-positioned for decades to come.
By Charles Carlson, DRIP Investor
While Apple's (AAPL) announcement that it is initiating a dividend has garnered a lot of attention, one tech stock that has been ahead of the curve in terms of giving its shareholders dividends is Qualcomm (QCOM).
The company has been paying a quarterly dividend since 2003. Reflecting strong operating performance, the company recently boosted its dividend 16% to a quarterly rate of 25 cents per share.
The retail giant is dumping Kindle products in the latest round of an increasingly bitter battle between the online retailer and brick-and-mortar stores.
Target is reportedly dropping the Kindle over a cryptic "conflict of interest," but the big-box retailer will continue to carry Barnes & Noble's (BKS) Nook e-reader and Apple's (AAPL) iPad. The seemingly aggressive move has fueled speculation that Target is targeting Amazon, which has emerged as an existential threat to physical retailers.
Is Target at war with Amazon?
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