Geopolitical crises are taking a toll on stocks as we head into the seasonally weak month of August.
- Moody's: RadioShack is running out of cash
The retailer may not have a financial cushion to fund its turnaround plan.
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
The company finalized the deal in anticipation of heavy competition in the world's fastest-growing beverage market.
Under the agreement, Tingyi-Asahi will become PepsiCo's franchise bottler in China for carbonated soft drinks and Gatorade. The two may also co-brand some products under the Tropicana label. This will help give Pepsi an edge over rival Coca-Cola (KO) in the Chinese market.
Regulators want to ensure that bigger banks are better protected from failing. But there are concerns that banks may be hiding actual risk levels.
The list, which classifies 29 global banks on the basis of their asset size at the end of 2009, suggests that these banks' reserves will need to be maintained at 1 to 2.5 percentage points above the agreed-upon minimum capital levels.
The company will own a full range of cloud-based products with its acquisition of RightNow Technologies.
Oracle purchased the company to get a better footing in the cloud-based information-technology marketplace, where it competes with Salesforce.com (CRM) and other firms.
For years, it looked like the networking giant was a stodgy old technology name that time had passed by.
Cisco Systems (CSCO) shares jumped 7% in midday trading Thursday after the company reported better-than-expected earnings and guided second-quarter earnings higher. The company appears to be turning the ship.
Certain lower-priced sectors carry higher risk right now. Count on relative-performance analysis to stay in the strongest areas of the market.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Early selling in Europe set the tone for what was a very ugly day in the U.S. markets on Wednesday. The small- and mid-cap stocks were hit the hardest, with the mid-cap S&P 400 ($I_SP400) down 4.3% and the small-cap Russell 2000 ($RUT) down 4.8%.
Though all 30 stocks in the Dow Industrials were down 1% or more, there were some bright spots.
Altisource and Ocwen are actually profiting from the dire state of the US housing market.
By Phillip Van Doorn, TheStreet
Disappointing earnings triggered the coffee company's free fall Thursday, adding to investor concerns about spending and inventory.
Thursday marked a stunning fall for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), a one-time stock market hotshot brought low by disappointing earnings.
Shares of the company, which makes Keurig single-cup brewing machines, plunged 39% to close at $40.89 after an earnings report Wednesday that, well, really wasn't all that bad. Analysts rushed to defend the stock, with one calling the investor response a "ridiculous market reaction."
This company's Siri technology is proving to be a killer app for Apple's iPhone 4S.
By Mike Cintolo, Cabot Top Ten Report
It’s always good for sales when a product has an engaging spokesperson, and Nuance Communications (NUAN) has found a great one in Siri, the voice-activated personal digital assistant on the new iPhone 4S from Apple (AAPL).
The Siri feature is proving to be the killer app for the iPhone line, generating huge buzz.
This midstream MLP churns out steady and growing returns
By Geoffrey Seiler, BullMarket.com
Ho. Hum. Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) delivered another quarter of better than expected cash flow, profits, and overall growth to complement its recently increased distribution.
It's consistently solid execution would almost be boring if it wasn't so good for its investors. The midstream energy firm remains one of our favorite stocks for the long term.
We can't have a lasting recovery without the financial sector.
Bank stocks and the financial sector have seen their share of ups and downs in the past three years -- though decidedly more downs than ups.
On the retail banking side, Bank of America (BAC) is off almost 86% since its 2008 peak, and Citigroup (C) is down nearly 90% in the same period. On the investment banking side, Morgan Stanley (MS) is off more than 67%, and Goldman Sachs (GS) is off 52%. A host of other financial stocks, large and small, have felt similar pain.
At this point, we have to hope the European Central Bank counters the Italian bond rout by printing trillions of euros.
Pretty simple: Buy or go home. That's what you have to hope for soon from the European Central Bank to counter the Italian bond rout. The ECB has to go buy 2 trillion euros' worth of Italian bonds. Yeah. It does have to be that big. It has to clean them out. The sellers. The investors. The traders.
It has to end this nonsense by printing euros, trillions of them, and making it very clear that the crisis is over.
Shares of the Dow component jump on better-than-expected earnings. The coffee producer plunges after sales fall short of forecasts.
By Andrea Tse, TheStreet
Updated at 9 a.m. ET
Cisco Systems' (CSCO) fiscal-first-quarter results beat Wall Street's expectations, even though the Dow component's adjusted profit declined from a year earlier amid sluggish corporate spending. The tech bellwether posted a profit of $2.3 billion, or 43 cents per share, excluding certain items. That’s down from $2.4 billion, or 42 cents, a year earlier. Revenue rose 4.7% year over year to $11.3 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had forecast earnings of 39 cents and revenue of $11.03 billion.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) missed Wall Street's revenue expectations by a wide margin with its fiscal-fourth-quarter results. While sales rose 90% from a year earlier to $711.9 million, the total was 6% less than the $760.5 million analysts had expected.
Is the company being too modest in its expectations for the holiday season?
There might not be a Santa Claus this year for Macy's (M), at least judging from the retailer's fourth-quarter guidance.
Despite reporting a third-quarter profit that beat Wall Street estimates Wednesday, shares sold off sharply on the reduced outlook. The stock dropped 5% to close at $30.45.
Investors will likely have to suffer dysfunctional Italian politics for days and maybe weeks.
Apple's tablet has had a virtual lock on the market, but enthusiasm for Amazon's new Kindle Fire could change that.
But are those sales cutting into purchases of Apple's (AAPL) iPad? It looks that way, based on one new study. The survey, conducted by ChangeWave Research and RBC Capital Markets, found that 26% of people who plan to buy a Kindle Fire say they are delaying buying an iPad.
MORE ON MSN MONEY
Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Top Stocks provides analysis about the most noteworthy stocks in the market each day, combining some of the best content from around the MSN Money site and the rest of the Web.
Contributors include professional investors and journalists affiliated with MSN Money.
Follow us on Twitter @topstocksmsn.
[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market punctuated July with a broad-based retreat that sent the S&P 500 lower by 2.0% with all ten sectors ending in the red. The benchmark index posted a monthly decline of 1.5%, while the Russell 2000 (-2.3%) underperformed to end the month lower by 6.1%.
To get a better feel for what led to today's retreat, we'd like to look back to Wednesday, when the market had ample reason to rally, but did not. Instead, it ended basically flat after a sloppy day of ... More
More Market News
|There’s a problem getting this information right now. Please try again later.|