Daily Archives: February 2, 2012

The Facebook Halo-Effect Lifts All Social Players (SOCL, IPG, GS, MSFT, LNKD, ZNGA, FFN, GSVC)

The social media hype around the Facebook IPO is driving many shares in the sector of online social media.  Some of the Halo-effect may not even be deserved, and this ...
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24/7 Wall St. Closing Bell (DELL, EW, AKS, STLD, BRCM, GMCR, EDMC, NDAQ, QCOM, BZH, BSX, BCO, DO, LEA, MRK, TTWO, VIAB, ZNGA, MNOV, RGDX, BIOS, URG)

All three major US stock indexes opened higher this morning, and spent the rest of the day bouncing around the neutral line. The reports from retailers on same-store sales in ...
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Baltic Dry: The Death Of An Index (SEA, DRYS, SFL, NAT)

Just what does a cratering Baltic Dry Index mean?  Frankly, it looks and acts as though it is signaling the next recession is here already rather than signaling that it ...
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Mid-day Movers (VRNG, MNOV, ZNGA, BCO, ANF)

Among the major movers at around 1 p.m. today are Vringo Inc. (NASDAQ: VRNG), MediciNova Inc. (NASDAQ: MNOV), Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA), The Brinks Co. (NYSE: BCO), and Abercrombie & ...
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Earnings Previews For Friday (BEAM, CLX, EL, SPG, TSN)

We have noted that this week should be the climax of the companies reporting earnings which have a calendar or quarterly year-end in December.  Still, some reports are still coming ...
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Natural Gas Inventories Fall Again, Prices Rise

The US Energy Information Administration today reported the US natural gas stocks fell by a total of 132 billion cubic feet, somewhat more than the drawdown of 123-127 billion cubic ...
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Is Chesapeake a REIT? (CHK)

At the end of 2010, Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) listed its long-term debt at $12.64 billion, down from $14.3 billion at the end of 2008, but up a little ...
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Amazon.com Gets More Active in Sports Collectibles, Going After eBay (AMZN, EBAY, CLCT)

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is launching a new Sports Collectibles Store and it is claiming to offer more than 2 million unique collectibles from major sports leagues and sporting events.  ...
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Morning Movers (GMCR, GPS, RGDX, EDMC, SD)

There are several stocks trading more heavily than usual this morning, and also experiencing large gains or drops in share prices. These include Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), ...
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Merck Close to 52-Week High After Earnings (MRK)

Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE: MRK) is trading up after its earnings report.  With a high dividend yield of 4.4%, many investors are watching this despite a stance of little ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Do Little To Change Unemployment Expectations

The weekly jobless claims data from the Labor Department showed a continued trend of improvement this morning.  The new jobless claims fell by 12,000 to 367,000 in the week ended ...
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Morning Wire — US Stock-Index Futures Slightly Lower

US index futures are flat to lower this morning following two days of higher numbers. The report on new US unemployment benefits claims is due this morning, and analysts expect ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades (AKS, ALTR, BRCM, CPN, CTL, DELL, EW, JDSU, MRVL, NMR, STLD, GWW)

These are some of the top analyst upgrades, downgrades, and initiations seen from Wall Street brokerage and research firms this Thursday morning. AK Steel Holding Corp. (NYSE: AKS) Cut to ...
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Warren Buffett’s Top Stocks of 2012 (BRK-B, SPY, USG, BAC, IR, MCO, INTC, WFC, AXP)

2012 is getting off to a great start for the equity markets.  We recently looked at the performance of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.B), which is underperforming this ...
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Dow Chemical Earnings Come Up Short (DOW)

The Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) is indicated lower after earnings missed expectations.  CEO Andrew Liveris was on CNBC this morning to talk up the numbers during a challenging time but ...
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