By Christopher Coyle - August 19, 2012
In his most recent letter to investors, PIMCO founder Bill Gross fired a shot across the bow of the investment community when he bluntly declared that “the cult of equity is dying.” Challenging the conventional wisdom held by people like professor Jeremy Siegel, who wrote in “Stocks for the Long Run” that equities had offered investors a real return of 6.8 percent over the past two centuries, Gross argued more »
Now that most of the major restaurants in the fast food industry have reported their second-quarter earnings, investors are attempting to decipher the widely disparate results in order to create an accurate macro-level picture of the sector as companies attempt to navigate the shaky economy and convince weary consumers to part with their increasingly scarce income.
When Circuit City filed for bankruptcy in 2008, the future suddenly looked very bright for Best Buy (NYSE: BBY). With their main competitor out of business, Best Buy was given an excellent opportunity to solidify its status as the top consumer electronics retailer in the United States.
Unfortunately for Best Buy, it was an opportunity that they absolutely squandered, and now they are starting to find themselves on a similar more »
Bank stocks just can't seem to catch a break. The institutions that were at the center of the 2008 financial crisis – at least the ones that didn't go belly up – are still fighting an uphill battle as they attempt to revive the growth and prestige that once characterized the industry. However, every time it seems like things are starting to turn around, a bank manages to do something more »
It wasn't long ago when Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) was the toast of both Silicon Valley and Wall Street. It was the most popular company in the rapidly growing social media industry, a welcome oasis for investors who had been rocked by a decade of low returns and little excitement. The big fish were desperate to get a piece of the action, driving up the market value of Facebook on more »