Capital Markets

  • The Harsh Reality: Boeing to Close Kansas Operations

    By Tim Brugger - January 5, 2012 | Tickers: GD, LMT, NOC, BA

    It was bound to happen. Defense budget cuts were eventually going to have a significant impact on Boeing employees, and that time is now. Yesterday’s closed door meeting with plant employees ended as expected, the plant will close entirely by 2013 costing 2,160 Jayhawks their jobs, with the work sent to other facilities. Though as many as 1,400 jobs will be created in Oklahoma, New Mexico and more »

  • 5 Technology IPOs Up Over 20 Percent from Their IPO Offer Price

    By Elizabeth Magill - December 26, 2011 | Tickers: ANGI, RATE, FIO, JIVE, LNKD

    In the overall scheme of things, the global tech industry experienced a heavy heart of sadness in 2011, with the passing of Apple's creative innovator and visionary Steve Jobs.

    But, thanks in part to Jobs, it was also a time of excitement when mobile computing exploded and popularity of the Apple's iPad 2, Amazon's Kindle Fire, and the many Google Android-based tablet devices.

    2011 was the year more »

  • Yahoo’s Search for Cash Raises Questions

    By Tim Brugger - December 22, 2011 | Tickers: GOOG, MSFT, BX, YHOO

    Since the untimely departure of CEO Carol Bartz in September, Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) has been in search of capital. You may recall the manner in which the company chose to handle the situation. Rather than politely escort Ms. Bartz from Yahoo headquarters, they actually shot her a quick phone call. Man, when it's time to go it's time to go. And apparently it was, because the stock subsequently more »

  • My Favorite Financial Stock Picks For 2012

    By DividendYields - December 22, 2011 | Tickers: NLY, BBD, BRK-A, BLK, COF, CME 130518C00060000, DFS, PNC, WFC, WBK

    Every yearend, I ask myself what kind of stocks I should buy for the next year in order to make some capital gains. Here is a nice list of large capitalized stocks from the financial sector with an interesting market valuation, a great past growth performance, as well as a good earnings situation. Such stocks have a forward price to earnings ratio of less than 15, a sales growth over more »

  • Can Twitter Help or Harm Your Portfolio?

    By dpricevan - December 21, 2011 | Tickers: TROW

    2011 became a stellar year for Twitter when the social media giant reached 100 million active users, thanks to the likes of such celebrity-drenched zingers of one Mr. Charlie Sheen, and to the (albeit brief) messages of peace from revered world leaders of Nelson Mandela and of the Pope.  Also this same year, the San Francisco-based company, landed its 200 millionth account member on July 16; just two days before more »

  • Why is Facebook finally going public?

    By Erin McBride - December 19, 2011 | Tickers: GS, MSFT

    The center of the social media universe, Facebook, is expected to go public in early 2012. Rumors suggest it will be anywhere from a $50 to $100 billion IPO. Secretaries are going to be millionaires overnight. Early investors are going to be early retirees. Golf courses are going to become popular check-ins on Facebook apps. But why now? Why is the seven-year-old company finally going public?

    Staying a privately held more »

  • Pretending to be a Hedge Fund Manager is Still Easy, Lucrative.

    By Jeremy L. Bartell - December 18, 2011 | Tickers: BCS, JPM, LAZ

    Despite the poor job market, gutsy risk-takers can still find lucrative work pretending to be hedge fund managers. One particularly daring breed of pretend hedge fund manager is the so-called "free rider." These Wall Street daredevils trade stocks using funds that they borrowed, without permission, from reputable stockbrokerage firms.  Though lucrative and exhilarating, free riding in the stock market carries a few notable risks, including possible New York state criminal indictment, federal criminal charges, and SEC fraud charges, as Scott Kupersmith recently learned, a successful pretend hedge fund manager from Florida.  Let's take a closer look at Kupersmith's free riding.

  • Good Yields With Ex-Dividend Date Monday 2011-12-19

    By DividendYields - December 16, 2011 | Tickers: AEO, ARKR, BKCC, CINF, GOOD, GAIN, PVX.DL, UVE

    Here is a current overview of the best yielding stocks (stocks with a dividend yield of more than 3 percent) that have their ex-dividend date on next Monday. If your broker settles your trade today, you will receive the next dividend. The ex-dividend date is a major date related to the payment of dividends. If you purchase a stock on its ex-dividend date or later, you will not receive the more »

  • On Stewardship, MF Global, and Damning the Dilettante

    By Lyons George - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: MFGLQ.PK

    Currently residing on my bedside table, along with a lamp too ugly for my mother to hold onto and a long list of outstanding debts, is a copy of Robert Miles’ The Warren Buffett CEO. A business book with a heavy human-interest bent, Mr. Miles' accounts of the various management teams at the head of various Berkshire-Hathaway companies are, unsurprisingly, various. From Rose Blumkin, whose life twisted from the poverty more »

  • Horrible Sentiment and Deep Discounts Point to Gains for Financials in 2012 and Beyond

    By Chad Brand - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: C, GS, METR

    For those who believe in efficient markets, the financial sector of the equity market probably appears baffling. Bank stocks in particular are absolutely hated on Wall Street these days and their stock prices make little sense as a result. Although the S&P 500 index is down 2% year-to-date through December 14th, the financial sector is the largest loser this year, falling by a stunning 22%. The strange thing is more »

  • Microsoft: Pressured to Guide Earnings Estimates

    By Eric Lumsden - December 12, 2011 | Tickers: COST, MSFT

    Is Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) set up for a disappointing earnings announcement?  On January 12th the company is expected to announce their Fiscal Year 2012 second quarter earnings.  Heather Bellini, of Goldman Sachs, stated that she believes consensus earnings estimates for the company are too high.

    Bellini’s conclusion is a result of several interviews with product line managers at Microsoft. 

    Analysts covering Microsoft have disparate estimates for the costs of more »

  • An Analysis of Barron’s 10 Stocks for 2012

    By Justin Carley - December 12, 2011 | Tickers: APA, AINV, T, BRK-A, HIG, MET, RDS-A, SNY, VZ, VOD

    Over the weekend Barron’s put out their 10 favorite stocks for 2012.  I think it provided some good insight, but left a lot to be desired and I offer a few alternative names you should consider.  I think Barron’s favors too many middle-of-the-road 3% dividend stocks with betas very close to 1.0.  I believe a barbell strategy with five safe stocks and five slightly more risky stocks offers a better risk/return profile, especially since correlations go to 1.0 in bear markets.  Investors should also position for a bit more upside given the generally attractive valuations afforded the market.

  • The Case For Optimism at TD Ameritrade

    By Shawn Robinson - December 8, 2011 | Tickers: AMTD

    Remember when you visited your middle school as an adult and were shocked at how small the lockers were? The lockers didn’t change, just your perception of them. That is how I felt today when I read the number of client assets held at TD Ameritrade (NYSE: AMTD): $407 billion. That’s it. Some of you are probably thinking that I am crazy for thinking $407 billion is small more »

  • Top 10 Global Financial Institutions for Systemic Risk

    By Glen Bradford - December 6, 2011 | Tickers: BAC, BCS, DB, HBC, ING, MFG, RBS

    Deutsche Bank, the German bank that should represent everyone's faith in the German economy since Germany is allegedly the strongest Euronation, tops the charts.

  • Top 10 US Financial Stocks for Systemic Risk

    By Glen Bradford - December 5, 2011 | Tickers: BAC, BNY, C, GS, HIG, JPM, MET, NES.DL, PRU, WFC

    Top 10 US Financial Stocks for Systemic Risk - Not only are these the most systemically risky financial institutions that you should be avoiding if you are forecasting a deeper recession coming early next year, but these are also the stocks that you want to own if things turn out better than expected.