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Analysis Topic: Companies Analysis

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Companies

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Beware the Stocks Bear Market Dividend Trap / Companies / Dividends

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlexander Green writes: For years, investors have bemoaned the low dividend yield on stocks. But with the market down roughly 20%, the yield on the S&P 500 Index is up to 2.25%. That doesn't sound terribly rich, I know, but it is only slightly less than the average money market is paying right now. 

In the short term, you may sleep a lot better with a big chunk of money tucked safely away in cash.  But in the long run, you may lose sleep. After all, your biggest risk as an investor is not market risk - the inevitable rise and fall of your stock portfolio from week to week - but shortfall risk, the possibility that good health and steady inflation may cause you to outlive your investment portfolio.

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Companies

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Death Spiral Financing at Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, WaMu... / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReuters is reporting WaMu has $3.33 bln loss, may be cut to "junk" .
Washington Mutual Inc, the largest U.S. savings and loan, posted a $3.33 billion second-quarter loss on Tuesday as souring mortgages forced it to set aside more money for loan losses.

"We are planning for continued softness in housing for the next several quarters," Chief Executive Kerry Killinger said in an interview. "The capital that we have in place is sufficient to manage through this period. We have no plans at this point to raise additional capital."

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Companies

Monday, July 21, 2008

Investors Look to Earnings Season for Stock Market Trend / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWilliam Patalon III writes:Earnings season will plug along this week as reports from several banks provide the latest insight into how well the beleaguered financial-services sector is weathering the global credit-crisis storm.

Among the earnings season headlines: Bank of America Corp. ( BAC ) will be issuing its final earnings report of the pre- Countrywide Financial Corp. (CFC) merger era and investors hope that Wachovia Corp. ( WB ) follows in the recent footsteps of Citigroup Inc. ( C ) and JP Morgan's Chase & Co. ( JPM ), the latter two of which both provided better-than-expected (though certainly negative) results.

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Companies

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Banking Crisis Not Over, More Writedowns and Bank Failures Despite Short-covering Rallies / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Hans_Wagner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAre the financial woes of the banks over? To beat the market by investing in the stock market, you should have a good understanding of the factors that are driving the trends in the financial sector. For example, are we close to the end of the loan write-offs? If you are learning to invest, it is important to have well ground perspective on state of the financial sector before making any long-term commitments. Expect the financial woes of the banks to continue and be careful when the market make volatile moves in either direction.

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Companies

Thursday, July 17, 2008

US Government Selective Enforcement of Regulation Short Sales / Companies / Government Intervention

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis is a followup to posts SEC Restricts Shorting 19 Financial Stocks and Tossed To The Dogs?

I hinted at this before but I am going to spell it out explicitly in response to several questions I have received. There is already a restriction on naked short shelling. The restriction is called Regulation SHO .

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Companies

Thursday, July 17, 2008

SEC Shorting Restrictions Results in Some Banks Tossed to the Dogs / Companies / Government Intervention

By: Mike_Shedlock

While pondering SEC Restricts Shorting 19 Financial Stocks I could not help but notice the financial institutions conspicuously absent from the ruling.

With that in mind let's recap the list of shorting curbs placed by the SEC.

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Companies

Thursday, July 17, 2008

General Motors and Ford Increasing Probability of Permanent Meltdown / Companies / US Auto's

By: Mike_Stathis

The recent Merrill (MER) research report on General Motors (GM) should not be treated with any urgency, although I agree with the overall assessment of a potential bankruptcy. But I would also add Ford (F) into that picture. As you will recall, we heard the same thing from analysts less than three years ago only to see GM's share price more than double over the ensuing two years.

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Companies

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Abbey and Alliance & Leicester Merger Impact on Customers / Companies / Mergers & Acquisitions

By: MoneyFacts

Darren Cook, mortgage expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, comments: “The merger of these two high street names will likely briefly bring increased confidence to the industry. However, it will also bring further reduction in consumer choice, which is already under pressure and has seen significant reductions, particularly in the mortgage market.

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Companies

Monday, July 14, 2008

Fannie & Freddie Bailout: Truth or Consequences / Companies / US Housing

By: Mike_Stathis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAmidst speculation that Freddie and its big brother Fannie are facing insolvency, U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson said the primary focus was supporting Fannie and Freddie "in their current form as they carry out their important mission." Well, the fact of the matter is that “carrying out their mission” is what got them into this mess to begin with. Paulson delivered the subtle message that has been interpreted by most that he won't bail the GSEs out. But if the GSEs aren't able to raise sufficient capital, it's going to initiate a printing frenzy by Bernanke, with or without a conservatorship. Before we consider exactly what Paulson's statement means, have a look at the following excerpts I put into print in 2006.

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Companies

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Operation "Rescue Fannie Mae " Underway- Paulson a Blatant Liar / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn Friday Treasury Secretary Paulson Said Keep Fannie and Freddie in Current Form .

U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson signaled that a government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won't be necessary, saying they should continue as shareholder-owned companies with federal charters.

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Companies

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Indymac America 's Northern Rock Goes Bust as US Housing Market Implodes / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of America 's biggest savings and loans mortgage banks, Indymac goes bust as regulators stepped in to seize the banks assets on Friday. The bank saw panicking savers withdraw more then $1.3 billion in deposits in one day alone as the bank teetered on the brink of collapse under the weight of mortgage defaults as result of the meltdown in the US housing market in similar style to Britains Northern Rock bank run during September 2007.

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Companies

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Protect Your Stocks Portfolio- Industries to Avoid, Industries to Buy / Companies / Sector Analysis

By: Mike_Stathis

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile some of the recommendations in this commentary may seem like no-brainers, its real purpose is to illustrate how investment themes relate to the bigger picture.

U.S. Auto Industry: AVOID

Most of you are familiar with the history of the U.S. automotive industry. If you aren't, all you need to do is look at Detroit 's decline since the 1950s when it once stood as a great city with a strong economy. Once the world's envy, the Big Three became embattled in a struggle between labor unions and foreign imports in the 1980s.

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Companies

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Collapsing Bradford & Bingley Forced Bailout by Major UK Banks / Companies / Banking Stocks

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs I warned on 8th and 15th of June 2008, the problems for Bradford and Bingley and its rights issue cash call were far from over and that the bank was on the brink of a Northern rockesque style collapse with the market now extremely reluctant to entertain cash calls from banks spiraling downwards towards ZERO. The last few trading days have seen Bradford and Bingley shares collapse straight through the 55p rights issue price trading down all the way to just 30p yesterday or 45% below the rights issue price.

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Companies

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Profit from Asia's E-Commerce Boom / Companies / Tech Stocks

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTony Sagami writes: MasterCard knows a thing or two about consumer spending, so I pay close attention to what the credit-card giant has to say about spending patterns. Such information often helps me connect the dots in identifying big picture trends, which can prove to be quite lucrative.

And the latest study from MasterCard, which examined Asian e-commerce trends, looks like the mother lode! There are going to be some big, big winners out there.

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Companies

Monday, July 07, 2008

Earnings Season Again, Watch the Multinationals for Stock Market Trend / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: William_Patalon_III

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCan it be earnings season already?

It sure is, but don't expect too much. With its report tomorrow (Tuesday), Alcoa Inc. ( AA ) leads off what is expected to be a pretty dismal series of profit reports. Thomson Reuters now estimates that second-quarter earnings declined by 11.1%, which is significantly worse than the projected 2% decline that was made back in April.

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Companies

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Banking Stocks Still Not a Buy, Heading for New Lows Into August / Companies / Banking Stocks

By: Donald_W_Dony

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe unprecedented decline in global financials, since early 2007, has most investors wondering when the bottom will arrive. Many world financial indexes are now sitting on half of their value from 18 months ago. Attractive fundamental valuation levels, provided by many analysts, have proven to be of little consequence since stocks have continued to waterfall 20%-40% below those 'attractive levels' and show no signs of stopping. But as many financial indexes plunge to the same levels as the 2002 bear market lows, the big question remains; when will the banks stop their fall?

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Companies

Saturday, July 05, 2008

US Auto Makers Feel the Heat of High Gas Prices  / Companies / US Auto's

By: Salman_Khan

The Sport Utility Vehicle has been an American icon ever since it was born into mass popularity during the days of World War II when the American WillysJeep was introduced in the US car market. Vehicle buyers were drawn to their large cabins, higher ride height, and perceived safety. Additionally, full-size SUVs have greater towing capabilities than conventional cars, and can haul trailers, campers and boats. SUVs had the added benefit that they could carry more passengers than a pick-up truck. Finally, a perception of social wealth SUV owners grew.

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Companies

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Algae a Greener Biofuel Than Ethanol? / Companies / Renewable Energy

By: Jennifer_Barry

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn my May article, Food Shock , I mentioned that biofuel production was consuming many of the crops normally used for food. Riots have broken out over the sharp price rises of 37% last year, and 16% so far in 2008. Coffee, soybeans and wheat are increasingly diverted to biodiesel production, driving prices higher. Almost a quarter of America's corn crop was distilled into ethanol last year, and the percentage is expected to grow another 10% in 2008.

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Companies

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Marks & Spencer Shares Crash on Real Retail Sales Slump / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Marks & Spencer's share price crashed by 25% today following announcement of a sharp drop in sales of 5.3% for the second quarter. The slump in sales translates into a sharp fall in profits for the same period that defies the retail sales statistics released for May 2008. M&S earnings could fall by as much as 1/3rd for the current financial year on existing expectations of £900 million, as consumers continue to cut back on spending in the face of loss of household equity, increased debt servicing costs and higher energy and food costs.

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Companies

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Can Battery Technology Save General Motors / Companies / US Auto's

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe saga at GM continues. On Monday I spoke of GM's Ridiculous Bluff to raise prices on the 2009 line of autos.

GM and GMAC were in the news again on Tuesday on cash burning concerns. Let's take a look. Bloomberg is reporting GMAC's $60 Billion Deal Loses Traction as Cash Burns .

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