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Analysis Topic: Companies Analysis

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Companies

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Mining Companies Risk / Companies / Metals & Mining

By: David_Morgan

In last weeks column we discussed some risks associated with the junior mining sector. In this week's article it is important to recognize what has just been reported about mining operations in Venezuela, an article posted on International Business Times yesterday stated, "Hecla Mining's Isidora gold mine is the third operation in just one week in Venezuela's mineral rich Bolivar State to suffer a roadblock. Venezuelan workers have stalled operations of the country's largest gold miner, citing poor working conditions and demanding that President Hugo Chavez nationalize the mine." 

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Companies

Monday, May 05, 2008

Final Verdict on First Quarter Earnings Season / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: William_Patalon_III

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith earnings season starting to wind down, investors are not anticipating many new surprises.  Still, a few prominent players are set to report this week led by The Walt Disney Co. ( DIS ) (entertainment), Cisco Systems Inc. ( CSCO ) (tech), and American International Group Inc. ( AIG ) (financial services).

The Microsoft Corp. ( MSFT ) / Yahoo Inc. ( YHOO ) (and occasionally Google Inc. ( GOOG ) ) soap opera will be worth watching - if only to make sure that Microsoft's withdrawal isn't a cover ploy for a hostile run at Yahoo [ For a related news story in this issue of Money Morning that details Microsoft's decision drop its pursuit of Yahoo , please click here ].

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Companies

Monday, May 05, 2008

Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Bid- Shares Plunge on US Open / Companies / Mergers & Acquisitions

By: Martin_Hutchinson

Microsoft Corp. ( MSFT ) last Saturday yanked its $44.6 billion bid for struggling Internet-search pioneer Yahoo! Inc. ( YHOO ) after the two companies were unable to come to terms over the buyout price.

In a statement, the software giant said it failed to win over Yahoo's board of directors - even after boosting its bid by $5 billion. To move forward from here would require a shift into hostile mode, Microsoft said, a time-consuming and uncertainty filled process that would make Yahoo "undesirable as an acquisition candidate."

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Companies

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Set Yahoo Free! / Companies / Tech Stocks

By: Alex_Epstein

Yahoo! ( YHOO ) recently released its first-quarter earnings numbers, and neither the market nor analysts were impressed. What will be the company's next move? Multiple suitors claim that they can leverage Yahoo!'s online products and talented employees better than Yahoo!'s widely criticized management is doing. The leading bidder is Microsoft ( MSFT ), whose $40 billion offer it is prepared to take directly to Yahoo! shareholders via a proxy fight. Other proposals said to be in the running are an advertising collaboration with Google, a merger with AOL, and a possible deal involving News Corp (including MySpace).

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Companies

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

PowerShares Water ETF on the Rise / Companies / Water Sector

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Based on the pattern that has developed since the January spike low at 16.90, the PowerShares Water Resources Portfolio ETF (AMEX: PHO) is heading for the top of its price channels into the vicinity of 21.50/70 prior to the completion of the current upleg off of the 3/17 pivot low (18.11). If rice is in short supply, what about water? I don't know if access to fresh water will be a problem next week or in another 15 years, but that day is approaching. In any case, for my purposes right here, right now, I am looking for 21.50.

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Companies

Monday, April 28, 2008

Microsoft Emerging Market Growth Threatened by Rampant Software Piracy / Companies / Microsoft

By: Mike_Caggeso

Earlier this month, Microsoft Corp. ( MSFT ) announced its second "Fair Play Day" in 14 Latin American countries, where investigations led to the seizure of more than 160,000 counterfeit copies of Microsoft software. The contraband had an estimated street value of $18.2 million.

This is just the latest attempt by the software giant to try to stem the rising tide of counterfeit products that costs the company millions of dollars annually in some of its most promising markets.

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Companies

Monday, April 28, 2008

United States- The Land of the Robots / Companies / Social Issues

By: Michael_Nystrom

Imagine living amongst a race of immortal, super-human creatures with superior intellect, abilities, resources and power. Further, imagine that these alien creatures enjoy all the same rights as citizens, but are burdened neither with the responsibilities that come with citizenship, nor a moral conscience that would give them some measure of forbearance from using their full power to their own advantage against us. What would it be like to live in such a world? It would no doubt be treacherous, fraught with an assortment of possibly life-threatening dangers.

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Companies

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Investment Opportunities in Natural Gas Service Companies / Companies / Natural Gas

By: Hans_Wagner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTo beat the market investors it often makes sense to invest in companies that support the companies that are most directly involved in a top performing sector. The Energy sector has outperformed the S&P 500 for several years. An earlier article examined the key issues driving opportunities in natural gas in the U.S. Natural gas is the cleanest burning fuel and is now trading at a lower cost relative to oil. Demand for natural gas should continue to expand, driven by substitution for coal to generate electricity and for heating. Natural gas is also being used by government and corporate fleets, as it is a lower cost and cleaner fuel.

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Companies

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earnings Reports Contain Interesting and Troubling Economic Messages / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: John_Browne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week, as the corporate “earnings season” got underway and some 30 percent of S&P 500 firms reported their results from the first quarter of 2008, investors seized on any shred of positive news in the first wave of reports and sent share prices surging.

Looking beyond this first blush euphoria, the reports do contain some very interesting, and troubling, economic messages.

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Companies

Friday, April 18, 2008

Google Earnings Boost From Foreign Markets and Falling US Dollar / Companies / Google

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Google Earnings Boost From Foreign Markets and Falling US Dollar
Google surprised a market that was getting used to earnings disappointments by beating expectations for the first quarter in posting earnings of $1.31 billion / $4.12 per share, against $1 billion ($3.18) up 31% from a year earlier. Google's clicks based adsense advertising model continues to prove profitable as Google expands into strong overseas markets, which now account for 50% of Google's revenues and therefore providing google a revenue and profits boost due to the falling Dollar that has tumbled as much as 15% against many currencies including the Euro in less than a year.

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Companies

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Two Important Lessons from GE's Earnings Drop / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTony Sagami writes: In 1896, General Electric was one of the original 12 companies listed on the newly-formed Dow Jones Industrial Average. After 112 years, GE is the only original company remaining in the Dow.

So when one of America's most respected — and largest — companies announced that their quarterly profits fell well short of expectations ... and warned that the rest of 2008 wasn't looking so hot ... I perked up.

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Companies

Monday, April 14, 2008

Weak Earnings from GE Spark Economic Concerns / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: Jennifer_Yousfi

General Electric Co. ( GE ) shocked the market when it announced a 6% drop in net income for the first quarter of 2007.

Continuing earnings per share for the quarter were down 8% to 44 cents per share, missing the mean of analyst expectations at 51 cents per share. Continuing earnings were down 12% from the same period a year prior to $4.4 billion.

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Companies

Friday, April 11, 2008

How to Play China's Wired for Profit Internet Boom / Companies / China Stocks

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt's no surprise that computers, video games, cell phones, and the Internet have become a fact of modern life in America. After all, we live in a very wired country.

But you may be surprised to learn that we aren't the most wired country in the world.

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Companies

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Will Citibank Survive? / Companies / Banking Stocks

By: James_Turk

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe center of focus this past week on Wall Street – and indeed, much of the financial world – was whether or not Bear Stearns will go belly-up. As questions arose about the quality of its $395 billion of assets that were carried on only $12 billion of equity, its customers and other brokers became unwilling to accept the counterparty risk that arises from transacting with Bear, while its lenders began worrying about repayment. Being leveraged to that extent, even a small decline in the value of its assets can significantly erode the firm's equity base. But given that Bear is no more than the fifth largest broker in the US , it is a relatively small fish in the financial world.

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Companies

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Halifax (HBOS) Hit by Hedge Fund Short Selling and Emergency Funding Rumours / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Halifax (HBOS), Britain's biggest Mortgage bank shares crashed by 20% on the opening this morning as suspected hedge fund forced short selling drove the stock price sharply lower to £3.98. This was accompanied by rumours that the bank had to seek emergency funding from the Bank of England and that the central banks staff leave had been cancelled to deal with the crisis.

The Bank of England and the FSA took the unprecedented step of issuing statements that categorically denied the rumours. The FSA went further that it had launched an investigation into the trading activity surrounding HBOS and other banks this morning and accused traders of 'market abuse by spreading false rumours to profit from short-selling.

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Companies

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Lehman Brothers Next Wall Street Bank to Go Bust? / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

In the wake of Bear Stearns Firesale to JP Morgan, which itself is far from immune to panic withdrawals, the credit crisis loss of confidence contaigent appears to have Lehman Brothers in its sights. Panicking Wall Street investors who saw their shares in Bear Stearns go from $62 to $2 in a matter of days dumped stock in Lehman Brothers on Mondays opening. The stock traded down to $20 on Monday before rallying and closing at $31.75 down about 20% on the day.

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Companies

Monday, March 17, 2008

UK Mortgage and Commercial Banks Decimated by Bear Stearns Bust / Companies / Banking Stocks

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePanic selling of the financial sector gripped the stock market today following news of the bailout of Bear Stearns over the weekend. The FTSE ended the day down over 200 points. The banks hit the hardest were the mortgage banks followed closely by those with large mortgage backed bonds and derivatives exposure as the deleveraging of the $500 trillion market continues. The Bank of England stepped in to provide emergency lending of £5 billion which was oversubscribed by more than 5 times, and indication of the desperate state of the UK banks.

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Companies

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Bear Stearns Nearly Bankrupt! More Wall Street Failures Coming! / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Money_and_Markets

Martin D. Weiss writes:Today marks the first day of the next phase of the credit collapse we've been warning you about: The failure phase.

The first victim: Bear Stearns.

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Companies

Friday, March 14, 2008

Bear Stearns Nearly Insolvent in 24hours- Lenders of The Last Resort Unite! / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Brady_Willett

According to Bear Stearns CEO, Alan Schwartz, his company went from being a stable and liquid enterprise to nearly insolvent in the span of 24-hours. What unexpected event arrived to shipwreck poor Bear?  Market chatter of course:

“Bear Stearns has been the subject of a multitude of market rumors regarding our liquidity. We have tried to confront and dispel these rumors and parse fact from fiction. Nevertheless, amidst this market chatter, our liquidity position in the last 24 hours had significantly deteriorated.”
Bear Stearns PR

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Companies

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Chinese Stock Market Pull Back A Great Buying Opportunity / Companies / China Stocks

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Olympics have long been a boon to stock markets of host countries. The Spanish stock market climbed 19% in the 12 months prior to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, while the Greek stock market jumped by 27% in the year before the 2004 Athens Olympics.

And those countries were not growing at a fraction of the breakneck pace that China is. So it wouldn't surprise me to see the Chinese stock market double or even triple those numbers. Specific stocks could do even better.

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