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Analysis Topic: Companies Analysis

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Companies

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Bradford & Bingley's Dream Turns Into a Mortgage Default Nightmare / Companies / Banking Stocks

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe credit crisis continues to hit Bradford & Bingley bank that has heavy exposure to the speculative buy to let mortgage market. The bank ran a string of glossy, visually appealing TV adverts shortly following the spectacular Northern Rock collapse last September, the management tried their hardest to give assurance to the public that it was a case of business as usual for B&B. Despite many signs at the time that the number 2 slot after Northern Rock for credit crisis and housing market risk woes was reserved for Bradford & Bingley.

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Companies

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Why Mark-to-Market is Bad News for Shareholders / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Martin_Hutchinson

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“When I use a word” said Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's “ Through the Looking-Glass ,” “it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.”

It has always been the ambition of Wall Street to bring its financial statements under a similar type of discipline. And if the The Institute for International Finance Inc.'s new proposal on “mark-to-market” accounting is implemented, Wall Street will have achieved this objective.

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Companies

Monday, June 02, 2008

Bradford and Bingley- Another Bank Cracks Under Credit Crunch Pressure / Companies / Banking Stocks

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Bradford and Bingley, Britain's biggest buy to let mortgage lender is expected to announce another profits warning later today as its Chief Executive abandoned the sinking ship ahead of a £300 million originally heavily discounted rights issue at 82p, which given Friday's close of 86p and today's expected price slump looks increasingly vulnerable.

Way back in August 2007, well before the credit crisis broke across the mainstream media, I specifically warned of three mortgage banks that are especially vulnerable during the next housing bust Of the three the first one to go was Northern Rock in spectacular style and much earlier than one could have imagined during Sept 07, by way of the first run on a British bank in 150 years. The Government eventually did another u-turn by nationalising the bank in January 08.

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Companies

Friday, May 30, 2008

The McDonalds Falling US Dollar Menu / Companies / Food Crisis

By: Michael_Pento

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMcDonalds Corp (MCD) held its annual meeting last Thursday, May 22 nd , and stated it has no plans to tamper with its highly successful dollar menu, which accounts for 14% of the company's sales. However, The Golden Arches must wish that its dollar menu was on the McGold standard instead of being based on a currency that has fallen 40% in the last 6 years. That dollar decline is putting the squeeze on the Oak Brook, Illinois-based firm, as agricultural input prices are surging while consumer food prices are only up about 4% since last year.

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Companies

Friday, May 30, 2008

What Hewlett-Packard's Acquisition of EDS Means to Accenture / Companies / Mergers & Acquisitions

By: Hans_Wagner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInvestors who wish to beat the market often look for value in picking stocks. Hewlett-Packard's (HP) acquisition of EDS (EDS) presents an opportunity to examine the large IT Services Provides. The move by HP doubles their market share in the global Information Technology Services market. Further, IBM's recent success stems primarily from the growth in its services business. Mark Hurd, HP's CEO, is trying to follow the IBM business model where services are the driver for growth. 

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Companies

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Home Depot Hammered by US Housing Market Slump / Companies / Housing Stocks

By: Mike_Shedlock

A weakening economy is hammering the home improvement retailers. Both Home Depot and Lowe's are feeling the slowdown.

Home Depot's Net Falls 66% As Homeowners Cut Projects

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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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