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Analysis Topic: Companies Analysis

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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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Companies

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Three Investment Clean-Air Plays in China Ahead of the Olympics / Companies / Resources Investing

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTony Sagami writes: Even though August is a long way off, I have been very busy preparing to travel to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. And while every trip takes preparation, this cross-continent journey is taking more planning than usual!

I shouldn't complain though. After all, my preparation pales in comparison to the planning being done by the International Olympic Committee and the Chinese government.

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Companies

Monday, February 18, 2008

Northern Rock Bank Nationalised- Which Bank will be Next? / Companies / UK Banking

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article

On Sunday Gordon's Darling released the statement that the UK Government would nationalise Northern Rock Bank before Mondays stock market open, as the two takeover proposals virtually guaranteed huge profits for the bidders such as Branson's Virgin group, whilst the government would have been stuck with the debt of as much as £50 billions, sat to wait patiently for upwards of 25 years for the debt to slowly be repaid if at all.

At mid-day today, Gordon Brown the British Prime minister waded in to support the decision to nationalise the bank in the face of shareholder protests, and said that the delays were necessary so as to weigh potential private sector alternatives to nationalisation.

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Companies

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Seven Companies Set to Rake in the Cash on China's Consumer Boom! / Companies / China Stocks

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Gung Hay Fat Choy!” - That's the Mandarin greeting for Happy New Year, and it was uttered by 1.3 billion Chinese last Thursday, which began the Year of the Rat.

The Lunar New Year is like our Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's all rolled into an elaborate celebration of reflection, gratitude, renewal and hope. It is the single most celebrated holiday in China.

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Companies

Friday, February 08, 2008

Chinese-Alcoa consortium Forces BHP to pay more for Rio Tinto / Companies / Metals & Mining

By: Fat_Prophets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBHP Billiton has upped the ante with respect to its takeover ambitions for Rio Tinto, boosting its previous 3-for-1 share offer to a more reasonable 3.4-for-1. To what extent this increase was influenced by the arrival of the Chinese onto the RIO register remains a mystery, but it must have entered BHP's calculations to some degree. We believe RIO remains in a position of strength with regard to developments and that shareholders should sit tight.

"RIO remains firmly in the driver's seat with respect to the unfolding takeover scenario."

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Companies

Friday, February 08, 2008

BHP Billiton Enhanced Bid for Rio Tinto / Companies / Metals & Mining

By: Fat_Prophets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBHP Billiton has enhanced its previous 3-for-1 scrip offer for Rio Tinto, by announcing on the final day before the 'put up of shut up' deadline, a fresh 3.4-for-1 scrip offer. What role the late entry of the Chinese-Alcoa alliance into proceedings had on BHP increasing its offer remains to be seen, but it would seem to have forced BHP's hand to some degree. BHP has also announced a US$6.0 billion interim result for the six months to 31 December 2007, which was broadly in line with market expectations.

"The motive for BHP remains clear - acquisition of Rio Tinto would create a mining company with unparalleled market and pricing influence."

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Companies

Monday, February 04, 2008

Egg Card Cracked by Credit Crunch as Customers Scramble for Cover / Companies / Credit Crunch

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Egg bank took drastic action to limit its risk of exposure to potential bad debt defaults amongst its credit card holders by banning 160,000 of its customers from being able to use their credit cards for new transactions leaving cards open only for repayment of outstanding balances. Angry customers responded with tens of thousands of internet posts stating messages that they tended to clear their balances on time. The 160,000 banned amounts to 7% of the Egg credit card customer base.

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Companies

Friday, January 25, 2008

Technology and Consumer Staples Investing Themes 2008: A Tale of Two Halves - Part3 / Companies / Sector Analysis

By: Hans_Wagner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe beginning of a new year is a good time to make a new assessment of the important investment drivers and themes for the year. If you want to beat the market it is important to understand what is driving the markets and where are the best sectors to find good opportunities. By identifying these factors you will have a solid framework to assess the impact market movements and news events on your investment strategy. This is the third of a five part series on the outlook for the 2008 markets. The first part discussed the key drivers ending with a mention of what sectors will benefit and those that will be hurt. Part 2 reviewed the outlook for the energy and financials sectors.

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