Although business headlines still tout earnings numbers, many investors have moved past net earnings as a measure of a company’s economic output. That’s because earnings are very often less trustworthy than cash flow, since earnings are more open to manipulation based on dubious judgment calls.
Earnings’ unreliability is one of the reasons Foolish investors often flip straight....more>>>
Last quarter, Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL ) earnings beat and cash givebacks weren’t enough to overcome dour guidance. The stock closed the day down more than 20% year to date and underperforming the S&P 500 by nearly twice that.
But now Apple stock is rallying about 4% after-hours. Why? The Mac maker reported $7.47 a share in profits on $35.3 billion in revenue, soundly....more>>>
Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
Wall Street expects Finish Line (NASDAQ: FINL) to report its Q2 earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $426.39 million. Finish Line shares jumped 4.96% to $23.50 in after-hours trading.
J.C. Penney Co (NYSE: JCP) announced its plans to sell up to 96.6 million shares in a public offering. J.C. Penney shares tumbled 4.99%....more>>>
When megainsurance company MetLife (NYSE: MET ) finally closed the sale of its retail banking operations to General Electric’s (NYSE: GE ) GE Capital this past January, enabling it to deregister as a bank, it likely heaved a figurative sigh of relief. The insurer had jumped through many regulatory hoops in order to get this deal done and free itself of tighter controls....more>>>
Halliburton (NYSE: HAL ) will release its quarterly report next Monday, and judging from the stock’s gains over the past year, investors are convinced that the company has fully recovered from the Gulf oil spill tragedy three years ago. Yet the question remains whether the Halliburton earnings report will show the growth that investors need to see to justify their optimism.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) was trading 24 points higher, or 0.15%, by midafternoon after the Federal Reserve announced that 29 of the largest 30 U.S. banks had the capital cushions to survive a severely adverse economic scenario.
Let’s zoom in on the automotive industry today after the sector started off 2014 a little slower than anticipated due....more>>>
Tropical Storm Humberto has formed off the coast of Africa, and the formation is earlier than most storms. This storm is also projected to become a hurricane. The good news for the United States is that this is projected to move mostly northward in the Atlantic Ocean. If that occurs, then TS Humberto or Hurricane Humberto is expected to not pose a severe risk to the United States.
Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool’s free investing community, farm equipment maker Deere (NYSE: DE ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at Deere and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Brian Richards, who heads up part of the Motley Fool’s international operations, and I were in Toronto last week. We stopped by Morningstar Canada to talk shop and meet the group’s editorial team.
We asked about the differences between Canadian and American investors, and the talk quickly moved to something I wasn’t aware of: How much more Canadian mutual fund investors....more>>>
When optical networking expert Ciena (NASDAQ: CIEN ) reported earnings on Thursday morning, it sparked a wholesale revival across the industry.
Sales improved 6% year over year to $508 million, yielding a $0.02 net profit per share. Analysts were looking for $484 million and a $0.01 loss per share, and management raised next-quarter revenue guidance well above Wall Street’s....more>>>
According to reports made by Reuters, Apple (AAPL) may be releasing a smaller version of the iPhone 6 in August.
The company may release a 4.7-inch screen version of the new iPhone in August, a month before it is rumored to release its 5.5-inch-5.6-inch version.
Reuters noted that people directly involved with AAPL’s supply chain confirmed that there will be both a 4.7-inch....more>>>
The Federal Reserve was poised to be front and center this week, as it prepares for its Federal Open Market Committee meeting Tuesday and Wednesday. Then, out of the blue, former Bill Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers withdrew his name from the short list of those under consideration to be the next Chair of the Federal Reserve.
The sometimes-brusque politician felt that hearings surrounding....more>>>
Last month, I interviewed psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2002 and recently authored the book Thinking, Fast and Slow.
In this clip, Kahneman and I discuss optimism and stock-picking. (Transcript follows.)
Morgan Housel: So as an investor, should I get nervous when I find myself being optimistic?
Dr. Kahneman: Well, as an individual....more>>>
In 2012, the market got excited about the potential for corporations to consolidate the fragmented single-family home market.
A company such as Silver Bay Realty Trust (NYSE: SBY ) could buy the houses on the cheap, and in the process, develop a national brand that renters could have confidence in using for rentals in most major metro areas. Not to mention that operating as a....more>>>
Each week, I endeavor to report the results of the Big Idea Portfolio, a collection of five tech stocks that I believe will crush the market over a three-year period. I’ve done it before; my last tussle with Mr. Market ended with me beating the index’s average return by 13.35%.
Real money was on the line then as it is now, which means any one of the five stocks you see below could....more>>>