When money is put into the stock market, the goal is to generate a return on the capital invested. Many investors try not only to make a profitable return, but also to outperform, or beat, the market.
However, market efficiency – championed in the efficient market hypothesis (EMH) formulated by Eugene Fama in 1970, suggests that at any given time, prices fully reflect all available....more>>>
Back on May 8, Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO ) quietly started adding to its previously announced 10% position in Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ: GMCR ) by buying shares on the open market. The trades, placed over three business days, preceded an announcement that the company would exercise its option to acquire up to a 16% stake in GMCR.
Over the course of 945 separate....more>>>
Everyone brace yourselves because the broad-based S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC ) is set to end the week down for the first time in a month. A mixture of profit-taking and concern that the Federal Reserve may wind down its bond-buying program sooner than expected has investors spooked.
The Fed’s bond purchases create a sort of catch-22 for investors. On one hand, winding....more>>>
The Fool is exploring Seattle. Today, CEO Spencer Rascoff introduces us to Zillow (NASDAQ: Z ) , telling us how the online home and real estate marketplace works, what he considers its greatest strengths, and what investors should know about it.
Spencer is unconcerned by a rival’s report criticizing the quality of Zillow’s listings. He points out a series of strengths....more>>>
What sort of qualities do you look for in a business when investing?
I’m not talking about a stock and its momentum, or volume or relation to its 52-week high. I’m also not talking about your perception of the company as a consumer—its ads, its products and so forth. I’m talking about its business. What traits do you want in a business in which you invest?
It’s a key question;....more>>>
Stocks in Japan and Hong Kong suffered sharp losses today, and major European markets are also in the red. U.S. stocks look to be following their lead this morning, with the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC ) and the narrower, price-weighted Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) down 0.8% and 0.64%, respectively, at 10:05 a.m. EDT.
Gold is losing its luster
NEW YORK — Jury deliberations in the trial of five former Bernard Madoff employees ended for the week with prosecutors and defense lawyers sparring over the answer to jurors’ questions about the structure of the Ponzi scheme architect’s firm.
Before leaving Manhattan federal court Friday, the panel wrote a note asking U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain whether three....more>>>
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH)’s three largest investors filed to sell about $600 million of their stakes after a run-up in the share price since January’s initial public offering.
Affiliates of Genting Hong Kong Ltd. (GENHK), Apollo Global Management LLC (APO) and TPG Capital will sell 20 million shares, according to a regulatory filing yesterday. The three will own 77 percent....more>>>
Mobile patents occupy a turbulent world in which technology companies are constantly pitted against each other — with very few winners. Over the past few years, investors have seen Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) and Samsung duke it out in the courts, but the patent wars are open for any tech company to take part in.
To help investors understand how important the patent world is....more>>>
DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) — Short-sellers hate being caught short a stock that reports a blowout quarter. When this happens, we often see a tradable short squeeze develop as the bears rush to cover their positions to avoid big losses. Even the best short-sellers know that it’s never a great idea to stay short once a bullish earnings report sparks a big short-covering rally.
Despite rising interest rates and some troubling data regarding the housing recovery, homebuilder Lennar (NYSE: LEN ) beat analyst estimates and showed a cheery outlook for the coming quarters—delighting investors and analysts. Now, with the stock up nearly triple digits over a period of two years, is Lennar still ripe for investment? Let’s take a closer look at earnings and....more>>>
All 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrials (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) are well-known companies that are leaders in their respective fields. But some Dow stocks are more popular than others, especially among Wall Street’s trading elite. The question you have to answer is whether those popular stocks are the ones you ought to buy, or whether you ought to look past the in-crowd to get better....more>>>
Summer is always an important time for Disney (NYSE: DIS ) . It’s peak season for its theme parks and cruise ships. This is when the family entertainment giant puts out some of its biggest movies, too.
Let’s take a look at a few days that Disney — and Disney investors — will want to keep an eye on this season.
Yes, that’s today.
BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) — The stocks that everybody else hates could make you rich.
Investors often forget that contrarian investors don’t actually think that the masses are usually wrong. Instead, the masses are only wrong at turning points — they’re right during the biggest part of the move. So it’s at those turning points where contrarians are able to swoop....more>>>
Raymond James (RJF) said earlier this week that it recruited three from Wells Fargo (WFC) and Morgan Stanley (MS) with a total of about $1 billion in total client assets and $2.2 million in yearly fees and commissions.
Keith Morris moved to Raymond James’ independent channel in Conshohocken, Pa., with about $110 million in assets and annual production of more than $1 million. Morris....more>>>