Investment Strategy


  • Salesforce.com, a leader in customer-relationship software, is a poster child of positioning itself as a non-GAAP company. Wall Street obliges by valuing the stock on earnings excluding options and such things as the accretion of debt. These are, after all, non-cash expenses—as if they just vanish into thin air. (Sarcasm, intended.)

  • A Citibank ATM user.

    Citigroup is embarking on a multi-year multi-billion dollar IT investment to integrate its consumer branches and products all over the world, Manuel Medina-Mora, the bank's executive in charge of consumer banking operations, told CNBC.

  • Expect Double-Digit Returns in 2011: Strategist Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 12:07 PM ET

    There are still a lot of opportunities for investors to make money right now, said Eric Thorne, senior portfolio manager and investment advisor at Bryn Mawr Trust Wealth Management, and Paul Simon, CIO of Tactical Allocation Group.

  • Questions About Private Equity Bid for Sara Lee Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 11:58 AM ET

    By all accounts a group of private equity firms led by Apollo are working hard to submit a bid for Sara Lee, but there are plenty of question marks about whether such a deal will get to the finish line.

  • US Equities Will Be 'Rewarding' But 'Dangerous': Pro Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 11:54 AM ET

    Jim McCaughan, CEO of Principal Global Investors, also said that developing countries have underperformed in the last few weeks amid concerns over inflation—but are still a “buy.”

  • Big World For Investors Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 11:42 AM ET
    Davos skyline at night

    Government policymakers in Davos this week looking to revive growth might want to emulate global mutual-fund managers, who are having no trouble finding growth stories across the developing world and in pockets of developed markets.

  • Moving Today: Molycorp Trading, Food Inflation Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 11:41 AM ET

    Rare earth proxy Molycorp was halted righted after opening for News Pending; it has resumed trading. The lockup period for its IPO is now expiring; the company is offering a mandatory convertible preferred stock offering and an offering of common stock by some stockholders. Also: Food inflation rears its head at McDonald's.

  • Frontier Markets Come Of Age Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 11:38 AM ET
    Skyline from Dhow Harbour in Qatar.

    Political instability  and business corruption make these markets risky, but they have a place in the portfolios of investors looking for explosive growth.

  • Stocks Gain as Materials, Tech Advance Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 11:31 AM ET

    Stocks extended modest gains as tech stocks rose and lifted the Nasdaq for the first time in several sessions. Alcoa and IBM rose, while BofA fell.

  • Stocks to Watch: Cabela's, Baidu and More ... Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 11:01 AM ET
    Six in 60

    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • Ways to Profit From Rising Food Prices Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 10:48 AM ET
    Wheat field

    If you're looking to profit from rising world food prices or simply want to diversify your portfolio to hedge against inflation, the number of products offered continues to mushroom.

  • Morici: The State of the Union and the Obama Legacy Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 10:43 AM ET
    Presidential speech pedistal

    In his State of the Union Address, President Obama will ask for political comity. Quite a switch from two years ago, when he pronounced elections have consequences and used his majorities in Congress to push through new regulatory and spending initiatives with few concessions to Republicans.

  • In the case of Travelers, many investors are betting that its massive book of bonds, much of which is composed of municipal credits, will soon see impairments—hence the stock trading at a discount to its book value.

  • Analyzing Halliburton, McDonald's Figures Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 10:29 AM ET

    Also: Radio Shack down over 10%. CEO Julian Day plans to retire as chairman, chief executive officer around May 16, 2011, on or about the scheduled shareholders meeting. And  Rock Tenn will buy packing from Smurfit Stone Container.

  • Futures Trade Flat; Big Earnings Week Ahead Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 9:22 AM ET

    U.S. stock futures traded flat to slightly higher at the start of a week featuring dozens of major earnings reports, as well as a Federal Reserve statement and a slew of macroeconomic data.

  • What's On: Food Inflation, Commodities and Hiring Sunday, 23 Jan 2011 | 4:01 PM ET

    See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Monday's Squawk on the Street.

  • Stocks are seeing some of their loftiest gains deflate, and that could continue as investors weigh dozens of major earnings reports and a fresh series of economic news in the week ahead.

  • Stocks Closed Mixed as Techs Fall, Banks Rise Friday, 21 Jan 2011 | 6:39 PM ET

    Stocks closed mixed as strong results out of General Electric gave a lift to the broader market, while weakness among technology stocks, despite some stellar earnings reports, dragged down the Nasdaq.  GE and AmEx rose, while BofA fell.

  • Morningstar Preview Can Hurt Nielsen IPO Friday, 21 Jan 2011 | 5:37 PM ET

    Nielsen Holdings (prospective ticker: NLSN) will try to float 71.4 m shares at $20-$22 next week. That's $1.5 billion, a rare event. How rare? Last year, there were 153 IPOs, and only one — GM's $15.8 billion IPO — was over a billion. If only the excitement level were as high as the deal value.

  • Greenberg: A Google Crackdown at Demand Media? Friday, 21 Jan 2011 | 4:49 PM ET
    Demand Media

    If it comes next week as planned, Demand may be the first $billion-plus Internet IPO since Google. But Google's crackdown on so-called content farms could affect the company.