Greenberg's Scorecard: 2012


JC Penney's Turnaround: C

The company was formally rechristened JCP, and CEO Ron Johnson has attempted to become the hottest and possibly hippest mass merchant/retail turnaround expert – except it's still premature and he made the classic mistake of forecasting how the company would do financially. As it turns out, the forecasts became targets to miss. This remains an evolving story.

Sears Restructuring: B

The company did announce a bunch of store closings, but it was hardly a major restructuring.

Restructuring by Best-Buy: A

The company announced management and operational restructuring, including replacing its CEO, shutting stores and becoming the focus of going-private efforts.

K-cups KO Green Mountain: A

The company disappointed, the stock collapsed.

Netflix: C

It didn't get acquired, but Carl Icahn bought a slew of shares and is pushing for some kind of deal.

Leveraged ETFs: C

The TVIX became the poster child of leveraged ETFs gone bad.

Chinese stocks: A

The stocks were pummeled, and nobody cared about 'em anymore.

Looking ahead to 2014


  • Hot Commodity Prospects in 2013

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson shares her outlook on oil, gold, copper and corn next year, and Dan Dicker, MercBloc president, provides his energy forecast for 2013 and the best way to play oil and gas.

  • Defense in the New Year

    Defense companies are sure to be affected if we go over the "fiscal cliff" because of automatic spending cuts to the industry, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Travel Trends in the New Year

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs takes a look at some of the major travel trends in 2013.


Predictions 2013 Slideshows