Prospective bank buyers are outweighing sellers, signaling that after a big lull in U.S. bank M&A last year, the market may revive in 2012.» Read More
While both professionals and do-it-yourself investors try to prognosticate the new year, we're always dealt our fair share of surprises — good and bad. Here are five stocks that turned in the biggest negative surprises for investors.
The health care sector had a good year in 2011 — the group was one of only two sectors out of 10 major categories within the S&P 1200 to deliver positive returns on both a price and total return basis. But 2012 brings a new set of challenges, reports TheStreet.com.
Forget the traditional ways of generating investment ideas. Instead, let the crowd do it for you. From hedge funds to individual investors, scores of market participants are turning to social media to figure out which stocks are worth watching.
Netflix has a lot to prove in 2012, specifically how successful it can be in the U.K. and Ireland. The company, whose stock lost 70 percent of its value just in the past three months, is so confident in the future of its streaming business overseas that it is even willing to take a loss in the new year.
This year was a busy one for billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
Investors of all stripes have been spooked by the stock markets' gyrations and the S&P 500's struggle to break even this year. But there are clear buying opportunities for those with a long-term time horizon and the presence of mind to tune out the day-to-day market noise.
Bank of America has been the hardest hit of the large U.S. banks by new rules aimed at reducing fees banks charge consumers, according to research published Monday by Credit Suisse analyst Moshe Orenbuch.
Even though some Dow Jones Industrial Average component companies have issued earnings warnings, many are still worth owning in 2012, according to TheStreet.com.
Salesforce.com and Qualcomm are the technology stocks to buy for 2012, Canaccord Genuity analysts say, while Netflix and Research In Motion are to be avoided.
Investors should be cautious before jumping into a new initial public offering.
Raymond James, an investment bank with $271 billion in client assets, said its best stock selections, which include Nvidia, may double in the next year.
With the European debt crisis stretching on for two years, JP Morgan recommends that investors avoid the shares of U.S. companies that derive above-average levels of revenue on the Old Continent.
Investment managers have herded Americans into dividend-paying stocks and Treasurys as Europe's debt crisis grips the world. Mark Schultz, in contrast, says now's the time to take advantage of the low prices of companies with plenty of room to grow.
With investors expected to stay cautious for the foreseeable future, analysts are bullish on businesses with predictable revenue streams and growth.
After a horrible September, the markets delivered a glorious October, only to have the goblins ruin November, which turned out to be a big turkey. So will we see a Santa Claus Rally at the end of the year? And if so, what stocks should we be buying here?
Bank of America common shareholders have been through a lot of pain in the past few years. Maybe it’s time to end it all. It may sound like a joke, but shareholders could soon be forced to decide whether to approve an increase in the bank's overall share count, as it bumps up against regulatory limitations, according to a report Monday from Deutsche Bank.
Small-cap stocks are set to close out 2011 with big losses, but some companies trading under $5, such as TeamStaff and Majesco Entertainment, have more than tripled.
As Yahoo looks for the best deal among a host of potential suitors, its problems may only just be beginning. Facebook's initial public offering in 2012, and the resulting corporate war chest, will pose a formidable challenge to Yahoo's main revenue driver: display ads.
Residential-construction stocks are coming to life, gaining 6.5 percent in the past three months, with five of the biggest companies producing double-digit returns, according to Morningstar.
Goldman Sachs analysts are favoring four oil-patch stocks, giving them potential six-month price increases of as much as 95 percent. This comes at a time when oil prices, a great determinant of energy companies' earnings and share-price performances, have been highly volatile.