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Too bad that's exactly what most CEOs did, and now they're paying for it.
Procter & Gamble raised its second-quarter and full-year profit forecasts on Monday as it estimated higher-than-expected earnings from the sale of Folgers, the largest U.S. coffee business, to JM Smucker.
"Buy the dips"? Not according to Michael Yoshikami, who says investors need to buy companies with "sustainable businesses," which sell "very boring things," that are well managed and that have good cash flow.
Now is the time for long-term investors to jump in and build a portfolio of recognizable, brand-name companies, Robert Pavlik Chief Investment Officer Oaktree Asset Management told CNBC.
The markets are up about 2.5% in early morning trading on strength overnight in Asian markets, solid earnings reports, and a better-than-expected GDP number.
In this Web Extra the traders reveal how to trade GDP and a slew of earnings reports including Exxon, CBS, Electronic Arts and more!
If you blinked in the final minutes of trading today, you probably got the story wrong. The final hour of trading has become known for its wild swings, but outdid itself this time: After being up about 250 points at 3:54 p.m., those gains evaporated and the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down 74.16, or 0.8 percent, at 8990.96.
Stocks pared gains Wednesday after the Federal Reserve opted to cut a key interest rate by half a percentage point.
Stocks turned mixed Wednesday as the market waits for the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates.
Stocks opened lower Wednesday as the market waited for the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates.
S&P futures have been positive only briefly late in the morning, however there has again been a 40-point swing from the high to the lows. Bottom line is that pre-open volatility continues.
Futures tilted lower Wednesday, after a fleeting boost from an unexpected jump in durable-goods orders, as the market waited for the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates.
Stocks on Wednesday can't help but feel some of the spillover of Tuesday's euphoric upswing, as the Fed winds down its two-day meeting with an anticipated rate cut.
In this Web Extra the traders reveal how they're playing the Fed meeting, Procter & Gamble, Kellogg, and more.
Cramer highlights another stock that works during this downturn.
Linda Bolton-Weiser, managing director at Caris & Company, says consumer staples stocks are the way to go. She expects earnings growth to be relatively strong at "around 10 percent on average."
Investors will have a rough ride until April, says Bill Spiropoulos, CEO of CoreStates Capital Advisors, but he thinks now is the time to put money to work.
There has been no let up on volatility this week. In the early afternoon, the Dow is trading at its session low today, down over 500 points.
Lawmakers spent Monday scrambling to come up with new ways to shock some vitality into this market. Jon Najarian has some ideas, too!
Shana Orczyk, research analyst at Peak Financial Management, said if we have not hit the market bottom yet, we're close.