The bulls were active in Morgan Stanley yesterday ahead of its earnings report this morning.
Bank of America and Morgan Stanley are on tap Thursday with early morning earnings reports, while some of the biggest tech names — Google, Microsoft, Intel — weigh in after the bell.
Expecting Aetna and UnitedHealth to beat Wall Street estimates as health insurers kick off fourth-quarter earnings, senior analyst Peter Costa of Wells Fargo says these companies will continue their winning streak in 2012, due to rising costs, lower unemployment and even health-care reform.
I love it when analysts veer from the pack for non-valuation reasons. That’s just what Jefferies analyst Taposh Bari did with his report Wednesday on Under Armour.
Bank of America shares have been rallying this year after a dismal 2011, suggesting there is little chance for a positive surprise from the bumbling banking giant when it reports fourth-quarter earnings before Thursday's open.
Just because the economy is growing does not mean investors should abandon high-paying dividend stocks in favor of growth names, says one co-portfolio manager.
Railroad shippers are much more positive about the U.S. economy this year than last, and that could mean a good year for the railroads and the trucking companies that literally piggyback shipments on them.
Gasoline futures are rallying on yet another refinery closure.
We are able to find some good value from the bottom up, but from the top down we have to be more cautious, says Leo Grohowski, BNY Mellon Wealth Management.
The bears are betting that Pitney Bowes can go no higher.
Financial company earnings, including Goldman Sachs, could help set the tone for stocks Wednesday.
Although Microsoft warned last week that floods in Thailand could disrupt personal computer shipments, investors are more concerned with the tech company’s defensive characteristics, one managing director said.
Global investors have gotten a bit more upbeat about stocks and are less fearful about the state of the global economy, even as they have become more wary of geopolitical risks, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s monthly global fund managers’ survey.
"It could be 7 to 10 days before we see more clarity in pricing," says Susquehanna analyst Rachael Rothman, while recommending investors should sit on the sidelines and wait for post-crisis clarity following the Concordia cruise disaster.
One equity strategist said making bets on natural gas should be rewarding given the changing dynamics of the energy industry. In his view, shale gas drilling will be a massive disruption to the system that will make the U.S. an important competitor.
When investors think banks and technology, they think Bank of America and Google. With 43 constituents of the Standard & Poor's 500 reporting quarterly results in the coming week, most of them financial and technology companies, Bank of America and Google could end up being the most important earnings reports to watch on Thursday.
The option bulls looked for upside in Ivanhoe Mines Friday, and by afternoon they had struck gold.
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Meredith and Kaiser Aluminum are two small-cap stocks with a lot of potential for investors, said Adam Peck of the 5-star-rated Heartland Advisors Value Plus Fund.
Stockpickr examines four companies that are expected to lose money in 2012. Though they may not be in deep distress in the next quarter or two, the long-term outlook will weaken further as cash balances drop.