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  • 7 lucky tech stock bargains. Yes, they exist

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    Tech stocks have been a bit of a whirling dervish lately. And the Nasdaq was getting taken to the proverbial woodshed again Thursday.

    But repeat after me. This is not 2000! Tech stocks, writ large, are MORE

    - Apr 10, 2014 2:40 PM ET
  • It's the biggest week for IPOs in 8 years

    It's the biggest week for initial public offerings since the end of 2006 with a whopping 16 companies scheduled to make their trading debut.

    Forget April showers. This year it's April IPOs.

    The question for investors is how to read this flurry.

    The reality is all 16 IPOs probably won't happen this week. Investors have their limits, and anytime IPOs heat up, some wonder whether it's a repeat of late 1990s and year MORE

    - Apr 9, 2014 5:34 PM ET
  • Fed minutes: Janet Yellen has many friends

    When Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen recently waded into murkier waters, she was backed by broad support from her colleagues.

    The Fed has two objectives: to keep U.S. unemployment low and to keep prices stable.

    The goal is to get unemployment below 6.5% and inflation up to 2.5%.

    In March, the Fed decided to tweak those thresholds to a fuzzier "qualitative view" of the job market. Yellen has indicated the Fed will be MORE

    - Apr 9, 2014 2:28 PM ET
  • Americans love Corona, but is it paying off for investors?

    Bottoms up! Constellation is cashing in on America's love affair with Corona.

    Shares of Constellation Brands (STZ) opened sharply higher Wednesday after the beer and wine company reported strong quarterly results, although the stock has now fallen back.

    The buzz kill came after Constellation executives said on a conference call with analysts that the cost of expanding a brewery in Mexico would be much higher than previously expected.

    The company raised its estimate MORE

    - Apr 9, 2014 11:06 AM ET
  • Ally Financial IPO is a taxpayer win, but don't buy the stock

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    The government is about to sell a big stake in Ally Financial, the auto loan giant formerly known as GMAC, through an initial public offering. It's a victory for taxpayers who had to bail the MORE

    - Apr 8, 2014 2:04 PM ET
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  • Time for market panic? Depends who you ask...

    It should be another good year for the stock market. Not spectacular, but positive.

    That's the general consensus among the investment strategists CNNMoney polled in a recent survey. See the full results here.

    Of course, some were more bullish than others, and one was downright bearish.

    Gary Flam, a portfolio manager at Bel Air Investment Advisors, had the lowest target for the S&P 500 among the 26 investment professionals in CNNMoney's survey. He MORE

    - Apr 8, 2014 8:38 AM ET
  • Investors aren't bringing sexy back

    Boring is back.

    In a choppy market, investors are shifting their strategy, eschewing the once sizzling sectors (think: tech) in favor of the more mundane variety (think: utilities).

    Dividend-paying companies, long-considered a tad too defensive, are especially in vogue now.

    Red hot names such as Tesla (TSLA) and Netflix (NFLX) have tumbled this month, while utility stocks, known for their healthy dividends, have jumped. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU) is up over 9% this year. Its top MORE

    - Apr 7, 2014 4:02 PM ET
  • Airbnb users share tips … and the wealth

    Airbnb may soon be worth more than all but three of America's largest hotel chains.

    The website that lets you rent people's homes and apartments is reportedly finalizing a deal to raise about $500 million more from private equity firm TPG Capital and other investors, bringing the company's valuation to $10 billion.

    That would vault Airbnb ahead of Hyatt (H), Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) and Holiday Inn owner InterContinental (IHG).

    All this from a site that's MORE

    - Apr 7, 2014 10:43 AM ET
  • Boom times for the barbarians

    The once exclusive private equity industry continues to bet that average investors will want to invest in them.

    Earlier this week, Los Angeles-based Ares Management filed to raise $100 million in an initial public offering, though IPO research firm Renaissance Capital estimates that the company could wind up raising $400 million.

    The Ares IPO is the latest in a boom that began in 2007 when the Blackstone Group (BX) raised a staggering $4 MORE

    - Apr 4, 2014 12:21 PM ET
  • Bond king Bill Gross loves money...and cats

    What do cats and bonds have in common?

    Not much, but that doesn't stop Bill Gross from dedicating his latest monthly investment outlook to his recently deceased feline companion.

    The letter is titled "Bob," in honor of the Gross family's Maine Coon "Kitty," which passed away last week.

    By the way, Gross is the chief investment officer at Pimco, the world's largest bond fund, which has nearly $2 trillion in assets under management.

    Granted, MORE

    - Apr 3, 2014 5:38 PM ET
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