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  • 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
  • No downward dog for Lululemon stock

    The stock of Lululemon (LULU) is surging despite a bland report today from the new CEO. Same-store sales were negative during the holiday shopping season, something analysts dubbed "once unthinkable". The yoga clothing company also gave a weaker than expected forecast for this quarter and said fourth quarter earnings were $0.75 a share, barely above expectations.

    But Brian Sozzi, chief equity strategist at Belus Capital Advisors, the one who characterized MORE

    - Mar 27, 2014 12:31 PM ET
  • FireEye: Winner from Target data breach?

    It's clear who the losers were when Target (TGT) became the victim of a sophisticated security breach in December that eventually compromised the credit and debit card information of 40 million customers. But were there any winners, ­ beyond the thieves?

    It's a question many investors have been asking, especially since Target is hardly alone. The Washington Post reports that federal agents notified more than 3,000 U.S. companies last year that MORE

    - Mar 27, 2014 11:51 AM ET
  • Nu Skin surges as China's regulators barely rap knuckles

    Shares of Nu Skin (NUS) surged nearly 20% Monday after China announced a minimal fine to the skin care sales and marketing company. Investors had feared a far worse punishment. Shares of fellow multi-level marketer Herbalife (HLF) are up as well as investors shrug off hedge fund honcho Bill Ackman's concerns about similar sales violations.

    China's Administration of Industry and Commerce is penalizing Nu Skin only $781,000.  The slap on the wrist breaks MORE

    - Mar 24, 2014 12:34 PM ET
  • March Madness ETF? Pizza and wings!

    The NCAA basketball tournament -- aka March Madness -- is likely to trigger an orgy of fast food for college hoops fanatics.

    Pizza and wings are among the favorites – and three of the leaders in those restaurant industries hit all-time highs this week: Domino's Pizza (DPZ), Papa John's (PZZA) and Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD).

    Shares of Domino's are up nearly 15% this year – helped by fourth quarter profit growth of 22%. And MORE

    - Mar 20, 2014 7:47 AM ET
  • Mixed reviews for Janet Yellen on Twitter

    As expected, the Fed announced Wednesday it will trim, or taper, its stimulus program by another $10 billion dollars to $55 billion a month starting in April. It's the third straight meeting where the Fed tapered by $10 billion. At this pace, the Fed will end its bond purchases by this fall.

    The Fed also removed the 6.5% unemployment threshold for changing rates, saying in its statement that it will "take MORE

    - Mar 19, 2014 3:50 PM ET
  • Marissa Mayer's war chest to grow

    Marissa Mayer could soon have more money to spend for Yahoo acquisitions once Alibaba goes public.

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer may have a spring in her step this morning. Yahoo's stock is higher following the news that Alibaba, the Chinese leader in e-commerce, was preparing to file for an initial public offering in the United States.

    Yahoo owns a 24% stake in Alibaba. The stock has been volatile for the MORE

    - Mar 17, 2014 1:23 PM ET
  • J.C. Penney: 'American comeback story?'

    Investors love the back-to-basics approach from J.C. Penney. Can the rebound last?

    Don't look now, but J.C. Penney shares are on fire lately.

    The stock has nearly doubled since hitting a multi-decade low below $5 in early February. And it was up nearly 9% Tuesday to its highest levels since the end of last year.

    Why the optimism? Citigroup analyst Oliver Chen upgraded J.C. Penney (JCP) on Tuesday to a "buy" MORE

    - Mar 11, 2014 12:26 PM ET
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