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For investors who thought last week’s volatility might be nothing more than another short-lived episode in the 4-year-old bull market’s inexorable climb higher, today’s early market movements were disappointing. Stocks opened to substantial losses, with the Dow Jones Industrials (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) trading down as much as 150 points in early trading. Many analysts pointed to the failure of the Japanese central bank to deliver as much economic stimulus as investors had hoped to see, demonstrating once again the markets’ near-addiction to government intervention. By 10:55 a.m. EDT, the Dow had recovered much of its losses but was still down 85 points. As important as Japan is to the global economy, what’s really making U.S. investors nervous is the upward move in interest rates lately. With inflation under control, you’d expect to see bond price stability, but the Fed’s extensive participation in the bond market has distorted supply and demand enough … Continue reading

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Does guidance really matter? After all, guidance is just what the name suggests: an educated guess as what companies think could happen in future — with the operative word being “think.” Clearly, guidance is going to be wrong sometimes and right sometimes, with the former being more common than the latter as the time period over which guidance is being offered gets longer. Still, guidance does seem to matter, as seen in the recent jump of St. Jude Medical’s (NYSE: STJ  ) share price, which recently went from $66 to $68 in the space of a few hours. The reason? You guessed it: The company raised guidance, after experiencing higher sales growth than it had expected in Q4. The business now anticipates earnings per share of $0.97-$0.99, up slightly from the previous guidance of $0.95-$0.97. The news was well received, and the main reason the company beat its guidance was improved … Continue reading

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E-Commerce China Dangdang (NYSE: DANG  ) will launch Weipinhui, a “flash sales channel,” onMay 7, featuring a limited selection of “deal-of-the-day” products. Dangdang says that Weipinhui will tailor its offerings to its current customer base of people with higher educations and greater disposable incomes. Weipinhui will start out focusing on apparel, but may soon expand into books, home, and lifestyle products.The daily deal products will be updated at 10 a.m. and “customers will enjoy deep discounts if they finish payment within 20 minutes after placing order and on a first-come-first-serve basis.” DangDang’s CEO and Executive Chairwoman Peggy Yu said in the company’s press release, “The Flash Sales Channel is our latest initiative in further enhancing Dangdang’s open platform to attract more merchants, especially well-known brands, to our marketplace.” Last month, Alibaba, China’s leading e-commerce giant, expanded its daily deal site, Juhuasuan, to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Top 10 Healthcare Equipment Stocks … Continue reading

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In a changing world, the survivors are often those who can jettison the familiar in favor of entirely new strategies. It’s harder to do than you think, requiring a willingness to abandon things you’ve long held dear. “Kill your darlings,” editors tell writers about sentences we’re convinced are perfect, but don’t really work. In industry, you may have to kill an entire paradigm. David Crane, CEO of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG  ) , is the rare brand of leader who can do just that. At the recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Summit, he laid out his vision for his company and the future of the energy sector. Power to the people NRG is the largest power provider to U.S. utilities, and it’s one of the largest equity owners of solar power. The existing energy system in the U.S. is based on centralized command and control, and Crane wants to shift … Continue reading

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The first quarter of 2014 is coming to a close, and it was a slow one for MLP IPOs. The only MLP that debuted in the last three months wasCypress Energy Partners(NYSE: CELP), but there are several others in the pipeline. Here is how the IPO landscape looks as we end Q1. Cypress debuted on Jan. 14 as the first MLP IPO of 2014. It sold 3,750,000 units at $20 per unit. CELP is a growth-oriented MLP providing saltwater disposal and other water and environmental services to US onshore oil and natural gas producers and trucking companies in North Dakota and west Texas. The partnership agreement calls for a minimum quarterly distribution of $0.3875 per unit for each whole quarter, or $1.55 per unit on an annualized basis. At Fridays closing price of $21.87, that translates into an annualized yield of 7.1 percent. The next IPO may be Enable Midstream … Continue reading