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Nearly 100 takeover targets for 2011, Morningstar says

January 20, 2011

Nimble investors could jump on some attractive acquisition candidates ahead of the unfolding 2011 takeover wave, according to the latest research from Morningstar Inc. After studying the “inklings of [an M&A] revival in 2010,” Morningstar...

When analysts say 'sell,' it is time to buy, data show

January 16, 2011

Following the advice of equity analysts may be perilous to your profits. Although companies in the S&P 500 that analysts loved the most saw their stocks rise 73% on average since the benchmark for U.S. equity started to recover in March 2009,...

S&P: Three funds that could outperform in 2011

January 9, 2011

Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC is bullish on large-cap stocks — and is giving a nod to Walden Asset Management, Invesco Ltd. and Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. as three firms that could produce top-performing large-cap mutual funds...

IN's Cooper: When Facebook will go public

January 5, 2011

Facebook will go public in the fall of 2012. Do I know this because I tapped my sources on Wall Street — or because Mark Zuckerberg has been whispering in my ear? Of course not. I have as much contact with investment bankers as I do with the...

Philip Tasho: Go large in 2011

January 3, 2011

A recovering economy is laying the foundation for a rally in large-cap stocks, according to Philip Tasho, chief executive and chief investment offer at Tamro Capital Partners LLC, a $1.3 billion asset management firm. Despite the fact that investor...

Money managers: Bet on large-caps to outpace small-caps

January 3, 2011

Smaller U.S. companies are rallying the most since 2003 relative to the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, a sign to BlackRock Inc. and JPMorgan Funds that the economy will strengthen and spur a third year of gains for investors. The Russell 2000...

Byron Wien's 10 surprises for 2011

January 3, 2011

Blackstone Group LP's Byron Wien, who called the bottom for U.S. stocks in 2010 while failing to predict the ensuing rally, said economic growth and 10-year Treasury yields will approach 5 percent this year and gold will surge above $1,600 an...

Improved consumer spending seen fueling expansion

January 2, 2011

The U.S. consumer will likely be a force to be reckoned with in 2011. Despite punishingly high unemployment, lingering global economic turmoil and endless bickering on Capitol Hill, U.S. consumers appear ready to shoulder the hefty 70% share...

Advisers bullish on equities

January 2, 2011

Financial advisers are upbeat about prospects for stocks in 2011, with many predicting that last year's broad market surge will continue into this year. That good feeling is likely to translate into advising more clients to buy stocks. In fact,...

Dow to hit all-time year next year? Odds look good

December 30, 2010

The stock market's strong finish in 2010 has the momentum of history behind it and could push share prices to record highs in 2011, according to Jeffrey Hirsch, editor-in-chief of Stock Traders Almanac. In an analysis of market peaks and valleys...

The top 10 stocks for 2011: John Dorfman

December 27, 2010

As investors make their resolutions for 2011, many should resolve to take on more risk. Seared by losses in 2008, millions of investors have slashed their stock allocations, preferring the relative safety of bonds or cash. This represents a...

SEC may ask B-Ds to watch algorithmic trading

December 9, 2010

Officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission are considering setting limits on computer-trading algorithms — and may choose to require broker-dealers to monitor their orders — in the wake of the May 6 flash crash. The agency, however,...

Bill Miller: Tax plan will boost undervalued U.S. markets

December 9, 2010

Bill Miller, Legg Mason's highly-touted stock picker, believes that President Obama's tax cut plan will be a shot in the arm for U.S. stocks. Mr. Miller, chief executive officer at Legg Mason Capital Management, said he is bullish on stocks...

Grisly year for bearish asset managers

December 8, 2010

Investors who heeded warnings about falling home sales, record European budget deficits and the debasement of the U.S. dollar can nurse regrets after the 2010 bear market didn't happen. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index has gained 9.7% this year...

What the new tax plan means for the markets

December 7, 2010

Stocks rallied, copper and gold climbed to all-time highs and Treasuries fell after President Barack Obama agreed to extend tax cuts, overshadowing concern that Europe's debt crisis will spread further. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index increased...

Top five fund managers in 2010 had one thing in common

December 6, 2010

For Jerome Dodsonat of Parnassus Investments, growing public pessimism about the economy in 2010 convinced him to purchase stocks. Allianz RCM Technology Fund's Walter Price ruled out a recession after executives told him business was improving....

Equities: Natural resources, energy, real estate dominate top 10 portfolios

December 5, 2010

Gold retained its luster, pipelines flowed and real estate provided a strong foundation for leading equity managers during the 12-month period ended Sept. 30, according to the Morningstar database. The top 10 managers in the composite U.S. stock...

Consumer electronics: Now a holiday staple?

December 1, 2010

Over the past several years, consumer electronics appear to have morphed from holiday treats to holiday essentials. From Black Friday door-buster specials on flat-panel TVs to stocking stuffers like MP3 players and e-book readers, shopping for...

What Warren Buffett is buying and selling now

November 16, 2010

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. sold stakes in Home Depot Inc. and CarMax Inc. and cut its holding of Nike Inc. as the billionaire replaced a retiring investment manager and built the company’s cash holdings. Buffett’s firm lowered...

Active investors expect to beat S&P 500 in 2011

November 14, 2010

About two-thirds of investors who trade at least 36 times a year expect to have better returns in the next 12 months than the S&P 500, according to a survey by Fidelity Investments. The poll, conducted at Fidelity's San Francisco Traders' Summit...

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