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[ December 22, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 11502 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

LONDON — TheFTSE 100is sitting on another new five-year record at the time of writing, having gained 14 points to 6,571 so far today. Driven by positive earnings reports and economic optimism from China, the index of top UK shares has smashed through the record of 6,534 points it set on March 12, after four straight days of rises. But not all FTSE 100 companies are enjoying the same success. Here are three whose shares are dropping today: SainsburyJ Sainsburyshares dipped 9.8 pence (2.5%) to 387 pence by mid-morning, after the supermarket chain revealed a 1.4% fall in full-year pre-tax profit to 788 million pounds — althoughunderlying profit is up 6.2%to 756 million pounds. Total sales rose by 4.6% to 25.6 billion pounds. There will be a full-year dividend of 16.7 pence per share, which is a rise of 3.7% over last year and represents a yield of 4.3% on … Continue reading

[ December 22, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 22120 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Perhaps, like me, you feel as if you’re Bill Murray in the movieGroundhog Dayevery time you read an article bashing electric vehicles, especiallyTesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) . Just as Murray’s character woke up to the same day again and again no matter what he did, you see the same comments again and again no matter what the content of the article. Doesn’t it seem as if one master template is floating around for the EV and Tesla Haters to use? You’ve probably seen it so many times you could repeat it in your sleep — you know, as your EV (if you have one) was conveniently charging away. I’m not talking about those who simply hold different views that they express civilly — even vigorously — such as believing fuel-cell vehicles will (or should) rule the future roads for whatever reason, or that Tesla’s stock is too richly valued, for … Continue reading

[ December 22, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 79190 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Samsung may have a habit of copying Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) , but the one thing the South Korean conglomerate certainly doesn’t want to imitate is Apple’s well-documented pullback from its all-time highs last year. After tapping $705 in September, the Mac maker traded as low as $385 in April. That’s a 45% drop over eight months. The main factors driving Apple’s pullback have been investor fears over saturation in the high-end smartphone market, downward pressure on pricing and gross margins, and the lack of any new product categories. Along the way, analysts have been dropping estimates, since it’s become increasingly hard for Apple to deliver growth considering the large base it’s now at. Samsung looks like it may be in store for a similar fate, and for a lot of the same reasons. This month, Samsung has shed a whopping 13% of its value. Source: Google Finance. 10 Best Consumer … Continue reading

[ December 22, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 69294 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Brown Shoe (BWS), a footwear seller in the US, Canada, and China, has done exceptionally well this year. The organization operates brands such as Famous Footwear, Naturalizer and Dr. Scholls, to name a couple, and has in excess of 1,300 retail locations. The stock is up around this year, with significant gains advancing after it announced second-quarter results in August and revised its earnings direction. Robust performance Barring sales of discontinued brands, Brown Shoe reported revenue of $621.7 million, , and beat estimates of $596 million. Comps increased 6.8% with a 14% bounce in online sales from famous.com, besides development in wholesale and different segments. Adjusted earnings came in at $0.33 per share, up 108.3% than the year-back quarter and this comprehensively beat analysts’ estimate of $0.22 per share . These results show that organization’s strategies to develop its business have been powerful so far and there’s substantial open door … Continue reading

[ December 22, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 74697 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) has removed one of the key overhangs ahead of its quarterly earnings by settling its alleged business dealings with Bernard Madoff for $1.7 billion. JPMorgan, the biggest bank in the U.S. by assets, settled for claims that it facilitated Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, the largest in U.S. history, thereby resolving another legal hiccup facing the embattled bank. As part of the deal, JPMorgan has agreed to a deferred-prosecution agreement, by which the bank can avoid criminal charges as long as it adheres to specific legal requirements for two years. The deal requires the bank to acknowledge failures in its protections against money laundering. However, none of the bank employees were accused of wrongdoing in the deal. [Related -Banks Outperform The Market, With Regional Banks Pulling Ahead] Top 10 Regional Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: C&F Financial Corporation(CFFI) C&F Financial Corporation operates as the holding company … Continue reading