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Archives: October 2006

Time Warner Reliving Its 20s

Posted by: Roben Farzad on October 31

Today, shares of Time Warner (TWX) finally closed above $20, a resistance level that has frustrated the media conglomerate for more than four years. Can this bubble-cursed stock (which once...

Chinese IPOs catching fire

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 30

Looking down a list of recent IPOs, one number jumped off the screen: 84%. That's the market return of Home Inns & Hotel Management (Symbol: HMIN) since it went public...

Hertz owners want more, more, more

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 27

It looks like the three leveraged buy-out firms that own Hertz are trying to make some kind of statement about just how much can be sucked out of a recent...

Legg Mason: Patience, Grasshopper.

Posted by: Lauren Young on October 26

Fund junkies know that Legg Mason’s star Bill Miller is underperforming the S&P 500, which may put an end to his amazing 14-year streak. At the same time, Legg Mason...

GateHouse success no path for big city papers

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 25

I felt a little frisson of anger this morning when I noticed the latest hot IPO from leveraged buyout world: GateHouse Media (Symbol: GHS). The company priced 13.8 million shares...

Netflix: Video-On-Demand Can Wait

Posted by: Roben Farzad on October 24

Like any good American, I've used this blog to rip Blockbuster Inc (BBI), the moribund, universally disliked video store chain. Conventional wisdom says that video-on-demand -- the cable industry's competitive...

Will CME housing futures prove prescient?

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 23

Front-page story in today's Boston Globe: Housing Prices Put at or Near Low Amount of further drop expected for Boston area real estate by August 2007, according to the Chicago...

Life at the Chocolate Bar

Posted by: Lauren Young on October 20

Folks who know me (or my byline) know I'm a chocaholic. I'm obsessed with chocolate--I love eating it, but I'm equally enthusiastic about covering the industry. So it's with great...

Google v Yahoo: The Chart Says It All

Posted by: Roben Farzad on October 20

These must be envious times at Yahoo!, which now sports only 1/5 rival Google's market capitalization: This chart was (ironically) brought to you by Yahoo! Finance...

The PowerShares Machine

Posted by: Karyn McCormack on October 19

Every week it seems I get several press releases in my email box from PowerShares Capital Management, the growing ETF machine. This week, the one that caught my eye was...

When do Motorola's "move outs" move back in?

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 18

The smart folks over at Birinyi Associates did some interesting analysis the other day showing that over the past four years, the S&P 500 has gained a total of 9.7%...

Diversification tips for the little people

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 16

There are several million potential readers for every article in the print version of Businessweek (if our subscriber surveys are to be believed) and hundreds of millions more when those...

The Name Game

Posted by: Lauren Young on October 12

Can a trade group by any other name smell even sweeter? The National Association for Variable Annuities (NAVA) seems to think so. The group, which represents the $1.4 trillion...

Investors fell for Legg Mason's past glory

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 11

Last night's pre-announced earnings miss by Baltimore-based asset manager Legg Mason (Symbol: LM) has knocked the stock down 17% today and almost 40% from its all-time peak of $140 just...

An ETF in Every Portfolio

Posted by: Lauren Young on October 10

You may have missed my story last week on cool ways to use ETFs in your portfolio. An area I didn't get to cover, but one that deserves some attention...

New Investing Podcast

Posted by: Karyn McCormack on October 09

We've started a weekly investing podcast called Hottest Hands. Each week, we'll talk to investing experts about how they run their funds, what stocks they like and dislike, and trends...

Coffee Wars, Part III - feeling too much buzz?

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 05

We've seen in recent months McDonald’s (MCD) reporting early success with its high-end coffee play, while Wendy's-owned Canadian coffee and donut joint Tim Hortons (THI) did a successful IPO to...


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