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February 28, 1999 | PAUL J. LIM
Conventional wisdom tells us that rising interest rates are bad for the stock market. It's easy to see why. When interest rates rise--as the yield on the benchmark 30-year Treasury bond did last week--bonds and cash become more attractive alternatives to the stock market. And the stock market hates competition. We saw this late last week as the Dow Jones industrial average gave back nearly 250 points in response to rising bond yields.
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September 24, 2011 | By Andrew Leckey
Question: What is the future for my Illinois Tool Works Inc. shares? Answer: This diversified manufacturer that operates in 57 countries is a master of acquisitions and practices conservative accounting methods. It includes scores of decentralized businesses that make specialized types of fasteners, components, equipment and other products. Always on the lookout for new businesses, it recently acquired Despatch Industries, which provides thermal processing equipment for solar and carbon fiber technology.
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BUSINESS
November 17, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Janus Capital Corp. spent almost 30 years betting on fast-growing companies. Now it wants to invest in cheap ones too. Denver-based Janus, whose focus on fast-growing technology and media companies has made it one of the top-selling mutual fund companies, said it's adding its first fund that will focus on supposedly undervalued companies. The unit of railroad operator Kansas City Southern Industries Inc., which aims to roll out its Janus Strategic Value Fund on Jan.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2011 | By Andrew Leckey
Question: Crop prices have risen so much. Why aren't my Monsanto Co. shares doing the same? Answer: The world's biggest seed company has been firmly focused on farmers, who are crucial to its business. Prices of agricultural commodities have risen sharply since last summer because of poor weather and strong global demand. But Monsanto, with an eye on its longer-term market share, has discounted the prices farmers pay for its patented, genetically engineered seeds. The profit potential of Monsanto's seed business, however, will depend heavily on the degree of public acceptance and environmental scrutiny of genetically engineered food as well as commodity prices.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2009
These tables rank the top-performing stock and bond mutual funds for the second quarter of 2008 for each of the main investment categories as defined by research firm Morningstar Inc., which provided the data for these tables. The tables of top-performing funds are followed by individual performance figures for 5,400 mutual funds, organized by fund company. Stock funds Most of the mutual funds that invest in the stocks of U.S. companies are sorted by Morningstar into nine broad categories.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2009
These tables rank the top-performing stock and bond mutual funds for the second quarter of 2009 for each of the main investment categories as defined by research firm Morningstar Inc., which provided the data for these tables. The tables of top-performing funds are followed by individual performance figures for 5,400 mutual funds, organized by fund company. -- Stock funds Most of the mutual funds that invest in the stocks of U.S. companies are sorted by Morningstar into nine broad categories.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2007 | TOM PETRUNO
THE irony couldn't have been lost on the 350 people who gathered for the Value Investing Congress West in Hollywood last week. Normally, a crowd is exactly the last place a serious value investor wants to be. True value typically is found in investments that are hidden gems, things that are underappreciated and relatively unwanted. But in today's streaking stock market, there's very little that no one wants. And that's the problem for the value camp. Shares of Contango Oil & Gas Co.
BUSINESS
October 15, 1997 | TOM PETRUNO
With relatively few exceptions, stock mutual fund investors enjoyed another stellar quarter in the three months ended Sept. 30. But exactly how well you did depended not just on the broad category of stocks that your fund owned, but on the specific niche that it targeted. And those performance differences among niche categories could become more pronounced in the current quarter--which means it's a good idea to have some sense of the niches your fund managers favor, if any.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2000 | PAUL J. LIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So much for all the talk about the "new economy." Investors Monday poured back into "old-economy" stocks, lifting many value-oriented mutual funds that had been beaten down in the first two months of the year. As the Nasdaq composite sank 7.6%, many value funds jumped between 2% and 3% for the day. That's a continuation of a rebound that began about a month ago.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1998 | PAUL J. LIM
Times of market turmoil are supposed to be times when Wall Street seeks shelter in so-called value stocks--overlooked or otherwise unloved stocks that are relatively cheap when compared with the average stock. And in this year's market pullback, value-oriented mutual funds have, in fact, turned out to be somewhat safer havens than their growth stock fund cousins.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2011 | By Andrew Leckey
Question: Can my Netflix Inc. shares still do well? They have been great for me. Answer: This aggressive and innovative company continues to increase its domination of the DVD rental business by adding millions of new subscribers and exceeding the estimates of analysts. The question for investors is whether Netflix can apply its rental-by-mail success to the burgeoning field of paid video streaming, which represents the future because of the connected devices of all types becoming available to consumers.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2010 | By Andrew Leckey
Question: I am concerned about the leadership turmoil at Hewlett-Packard Co. affecting my stock. What is your opinion of it? Answer: More important than the drama surrounding this computer hardware giant is its expansion into database and business application software. Hewlett-Packard is in fine financial condition, with plenty of cash and manageable debt. But to adapt to changing times, the firm intends to concentrate on four areas, with so-called enterprise software joining printers, personal computers and technology services.
OPINION
August 3, 2010
The shift by many employers from providing pensions to offering 401(k) plans has forced workers to take more responsibility for their retirement savings, but left them ill-equipped in some ways to protect themselves. Two developments in recent weeks should help improve the situation: The Department of Labor issued long-delayed rules to help employers do a better job of sifting through the piles of fees charged by investment firms bidding for their 401(k) business, and a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that employers can be held liable when they don't ask investment firms for a better deal when one is readily available.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2009
These tables rank the top-performing stock and bond mutual funds for the second quarter of 2009 for each of the main investment categories as defined by research firm Morningstar Inc., which provided the data for these tables. The tables of top-performing funds are followed by individual performance figures for 5,400 mutual funds, organized by fund company. -- Stock funds Most of the mutual funds that invest in the stocks of U.S. companies are sorted by Morningstar into nine broad categories.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2009
These tables rank the top-performing stock and bond mutual funds for the second quarter of 2008 for each of the main investment categories as defined by research firm Morningstar Inc., which provided the data for these tables. The tables of top-performing funds are followed by individual performance figures for 5,400 mutual funds, organized by fund company. -- Stock funds Most of the mutual funds that invest in the stocks of U.S. companies are sorted by Morningstar into nine broad categories.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
The Labor Department said Tuesday that it wouldn't endorse the use of so-called stable-value funds as a default investment for 401(k) participants who don't decide how to allocate their retirement-plan portfolios. The decision is a blow to the insurance industry, which markets stable-value funds. The new rules, which go into effect at the end of December, were adopted under a 2006 pension law that Congress passed to help Americans build up retirement funds.
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