This year activist investors have been busier than ever, but they're just getting started.
That's because conditions in the market right now couldn't be any more ideal for activist investing, and the hedge fund managers who do this sort of thing are not known for letting opportunities go to waste.Here's how...
Earnings Today: Citigroup (NYSE: C), Coca Cola (NYSE: KO), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)
Third-quarter earnings season has picked up, with a number of companies posting earnings today before the opening bell and two tech giants set to report after the close.
When Q3 earnings kicked off a week ago, analysts estimated third-quarter earnings would come in 6.5% higher than the same quarter a year ago.To continue reading, please click here...
Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) Deal Shows How to Find Biotech's Best Investments
On Sunday, the world's largest independent biotechnology company, Amgen Inc. (Nasdaq: AMGN), bought Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ONXX) in a $10.4 billion dollar deal - making it the fifth-largest biotech deal in history according to Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
The Amgen deal with Onyx highlights where insiders - and investors - see the best investments in the biotech industry.
Four Defensive Stocks for a Market Pullback: MCD, MO, CAG, JNJ
If you looked at just the first-quarter results you could be forgiven for thinking that everything in the stock market is rosy.
The Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P 500 turned in their best performances since 1998, rising 8.14% and 12.0%, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Nasdaq was even stronger, riding a tech-stock rally to a gain of nearly 19% - its best yearly start since 1991.
But as every seasoned investor knows, the markets never go straight up or straight down.
Prospects for continued strength may seem bright, but the recent five-day slide that took the Dow down almost 550 points might be pointing to something else entirely.
That's why now is the perfect time to consider shifting at least some of your funds into "defensive" stocks.
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