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5 Gold Miners Ready to Shine — Few assets are more widely hated than gold. Over the past three years the price has fallen from over $1,900 an ounce to a recent $1,195, and with a strengthening dollar, virtually no inflation, and interest-rate hikes on the horizon, the future doesn't look bright for the shiny metal.

An Options Play for a Low-Return Market — Goldman Sachs, whose ideas and actions help to set Wall Street's tone, is telling clients the Standard & Poor's 500 index will barely rise in 2015. Goldman is forecasting that the benchmark index, now around 2050, will climb to 2100 by the end of next year, implying a gain of just 2.34%, and a total return of 5%.

Retailers Fight Credit-Card “Cartel” — The Republican-dominated 114th Congress, which will convene in January, reportedly intends to lance some old wounds, among them the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Retailers are concerned that some unartful restitching of the provisions covering credit-card companies could permanently leave them under the heavy thumb of the card "cartel."

Thumbs Up for India, Thumbs Down for Hong Kong — The chief strategist for CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets is a sought-after commentator on Asia and global markets, given his trenchant observations about leaders in Asia and the West, investors' animal spirits, and the sins of the Federal Reserve. Christopher Wood is a top-ranked Asia equity strategist whose books include Boom & Bust, The Bubble Economy, and The End of Japan Inc.
Nov 22, 2014

CLSA strategist breaks down his Asia portfolio for 2015, says he could have his whole portfolio in India:

The Handbag is Ready for Its Close-up — You may have your own classic Kelly handbag from Hermès, but chances are you don't have it in "bleu saphir" - a color the French luxury goods maker discontinued in 1993.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @kopintan Husbands, be afraid: Christie's auction hopes to elevate handbags to collectible art via @barronsasia

Nov 21, 2014

Husbands, be afraid: Christie's auction hopes to elevate handbags to collectible art via @barronsasia

LinkedIn CEO Makes Planned Sale of $19M in Stock — Some LinkedIn insiders, including top executives, weren't on the fence about selling shares of the professional-networking site. Seven insiders sold 116,788 LinkedIn (ticker: LNKD) class A shares for $26,609,828, an average of $227.85 each, from Nov. 3 through 20. The transactions included open-market sales and 10b5-1 planned sales. A...
Nov 22, 2014

RT @suitreport: LinkedIn CEO Makes Planned Sale of $19M in Stock: Jeff Weiner sold 82,635 class A share...

Nov 22, 2014

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Microsoft Stock Is Still a Buy — A skeptical take from Jefferies & weighing on Microsoft shares Friday, but the bear case for the stock isn't so obvious. Late Thursday analyst John DiFucci initiated coverage of Microsoft (ticker: MSFT) with an Underperform rating and a $40 price target as part of the firm's broader expansion of analysis in the software sector.
Nov 21, 2014

.@barrons takes the financial analyst pulse--> Microsoft Is Still a Buy

Obama's Weak Jobs Record — Back in 2011 and 2012, while he was campaigning for a second term, President Barack Obama appeared to be fixated on fixing our broken economy and creating jobs, especially union jobs. His mantra: "We can't wait," which he uttered just about every day, like a man in a hurry to get the job done.
Nov 21, 2014

O's immigration offensive is political theater. Check the scorecard-- he never delivers on is pen and phone promises.…

Japan’s Snap Election More Politics Than Policy — With Japan in the middle of a triple-dip recession, and Japanese households suffering a significant contraction in real disposable income, it might seem at first that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has chosen an odd time to call a snap election.
Nov 19, 2014

RT @barronsasia: Gavekal's CEO on what Japan's early election says about stock gains: via @barronsasia

Gold: It’s Time to Buy — Over the years, I have made some bold calls on gold and often the pushback from those not sharing my views has been rather vigorous, to put it mildly. It's time to once again risk the wrath of the haters and say that gold finally looks ready for a recovery.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @Mctaguej: The case for gold funds. Disclosure-I am $3,000 underwater in a gold mining mutual…

Nov 20, 2014

The case for gold funds. Disclosure-I am $3,000 underwater in a gold mining mutual…

From Iron Awe to Iron Gore — The blue skies of Beijing that greeted world leaders gathered for APEC are no more. By the time the dignitaries had jetted into Brisbane for the Group of 20 Summit, China's capital had once again been enveloped by choking smog as the cogs of Chinese industry were shifted out of neutral and back into high gear.

This Season’s Hottest Drama: Global FX Wars — In today's episode of "Game of Thrones: Currency Wars Unit," we turn to the unfolding drama in Ukraine. There, on the eastern border, Russian forces are reportedly massing to protect ethnic-Russian separatists from any attempt by Kiev to reclaim breakaway territories. They're also prepared to defend the Crimean peninsula, which Russia snatched from Ukraine early this year.

Target Stock Is a Deal Too — An unexpected jump in quarterly profits propelled Target shares to a 52-week high, and we think the retailer's stock can rise further. Before Wednesday's opening bell, Target (ticker: TGT) reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $352 million, or 55 cents a share, up from 54 cents a share in the year-ago period.