If you're feeling good about the market, you're not alone. Take my hand as we go over some of this week's more uplifting headlines.
1. From flat to fizz
Remember how investors were selling shares of SodaStream
Well, the pop star proved itself with this week's earnings report.
SodaStream popped 26% higher on Wednesday after posting blowout quarterly results.
Revenue climbed 50% to $87.9 million, and adjusted earnings climbed 67% to $11.5 million -- or $0.55 a share. Analysts were only expecting an adjusted profit of $0.45 a share on $73.7 million in revenue after converting their estimates into dollars.
SodaStream made sure to silence the skeptics by also raising its top- and bottom-line guidance for all of 2012.
Fizzy lifting drinks, indeed.
2. Your car is here -- and it's early
The all-electric $49,900 Model S -- which may seem expensive, though it's premiering at a more reasonable price than Tesla's original Roadster -- wasn't supposed to hit the market until July, but if it's able to clear government crash-rating tests, deliveries may begin as soon as July.
Technically speaking, this may not seem to be such a big deal. The company only expects to assemble 5,000 Model S cars this year, and they're all spoken for, given the 10,000 buyers on the waiting list. However, an early arrival is confirmation that there are no problems holding up production. Who knows how big the waiting list will grow once the car is out in the wild?
3. Monster growth
If a soft-drink giant really wants to get its hands on the world's second-largest energy drink maker, it's going to have to pay up.
Revenue grew 28% to $454.6 million, and margins expanded to deliver earnings growth of 38% to $0.41 a share. Analysts were only expecting a profit of $0.38 a share on $447.1 million in revenue. The pros look so lethargic that maybe some Monster is in order. I recommend the low-carb blue cans in 16-ounce servings.
The stock closed 9% higher yesterday on the news. Forget about the Coca-Cola buyout rumors that recently surfaced and faded. Why would Monster want to punch out now?
4. IMAX headroom
Well, after the superhero flick obliterated box-office records, IMAX is making sure it doesn't give up that easily on a cash cow. The two movies will share some IMAX screens this weekend, giving The Avengers an extended run on its supersized format, but still making it available for Dark Shadows fans.
It's a smart call.
Studios may not be happy to see their movies juggled around this way -- especially the films that wind up sharing screens after the IMAX-related remastering costs -- but scheduling flexibility is in the best interest of IMAX and exhibitors.
Besides, no offense against what seems like another wickedly entertaining Tim Burton-Johnny Depp movie, but big-budget action blockbusters are typically the big draws on IMAX's sensory-enhancing platform.
5. Mouse magic
The margin-widening performance is all the more impressive because it took place during the same quarter that the family entertainment giant took a mighty blow on John Carter. Disney can put out what may be the biggest money-losing theatrical release of all time and actually thrive on the strength of ESPN, social gaming, and improvements at all of its theme parks outside of Disneyland Paris.
Well played, Disney.
And to think that the quarter ended before The Avengers raised the bar on theatrical opening weekends earlier this month.