The Fool Looks Ahead

Let's look at the stocks that will be making news in the week ahead.

Apr 12, 2014 at 9:00AM

There's never a dull week on Wall Street. Let's go over some of the news that will shape the week to come.

The market kicks off the new trading week just where it left off, with big banks reporting. In case you missed it, the two financial-services juggernauts that reported on Friday morning delivered mixed results. Citigroup (NYSE:C) will try to provide a clearer direction when it offers up its fresh financials, taking the baton -- but running in which direction?

Analysts see Citigroup's revenue and earnings declining slightly in its latest quarter. That doesn't seem like a very good way to run with the baton.

April 15 is Tax Day, and as folks scramble to file their returns our time -- and those due refunds wonder why they took so long -- it will be business as usual in Corporate America. 

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) reports quarterly results on Tuesday. The chip giant best known for its microprocessors that fueled the PC revolution has had to scramble in an era where smartphones and tablets have grown at the expense of desktops and laptops. Analysts see Intel earning $0.37 a share, just off the $0.40 it posted a year earlier. That would seem to make it a low hurdle to clear, but it's probably not a good sign that Intel has come up short against Wall Street's profit forecasts in three of the past four quarters.

Another tech bellwether steps up on Wednesday, as IBM (NYSE:IBM) reports quarterly results. Intel and IBM used to be interlocked as PC pioneers, but IBM quickly discovered that there's chunkier margins to be had in providing enterprise software, corporate consulting, and other business-based solutions.

It's probably not a good trend to see that IBM -- just like Citigroup on Monday and Intel on Tuesday -- is expected to post lower earnings than it did a year earlier. 

If Intel was the PC chip giant during the computer's heyday, it's safe to say that AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) was its pesky little sister. AMD always seemed to give Intel a good fight for the microprocessor market, but AMD has also had to turn to new areas for growth. 

One area where AMD has thrived is in video game console processors. AMD's handiwork now powers all three major platforms. It has been a Wii U staple for some time, but in November we got the AMD-powered Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 

The country's market exchanges are closed in observance of Good Friday. Given the way the market's been rocked lately, maybe we can call this a good Friday indeed, since the stocks will stay in place for a day. 

That still doesn't mean investors can just ignore Wall Street given the extended weekend. Earnings season will kick in, with hundreds of companies reporting the following week. Get ready.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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