As a member of our 10% Promise team, I see a lot of wild swings in the market. Sometimes there's an easy explanation, but sometimes the market knocks us for a loop without telling us why. Still, every week I learn something new. Here are a few things the market taught me this week.
Investor battles are fun to watch -- from the sidelines
David Einhorn and Fairholme Fund's Bruce Berkowitz are fighting over real estate developer St. Joe
When two successful, high-profile investors do battle, it's fun to watch. But following the wrong one can lead to disaster. I would have chosen Einhorn to win this fight, so it's a good thing I stayed out of it altogether.
Online education is so 2009
Shares of education providers were mixed this week, but I couldn't overlook their dramatic drop in enrollments. Apollo Group
I went back to school a few years ago, and I know firsthand the dilemmas potential students face when considering taking the leap. Jobs and promotions are no longer a guarantee, whether you're getting a bachelor's degree, an MBA, a law degree, or a Ph.D. There are many talented, highly educated people still looking for jobs, so employers don't have the same incentive to reward that shiny new diploma you spent time and money earning.
Buses in China are a great place to invest
When a stock hits our "popped" list more than once, it has a tendency to come back time and time again, and China MediaExpress is no different. I'm still a little cautious on Chinese stocks, which have a tendency to bring surprises when we least expect it, but momentum is on China MediaExpress's side. Bus advertising -- who knew?
It doesn't pay to delay
I assume I'll get to ride in a Boeing
We'll know more about the settlement when Spirit releases earnings on Feb. 10. For now, investors should feel a little bit better that Spirit got something from Boeing, even if it wasn't a production order.
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