It's now been two weeks since the Costa Concordia accident off the Tuscan coast of Italy. That tragic event aside, cruising is still a remarkably safe vacation choice. What's probably not as safe is investing in Costa's parent Carnival.
America loves cars, but Wall Street analysts don't have much affection for the country's leading auto showroom operator. AutoNation has beaten its targets, is making strong profits, and is poised to grow. So what's wrong with its stock?
The bad news is that the stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, sits at 1,131, a low point it hasn't traded near consistently since late 2009. The worse news is that there's every reason to believe it will decline further to below 900, back to levels it hit around March 2009.
Even buy-and-hold investors can't afford to let their portfolios collect cobwebs. Valuations and fundamentals change perpetually, and shareholders need to know when there's more potential for growth elsewhere. Here we take a look at some online travel agency stocks worth swapping: Expedia and Priceline.