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U.S. Companies Park Profits Overseas, Avoid Taxes

Large American companies are parking more of their profits overseas. A Wall Street Journal analysis found that 60 big companies shielded more than 40 percent of their annual profit from U.S. taxes.

Market Minute: KFC Parent Yum Slammed by Chicken Scare in China

Yum Brands warned Monday that it expects its profit for the year to decline as the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell continues to reel from a controversy over its chicken suppliers in China. A drop in 2013 would snap an 11-year streak of profit growth of at least 13 percent.

JPMorgan Turns in Record Profit, Higher Revenue

JPMorgan Chase reported a record quarterly profit Friday. The bank said it made $5.3 billion in earnings for common shareholders, a widely used measurement, from July through September, up 36 percent from the same period a year ago.

Is Corporate America Too Focused on Profit Margins?

I recently penned a column pointing out that when America "lost" the TV manufacturing industry to Japan, it wasn't necessarily a bad thing, because the business has become a low-margin money loser. A lot of readers disagreed.

Why Groupon Will Never Be Great Again

On the surface, it appears daily deals purveyor Groupon is more popular than ever. It ended 2011 with 33 million active customers in 47 countries, and it's growing fast. But look closer, and there are signs that "Groupon fatigue" is kicking in.

5 Reasons Facebook May Be a Better Buy Than You Think

What if Facebook's IPO offering isn't actually outlandishly priced? What if $100 billion is actually a reasonable price? Let's go over a few of the reasons Facebook stock may be cheaper than worrywarts are leading you to believe.

Why BP Will Never Be Great Again

BP has big problems, and not just because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the $20 billion compensation fund it set up to pay the victims. The petro-giant has been missing Wall Street's profit targets lately, thanks to sloppy operations and a general trend toward lower gasoline consumption.

5 Companies That Are Still Losing Money

The economy may be ugly for workers, but most companies are making money. In fact, many Wall Street darlings are checking in with record profits. Then again, most doesn't mean all. Here are five notable companies that are losing money this year -- and possibly beyond.

Why Apple's Late iPhone Harvest Hurt Its Stock Price

Apple has had a great few weeks of sales with the iPhone 4S, but somehow, it's latest quarterly report sent the stock down nearly 6%. The new CEO blamed the rumor mill for cutting into last quarters iPhone sales, but the real issue may have been more a matter of timing.

Coke Sees China Market as 'Real Thing' for Growth

Coca-Cola reported strong second quarter results, with growth coming from emerging markets like China and Russia. Coke is the leader in the Chinese market, and with it projected to keep growing at a rapid rate, the nation is a key part of the company's plan to double its 2009 revenues by 2020.

Revlon to Give Itself a European Makeover

After successfully revising its business processes and restructuring its operations in Europe, premium cosmetics maker Revlon now plans to implement similar changes in its operations globally. Trefis examines how those changes worked in Europe, and what they mean for the company's future profits.

Is Walgreen Going Too Far With Its Higher Dividend?

Walgreen, the leading U.S. pharmacy chain, recently increased its quarterly dividend by 28.6%, the largest increase in the company's 110-year history, from 17.5 cents a share to 22.5 cents a share. But is it giving away cash it's really going to need for its expansion plans?

Double Your Cash -- If You Dare -- on Internet IPOs

Zillow's stock more than tripled after its IPO Wednesday, then fell back to settle up a mere 79% at the close. Initial public offerings have become a way to make huge profits in the market, if investors have the stomach for extreme risk -- and the access to buy in.

Five Restaurant Stocks Worth Sampling Now

Legendary investor Peter Lynch espoused the philosophy "Buy what you know." Well, who doesn't know restaurants? We know where the crowds are, and we know what we like to eat. Here are five chains that managed to grow during the market lull, positioning themselves perfectly for the future.

Coffee Price Hikes Make Starbucks Stock Look Costly

Starbucks is hiking the price of its packaged coffee by 17% to compensate for a steep increase in Arabica coffee prices. Customers habituated to Starbucks coffee might keep splurging on its products, but Trefis analysts believe the passing on of its costs will affect Starbucks' top line.

Earnings Report Shows All's Not Well With Alcoa

When is a 27% increase in sales, and a doubling of profits, bad news? It certainly sounds like an exceptional circumstance, but that's where Alcoa finds itself today, having missed earnings estimates and facing a discouraging free cash flow.

Earnings Season: Harbinger to Next Round of Layoffs?

Wall Street will watch second quarter earnings for telltale signs that the economy has slowed or that corporate margins are even tighter than is feared. But the ones reporting negative outlooks are likely to go back to the same old solution they used so often in recent years: layoffs.

Earnings Season Opens: Early News and Previews

Earnings season unofficially kicks off today, but 26 companies have already reported for the second quarter of this year. According to institutional data provider Capital IQ, here are some of the highlights so far:

Three Things to Watch During Earnings Season

Earnings season is near, and investors, as always are worried. Don't fret too much, though: Odds are that your company will come out on top on the bottom line -- because most do. But what will separate the winners from the whiners for the coming quarter? Here are the three key factors.

Norton Everywhere May Be Symantec's Mobile Moneymaker

Symantec is the global leader in the security software market, but its share of that market has been declining. Can its Norton Everywhere initiative leverage the companies strength in the PC world into the domain of smartphones and tablets?

Apple's China Mobile Deal Has Huge Potential

Apple buys many components for its devices from Chinese suppliers. Now, it's getting more aggressive about selling those devices in the world's largest cell phone market, inking a deal to sell iPhones through No. 1 wireless operator China Mobile, which could substantially boost Apple's earnings.

Refashioning Gap: CEO Sees Future in Outlets, Online

Gap might be undergoing an extreme makeover, but the chain is no longer the key growth engine of Gap Inc., CEO Glenn Murphy told investors Wednesday. The apparel giant is shifting its emphasis to its outlet businesses, newer divisions such as Piperlime and Athleta, and overseas growth.

Shutterfly Snaps Up Deals With an Eye on the Big Picture

Shutterfly completed its $333 million acquisition of Tiny Prints in April, just the latest in a series of purchases and partnership deals designed to position it for growth in a crowded business. Trefis's view of the company is that Shutterfly is on track to profit more than the market expects.

Fortune 500's Top 10 Losers: Down Billions, but Still Huge

Holding a spot on the Fortune 500 list puts a business in august company, but that isn't always synonymous with being successful. Each year, some companies manage to stay on the list despite experiencing profound problems, and losing billions of dollars for their stakeholders.

Will Open Letter to McDonald's Bite Into Profits?

McDonald's got a letter from 550 health experts Wednesday accusing the fast food giant of ignoring the impact its products -- and its marketing -- have on America's children. It's not the first such criticism of McDonald's, but so far, the attacks don't appear to have hurt its sales.