John Jannarone, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

If there’s ever been an a earnings announcement when earnings themselves aren’t important, it’s Yahoo’s fourth quarter. When the company issues results after trading hours Tuesday, investors will be looking for details of a long-awaited plan to divest the company’s stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group. That stake accounts for the majority of Yahoo’s …

Warren Buffett favorite Coca-Cola has a secret formula for extra income that no other company has replicated. But it may also pose a unique risk for Coke shareholders. A little-noticed line on the company’s income statement reveals something that may surprise some investors: Coke actually makes more money from interest income than it pays out …

Every three months, stress levels rise on Wall Street as many companies have to deliver on earnings guidance. In fact, many parties involved in the process would rather do without it. That’s the result of a survey in conjunction with the annual ICR XChange Conference, a meeting of more than 2,500 investors, management teams, analysts …

When Sears or Target abandon one of their big, underperforming locations, one retailer licks its chops: home décor chain At Home. The Texas-based company, which sells 50,000 items ranging from patio furniture to carpeting, has increased its store count to 81 from 48 in the last five years. Most of the additions come from stores …

Smith & Wesson faces a double-barreled threat: Weak weapon sales and leverage. The gun manufacturer said Thursday night that sales fell 22 percent in the quarter through October because of weaker sales of a variety of firearms. In turn, the company cut its full-year sales target to a range of $504 million to $508 million, …

In the digital era, there’s not much left to prop up DVDs, aside from Redbox kiosks. Can anything prevent them from tipping over? Perhaps surprisingly, physical DVDs still account for the majority of U.S. home-video entertainment spending, with an estimated $7.3 billion in sales and $4.2 billion in rentals in 2014, according to research and …

Yahoo has been on a tear recently. What shareholders might not realize: They have more to thank than Alibaba‘s share price. Shares of Yahoo have risen by more than 20 percent in the last 10 days, reaching the highest level since the dotcom bubble in 2000. The most obvious explanation is a 13 percent rise …

Warren Buffett often makes investments that are out of reach for ordinary investors. But in the case of his recent car dealership deal, there’s a rare chance to join him for the ride. Last week, the Oracle of Omaha bought privately owned car dealership Van Tuyl Group for an undisclosed sum. The deal surprised some …

This is one week when Alibaba doesn’t want to be tagged on Facebook. Alibaba’s upcoming initial public offering may be the largest ever and is certainly the most closely watched since Facebook’s in May 2012. The social network’s IPO was troubled from its early days and led to a litigation nightmare for Facebook, its underwriting banks …

It’s never felt so good waking up to Tim Hortons. Should investors take the profits and run, or stick around for another helping? Shares of the leading Canadian fast-food chain jumped 23 percent in mid-session trading Monday after announcing it was in talks to merge with Burger King Worldwide. The move was a pleasant change of pace …

Reynolds American agreed on Tuesday to acquire rival tobacco company Lorillard for $27.4 billion, a transaction that will bring the number of major U.S. tobacco companies from three to two. Under the deal, Reynolds agreed to pay $68.88 a share in cash and stock, presenting a premium of 2.5 percent to Lorillard’s Monday closing. (Click here to see the latest …

Some of America’s oldest TV networks have accused a 2-year-old start-up of stealing their programming. Here’s what may happen if the newbie gets its way. Any day now, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case between the major broadcast networks and Aereo, a company that picks up their signals and sells them …

The hunt for yield has taken investors to increasingly risky places. In the latest gamble, some are literally going up against the toughest defenses in the National Football League. Since going public in late April, shares of Fantex Vernon Davis have risen an impressive 18 percent, far outpacing broad stock market indexes. The shares, which …

Investors who hit the slopes last winter were rewarded with some of the best skiing conditions in recent years. But this summer may be the better time to buy shares of a ski resort operator. Shares of Intrawest Resorts, which operates resorts including Steamboat, Stratton, and Snowshoe, have declined 5 percent since their initial public offering …

The initial public offering of Chinese e-commerce company JD.com is about 15 times oversubscribed, according to people familiar with the matter. JD plans to raise up to $1.7 billion and will price the shares in a range of $16 to $18, according to a prospectus. The shares are expected to price later today and begin …