United Airlines (UAL) announced that it will honor the airline tickets it accidentally sold online Thursday to customers for free or for between $5 and $10.
United Airlines did not release information on the number of tickets that were sold for the wildly cheap prices. The sale was the result of human error, and not a technical glitch.
“We’ve reviewed the error that occurred yesterday and based on these specific circumstances, we will honor the tickets,” the company�tweeted�Friday.
The news spread like wildfire on social media sites before the airline quickly shut down the online reservation site. Sales were up for a reported two hours.
Andy Farrimond, a software consultant from the Washington, D.C. area, discovered the zero dollar fares when he was booking a business trip to Minneapolis. He told a number of co-workers what he had found, and then he and his co-workers spent the next hour booking personal trips to the West Coast and Hawaii.
Top 5 Internet Stocks To Invest In 2015: Hewlett-Packard Company(HPQ)
Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as well as to the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. Its Personal Systems Group segment offers commercial personal computers (PCs), consumer PCs, workstations, calculators and other related accessories, and software and services for the commercial and consumer markets. The company?s Services segment provides consulting, outsourcing, and technology services to infrastructure, applications, and business process domains. Its Imaging and Printing Group segment provides consumer and commercial printer hardware, supplies, media, and scanning devices, such as inkjet and Web solutions, laser jet and enterprise solutions, managed enterprise solutions, graphics solutions, and printer supplies. The company?s Enterprise Servers, Storage, and Networking segment offers industry standard s ervers, business critical systems, storage platforms, and networking products, including switches, routers, wireless LAN, and TippingPoint network security products. Its HP Software segment provides enterprise IT management software, information management solutions, and security intelligence/risk management solutions. The company?s HP Financial Services segment offers leasing, financing, utility programs, and asset recovery services; and financial asset management services for enterprise customers, as well as specialized financial services to SMBs, and educational and governmental entities. Hewlett-Packard Company also provides business intelligence solutions that enable businesses to standardize on consistent data management schemes, connect and share data across the enterprise, and apply analytics, as well as licenses its specific technology to third parties. The company was founded in 1939 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Matt Thalman]
Shares of Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ ) took off today, gaining an astonishing 17.10% during today's regular trading period. The move came after H-P announced first-quarter earnings last night after the market closed. The company beat the street's estimates for operating profit of $0.81 per share by posting $0.87. And, although revenue declined by 10%, its $27.6 billion in sales still beat what analysts were expecting. But, what investors surely liked the most, was that H-P is still on track with its turnaround plan, and those surrounding Meg Whitman truly believe that, over time, she can get the company back on track.�
Top 5 Cheap Companies To Buy Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD)
General Dynamics Corporation, an aerospace and defense company, provides business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions; military and commercial shipbuilding; and communications and information technology products and services worldwide. Its Aerospace group designs, manufactures, and outfits various large and mid-cabin business-jet aircraft; provides maintenance, repair work, fixed-based operations, and aircraft management services; and performs aircraft completions for aircraft. The company?s Combat Systems group offers tracked and wheeled military vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions. Its product lines include wheeled combat and tactical vehicles; battle tanks and infantry vehicles; munitions and propellant; rockets and gun systems; and axle and drivetrain components and aftermarket parts. This group also manufactures and supplies engineered axles, suspensions, and brakes for heavy-load vehicles for military and commercial customers. The company Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Dividends4Life]
Taken to the next level, certain stocks in my dividend growth portfolio tend to be purchased more often than others. This will often push the limit on my maximum allocation limit of 5% per holding in the portfolio. Sometimes, the high allocations are a result of buying up to the limit when the price is down. While other times it is a conscious decision to slightly exceed the 5% threshold. Below are my five largest Dividend Growth Stocks based on market value, along with their percentage of my dividend growth portfolio and lifetime return:Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is a leader in the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products industries. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1944 and has increased its dividend payments for 52 consecutive years. Yield: 2.8% | % of DG Portfolio: 5.2% | Lifetime Return 17.1%McDonald's Corporation (MCD) is the largest fast-food restaurant company in the world, with nearly 35,000 restaurants in 119 countries. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1976 and has increased its dividend payments for 37 consecutive years. Yield: 3.2% | % of DG Portfolio: 4.7% | Lifetime Return 14.2%General Dynamics (GD) is the world's fourth largest military contractor and also one of the world's biggest makers of corporate jets. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1979 and has increased its dividend payments for 23 consecutive years. Yield: 2.1% | % of DG Portfolio: 4.7% | Lifetime Return 32.5%ConocoPhillips Co. (COP) is one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) companies in the world, COP spun off its downstream assets in May 2012. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1934 and has increased its dividend payments for 14 consecutive years. Yield: 3.5% | % of DG Portfolio: 4.4% | Lifetime Return 21.2%Raytheon Company (RTN), the world's sixth largest military contractor, specializes
- [By Victor Selva]
General Dynamics Corp. (GD) is an aerospace and defense company. It has four business groups: Aerospace, Combat Systems, Marine Systems and Information Systems and Technology. The company�� key customer is the U.S. government. The company also has business with non-U.S. governments and corporate and individual buyers of business aircraft.
- [By Charles Mizrahi]
General Dynamics (GD) offers segment diversification. Although the US government accounts for nearly two-thirds of the company's revenue, it has four operating segments, with no single division accounting for more than a third of total revenue.
- [By Rich Smith]
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Defense announced it has awarded General Dynamics' (NYSE: GD ) Electric Boat Corp. subsidiary a $208.6 million "undefinitized" contract modification to a previously awarded contract. The funds are to be used to purchase long-lead-time materials needed for construction of three Virginia-class nuclear fast attack submarines:
Top 5 Cheap Companies To Buy Right Now: Whole Foods Market Inc.(WFM)
Whole Foods Market, Inc. engages in the ownership and operation of natural and organic food supermarkets. The company offers produce, seafood, grocery, meat and poultry, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. It also provides specialty products, such as beer, wine, and cheese; body care and educational products, such as books; and floral, pet, and household products. As of February 9, 2011, the company operated 302 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Alyce Lomax]
Google / YouTube When one thinks of environmentally forward-thinking businesses, some companies spring immediately to mind: Whole Foods Market (WFM), Annie's (BNNY), Patagonia, Seventh Generation, and Method, for example, are all known for their commitment to being green. However, there are other firms putting a lot of resources into planet-helping initiatives -- companies whose green tactics are far less recognized, and may even come as a surprise to you. Let's take a look at a few. Huge companies making huge strides
- [By Rich Duprey]
With natural and organic grocers sprouting up everywhere and giving both investors and shoppers a broad assortment of supermarket alternatives to choose from,�Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM ) finds itself under increasing pressure to combat slowing sales growth.
- [By Bloomberg Businessweek]
Shutterstock/Aleph Studio An environmental group made waves this week with word that Kroger (KR) and Safeway (SWY), the second- and fourth-largest U.S. grocery chains, respectively, had agreed not to sell genetically engineered salmon. These futuristic fish aren't yet commercially available. Maybe that's why the task of heralding the news was left to Friends of the Earth. The list of retailers that won't touch modified salmon now includes big names such as Target (TGT), H-E-B, Whole Foods (WFM) and Trader Joe's. But what about Walmart (WMT)? The chain, which accounts for 15 percent of fresh food sales in the U.S, isn't saying.
Top 5 Cheap Companies To Buy Right Now: The Travelers Companies Inc.(TRV)
The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Business Insurance; Financial, Professional, and International Insurance; and Personal Insurance. The Business Insurance segment offers property and casualty products and services, such as commercial multi-peril, property, general liability, commercial auto, and workers? compensation insurance. It operates in six groups: Select Accounts, which serves small businesses; Commercial Accounts that serves mid-sized businesses; National Accounts, which serves large companies; Industry-Focused Underwriting that serves targeted industries; Target Risk Underwriting, which serves commercial businesses requiring specialized product underwriting, claims handling, and risk management services; and Special ized Distribution that offers products to customers through licensed wholesale, general, and program agents. The Financial, Professional, and International Insurance segment provides surety and financial liability coverage, which uses a credit-based underwriting process; and property and casualty products primarily in the United States., the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. The Personal Insurance segment offers property and casualty insurance covering personal risks, primarily automobile and homeowners insurance to individuals. It distributes its products through independent agents, sponsoring organizations, joint marketing arrangements with other insurers, and direct marketing. The company was founded in 1853 and is based in New York, New York.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Dan Carroll]
On the other side of the Dow today, Travelers (NYSE: TRV ) ranks among the index's biggest losers, with shares down 1.3% so far. This stock has done well year to date, gaining more than 15%, but the run-up has come just as the Atlantic hurricane season is about to start. NOAA predicted back in May that seven to 11 hurricanes are likely to form in the Atlantic this year, with three to six developing into major storms of category three or higher intensities.
- [By Charley Blaine]
Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV): Tuesday close: $92.91. RSI: 78.
The stock is up 2.6 percent in May and 9.3 percent for the quarter. At some point, investors will take profits in the stock. And probably soon.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
The Dow Jones Industrials (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) haven't been immune to the tough winter that many parts of the U.S. suffered through this year, with a drop in demand for goods and services and plenty of logistical challenges for companies to overcome in getting their products in front of their customers. Yet although weather has an impact on most of the members of the Dow Jones Industrials, Home Depot (NYSE: HD ) and Travelers (NYSE: TRV ) have the most to gain or lose from Mother Nature's favor -- or scorn -- over the next several months.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
With almost three-quarters of its revenue now coming from its property and casualty business, Hartford will be increasingly sensitive to catastrophic losses when they occur. With this quarter's loss activity appearing to be relatively muted compared to past periods, Hartford's earnings growth is consistent with what we've seen from other companies. Travelers (NYSE: TRV ) , for instance, blew out estimates when it reported earnings earlier this month, with an 85% jump in profits coming in part from more favorable loss experience.