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This search giant is uniquely positioned to leverage its assets to compete in content delivery and social networking.

By TheStockAdvisors Apr 26, 2012 10:22AM
By Paul McWilliams, Next Inning

Since February, we have been detailing what I view as evidence Google (GOOG) will move into the content delivery business. This would mark a huge change for the company. But as I see it, there is no better way for it to leverage its core assets and disrupt the social networking models of Facebook and other sites that have encroached on its territory.

In short, TV viewing habits have changed radically during the last decade, yet TV programmers and content delivery companies have not responded to these changes. Google is uniquely positioned to leverage its core assets and, with that, deliver a new TV experience. 

If the oil giant wants to impress Wall Street, it will have to pay a higher dividend or grow its profits.

By Jonathan Berr Apr 26, 2012 9:59AM

Is Exxon Mobil (XOM) a dividend play these days? Considering its lackluster growth, it certainly seems so.

The world's largest publicly traded oil company on Thursday reported worse-than-expected quarterly results. Profit excluding one-time items fell 11% to $9.45 billion, or $2 a share, versus $10.65 billion, or $2.14 a share, a year earlier amid a 13% increase in capital and exploration expenditures. Revenue rose to $124 billion from $114 billion. Wall Street expectations were for profit of $2.09 on revenue of $124.76.


The social networking behemoth is preparing to launch the largest Internet IPO in history, but some investors are starting to doubt the hype.

By Apr 26, 2012 9:34AM
Facebook's feverishly anticipated IPO is expected to raise $10 billion and value the company at an astounding $100 billion. But Facebook's financial results for the most recent quarter show that the company's net income fell by 12% from the previous year, and that its total revenue dropped from the previous quarter.

With Facebook's momentum seemingly slowing, some investors are poking holes in the assumption that Facebook stock is a sure bet. Also worrisome: Facebook is considering delaying its IPO to June, reportedly so that it can better focus on a recent round of expensive acquisitions.

Is owning a piece of Facebook not as lucrative as it once seemed? 

The energy giant and shipping company both fall short of analyst expectations. The online retailer reports after the close.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 26, 2012 8:48AM

By Joseph Woelfel


Updated at 9:19 a.m. ET


Exxon Mobil (XOM), the world's largest publicly traded energy company, reported a first-quarter profit of $2 a share, less than the $2.14 the oil producer earned a year earlier and the $2.09 analysts had forecast. Exxon raised its quarterly dividend Wednesday by 21% to 57 cents a share from 47 cents.


United Parcel Service (UPS), the world's largest package-delivery company, saw quarterly net income rise 6%, missing analysts' estimates by 1 cent. Revenue also fell short of estimates as weakness in Asian exports continued. The largest overnight-package shipper said net income was $970 million, or $1 a share. Analysts had estimated $1.01. Revenue rose 4% to $13.1 billion. Analysts had estimated $13.3 billion.


The deal allows Halcón Resources to expand its business to other parts of the US.

By Benzinga Apr 25, 2012 5:29PM

Image: Oil drums (© Kevin Phillips/Digital Vision/age fotostock)By Brandon Pilzner, Benzinga Staff Writer

Shares of GeoResources (GEOI) closed up nearly 19% to $36.52 Wednesday on news it was being acquired by Halcón Resources (HK) in a $1 billion deal.

Under the terms of the agreement, Halcón Resources will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock from GeoResources. The deal allows Halcón to expand its oil and gas footprint to a larger swath of the U.S. 

The numbers suggest a slowdown for Google's operating system as the iPhone momentum continues.

By Kim Peterson Apr 25, 2012 5:04PM
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Caption: iPhone 4sThe rise of the Android platform for mobile phones and tablets has been incredible. But there are signs that Android is slowing down as Apple (AAPL) continues to explode.

Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt combed through the first-quarter financial reports from Sprint (S), Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), and found that Apple nabbed 59% of the U.S. smartphone market. That's up from 36% a year ago, Forbes writes.

And get this: The non-iPhone sell-through appeared to drop 38% from a year earlier compared with a 55% rise for iPhone sell-through. 

The company hopes to attract more users to the popular game through new social network features.

By Trefis Apr 25, 2012 2:38PM
Up until Facebook's recent acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion, Zynga's (ZNGA) acquisition of Omgpop, maker of the game Draw Something, for $210 million was the talk of the town.

However, soon after Zynga acquired Omgpop, the daily active user count of its top app -- Draw Something -- plateaued, and eventually started a slow decline. It is already down to around 12 million from a peak of 14.5 million and may continue its slow decline as the next shiny new social-viral-hyperlocal-mobile app jumps to the top of the leader board. 

Global economic expansion means more output and more waste. These companies look to be clear beneficiaries of this long-term trend.

By Apr 25, 2012 1:43PM

Image: Garbage men operating garbage truck (© Don Mason/Blend Images/Corbis)By Tom Aspray,

Better-than-expected iPhone sales put a shine back on the stock market, and Apple (AAPL) jumped 9% in afternoon trading Wednesday.

With AAPL back over $600 per share, the question now is how many of those who bought the stock at $630 to $640 will stay with their long positions. The drop from $644 to the recent low of $555 may have been too much for many investors to handle.


The new energy land rush is in full force, creating some smart places to put your money.

By Apr 25, 2012 1:31PM

By Peter Staas, Investing Daily

Dealmaking has been brisk in the Ohio portion of the Utica Shale, an emerging unconventional play that lies beneath the Marcellus Shale and is in the early stages of exploration and development.

So far, much of the information available on the field comes from Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which quietly began building a position in the area about a year and a half ago, and had amassed about 1.36 million net acres by the end of the third quarter of 2011.


Better-than-expected earnings from Apple give stocks a boost.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 25, 2012 1:09PM
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Apple's (AAPL) results handily beat expectations, as sales rose to $39.2 billion, earning per share grew to $12.30 and the company reported it sold 35.1 million iPhones in the second quarter.

Two Dow components reported quarterly results with opposite investor reactions, as Boeing (BA) led all Dow advancers, up almost 4% after its report, while Caterpillar (CAT) fell over 4% after its revenues missed expectations on China sales that were lower than last year. 

After declines in 10 of 11 trading days, the tech giant's shares surge 9% after earnings.

By InvestorPlace Apr 25, 2012 12:14PM

By Jeff Reeves

For a while there, some folks were wondering whether Apple (AAPL) had lost its mojo. After all, it had given up ground in 10 of the past 11 trading days leading up to Tuesday's quarterly earnings report.

But with a 9% pop in share prices Wednesday morning, the darling of tech stock investors has proved it's back in the saddle. Strong earnings and a surge in AAPL shares have made many investors believers in Apple once more.

AAPL slumped from about $636 on April 9 to as low as $555 in midday trading Tuesday. Now shares are once more above $610 -- still down from previous highs but making up ground fast.


US-based large caps present the most convincing case for this stock expert.

By Apr 25, 2012 12:12PM

The potential remains strong for large, U.S.-based companies, says TAMRO Capital CEO Philip Tasho. In particular, he explains to how there's room for growth in technology, consumer-oriented stocks, and financials.


You might be able to play the move for a profit -- if you time it right.

By InvestorPlace Apr 25, 2012 12:07PM

By Jeff Reeves

Coca-Cola (KO) is proposing its first stock split in 16 years. Once executed, the move would cut the soft drink giant's share price in half and double the number of shares outstanding on Wall Street.

Will this change your investment? No -- 100 shares at $80 is worth the same as $200 shares at $40.

But what it could change is your strategy. Because historically. Companies have some nice pop immediately after a stock split, so Coke could be a buy before this split takes place.


Covered calls can act like dividends, making you money whether shares go up or down. But there are some risks.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 25, 2012 12:00PM

By Rocco Pendola


I wrote an article for TheStreet on Tuesday detailing how investors can make sensible options trades to maximize the income out of dividend-paying and non-dividend-paying stocks. I acknowledged that one of the major risks associated with writing covered calls is being forced to sell your shares.


When you write a covered call, you sell one call option for every 100 shares of a stock that you own. In essence, someone is paying you for the right (but not the obligation) to buy your 100 shares at a predetermined price -- the "strike price," which you choose -- at any time until the option expires. You collect the premium of the call you opted to sell, as a credit to your account, and you keep that income no matter what happens.


After another tremendous quarter, the tech giant remains a 'buy' with a long-term target of $1,000.

By TheStockAdvisors Apr 25, 2012 11:58AM
By Geoffrey Seiler,

While doubt was seeping into investors' minds ahead of the earnings report, Apple (AAPL), a Bull Market's Recommended List selection, once again obliterated both top- and bottom-line estimates.

The company turned in a tremendous quarter highlighted by strong iPhone and iPad sales, in addition to very robust margins. The iPhone number was the biggest thing investors were watching, and the number beat even the most optimistic estimates, helped by strong international sales. 


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