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The Supreme Court's decision on the massive health-care reform bill -- which could come at any time -- will surely create many winners and losers. Here’s a scorecard.

By InvestorPlace Jun 18, 2012 4:24PM

By Susan Aluise


As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this month, the stakes are high for all Americans -- not to mention politicians in a presidential election year. What these nine justices decide, and exactly how they craft their lengthy opinion, will also have a huge impact on health sector investors.


The court should announce the fate of the 2,700-page ACA, now also known as Obamacare, by June's end. Even so, Wall Street likely won’t know the full impact until well after the news breaks.


That’s because the justices must rule on multiple constitutional questions in three different cases.

 

In those three lawsuits, the court must decide four questions, and the future of health care reform hinges on their ruling for each one.

 

One bullish analyst says the company is trading at very low levels compared with other tech giants.

By Kim Peterson Jun 18, 2012 4:05PM
Image: Apple logo © BECK DIEFENBACH//ReutersAnalysts are still going nuts over Apple (AAPL), which may be the reason why the stock is up more than 2% Monday.

Brian White of Topeka Capital says the company is on track to have the most profitable year of any company ever -- ever! -- in 2012. That's a pretty wild statement. But it could make sense if Apple delivers a new iPhone, a revolutionary television and a smaller iPad later this year, as many expect.

"We believe Apple is poised to generate the highest annual net income of any publicly traded company ever," White wrote in a new report, according to BGR.  

An exhibit showing thousands of empty cans and bottles has Coca-Cola claiming copyright infringement and derogatory advertising.

By Kim Peterson Jun 18, 2012 2:46PM
A display of empty cans and bottles in South Africa has upset Coca-Cola (KO), and now the company is taking legal action to have it removed.

What's got Coke all worked up? The exhibit belongs to SodaStream (SODA) and shows how many bottles and cans the average family uses in several years. The exhibit is a glass cage filled with thousands of empty bottles, including some from Coca-Cola.

SodaStream is using the display to present itself as an environmentally friendly alternative to bottled and canned beverages. Its machine produces soda by the glass and doesn't rely on bottles or other containers. The company says its machine saves the average family from using 2,000 bottles and cans a year. 
Tags: KOSODA

While Europe dodged a bullet with the elevation of pro-bailout parties in Athens over the weekend, the situation is far from resolved. Yet stocks are set to rise anyway.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Jun 18, 2012 2:23PM

Late last year, I warned that 2012 would be a year of chaos as weakening economic fundamentals mixed with harsh austerity measures into a toxic brew that would fuel social unrest and political instability. That's starting to happen now, as Greece's flirtation with the radical left and its anti-bailout message has demonstrated.

 

While the center-right New Democracy party looks set to lead a new coalition government in Athens after Sunday's elections, much to the relief of policymakers in Europe and elsewhere, we're not out of the woods yet. Far from it.

 

The fall of the former Goldman Sachs director from the top echelons of finance could reverberate throughout the industry.

By TheWeek.com Jun 18, 2012 1:44PM

Image: Jail (© Corbis)On Friday, a jury in New York found Rajat Gupta, a former board member at Goldman Sachs (GS) and Proctor & Gamble (PG), guilty of insider trading. It was a stunning fall from grace for Gupta, 63, who overcame orphanhood in Kolkata, India, to become the head of the prestigious consulting firm McKinsey. His conviction was also the culmination of a years-long crackdown on a vast insider-trading network orchestrated by billionaire hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, who was sentenced in 2011 to 11 years in prison. 

Prosecutors have made use of a new arsenal of investigatory tools -- most notably wiretapping, which was cleared in 2010 as a way to collect evidence for insider-trading cases -- to net 60 Wall Street traders and executives in Rajaratnam's ring who have either pleaded guilty or been convicted. Will Gupta's insider trading conviction further curb bad behavior on Wall Street?

 
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The beverage company announces a $3 million philanthropic grant and expects to make significant investments in the country over the next few years.

By Benzinga Jun 18, 2012 1:09PM

By Brett Callwood, Benzinga staff writer


Soft drink giant Coca-Cola (KO) is planning to return to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, one of only three countries in the world where the company does not currently do business.


It has been 60 years since Coca-Cola had any sort of presence in Myanmar, also known as Burma -- but officially called the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. However, the beverage maker has applied for a general license to begin conducting business there.

 

Stocks are mixed as elections in Greece fail to significantly calm investors.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 18, 2012 12:40PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Microsoft
(MSFT) plans to hold a product announcement event after the bell today that has generated a good deal of buzz for Barnes & Noble (BKS). The bookseller's shares opened higher following reports that the event would be related to a tablet to be launched in partnership between the two companies, but the stock dropped after Dow Jones said B&N was not going to be involved in today's announcement.

However, near noon, Barnes & Noble shares were up about 1%, while Microsoft was down a bit more than 0.5%.  

The Olympics and a presidential election may not be the advertising bonanza some investors anticipated.

By Jonathan Berr Jun 18, 2012 12:26PM
For investors, advertising spending is like a canary in a coal mine. Unfortunately, it's starting to chirp.

ZenithOptimedia and MagnaGlobal, units of Publicis Groupe and InterPublic (IPG), on Monday lowered their forecasts for spending. ZenithOptimedia calls for global ad spending to hit $502 billion in 2012, an increase of 4.3%. That's down from a March forecast for a 4.8% increase. MagnaGlobal lowered its forecast to $480 billion, an increase of 4.8%, versus an earlier projection of 5%.
 

Hewlett-Packard comes in at No. 2 as the US reclaims the lead spots.

By Benzinga Jun 18, 2012 11:29AM
By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga

After a two-year loss, the U.S. has regained the top spot in supercomputing, thanks to a machine built by IBM (IBM).


The supercomputer -- which can be found at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory -- can produce 16.32 sustained petaflops. According to Computerworld, the ultra-powerful machine is named Sequoia and contains more than 1.57 million compute cores "and relies on architecture and parallelism, and not Moore's Law, to achieve its speeds." 

 

These shares offer regular dividends, a key to steady income. And most are rated as low risk.

By TheStockAdvisors Jun 18, 2012 10:59AM
By Beth Piskora, S&P Capital IQ, The Outlook

Investors looking for income from their investments generally want that income to be paid out regularly throughout the year.

To help investors accomplish this, we've grouped 18 stocks according to the dates on which they usually pay quarterly dividends. By purchasing just six issues -- one in each time slot -- you would receive two dividend checks per month.  

Celgene is downgraded to 'sector perform,' and eBay is initiated with an 'outperform.'

By MSN Money Partner Jun 18, 2012 10:47AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:  
  • Amerigroup (AGP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
  • Groupon (GRPN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
  • VeriFone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
 

Companies are busy defending their outlooks to a market that expects the worst. That's bullish, not bearish.

By Jim Cramer Jun 18, 2012 10:35AM

No offense. All defense. That's what every day feels like these days. "So-and-so is out defending Boeing (BA) against stories of slowing orders." "Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) defended on Amazon (AMZN) competition." "McDonald's (MCD) defended on slowing Asia." "Starbucks (SBUX) defended on slowing Europe." "Harman (HAR) defended on Apple's (AAPL) Siri incursion into autos." "Nike (NKE) defended on possibly faltering Asian sales."

 

I find this kind of research to be reflective of how negative everything has become. These aren't upgrades. They aren't new, positive catalysts. They are simply attempts to try to defend a decline that may or may not be warranted.

 

The world's largest drugmaker plans to spin off its animal health unit, which should boost its stock.

By Gene Marcial Jun 18, 2012 10:31AM

Pfizer (PFE) isn't just developing more innovative drugs to stay on top of the global health care business. The world's biggest research-based pharmaceutical company also continues to look for ways to enhance shareholder value.


Spinning off its animal health care division, which generated sales of $4.2 billion in 2011, is its latest investor-incentive brainstorm.

 
Tags: PFE

The automaker and the tech giant are battling it out over in-car communication technology.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Jun 18, 2012 9:29AM

By Emily Knapp


Apple (AAPL) wants us take its popular virtual assistant Siri along for the ride. So far there has been no shortage of automakers willing to be guinea pigs for Apple's new Eyes Free feature, which will essentially replicate the iPhone's Siri button on car steering wheels, allowing drivers to converse with Siri through car speakers.


But while Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Honda (HMC), General Motors (GM), Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes and Toyota (TM) have already agreed to integrate the feature, Ford (F) was noticeably absent from the list of willing participants presented at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.

 

The software giant could unveil a tablet computer, while the pet supply retailer is raising its dividend.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 18, 2012 8:35AM
By Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet.com

Microsoft (MSFT) has a media event scheduled for Monday at which the software giant could unveil a tablet computer developed in conjunction with Barnes & Noble (BKS). According to TechCrunch, Microsoft has a tablet/e-reader on tap and it will be entertainment-driven.

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble announced a strategic partnership in late April with Microsoft investing $300 million in the venture. Shares of Microsoft ticked down 2 cents, or 0.07%, in premarket trading Monday to $30. 

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