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By The Fiscal Times Aug 6, 2012 11:52AM
Couple with laptop (© Daly and Newton/OJO Images/Getty Images)By Suzanne McGeeThe Fiscal Times

In the months since Facebook (FB) made its unpromising debut on the Nasdaq Stock Market, investors have collectively rendered their verdict on the value of the company's stock. As of late Friday, they decreed a share in the premier social networking company is worth $21 -- well below the $38 a share that underwriters managed to obtain three months ago.

Could it be that the skepticism for Facebook's prospects is as irrational as the exuberance leading up to the IPO last May? 

Kraft is upgraded to 'buy,' while Progressive is downgraded to 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Aug 6, 2012 11:40AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com  

Monday's noteworthy initiations:
  • Apollo Residential Mortgage (AMTG) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities
  • Echo Therapeutics (ECTE) initiated with a Buy at Ascendiant
  • Capital CVR Energy (CVI) initiated with a Neutral from Not-Rated at Goldman
 

This stock offers exposure to two attractive market sectors in one company.

By TheStockAdvisors Aug 6, 2012 11:13AM
Image: Dentist working on a computer © Andersen Ross/Brand X Pictures/Getty ImagesBy Chuck Carlson, DRIP Investor

Technology and health care are two of the more attractive sectors for long-term investors. Agilent Technologies (A) gives you quality exposure to both industries.

The company provides measurement and testing equipment used in a host of industries, including communications, electronics, chemicals, and healthcare and life sciences. Profits are expected to be a record this year, and the company's long-term growth should exceed the growth rate of the overall economy. 
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A potential conversion to a REIT could boost the valuation of this data center operator.

By TheStockAdvisors Aug 6, 2012 10:35AM
Image: Silver globe with twinkling lights (© Tetra Images/Getty Images)By Mike Cintolo, Cabot Top Ten Trader

As the online world transfers more data and as more applications are hosted in the cloud, Equinix (EQIX) is sure to benefit.

The stock has been a leader all year, breaking out in a big way in early January, climbing higher for months, and now re-asserting itself on the upside. The reason for the recent renewed strength in the stock was a bullish quarterly report and outlook -- sales rose 18%, with recurring revenue making up 95% of the total.  
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What can a real oil company do? It can earn money.

By Jim Cramer Aug 6, 2012 9:57AM
Can we stipulate that this is a ridiculous market? Our payroll numbers weren't so strong as to warrant such a rally. The Europeans are doing nothing. China is hopium.

 

But it doesn't matter. The signals are all clear even for stuff of which it shouldn't be all clear.

 

Earnings season is wrappping up with Dillard's, Tyson and Cognizant reporting today.

By MSN Money Partner Aug 6, 2012 9:21AM

By Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet.com

 

Knight Capital Group (KCG) is discussing a possible rescue involving TD Ameritrade (AMTD), Getco and other investors, according to a report.

 

Under the plan being discussed, TD Ameritrade and Getco would be the primary investors in a consortium of more than six entities that would provide a total of $400 million in capital to Knight, The Wall Street Journal reported. A Knight representative declined to comment, the Journal said.

 

August downtime gives you an opportunity to review your holdings. Use these picks to plug holes in your portfolio.

By John Reese Aug 6, 2012 8:38AM

With the summer now more than half over and perhaps some August downtime approaching, this is a good time to reassess where your portfolio stands and make sure you're taking advantage of the best opportunities in the market.

 

With that in mind, I thought I would use my Validea.com Guru Strategies -- stock-picking approaches that are based on the strategies of investing greats like Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett -- to find some stocks that fit specific needs right now.

 
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The automaker is getting killed in Europe, and it can't rely on US sales alone. It needs to catch up in China.

By Kim Peterson Aug 3, 2012 5:59PM
Image: China (© Digital Vision Ltd./SuperStock)Ford (F) has always taken the high road in China, offering pricier models and refusing to compete at the low end. That was a mistake.

Ford didn't get into China at all until 2002, nearly 10 years behind General Motors (GM) and decades behind Volkswagen (VLKAY), Bloomberg reports. And it just hasn't been able to make waves there since then.

Ford only has about 2.4% of China's light-vehicle market. 
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Chipotle is seeing a slowdown in sales growth. Could that have anything to do with Taco Bell's new momentum?

By Kim Peterson Aug 3, 2012 3:07PM
The chief financial officer of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) has completely dismissed any suggestion that his company is suffering as Taco Bell's business has surged.

Is he right? Let's look at the facts.

Taco Bell, owned by Yum Brands (YUM), saw same-store sales soar 13% in the quarter ended June 16. Taco Bell's impressive showing was fueled largely by its Doritos Locos Tacos, which launched in March and became the most successful launch in company history. 

Although earnings for the online ad company comfortably beat estimates, revenue falls short.

By Zacks.com Aug 3, 2012 1:59PM

‎By Zacks Equity Research
 

ValueClick Inc. (VCLK) reported mixed second-quarter 2012 results. Although earnings comfortably beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 15 cents, revenue was well short of the estimate of $173 million.


Revenue increased 28.7% year over year to $160.9 million in the quarter and was ahead of management's guided range of $155 million to $160 million. ValueClick realigned its business segments during the second quarter. The company now reports in three segments: Media, Affiliate Marketing and Owned & Operated. Media now includes the erstwhile Mediaplex technology business.

 

The US economy added 163,000 jobs last month -- far more than expected, but not enough to keep the unemployment rate from rising.

By TheWeek.com Aug 3, 2012 1:25PM

Image: Resume (© Dynamic Graphics/age fotostock/age fotostock)Defying expectations, the U.S. economy added 163,000 jobs in July, according to a Labor Department report released Friday. Most analysts had predicted monthly growth of just 100,000 jobs, but surprising growth in the education and health services sectors -- which lost jobs in June, but gained 38,000 jobs in July -- helped tip the balance. 


Meanwhile, manufacturing added 25,000 posts, and professional and business services added 49,000. Still, the unemployment rate crept up to 8.3%. 

 

Stocks climb as the monthly jobs report boosts investor optimism and wipes out losses generated by Central Bank disappointments.

By MSN Money Partner Aug 3, 2012 1:06PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Procter & Gamble (PG) shares rose over 3% after its earnings beat consensus. However, the company's view of next quarter's earnings fell short of the Street's consensus. 

Among others reporting earnings, CBS (CBS) and Kraft (KFT) advanced while Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and WellCare (WCG) declined.
 

Quarterly reports from LinkedIn and Yelp help clarify the social network giant's lack of focus and purpose.

By Minyanville.com Aug 3, 2012 12:38PM
Image: Couple with laptop (© Daly and Newton/OJO Images/Getty Images)LinkedIn (LNKD) just strengthened its position as the Wall Street darling of social media stocks after the close Thursday, reporting stronger-than-expected revenue and raising its full-year outlook.
 
The company has three revenue streams -- and all of them are looking good. Advertising revenue grew 64% year over year. Revenue from job postings and related recruiting services rose 107%. Premium subscription sales rose 82%. 

The packaged food company continues with its acquisition spree.

By Zacks.com Aug 3, 2012 12:13PM

Image: Woman and refrigerator (© Photos.com/Jupiterimages)By Zacks Equity Research
      

ConAgra Foods (CAG) recently announced a deal with Unilever Plc (UL) to take over its North American frozen meal business. ConAgra paid out $265 million for the takeover and added the premium Bertolli and P.F. Chang's brands to its frozen foods portfolio.


The deal marks the fifth acquisition for the company within a year, following on the heels of the purchase of National Pretzel Company, Del Monte Canada, Odom's Tennessee Pride and Kangaroo Brands. 

 

Equities rise out of a multi-month trading range as investors focus on metals.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Aug 3, 2012 12:10PM

It seems the stock market's multi-month funk is finally ending on a combination of central bank stimulus hopes, a better-than-expected payroll report and word that beleaguered brokerage Knight Capital (KCG) has received access to capital and will live to fight after Wednesday's disastrous computer trading system malfunction.

 

The NYSE Composite is on track to challenge highs hit earlier this year. I've been saying for weeks that this was a perfect time for greed, not fear, as investors have pulled cash out of the market. Now the upside is happening. Here's how to play it, with a focus on gold and silver.

 

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