Why stocks are in for a rough ride this week
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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
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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.

 

Will the car-sharing service be the victim of its own success?

By Jonathan Berr Aug 3, 2012 11:37AM
Image: Frustrated woman driving car © Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Getty ImagesZipcar (ZIP) shares were falling off a cliff Friday -- tumbling 36% near noon -- as investors fled the car-sharing service after it reported worse-than-expected results and slashed its earnings outlook.

The company reported a net loss in the last quarter of $422,000, or 1 cent a share, narrower than the year-ago net loss of $5.6 million, or 17 cents a share. Revenue surged 15% to $70.8 million as Zipcar launched new services in Chicago, Austin and Toronto. Total members rose 21% to more than 731,000 at the end of the last quarter, which lagged the company's expectations. Analysts had expected a break-even quarter on revenue of $73.06 million. 
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One of the First Lady's favorite clothing retailers is trying its luck in the world's most populous nation, but Chinese shoppers may be puzzled by the brand.

By TheWeek.com Aug 3, 2012 11:25AM

J.Crew, the popular clothing retailer favored by First Lady Michelle Obama (now a private company), is planning to expand into China, whose booming consumer market continues to attract U.S. companies of all stripes.

 

However, while J. Crew has enjoyed a domestic resurgence in recent years under CEO Mickey Drexler, the company has had bad luck overseas, shuttering its operation in Japan four years ago after dismal sales. Today, J. Crew has no stores outside Canada and the U.S., and it's an open question whether the retailer's mid-range brand of "cashmere cardigans and Capri pants" can find success in Asia. 

 

The movie rental company's shares can be hazardous to your portfolio's health, and its survival hinges on one thing: being acquired.

By TheStreet Staff Aug 3, 2012 10:57AM

By Richard Saintvilus

 

Two weeks ago, as shares of Netflix (NFLX) were trading at $86.65, I asked whether the struggling Internet movie streaming giant can stay afloat and survive the unrelenting assaults it continues to receive not only from rivals such as Amazon.com (AMZN), Time Warner (TWX) and Coinstar (CSTR) (Redbox) but also from those that have yet to fully enter the market -- such as Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG).

 

My question was obviously rhetorical, and I followed up that article with another one listing the reasons Netflix couldn't survive those attacks.

 

Whole Foods is upgraded to 'overweight,' while Zipcar is downgraded to 'underweight.'

By Jonathan Berr Aug 3, 2012 10:24AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com.
 
Friday's noteworthy upgrades

LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland Securities
Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Ralcorp (RAH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
Sunoco Logistics (SXL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James
 

This lack of liquidity has led to a whole new set of rules.

By Jim Cramer Aug 3, 2012 9:58AM

These 10% moves are a little ridiculous these days. I have to tell you that the 10% move Thursday in Bristol-Myers (BMY) was about as ridiculous as I have ever seen.

 

Yes, the big call on a big anti-Hep C drug might be off the table and investors have a fascination for anything that can beat Hep C. Bristol paid a couple of billion for a company that's working on one, so I get the disappointment.

 

Here's an easy, time-tested strategy to outperform the Dow industrials with a 5-stock portfolio.

By TheStockAdvisors Aug 3, 2012 9:55AM
By Mark Skousen, Forecasts & Strategies

In August of each year since 1994, I highlight the "Flying Five Strategy." To compile this annual portfolio, I recommend purchase of the five Dow Industrial average stocks with the lowest price from a list of the ten-highest yielding Dow stocks.

This mechanical technique, created by Michael O’Higgins and John Downs in their 1991 book, "Beating the Dow," aims to best the stock index by finding the best bargains. 

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