Why stocks are in for a rough ride this week
Stocks in for a rough ride this week

Longtime market bull Jeremy Siegel says investors could realize the market is behind the curve on interest rates.

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The biggest planting season since 1937 will drive profits for the leading maker of nitrogen fertilizer.

By MoneyShow.com Apr 3, 2012 4:00PM

By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com


The last time US farmers were preparing to plant this much corn, nylon was just invented and the first Social Security benefits recently paid, amid warnings from Father Charles Coughlin that the New Deal would lead to a dictatorship.


Of course, yields per acre in 1937 were less than a fifth of what they are today. But domestic demand was a lot lower as well, China was not a major importer, and 40% of the corn crop wasn’t earmarked for burning as ethanol.

 
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The house that Whopper built shakes things up by offering smoothies and salads alongside its artery-clogging burgers and fries

By TheWeek.com Apr 3, 2012 3:20PM

Burger King is rolling out 10 new dishes — the largest expansion of its menu since the venerable burger chain first opened its doors in 1954. The additions include smoothies, snack wraps, and salads, and are notable for being much healthier than Burger King's usual calorie-bomb fare.

 

The shake up is part of a broader campaign to resuscitate the company, which last year fell to the number-three slot in the burger chain hierarchy, behind McDonald's (MCD) and Wendy's (WEN). The overhaul will include a makeover of restaurants that have gone to seed, and a new advertising blitz featuring Jay Leno, David Beckham, Mary J. Blige, and other celebrities (watch one of the ads here).

 

A second U.S. carrier has begun charging for carry-on luggage that goes into overhead bins.

By Kim Peterson Apr 3, 2012 3:05PM
Image: Man pulling suitcase in airport © Keith Brofsky/UpperCut Images/Getty ImagesIf you bring your own bag on an Allegiant Air (ALGT) flight and put it in an overhead bin, it will cost you.

The airline said it start charging a $35 fee to passengers who take up overhead space. I imagine Allegiant will soon have the roomiest overhead bins in the business.

You can still bring a purse or a briefcase with you for free, as long as it fits under the seat. Anything bigger than that, and you'll have to pay. 
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Outdoor recreation retailer is positioned for strong growth.

By Zacks.com Apr 3, 2012 2:22PM

Image: Snowboard (© Photodisc Blue/Getty Images)By Zacks Equity Research


In a move to tone down liquidity risk, World's Foremost Bank, a fully owned subsidiary of Cabela's Inc. (CAB), recently announced the renewal of a $225 million accord for three years with Wells Fargo Bank, a unit of Wells Fargo & Company (WFC).


The renewal is aligned to the variable funding notes issued by Cabela's Credit Card Master Note Trust.

 

Across the board, automakers said that fuel-efficient vehicles were in demand as gas prices creep up.

By Kim Peterson Apr 3, 2012 1:57PM
Image: Car salesman showing couple new silver hatchback in car showroom © Juice Images/Cultura/Getty ImagesUpdated 4:35 p.m. ET

High gas prices aren't hurting car sales at all. The major automakers saw strong sales in March as people rushed to replace older cars with more fuel-efficient vehicles.

But even with a double-digit sales increase, General Motors (GM) didn't do as well as many analysts predicted for the month. The automaker's sales rose 11.8% to 231,052 vehicles -- a nice increase, but less than the 19% analysts expected.

Investors responded by taking GM shares down 4.5% Tuesday to close at $25.54.  
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These 3 big drug stocks offer attractive yields and relative safety heading into the more challenging summer months.

By MoneyShow.com Apr 3, 2012 1:57PM

Image: Medical doctor (© Adam Gault/Digital Vision/Getty Images)By Tom Aspray


The health-care sector had a good first quarter. The Select Sector SPDR Health Care (XLV) was up 8.8% and is now very close to the all-time highs from 2007 at $37.89. 


The health-care sector is in a strong seasonal period, and as we head into more difficult summer months, the more defensive nature of this sector further adds to its appeal.

 

Zacks' panel of experts offers its top stock picks for the industrial services, firearm and real estate industries.

By Zacks.com Apr 3, 2012 1:26PM
The Zacks' panel of experts covers its top stock picks for the industrial services, firearm and real estate industries. 

Stocks covered include Fastenal (FAST), Strum Ruger (RGR) and Post Properties (PPS).

Plus, Zacks' experts weigh in on what to expect in the upcoming quarter. 

With new products on tap, the tech company could see a turnaround in the second half of 2012.

By TheStockAdvisors Apr 3, 2012 1:11PM
By Paul McWilliams, Next Inning

One of the readers of the Next Inning newsletter suggested that Nokia (NOK) seems to be getting quite good press and that its new product announcements look promising.

I completely agree. 
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Stocks edge lower ahead of FOMC minutes.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 3, 2012 1:00PM
Information provided by theflyonthewall.com.

Stocks on Wall Street were lower midday Tuesday, as investors await the afternoon release of the Federal Open Market Committee minutes.

The market began the day slightly lower but quickly turned mixed as the Nasdaq moved into positive territory. The averages never really gained any upside momentum and drifted until finally succumbing to a round of selling.  

For most investors, prudence dictates looking beyond gold to other commodities or asset classes.

By The Fiscal Times Apr 3, 2012 12:28PM
Image: Gold Bars (© Stockbyte/SuperStock)By Suzanne McGeeThe Fiscal Times

Stocks weren't the only investment winners in the first quarter of 2012. After a sharp pullback at the end of last year, gold futures wrapped up March with a three-day winning streak that left the precious metal at $1,669.30 an ounce, up 6.6% for the year so far.

But pundits remains sharply divided on whether investors should add to any existing holdings of gold now.  

The brewer is looking to buy growth abroad, but the $3.54 billion deal is no slam dunk.

By Jonathan Berr Apr 3, 2012 12:15PM
Image: Beer (© Corbis)Faced with lackluster U.S. beer sales, Molson Coors (TAP) Tuesday agreed to purchase StarBev, owner of nine breweries in Europe, for $3.54 billion.

The Colorado brewer is hoping to bolster sales overseas. While success is far from a given, the acquisition is worth the risk.    
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We might be looking at the best possible scenario: growth without inflation.

By Jim Cramer Apr 3, 2012 11:24AM

One look at the charts shows a second quarter that looks like oil's going to collapse, not just natural gas, and regional banks plus housing are about to roar.

 

You always get suspicious when the charts are so uniform. Is there a price that people who own Ultra Petroleum (UPL) and Southwestern Energy (SWN) won't sell at? Can Apache (APA) hold any level? What is going to happen to Baker Hughes (BHI), which seems to have no bottom?

 

But remember: Repurchases don't always pay off for investors.

By InvestorPlace Apr 3, 2012 10:54AM

By Jeff Reeves

 

Standard & Poor's recently reported that stock buybacks are finally on the decline after almost three years of increases. Stock buybacks are a fairly common way for companies to return wealth to their shareholders. Although not as tangible as dividends, which get mailed directly to anyone owning the stock, the mechanics of a share buyback also can provide shareholder value and give shares a boost.

 

Consider that while Apple (AAPL) made waves with the announcement of a long-awaited dividend, at $2.65 a share, the tech giant also committed $10 billion toward stock buybacks at the same time. There's a reason the company made these two big announcements hand-in-hand.

 

Despite difficult times, the global long-term prospects for nuclear plant construction remain strong.

By TheStockAdvisors Apr 3, 2012 10:13AM

By Stephen Leeb, The Complete Investor

Down, but not out. That's perhaps the best way to describe Shaw Group (SHAW), which suffered through a dreadful fiscal 2011. The company lost more than $2 a share as Europe's debt crisis and fears of global slowdown caused many major construction and engineering projects to be delayed or shelved.

The tragic Fukushima disaster, which dealt a temporary blow to nuclear power development, was a further headwind last year. But now Shaw is bouncing back.

 

The drugstore chain hopes to maintain its relationship and existing long-term contracts with Medco.

By Trefis Apr 3, 2012 9:23AM
Express Scripts announced Monday that it has completed its $29.1 billion acquisition of Medco Health Solutions (MHS). The markets will be weighing the implications for Walgreen (WAG).

Walgreen walked out of Express Scripts (ESRX) network last year because of disagreements on reimbursement rates, losing more than $4 billion worth of business. Is it at risk of losing even more prescription business now that Medco will be folded into Express Scripts? 

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[BRIEFING.COM] The major averages ended the midweek session with slim gains after showing some intraday volatility in reaction to the release of the latest policy directive from the Federal Open Market Committee. The S&P 500 added 0.1%, while the relative strength among small caps sent the Russell 2000 higher by 0.3%.

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