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Surge is back from the dead

Coca-Cola launched the soda brand in the 1990s to compete with Mountain Dew. Sales didn't exactly take off.


Hackers attack a pipeline that services credit card transactions, exposing more than one million customers to fraud

By Apr 2, 2012 5:31PM

Image: Man paying with credit card © UpperCut Images/UpperCut Images/Getty ImagesGlobal Payments (GPN), a little-known third-party processor of credit-card transactions, has admitted that its security defenses were breached by hackers, leaving more than 1 million customers of Visa (V), MasterCard (MA), and other companies vulnerable to fraud.

Visa and MasterCard were quick to reassure customers that they would be covered for any losses from theft, but the attack nevertheless is raising concerns about the security of the credit-card payment system. The incident is also casting a spotlight on Global Payments and other companies that help execute credit-card transactions, and that could be less secure than bigger companies like Visa.

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Despite large first-quarter gains, 2 big Dow stocks show strong monthly chart formations and are worthy of new buying.

By Apr 2, 2012 5:27PM

By Tom Aspray,

The first-quarter gain of over 8% in the Dow Industrials was impressive, but many of the Dow stocks fared much better. One of the most oversold Dow stocks in the October scan was Caterpillar (CAT), which was up 17.6% in the first quarter, but it trailed the huge 38.2% gain posted by JPMorgan Chase (JPM).

My monthly scan identifies stocks that are closest to either their upper Starc band (Starc+) or lower Starc band (Starc-).


A few short years ago, Research In Motion's device was the undisputed smartphone king. Now the company's latest earnings report is being called a 'train wreck.'

By Apr 2, 2012 5:24PM

The latest earnings report from Research In Motion (RIMM) (commonly known as RIM), the Canadian manufacturer of the BlackBerry smartphone, is nothing less than a "train wreck," says John Paczkowski at All Things D.

With more and more customers ditching their BlackBerries for Apple (AAPL) iPhones and Google (GOOG) Android-supported devices, RIM failed to meet sales expectations for the fifth-straight quarter, and officials are hinting that the once-dominant smartphone maker might put itself up for sale.


The chain tries to lighten up with healthier menu options -- and it looks to its larger rival for ideas.

By Kim Peterson Apr 2, 2012 4:52PM
Burger King, desperate to recover after losing the No. 2 industry spot to Wendy's (WEN), has a new menu.

Actually, call it a McMenu. That's because most of the 10 new items on the menu can already be found at McDonald's (MCD).

The Caesar salad with grilled chicken and dressing? Check. The crispy chicken snack wrap? Check. Honey mustard snack wrap? Check. Strawberry banana smoothie, mocha frappe and caramel frappe? You got it. 

The Brazilian steelmaker is performing against headwinds -- and more good news lies ahead.

By Jim J. Jubak Apr 2, 2012 4:24PM
Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau (GGB) turned in a great performance in the first quarter -- a 23.90% gain -- against considerable headwinds. 

I see those headwinds falling in velocity for the remainder of 2012 -- which suggests good things for the stock. With the ADRs trading at $9.93 Monday afternoon, I'll continue to hold these shares in my Jubak's Picks portfolio. I am cutting my target price for the end of 2012, however, to $14.80 from $16.80 on the relatively slow recovery in Brazil from the growth slump engineered in 2011 by the country’s central bank in order to fight inflation.
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The Affordable Care Act implies a major reform in the public and private health insurance industry, which should increase demand for drugs and diagnostic equipment.

By Trefis Apr 2, 2012 3:49PM

When President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), popularly known as "Obamacare," in March 2010, it received large amounts of praise and criticism. Most people seem to feel strongly one way or the other.


The polarizing response and the underlying reasons for it are quite intriguing and lie at the core beliefs of fundamental rights governing healthcare and the government's ability to enforce these rights. As research analysts, we consider how this impacts healthcare companies such as Abbott Labs (ABT), Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).


It's time for a more realistic Plan B.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Apr 2, 2012 3:35PM

By Dan Caplinger


If you happen to be one of the winners of the Mega Millions jackpot from over the weekend, then by all means, skip the rest of this article. But for the rest of us losers -- which sadly includes yours truly -- it's time to get real about coming up with a plan for financial security that doesn't involve a 175 million-to-1 long shot.


Looking for the easy way out
I've got nothing against throwing away a dollar or two for the chance at winning millions. After all, it's not every day that you get a chance at a nine-figure payday -- and just the entertainment value alone of pondering the impact that a $640 million jackpot could have is worth something.


With its multi-channel approach, this firm is positioned at the forefront of today's changing retailing sector.

By TheStockAdvisors Apr 2, 2012 3:30PM
By Geoffrey Seiler,

Nordstrom (JWN) is truly at the forefront of the evolving retail marketplace with the way it has embraced a multi-channel approach (department store, website with free shipping, off-price concept, and flash sale website HauteLook).

In addition, the company has built up its technology, distribution, and fulfillment infrastructure. In the near term, its investment spending will be a drag on the bottom line, but it is a long-term positive. 
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These US-listed investments can grab a large stake in global trends without the high fees and difficulty of investing in individual stocks abroad.

By Apr 2, 2012 3:16PM

RDM Financial CEO Ron Weiner advises individuals to use ETFs and mutual funds for emerging-world exposure. He also likes sovereign debt in several emerging nations, he explains to's Kate Stalter.

Kate Stalter: Ron Weiner is the CEO and founder of RDM Financial Group. Ron, I understand that your investment philosophy involves quite a bit of exposure to emerging markets in some way. Can you tell us about that?


If the market's strong first quarter has you worried that investors are too bullish, try switching to defensive plays.

By John Reese Apr 2, 2012 1:59PM

Image: Bull (© Photographers Choice RF/SuperStock)Ever since the 2008 market collapse and financial crisis, many investors have been suffering from a fear of heights.

Whenever the market goes on a nice upward run, they get fearful -- very fearful -- with the still-fresh scars of the '08 crash leading them to think that what goes up will certainly come down. That's what seems to be happening right now. With the market having a very strong first quarter, fears have arisen that things are too good, and sentiment is overly bullish.


As gas prices climb, automakers are scrambling to produce vehicles that won't give you much pain at the pump.

By Kim Peterson Apr 2, 2012 1:45PM
The price of gas has climbed to $3.93 a gallon, on average, from $3.76 a month ago. And that weighed heavily on car buyers' minds in March.

Shoppers turned their focus to smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles, hoping to get some relief at the pump.

General Motors (GM) has 12 vehicles that do at least 30 mpg on the highway, and each of those was a sales winner in March. Combined, those 12 models contributed to 100,000 in sales for the month -- a record for GM. 
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Before the iPod, everyone's headphones were plugged into the Sony Walkman. But as the Walkman lost its relevance, Sony seemed to, as well.

By Apr 2, 2012 1:41PM

Like Xerox (XRX), Kleenex, and Google (GOOG), Sony's (SNE) Walkman was the rare brand that was so popular it became the thing itself. The Japanese electronics giant was ubiquitous in other ways, too, and there was a time when it seemed as if everyone owned a Sony device, whether it was a television, a camcorder, or a stereo. But in the Apple (AAPL) iPad age, Sony seems to have all but disappeared from the marketplace for must-have gadgets.

What happened? And how can its new CEO, Kazuo Hirai, turn the company around? Here, a guide to Sony's woes:


The biotech has brighter prospects than its valuation suggests.

By Melly Alazraki Apr 2, 2012 1:30PM
Image: Insurance Money (© Comstock Images/Jupiterimages)Last week was a busy one for Amgen (AMGN), with good news mixed in with bad.


The largest biotech in the world lost its anemia drug monopoly in the U.S., but also announced good results for experimental drugs that have the potential to tap huge markets.


The question now is whether the good news outweighs the bad.


Stocks are at session highs after better-than-expected manufacturing reports in the U.S. and China.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 2, 2012 1:15PM
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Stock futures were a bit lower in pre-market trading Monday on renewed concern the eurozone has fallen into a recession after manufacturing data there disappointed.

The averages opened lower in what looked like a rocky beginning to the second quarter of trading. The averages soon found a level, however, where they sat and then built from. Construction spending for the month of February showed a decline, which analysts had not predicted. The ISM manufacturing report, though, was slightly ahead of expectations and the prices-paid report was also better, giving investors a reason to buy into the market. The averages soon turned positive and now stand near fresh recovery highs. 

Investors bet on a gradual recovery in the housing sector.

By Gene Marcial Apr 2, 2012 12:08PM
Image: Home under construction (© Corbis)With headlines about the economy's recovery turning more positive, investors have started to seriously scout for growth-but-less-risky stock plays in one of the most depressed sectors of the economy: housing.

While the turnaround is expected to be gradual, some companies associated with the industry have already started to shine.



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