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The 2009 merger that created the leading tool maker is still paying bottom-line dividends, even as the US housing recovery looms as a bullish catalyst.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 7, 2012 6:43PM

Image: Young man and woman holding power tools, low section (© Thomas Barwick/Photodisc/Getty Images)By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com


Investors waiting for the stock market to come in to get a second crack at some of the 24 percentage points racked up since the October low could be waiting a while.


But if and when they do decide to jump in, they should hope for timing half as good as that displayed by hand-tools leader StanleyWorks when it snapped up the power-tool maker Black & Decker in the fall of 2009.

 
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Two words in politics truly scare financial markets: Ron Paul.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 7, 2012 6:36PM
Image: Politics (© Jim Zook/Images.com/Corbis)By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal TimesThe Fiscal Times

Trying to predict how financial markets will respond to politics is a mug's game, especially when it's still impossible to tell who's going to challenge President Obama as the Republican Party's presidential candidate.

Republicans portray themselves as the party devoted to free markets and unrestrained capitalism, and any market-shaking comments in debate forums or political ads will likely be more prevalent in the final race, rather than the Republican primary battle. 

Have something to say about McDonald's? You might just get a discount.

By Benzinga Mar 7, 2012 5:41PM

Image: African-American woman shopping online (© Ariel Skelley/Blend Images/Getty Images)By Daniel James Hayden IV, Benzinga Staff Writer


American Express (AXP) and Twitter have teamed up to offer discounts when American Express cardholders send advertising messages to their Twitter followers.


It's a pretty clever idea. The companies can create a small army of advertising minions at very little cost. And Twitter users feel like they're getting a deal as well. The only people getting the short end of the stick are the Twitter followers who get subjected to all the shilling.

 

When promising stocks revive and the economy helps them, there's a lot of opportunity.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 7, 2012 5:19PM

By Rob DeFrancesco, Tech Stock Prospector


There was a lot of caution heading into the fiscal first-quarter earnings report from F5 Networks (FFIV).


As it turned out, that caution was unwarranted. The company delivered on both the top and bottom lines. Per-share earnings of $1.03 beat the consensus estimate by two cents, and revenue rose 19.9% to $322.4 million, above the consensus estimate of $319.1 million and the guidance range of $315 million to $320 million.

 
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Wednesday's rebound is not unexpected, but this likely oversold bounce should lead to a deeper correction -- and more buying opportunities.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 7, 2012 5:08PM

Image: Arrow Down Umbrella (© Photographers Choice RF/SuperStock)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


Since Dec. 21, 2011, the S&P 500 had not touched its 20-day exponential moving average (EMA) until Tuesday, when it closed almost 1% below it. ETFs like the Spyder Trust (SPY) gapped below their 20-day EMAs.


As I said last week, the sharp decline in the Russell 2000 Advance/Decline (A/D) line sends a strong warning that investors should not get caught up in the euphoria at current levels. The market internals were very weak on Tuesday, and they have confirmed the deterioration evident over the past few weeks.

 

Western Gas Partners has seen double-digit gains in a matter of months.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 7, 2012 4:54PM
Image: Natural gas plant (© Kevin Burke/Corbis)Western Gas Partners (WES) hit my target price of $40 a share on Jan. 23 and kept rising, reaching $46.12 on March 1. Now, it looks like it's pulling back a bit with the rest of the market.

Sell? Hold? What have I been waiting for? My gain on Western Gas Partners was 22.6% as of the close on March 6 from Nov. 16, 2011, when I added it to my Jubak’s Picks portfolio. 

I was waiting for the master limited partnership's fourth quarter earnings report on Feb. 27, actually. I wanted to see what the partnership's list of growth projects looked like.
 
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The music service is losing money, but it could be reaping the benefits of the growth of mobile.

By Minyanville Mar 7, 2012 4:34PM
Image: Driving home (© gehringj/Vetta/Getty Images)Investors are laying into Pandora (P) Wednesday after the music-streaming service reported a massive fourth-quarter loss and issued a disappointing sales outlook for the first quarter.

The stock was down 24% in the late afternoon to $10.85 -- well below the $16 price from its June initial public offering.

Pandora was one of the highest-profile tech IPOs of 2011 but one of the hardest to call. It uses algorithms to custom-pick songs and artists for users. Its service is free with advertisements or $36 per year on a premium basis.  

Yelp is already running into trouble, and the investors who jumped in right after the IPO are hurting.

By Jim Cramer Mar 7, 2012 4:21PM

It's happening again, the big losses on the big dot-coms. If I had hair, I'd be pulling it out, because I know I have clearly failed at my mission to get people not to buy at the red-hot aftermarket "deals."

 

The latest? Yelp (YELP). The stock flew right out of the chute last Friday and now it is plummeting, and those who bought in the aftermarket have no idea what they own or why they own it ... other than it was hot.

 

The retailer will shutter at least 180 locations through 2015 and turn its focus to online growth and international expansion.

By Kim Peterson Mar 7, 2012 3:39PM
Image: Teens with MP3 player (© RubberBall/SuperStock)Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) has been closing U.S. stores for a while now, with 135 shuttered in the past two years. That's not going to stop anytime soon.

The retailer will close at least 180 more underperforming stores through 2015 as their leases expire. It might even buy out the leases in other cases, executive Eric Cerny said Wednesday at an investing conference.

The company's U.S. store count was down to 946 at the end of January. So taking 180 more out of the mix is about a 20% reduction. That's pretty significant. 
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The new incarnation of the tablet is slick, but that's only the beginning of why the company's stock is great.

By InvestorPlace Mar 7, 2012 3:32PM

By Jeff Reeves


ipad 3 investorplaceApple (AAPL) was the center of attention Wednesday -- isn’t it always? -- at a press event in San Francisco. Consumer electronics fans were eagerly awaiting iPad release news, especially the date that the new tablet will be available.


They weren’t disappointed. The new iPad will include a host of features, including a slick new display, HD video recording and voice dictation.


But for investors, this in-demand gadget is only one tiny reason you should snap up this excellent investment for your portfolio. Here are five reasons Apple is better than ever:

 

With or without merger approval, Express Scripts and Medco are solid growth companies.

By Gene Marcial Mar 7, 2012 3:08PM

Image: Pills (© MedicalRF.com/Corbis)Sometime in the next two months the Federal Trade Commission will hand down its ruling on whether to embrace or reject Express Scripts' (ESRX) $29 billion acquisition of its bigger rival Medco Health Solutions (MHS). Wall Street isn't so sure the FTC will go for it, but some mergers-and-acquisitions pros think the agency will.

 

It doesn't really matter. 

 
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We don't expect the online reviews site to turn cash-flow positive before 2013.

By Trefis Mar 7, 2012 2:25PM
Image: Couple looking at computer (© Corbis)Yelp (YELP) is one of the largest online business search, review and recommendation services. It enables consumers to access ratings and read reviews of local businesses -- from hotels and restaurants to salons and mechanics -- on its website. The businesses are reviewed and rated by contributors. 

Yelp's stock price reached a high of around $25 on its IPO day last week, but crashed to $20 the very next trading day. 
 

Consumer tastes are shifting to spirits and other interesting beverage choices, and brewing companies are responding.

By Kim Peterson Mar 7, 2012 2:11PM
Image: Couple ordering meal in restaurant © NULL/CorbisThe trend is unmistakable. Beer has lost momentum in the beverage industry, taking a back seat to wine and especially spirits.

Brands like Skinnygirl Cocktails are advertising heavily and attracting new consumers. Bartenders are having a field day with new flavors like Pinnacle's Whipped Cream vodka. Beer, meanwhile, has seen sales volumes skid for three years running.

So beer makers are going exotic, developing new varieties that might make a traditional beer drinker cringe. 

Aging 2G network is a drag on wireless carrier's 4G LTE expansion.

By Trefis Mar 7, 2012 2:03PM
Image: Worried Man (© John Howard/Getty Images/Getty Images)AT&T (T) seems to be readying plans to gradually phase out its older 2G networks in a bid to free up space for newer 4G technologies.   

The second-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. has sent out cautionary letters in recent weeks to a small group of its 2G customers in New York. It is urging them to swap out their 2G-only phones for newer 3G devices, or risk not being "able to make or receive calls" or suffer from a "degradation" of wireless service in certain areas. 
 
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The head of the Blue Chip Growth fund sees upside in PCs, smartphones and tablets.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 7, 2012 1:08PM
mage: Bull figurine on ascending line graph and list of share prices (© Adam Gault/OJO Images/Getty Images)By Jack Bowers, Fidelity Monitor

Fidelity Blue Chip Growth is a core holding in our Growth Portfolio, and last month we caught up with the fund's manager, Sonu Kalra. 

Here we share his comments and outlook on Apple (AAPL), which accounted for 9.1% of the Blue Chip portfolio's assets at year's end.
 
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