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The company's online video streaming accounts for 90% of peak-hour bandwidth in Canada and 20% in the US. How much more can the system handle?
Jeff Reeves, editor of InvestorPlace.com
Netflix has seen rapid growth recently, with shares up a stunning 550% in the past five years versus just 10% for the Dow. Part of that success has hinged on the company's seemingly seamless transition from dominant home delivery of DVD rentals to plentiful streaming content and partnerships to provide online movies through various gadgets -- from wired BluRay players and HDTVs to video game consoles.
But what would have happened to Netflix if, five years ago, the U.S. Postal Service had been overwhelmed by DVD mailings and movies didn't reach your house until weeks after you ordered them -- if they arrived at all? NFLX stock not only would have missed out on its recent growth but might have gone out of business entirely.
These funds give you access to one of the world's fastest-growing economies.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Investors' desire for equity exposure beyond the shores of the U.S. and other developed markets has led many ETF providers to launch funds aimed at emerging markets. One popular destination for these sponsors has been India.
India has expanded to become one of the dominant emerging economic forces in not only Asia but the world. This week, the nation generated a flurry of positive economic news, including a strong manufacturing report. Noticing the impressive strength of India's economy, the Reserve Bank of India raised rates for the sixth time in 2010.
Companies such as Van Eck, WisdomTree, PowerShares, and BlackRock (BLK) have jumped on board with respective products aimed at tracking this fast-growing nation.
Forget the sweeping macro claptrap that isn't going to happen. The coal industry put its money on the right candidates, and it got what it paid for. Here's a coal stock to play the outcome.
Let others pontificate on whether the president will swing a petulant, defiant left or a conciliatory right. The media and blog pundits can have all the fun they want speculating on the impact of the Tea Party, or lack thereof. We will hear endless commentary on winners and losers.
I couldn't care less.
I know who the biggest winner was last night: coal.
Coal put its money on the right candidates. It made some solid investments in people like Roy Blunt of Missouri, Joe Barton of Texas, Nick Rahall of West Virginia, Ohio's Rob Portman and West Virginia's Joe Manchin. All received sizable donations from the industry. All won big.
At least one fund manager is staying out of the market for the rest of 2010 to avoid political risks.
By Robert Holmes, TheStreet
Eric Singer, the manager of the Congressional Effect Fund (CEFFX), isn't among them.
With the GOP capturing the House, the two-month lame-duck session will be "incredibly dangerous" for investors, the mutual fund manager says.
Washington will probably impact Wall Street less now that Republicans have taken control of the House.
Will the president listen? Will he hear?
Will the election matter to him?
I think the answer is a resounding no.
I don't see anything about President Barack Obama that speaks to making peace and getting along with the other side of the aisle, and I don't see the other side coming together with him either because, beginning tomorrow, we will be in presidential-election mode.
More woes lie ahead for stocks like Whirlpool that sell into the sluggish housing market.
How long are you willing to wait for a turnaround?
But last Wednesday's earnings report for the third quarter was depressing. Including all items, the company reported earnings of $1.02 a share, down from $1.15 in the third quarter of 2009. Excluding these special items, earnings came to $2.22 a share, but that was below the Wall Street estimate.
Shares of Banco Bradesco dropped last week after the quarter missed estimates. Watch the price of this one.
"Sell on the news" isn't just for the U.S.
The preferred shares of Banco Bradesco (BBD), the second largest bank in Brazil by market capitalization, dropped 4% last Wednesday in Brazil, while the U.S.-traded ADR (based on the preferred shares) fell 5.3% in New York after the company reported a 40% increase in adjusted profit that still fell short of analyst estimates.
The difference between actual results of 2.52 billion reais (the plural for Brazil's real) and analysts' estimates of 2.55 billion reais came down to an 18% increase in expenses and weaker- than-expected loan growth.
The computer uses the Chrome operating system.
By Paul Ausick, InvestorPlace.com
Is there room in the marketplace for another netbook? Google Inc. (GOOG) seems to think so, as do partners Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) and Acer Inc. Just about everyone else thinks netbooks are heading for extinction as customers flock to the iPad and other manufacturers race to get their own tablets out the door.
Google apparently didn't get the memo. The company first talked about this smartbook -- Googlespeak for netbook -- over a year ago. Now DigiTimes reports that Google will launch it later in November, followed by similar products from HP and Acer in December.
Why the yellow metal might not be as valuable as some investors believe.
Exchange-traded funds in the gold market and gold stocks might not be as great as you've heard.
People are jumping on the gold bandwagon just like they jumped on the dot-com bandwagon and the real-estate bandwagon and every other bandwagon before them. Is this time different? Never mind gold's 20%-plus rise this year. It still has a lot of overlooked weaknesses as an asset class. Goldbugs won't like this, but here are just a few.
Dow companies with cash stockpiles offer safety amid political uncertainty and Fed manipulation.
By Jake Lynch, TheStreet
Stricter regulations in response to the subprime-mortgage crisis and the ensuing recession have painted Democratic leaders as anti-business. Further, ObamaCare and the threat of looming tax increases have aided a Republican resurgence. The GOP needs 39 seats to reclaim the House and oust Nancy Pelosi as speaker. Some analysts predict a 60-seat swing in Republicans' favor.
Jobs and the federal deficit are voters' top concerns, polls show. And fear of harsher regulations has made businesses hesitant to hire. Moody's (MCO) data indicate that S&P 500 ($INX) companies are sitting on $1 trillion in cash.
Restructuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may become nearly impossible if Republicans split or even win the legislative branch.
By Lauren Tara LaCapra, TheStreet
Since Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) were seized by the federal government in September 2008, lawmakers, with a few exceptions, have remained surprisingly mum about what will become of them. The Obama administration has promised to deliver a plan for the future of housing finance a few times but ultimately put it off until next year.
Restructuring Fannie and Freddie in any meaningful way would be difficult enough with one party dominating Capitol Hill. Now, with polls predicting that Republicans will at least split the legislative branch -- if not take it over -- it may be completely impossible to restructure the government-sponsored entities.
Apple's iPad won't be the only tablet under the tree this year. HP's Slate, Amazon's Kindle and Samsung's Galaxy Tab are poised to pose a challenge.
By Scott Moritz, TheStreet
There are, however a few challengers that may also end up under the tree, helping to keep Apple from collecting all the proceeds from the tablet giving season.
One would think that the market was teeming with tablets, given all the hype lately. But so far, the list of available tablets is short, though not unimpressive: Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) Slate, Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle, Samsung's Galaxy Tab and the Apple iPad.
The automaker's public offering could be the feel-good, make-money story of the year.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
We're lost in the miasma of the election, the Fed and the coming labor report, and no one can blame us. But right around the corner is an IPO that could ignite as much interest in the market as we have seen in years: that of General Motors.
The GM public offering is kind of like the U.S. Olympic team in 1980, the Miracle on Ice: a feel-good story, except that you get to make money from it. That's right, I believe the deal is going to be a smashing success. The key questions are who is going to get it and how can you get in.
It is not just pricing that matters, although I believe the government is going to throw it to the good guys, meaning the buyers. There's also actually a strong investment case out of China.
The season will be huge for the tech giant, a fund manager says.
By Gregg Greenberg, TheStreet
Just because everybody around is using a cell phone does not mean the mobile Internet wave is over. And the same goes for the bullish move in technology stocks, says Channing Smith, fund manager for the Capitol Advisors Growth Fund (CIAOX).
The $22 million fund, which garners three stars from Morningstar (MORN), is up 8.5% over the past year, putting it in Morningstar's 44th percentile versus its peers. Over the past five years, the fund has returned more than 3% annually, better than 70% of its rivals.
Welcome to TheStreet.com's Fund Manager Five Spot, where America's top mutual fund managers give their best stock picks and views on the market in a five-question format.
Smart phones running on Google's operating system continue to gain momentum in the US market.
By James Rogers, TheStreet
Sales of Android-based smart phones accounted for almost 44% of U.S. sales during the third quarter, according to research firm Canalys, up from 34% in the prior quarter. With new Android phones, such as Motorola's (MOT) Droid Pro and the Verizon (VZ) Fascinate swarming onto the market, Google's mobile OS is going from strength to strength.
Apple also enjoyed a strong quarter. The tech giant overtook Research In Motion (RIMM) as the top individual vendor. The iPhone maker accounted for 26.2% of the U.S. market, up from 21.7% in the prior quarter. RIM's share dropped from 32.1% in the second quarter to 24.2% in the third quarter despite the recent launch of the BlackBerry Torch.
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