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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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Shares are attractive even amid economic uncertainty.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 7, 2012 12:39PM
Image: Flourescent lightbulbs (© Ted Dayton Photography/Beateworks/Corbis)Shares of General Electric (GE) were trading up more than 2% Wednesday after the conglomerate reaffirmed its 2012 earnings guidance despite an uncertain world economy. 

The stock won't run out of gas for a while.
 
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Kraft is downgraded to 'hold,' Express Scripts is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Altera is initiated with a 'reduce.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 7, 2012 11:55AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Express Scripts (ESRX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
  • Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee
  • Tesoro (TSO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
 

The wireless network company could change on its own, but a buyout is also possible.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 7, 2012 11:51AM
By Paul McWilliams, Next Inning

We were recently asked whether Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) could be a viable buyout candidate. Here's our assessment of the stock's outlook and its buyout potential.

Central to ALU's challenge is its high fixed cost structure. Current management has addressed that more effectively than what we saw previously, but there is still progress that needs to be made before ALU can realize the cost flexibility it needs to optimize its model. 
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As it rapidly loses ground to Facebook and Google, Yahoo is reportedly taking severe measures to restructure.

By TheWeek.com Mar 7, 2012 11:14AM
Yahoo (YHOO) is preparing to lay off "thousands" from its 14,000-strong workforce, reports Kara Swisher at All Things D. The move is part of a "massive restructuring" being launched by chief executive Scott Thompson, who took the reins in January.

Thompson was brought in to shake things up at the hobbled search giant, which continues to lose ground to Google (GOOG) and Facebook in the battle for online advertising dollars. Yahoo is now the third most popular search engine, behind Google and Bing, and its revenues have declined for three straight years. Yahoo says it has not made any "final decisions" on layoffs, but analysts are already reading the tea leaves.  

The iPad maker is expected to introduce an upgraded tablet computer, while the online video company meets with cable providers to discuss streaming opportunities.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 7, 2012 8:53AM

By Silvia Davi

 

Updated at 9 a.m. ET

 

Apple (AAPL) is expected to introduce an upgraded version of its iPad tablet Wednesday. The company is holding a media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where it will likely launch the new iPad. It won't be called the iPad 3 but rather the iPad HD, as Apple highlights the device's high-definition screen, according to reports.

 

Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings has been meeting with some of the largest U.S. cable companies to discuss adding the online movie streaming service to their cable offerings, Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with matter. The talks could lead to Netflix becoming available as another on-demand option for cable subscribers through their set-top boxes, according to three people familiar with the talks, Reuters said. A partnership with a cable company would help Netflix's compete with HBO, Reuters noted.

 

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