10 Nasdaq stocks with huge returns
10 Nasdaq stocks with huge returns

Tech fell so far at the start of the new millennium, it was difficult to imagine that the index could ever make up what it lost.

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The ailing electronics retailer's plan to shut 50 US locations may be wise financially, but giving up on 'customer experience' is very risky.

By InvestorPlace Mar 29, 2012 10:19AM
By Jeff Reeves

Retailer Best Buy (BBY) was at the heart of the home electronics revolution that swept America in the 1990s. Computers became staples of businesses, video games became big business, and TVs boasted bigger and better pictures.


But the technological revolution that delivered tremendous sales to Best Buy kept churning along after Y2K and ultimately left the brick-and-mortar retailer behind. A failure to adapt to online competitors that sold more at lower prices has been weighing on the big-box store's sales for some time.

 

The credit card company's stock is already up nearly 40% this year, and the future still looks good.

By InvestorPlace Mar 29, 2012 9:58AM

By Kyle Woodley 

 

It's like falling in love all over again.

 

After trading closed last year, I lauded credit card stock Discover Financial Services (DFS) for its great mix of value and growth potential.

 

Discover certainly didn't let investors down. It has kicked 2012 off with a nearly 40% run in three months, sending it to all-time highs above $33 per share and extending its almost 500% turnaround from the depths of the financial crisis. By comparison, during the latest bull run the Dow is up a mere 7%, the S&P 500 12% and the Nasdaq 19%.

 

Out 125 share classes, only 3 earn a 5-star buy rating.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 29, 2012 9:33AM
By Todd Rosenbluth, S&P Capital IQ, The Outlook

For investors looking to pick up tax-advantaged yield, high-yield municipal bond funds are an attractive option because they spread the risk of default across many individual issues and a management team is scrutinizing the fund's holdings.

Of the 125 high-yield municipal bond fund share classes ranked by S&P Capital IQ, only three have our highest five-star ranking. While the credit risk for all three is relatively high, we believe that risk is offset by the high yield. 

Zuckerberg keeps a low profile in analyst meetings leading up to the company's IPO.

By Kim Peterson Mar 28, 2012 6:33PM
You're the 27-year-old CEO of a company heading into a massive and highly anticipated IPO. Do you need to show up for the dog-and-pony show with analysts and investors ahead of the offering?

In Mark Zuckerberg's case, the answer is no. The CEO and co-founder of Facebook is staying away from key meetings with Wall Street investors, preferring to run the company instead. 
Tags: IPOMS

Two of the sector's biggest names combine, and investors of both companies applaud the deal.

By Benzinga Mar 28, 2012 5:50PM
By Brett Callwood, Benzinga Staff Writer

Industrial company Pentair (PNR) will combine with the division of Tyco International (TYC) that makes valves and other flow-control instruments.


This all-stock deal brings together two of the industry's biggest names, and was valued at $4.53 billion. The moves comes as Tyco continues to break itself up into independent companies.

 

The one-two punch of Apple's iPhone and Google's Android platform have doomed the BlackBerry maker.

By Zacks.com Mar 28, 2012 5:34PM

By: Zacks Equity Research
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We are downgrading our recommendation on Research In Motion (RIMM) to "underperform" from "neutral" on the back of continued somber financial results coupled with a reduced outlook.


Research In Motion has consistently struggled ever since Apple's (AAPL) iPhone hit the market. The situation worsened when Google (GOOG) launched its Android software, which was adopted by several handset manufacturers. Both phone platforms have crept into the corporate environment, making RIM's BlackBerry operating system obsolete as it continues to lose market share.

 

The online retailer is making another push at luring major customers to its cloud-computing services.

By Trefis Mar 28, 2012 5:18PM
Amazon (AMZN) is the world's largest online retailer and also runs the largest cloud-computing platform, called Amazon Web Services.

The platform has gained an amazing amount of traction in the last couple of years, but it still gets the cold shoulder from large companies. Those corporations understandably prefer to lock up data on their own servers where they can secure it.  

The marketer likes to tilt the odds heavily in favor of its insiders, in the market as well as on the playing board. It's a disaster in the making.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 28, 2012 5:05PM

What happens to the richest country on earth when every little bit of work that can be done elsewhere has been outsourced? What happens when a post-industrial economy loses so many middle-manager and service jobs that the percentage of Americans working or looking for work sinks to a 28-year low?

 

What happens is a "Hunger Games" economy -- and I don't just mean one propelled by lines of people queuing up to see a flick about a dystopian future.

 

I mean an economy and culture that are deadly serious about fun and games, because that's what's left. Because the biggest luxury in these hard times is something to take the mind off the bills and the all the fine print blotting out what had been sold to us as limitless possibilities.

 

Energy is always a hard sector to sort out since there are so many specialties, and when one is hitting, others may be hurting. Here's the current view.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 28, 2012 4:45PM

Image: Natural gas plant (© Kevin Burke/Corbis)The worst-performing stock in the entire S&P 500 index on March 21 was Baker Hughes (BHI), an energy service company. The stock fell 5.8% after the company issued a press release warning that first-quarter operating income would be lower than expected.

 

Baker Hughes' upcoming earnings shortfall is directly related to the sharp decline in natural gas prices to the lowest levels of the past decade, and the resulting reduction in natural gas drilling by exploration and production (E&P) firms.

 

A director recently invested $1.9 milllion in shares of this specialty glass maker.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 28, 2012 4:11PM
By Mark Skousen, Hot Commodities Alert

Since October, Corning (GLW) has been hurting due to the weak glass market, especially the sales of liquid crystal displays for televisions and computers.

But now the New York-based specialty glass and ceramic manufacturing is ready to explode upward. And it’s all due to Apple’s incredible demand for tablets used in its iPads. 
Tags: AAPLGLW

While shares have soared, top executives and other insiders appear to have turned bearish.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 28, 2012 3:30PM

By Yuval Rosenberg

As the stock market rally heads toward its sixth month, corporate executives are looking to cash in.

 

Nike (NKE) Chief Financial Officer Donald Blair sold 11,000 shares of his stock in the company – more than $1.2 million worth – earlier this month, according to SEC filings. Michael Kors, the fashion designer and chief creative officer of Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), will unload nearly 3 million shares of his company’s stock, which has almost doubled since its first day of trading in December. The planned sale represents more than 18 percent of his current stake. And Mark Pincus, the CEO of Zynga (ZNGA), plans on selling more than $200 million worth of his stock in a secondary offering of shares in the videogame-maker, which also went public in December.

 

The stock drops after a presentation from the CEO.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 28, 2012 2:45PM
Image: Oil drums (© Kevin Phillips/Digital Vision/age fotostock)Schlumberger (SLB) CEO Paal Kibsgaard delivered a decidedly mixed message at the Howard Weill Energy Conference on March 26.

I'd score his presentation two big pluses for investors in Schlumberger and one big minus.

You might think that would wind up giving the big oilfield services provider a positive score, but in this case the market clearly thinks that two minus one is a negative number. The stock tumbled to $69.96 on March 27 from $79.85 on Feb. 24 -- a 12.4% decline in a period of a little more than a month during which the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) went up 3.4%.
 
Tags: BHIoilSLB

Despite still-high oil and gas prices, energy issues are dropping hard and pulling down the rest of the market.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Mar 28, 2012 2:08PM

Serious changes are under way deep in the bowels of the stock market. Tectonic shifts and rumbles suggest investors are beginning to worry. They're worrying about high inflation and its impact on growth. And they're worrying about the ongoing procession of disappointing economic data.

 

Sure, glamour issues like Apple (APPL) continue to power higher since investor sentiment, overall, is still juiced up by the promise of more easy-money stimulus from the Federal Reserve. But the serious, somber stocks, issues like ConocoPhillips (COP) and Caterpillar (CAT), have rolled over badly and are well off their highs.

 

The most dramatic downturn is in energy, with the Energy SPDR (XLE) returning to levels hit back in October as it plunges nearly 8% from its February high. This suggests big trouble for the overall market, as energy (and materials and industrials like CAT) tend to be the first movers of any new significant market trend. And right now, they're spilling lower.

 

The embattled soap opera still has loyal viewers, while the network's new reality show 'The Revolution' falters.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 28, 2012 2:04PM
Image: Watching television (© Digital Vision Ltd./SuperStock)"General Hospital," the last remaining soap opera on Walt Disney's (DIS) ABC, may survive a backstage financial drama every bit as intense as the ones it has acted out on the small screen for more than four decades.

Last year, ABC canceled "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" and replaced the long-running soap operas with "The Revolution" and "The Chew," cheaper unscripted programs. Many fans assumed that "General Hospital" would meet the same fate, but as Deadline Hollywood recently noted, Disney's plans have not worked out as expected.   
Tags: DIS

Wall Street will be watching to see if the L.A. Dodgers' mega deal reaps Magic profits.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 28, 2012 1:59PM

By Antoine Gara

 

The $2 billion buyout of the bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers is set to be the largest sports deals ever and will indicate whether big investors can squeeze profits from sports franchises by leveraging valuable media and real estate assets.

 

A group of investors -- headed by headed by Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson -- bought the storied baseball franchise out of bankruptcy in a $2 billion deal announced late on Tuesday.

 

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