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It's no Alibaba, but the Citizens Financial Group offering is important to the market.


This company has the chance to go where no one has gone before.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Mar 29, 2012 2:03PM

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz


Even on a down day like yesterday, Apple (AAPL) continues to inch toward fresh all-time highs. There's clearly no lack of love for what has become the country's most valuable company. Are we getting too euphoric?


CNBC had Eric Jackson -- hedge fund manager of Ironfire Capital -- on yesterday. As a Forbes contributor, Jackson wrote a column last week suggesting that Apple could be worth $1,650 by the end of 2015.


Despite near-term roadblocks, this play on natural gas fuel for trucks has a bright future.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 29, 2012 12:46PM
Image: Semi trucks (© Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)By Lou Gagliardi, editor Cabot Global Energy Investor

I see compelling long-term fundamentals behind Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (CLNE). The company has excellent vertical integration and strong prospects for a leadership position in providing natural gas to long-haul truckers across America.

Currently priced significantly less than diesel or gasoline, American natural gas produces up to 30% lower greenhouse gas emissions in light-duty vehicles and 23% lower emissions in medium to heavy-duty vehicles. According to EPA data, replacing just 10% of diesel engines used in heavy-duty transportation with clean-burning natural gas engines could cut nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) by as much as 200,000 tons per year, reducing air pollution. 
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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change our nation's fortunes is passing us by as Congress ignores an abundant domestic fuel source.

By Jim Cramer Mar 29, 2012 12:22PM

The natural gas collapse is happening too fast.


It is beginning to wreak havoc on the economy because there's such a dramatic ratcheting back of drilling at the same time that we haven't been able to harness the fuel in any way to bring down gasoline prices or compete against OPEC oil.


The debut of the search giant's long-awaited challenger to Dropbox, the leading 'cloud' provider, may be just around the corner. But will people actually use it?

By Mar 29, 2012 12:22PM

Image: Google © Bloomberg, Getty ImagesGoogle Drive, the search company's online storage service, is reportedly set to debut in April. Google's (GOOG) reach already extends to nearly every corner of the online experience -- from Gmail to Chrome to YouTube. Can the search giant also defeat Dropbox, which has long dominated cloud storage with its 50 million users?

Here's what we know so far about Google Drive:


The News Corp. CEO will need to spend big to take on the 'Worldwide Leader in Sports.'

By Jonathan Berr Mar 29, 2012 11:53AM
mage: Man changing TV channels with remote control (© Flying Colours/Digital Vision/Getty Images)News Corp. (NWS) CEO Rupert Murdoch is ready to spend big bucks -- perhaps billions -- to enable his so-far theoretical all-sports cable network to catch up to Walt Disney Co.'s (DIS) ESPN. 

His timing is curious, given the struggles of the cable industry lately, including ESPN's declining ratings.

Nordstrom is upgraded to 'buy' at Goldman, while AT&T and Verizon are downgraded to 'neutral' at RW Baird.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 29, 2012 11:05AM
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Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Alliance Data Systems (ADS) upgraded to Outperform at Keefe Bruyette
  • Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
  • Nordstrom (JWN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
  • Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
  • Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA

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. 

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 Mar 28, 2012 5:34PM

By: Zacks Equity Research

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 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 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.



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