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Walgreen's earnings meet expectations. Optical components provider Opnext soars on news that it will be acquired by Oclaro.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 27, 2012 7:50AM

By Andrea Tse

 

Updated at 8:45 a.m. ET

 

Walgreen (WAG) reported fiscal-second-quarter earnings Tuesday of 78 cents a share on sales of $18.7 billion. Analysts were expecting profit of 77 cents a share on sales of $18.58 billion. The company said no longer being part of the Express Scripts (ESRX) pharmacy provider network as of Jan. 1 affected earnings by 7 cents a share.

 

"We invested in store-level staffing in the second quarter to help our pharmacy customers under Express Scripts plans sign up for our Prescription Savings Club, change to a different Medicare prescription drug plan that includes Walgreens in the network or find other ways to continue using our pharmacies," the company said.

 

This real-estate investment trust generates high income from movie theaters, golf courses and even charter schools.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 26, 2012 5:35PM
Image: Man reacting to a film at the cinema, popcorn flying (© i love images/Cultura RF/Getty Images)By Harry Domash, Dividend Detective

We are adding Entertainment Properties Trust (EPR) to our model portfolio. This is a REIT that pays 6.5% -- unusually high for a property REIT with solid growth prospects.

When it started in 1997, EPR's business plan was to purchase megaplex theater complexes from owners and operators and then lease the theaters back to the operators. That is still its main business, and EPR owns a portfolio of 112 megaplex multi-screen theater complexes with stadium seating that has been consistently 100% leased. 
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Sentiment is too bullish and volume doesn't support these stocks' fast rise, but technical analysis can determine the price point to buy in on a pullback.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 26, 2012 5:30PM

Image: Home under construction (© Corbis) By Tom Aspray


Sentiment on housing stocks has certainly changed over the past five months, as the consensus view now seems to be that the housing market has bottomed. The fundamental data has improved sharply in 2012, causing one analyst to write this month that it is "an ideal time to load up on housing stocks."


Last fall, the tone was quite different. On Oct. 21, one headline called the housing sector "a mess," and in the story, the author cast doubt on the recent surge in housing starts, suggesting things were only going to get worse.

 

Can the company continue to grow off of the success of Soliris?

By Benzinga Mar 26, 2012 5:22PM

Image: Prescription medicine expenses © Don Farrall/Photodisc/Getty ImagesBy Lear Yann, Benzinga Staff Writer


Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) specializes in extremely rare diseases. Its only marketed drug, Soliris, currently targets paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria, a condition affecting less than 10,000 people worldwide.


At an estimated annual cost of $400,000 per patient, Soliris has seen sharply rising sales. But with most of the target market already identified -- and that sales growth slowing -- analysts are wondering whether the company has enough of an upside to justify its lofty share price.

 

Robert Stiller sold a huge amount of company shares before news emerged of a threat from Starbucks.

By Kim Peterson Mar 26, 2012 5:07PM
Image: Woman counting money (© Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc/Blend Images/Getty Images)Well isn't this interesting.

The founder and chairman of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) sold more than $66 million in company stock before it tanked on a new threat from Starbucks (SBUX), Bloomberg reports.

Is this just a coincidence? Or is there something a little more suspicious here?

The move is significant because Green Mountain shares took a hit after Starbucks said it would release a single-serve espresso machine before the holiday season. 
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Zacks' panel of experts gives its stock picks in three industries. Stocks covered include Discover Financial, Lululemon and Town Sports International.

By Zacks.com Mar 26, 2012 5:01PM

The Zacks panel of experts gives its stock picks for the finance, retail and fitness industries. Stocks covered include Discover Financial (DFS), Lululemon (LULU) and Town Sports International (CLUB).


Plus, the Panel weighs in on the U.S. economy's decoupling from those of Europe and China.

 
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As the end of the first quarter approaches, these picks will help defend against a potential choppy next few quarters.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 26, 2012 3:55PM

Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)By David Peltier

 

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks have rocketed out of the gate in 2012. We're just about to close the book on the first quarter and the S&P 500 ($INX) is up about 12% -- which, in most cases, would be considered a successful year, much less a quarter.

 

And in fact, when I think about the rest of 2012, I don't foresee an outcome where the market will give up all its gains or end up 20% or more for the year. Rather, I think it's likely we'll enter a more choppy, sideways trading environment over the next couple of quarters, as stocks digest recent gains.

 

The House of Dimon won the race to be the top investment bank for the first quarter of 2012, according to preliminary data from Dealogic.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 26, 2012 3:47PM
Image: bank ATM (© Image Source/Corbis/Corbis)By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal TimesThe Fiscal Times

And the winner is -- JPMorgan Chase (JPM)!

The competition, of course, is the race to emerge as the top investment bank for the first quarter, a race that the House of Dimon won triumphantly. It won the top spot by generating the largest share of revenue from underwriting equity deals, according to preliminary data from Dealogic, although it ceded top spot to Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) when it came to transaction volumes. 

Investors looking for safety again may be willing to pay a big premium for it in the Treasury market.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 26, 2012 3:26PM
Are we headed back to the days of "risk off"?

It certainly looked like it last week with the market worried about slowing growth in Europe and a hard landing in China.

The most striking indicator to me was the reversal in the Treasury market. After climbing for the week that ended on Friday, March 16, in the aftermath of the Fed's slightly more positive take on the U.S. economy, Treasury yields fell this past week as investors looking for safety bid up prices.
 

Brewers are trying to revive the segment after seeing 3 years of sales declines.

By Kim Peterson Mar 26, 2012 2:56PM
Image: Beer (© Corbis)Light beer isn't as popular as it used to be, leaving big brewers scrambling to figure out how to appeal to changing consumer tastes.

Here's beer's problem, according to Bloomberg. Baby boomers prefer wine, while millennials like exotic cocktails. Compared with those beverages, light beer is about as exciting as a glass of milk.

Light-beer drinkers are also struggling with high unemployment, which means they are buying less. Or, in some cases, they're viewing beer as more of a treat and buying more expensive, full-flavored brews. 

The toy company is jumping on the merchandise bonanza with a doll inspired by the movie's heroine.

By Kim Peterson Mar 26, 2012 2:06PM
Credit: © Murray Close/Lionsgate
Caption: Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Hunger Games'Mattel (MAT) is developing a Barbie doll based on Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of the super-hot "Hunger Games" series.

This must have been a little awkward for Mattel. I imagine the conversation might have gone a little like this:

Barbie honcho No. 1: Hey, "The Hunger Games" is huge. Let's do a Katniss Barbie.

Barbie honcho No. 2: Well, um, she kills people, you know. 

The blockbuster should propel the relatively small Canadian studio to new heights -- and there's more where this film came from.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 26, 2012 1:45PM

Image: Hollywood (© Comstock/SuperStock)By David Milstead, The Globe and Mail

 

I suspect you may have heard of "The Hunger Games" by now.


You may also have heard of Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF), the studio company that brought "The Hunger Games" to the box office this weekend.

 
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Rarely do mining stocks look attractive for investors of all stripes.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 26, 2012 1:34PM

Image: Brazil (© Donald Edwards/age fotostock)By Jim Trippon, Dividend Genius


Brazil-based miner Vale (VALE) is a well-known commodity play and a strong Asian play. But it also presents unique possibility for value, growth, and income investors -- something not often seen for a huge mining and resources conglomerate.


The diversified company is the world's largest iron ore miner, and is the second largest miner in the world after BHP Billiton (BHP). Vale is also a producer of other metals, coal, and fertilizer. Vale produces nickel, copper, and aluminum, and is involved in aluminum trading.

 
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On its first day of trading, America's third-largest stock exchange saw its own shares plunge along with its reputation.

By TheWeek.com Mar 26, 2012 12:51PM

Friday was supposed to be a coming-out party for BATS Global Markets (BATS), the flashy new stock exchange that recently became the country's third-largest trading platform behind the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq (NDAQ). BATS was scheduled to launch a lucrative IPO that would cement its status as one of the market's big boys. One computer glitch later, BATS' share price plummeted to a few pennies and the company's IPO lay in ruins.


Here's a guide to BATS' spectacularly botched stock offering.

 

Analysts are looking for the tech company to exceed estimates on the back of large deal signings and robust billing revenue.

By Zacks.com Mar 26, 2012 12:44PM

Image: Clouds in a blue sky (© Purestock/Getty Images)By Zacks Equity Research
    
Red Hat Inc. (RHT) is set to release its fourth-quarter 2012 results on Wednesday. 


In the run up to the earnings results, we do not notice any substantial movement in analysts' estimates for the quarter.

 

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