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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.

 
Tags: DISLGF

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.

 
Tags: BHP

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.

 

Loyalty programs and in-house brands provide the drugstore with much higher profit margins than other products.

By Trefis Mar 26, 2012 12:28PM
Image: Lipstick (© Stockbyte/PictureQuest)CVS Caremark (CVS) will close the shutters on its high-end beauty retail stores Beauty360 and the corresponding e-commerce business to focus on the growth of its core CVS pharmacy beauty business. 

The move is motivated by the success of its Beauty Club loyalty program and the performance of its in-house brand Nuance Salma Hayek launched last year. It intends to focus its efforts in the beauty retail sector through its 7,300 strong CVS drugstore network.
 

The current CEO has a long track record of success in the restaurant business.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 26, 2012 12:07PM
Image: Hamburger (© BananaStock/Jupiterimages)By George Putnam, The Turnaround Letter

Wendy's (WEN) began in 1969 as a single restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, named after founder Dave Thomas' daughter. Now it has more than 6,500 restaurants in the U.S. and 27 in other countries.

Wendy's has a number of the characteristics that we like to see in a turnaround situation: a well-known brand, renewed focus, a new management team with turnaround experience, decent financials and a large shareholder with a lot at stake. 
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Getting viewers' attention remains a challenge for the company, which spends billions every year on advertising.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 26, 2012 11:58AM
Image: Businessman watching television (© Image Source/Corbis)Coca-Cola's (KO) first commercial was produced in conjunction with a television special featuring ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy. It ran on Thanksgiving Day 1950. 

These days, the No. 1 soda maker is much less enthusiastic about 30-second spots.
 

The biggest plays at the NCAA tournament happen off the courts -- in luxury suites and at meet-and-greets as businesses try to woo their biggest customers.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 26, 2012 11:51AM

The Final Four is presumably about the NCAA men's basketball championship, but some of the best games in New Orleans are being played on smartphones, in luxury suites and behind the flaps of corporate hospitality tents.

 

The Final Four is one of little more than a handful of in-demand events routinely circled on the corporate calendar, as regional vice presidents and chief executives all too familiar with the Pareto Principle (80% of sales come from 20% of your clients) try to impress their most valuable vendors. Jacob Turnage, co-founder and vice president of marketing for Atlanta-based organizer of high-end sports hospitality EB Corporate routinely counts the Final Four among the "Big Six" corporate hospitality events that include the Super Bowl, the Masters Tournament, tennis' U.S. Open, the Kentucky Derby and, this year, the Ryder Cup.

 

Safeway is downgraded to 'neutral' at Credit Suisse, and WABCO Holdings is initiated with a 'neutral' at Goldman.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 26, 2012 11:11AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • DTE Energy (DTE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
  • Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
  • Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Davenport
  • Lorillard (LO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Davenport
  • Lions Gate (LGF) upgraded to Average from Below Average at Caris
 

The popular apparel chain keeps posting profits, and competitors wonder what goes into its secret sauce.

By TheWeek.com Mar 26, 2012 10:44AM
Investors expected little from Lululemon (LULU) when it began selling shares at $2 a pop in 2007. The maker of Wunder Under pants and other yoga women's wear hardly seemed like a player in the competitive world of retail sportswear. Five years later, Lululemon's stock has hit $76, and the company is valued at $10 billion -- more than the clothing behemoth J.C. Penney.

Last week, Lululemon posted a quarterly profit of $74 million; reported sales growth for the twelfth straight quarter; and, fittingly, opened a Boston store with a yoga class and dance party for 500 neon-clad guests.  
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Verizon is a solid payer, and Vodafone even offers growth potential.

By InvestorPlace Mar 26, 2012 10:23AM

By Charles Sizemore

 

"It's hip to be square."
-- Huey Lewis and the News

 

It's a funny world we live in. Investments that would have been considered the domain of widows and orphans a decade ago are now downright trendy.

 

I'm talking, of course, about dividend-paying stocks. During the raging bull markets of the 1980s and 1990s and the housing boom of the 2000s, investors gave little thought to the income being thrown off by their investments. When you could flip a tech stock -- or a house -- in a couple of months and walk away with a 50% gain, earning a couple extra dollars from dividends seemed a little petty.

 

Despite worries about China, continued growth prospects for the global construction machinery maker are on target.

By Gene Marcial Mar 26, 2012 9:59AM

Caterpillar (CAT) shares climbed to a 52-week high of $116.95 on Feb. 24. The move caused jitters among most investors rather than instilling confidence in the world's largest producer of earth-moving equipment. But some close Caterpillar watchers and big investors see little reason for investors to panic.

 

Of late, any headlines that may affect CAT's operations create nervousness, even among some bulls. And when the disturbing news involves China's vast market, many shareholders feel unhinged. The concern is further exacerbated by some analysts and bears who can't wait to see the stock push back.

 

After this most remarkable quarter, will analysts change their tune?

By Jim Cramer Mar 26, 2012 9:53AM

It's the end of the quarter, and I still don't hear anything other than the heartless "bonds are overvalued, sell bonds, buy stocks." The whole exercise is less bloodless than the quick shows of triumph in "Hunger Games."

 

Last week was about as dramatic as I have heard the equity case be made, when Goldman Sachs (GS) said that "The Long Good Buy" for bonds is now over and that people should buy stocks. As is so often the case when all reports are written for hedge funds and companies that run trillions of dollars in assets, it is all about the

S&P 500 ($INX) being cheap compared with bonds, as if owning the ETF for the index is all that people do. 

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