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Micron is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Citigroup is downgraded to 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 14, 2012 10:54AM
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Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • CBS (CBS) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital
  • NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
  • Altera (ALTR) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
 

The troubled company didn't have enough capital on hand to satisfy the Federal Reserve.

By InvestorPlace Mar 14, 2012 10:22AM
By Jeff Reeves

During the financial crisis and for months afterward, the entire banking industry seemingly moved in lockstep. But that has changed significantly in the past 12 months. Consider that since early 2011, Wells Fargo (WFC) is up slightly while Bank of America (BAC) is down 40%.


This week, the Federal Reserve released stress test results that once again showed a widening disparity between good and bad banks. At the head of the class: JPMorgan Chase (JPM), which raised its dividend and will buy back shares.


The biggest flunky? That old laggard Citigroup (C), which didn't pass and saw shares sell off sharply Tuesday morning as a result.

 

This year, the biotech firm is expected to report clinical data on 7 new drug products in its pipeline.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 14, 2012 10:17AM
By John McCamant, The Medical Technology Stock Letter

We expect 2012 to be the year that investors both discover and learn to appreciate the broad potential of antisense technology in drug development. As such, we continue to recommend Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS).

The company finished 2011 with a pro forma net operating loss (NOL) of $61.3 million compared to a pro forma NOL of $36.2 million for 2010. At year-end, the firm had nearly $344 million in cash. 
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The CEO is a company vet who's steeped in oil but sees natural gas playing a major role in the future.

By InvestorPlace Mar 14, 2012 9:42AM

By Susan J. Aluise

 

ExxonMobil (XOM) CEO Rex Tillerson is probably the most prototypical oil man since J.R. Ewing ruled the rigs in the 1980s TV series "Dallas." But unlike the scheming, double-dealing J.R., the plain-spoken (and often stubborn) Tillerson credits the Boy Scouts for making him the leader he is today.

 

Although mention of Tillerson's Boy Scout roots likely would elicit a loud guffaw from Big Oil's myriad enemies, it's clear that his career track has been shaped by that organization's motto: "Be Prepared."

 

Citigroup, MetLife and SunTrust fail the Federal Reserve's stress tests, while JPMorgan passes and boosts its dividend.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 14, 2012 7:48AM

By Andrea Tse

 

Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET

 

Citigroup (C), MetLife (MET), SunTrust Banks (STI) and Ally Financial were among the notable failures when the Federal Reserve on Tuesday released the results of its capital stress tests on the 19 largest U.S. banks. Citigroup was the surprise loser, coming in with a 4.9% capital ratio. "The results showed that Citi exceeded the stress test requirements without the capital actions Citi proposed," Citigroup said in a statement. "The Federal Reserve advised Citi that it objected to Citi's proposed return of capital to shareholders. In light of the Federal Reserve's actions, Citi will submit a revised Capital Plan to the Federal Reserve later this year, as required by the applicable regulations."

 

JPMorgan (JPM) passed the Fed's stress test, increased its quarterly dividend by 5 cents to 30 cents a share, and said its board authorized a new $15 billion buyback program.

 

The latest version of Apple's market-dominating tablet is missing a certain anthropomorphic voice assistant. What gives?

By TheWeek.com Mar 13, 2012 6:17PM
Credit: © Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Caption: Apple Unveils Updated iPadWhere's Siri?

Tech bloggers across the web demanded answers to that question when they learned last week that Apple's (AAPL) spunky voice assistant wouldn't be featured on the new iPad, which is already selling out in the lead-up to its Friday release.

The iPhone 4S' virtual helper has been a central part of Apple's recent marketing push -- even sparking lawsuits claiming that Siri's impressive responsiveness in commercials is misleading -- and is widely viewed as the company's biggest innovation of the past 12 months.  
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Both companies are targeting small businesses, developers and start-ups with their services.

By Trefis Mar 13, 2012 6:10PM
Microsoft (MSFT) is in the middle of a price war with Amazon (AMZN) and other companies in the cloud-computing space, lowering prices to attract developers looking for a place to build and host Web applications.

Microsoft has put its Azure cloud-computing platform up against Amazon (AMZN) Web Services, the largest player in the cloud computing space. Also competing in this sector are Google (GOOG) with its App Engine, Rackspace Hosting (RAX) and Salesforce.com (CRM). 

In the shadow of soaring oil prices, however, another big energy story has been hiding. Natural-gas prices, ironically, have set a string of 10-year lows so far this year.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 13, 2012 5:55PM
Image: Natural gas plant (© Kevin Burke/Corbis)By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal TimesThe Fiscal Times

Soaring crude oil prices have been grabbing headlines as they hover above $100 a barrel amidst concerns about Iran's possible confrontation with Israel and the West.

In their shadow, however, another big energy story has been hiding. Natural-gas prices, ironically, have set a string of 10-year lows throughout 2012 so far.

The two trends are not entirely separate. 

In this interview, a top advisor shares how this strategy can spot breakout stocks earlier than usual.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 13, 2012 5:46PM

Image: Stock market report (© ULTRA.F/Digital Vision/Getty Images)Upside earnings revisions, along with some technical indicators, are how advisor Mike McGervey determines portfolio investments. He shares details about his method with MoneyShow.com, and discusses three current holdings.


Kate Stalter: I'm speaking today with Mike McGervey of McGervey Wealth Management.

Mike, one of the metrics you use is earnings revisions on individual stocks, taking a bottom-up approach. Tell us a little bit about what you’re seeing.


Mike McGervey: Sure, Kate. Upward revisions to estimated earnings are a great predictor of future price for us.

 
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In its ongoing effort to become an end-to-end business-technology company, Dell buys SonicWall to beef up its security software.

By Benzinga Mar 13, 2012 5:29PM

Image: Couple with laptop (© Image Source/SuperStock)By Katey Stapleton, Benzinga Staff Writer


Dell (DELL), which is trying to transform itself into a full-service technology provider for businesses, has bought a network security company for a reported $1.2 billion.


Dell announced Tuesday that it will acquire privately-held SonicWall, which makes tools that help companies filter Internet content, secure their Internet access and protect digital communications between offices.

 

Home Inns and Hotels Management has tumbled in the last week. Now might just be the time to buy.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 13, 2012 3:15PM
Image: Hotel maid (© Simon Jarratt/Corbis)In my March 6 post I suggested waiting until Home Inns and Hotels Management (HMIN) reported fourth-quarter earnings on March 8 because the company might well disappoint.

Sure enough, it did, and the stock was trading Tuesday at $27.31, 14.2% below its March 5 close. (I'm adding the stock to my Jubak's Picks portfolio Tuesday.)

What was the Chinese lodging company's big sin? Not revenue. Revenue for the quarter came in at $208 million, above the consensus estimate of $191 million, and up 64% from the fourth quarter of 2010.
 
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Is Yahoo attempting a shakedown in hopes of grabbing some of Facebook's IPO cash?

By Kim Peterson Mar 13, 2012 2:09PM
Image: Laws (© Photodisc Green/Getty Images)Yahoo (YHOO) has become technology's newest villain after suing Facebook for violating 10 of its patents in online advertising, messaging and other areas.

Within hours after the lawsuit was filed, tech observers rushed to judgment. The suit stinks. Yahoo is totally out of line.

The harshest criticism came from one of Yahoo's former board members. "Pathetic and heartbreaking last stand for Yahoo," wrote Eric Hippeau on Twitter. "It's all over. I loved you very much." 
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The retailer's margins contract as its profit drops.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Mar 13, 2012 2:03PM

Image: Jewelry store (© Baerbel Schmidt/Getty Images/Getty Images)Rising costs hurt S&P 500 component Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) in the fourth quarter as profit dropped from a year earlier. Urban Outfitters is engaged in the general consumer product retail and wholesale business, selling to customers through various channels including retail stores, catalogs and websites.


Here is the "cheat sheet" for Urban Outfitters fourth-quarter earnings report:

 
Tags: URBN

High-yielding REITs may seem attractive at first glance, but vulnerable chart patterns and potential dividend cuts make some of them especially dangerous.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 13, 2012 1:21PM

Image: Mortgage rates (© Comstock)By Tom Aspray


Investors in low-yielding stocks are likely frustrated by the historic market rally, as even a more conservative exchange-traded fund (ETF) like the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY) is up 4.78% so far this year. This ETF invests in the 50 highest-yielding dividend stocks of the S&P 1500 Composite that have also increased their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years.


Some of those searching for yield have been turning to the agency mortgage real-estate investment trusts (REITs), which are also being recommended by a number of analysts and columnists. These REITs are exclusively invested in mortgage securities that are insured by federal agencies.

 

A surge in the hiring of temporary workers bodes well for staffing stocks but is terrible news for the for-profit education sector.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 13, 2012 1:10PM

Image: Customer service worker (© Beau Lark/Corbis)By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com


This economic recovery may yet prove all too temporary, but for now its reliance on temps is one of the more impressive lines on its resume.


Temporary employment added 45,000 jobs last month, accounting for nearly 20% of February's unexpectedly strong gain of 227,000 nonfarm payrolls.

 

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