Investors are hotly divided over this young tech company, which has a can't-miss concept but has yet to generate real sales.
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His recent trip to a Wyoming mine has investors wondering whether the industry will receive his blessing.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
A long-term proponent for the global economic recovery over the past year, Warren Buffett has made a number of interesting decisions that have helped to position his portfolio for strength over the long term. One avenue some observers feel the famous investor has taken a particularly strong liking to is the coal industry.
At the close of 2009 and the start of 2010, Buffett stole headlines when he announced plans to purchase the remaining shares of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. The deal, valued at $34 billion, has earned the title as Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A) largest acquisition.
Don't wait for a physical copper ETF to play this commodity, because COPX is soaring.
By Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com
There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks that iShares, ETF Securities and other companies will soon bring an exchange-traded fund to the market that tracks physical copper the way the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) tracks physical gold or the iShares Silver Trust ETF (SLV) follows silver.
While any physical copper fund will certainly make a splash, don't feel you have to wait until such an ETF debuts to capitalize on copper price inflation. One of the biggest movers in the past several days has been the Global X Copper Miners ETF (COPX), and it could continue to push upward next week and beyond if copper extends a record-setting run.
Here's my take on COPX and four other hot ETFs for the coming week:
The EPA is backing away from tighter restrictions on pollutants. The news will be good for Peabody and Arch.
We know who won the elections in November: coal.
That's right. With the news this morning that the Environmental Protection Agency is backing away from placing tighter restrictions on pollutants, the coal-burning utilities are going to be able to keep burning all the coal they want without much fear.
The stunning turn would be the green light allowing the 30- to 40-year-old plants, the ones that spew the most into the atmosphere, to keep running rather than being forced into retirement, as we would have expected.
The company needs a lot of natural gas to mine potash in Mendoza, and now it should have the supply.
The biggest winner from Argentina's huge natural gas from shale discovery in Patagonia?
Well, YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF) is certainly a winner. The find of 4.5 trillion cubic feet of gas is roughly double the Argentine company's previous proved natural gas reserves of 2.7 trillion cubic feet. YPF already produces some natural gas from four wells at the Loma La Lata field with a daily output of 100,000 cubic meters.
Repsol YPF (REP), the Spanish oil and gas company that controls YPF, is certainly a winner, too. Media reports, unconfirmed by either company, say the find could hold as much as 250 trillion cubic feet of gas. By contrast, Argentina's proved natural gas reserves before the find totaled 12 to 13 trillion cubic feet. ("Proved" is a much more meaningful measure than "reported in the newspaper," I'd note.) Repsol is planning to sell 15% of YPF in a public offering.
The retailer will put kiosks in its Pennsylvania stores by working around strict state laws.
Wine bottles from a vending machine? Interesting idea. And Wal-Mart (WMT) is all over this one, at least in parts of Pennsylvania.
The retailer has received a green light from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to put wine kiosks in stores across the state, CBS Pittsburgh reports.
The machines will reportedly have more than 50 varieties of wine. But before you buy, you'll need to swipe your driver's license and puff into a Breathalyzer.
The machines are already drawing some fairly ridiculous concerns, according to CBS Pittsburgh.
Copper stocks have soared to 52-week highs. One stock, however, may be the last deal standing.
It's not like you you're going sneak up on an undiscovered bargain in a copper mining stock these days.
Copper has been selling near record highs this year on an anticipated shortfall in supply in 2011 and on increased demand from commodity investors. On Tuesday, copper closed at $4.05 a pound. The close marked a retreat from a new all-time high but was still the highest price for the metal since July 2008.
The maker of Tide and Olay finds daytime dramas no longer the best place to reach women.
The company is done with soap operas after its last one, "As the World Turns," whimpered to a finish in September, losing two-thirds of its audience over the years, The Associated Press reports.
Women aren't chained to the ironing board anymore, and P&G has changed its media focus to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Although the company still buys some commercial spots on daytime soaps, it has backed off of production.
This nimble niche player is riding the smart-phone wave.
Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor
Investors looking for growth at a reasonable price seem to be finding fewer opportunities these days, especially in the tech world. However, one continuing trend -- the growth of smartphones -- is presenting fantastic opportunities. Chief among these is audio products whiz kid Cirrus Logic (CRUS).
Funds focusing on consumers in developing nations may be among the key investments 'of our lifetime.'
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Evidence of the developing world's popularity can be seen in November's flow data compiled by the Nation Stock Exchange. During the month, the Vanguard Emerging Market ETF (VWO) scored the No. 1 position among all exchange-traded products, pulling in $1.7 billion.
This week, Jim O'Neill, the man responsible for making the BRIC acronym a household word within the investing world, offered a promising forecast for this quartet and other emerging markets. In an interview with Bloomberg, O'Neill fingered emerging-market consumers as a key investment "of our lifetime."
The satellite radio service renews its contract with host Howard Stern, and investors reward the move.
Sirius confirmed that it signed a new five-year contract with Stern and said Stern's programs will go to mobile devices for the first time. Sirius investors were pleased, pushing up shares more than 6% Thursday to $1.40 in midday trading.
Stern's original five-year, $500 million contract was set to expire in less than a month. We still don't know how much the new deal is worth -- both sides aren't saying.
Semiconductor-maker ASML has boosted guidance across the board. Given its diverse clientele, this is huge for the sector.
When ASML (ASML) moves, when it says things are good, that ends the debate in semiconductor land. ASML has spoken, and it has spoken loudly: It's lifting guidance for orders across the board, for just about all important equipment, including flash, memory and logic chips.
The stock has led a semiconductor jailbreak over in Europe, moving up 8% and taking every stock along with it.
As someone who's extremely bullish on semiconductors, I would have been happy just hearing how companies that make chips for Apple (AAPL) are strong. But ASML makes products that give you a read on companies as varied as SanDisk (SNDK), Micron (MU), Broadcom (BRCM), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Nvidia (NVDA) and all the rest of the gang.
MarketWatch gives the Apple chief the award, citing Jobs' revolutionary leadership and drive.
"Steve Jobs is known as both mercurial and visionary, part rock-star CEO and part master salesman, a meticulous micromanager who can drive his employees to distraction -- and one of the most important figures in American industry in the past half-century," writes Russ Britt.
It's hard to argue with his choice, even though Apple shares were in the basement for the full first half of the decade in question. But what a remarkable climb they started in 2006, eventually making Apple the single most important company in the sector, with a market cap of $294 billion.
One powerful senator is reportedly trying to legalize online poker as part of the tax-cut deal.
We've heard plenty about this messy tax-cut compromise that President Barack Obama and Republicans have been negotiating. But in the middle of this is an effort by Sen. Harry Reid to legalize online poker, Politico reports.
The Nevada Democrat is trying to get support for tucking the online poker legislation into the deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts. Politico even obtained a draft of the online poker bill.
Reid's bill says Internet gambling sites must be licensed in order to operate. The bill has big implications for companies like MGM Resorts International (MGM), which -- ahem -- contributed $192,000 to Reid's re-election campaign, and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
Analysis: A very rare combination of market factors is in the works. Fortunately, playing this move is really easy.
By Daniel Dicker, TheStreet
Oil is looking like an unstoppable beast, recently trading above $90 a barrel. But there are three market factors telling me that this move is not temporary and will set the stage for a powerful follow-though, sending oil above $100 a barrel by the second quarter of 2011.
One rare market factor convincing me of the strength of this move is the action of the European Brent crude benchmark. While Brent is a sweet grade of crude, like the U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate, it normally trades at a discount to its American counterpart.
The company partners with Disney to deliver TV programs, but its shares stall on news of CFO Barry McCarthy's departure.
By Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet
The Internet movie company entered into an agreement with Walt Disney (DIS) that will allow subscribers to access hundreds of episodes from ABC, Disney Channel and ABC Family 15 days after the show airs.
As part of the deal, Netflix will add old episodes of shows including "Grey's Anatomy," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Desperate Housewives." It will also make available episodes of series no longer on the air, such as "Lost" and "Ugly Betty."
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