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The company leases shipping containers worldwide, and sees firsthand how the global economy is faring.

By Mar 2, 2012 8:57PM

Image: Cargo ship (© Image Source/Corbis)By: Tracey Ryniec


Is strong customer demand a thing of the past for container companies? TAL International Group (TAL) doesn't think so, predicting that 2012 will mirror the strong results of 2011. This Zacks No. 2 Rank ("buy") continues to be cheap, with a forward price-to-earnings ratio of just 9.2.


TAL International is at the forefront of the global economy because it leases intermodal freight containers and chassis to customers around the world. If shipping is picking up, the company will see it.

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Is the search giant at fault for the online retailer's unexpected quarterly hit?

By Benzinga Mar 2, 2012 8:41PM

Image: Creditcard Computer (© Stockbyte/SuperStock)By Daniel James Hayden IV, Benzinga Staff Writer (OSTK) shocked investors Friday by announcing an unexpected quarterly loss and plummeting revenue.

The online retailer reported a fourth-quarter loss of $3.4 million, or 15 cents per share, compared with a profit of $14.9 million, or 63 cents per share, a year earlier. More worrying than the unexpected loss was a huge drop in revenue to $314.1 million from $348.9 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of 45 cents per share on revenue of $377.6 million.


The leverage-loving ocean driller seems less risky after recent moves from the European Central Bank.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 2, 2012 4:19PM
Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)Scary financial engineering or buying opportunity? As is usual with SeaDrill (SDRL), some of both. But I think the final addition comes out on the plus side and I'm going to buy shares (the New York-traded ADRs, actually) of this very aggressive Norwegian ocean drilling company in Jubak’s Picks Friday.

SeaDrill announced another bit of financial engineering Thursday. Hemen Holding Limited, a company controlled by trusts established for the benefit of John Fredriksen, chairman of the board at SeaDrill, and his family, announced that it had sold 24 million shares of SeaDrill stock.

The automaker has about 116 days of supply for pick-ups.

By Kim Peterson Mar 2, 2012 3:27PM
Most of the automakers had a huge February. Chrysler's U.S. sales were up 40%. Ford (F) sales rose 14%. Even Toyota (TM), still recovering from last year's Japanese tsunami, saw sales grow 8%.

But General Motors (GM) barely eked out a 1.1% increase. And that was good news -- analysts were expecting a drop by as much as 6% as GM pulled back on the incentives it offered to customers.

But are the company's inventory levels a concern? 
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Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility could change things for Android partners like Samsung and HTC.

By Trefis Mar 2, 2012 3:18PM
With Google's (GOOG) Android 5 speculated to hit the market in the second quarter of 2012, can Android's hardware partners cope with the breakneck pace at which Google is shelling out upgraded versions of its mobile operating system?

Now, with the Motorola Mobility (MMI) acquisition almost through, Android partners like Samsung and HTC may be more wary as Motorola could be better poised to integrate with new Android versions.

The CEO and president are the two largest shareholders in this high-yielding investment firm.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 2, 2012 3:06PM
Image: CEO (© Photodisc/Getty Images)By Mark Skousen, High-Income Alert

It's rare to find a stock with a high yield, growing dividend, a very solid management team and bright prospects for the future. But that favorable situation is exactly what Main Street Capital (MAIN) offers.

Based in Houston, Main Street makes equity investments and loans money to small- and mid-sized companies. Its dividend is paid monthly. It has never been cut since the company was founded in 1997. The stock currently yields 7%. 
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The tech giant alleged Motorola was illegally attempting to block its sales by abusing patents.

By Trefis Mar 2, 2012 2:53PM

Image: Laws (© Medio Images/SuperStock)

Apple (AAPL) this week scored a huge victory when a court ruled that Motorola Mobility (MMI) can't enforce standard-essential patents against it in Germany. 

Motorola had demanded a 2.25% royalty on iPhone sales related to a single patent involved with 3G/UMTS wireless standards. Apple argued that Motorola's licensing agreements were unfair and did not follow Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory terms (FRAND). 


The deal with Peugeot turns out to be a whole lot of not very much.

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

By John Rosevear


It turned out to be both more and less than we expected: While General Motors' (GM) new partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUGY) does feature a major new joint-purchasing initiative, it doesn't, at least on the surface, appear to do much to solve the very real problems facing both companies.


The market didn't love the news, sending Peugeot's shares down sharply -- though GM's were flat at midday Thursday. Clearly, Peugeot investors were disappointed by the scope of the announcement, which turned out not to be the lifeline some had anticipated.

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The business-review site faces serious headwinds, but its growth is something to behold.

By Minyanville Mar 2, 2012 1:53PM
Image: Man with laptop (© Ken Seet/SuperStock)The business-review site Yelp (YELP) debuted on the markets Friday, a day after pricing its shares a bit higher than expected at $15. But investors clearly thought the stock was worth more. In the first minutes of trading, shares soared 65% to $24.77.

By midday, shares had pulled back slightly to about $24.28.

The IPO price placed Yelp's value at about $900 million, but Friday's stock rise sent the valuation closer to $1.5 billion. Yelp looks pretty smart now for spurning Google's (GOOG) $500 million offer in 2009. 

The financial impact of the scandal is minimal as News Corp does not rely on its publishing business for the majority of its value.

By Trefis Mar 2, 2012 1:48PM
Image: Newspaper on front step of house (© Siri Stafford/Photodisc/Getty Images)A little scandal isn't keeping News Corp (NWS) down. Shares of the media giant have risen by 12% this year and by 33% since last October. 

Not bad, considering the blow to its reputation the company suffered when its tabloid, The News Of The World, was accused of resorting to illegal reporting practices. The stock price, which initially took a hit last year, has now recovered to a great extent.

But more upheaval awaits. New accusations have emerged in the last couple of weeks, one from a London police official and another from Cherie Blair, wife of the former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair, accusing News Corp. of bribing and hacking phone lines, respectively.

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New research finds that owning emerging-market affiliates of multinational companies produces better returns than owning the parents.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 2, 2012 1:36PM
Image: Globe with money (© PhotoAlto/SuperStock)By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal TimesThe Fiscal Times

Lots of investors got the emerging-markets call wrong in 2011. 

At this point a year ago, pundits were urging us to buy both stocks and bonds in countries like Brazil or Indonesia (not to mention China) as a hedge against still-sluggish economic growth and corporate profits in the developed world. 

The pundits nailed the diagnosis: Developed markets certainly were "sluggish" last year, as they battled to shake off Europe's sovereign debt crisis.

Study shows that big data users aren't 'hogs.'

By Jonathan Berr Mar 2, 2012 1:23PM
Image: Worried Man (© John Howard/Getty Images/Getty Images)Faced with mounting public pressure,  AT&T (T) has modified its plan to slow down service for customers with unlimited data plans whose data use tops 3 gigabytes.

Users who had complained that their service was throttled without warning will now receive a text message when they near their limit, according to the Associated Press. The action will not take place for several days. 

Previously, AT&T reduced data speeds for the 5% of unlimited users who used the most data.
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The recent trend of forgiveness and optimism are results of investors' shifting views of stocks.

By Jim Cramer Mar 2, 2012 12:27PM

TheStreetImage: Stock market (© Digital Vision Ltd./SuperStock)I love it when stocks won't quit that should. It is a sign of a market that's much stronger than we think.


Take Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which is a company I profiled on Tuesday on "Mad Money," using the terrific work of our own Scott Redler. We got what some would regard as subpar numbers out of Macau that normally would have caused Wynn to get hammered. But people looked through the so-called weakness of the numbers and recognized some calendar shifts and some difficult compares and decided to excuse them and buy.


Travelers is downgraded to 'equal weight,' and Boeing is initiated with a 'buy.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 2, 2012 11:40AM
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Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
  • Unum Group (UNM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
  • Cobalt (CIE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
  • Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan

This ETF holds equally-weighted positions in 30 stocks involved in the out-of-favor natural gas sector.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 2, 2012 10:54AM

Kevin Burke/CorbisBy Mark Salzinger, The Investor's ETF Report

Over the past year, stocks of the natural-gas producers have lagged both the broader energy sector and the stock market as a whole by a wide margin, reflecting investor concerns over low gas prices and robust production.

However, both price and supply pressures on producers could improve in 2012, making natural-gas stocks a compelling contrarian opportunity.



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