Surge brought back from the dead
Surge is back from the dead

Coca-Cola launched the soda brand in the 1990s to compete with Mountain Dew. Sales didn't exactly take off.


The Europeans are doing a much better job at solving their problems than they have gotten credit for.

By Jim Cramer Mar 9, 2012 2:38PM

OK, Greece is over. What's the next bogeyman we can invent?


That comment, posted early Friday morning on Twitter, has a tremendous amount of insight when you think about it. Four days ago we were hearing all sorts of stories about how there would be far fewer bondholders participating in the Greek swap than were hoped. 

In fact, many articles said that there would be maybe only about 60% participation and that the whole deal was about to fall apart. I read almost no articles and heard almost no commentators who said, "Look, most will subscribe and the rest will be made to subscribe, but this is going to succeed no matter what."


A run of steady payroll gains suggests the worst is over. A dive into the data suggests otherwise.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Mar 9, 2012 2:36PM

Here's some good news. The unemployment rate held steady at 8.3% in February, while payrolls jumped 227,000. That puts the three-month average at 244,000. For job seekers, on a number of measures, the performance over the past few months has been the best of the recovery to date.


So that's it, right? Time to unfurl the "Mission Accomplished" banner, tell the Federal Reserve to withdraw the trillions in cheap money it's injected into the financial system like morphine, and ask your boss for that long-postponed raise? Well, not quite.


The company sees shares soar more than 20% after reporting strong earnings and raising its full-year outlook.

By Kim Peterson Mar 9, 2012 2:09PM
Image: Men playing with guns (© Leander Baerenz/Digital Vision/Getty Images)People are buying lots of handguns and sporting rifles, and Smith & Wesson Holding (SWHC) is booming.

The stock was up more than 21% Friday after the gun maker beat analyst expectations and raised its revenue outlook for the year.

Smith & Wesson reported a profit of $4.4 million, or 7 cents per share, for the three months ended Jan. 31. Analysts were expecting only 4 cents a share. The company is back in the black after reporting a loss of $52.8 million, or 88 cents per share, a year ago. That year-ago loss was due in part to the plunging value of the perimeter-security systems business the company is now trying to sell. 

Late Thursday, the Justice Department warned Apple and five of the world's biggest publishing companies that they're about to be hit with a lawsuit.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 9, 2012 1:59PM
By Suzanne McGeeThe Fiscal Times

So, you've just finished watching Scarlett Johansson in the film version of Girl with a Pearl Earring, and decide that you want to read the book by Tracey Chevalier on which it was based. 

You log on to and discover that you can order a paperback copy for $10.20. Downloading the book onto your Kindle, however -- which means you only own the right to read it, not the book itself, and that you can't lend it, give it away or resell it when you're done -- will cost you $12.99. How, you wonder, can you end up paying more for less? Then you spot the small print: "This price was set by the publisher."

Strength in energy and technology and a breakout in financials are needed to keep the rally moving.

By Mar 9, 2012 1:26PM

By Tom Aspray

As we head into the final month of the first quarter, three of the 10 major sectors are showing gains in excess of 10% for the quarter. Several sectors have been correcting since the January highs, however, and may be close to turning around.

Only one sector exchange-traded fund, the Select Sector SPDR - Utilities (XLU), has had a negative performance for the first quarter, but as I wrote Thursday, utilities are entering a strong seasonal period and there are signs that the correction in this sector may be ending.


Homebuilders are upgraded at Credit Suisse, and Herbalife is initiated with an 'overweight.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 9, 2012 12:23PM
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Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
  • Lennar (LEN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
  • D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
  • Kohl's (KSS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies

Based on historic patterns of yield, here are ten undervalued blue chips for growth and income.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 9, 2012 11:46AM
By Kelley Wright, IQ Trends

Our primary purpose is to assist investors in growing their capital and income base from which to derive cash for their current and future needs.

To that end we believe that high-quality stocks purchased at historically low-price-to-high-yield offers the best potential for downside protection and upside appreciation. Our current Timely Ten list is our reasoned expectation based on our methodology and experience for what we believe will perform best over the next five years. 

The roaster's stock slumps as Starbucks launches a single-serve brewer.

By InvestorPlace Mar 9, 2012 10:34AM
Credit: © 2012 Starbucks Corporation
Caption: Verismo® System by Starbucks, A New Premium Single Cup Solution for At-Home Espresso and Coffee BeveragesBy Jeff Reeves

Starbucks (SBUX) is the king of coffee, but for a while, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) was giving it a run for its money. Green Mountain -- with its patented Keurig single-serve coffee maker and K-Cup technology -- allowed easy, high-end coffee brewing at home for a relative bargain.

But Starbucks hasn't taken kindly to the competition. The Seattle company has caught on to the tremendous potential of single-serve brewers and is launching its own machine, called Verismo. That could mean the end of the line for Green Mountain and its very profitable run.


They should also remain resilient against risk.

By InvestorPlace Mar 9, 2012 10:32AM

By Daniel Putnam


Mega-cap energy stocks might not be particularly exciting, but anyone who has been invested in this group in the past five months has a lot to celebrate. Since the market touched bottom on Oct. 3, Exxon Mobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX) and ConocoPhillips (COP) have produced total returns of 19.2%, 22.4% and 26.6%, respectively.


As these stocks continue to trade near their 52-week highs, it's time to take a closer look at what might be in store for large-cap energy in the months ahead. While the story isn't perfectly clean -- as highlighted by Exxon Mobil's news that this year's production will come in 3% lower than 2011 levels -- on balance, these three names continue to offer more pros than cons.


New exploration projects result in higher revenue for oilfield services companies like Baker Hughes.

By Trefis Mar 9, 2012 10:05AM
Baker Hughes (BHI) recently released its weekly rig count for North America, reporting the highest level since 1987, the year the company started providing the breakup between oil and natural gas rigs.

The rig count in the U.S. touched 1,293, up 28 over the past week. Low gas prices are also forcing exploration and production (E&P) companies to shift activity toward oil-rich plays. These changing trends in the North American E&P scene are also likely to affect the performance of other oilfield services players such as Halliburton (HAL). 

The coffee seller will produce a single-cup coffee machine that will compete with Keurig. The bank may cut balances on mortgages by voiding certain penalties.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 9, 2012 8:49AM

By Chao Deng


Updated at 9 a.m. ET


Starbucks (SBUX) plans to sell a single-cup coffee machine that will go on sale this fall online at high-end specialty stores and at some Starbucks cafes. Starbucks' Verismo is a blow to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), the maker of the Keurig single-serve machines. Starbucks started selling K-cup packs for the Keurig machines last November. "This is not about any disappointment with Green Mountain; it's about controlling our own destiny." Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said. "They can and they will co-exist."


More than 200,000 financially strapped households will have a chance to reduce their mortgage balances under a deal negotiated by Bank of America (BAC) that could allow the bank to avoid as much as $850 million in penalties, The Wall Street Journal reported. Under the arrangement -- part of the $25 billion settlement of alleged foreclosure abuses between government officials and five large lenders -- Bank of America will make deeper and broader cuts in balances than other banks, according to the newspaper.


The company has successfully deployed its strategy of targeting commercial airplanes as its major future growth driver.

By Trefis Mar 8, 2012 5:56PM
Boeing (BA), one of the biggest aircraft makers in the world, recently celebrated the completion of its 1,000th 777 jetliner. The aircraft will be delivered to Dubai based Emirates Airways later this month.

This is a significant milestone for the company, making 777 the fastest twin-aisle airplane ever to reach this mark. It also validates Boeing's strategy to target commercial airplanes as its major growth driver in coming years. Commercial airplanes are the most valuable division at Boeing, accounting for nearly 53% of the stock's value. 
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Suddenly there's a very good reason why the company is holding on to its mountains of cash.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 8, 2012 5:45PM
Credit: © Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Caption: Apple Unveils Updated iPadBy now every techno-geek in the known universe has weighed in on what everyone but Apple (AAPL) calls the iPad 3. The general impression I get from reading the comments is the rather typical wish that Apple had done more. 

The quad-core processor isn't as fast as the one on the iPhone. Apple didn't significantly reduce the weight of the new iPad. The form looks the same as the current iPad. There's even the wishful longing for Siri to talk to.

Johnson & Johnson's recently approved Zytiga continues to score at the expense of Dendreon's Provenge.

By Melly Alazraki Mar 8, 2012 4:22PM

Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) recently approved prostate cancer drug Zytiga continues to impress. On Thursday, the company said the drug improved survival and delayed the progression of cancer in patients with less advanced disease, according to a late-stage study.


For now, the drug is approved only for treatment in men with a late-stage form of prostate cancer who have failed to respond to chemotherapy. But the study was in men with earlier stages of the disease and who had not been treated with chemotherapy. Approval to treat this new prospective patient population could significantly grow the drug's market.


The Iraqi government is unhappy with the independent deal Exxon struck with Kurdistan to explore for oil.

By Trefis Mar 8, 2012 4:04PM
Image: Oil derricks (© Comstock/Corbis)Exxon Mobil (XOM) wants to explore for oil in Iraq's Kurdistan region, and last year signed a deal with the Kurdistan government to begin the process. But the idea has infuriated Baghdad, creating a political wrinkle the company still hasn't ironed out.

The Iraqi government refuses to recognize deals that foreign oil majors strike with Kurdistan, and Iraq has pressured Exxon to drop the agreement it signed. It's now waiting for an answer, and then will decide whether Exxon should be allowed to bid in its next round of oil exploration licenses. 


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