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It's no Alibaba, but the Citizens Financial Group offering is important to the market.


With or without merger approval, Express Scripts and Medco are solid growth companies.

By Gene Marcial Mar 7, 2012 3:08PM

Image: Pills (© in the next two months the Federal Trade Commission will hand down its ruling on whether to embrace or reject Express Scripts' (ESRX) $29 billion acquisition of its bigger rival Medco Health Solutions (MHS). Wall Street isn't so sure the FTC will go for it, but some mergers-and-acquisitions pros think the agency will.


It doesn't really matter. 


We don't expect the online reviews site to turn cash-flow positive before 2013.

By Trefis Mar 7, 2012 2:25PM
Image: Couple looking at computer (© Corbis)Yelp (YELP) is one of the largest online business search, review and recommendation services. It enables consumers to access ratings and read reviews of local businesses -- from hotels and restaurants to salons and mechanics -- on its website. The businesses are reviewed and rated by contributors. 

Yelp's stock price reached a high of around $25 on its IPO day last week, but crashed to $20 the very next trading day. 

Consumer tastes are shifting to spirits and other interesting beverage choices, and brewing companies are responding.

By Kim Peterson Mar 7, 2012 2:11PM
Image: Couple ordering meal in restaurant © NULL/CorbisThe trend is unmistakable. Beer has lost momentum in the beverage industry, taking a back seat to wine and especially spirits.

Brands like Skinnygirl Cocktails are advertising heavily and attracting new consumers. Bartenders are having a field day with new flavors like Pinnacle's Whipped Cream vodka. Beer, meanwhile, has seen sales volumes skid for three years running.

So beer makers are going exotic, developing new varieties that might make a traditional beer drinker cringe. 

Aging 2G network is a drag on wireless carrier's 4G LTE expansion.

By Trefis Mar 7, 2012 2:03PM
Image: Worried Man (© John Howard/Getty Images/Getty Images)AT&T (T) seems to be readying plans to gradually phase out its older 2G networks in a bid to free up space for newer 4G technologies.   

The second-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. has sent out cautionary letters in recent weeks to a small group of its 2G customers in New York. It is urging them to swap out their 2G-only phones for newer 3G devices, or risk not being "able to make or receive calls" or suffer from a "degradation" of wireless service in certain areas. 
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The head of the Blue Chip Growth fund sees upside in PCs, smartphones and tablets.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 7, 2012 1:08PM
mage: Bull figurine on ascending line graph and list of share prices (© Adam Gault/OJO Images/Getty Images)By Jack Bowers, Fidelity Monitor

Fidelity Blue Chip Growth is a core holding in our Growth Portfolio, and last month we caught up with the fund's manager, Sonu Kalra. 

Here we share his comments and outlook on Apple (AAPL), which accounted for 9.1% of the Blue Chip portfolio's assets at year's end.
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Shares are attractive even amid economic uncertainty.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 7, 2012 12:39PM
Image: Flourescent lightbulbs (© Ted Dayton Photography/Beateworks/Corbis)Shares of General Electric (GE) were trading up more than 2% Wednesday after the conglomerate reaffirmed its 2012 earnings guidance despite an uncertain world economy. 

The stock won't run out of gas for a while.
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Kraft is downgraded to 'hold,' Express Scripts is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Altera is initiated with a 'reduce.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 7, 2012 11:55AM
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Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Express Scripts (ESRX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
  • Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee
  • Tesoro (TSO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill

The wireless network company could change on its own, but a buyout is also possible.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 7, 2012 11:51AM
By Paul McWilliams, Next Inning

We were recently asked whether Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) could be a viable buyout candidate. Here's our assessment of the stock's outlook and its buyout potential.

Central to ALU's challenge is its high fixed cost structure. Current management has addressed that more effectively than what we saw previously, but there is still progress that needs to be made before ALU can realize the cost flexibility it needs to optimize its model. 
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As it rapidly loses ground to Facebook and Google, Yahoo is reportedly taking severe measures to restructure.

By Mar 7, 2012 11:14AM
Yahoo (YHOO) is preparing to lay off "thousands" from its 14,000-strong workforce, reports Kara Swisher at All Things D. The move is part of a "massive restructuring" being launched by chief executive Scott Thompson, who took the reins in January.

Thompson was brought in to shake things up at the hobbled search giant, which continues to lose ground to Google (GOOG) and Facebook in the battle for online advertising dollars. Yahoo is now the third most popular search engine, behind Google and Bing, and its revenues have declined for three straight years. Yahoo says it has not made any "final decisions" on layoffs, but analysts are already reading the tea leaves.  

The iPad maker is expected to introduce an upgraded tablet computer, while the online video company meets with cable providers to discuss streaming opportunities.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 7, 2012 8:53AM

By Silvia Davi


Updated at 9 a.m. ET


Apple (AAPL) is expected to introduce an upgraded version of its iPad tablet Wednesday. The company is holding a media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where it will likely launch the new iPad. It won't be called the iPad 3 but rather the iPad HD, as Apple highlights the device's high-definition screen, according to reports.


Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings has been meeting with some of the largest U.S. cable companies to discuss adding the online movie streaming service to their cable offerings, Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with matter. The talks could lead to Netflix becoming available as another on-demand option for cable subscribers through their set-top boxes, according to three people familiar with the talks, Reuters said. A partnership with a cable company would help Netflix's compete with HBO, Reuters noted.


The satellite provider has plans to build a nationwide wireless network, but needs to clear some regulatory hurdles first.

By Benzinga Mar 7, 2012 12:19AM

By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer

Can Dish Network (DISH) make it as a wireless provider? The company hopes so. It's sitting on valuable wireless spectrum, and has ambitions to build a nationwide high-speed wireless network.

It's unclear whether the company intends to launch a full mobile-phone service. But after a speculated venture with T-Mobile and other rumored plans never came to fruition, Dish is now mulling at least a fresh wireless network of its own. It won't be easy. Federal regulators have decided to address the issue in formal deliberations that could last all year, The Wall Street Journal recently reported. 

After months of feverish speculation, Apple is expected to unveil its latest gadget Wednesday, and critics worry it won't live up to the hype.

By Mar 6, 2012 6:30PM
Apple (AAPL) wants to blow us all away with the next version of the iPad, says Roger Cheng at CNET. "But it probably won't." Whether it's called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD, most of the details surrounding the new tablet's best features will have leaked before the curtains are at last raised for an unveiling in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Apple hasn't specified what it will announce, but the new iPad is widely expected to be the focus of the day. 

Later this year, Android smartphones will reportedly feature a robotic assistant that can talk its way through Gmail and Google Maps.

By Mar 6, 2012 6:25PM
Image: Worried Man (© John Howard/Getty Images/Getty Images)Android smartphones are about to get more chummy. To take on Siri, Apple's (AAPL) popular virtual assistant, Google (GOOG) is reportedly working on a Siri clone of its own, set to debut in the fourth quarter.

While Android devices can already handle voice commands (a dramatically undersold feature), the new project, simply dubbed "Assistant," would be integrated into apps and websites like Gmail and YouTube.

Google develops the Android software for use in smartphones made by Samsung, Motorola Mobility (MMI), HTC and other manufacturers. 

Wendy's has launched a broad turnaround plan, which could pique the interest of private equity.

By InvestorPlace Mar 6, 2012 6:16PM

Image: Family eating burgers (© Bananastock/Jupiterimages)By Lawrence Meyers

There's no doubt that the market loves McDonald's (MCD). The company benefited from an economic downturn that drove more customers to low-cost meals, and it introduced a broadside attack on Starbucks (SBUX) with its wildly successful coffee line.

But there's just not much room in investors' hearts for the other fast-food brand, Wendy's (WEN). No matter how you slice the burger, Wendy's is outgunned by the clown. That doesn’t mean it can't survive in the market, but it is struggling.


The markets are down, but is this a temporary bump? We'll know more later this week.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 6, 2012 5:55PM
Image: Arrow Down (© Kyu Oh/Photodisc/Getty Images)Is this the correction that has been looming as a possibility for weeks?

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) closed down 1.5% Tuesday. The German Dax Index closed down 3.4%, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 2.2% overnight. Tuesday's action followed on Monday's drop.

Sure looks like it, no?

Well, it depends. The markets are clearly down, but investors won't know until Thursday or Friday whether this goes from being a reaction to worries over the Greek debt swap to a true correction of 8% to 10% or so.


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