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Investors worry about rising gasoline prices, but market conditions and consumer attitudes are different than they were during past periods of expensive oil.

By Jim Cramer Feb 22, 2012 12:42PM

Image: Gas station © Purestock/Purestock/Getty ImagesThere's always something going wrong. Think about all that has gone wrong within the past eight months: a U.S. debt downgrade, prospects of failure among major European banks, Italian bond yields spiking. Spanish bond yields spiking, Greece repeatedly ailing and a U.S. government shutdown narrowly averted.


We sold down and we sold down hard on all of those. Every last one of them. In each case we got hammered once going in, and then we got hammered again after the actuality. There was a total inability to discount once. We always discounted twice.


Mosaic is upgraded to 'buy,' and Yahoo is downgraded to 'underperform.'

By MSN Money Partner Feb 22, 2012 11:53AM
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Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Mosaic (MOS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord
  • Blackstone (BX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
  • Urban Outfitters (URBN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
  • Lions Gate (LGF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Miller Tabak

Mixed earnings landscape could linger through the week.

By InvestorPlace Feb 22, 2012 11:23AM
Michael Hitoshi/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesBy Beth Gaston Moon

Tuesday was an exciting session for retail-sector watchers as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) reported their quarterly earnings numbers … to mixed results. While Wal-Mart disappointed, Home Depot managed an 8-cent positive earnings surprise that also handily exceeded the previous year's earnings. WMT suffered a blow of nearly 4% during the session, while HD edged about half a percent higher.

As the end of earnings season approaches, retailers become more prominent in the earnings news. Through the remainder of this week, we will hear from companies such as Limited Brands (LTD), Chico's FAS (CHS), TJX Companies (TJX), and Target (TGT). But investors also will want to keep an eye on these three other retail names slated to report this week.


The companies say Google used loopholes in their browsers to track users' browsing history even when disabled.

By Trefis Feb 22, 2012 11:01AM

H-Gall/Vetta/Getty ImagesGoogle (GOOG) is facing yet another privacy complaint, this time about circumventing privacy settings in browsers despite user settings. First, it was Apple's (AAPL) Safari browser, and now Microsoft (MSFT) has alleged the same issues apply to its Internet Explorer browser.

This could be the start of more legal troubles for Google, with three U.S. lawmakers pushing for another Federal Trade Commission investigation into the company's operations. The repercussions of any such investigation could have a significant impact on Google's advertising revenues given that browsers like Safari have millions of users.


With the ever-increasing world population, good agriculture stocks are a smart long-term buys.

By Feb 22, 2012 10:28AM

By Marc Johnson, Investment Reporter


Winnipeg-based Viterra Inc. (Toronto: VT) is one of the food stocks that we regularly examine. We've upgraded this grain handling and marketing, agriproducts, and processing company to a buy.

Viterra is becoming increasingly profitable, yet it's cheap. It is suitable for long-term gains and attractive dividends that may rise further.


Experts explain their stock picks in the travel & leisure, oil field services and construction sectors.

By Feb 22, 2012 9:48AM

Interested in the travel & leisure, oil field services and construction sectors? The Zacks panel of experts offers its stock picks in both sectors in the following video post.

Stocks covered include Wyndham Worldwide (WYN), C&J Energy Services (CJES) and Interline Brands (IBI). Plus, the panelists discuss the significance of a market's rally amid thin volumes. Is the bull tired?


A majority stake in Yihaodian would strengthen Wal-Mart's presence in Chinese online market.

By Trefis Feb 22, 2012 9:22AM
Wal-Mart (WMT) has increased its stake in Yihaodian, a fast-growing online retailer of groceries, consumer electronics and apparels, to 51%.

Presently, the Chinese e-commerce market is dominated by, a subsidiary of the Internet giant Alibaba. Wal-Mart has been aggressively looking to increase its online sales and has taken several initiatives past year in this regard.  

Changes at one mobile carrier hurt the electronics retailer in its fourth quarter.

By Benzinga Feb 21, 2012 7:23PM

Image: Arrow Down Red (© Kyu Oh/Photodisc/Getty)By Brett Callwood, Benzinga Staff Writer

RadioShack (RSH) shares fell nearly 8% Tuesday after the electronics retailer said fourth-quarter profit fell by 79%. As horrific as that number sounds, it's actually in line with expectations, as the company warned that a struggling mobile phone business weighed heavily on the bottom line.

Once the very definition of technology in America, RadioShack is now seen as a relic of a bygone age. However, many analysts considered its push into the cellphone industry a sound survival tactic. RadioShack still has a reputation for quality and good customer service -- strong attributes, one would think, for selling mobile phones.


This crisis will surface again, probably by May or June.

By Jim J. Jubak Feb 21, 2012 6:31PM
Image: Europe (© Corbis)What, no dancing on Wall Street or in London's City? Frankfurt? Paris? Madrid?

The reaction to the new 130 billion Greek rescue package has been strikingly pessimistic -- and surprisingly realistic. In the U.S. markets, the Dow Jones industrials ($INDU) and the Standard & Poor's 500 ($INX) closed up a piddling 0.12% and 0.07% Tuesday. In Europe, the German DAX index closed down 0.58%, the French CAC down 0.21, and the Spanish Ibex down 0.58. In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed up 0.25% and the Shanghai Composite was up 0.75% but I expect them to follow the U.S. and European lead tonight.


The bookseller announces a cheaper Nook to take on Amazon's Kindle Fire.

By Minyanville Feb 21, 2012 5:01PM

minyanville,minyanville mediaImage: young woman reading from Kindle (© Reggie Casagrande/Photographer)Bookseller Barnes & Noble (BKS) reported so-so third-quarter earnings before the open this morning. But the real news is its decision to raise the stakes in its war of attrition with Amazon (AMZN) in the low-end tablet market.

The company announced a $199 Nook Tablet featuring eight gigabytes of memory, which complements the $249 16-gigabyte model that debuted in November. The bookseller also cut the price of its Nook Color e-book reader by $30, putting it at $169, though that's not as important as the Nook Tablet pricing.

Corrections Corporation of America wants to buy prisons from states, offering millions of dollars to governments in need of cash.

By Kim Peterson Feb 21, 2012 4:38PM
Image: Jail (© Corbis)Corrections Corporation of America (CXW) is proposing a deal to cash-strapped states.

It's reportedly offering to buy prisons in as many as 48 states -- setting $250 million aside to do so. The offer will undoubtedly intrigue state governments looking for some quick cash.

But there's a catch here. The company wants a 20-year contract to manage the place. And it also wants to make sure the prison stays 90% full. 
Tags: CXW

The musician's 17th studio album explores many of the same themes as the Occupy Wall Street movement.

By Kim Peterson Feb 21, 2012 2:14PM
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Caption: Bruce Springsteen performs onstage at The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBruce Springsteen is furious at Wall Street, and he funneled that anger into his newest album, "Wrecking Ball."

The result is a collection of songs about the destruction of the American dream. You don't get too deep into that subject before you hit the financial crisis -- and Wall Street's role in it.

"An enormous fault line cracked the American system wide open, and its repercussions are just beginning to be felt," Springsteen said in interviews promoting the album, which comes out next month. 

While the bulls are certainly running down Wall Street now, that doesn't mean the stampede will continue.

By The Fiscal Times Feb 21, 2012 1:23PM
Dow 13,000By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal TimesThe Fiscal Times

Major U.S. stock market indexes are starting to bear an uncanny resemblance to the Energizer bunny: They just keep going and going and going -- going higher, that is. A morning rally pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) past 13,000 for the first time since May 2008 -- and up almost 100% from its 12-year closing low of 6,547 reached on March 9, 2009.

How long will the batteries last,? Barron's recently published a cover story, drawing on work done by Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel, suggesting the Dow is nearly certain to hit 15,000 sometime within the next two years, based on an analysis of market cycles. And there's a 50% chance we'll see the Dow hit 17,000. Either would take the blue-chip market indicator into uncharted waters; the Dow's all-time record close is 14,164.53 on October 9, 2007.


With 30 drugs in late-stage trials, investors are undervaluing this drug firm's long-term potential.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 21, 2012 1:18PM
By Geoffrey Seiler, editor

Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) reported its fourth-quarter results; its adjusted net income topped Wall Street's expectations by a penny a share on revenue that matched estimates.

On an as-reported basis, net income for maker of generic and branded drug dropped by 34% to $506 million, or 57 cents per share, from $771 million, or 85 cents per share, in Q4 2010. The company also boosted its dividend by 25% and expressed optimism about the global strength of its OTC partnership with Procter & Gamble. 
Tags: TEVA

A rise in the retailer's earnings lifts many boats.

By Jonathan Berr Feb 21, 2012 12:19PM
Home Depot's (HD) better-than-expected quarterly earnings are another sign that the economic recovery is taking hold. 

Net income at the Atlanta retailer was $774 million, or 50 cents a share, up 32% from $587 million, or 36 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 5.9% to $16 billion, fueled by a 5.7% increase in same-store sales and an unusually mild winter. The results topped Wall Street expectations for 42 cents a share. 
Tags: HD


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