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From autos to cloud computing, this company helps manufacturers produce more efficient devices.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 17, 2011 12:56PM
Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)By Brendan Coffey, Cabot Global Energy Investor

Ansys (ANSS) is a company right in the middle of figuring out where power comes from, where it goes and how best to use it.

The company designs and runs complex and critical simulations for manufacturers of every stripe. Its customer base exceeds 40,000 and includes 96 of the top 100 industrial companies in the U.S. 
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The retail-sales outlook has been grim, but actual numbers have been surprisingly strong. Should you look to buy in?

By MoneyShow.com Nov 17, 2011 12:49PM

Image: Young woman clothes shopping (© Image Source/Getty Images)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


October’s jump in retail sales caught some by surprise, and suggested that consumer spending is healthier than many think. This was the fifth consecutive monthly increase. Electronics and building supplies led the way.


On the other hand, department-store and retail-apparel sales were down. The strong seasonal period for retail, as I noted last month, generally runs until at least the start of December, if not all the way until Christmas.

 
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The company will focus on expanding in the UK and Ireland in the next few months.

By Trefis Nov 17, 2011 12:37PM
Netflix (NFLX) is trying to get through a very tough year one step at a time "despite the foot with the bullet hole," as CEO Reed Hastings recently quipped.

The company has made some progress recently by signing content deals and expanding its reach on mobile devices. Even hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson, who famously shorted the stock, is now long. 

As the European debt crisis threatens to spiral out of control, banks are desperately seeking shelter from the storm.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 17, 2011 12:29PM

By Shanthi Bharatwaj, TheStreetTheStreet

 

As the European debt crisis threatens to spiral out of control, banks are scrambling behind the scenes to protect their balance sheets and hedge their exposure to ride-out an increasingly scary 2012.

 

But while some of the moves may help mitigate the losses from Armageddon, market watchers say certain financial insurance policies -- particularly credit default swaps on sovereign debt -- may not work in a new financial crisis.

 

More shopping options and jobs are good, but low wages and competition for mom-and-pop business may be bad.

By InvestorPlace Nov 17, 2011 12:25PM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


Wal-Mart (WMT) has taken a beating lately. Disappointing earnings showed higher costs sapped profits, and the retailer recently lowered its full-year forecast. Costco (COST) and others continue to overshadow Wal-Mart in the discount market. WMT stock has gone pretty much nowhere in two years.


But there are signs that things could be turning around. The company has stopped its slide in U.S. same-store sales at its stores recently and is embarking on an ambitious campaign to tap into urban markets.

 

A better sales mix should give a boost to the automaker's share of the North American car market.

By Trefis Nov 17, 2011 12:24PM
Ford (F) recorded car sales of 49,994 in October, an 8% drop from the prior year. Despite the company's efforts to improve its fuel-efficient lineup, the overall weak economy is taking a toll on car sales.

However, Ford's car sales have improved 7% year to date from 2010. Its Fiesta, Fusion and Focus models have seen strong retail sales, and a better sales mix in the medium term should boost its share in the North American car market. Ford mainly competes with General Motors (GM), Toyota (TM), and Honda (HMC). 
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Earnings projections suggest the stock is now at bargain levels for long-term investors.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 17, 2011 12:17PM
By Geoffrey Seiler, BullMarket.com

Target (TGT), a 'buy' on our recommended list, just delivered a stronger-than-expected third-quarter profit; gains were driven by solid sales in higher-margin categories like is signature apparel lines and home goods.

The credit card unit also performed well as the penetration of the company's REDcard rewards credit card, which gives cardholders a 5% discount on purchases, rose to 9.5% from 5.5%. 
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Will Eddie Lampert's retail empire ever get its act together?

By Jonathan Berr Nov 17, 2011 12:17PM

Sears Holdings (SHLD) CEO Lou D'Ambrosio deserves credit for not sugar-coating lousy quarterly earnings. Too bad talk is cheap.

The struggling retail empire controlled by investor Eddie Lampert reported a net loss of $421 million, or $3.95 per share, significantly worse than the loss of $218 million, or $1.98, a year earlier. Sales slumped for the 19th straight quarter, tumbling 1.2% to $9.57 billion. 

 

A number of carriers plan to launch new international and domestic routes next year while curtailing non-profitable flights.

By Zacks.com Nov 17, 2011 12:13PM

Image: Mother and daughter watching in-plane movie © Ron Levine/Photodisc/Getty ImagesBy: Zacks Equity Research

 

After a prolonged battle with soaring fuel prices and capacity pullback to optimize the cost structure, airline companies are on a spree to expand network capacity.


Companies like Delta (DAL), JetBlue (JBLU) and Southwest (LUV) are the latest to join the bandwagon after United Continental (UAL) announced last week that it will launch flights in new international routes in the first half of 2012.

 

The company has seen rapid customer growth, which analysts think reflects market acceptance of enterprise cloud computing.

By Zacks.com Nov 17, 2011 11:55AM

By: Zacks Equity Research

 

Salesforce.com (CRM) is scheduled to announce its third-quarter results Thursday afternoon, and we see limited movement in analyst estimates to date.

 

Second Quarter Overview

Salesforce.com delivered decent second-quarter results, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate on the bottom line. The quarter’s adjusted earnings came in at 6 cents per share, 3 cents ahead of our expectation.

 
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With each bond auction worse than the previous one, we're caught in an endless downward spiral.

By Jim Cramer Nov 17, 2011 11:15AM

the streetIf you know that every bond auction of almost every country in Europe is going to go badly from now on, if you know that any particular country, like Spain or Italy, has endless financing needs and no institution can afford to show that it has that paper on the books, then you are set up for an endless spiral down. You can't break it. It's as if every day a new Macondo well goes off and the only way to stop it is to let it run out.

 

The company now allows businesses to establish a presence on its Google+ social network.

By Trefis Nov 16, 2011 5:45PM
With the launch of Google+ Pages, Google (GOOG) is quickly following on Facebook's footsteps by including brands and businesses on its social-networking platform.

Although Facebook has already established itself in promoting business pages, Google can provide an additional advantage to businesses by providing extensive integration between Google+ and other features such as Google Search and Google Apps. These moves will help draw businesses in promoting themselves and could threaten to extend its lead over Yahoo (YHOO) and AOL (AOL) in the online advertising market. 

The most immediate impact of the Fire will be felt not by Apple, but by competitors such as Research In Motion, Motorola and HTC.

By Trefis Nov 16, 2011 5:38PM
Ever since Amazon (AMZN) announced in September it would sell its Kindle Fire for a mere $199, the tablet has drummed up a lot of interest from developers and consumers alike.

A recent study by Retrevo.com suggests that more people are interested in purchasing the Fire than Apple's (AAPL) tried-and-true iPad this holiday season. We believe this poses a bigger threat to tablets from Motorola (MMI), HTC and other carriers using Google's (GOOG) Android software. 

Where is the retailer headed this holiday season?

By Benzinga Nov 16, 2011 5:26PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer


Target (TGT) really hit the mark Wednesday with earnings that blew away Wall Street estimates.


The Minneapolis retailer reported earnings of 87 cents per share on $16.4 billion in revenue. Analysts were looking for earnings of 74 cents per share on $16.3 billion.

 

Protesters intend to shut down the New York Stock Exchange and various subway stations on Thursday.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 16, 2011 3:52PM

the streetBy Joe Deaux, TheStreet

 

A day after a New York Supreme Court judge ruled Occupy Wall Street protesters couldn't return to Zuccotti Park with tents and sleeping bags, the protesters were preparing to shut down Thursday the New York Stock Exchange and subway stops across all five of the city's boroughs.

 

Thursday marks the two-month anniversary of the protest movement and demonstrators have said being kicked out of the park on Tuesday has invigorated them even more to close Wall Street.

 

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