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Lockheed Martin is downgraded to 'underperform.' Agrium, Mosaic are reinstated with a 'buy.'

By MSN Money Partner Jan 20, 2012 11:54AM
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Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Noble Corporation (NE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
  • Whiting Petroleum (WLL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
  • SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Outperform from  Neutral at Cowen
  • Southwest (LUV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
  • Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Lazard Capital
 

But make sure you avoid bank-only funds.

By InvestorPlace Jan 20, 2012 11:09AM
John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty ImagesBy Will Ashworth


Many big banks have reported, or are announcing, fourth-quarter earnings this week, including Bank of America (BAC), which announced a positive earnings surprise Thursday.


But with banks still on shaky ground, investors interested in Bank of America should instead consider opting for an exchange-traded fund.

 

ConocoPhillips, Seagate Technology, Credit Acceptance and Coca-Cola Enterprises are undergoing share repurchase programs.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 20, 2012 10:53AM
Nicholas Monu/iStock Exclusive/Getty ImagesBy David Fried, The Buyback Letter

Our Buyback Premium Portfolio is beating the S&P 500 by more than 30% since its inception in 2000. The portfolio is up 17.50% vs. a decline of 12.55% in the S&P 500 over the same time frame.

Here's a look at the latest four additions to this portfolio: ConocoPhillips (COP), Seagate Technology (STX), Credit Acceptance (CACC) and Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). 

The company represents a solid, diversified alternative in the wireless space.

By Zacks.com Jan 20, 2012 10:34AM

Maciej Frolow/Brand X/Getty ImagesBy: Jared Levy


The future of global communication and culture is without cords and boundaries. Wireless technologies are changing the way we live, work and play. Companies like Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Sandisk, Lenovo, Plantronics and many more are creating products that influence everything we do as a society. Brightpoint (CELL) is a necessary catalyst for their continued success and in turn reaps serious rewards from growth in the entire space.


Brightpoint has over 25,000 B2B customers in over 35 different countries. The aforementioned companies are just a few of Brightpoint's customer base. In 2010 alone, the company handled 99 million wireless devices globally.

 
Tags: internet

Plenty -- like why new ad formats led to lower per-click revenue.

By InvestorPlace Jan 20, 2012 10:09AM
Photodisc/SuperStockBy Kevin Kelleher, Technology and Markets Contributor


Now that Google (GOOG) has posted revenue and earnings that were well short of the Street's expectations, the question is: How bad is it?


On the face of it, it looks bad indeed. Google's stock tumbled as much as 10% to $574 in after hours trading Thursday, after the company posted revenue of $8.13 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011 and earnings $9.50 per share. That was shy of the $8.41 billion and $10.49 per share that analysts had been expecting.

 

Reynolds American has invested heavily in these new products, and FDA scrutiny could torpedo those plans.

By Benzinga Jan 20, 2012 12:36AM

By Samuel Richter, Benzinga Staff Writer


The Food and Drug Administration is considering the health impact of dissolvable tobacco, leaving investors concerned that new regulations may hurt Reynolds American (RAI). Shares in the tobacco giant dropped nearly 2.5% in trading on Thursday. 


With experts urging regulators to consider the candy-like appeal of flavored dissolvable tobacco to children, there may be good reason to worry. Dissolvable tobacco differs from ordinary chewing tobacco in that it dissolves in the mouth.

 

Everything from the economy to internal tension to bad leadership helped push the company into bankruptcy.

By Kim Peterson Jan 19, 2012 6:19PM
Where did Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ) go wrong?

That's a popular question Thursday after the company announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Common shareholders will probably get nothing for their holdings. Current and former employees are worried about pensions and benefits.

The company is doing its best to put on a business-as-usual face, making its case on the kodaktransforms.com website. But is there any hope for Kodak? And how can it avoid the same mistakes that got it to this point? 
Tags: EK

GM probably reclaimed its global sales crown in 2011, but it comes with an asterisk.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Jan 19, 2012 5:53PM

By John Rosevear

 

It's not official quite yet -- the company won't release its final, official 2011 sales numbers until later this month -- but it's looking like General Motors (GM) has reclaimed the global sales crown, less than two years after emerging from its historic bankruptcy.

 

Adding up the year-end numbers from GM's divisions and affiliates around the world gives a total of about 9 million vehicles sold in 2011, enough to put the General ahead of the surprise second-place finisher Volkswagen, and longtime rival Toyota (TM).

 
Tags: FgmTM

An overreaching effort to rid the Internet of pirates has run aground, to the spitting fury of one media tycoon who should know better.

By MoneyShow.com Jan 19, 2012 3:41PM

Image: Money and computer (© Angel Muniz/Jupiterimages)By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com


The Google (GOOG) logo was blacked out Wednesday for seekers of enlightenment (or, more likely, gossip about Paula Deen).


Wikipedia made its English-language pages harder to reach for 24 hours.


Their ire, and that of millions of Americans mobilized via blogs and social networking sites, was directed at legislation before Congress targeting online piracy of copyrights and trademarks.

 

The oil explorer also plans to raise its LNG output because of the more attractive economics of liquids production in shale plays.

By Trefis Jan 19, 2012 2:27PM
Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)Anadarko (APC), one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration companies, has driven a successful program to boost its reserves and diversify its resource base beyond American shale plays.

In the last quarter, the company announced that its offshore gas find in Mozambique might be among the most significant discoveries of the past decade (see: Anadarko's Mozambique Find Could Add Upside to $88 Value). 
Tags: APCCVX

Despite an old-fashioned image, this conglomerate boasts leading-edge products from aerospace to green tech.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 19, 2012 1:42PM
Image: Airplane at gate (© Brand X/Jupiterimages)By Stephen Leeb, Income Performance Letter

The economy has shown undeniable signs of expanding at an accelerated rate in recent months, and we see many excellent opportunities for investors willing to focus beyond just the next quarter or two.

We're adding Honeywell International (HON) to our model portfolio. A member of the Dow Industrial Average, Honeywell is generally thought of as an old-school conglomerate. But in truth, the company boasts a line-up that includes many leading-edge products, and it frequently holds top positions in the markets it serves. 

The company is targeting growing energy demand from Asian markets with the development of massive projects.

By Trefis Jan 19, 2012 1:26PM
Image: Oil drums (© Kevin Phillips/Digital Vision/age fotostock)Oil major Chevron (CVX) had a strong 2011. Its stock rose from $94 to $106 as the company continued to deliver success on the exploration side.

Chevron is betting heavily on growth in energy demand from Asia, and from China in particular, with multi-billion dollar liquified natural gas (LNG) projects off the coast of Australia. LNG ventures  will take up the largest share of the company's planned project spending over the next 10 years.  
Tags: bpCVXXOM

The airplane maker has over-promised and under-delivered on the 787 Dreamliner for too long.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 19, 2012 1:00PM
Image: Airline (© Christie & Cole/Corbis)Sometimes you just have to say that a trade hasn't worked out the way that you thought it would -- and that giving it more time just isn't going to help.

On Sept. 30, 2010, I added Boeing (BA) to my Jubak’s Picks portfolio with a target price of $84 a share by September 2011. The idea was that Boeing would solve its big problems with the 787 Dreamliner and the stock price would rise as planes started to roll off the assembly line.

It didn’t quite work out that way.
 
Tags: BA

Bank stocks are rocking because everyone had written them off for dead.

By Jim Cramer Jan 19, 2012 12:37PM

If you lower expectations enough, if you get bearish enough, if you get whipsawed enough, pretty much anything looks good. You get a smaller loss from Morgan Stanley (MS) -- we love it! You get an EPS number from Bank of America (BAC) that looks something like you might expect, and you buy it. You see some revenue line from Goldman Sachs (GS) that's truly anemic and you say, "Let me in!"


Let's puzzle through how bad things have been for a moment so we can understand how we got here.

 

With luxury spending in China booming, the handbag maker has high hopes for the longest and most important holiday of the year.

By Trefis Jan 19, 2012 12:36PM

Image: Woman with shopping bags (© Tanya Constantine/Getty Images)

Aspirational luxury retailer Coach (COH) may get a solid lift in sales as Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, approaches. China is the largest market for Coach outside the U.S., and with Chinese luxury spending expected to increase significantly in the week leading to Jan. 23, Coach may well witness its first 2012 bonanza.


Coach is the leading American marketer of luxury lifestyle handbags and other fashion accessories and competes with premium apparel and accessories players like Ralph Lauren (RL), Liz Claiborne (LIZ) and Ann (ANN).

 
Tags: COHRL

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