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Mike Mayo says compensation practices at Citi, SunTrust and KeyCorp are still out of line.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 2, 2011 1:01PM

By Pallavi Gogoi, The Associated Press

 

Mike Mayo is at it again.

 

Mayo is the Wall Street analyst who has been a thorn in the side of banks for years. Outspoken, blunt, volatile and prickly, the 48-year-old has been ridiculed by his peers, shut out of industry conferences and slighted by CEOs. In 2000 Mayo was fired from Credit Suisse (CS) months after he wrote a negative report that exhorted investors to sell all bank stocks.

 
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Investors drawn to double-digit yields from mortgage REITs and other instruments commonly overlook some major risk factors.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 2, 2011 12:34PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The sharp decline in the stock market this week has once again caused 10-year Treasury notes to drop back to the 2% level after reaching a recent high of 2.4%. While the safety of government paper is reassuring, the yield does not keep pace with the inflation rate.


This has caused some investors to turn to mortgage funds, which are generally structured as real-estate investment trusts, or REITs. As I pointed out on Aug. 4, I am not sure most investors understand the risk involved.

 
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The financial giant says debit card spending helped it achieve double-digit earnings and revenue growth.

By Benzinga Nov 2, 2011 12:16PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga


MasterCard (MA) shares soared almost 8% in early trading Wednesday after the credit card processing company reported better-than-expected earnings.

 

Despite catastrophes in Thailand and Turkey, funds pegged to the countries' markets have managed to move higher.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 12:10PM

By Don Dion, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Many investors have had their sights focused on the ongoing economic and political sagas facing developed regions like the European Union. However, in other parts of the globe, Mother Nature has been playing a major role in driving sentiment.

 

For months, Thailand has been working diligently to defend itself from rising waters brought on by heavy monsoon rains. According to Bloomberg, the flooding is the worst the nation has witnessed in 70 years.

 

Strong growth and a generous dividend boost the prospects for the chip-maker.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 2, 2011 12:04PM
By Richard Moroney, Dow Theory Forecasts

This year, Intel (INTC) has rewarded investors with a rare blend of rapid growth, a generous dividend and impressive share-price action.

Several drivers suggest Intel can keep providing investors a few of their favorite things. Indeed, only three technology stocks in the S&P 500 Index yield more than Intel's 3.4%, and the company raised its dividend in August. 
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Buy any one of these mutual funds and sleep tight at night.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 12:00PM

By Frank Byrt, TheStreetTheStreet

 

So, let's get this straight: The stock market slid in September, rebounded in October and now it's . . . tanking again?

 

Most recently, the S&P 500 Index ($INX) fell 2.8% yesterday, extending a two-day decline to 5.2%. Is it any wonder individual investors are checking out?

 
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A larger world population means more demand in certain areas, providing simple and logical investment strategies.

By InvestorPlace Nov 2, 2011 11:05AM

By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace


While investors try to anticipate next quarter's earnings results or even examine the big picture in Europe, it's really important to stand back and look at the even bigger picture. It might not be easy, but it's what top-notch investors like Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A) Warren Buffett do. It takes guts and patience, but the payoff can be big.

 

Pimco's Bill Gross and Schwab's Liz Ann Sonders say political infighting may put a damper on the stock market.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 10:30AM

the streetBy Robert Holmes, TheStreet

 

Individual investors will be up against political gridlock as the economy grows slowly next year, prospects that may damped stock market gains even if Congress pushes through a trillion-dollar budget cut.

 

A "relatively toxic political environment" next year will "get uglier," said Liz Ann Sonders, a chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, during the Schwab Impact 2011 investment adviser conference in San Francisco late Tuesday.

 

Industrial executives crave certainty from Washington and, cynical as it sounds, view the election as a distraction that could prevent the president from interfering with business.

By Jim Cramer Nov 2, 2011 9:28AM

the streetCan this economy turn without help from Washington, D.C.? Can it turn even with Washington hurting it? Those are the two questions I am asking industrial CEOs, and the answers are a little surprising.

 

First, many of the industrial CEOs I deal with actually see a turn happening in this country's economy. They see it in nonresidential construction, which can be a real driver of the GDP growth. They see it in autos, where a 13 million auto build, once dreamed of, is now a reality. They see it in larger orders for trucks and generators and construction equipment.

 

With a stealth rally under way in its shares, now is the time to start buying them.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 2, 2011 9:13AM

By Chuck Carlson, The DRIP Investor

Wal-Mart (WMT) deserves some love. Yes, I know the stock is trading where it was 10 years ago. I know lots of people view it as the quintessential evil corporation. And I know it's hard to grow a company with revenue near half a trillion dollars.

But I also know the stock is beginning to put on one of those stealth rallies that investors ignore at their own peril. In my view, it's time to put Wal-Mart stock in your shopping cart.

 
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Sony forecasts a fourth straight annual loss. MasterCard's profit jumps on a rise in credit card use. Concast posts higher profit and revenue.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 7:45AM

TheStreetUpdated at 9:20 a.m. ET


By Andrea Tse, TheStreet

 

Sony (SNE), the Japanese electronics giant, reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of 27 billion yen ($346 million) and said it expects an annual loss for the fourth year in a row. Sony said it expects an annual loss of 90 billion yen; it previously expected a net profit of 60 billion. Sony shares were down 5% to $18.72.

 

MasterCard's (MA) profit rose 38% on a jump in credit card use and new deals with other banks to issue debit cards bearing its logo. Net income was $717 million, or $5.63 per share, on revenue of $1.8 billion, exceeding expectations for profit of $4.81 per share on revenue of $1.7 billion.

 

FedEx, plus an agricultural stock and an airplane parts maker show up at the top of our screen.

By Zacks.com Nov 1, 2011 7:57PM

By Kevin Cook, senior stock strategist with Zacks.com

 

On Tuesday, I screened for stocks with strong fundamentals and a discount price. Although conservative, this strategy has proven to be a solid out performer in the past. Fourteen companies surfaced from this screen, with the top three results shown in alphabetical order. Here they are:

 

American manufacturers are fueling the recovery here as Europe quakes and China's growth gets relatively worse.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 1, 2011 6:31PM

By Lindsey Bell, TheStreet TheStreet

 

If you can keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs, you may be able to hold on to investment gains this year.

 

After Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou stunned the world by announcing a referendum on the new European bailout plan, stocks tumbled in Europe and the United States. That news overshadowed a U.S. October manufacturing report that suggested America is still a good place to invest.

 
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There are safer plays than an industrial with significant eurozone exposure.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 1, 2011 4:40PM
Back on Sept. 29, I wrote that it was time to cut your exposure to the slow-growth European economies.

As an example of how to reduce that exposure (but not take it to zero) in that post, I recommended selling BorgWarner (BWA) but keeping TRW Automotive Holdings (TRW). (At that point, both stocks were members of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio.)
 

Some big banks in the U.S. are reporting record earnings. But are these earnings all they're chalked up to be?

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 1, 2011 2:55PM

By Tom Jacobs

 

Two years after the big bank bailout, should investors rest easily and buy banks hand over fist like successful money managers Bill Ackman and Bruce Berkowitz? Or are the banks just out on bail, waiting another trial?

 

The answer is in the middle. Earnings are better, sure, but not as good you think.

 

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The benchmark index spent the entire trading day in the green, rallying to new highs during the last hour of action. The tech-heavy Nasdaq, meanwhile, briefly dipped into the red during morning action, but was able to recover swiftly.

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