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The ratings agency is positive on the beverage giant's strong operations and credit quality.

By Zacks.com Nov 1, 2011 1:28PM

Standard & Poor's has upgraded its ratings outlook on Coca-Cola (KO) on the back of the company’s strong operations and credit quality.


Despite the prevailing market turmoil, S&P upped Coca Cola's outlook to positive from stable and reiterated its "A+" long-term corporate credit and "A-1" short-term corporate credit and commercial paper ratings. The agency said it continues to expect robust performance from Coca-Cola even in the uncertain economy.

 
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Instead of selling itself, the Internet company announces an acquisition to boost its display-advertising business.

By Benzinga Nov 1, 2011 1:18PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga


Yahoo's (YHOO) board may have screwed up again.


Rumors surfaced last week that instead of selling itself, the company was mulling a share buyback and dividend to appease investors. Benzinga spoke to Yahoo about the rumors, only to be told the company would not comment.

 

The powerful rebound rally out of October has run its course as Greece dances with disaster. Hiding in cash may be the best strategy.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 1, 2011 12:57PM

What a difference a few days can make. Last Thursday, all was right in the world as Europe's leaders offered a comprehensive -- if not fully fleshed out -- plan to save Greece, strengthen their banks, ring-fence Italy and Spain, and attract new cash from Russia and China.

 

But now the deal is unraveling at what was always its point of vulnerability: A lack of political support from Greek citizens unwilling or unable to bear the burden of their national debt. And that, according to European Union officials, could push Greece into bankruptcy.

 

Pimco's bond guru Bill Gross outlines the largest impediments to global growth.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 1, 2011 12:18PM

By Lindsey Bell, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Since the Great Recession began, in December 2007, the global economy has struggled to spur growth.

 

In his monthly newsletter, Pimco founder and co-chief investment officer Bill Gross discusses his views on the lack of growth in the global economy. Growth is necessary to alleviate the hangover of the Great Recession. In his view, the lack of growth is a structural rather than cyclical problem. That means central banks' efforts to promote consumption by lowering interest rates and flooding the system with money are largely ineffective.

 

Even after October's big gains, 4 leading blue chips still have room to run.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 1, 2011 11:18AM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


In early October, I discussed a monthly scan I run that ranks the 30 stocks in the Dow Industrials by their proximity to the monthly Starc- bands. (See "The Most Oversold Dow Stocks.")


Starc band analysis is one way I determine whether a stock is in a high- or low-risk buy or sell zone. When a stock is close to its monthly Starc- band (oversold), then it is a low-risk buy and a high-risk sell.

 

Stocks with decent yields and growth need to be bought slowly and methodically into the maximum pain point.

By Jim Cramer Nov 1, 2011 9:12AM

the streetLooks like the first-day-as-worst-day theory is playing out. Looks like people are deciding that anything the Europeans do is no good after deciding just the opposite last week.

 

My take: We are not going to get any good news out of Europe. It is all about being less bad. I continue to see things as less bad. However, we have seen a gigantic run in every stock imaginable, and I think this is a correction that will wipe out some but not all of that amazing October rally.

 

The long-term outlook is unclear, and the short-term outlook is volatile.

By InvestorPlace Nov 1, 2011 9:00AM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com

Bank of America
(BAC) gave back about 7% Monday and was poised to crash and burn yet again Tuesday. However, the stock remains up over 30% from its 52-week low of around $5 a share. More impressively, that 52-week low was set intraday a mere four weeks ago.

A rollback after a red-hot run like that is to be expected -- so some traders may be wondering if now is the time to jump in.

After a rip-roaring run in October, it may seem like a good idea. But for most investors it is a very, very bad one.

 

The pharma giant is successfully re-energizing its drug pipeline to counteract patent expirations.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 1, 2011 8:50AM

By Stephen Leeb, Income Performance Letter

While they don’t always deliver eye-popping growth, stocks that offer a steady stream of growing income are must-haves for conservative investors.

With that in mind, we recommend Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) as a dependable income play that warrants a place in our income model portfolio.

 
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The drugmaker reports better-than-expected results. Dunkin' Donuts' parent company posts a loss on IPO charges and debt payments.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 1, 2011 7:59AM

TheStreetBy Andrea Tse, TheStreet 

 

Pfizer (PFE) reported adjusted earnings of 62 cents a share as revenue rose 7% to $17.2 billion for the third quarter and raised its 2011 guidance. Analysts were expecting a profit of 56 cents on revenue of $16.4 billion. Shares were surging 1.6% to $19.57 ahead of Tuesday's open.

 

Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, reported a loss in net income of 61% in the third quarter. The company cited charges related to going public and paying down its debt. But earnings were 28 cents per share without the special items, beating analysts' estimates of 25 cents. Revenue rose 9% to $163.5 million, also beating a forecast of $159.3 million. Shares were down nearly 3% at $28.25.

 

The Chinese Internet company is finding ways to rein in expenses -- and beat Wall Street profit projections to boot.

By Jim J. Jubak Oct 31, 2011 6:17PM
What’s this? An Internet company reports massive growth -- and says costs are under control.

It’s even more impressive when these results come from a Chinese Internet company, since the sector isn’t exactly known for tight controls on expenses.

Baidu (BIDU), the runaway leader in China’s search market, reported earnings of 86 cents a share Friday, beating the Wall Street consensus projection by 3 cents a share.
 
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Despite having the best brains in the business, some investors and corporate executives have made downright disastrous decisions.

By Benzinga Oct 31, 2011 4:22PM
By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer

Even the most brilliant minds in finance can make terrible mistakes.


And when they do, the results are usually as bad as a lame summer blockbuster that ultimately flops.

 

The NBA star may have been scammed by one of his wedding guests, according to reports.

By Kim Peterson Oct 31, 2011 3:27PM
Tough week for Kris Humphries. His reality-star wife files for divorce, the NBA lockout continues and one of his wedding guests may have scammed him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The New Jersey Nets player thinks he was caught up in a fraudulent investment scheme run by Boston money manager Andrey Hicks. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has sued Hicks for using a phony investment fund to defraud investors to the tune of $1.7 million. 

If you want to trim some positions, go ahead, but don’t feel compelled to do anything but wait.

By Jim Cramer Oct 31, 2011 3:17PM

the streetJust let it come down. The last day of the month hasn't been a particularly good one. There is no gun to your head. Who can blame the sellers looking to cash in on some gains? The profits have been voluminous.


Here's what I would do. Let it come in and wait. Sit on your hands. Have some gains in stocks that were accidental high-yielders that are no longer high? Ring the register. Have some stocks with good dividends? Do nothing. Don't feel compelled to do anything but wait.

 

The new voice-recognition software from Apple can make appointments, answer questions and remind you about your wife's birthday.

By Kim Peterson Oct 31, 2011 2:45PM
OK, OK, we know Siri is great. People love the new voice-recognition software that Apple (AAPL) has added to its newest iPhone.

But is Siri great enough to torpedo Google's (GOOG) prospects? That's the latest thinking among the tech crowd. "I believe Siri's launch this month spells a future crippling of Google's business," wrote Eric Jackson at Forbes. 

If you think ghosts and goblins are scary...

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Oct 31, 2011 2:05PM
By Alex Dumortier

 

In the spirit of All Hallows Eve, I've compiled a list of five things that should have you spooked -- they certainly spook me.

 

1.) Unemployment: It's a problem
There is a quote that is often attributed (falsely, in all likelihood) to New Yorker journalist Pauline Kael regarding Nixon's 1972 election victory. She "couldn't believe that Nixon had won" as no one she knew had voted for him. (Despite this, Nixon managed to carry all but one state.)

 

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