The most likely scenario is that the markets will begin to rise from here -- and that bounce is just beginning to take hold.
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While the coffee giants cater to different consumers, both are driving sales through innovation and expansion.
By Lindsey Bell, TheStreet
Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) and Starbucks (SBUX) make most of their money selling coffee, but their customer base couldn't be more different. Which has the winning formula? This week's earnings reports will answer that question.
The health of consumers, the engine of the U.S. economy, is investors' biggest concern at the moment.
Recent studies show plenty of mainstream support for some of the issues that define the protest movement.
By Seth Fiegerman, MainStreet
The Occupy Wall Street protesters were first ignored by the media and then maligned by certain outlets, but more recently a slew of reports and surveys have come out showing the movement may be on to something after all.
As difficult as it may be to nail down exactly what the protesters stand for, much of their attention is devoted to the growing indebtedness of average households, along with the growing gap between the wealthy and the poor, and ultimately the concern that the wealthy are exerting too much control over the political process.
This specialized lender provides financing for New York City cab medallions, which are incredibly expensive.
Leon Murstein moved to the United States from Argentina in 1937 and became a New York cab driver, buying his first taxi medallion license for just $10. He then bought more, which he leased to other drivers.
Today, his son and grandson run Medallion Financial (TAXI), which has loaned more than $3 billion to taxi companies to buy medallions that now cost $975,000.
Railroads are likely to lead the markets higher in the weeks ahead, and these three in particular will be good buys on pullbacks.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
One key market sector that topped out in May was the Dow Jones Transportation Average ($DJT). It had been a market-leading sector since the 2009 lows, but its weak performance last summer weighed down the overall market.
Norfolk Southern (NSC) reported very strong earnings last week, which helped other railroad stocks surge. The recent report from the Association of American Railroads also helped, as the group reported that so far in 2011, rail traffic is up 1.7% over last year.
Whirpool's earnings missed estimates. Are shares getting pulled under?
Whirlpool (WHR) reported quarterly earnings last week that were nothing short of shocking, missing Wall Street estimates and sending shares down more than 11% Friday. Shares fell another 1.4% Monday.
The securities firm led by Jon Corzine has plunged in value since making bad bets in Europe.
A securities firm run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, brought down by risky bets in Europe.
Trading in shares of MF Global (MF) has been halted as the company scrambles to figure out its future. Corzine was trying to find a buyer over the weekend, reports say.
This subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev dominates the fast-growing markets of South America.
Our latest trading recommendation is Brazil's Companhia de Bebidas Das Americas (ABV), commonly known as Ambev.
Ambev, a subsidiary of global brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev, is the biggest brewery in South America and the fifth-largest brewery in the world.
A lack of sustained direction has led to lots of wavering over the past year.
Are we on the verge of a full-blown bull market?
Maybe, but keep in mind that the past 12 months have seen a multitude of miniature bull markets, all of which hit a wall.
For the first part of the past year, however, the market acted fairly normal. From late October 2010 to Feb. 18, 2011, the S&P 500 "slowly" spiked 13.6%. Then, from March 16 to April 29, the market rallied by 8.5%.
The health insurer guides higher, and the oil company is expected to post a gain.
Humana (HUM), the health insurer, earned $2.54 a share on an adjusted basis in the third quarter, topping analysts' estimates, and it raised guidance for 2011. Analysts were expecting third-quarter profit of $2.03 a share. Humana said it expects earnings in 2011 of $8.35 to $8.40 a share, up from its previous estimate of $7.50 to $7.60 a share.
Anadarko Petroleum (APC) is expected to report third-quarter earnings of 67 cents a share after the markets close, up from 21 cents a share at the same time last year.
Stocks are clearly in a sustainable rally, as the charts show, but the watchword for new investments is patience.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
As we get ready for Halloween, there is once again a group of market followers who are getting tricked, not treated, this year.
After a record-breaking week in the stock market and one of the best October performances since 1974, talk of a double-dip recession has again subsided. This is all too familiar: just over a year ago, in the summer of 2010, the fears of a double-dip recession also dominated the financial press, frightening investors out of the stock market.
The company was confident enough in its position that it was able to hint at expectations for its March quarter.
When you’re a fast growing stock with a price-to-earnings ratio of 36 on trailing 12-month earnings, you’d better beat expectations.
Which is exactly what F5 Networks (FFIV) did when it reported earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 Tuesday. Earnings of $1.06 a share were 8 cents better than the Wall Street consensus. (F5 Networks is a member of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio.)
Revenue climbed 24% year-to-year and earnings jumped 40%.
Let's take another look at the multiple major agreements in the region.
By Matt Koppenheffer
"I'll make him an offer he can't refuse."
-- Don Corleone, The Godfather
Were Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy taking a page out of The Godfather's book? To read some of the press reports about the Greek bond deal reached early this week, it certainly sounds like it.
Private banks, represented by Charles Dallara of the lobbying group The Institute of International Finance, agreed to take a 50% "voluntary" writedown on their Greek bonds. Why would they agree to such a drastic cut? For one thing, there's reality -- it's been very obvious for a long time that given the financial state of Greece, the value of its paper isn't in shouting distance (or maybe even collect-calling distance) of face value.
Investors looking for exposure to Samsung, which has topped Apple as the world's No. 1 seller, can use this fund.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Samsung released its quarterly earnings Friday, and on the surface the numbers were decent. Despite seeing an earnings dip over the past three months, the company managed to beat analyst expectations.
Digging deeper, however, investors can uncover some impressive news regarding the company's smartphone division. Although Samsung is still considered a relative newcomer to the industry, its products have taken off in popularity.
The drop in business contributed to a decline in profit for Cablevision and Time Warner Cable.
Both are suffering from a loss of video subscribers.
This is a touchy subject for the industry. In fact, the mere mention of "cutting the cord" gets a brusque dismissal from executives. They'll blame a down economy. They'll blame competition from other pay-TV services. But the idea that people can get all the video they need from Netflix (NFLX), Redbox and the rest of the Internet? Simply ludicrous.
Among the factors that could push stocks higher in the weeks ahead is a flow of assets from losing bond funds into stronger equities.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Asset manager Legg Mason surprised many yesterday when the company reported that their fixed income funds had outflows of $8.6 billion in the three months ending September 30. Yields have increased from the September lows, as the yield on the ten-year note has risen from a low of 1.69% to 2.39% on Thursday.
Long-term yields have also risen; the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond has moved from a low of 2.69% to 3.45%, an increase of over 28%.
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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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