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KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell continue to expand in China and beyond.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 28, 2011 11:43AM
By Glenn Rogers, Internet Wealth Builder

Yum Brands (YUM) is a fast-food icon. Even if you aren't familiar with the corporate name, chances are you've been a customer at KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

Its franchises can be found in every city in North America, but the real story is the company's expansion into China. 
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Critics of Reed Hastings are missing the point: You can't innovate without failure.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 28, 2011 11:23AM

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By now, it's old news that Netflix (NFLX) has aborted its plan to break up its service into separate DVD-by-mail and online streaming businesses. And by now we all know why: Customers were in revolt over the changes to a brand that they loved and the price increases that were necessary to make those changes possible.


Along with the recent announcements, Netflix revealed the damage done in real numbers. The company ended the third quarter with 800,000 fewer subscribers, and its stock price plunged by 37%. Profit tells a more reassuring story, as the company posted a net income of $62.5 million, up almost $25 million from the previous year, with total revenue up 49% to $822 million.


Forget the labor unions. A University of London anarchist and anthropologist is a major force behind the protest movement.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 28, 2011 11:10AM

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By Seth Fiegerman, MainStreet

When he's not busy brainstorming how to tear apart and rebuild America's democratic system, David Graeber prefers to think about simpler things, like why we still don't have flying cars.


Graeber, a professor at the University of London and a widely respected anthropologist, has achieved a new level of fame in recent weeks for his early influence on the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York City and have since spread around the world.


The plan suggests the Oracle of Omaha views his company's stock as undervalued.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 28, 2011 9:49AM
By Ian Wyatt, 100K Portfolio

Earlier this month, Warren Buffett announced an "open-ended" share-buyback program for Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B), which allows it to repurchase its buy stock at a price not to exceed 10% above book value.

The program is a huge positive for Berkshire shareholders and effectively puts a floor on Berkshire's share price. 

Which way are these picks headed?

By InvestorPlace Oct 28, 2011 9:35AM
By Jamie Dlugosch, InvestorPlace

Momentum stocks are fun to own when they are going up. Not so much on the way down. Imagine those poor investors who bought a stock like Netflix (NFLX) when it peaked above $300 per share. At about $80 per share now, NFLX is a shell of its former self.

Perhaps Netflix never was what some thought it might be: the king of the media content delivery hill. It turns out there are plenty of threats to the business that put Netflix's future very much in question. Momentum investors don't like questions. They expect fervent belief without doubt.


Whirlpool announces major layoffs as it reports weak results. Shares of chip-maker AMD surge on better-than-expected earnings.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 28, 2011 8:25AM

By Andrea Tse, TheStreet



Whirlpool (WHR) significantly reduced its outlook for 2011 earnings and said it would cut 5,000 jobs to trim costs and expand its operating margins.


AMD (AMD) swung to a profit in the third quarter, citing strong demand for its mobile processors.  The no. 2 chipmaker earned $97 million, or 13 cents a share, in the latest quarter, up from a year-ago equivalent loss of $118 million, or 17 cents a share. On a non-GAAP basis, AMD earned $110 million, or 15 cents a share, in the quarter. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters were looking for earnings of 10 cents a share.


Forget iPad vs. Kindle or iPhone vs. Android. Amazon, Apple and Google are the future, and there's room for all of them to succeed.

By Jim Cramer Oct 28, 2011 7:43AM

the streetThis economy is not a Wild West town. There is room for more than one player. I am thinking of Intel (INTC) vs. Arm Holdings (ARMH) and Amazon (AMZN) vs. Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) vs. Apple -- three rivalries that may very well not produce any losers at all.


It is tempting to believe -- and I know I have at times wavered on this -- that Arm Holdings, with its Apple relationship and its intellectual-property licensing model, is going to stop Intel's made-it-and-built-it strategy. I have been tempted, because Intel is linked to the personal computer and to Microsoft (MSFT) software (even though it has an Apple model for desktops), while Arm Holdings' chips use little battery power, courtesy of its decision long ago to concentrate on the smaller cellphone form factor, not the larger PC-based form factor.


Shares of Cummins dropped briefly on reduced fourth-quarter guidance, but investor optimism returned.

By Jim J. Jubak Oct 27, 2011 5:11PM
All those warnings about weakness in the fourth quarter are starting to sound like a pattern. At least I'm starting to see investors and analysts leap to work building a pattern.

Be careful, though -- the warnings are coming from very different directions, which should make it hard to draw larger conclusions about market sectors and the global economy.

Let’s take the Oct. 25 poster child for fourth-quarter warnings, Cummins (CMI). (Cummins is a member of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio.)
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The company may be able to extend agreements with Sprint. But it needs more than that to right the ship.

By Benzinga Oct 27, 2011 4:49PM

By Abe Raymond, Benzinga Staff Writer

Clearwire (CLWR) is best known for its collaboration with Sprint (S) to develop its 4G wireless network.

But over the last year, the two companies have been dancing around each other, trying to figure out the best way to work together. Sprint currently owns 54% of Clearwire and has agreed to pay it $1 billion through 2012. 

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Occidental Petroleum could have your portfolio gushing with profits

By Benzinga Oct 27, 2011 4:29PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer

Exxon Mobil (XOM) announced a decent third quarter Thursday, reporting revenue of more than $125 billion. It is the world's largest oil and gas company, but that doesn't mean it's the best.

That distinction might go to Occidental Petroleum (OXY), which is highly levered to the price of oil, and blew out estimates Thursday in its quarterly earnings report.


An advertisement by the lip balm maker triggered a social-media drama that was simply unnecessary.

By Kim Peterson Oct 27, 2011 4:01PM
The latest online scandal started, as many of those things do, with a woman's rear end. And ChapStick wishes it would all go away.

Yes, ChapStick. The lip-balm maker, owned by Pfizer (PFE), decided to run an advertisement prominently showing the behind of a woman searching for her ChapStick behind a sofa. "Where do lost ChapSticks go?" asked the ad.

It was a bizarre photo (you can see it here) but not really any big deal. We've seen far worse in other advertisements.  
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Is the online-music darling destined to follow the blueprint made notorious by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings?

By Benzinga Oct 27, 2011 3:30PM

By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer

There has been a lot of love for Spotify this year. But you know what they say: if you love something, you have to set it free.

I'm starting to wonder if this applies to entertainment services. I look at what happened to Netflix (NFLX) and cringe. This was the company that took down Blockbuster!


The video game giant is getting whacked by a strong Japanese yen and by flagging sales of hardware and software.

By Kim Peterson Oct 27, 2011 2:45PM
What a blow for Mario.

Nintendo (NTDOY), the biggest video game company in the world, is set to post its first annual loss ever. The company had previously expected to make a profit of about 20 billion yen, or $264 million, for the year ending next March.

But on Thursday, Nintendo delivered the crushing news: Instead of a profit, the company could see a net loss of about 20 billion yen. That was a surprise to analysts, who had expected to see a profit of about 12.2 billion yen, Bloomberg reports

An against-the-odds deal to save the eurozone is yet another example of reality surprising to the upside. It's set to continue.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Oct 27, 2011 12:58PM

Stocks blasted higher Thursday like a lit Saturn V on the way to the Sea of Tranquility, thanks to a better-than-expected result from Wednesday's big eurozone summit in Brussels.

Policymakers hit all the targets: Bank recapitalizations to prepare for a Greek debt restructuring, leveraging the eurozone bailout fund to more than €1 trillion, and creating insurance funds needed to attract capital from private investors and emerging markets like China and Russia.


Flooding in Thailand has created near-term problems, but the hard disk drive maker remains a long-term buy.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 27, 2011 12:44PM
By Paul McWilliams, Next Inning

The flooding in Thailand has significantly impacted the hard disk drive (HDD) market and with it suppliers like Marvell Technology Group (MRVL).

The company is the worldwide market leader in the HDD controller market. And while shortages of HDD manufacturing capacity will likely drive HDD prices up and lessen the impact on HDD manufacturers, lower unit volume will clearly have a negative impact. 
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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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