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The company didn't give a reason for why Rob Gillette left his post.

By Kim Peterson Oct 25, 2011 3:22PM
When a chief executive resigns suddenly and without giving a reason, it's a safe bet that investors will panic.

That's what's happening to First Solar (FSLR) Tuesday after chief executive Rob Gillette left the company effective immediately. Shares of the solar company fell more than 25% to close at $43.27.

The company didn't give a reason for Gillette's departure. Its chairman and founder, Mike Ahearn, will take over the chief executive duties until a search committee can find a permanent replacement. 
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The shipping company is optimistic about the country's economic future. Now if only its customers were as well.

By Kim Peterson Oct 25, 2011 3:04PM
United Parcel Service (UPS) really wants the economy to turn around.

You can tell from executives' comments that they see a recovery within reach. We're so close, and they're enthusiastic. But there is still too much uncertainty, too many question marks blocking the way.

"Over the last month or so, we are starting to see better economic numbers, so there is more optimism out there, and that could turn things around," chief executive Scott Davis told analysts on the company's earnings call Tuesday. "We are still expecting a slow-growth economy, but I don't think it is as negative as people were thinking two and three months ago." 
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The group-buying site lowers its target.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Oct 25, 2011 2:19PM
By Tim Beyers

 

What is Groupon really worth? We may know more this week. The group-buying specialist is scheduled to meet with investors and bankers for the purpose of ratcheting its proposed IPO valuation down from more than $20 billion to $12 billion or less, The Wall Street Journal reports.

 

Color me unsurprised. Not only is Groupon unprofitable, but there's also no telling what management will have to spend to grow the business as outrageously as it has.

 

For its part, Groupon wants us to believe it has achieved massive economies of scale. Just look at how the company describes the economics of acquiring customers in its latest prospectus. On page 81, management gives the example of a "Q2 2010 cohort" group of 3.7 million subscribers acquired with $18 million in online marketing spending that went on to produce $92.8 million in revenue on 9.4 million Groupons sold over six quarters. The implication? Marketing is a minimal one-time cost that produces generous revenues downstream.

 

Certain characteristics of the company may make it attractive to buyers.

By Benzinga Oct 25, 2011 12:59PM

By Abe Raymond, Benzinga Staff Writer


Taleo Corporation (TLEO) is a head-hunting company that uses computer programs to streamline the recruitment process. Recently, rumors have circulated that Taleo might be acquired by another company, which led its stock to rally of more than 7.5% on Monday. However, is there any truth to these rumors?

 
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The largest publicly traded US operator earns S&P's highest 5-star buy rating.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 25, 2011 12:01PM
By Tanjila Shafi, S&P The Outlook

With a market cap of $34.9 billion, Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) is the largest publicly traded pipeline limited partnership in the U.S.

We view EPD as a core master limited partnership holding, given its integrated assets that connect energy supply sources to end markets, its large geographic footprint and what we consider the sustainability of its cash distributions. 
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Recent quarterly reports showing strong demand from emerging markets have boosted investor optimism in this sector.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 25, 2011 11:37AM

By Don Dion, TheStreetTheStreet

 

The aerospace and defense industry will be of particular interest during the middle and latter half of this heavy earnings week. Names on tap include Boeing (BA), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Raytheon (RTN), General Dynamics (GD), and Precision Castparts (PCP).

 

So far this month, insider selling is averaging $178 million worth of transactions per day, according to TrimTabs.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 25, 2011 11:18AM

 By Michael Baron, TheStreet

TheStreet

 

October has seen plenty of insiders selling and very few buying, according to data from research firm TrimTabs, which tracks asset flows and market liquidity.

 

So far this month, insider selling is averaging $178 million worth of transactions per day, the firm said. That's more than double September's daily average of $76 million. Meanwhile, insider buying has been almost nonexistent, TrimTabs notes, coming in at just $8 million per day, less than a third of the year-to-date average of $30 million.

 

These stocks are showing signs of bottom formations and could rally sharply to close out the year.

By MoneyShow.com Oct 25, 2011 10:59AM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


It has been a rough year for the financial sector, and the widely watched Select Sector SPDR Financial (XLF) traded as high as $17.20 in February, but as low as $10.95 in early October. The big money-center banks like Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) have gotten much of the attention, though smaller regional banks have also been under selling pressure.


Many of these smaller banks do not face the challenges or overseas exposure of the big banks, and technically, several of these banks have completed daily bottom formations. The SPDR KBW Bank ETF (KBE) has already broken through resistance that goes back to August.

 

Netflix shares plunge after the online movie rental company loses more customers that it expected. 3M's profit falls short of estimates.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 25, 2011 8:40AM

By Andrea Tse, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Updated at 8:52 a.m.

 

Netflix (NFLX) shares were plummeting 33% to $79.20 Tuesday after the online movie rental company said it lost more customers than expected in the third quarter. Netflix said its subscribers would likely shrink in its current quarter, and predicted a loss in the first quarter of 2012. The company expects earnings of 36 cents to 70 cents a share for the fourth quarter, less than the average estimate of $1.08 of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. JPMorgan (JPM) cut its rating on the stock to “neutral” from “overweight.”

 

Products maker 3M (MMM) said its third-quarter profit fell 1% year-over-year to $1.52 a share. Analysts, on average, were expecting earnings of $1.61 a share. The company expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.85 to $5.95, down from the previous outlook of $6.10 to $6.25. Shares were tumbling 5.1% to $78.

 

When you are blinded by your agenda, you risk being blind to opportunity.

By Jim Cramer Oct 25, 2011 8:30AM

the streetIdeology is a killer in this business. Ideology meaning that there's an agenda behind what people are saying, an agenda that might be keeping you from making money.

 

Take Europe. How many times have you heard that Europe is going to take us all down? There's ideology behind that statement. The ideology is that the social democrats are going to wreck the world and that we can't afford to have a European welfare state.

 

After trading above $300 in July, shares have tanked to near $75 on continued subscriber woes.

By InvestorPlace Oct 25, 2011 8:00AM

By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


After trading at more than $300 in July, Netflix (NFLX)was hovering around $77 a share Tuesday. It's all because of an earnings report after the bell Monday that showed customers left in droves and revenue missed forecasts by a mile.


The culprit is obvious: the ill-advised Qwikster scheme that aimed to split Netflix's streaming services and DVD delivery into two operations instead of a one-stop website. Qwikster was killed before it became a reality, but the damage remains to the once-loyal customer base of Netflix.

 

The company raised its guidance on strong earnings, showing confidence about the global economy next year.

By Jim J. Jubak Oct 24, 2011 6:17PM
Caterpillar (CAT) announced third-quarter earnings Monday morning of $1.71 a share, a positive earnings surprise of 7 cents.

As you'd expect, Caterpillar shares were up big -- closing up 5% to $91.77 -- and as you'd expect, Caterpillar's positive surprise sent shares of other companies in the construction and mining-equipment sector soaring.

And the more exposure a company has to mining -- the strongest part of Caterpillar's business this quarter -- the bigger the gain:
 
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Caterpillar earnings show that global growth is still intact.

By Benzinga Oct 24, 2011 5:30PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer


After missing Wall Street expectations last quarter, Caterpillar (CAT) reported a third quarter Monday that bulldozed past estimates.


The Illinois-based maker of mining and earth-moving equipment also raised its full year guidance, sending shares up 5% to close at $91.77.

 

The company lost more customers than expected after it announced pricing changes and a plan to split operations.

By Kim Peterson Oct 24, 2011 5:10PM
Updated at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday

The number came in Monday, and it was big: 800,000.

That's how many subscribers Netflix (NFLX) lost in three months. And that's a big reason its shares were plummeting Tuesday even though the company posted a pretty decent quarter. 
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Breaking down a broken-down metric.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Oct 24, 2011 4:15PM

By Joe Magyer

 

Ah, the PEG ratio. An approach to valuation celebrated by lovers of growth stocks, including some at the Fool, the PEG ratio is typically defined as a company's trailing P/E ratio divided by analysts' five-year estimates of earnings growth. The ratio has won over many fans because:

  • The inputs can be quickly and readily found on nearly any financial site.
  • It is relatively intuitive.
  • It doesn't require any complex math.

Conventional wisdom states that if a company's P/E ratio is roughly on par with its growth rate, its stock is about fairly valued. If a company's growth rate is higher than its P/E ratio, the stock would appear to be undervalued, and vice-versa.

 

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