Did Alibaba IPO signal a market top?
Did Alibaba IPO signal a market top?

Some investment advisers are entertaining that possibility, especially in light of Monday's triple-digit loss in the Dow.


You won't find many box-office winners from last year on the company's streaming service. There's a reason for that.

By Kim Peterson Jan 20, 2012 4:11PM
Image: Watching television (© image100/Corbis)Where have all the Netflix (NFLX) hit movies gone?

Internet veteran Tristan Louis has an observation that should come as no surprise to a Netflix streaming subscriber: The biggest box-office winners aren't on the service.

Netflix streams only five of the top 100 box-office winners of 2011, Louis notes. That's down from 10 in 2010. You can, however, find most of those hits for rental or purchase on Amazon (AMZN) or iTunes from Apple (AAPL). 

As smartphones become ubiquitous, more searches will be performed on mobile devices and speech-controlled technology will become critical.

By Trefis Jan 20, 2012 3:38PM
Image: Businesswoman on cellphone (© Corbis)Speech recognition has long since promised a lot but delivered very little so far. The technology has been available in some form or another for years, but inadequacies on the hardware and software side -- causing user commands to be misunderstood or giving users limited choices -- have led to little adoption.

Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) have both given it a shot and tried to support voice controls on their operating systems that run on several smartphones and PCs, however neither has managed to gain traction. (Microsoft owns and publishes Top Stocks, an MSN Money site.)  

The Dow is lifting on the backs of shares that investors had written off.

By Jim Cramer Jan 20, 2012 2:55PM

Sure, this market should be going down already. Sure, this year has become too good to be true. You can sell now and take it all to the bank and no one will mind that you made it because you played the first few weeks of January.

There's still Greek uncertainty. Google's (GOOG) hammering. Downbeat commentary about Europe across the board. We should be in a tailspin.


Housing data this week points to a sector recovery -- but not as fast as investors want.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 20, 2012 2:39PM
Image: Home under construction (© Paul Burns/Photodisc/Getty Images)Investors looking for a breakout in housing sales are disappointed with the data on home sales and housing starts released this week. That's why shares of homebuilders such as Lennar (LEN) were down -- by 2% in this instance -- Friday. 

The recent huge rally in stocks in the sector has left them vulnerable to profit-taking on anything less than stellar news.

It’s not, however, that the news in the last two days is bad. It does indeed argue for a recovery in the sector.
Tags: LEN

Technical action in the popular ETF and rampant bearish sentiment suggest that a buying opportunity could be set up in coming weeks.

By MoneyShow.com Jan 20, 2012 2:37PM

Image: Small Stack of gold ingots (© Anthony Bradshaw/Photographer)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com

Gold futures and the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) have edged higher over the past three weeks but have failed to keep pace with the rally in the stock market. As I noted in November, investor interest in gold seemed to be very low, and by December, bullish sentiment for gold dropped to extremely low levels.

Though the sentiment is likely less negative now, headlines like "Gold Sheds 'Can't Lose' Status" over the past month suggest to me that gold is still close to completing an intermediate-term low.


"If you're so rich, why aren't you so smart?"

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Jan 20, 2012 2:33PM

By Morgan Housel


In his book Fooled By Randomness, Nassim Nickolas Taleb describes "luck disguised and perceived as nonluck (that is, skill)." He explains: "It manifests itself in the shape of the lucky fool, defined as a person who benefited from a disproportionate share of luck but attributes his success to some other, generally very precise, reason."


Are you listening, Wall Street?


These northern companies offer excellent appreciation potential.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 20, 2012 2:17PM
Image: Canada (© Royalty-Free/Corbis)By J. Royden Ward, editor Cabot Benjamin Graham Value Letter

We believe many outstanding buying opportunities exist among Canadian stocks. As such, we screened our Benjamin Graham database to find Canadian companies with rapidly growing earnings and strong balance sheets.

The six companies recommended below offer excellent appreciation potential during the next six to 12 months. 
Tags: GGgoldSLW

As traders push stocks slowly higher, blissfully ignoring all that's still wrong with the global economy, there's evidence that something is amiss.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Jan 20, 2012 1:56PM

Stocks inched up Thursday for the 10th day out of 12 trading sessions in 2012, pushing various technical indicators deeper into oversold territory and reaching levels not seen in many cases since late last April, when stocks were putting in their bull market high. Volume and breadth were pathetic. Up volume accounted for only 65% of total volume on the NYSE.


All that matters, apparently, is that the European Central Bank dumped just over €200 billion in three-year money into the system a few weeks into a long-term refinancing operation to supply capital to banks. While not exactly like the quantitative easing done by the Federal Reserve a few times, this LTRO looks, smells and tastes just like the Fed's QE1 and QE2 to the Wall Street fat cats worried about their bonuses.


As in the past, bonus cuts are forcing traders to go out on their own.

By The Fiscal Times Jan 20, 2012 1:04PM
Hedge FundBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

The cost-cutting on Wall Street (particularly notable when it comes to initiatives aimed at limiting outsize bonuses) is about to spawn a brand new generation of hedge funds.

That is common sense. It has happened before in the wake of upheavals in global financial markets and the financial services industry. What is unclear this time is whether those next-generation hedgies will find investors quite as eager to back their new endeavors with cold hard cash. 

The company's shares have been stuck for more than a decade.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 20, 2012 12:54PM
Shares of General Electric (GE) have plunged more than 50% over the past decade, underperforming the S&P 500, which rose 16% during the same period. CEO Jeffrey Immelt, who has run the company since September 2001, deserves much of the blame for the stock's awful performance.

The Fairfield, Conn., company, which on Friday reported disappointing results, is a handful for anyone to manage because of its diverse portfolio of businesses. Were it created today, there is no way anyone would cobble together a group of divisions such as energy infrastructure, appliances and medical imaging equipment that have no apparent connection. The company's involvement in the entertainment business made the least sense of all, so it's good that GE transferred control of NBC Universal to Comcast (CMCSA). 

Several key parts providers look even better than the aerospace giant, with some of the best mutual funds already on board.

By MoneyShow.com Jan 20, 2012 12:43PM

Image: Paper airplane made of money (© Tetra Images/Corbis)By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com

Maybe the housing market has hit bottom. Maybe it's up-and-away for long-suffering banks. Maybe . . . the truth is no one really knows, and bets in those sectors remain as risky as they are potentially lucrative.

Investors seeking better visibility with plenty of rewards still in place could look instead to aerospace suppliers with inexpensive stocks that have held up well during recent market turbulence.


Lockheed Martin is downgraded to 'underperform.' Agrium, Mosaic are reinstated with a 'buy.'

By MSN Money Partner Jan 20, 2012 11:54AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Noble Corporation (NE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
  • Whiting Petroleum (WLL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
  • SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Outperform from  Neutral at Cowen
  • Southwest (LUV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
  • Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Lazard Capital

But make sure you avoid bank-only funds.

By InvestorPlace Jan 20, 2012 11:09AM
John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty ImagesBy Will Ashworth

Many big banks have reported, or are announcing, fourth-quarter earnings this week, including Bank of America (BAC), which announced a positive earnings surprise Thursday.

But with banks still on shaky ground, investors interested in Bank of America should instead consider opting for an exchange-traded fund.


ConocoPhillips, Seagate Technology, Credit Acceptance and Coca-Cola Enterprises are undergoing share repurchase programs.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 20, 2012 10:53AM
Nicholas Monu/iStock Exclusive/Getty ImagesBy David Fried, The Buyback Letter

Our Buyback Premium Portfolio is beating the S&P 500 by more than 30% since its inception in 2000. The portfolio is up 17.50% vs. a decline of 12.55% in the S&P 500 over the same time frame.

Here's a look at the latest four additions to this portfolio: ConocoPhillips (COP), Seagate Technology (STX), Credit Acceptance (CACC) and Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). 

The company represents a solid, diversified alternative in the wireless space.

By Zacks.com Jan 20, 2012 10:34AM

Maciej Frolow/Brand X/Getty ImagesBy: Jared Levy

The future of global communication and culture is without cords and boundaries. Wireless technologies are changing the way we live, work and play. Companies like Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Sandisk, Lenovo, Plantronics and many more are creating products that influence everything we do as a society. Brightpoint (CELL) is a necessary catalyst for their continued success and in turn reaps serious rewards from growth in the entire space.

Brightpoint has over 25,000 B2B customers in over 35 different countries. The aforementioned companies are just a few of Brightpoint's customer base. In 2010 alone, the company handled 99 million wireless devices globally.

Tags: internet


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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market finished the Tuesday session on the defensive after spending the entire day in a steady retreat. The S&P 500 (-0.6%) posted its third consecutive decline, while the small-cap Russell 2000 (-0.9%) slipped behind the broader market during afternoon action.

Equity indices were pressured from the start following some overnight developments that weighed on sentiment. The market tried to overcome the early weakness, but could not stage a sustained rebound, ... More


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