8 reasons the market isn't worse
8 reasons the market isn't worse

Stocks should be crushed by global turmoil, Jim Cramer says. Instead, they're doing fine.

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The daily-deals site's highly anticipated IPO opens to strong demand.

By Benzinga Nov 4, 2011 1:26PM
Groupon (GRPN) chief financial officer Jason Child had some interesting things to say Friday morning as his company debuted on the Nasdaq.

The company soared more than 40% past its opening price of $20 in morning trading. Groupon is said to have raised about $700 million in the offering.
 
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The daily-deals site bumped up its opening price to $20, but that still wasn't high enough for the market.

By Kim Peterson Nov 4, 2011 12:29PM

Updated: 4:55 p.m. ET

 

Say all you want about Groupon's (GRPN) questionable cash flow, issues with scale and encroaching competition. The market doesn't care.

The daily-deals site soared more than 40% past its initial public offering price of $20 Friday, and closed with a 30.6% gain at $26.11. That placed the company's valuation at about $12 billion to $13 billion. Not a bad figure, but nothing close to the $20 billion Groupon previously thought it was worth.

 
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Insiders turn bullish on the circuit maker with one director buying a $2 million position.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 4, 2011 11:43AM

By Mark Skousen, Hedge Fund Trader Alert

Over the years, many of our biggest profits have come from riding the coattails of knowledgeable insiders.

You don’t get buy signals much better than top officers and directors investing significant amounts of their own money in their companies at current market price. That’s why I want to draw your attention to Cirrus Logic (CRUS).

 
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A closer look at key market internals makes the answer to this ongoing debate quite clear.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 4, 2011 10:39AM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


Tuesday’s selling in the stock market was quite vicious, but most stocks made their lows on the opening and then closed well off the worst levels. The selling reinforced the worst fears of many market analysts, who quickly cast doubt on the October stock market rally.


The sharp rebound on Thursday has clearly surprised many, and a nervous market now heads into the monthly jobs report. Sentiment has turned more bullish over the past few weeks, as 40.1% of the individual investors in the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) survey are bullish, up from a low on September 22 of 25.3%.

 

With high-quality assets, this low-cost driller is poised to be a big winner if natural gas prices turn up.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 4, 2011 10:09AM

By Nathan Slaughter, Scarcity & Wealth

Natural gas accounts for fully 96% of the production mix at Encana (ECA). That skewed weighting puts Encana at a disadvantage in the current pricing environment.

The Canadian company makes no bones about being a natural gas specialist and is an outspoken industry advocate. And if you're looking for a well-managed pure play that is perhaps the most leveraged to rising natural gas, this is it.

 
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Think this stock can't go any lower? Wait until it's squeezed out and you could be in for a harsh surprise.

By InvestorPlace Nov 4, 2011 9:04AM
By Lawrence Meyers, InvestorPlace.com

It wasn’t that long ago that Netflix (NFLX) was destined to become a category killer. Its disruptive business model of delivering DVDs by mail coupled with its availability of long tail content became so successful that it brought down mighty Blockbuster Video.


But a funny thing happened on the way from a stock price of $8 to $300: Netflix itself began to fall apart even as its shares soared.


That means the peak numbers could be dramatically inflated, and that the lows are still a long way down from here.

 

This IPO is just a repeat of the previous dot-com era, when so many investors lost so much money.

By Jim Cramer Nov 4, 2011 8:57AM

the street logoSo Groupon's (GRPN) initial public offering is being priced at $20 per share? That's what it's going to do? That's the game it's going to play?

 

We saw the same kinds of walk-ups from the low teens to the high back in 1999. Saw it with TheStreet (TST). Go read about it in "Confessions of a Street Addict," in which I exposed this ridiculous practice.

 

The social network posts a quarterly loss, while the coffee giant beats expectations.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 4, 2011 7:46AM
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By Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet 

 

LinkedIn (LNKD) posted its first quarterly loss since its May initial public offering despite revenue more than doubling during the period. The business social network also said it will raise up to $500 million in another stock sale.

 

Starbucks (SBUX) beat Wall Street profit expectations for its fiscal fourth quarter by 1 cent on better-than-expected revenue. But the coffee chain gave a fiscal 2012 outlook below analysts' expectations, as it expects rising commodity costs.

 

The data shows that, contrary to popular belief, US consumers -- and consumer stocks -- aren't dead.

By John Reese Nov 3, 2011 5:24PM

Last month, consumer confidence hit its lowest point since March 2009, according to the Conference Board. And that has led many pundits to speculate that the holiday shopping season will be a weak one, with fearful consumers tightening their wallets and businesses struggling to meet profit and sales goals.

 

This tale of the tapped-out U.S. consumer isn't a new one. Ever since the Great Recession and market crash of 2008, many have been saying that the American consumer is too awash in debt to do their part in spurring the economy forward.

 

The coffee giant beats analyst expectations on quarterly revenue and profit.

By Kim Peterson Nov 3, 2011 5:20PM
There is just no stopping Starbucks (SBUX), even in this economy.

The coffee king beat expectations on revenue and profit in its fourth quarter, propelled by a double whammy of good news. Same-store sales rose 10% -- higher than the 7.5% analysts were expecting -- and customers spent more money per transaction than before.
 

Few predicted a rate cut from the European Central Bank, but that's just what happened at Thursday's meeting.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 3, 2011 3:35PM
Surprise! Just when everybody assumed that the European Central Bank would do nothing, it cut interest rates by 0.25 percentage points at new President Mario Draghi's first meeting Thursday.

The cut brings the bank’s benchmark interest rate down to 1.25%. Only four of the 55 economists surveyed by Bloomberg before the meeting predicted a rate cut.

The thinking was that with inflation climbing to an annual rate of 3% in October -- well above the bank’s target of just below 2% -- Draghi would be reluctant to move at his first meeting.
 

General Motors shares are underperforming as Chevrolet, its biggest division, celebrates its centennial.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 3, 2011 2:48PM

By Ted Reed, TheStreetTheStreet

 

As Chevrolet celebrated its 100th birthday Thursday, parent company General Motors (GM) must be said to have aged well after surviving a serious illness in its 98th year.

 

GM, which has been promoting the centennial for much of the year, marked the day with an announcement that Chevrolet sold its 1 millionth Cruze this week.

 
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British designer Stuart Hughes, famous for super-luxury devices, has crafted a diamond-and-bone-encrusted iPad.

By Kim Peterson Nov 3, 2011 2:27PM
Credit: © Stuart Hughes
Caption: iPad 2 Gold History Edition by Stuart HughesStuart Hughes has taken ridiculous luxury to a new level with his latest iPad.

The designer, known for blinging up iPhones and other devices, has come out with a new iPad that contains shavings from the thigh bone of a 65 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex. I'm pretty sure Hughes is the only person in the world who could have thought this one up.

The Tyranno-pad comes with a hefty price tag: 5 million British pounds, or about $8 million. 

BBM Music is a cacophony, and RIM knows all the words.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 3, 2011 1:40PM

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

 

I guess Research In Motion (RIMM) can't take a hint.

 

The BlackBerry maker rolled out its social music app Wednesday. We've generally had a bad feeling about BBM Music since it was initially announced three months ago.

  • "Color me skeptical," Tim Beyers says. "Don't expect it to add color to RIM's otherwise bleak profit picture."
  • "I'll go as far as to make a prediction: One year from today, BBM Music will be gone, dismissed as a failed experiment, while RIM's market share drops into single-digit territory," Evan Niu forecasts.
  • "Social music is something that even the successful companies haven't been able to get right, so why is RIM wasting its time here," I say. "This service is likely to last about as long as a punk song."

Well, I guess it's time to cue up "Blitzkrieg Bop."

 

An energy-sector specialist thinks these stocks are a screaming bargain.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 3, 2011 1:26PM
by Elliott Gue, Personal Finance

Energy stocks are at their cheapest since late 2008, when oil prices fell from about $150 per barrel. Either oil prices are headed for a 2008-style collapse, or energy-related stocks are a screaming bargain and could double in value over the next 12 to 18 months.

In my view, the latter scenario is far more likely. To play this trend, here are three of our favorites in the oil-services sector: Weatherford International (WFT), SeaDrill (SDRL) and EOG Resources (EOG). 

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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market ended the Wednesday session on a mixed note. The tech-heavy Nasdaq displayed relative strength, climbing 0.4%, while the S&P 500 added 0.2% with five sectors settling in the green. For its part, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (-0.2%) spent the entire session below its flat line.

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