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Investors are hoping for something out of a December meeting of European leaders to address the problem.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 28, 2011 5:22PM
Image: Europe (© Corbis)If it's Nov. 28 -- and the Dec. 9 summit of European leaders is just 10 days away -- it must be time to throw every potential solution to the euro debt crisis at the markets and see if bond buyers are impressed with the sheer volume, if not the quality, of these ideas.

So to go along with the weekend reports that Italy and Spain were talking with the International Monetary Fund about potential credit lines in the hundreds of billions of euros, the market today is now hearing about:
 

Shares of retailers bounced on bullish reports from Black Friday. But experts are urging caution.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 28, 2011 2:43PM
Image: Credit card (© Burke/Triolo Productions/BrandX/Getty Images)Lost amidst the hoopla over the record $52 billion in Black Friday weekend sales and the expected $1.2 billion in Cyber Monday revenue was much discussion over whether those gains are sustainable. The jury is still out.

Consumers remain stressed due to high unemployment and a lackluster real estate market, neither of which is showing signs of rapid improvement. A recent Gallup Poll found that 49% of Americans are feeling better about their financial situation, down from 53% a few months ago. Experts are not expecting consumers to splurge much this year. 

The company will continue to dominate the tablet market, despite competition from Amazon, Research in Motion and others.

By Trefis Nov 28, 2011 2:16PM
According to a report by BGR Media, Apple (AAPL) could launch a smaller iPad mini and an iPad 3 next year.

However, news reports conflict over the timing and the specifications of these devices. One report suggests that suppliers are already shipping millions of panels for the iPad 3. Another says that Apple will launch the iPad mini early next year and the more powerful iPad 3 by the second quarter. 

This stock now trades at half the level at which the CEO bought a quarter of a million worth of shares in August.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 28, 2011 1:44PM
By Nathan Slaughter, Scarcity & Wealth

Just twelve short months ago, rare earth play Molycorp (MCP) posted third-quarter 2010 revenues of $8.5 million.

For the same period this year, sales just spiked 16-fold to $138 million. More important, net income swung from a steep $10 million loss to a hefty $48 million profit, or $0.52 per share. 
Tags: MCP

While registered users on the social network are visibly expanding, information about Facebook's revenue and operating margins is erratic at best.

By Trefis Nov 28, 2011 12:31PM
Image: African-American woman shopping online (© Ariel Skelley/Blend Images/Getty Images)Speculation is rising that Facebook might file for an IPO before 2012 itself.

While valuations for the company have gone to as high as $100 billion in private markets, an initial registration statement is all it takes to provide a much clearer picture of how Facebook's metrics are faring. Facebook leads the global social networking arena, competing with the likes of Google (GOOG), LinkedIn and MySpace. 
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Prominent home construction stocks are showing important bottom patterns, setting up opportunities in these stocks and a sector ETF.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 28, 2011 12:25PM

Image: Home under construction (© Corbis)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


This week brings lots of data on the housing market with new home sales due out Monday, followed by the S&P Case-Shiller housing price index on Tuesday. On Wednesday, pending homes sales for October are due, followed by the latest report on construction spending.


Last week, the National Association of Realtors reported that while sales rose in October, prices are still declining. Another positive for the housing market is that rents in many areas have risen to the point where owning a home is now cheaper than renting.

 

Stores that opened on Thanksgiving night and midnight on Black Friday saw success.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 28, 2011 12:14PM

Image: Santa Claus (© Corbis)By Jeanine PoggiTheStreet


Black Friday midnight openings generated a retail frenzy, setting a precedent and already setting the tone for the holiday winners.

 

Retailers that opened at midnight or earlier after Thanksgiving -- like Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Best Buy (BBY) -- saw on average a 24% boost in their conversion (the number of shoppers who actually made a purchase), according to the NPD Group, a consumer research firm.

 

The beverage brand's parent looks to dominate the $20 billion fitness nutrition market with a new line.

By InvestorPlace Nov 28, 2011 12:12PM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com

Gatorade is one of the most iconic drinks in America, appearing in traditional coach-drenchings and ubiquitous plastic bottles at Little League games and fitness centers.

But after embarking on a rebranding campaign in 2009 -- starting with a relaunch as "G" ultimately resulting in a reformulating of the beverage into a three-tiered line of drinks -- parent company PepsiCo (PEP) seems to be messing with a good thing.

 

Dividend investors might want to buy in now -- and consumers shouldn't count the deal as dead.

By InvestorPlace Nov 28, 2011 11:48AM

By Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com


Dividend stock investors have been fond of telecom stocks in 2011, including Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). The two biggest players in the U.S. wireless market offer dividends that have been hovering around a 6% dividend yield for many months.


Unfortunately for AT&T stock investors, a planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA -- a subsidiary of Germany telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) -- looks increasingly doubtful.

 

Funds tracking the German economy and consumer staples are among those in the spotlight as the eurozone debt crisis continues and the holiday shopping season hits high gear.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 28, 2011 10:36AM

Image: Canada (© Royalty-Free/Corbis)By Don DionTheStreet


Here are five exchange-traded funds to watch this week.

 

1. iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund (EWC). Sprinkled across the latter half of this week's earnings calendar are a handful of top Canadian banks. EWC, which sets aside nearly one-third of its index to the financial sector, will be heavily influenced by the performances and outlooks from institutions including the Royal Bank of Canada (RY), Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM).

 

Stocks are oversold enough that upbeat retail numbers will let us rally for a day or two. But Europe will soon call the shots again.

By Jim Cramer Nov 28, 2011 10:16AM

the street logoImage: woman swiping a credit card © Rubberball/Mike Kemp/Rubberball/Getty ImagesMonday, for once, Macy's (M) trumped Italy. Target (TGT) beat Belgium. Nordstrom (JWN) took on Spain and won. We got whiffs of something good in Europe, avoiding what looked like DEFCON 2 on the way to DEFCON 1, which is how we left Friday's tape.

 

And you can bet that very few people saw this one coming. First, the relentless downbeat analysts certainly pegged the Grinch to triumph over the weekend. How could he not? Job growth? Nil. Leadership? Shaky. Morale? Horrible.

 

Using a covered call strategy, this resource-focused fund generates a double-digit yield.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 28, 2011 10:00AM
Image: Golden Nest Egg (© Chris Collins/Photographer)By Mark Skousen, Forecasts & Strategies

I am recommending a new high-income fund for our model portfolio Gabelli Global Gold and Natural Resource Income Fund (GGN).

This is a closed-end fund that offers an 11% dividend yield. The fund generates monthly income and pays 14 cents a month in dividends by trading covered calls. 
Tags: GGNgold

Tiffany and Neiman Marcus have seen robust sales, but Blue Nile struggles with unique problems.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 25, 2011 2:30PM
Image: Wedding ring (© Jamie Grill/Photolibrary/Photolibrary)In these tough economic times, high-end retailers have counted on jewelry sales to bolster their bottom lines. That trend shows little sign of slowing.

Neiman Marcus and Tiffany (TIF), names synonymous with luxury, have benefited from robust jewelry sales. Earlier this month, Neiman noted that fiscal first quarter sales gained 8.2% (8% on a comparable basis) thanks in part to sales of jewelry.  

The government agrees to allow foreign companies to own up to 51% of supermarkets, saying the move will create jobs and spur investment.

By Kim Peterson Nov 25, 2011 12:53PM
Image: India (© Donald Edwards/age fotostock)Wal-Mart (WMT) and other global retailers have long wanted a shot at India and its $500 billion retail market. Now, they may get their chance.

The Indian government this week voted to allow foreign companies to own up to a 51% stake in supermarkets. Experts said this could open the way for Wal-Mart, Britain's Tesco (TESO) and France's Carrefour (CRRFY) to begin expanding throughout the populous continent. 
Tags: WMT

Most Asian carriers still don't carry the iPhone.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 25, 2011 12:21PM

Image: Businessman in China (© Brooklyn Production/Corbis)By Evan Niu (TMFNewCow)

 

With as much growth and popularity that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone has seen, would you believe that there's still incredible room for even more upside in the years to come?

 

As Apple's most important business segment and biggest cash cow -- 43.4% of revenue last year -- all eyes are on where iPhone fever will spread next. Recent analysis from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty shows there's still plenty of money on the table.

 
Tags: AAPLT

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