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While the market's pullback to key support is a caution sign for now, it’s also likely to result in a rally next week -- one critical to the market’s intermediate-term future.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 23, 2011 12:27PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The heavy selling Monday and additional losses on Tuesday have taken the major averages to the next key areas of support. Additional selling in the S&P futures early Wednesday has taken them below the 50% Fibonacci support levels.


For those not familiar with Fibonacci analysis, if prices break below the 50% support, it implies that prices will then drop to the 61.8% support. A daily close below that level will give confirmation that the trend has changed from up to down. Of course, in declining markets, we watch to see if the 38.2% retracement resistance is overcome, and if it is, we then look at the 50% and 61.8% retracement resistance levels.

 

The aircraft maker's recent 200-plane order from American Airlines' parent now looks a lot shakier.

By InvestorPlace Nov 23, 2011 12:24PM
Image: Airline (© Christie & Cole/Corbis)By Susan J. Aluise, Aviation, Auto & Transportation Writer


Although the congressional supercommittee's colossal failure this week points to the near certainty of massive defense cuts, few analysts are shedding tears for Boeing (BA) right now. One reason is the nearly $40 billion in orders the aircraft maker has booked this month alone.


But trouble looms for Boeing in the fine points of this summer's 200-plane deal with struggling American Airlines parentAMR Corp. (AMR).

 

JPMorgan has brought in the most investment banking revenue for at least seven consecutive quarters, but it may lose its crown as 2011 comes to a close.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 23, 2011 12:14PM

By Dan FreedTheStreet

 

Bank of America (BAC) is threatening to edge out JPMorgan Chase (JPM) as the top investment bank in terms of revenues in the fourth quarter, according to a research report published Tuesday.

 

JPMorgan's investment banking division has brought in more revenues than its counterparts at other banks in every quarter going back to at least the first quarter of last year, according to the Barclays Capital report, which cites Dealogic data.

 

With no way of knowing how the eurozone crisis will play out, investors should continue to exercise extreme caution by holding cash and high-yield stocks.

By Jim Cramer Nov 23, 2011 11:17AM

the street logoSo many disparate voices. So many people talking to you. The IMF on a lifeline -- how big? A Spanish prime minister. An aide close to Merkel. Someone close to Sarkozy. Nameless people in the Greek government. Finance ministry people from Italy. ECB bureaucrats. Who the heck knows?

 

And that's what's so hard about this tape. Sure, we can look to the CurrencyShares Euro Trust (FXE). When it drops off, we know we are going to have a tough day, but all we can do is root around to find out why it is dropping off.

 

Believe it or not, technical and fundamental underpinnings signal gains ahead. These stock picks make sense now.

By Gene Marcial Nov 23, 2011 11:16AM

Don't panic. That's the No. 1 rule that investors should keep in mind during intensely volatile market swings. More specifically, investors should not be goaded into panic selling.

 

I am aware that that isn't easy to do. But the market will get better. In fact, several seasoned and savvy pros argue that the market's current technical and fundamental underpinnings signal that it's time to buy U.S. stocks ahead of what they expect will be a sharp snap-back in equity prices.

 
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Demand for office products is closely tied to the health of the economy, which is showing no sign of revival.

By Zacks.com Nov 23, 2011 12:55AM

Image: Person signing paperwork, mid section © PhotoAlto/Eric Audras/PhotoAlto Agency RF/Getty ImagesStaples (SPLS) unveiled its third-quarter results on Nov. 15. The quarterly earnings of 47 cents a share came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate and jumped 14.6% from 41 cents earned a year earlier.

 

Total sales of $6.57 billion were up .5% from the prior-year quarter but below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $6.7 billion. North American delivery sales grew 1.8%, North American retail sales inched up .5% but international sales contracted 1.9%.

 
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This pick is the best way to play an anticipated price increase.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 22, 2011 6:15PM
If you’re like me, the second quarter of 2012 seems a long way off, and the idea of buying anything seems, well, just plain stupid.

But I think it's worth paying attention to this report on copper out of Goldman Sachs (GS) Monday. It's just the kind of long-term thinking -- what does it say that I’m calling six months long term? -- that we could all use a dose of in a market like this.
 
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The home glut is having a domino effect on retailers like carpet makers and home décor specialists.

By The Fiscal Times Nov 22, 2011 5:24PM

Image: Home with foreclosure sign in front yard © Ariel Skelley/Stockbyte/Getty ImagesBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times


First, the good news: Existing home sales rose 1.4% in October to 4.97 million units -- more than the 4.8 million economists had expected. That’s going to help the supply overhang shrink a bit.


Still, Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, argues that it will take until next spring and an increase in payroll earnings for the supply overhang to diminish and for a real recovery in the market to take place.

 

This market leader has recurring revenue, excellent returns on equity, and a formidable moat.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 22, 2011 5:19PM
By Jason Moser

 

This article is part of ourRising Star Portfolios series.

 

It's getting tougher and tougher to find solid investments. Thanks to a seemingly new global debt crisis every day, it feels like it's easier finding a needle in a haystack! But I do believe I've found an investment of which even Warren Buffett would approve, one that will continue to clean up for some time.

 

The company
Ecolab
(ECL) is the market leader in a very large and diverse line of work.

 
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A 15% decline in shares of the daily deals site puts the stock very close to its $20 debut price.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 22, 2011 4:52PM

http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/data/images-v2/136/Arrow_Down_136_001C72CA.jpgBy Olivia Oran TheStreet

 

Groupon (GRPN) shares plunged by nearly 15% to close at $20.07 Tuesday, nearly approaching their $20 IPO price.

 

The daily deals company, which raised $700 million in its public market debut two weeks ago, saw shares rise 40% on the first day of trading.

 

The stock's volume of 5.2 million looked relatively strong, despite the issue's short trading history, on pace for the biggest churn the shares have seen since Nov. 9.

 

Meg Whitman gave a composed performance during her first quarterly conference call as Hewlett-Packard's CEO.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 22, 2011 4:39PM

By James RogersTheStreet

 

Cool, calm and collected are three words that have not been associated with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) over the last few months.

 

That may be starting to change after new CEO Meg Whitman gave a composed performance during her first quarterly conference call since taking over from the ousted Leo Apotheker.

 

Tired of searching for winning stocks? Active Bear focuses on the losers -- and has made a killing in the process.

By Zacks.com Nov 22, 2011 2:38PM

Image: Arrow Down (© Image Source/SuperStock)By: Zacks Equity Research

 

A shaky economy has caused many investors to dial back exposure to equities and wait things out in the bond market or even in cash. After all, yields remain anemic across the curve and the Federal Reserve has yet to signal any policy revisions in the near term.


But others have looked to exchange-traded funds for new options that can potentially push portfolios far higher in the turmoil. While there is certainly no shortage of choices in this field, one of the more interesting, and unknown, is the Active Bear ETF (HDGE) from AdvisorShares.

 
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A growing direct-to-consumer business is necessary for the teen-apparel retailer achieve its aggressive goal.

By Trefis Nov 22, 2011 2:05PM
Image: Senior woman working from home © Alistair Berg/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesOne number stood out in the positive third-quarter sales update that Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) gave earlier this month.

The teen-apparel retailer saw 41% growth in its direct-to-consumer business, which will help it achieve its ambitious goal of $1 billion in annual Internet sales. E-commerce sales have become a major focus area for teen-apparel retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Aeropostale (ARO) and Gap (GPS). 

Manulife Financial's Asian operation is the largest source of value for the company, contributing about 23% of the stock price.

By Trefis Nov 22, 2011 1:52PM
Image: Leather portfolio with life insurance papers. (© Janet Kimber/Photodisc/Getty Images)We recently launched coverage of Manulife Financial (MFC) with a price estimate of about $13.56, which is 20% ahead of the current market price.

Manulife is a leading Canadian financial services group operating in 22 regions worldwide. The company provides life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, pension and banking products and other services. Americans might recognize the company's John Hancock brand, though it operates in Canada and Asia as Manulife Financial. 

Although these stocks are based in Europe, they should be viewed as global powerhouses.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 22, 2011 1:42PM
Image: Europe (© Corbis)By George Putnam, The Turnaround Letter

Many companies are considered to be European only because they are headquartered in Europe -- when in fact their operations are worldwide. 

The six companies discussed below are global powerhouses with strong business franchises. As such, they are not any more vulnerable to a slowdown in Europe than are multinational companies based in the U.S. or in Asia. 
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