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After months in the doldrums, risky assets are pushing up and over critical technical resistance.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Oct 11, 2011 3:08PM

Stocks rallied hard on Monday as banks in Europe and now China look ready to enjoy increased backing by the public purse. If there's one thing that's a sure cure for bank solvency concerns, it's an injection of taxpayer money.


The result was a massive surge across the spectrum of risky assets. Stocks, high-yield bonds, industrial commodities, the euro, and precious metals all moved higher. Safe havens like U.S. Treasury bonds and the U.S. dollar moved lower.


It was a beautiful thing. And it was the strongest one-day move since August. Unfortunately, it's catching most investors by surprise.


Chinese consumers can't get enough of Apple's iPad and other devices -- and China's 'gray market' is doing big business as a result.

By Kim Peterson Oct 11, 2011 2:42PM
Apple (AAPL) just can't get products to China fast enough. And that's created problems for Chinese consumers who really want an iPad or the latest iPhone.

Fake Apple stores are springing up across the country, and they're starting to have a real impact. About 1.07 million iPads were sold in China in the second quarter, but 49% of those were sold on the "gray market," reports IDG. The iPads were bought overseas and then resold by local vendors. 

Networks rely on advertising to recoup the money they pay to broadcast league games.

By Kim Peterson Oct 11, 2011 1:58PM
The NBA lockout will have a real financial fallout for Disney (DIS), which owns the ABC and ESPN networks, and Time Warner (TWX), which owns Turner's TNT.

Those networks own the national broadcast rights to NBA games, and they collectively pay about $930 million to do so. Normally, they get back $1.25 billion in ad revenue, according to TheWrap
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For risk-tolerant income investors, the nation's largest rural telecom offers one of the highest yields in the S&P 500.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 11, 2011 1:25PM
By Carla Pasternak, High-Yield Investing

After more than doubling its size by acquiring Verizon's wireline assets in mid-2010, Frontier Communications (FTR) is now the largest rural telecom provider in the U.S.

The company pays a quarterly dividend of $0.188 which amount to a yearly distribution of $0.75 per year -- one of the highest yields in the S&P 500.  

The charts suggest a major bottom, and if confirmed, solid, risk-controlled entry points in a leading ETF and select oil stocks may soon be presented.

By Oct 11, 2011 12:00PM

By Tom Aspray,

The reversal in the stock market last week was impressive, and with Monday’s sharp gains, some of the Advance/Decline (A/D) lines have overcome first key resistance. This makes it more likely that the stock market completed a significant bottom last week. The extent of the selling on the first pullback will tell us more.

Crude oil has also rebounded sharply, as the December contract closed last week $8 above the lows. As discussed previously, crude oil often leads the S&P 500 and its tracking ETF, the Spyder Trust (SPY). The weekly volume pattern in crude oil is consistent with the formation of an intermediate-term low, which if confirmed should be a positive for stocks as well.

Therefore, a pullback in the United States Oil Fund (USO), a leading crude oil ETF, as well as in two select energy stocks, should provide a good entry point on the long side where the risk can be well controlled.


Funds aren't flowing so freely in Silicon Valley, so new technology stocks may have trouble getting off the ground

By InvestorPlace Oct 11, 2011 11:37AM
By Kevin Kelleher,

So long, tech bubble of 2011.

Stock speculators and doom-mongers alike had such great hopes for the new tech bubble. Privately held shares of the hottest web companies commanded valuations in the tens of billions of dollars, ratcheting up with each SecondMarket auction. Social media brands that ventured into the public market surged. LinkedIn (LNKD) left many, including me, wondering if the mania of the dot-com days had returned.

But so much has changed since LinkedIn went public – starting with LinkedIn’s stock price: It’s down 38% from its high point of $122.70, reached a few hours after it went public. And now major investor MFS Investment Management is slashing its stake in the social network. It all adds up to a rather ugly state of affairs for tech start-ups -- even the good ones.


These funds are well positioned to capitalize on niche plays.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 11, 2011 11:16AM

By Don Dion, TheStreetTheStreet


The technology sector started off the week on an exciting note, with reports that Netflix (NFLX) was back-stepping from its controversial plan to spin off its DVD business into a new brand, Qwikster.


In the next two weeks, technology will continue to be in the spotlight as companies such as Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) report quarterly performance and outlook.


Waning European demand and a 15% slide in aluminum prices could dent profits.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 11, 2011 10:45AM

By Joseph Deaux, TheStreetTheStreet


Alcoa (AA) faces a dual profit threat of lower demand in Europe and declining aluminum prices.


CEO Klaus Kleinfeld has warned investors awaiting the company's third-quarter earnings report after the market close Tuesday that Europe has not seen the usual seasonal upswing from August to September in its flat-rolled segments.


Bridget Freas, Morningstar's aluminum analyst, said there's usually a pickup in September orders but that hasn't yet materialized. Freas doesn't think volume will take a significant hit, however, and said Alcoa's aerospace segment should be strong.

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Buying time allowed banks to reposition themselves -- not on the fly, as in 2008, but in a considered way that has reduced our systemic risk.

By Jim Cramer Oct 11, 2011 9:19AM

the streetI come to praise the virtues of kicking the can down the road. Don't laugh or snicker. Wednesday we will hear from JPMorgan (JPM), and we will learn exactly how virtuous the can-kicking game is.


That's because the smart banks like JPMorgan have either hedged their European risk, almost eliminated it or actually made a bet against foreign countries that are falling apart.


That's what time allows you to do -- to reposition, not on the fly, but in a considered way. And to read the papers and talk among yourselves about country risk and counter-party risk and be set up. That's something that we didn't have time for in 2008.


Analysts are concerned about the company's spending, profitability and debt -- even after the carrier nabs the iPhone.

By Kim Peterson Oct 10, 2011 4:50PM
Getting the iPhone hasn't done much for Sprint (S).

The stock plunged nearly 8% Monday after at least seven analysts downgraded the stock -- and that's after a 20% drop on Friday. Sprint's spending is much higher than analysts wanted to see, and they weren't willing to cut the company much slack.

"Management must demonstrate an ability to execute against its strategy before investors give the company the benefit of the doubt," said one analyst, Michael Nelson from Mizuho Securities, according to Bloomberg

The bank passed 2009 and 2010 stress tests, and still needs a bailout. How can you profit from this bad bank?

By Benzinga Oct 10, 2011 4:18PM
By Daniel Hayden IV, Benzinga Staff Writer

Dexia agreed to sell its Belgian banking retail operations to the Belgian government for 4 billion euros ($5.4 billion) in order to prevent the Belgian-French financial institution from going bankrupt. Dexia had recently lost access to short-term funding because of concerns over its debt holdings of troubled eurozone countries.


How can investors profit from this news?


If you're expecting to find a lifelong stock commitment, you could get burned.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Oct 10, 2011 3:41PM

By Dan Caplinger


For many investors, buying stocks and holding them for the long run is the core principle they follow. Even Warren Buffett has said that "our favorite holding period is forever." But if you invest your money as if every stock you ever buy is one you'll hold forever, you're going to get burned -- because you'll often end up watching hard-earned gains dwindle to nothing.


A perfect picture
The most recent example of this phenomenon is Eastman Kodak (EK), which plunged last week on rumors that it would have to file for bankruptcy, potentially leaving current shareholders with a complete loss on their investment. From its heyday as a technological innovator, Dow Industrial stock, and member of the elite "Nifty Fifty" of the 1960s, the company failed to keep up with the pace of the transformation in its industry brought on by digital photography.


As a "forever" stock, Kodak has turned out to be a huge disappointment. But plenty of investors made lots of money on the stock.


Shoppers are expecting discounts this holiday, but a weak dollar and leaner inventories will pressure retailers to keep prices high.

By Kim Peterson Oct 10, 2011 3:17PM
Deep discounts and doorbuster sales helped save last year's holiday season, and sales rose 5.2% from the year before.

It's going to be much harder for stores to pull off a repeat performance this year. The National Retail Federation thinks retailers will only see a 2.8% increase in holiday sales. That could translate into tough times for stocks like Gap (GPS), Macy's (M) and other retailers. 

Crude prices are holding up better than those of other commodities, but the industry's stocks are a bargain.

By Jim Cramer Oct 10, 2011 1:14PM
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When is oil going to crash already? Isn't that the most salient question out there?

The prices of oil stocks, whether of drillers, big oil companies or independents, suggest that there is going to be a collapse in oil that will be of cataclysmic proportions.

However, you have oil companies like ConocoPhillips (COP) yielding 4% despite its breakup plans. You have oil-service companies like Halliburton (HAL), which has a shortage of employees compared with the amount of business it has, trading where it was when oil was in a free fall going toward $30 in 2007.


Household earnings continued to drop even after the recession ended in 2009, a new study shows.

By Kim Peterson Oct 10, 2011 12:50PM
The recession ended in June 2009 -- at least that's what the experts say.

But for many Americans, it doesn't seem that way. Part of the reason is that incomes haven't improved since the recession ended. In fact, median household income dropped more during the "economic recovery" than during the recession.

A new study from two former Census Bureau officials shows that during the recession, from December 2007 through June 2009, incomes fell 3.2%. But in the two years of recovery, starting June 2009, incomes fell 6.7%. 


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[BRIEFING.COM] Equity indices closed out the month of August on a modestly higher note. The Russell 2000 (+0.6%) and Nasdaq Composite (+0.5%) finished ahead of the S&P 500 (+0.3%), which extended its August gain to 3.8%. Blue chips lagged with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (+0.1%) spending the bulk of the session in the red.

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