The chain still has quality management and strong retention rates.
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Semiconductor-maker ASML has boosted guidance across the board. Given its diverse clientele, this is huge for the sector.
When ASML (ASML) moves, when it says things are good, that ends the debate in semiconductor land. ASML has spoken, and it has spoken loudly: It's lifting guidance for orders across the board, for just about all important equipment, including flash, memory and logic chips.
The stock has led a semiconductor jailbreak over in Europe, moving up 8% and taking every stock along with it.
As someone who's extremely bullish on semiconductors, I would have been happy just hearing how companies that make chips for Apple (AAPL) are strong. But ASML makes products that give you a read on companies as varied as SanDisk (SNDK), Micron (MU), Broadcom (BRCM), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Nvidia (NVDA) and all the rest of the gang.
MarketWatch gives the Apple chief the award, citing Jobs' revolutionary leadership and drive.
"Steve Jobs is known as both mercurial and visionary, part rock-star CEO and part master salesman, a meticulous micromanager who can drive his employees to distraction -- and one of the most important figures in American industry in the past half-century," writes Russ Britt.
It's hard to argue with his choice, even though Apple shares were in the basement for the full first half of the decade in question. But what a remarkable climb they started in 2006, eventually making Apple the single most important company in the sector, with a market cap of $294 billion.
One powerful senator is reportedly trying to legalize online poker as part of the tax-cut deal.
We've heard plenty about this messy tax-cut compromise that President Barack Obama and Republicans have been negotiating. But in the middle of this is an effort by Sen. Harry Reid to legalize online poker, Politico reports.
The Nevada Democrat is trying to get support for tucking the online poker legislation into the deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts. Politico even obtained a draft of the online poker bill.
Reid's bill says Internet gambling sites must be licensed in order to operate. The bill has big implications for companies like MGM Resorts International (MGM), which -- ahem -- contributed $192,000 to Reid's re-election campaign, and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
Analysis: A very rare combination of market factors is in the works. Fortunately, playing this move is really easy.
By Daniel Dicker, TheStreet
Oil is looking like an unstoppable beast, recently trading above $90 a barrel. But there are three market factors telling me that this move is not temporary and will set the stage for a powerful follow-though, sending oil above $100 a barrel by the second quarter of 2011.
One rare market factor convincing me of the strength of this move is the action of the European Brent crude benchmark. While Brent is a sweet grade of crude, like the U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate, it normally trades at a discount to its American counterpart.
The company partners with Disney to deliver TV programs, but its shares stall on news of CFO Barry McCarthy's departure.
By Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet
The Internet movie company entered into an agreement with Walt Disney (DIS) that will allow subscribers to access hundreds of episodes from ABC, Disney Channel and ABC Family 15 days after the show airs.
As part of the deal, Netflix will add old episodes of shows including "Grey's Anatomy," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Desperate Housewives." It will also make available episodes of series no longer on the air, such as "Lost" and "Ugly Betty."
Rising inflation expectations and strengthening economic fundamentals are causing investors to flee these popular assets.
This is forcing investors to up the scale of risk from U.S. Treasury bonds to investment-trade corporate bonds to junk bonds to large-cap stocks and eventually to small-cap stocks. Even gold, which is considered an inflation hedge, is coming under pressure as investors seek assets with both inflation protection and exposure to the economic recovery. Stocks offer that. Gold and bonds don't.
All of this has created an opportunity to profit from the decline of two of the most popular asset classes of the past two years: precious metals and bonds. Here's why.
Mr. Market is pricing the optical media maker to move.
Unloved and ignored, it's something you might want to take a chance on. But enough about me: Here's Dan Dzombak with the story of an extremely undervalued stock.
Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor
I'm excited to recommend and open a position in Imation (IMN).
Imation is a global developer and marketer of recordable optical media, magnetic tape media, flash products, and consumer electronics. It operates under the Memorex, Imation, TDK Life, and XtremeMac brands. At some point in your life, you've probably bought CD-R's, DVD-R's, or a flash drive of theirs. The company was spun off from 3M (MMM) in 1996 and has been a standalone entity ever since.
These blue chips have delivered the year's biggest gains, and they could continue to thrive in 2011.
By Jake Lynch, TheStreet
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU), an index of the 30 largest publicly traded U.S. companies, has advanced 7.8% this year, lagging behind the S&P 500 Index ($INX) and Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX).
Still, several of its members have delivered outstanding gains, with less risk and volatility than small- and mid-cap stocks.
Here are the five best-performing Dow dividend stocks of 2010. They may continue to outperform the broader market in 2011. Below, the stocks are ordered by year-to-date return, from good to great:
Turns out the president's 'compromise' with the GOP is just a messy framework that leaves us in limbo.
What were we thinking? That's kind of how I felt getting up this morning. Did we really think President Barack Obama had any party -- his or theirs -- locked up with this "deal"? Did we really think that there wouldn't be dithering and horse trading and delay, delay, delay?
The answer is that "we" were those who believed the president represented his party. Judging by the sell-off after his press conference, those who believed joined those who didn't as we watched a president who doesn't have the juice to get this deal done, at least not within the time frame the market demands right now. Certainly not within the time frame needed to offset worries about further Chinese tightening -- something we'd better get used to, because it is going to happen fairly often until China re-creates a soft-landing scenario.
The offshore drilling company has a huge advantage when supply is tight. But what about when markets are soft?
Sometimes it doesn't pay to be the biggest.
If you're the biggest company in the market and control capacity in your industry, that's a license to print money when supply for your product is tight. When supply runs ahead of demand, however, the pressure is on to support prices across your industry by reducing your capacity.
This is the story for Saudi Arabia, the swing producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, for Potash of Saskatchewan (POT) in potash fertilizer, and for Transocean (RIG) in the offshore drilling industry.
Shares of the fast-food chain reach $80.79 ahead of Wednesday's report on November sales.
By Miriam Marcus Reimer, TheStreet
The global fast-food chain is due to report its November monthly sales figures on Wednesday. Analysts' consensus is for the Golden Arches to report U.S. same-store sales growth -- or sales at stores open at least one year, a closely watched metric in the restaurant industry -- of 5.1% for the month.
Deutsche Bank analyst Jason West expects McDonald's to report U.S. comps growth of 5% for November, compared with a 0.6% decline in the year-earlier month.
Some companies hire private detectives to bust sick-day abusers.
Oh, man, Christmas is coming soon, and you haven't done nearly enough shopping. One little sick day would accomplish so much!
Sounds tempting, but companies are starting to catch on. One work-force productivity firm says 57% of U.S. employees abuse sick days, taking them when they feel just fine, BusinessWeek reports. That's up nearly 20% from a few years ago.
So now companies are hiring private detectives to spy on employees who call in sick. Investigators have found them at bowling alleys, football games and funerals, and one private eye says that "80 to 85% of the time there's definitely fraud happening," BusinessWeek reports.
The Verizon iPhone of tomorrow is squelching smart-phone sales at the wireless shop today.
By Scott Moritz, TheStreet
Verizon stores have been a little quieter than normal this holiday season, according to two wireless analysts. One explanation could be the customary lull that comes after Black Friday and before the last-minute gift-buying spree leading up to Christmas.
But another reason is one that seems to be looming particularly large over the market right now: the Verizon iPhone.
The company faces strong competition as 2 grocery chains merge to thwart its entry.
Russia, however, is putting up some resistance to Wal-Mart's plans. Two of its largest grocery store chains, Pyaterochka and Kopeika, plan to merge operations to fight the Wal-Mart onslaught, The New York Times reports.
The deal is worth about $1.7 billion. Wal-Mart doesn't yet have a store in Russia but has been talking with Kopeika about getting into the business.
China and oil present the latest opportunities in exchange-traded funds.
By James Dlugosch
Our weekly top ETFs captured most of that gain, moving up 2.65%. That puts our little portfolio on track for an annualized return of more than 30%.
After 10 weeks, the evidence is clear: An absolute-return approach using exchange-traded funds produces substantial income without taking on nearly as much risk as pure trading or pure equity buying.
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