Did Alibaba IPO signal a market top?
Did Alibaba IPO signal a market top?

Some investment advisers are entertaining that possibility, especially in light of Monday's triple-digit loss in the Dow.


The operator's preferred shares carry low risk and a nice yield.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 23, 2012 2:00PM
Image: Cargo ship (© Image Source/Corbis)By Paul Tracy, High-Yield International

Shares in container ship operator Seaspan (SSW) jumped 20% after the company announced a tender offer to buy up to $150 million worth of common stock for $15 a share.

The 10 million shares repurchased as part of this deal represent about 15% of the outstanding float of stock, a significant repurchase. The buyback is a sign of management's confidence in the long-term prospects for the company. 

Research In Motion and Yahoo have made big changes lately. But in the fast-moving technology sector, it may be too little, too late.

By Jim Cramer Jan 23, 2012 1:09PM

the street Turnarounds in technology are very difficult, yet people keep betting on one. Let's talk about two of them to assess their prospects: Yahoo (YHOO) and Research In Motion (RIMM).


First, they have captured the attention of everyone: home gamers, institutions, everyone. I don't blame them. People use both. Yahoo had been the de facto Web for many people before Google (GOOG) and Facebook. The BlackBerry had been the de facto cellphone for corporations.


The single-cup market in the US is dominated by this coffee roaster with its proprietary Keurig brewing system.

By Trefis Jan 23, 2012 1:02PM
Image: Coffee (© Foodcollection RF/Getty Images/Getty Images)Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) sells more than 200 varieties of K-Cup portion packs, including brands of coffee, tea, hot apple cider, iced teas, hot cocoa and other dairy-based beverages.

K-Cup portion packs and Keurig single-cup brewers and related accessories contribute a significant proportion to GMCR's revenues -- approximately 84% in 2011.  

The cable company will score major ad revenue as the Giants and Patriots vie for the NFL title.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 23, 2012 12:28PM
Image: Watching television (© Klaus Tiedge/Getty Images/Getty Images)Comcast (CMCSA) will be the big winner of next month's Super Bowl XLVI.

The game, airing on Comcast's NBC TV network, will feature Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots -- two of the game's most exciting quarterbacks, who also happen to play for two of the NFL's most storied and popular franchises.   

ConocoPhillips is downgraded to 'sell' at UBS.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 23, 2012 12:07PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Research in Motion (RIMM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
  • BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
  • Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
  • Waters (WAT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JP Morgan
  • Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie

One of the best plays on recovering global chip demand has soared to longtime highs, in a bullish tell.

By MoneyShow.com Jan 23, 2012 11:37AM

Nicholas Monu/iStock Exclusive/Getty ImagesBy Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com

It was only six weeks ago that Texas Instruments (TXN) issued a sales warning heard around the world, citing "broadly lower demand across a wide range of markets, customers, and products." Its stock bottomed ten days later below $28 a share.

And all it's done over the last month is surge 20%, aided by the 8% spike Wednesday. Of course, a lot of trash has been treated like treasure lately.


The stock plunged the day after the company's earnings miss, and history says shares won't bounce back right away.

By The Fiscal Times Jan 23, 2012 11:20AM
GoogleBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

Google's (GOOG) share price nosedived Friday after the search giant announced disappointing fourth-quarter profit and revenue late Thursday. Analysts had projected EPS of $10.50 a share, and Google came in at $9.50. Ouch.

But the 8% plunge in the stock's price -- an immediate and understandable response on the part of investors who have come to count on Google to deliver growth in a world in which that is becoming increasingly scarce -- may not be an end to the matter. 

With its large real estate holdings, this firm has attracted the interest of insiders and hedge funds.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 23, 2012 11:12AM
Miniature home on sheet of percent signs© Comstock/Getty ImagesBy Ian Wyatt, 100K Portfolio

The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) is a premier real estate company that owns a collection of prized assets, including some that were purchased by Howard Hughes Jr. many decades ago.

I'm interested in the company's extensive assets that are overlooked by most investors, and therefore grossly undervalued. When The Howard Hughes Corp. was previously owned by General Growth, a huge company with 200 shopping malls, its assets were largely overlooked. 
Tags: HHC

Wendy's, LSI and SandRidge have the right stuff for big returns on small investments.

By InvestorPlace Jan 23, 2012 10:10AM

Image Source/PhotolibraryBy Jeff Reeves

In the stock market, sometimes you get what you pay for. High-priced stocks like Apple (AAPL) have paid off nicely for investors in the past several years, and cheap financials like Bank of America (BAC) remain volatile and risky, even if financials seem to have some spring in their step to start 2012.

But not all cheap stocks are ugly investments that have been rightfully beaten down. Some low-priced shares are screaming bargains that are worth your cash.


Qualcomm has scored a number of design wins due to its huge portfolio of Snapdragon chips.

By Trefis Jan 23, 2012 9:54AM
Qualcomm (QCOM) is a leading developer and supplier of wireless products and services with a dominant position in the CDMA chipset market. FY 2011 saw the company post 36% revenue growth while profits rose 31% over FY 2010, in spite of growing competition in the mobile chips market from old foes such as Samsung as well as new entrants Nvidia (NVDA) and Intel (INTC).

A strong performance throughout the year meant Qualcomm's stock outperformed the overall market, growing by almost 9% over the past year even as U.S. economic recovery came under threat from the European debt crisis. 

Here are 3 companies providing enticingly generous yields.

By Gene Marcial Jan 23, 2012 9:30AM

Bob Jacobson/CorbisIt might surprise many investors to know that when it comes to paying generous dividends, U.S. equities don't top the list. Companies in Europe, the U.K. and even in some emerging nations provide significantly better yields, according to some Wall Street pros.


The practices and policies of paying dividends vary by region, but yields from companies outside the U.S. are on average generally much higher.


The company has struggled against the iPhone and phones using Google's Android. Shares have dropped nearly 90% since peaking in 2008, falling 75% in 2011 alone.

By Charley Blaine Jan 23, 2012 2:46AM
Updated at 11:22 a.m. Monday

What was clear late Sunday was that Research In Motion's (RIMM) co-CEOs bowed to the inevitable and stepped aside.

What wasn't clear was whether the management change will give investors, who have seen the stock fall nearly 90% since 2008, any hope that the company can mount a comeback from years of losing market share and just plain coolness to Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPad and mobile phones and tablets built on Google's (GOOG) Android.

If it's any indication, Rim's shares were down $1.10 Monday at $15.90.  

Shares of the nation's largest retailer are getting closer to their 10-year high.

By Kim Peterson Jan 20, 2012 5:04PM
Investors have come to expect three absolutes: death, taxes and Wal-Mart (WMT) shares never going anywhere. But one of those could soon change.

For the last decade, Wal-Mart shares have been mostly stuck in the $50 to $60 range even though its revenue and profits have seen predictable growth. It drove investors nuts.

But we may just be witnessing a breakout. 
Tags: WMT

Wall Street demands for more dollar debasement by the Federal Reserve is fueling a rebound in the precious metal.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Jan 20, 2012 4:54PM

After months in the hinterlands, silver is on the rise in a big way thanks to central bank largesse, renewed weakness in the dollar, and a nagging feeling that the worst isn't over for the economy.


I know it seems like ages ago, but some nine months ago all anyone could talk about was silver. The more speculative, more dynamic of the two main precious metals screamed skyward as the Federal Reserve busily jumped another $600 billion in cheap cash into the financial system. Thanks to "quantitative easing" -- or "QE2" as Wall Street dubbed it -- and the fears over inflation and currency debasement that resulted, silver gained nearly 180% August 2010 and April 2011.


You won't find many box-office winners from last year on the company's streaming service. There's a reason for that.

By Kim Peterson Jan 20, 2012 4:11PM
Image: Watching television (© image100/Corbis)Where have all the Netflix (NFLX) hit movies gone?

Internet veteran Tristan Louis has an observation that should come as no surprise to a Netflix streaming subscriber: The biggest box-office winners aren't on the service.

Netflix streams only five of the top 100 box-office winners of 2011, Louis notes. That's down from 10 in 2010. You can, however, find most of those hits for rental or purchase on Amazon (AMZN) or iTunes from Apple (AAPL). 


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