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Strong growth and a generous dividend boost the prospects for the chip-maker.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 2, 2011 12:04PM
By Richard Moroney, Dow Theory Forecasts

This year, Intel (INTC) has rewarded investors with a rare blend of rapid growth, a generous dividend and impressive share-price action.

Several drivers suggest Intel can keep providing investors a few of their favorite things. Indeed, only three technology stocks in the S&P 500 Index yield more than Intel's 3.4%, and the company raised its dividend in August. 
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Buy any one of these mutual funds and sleep tight at night.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 12:00PM

By Frank Byrt, TheStreetTheStreet

 

So, let's get this straight: The stock market slid in September, rebounded in October and now it's . . . tanking again?

 

Most recently, the S&P 500 Index ($INX) fell 2.8% yesterday, extending a two-day decline to 5.2%. Is it any wonder individual investors are checking out?

 
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A larger world population means more demand in certain areas, providing simple and logical investment strategies.

By InvestorPlace Nov 2, 2011 11:05AM

By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace


While investors try to anticipate next quarter's earnings results or even examine the big picture in Europe, it's really important to stand back and look at the even bigger picture. It might not be easy, but it's what top-notch investors like Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A) Warren Buffett do. It takes guts and patience, but the payoff can be big.

 

Pimco's Bill Gross and Schwab's Liz Ann Sonders say political infighting may put a damper on the stock market.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 10:30AM

the streetBy Robert Holmes, TheStreet

 

Individual investors will be up against political gridlock as the economy grows slowly next year, prospects that may damped stock market gains even if Congress pushes through a trillion-dollar budget cut.

 

A "relatively toxic political environment" next year will "get uglier," said Liz Ann Sonders, a chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, during the Schwab Impact 2011 investment adviser conference in San Francisco late Tuesday.

 

Industrial executives crave certainty from Washington and, cynical as it sounds, view the election as a distraction that could prevent the president from interfering with business.

By Jim Cramer Nov 2, 2011 9:28AM

the streetCan this economy turn without help from Washington, D.C.? Can it turn even with Washington hurting it? Those are the two questions I am asking industrial CEOs, and the answers are a little surprising.

 

First, many of the industrial CEOs I deal with actually see a turn happening in this country's economy. They see it in nonresidential construction, which can be a real driver of the GDP growth. They see it in autos, where a 13 million auto build, once dreamed of, is now a reality. They see it in larger orders for trucks and generators and construction equipment.

 

With a stealth rally under way in its shares, now is the time to start buying them.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 2, 2011 9:13AM

By Chuck Carlson, The DRIP Investor

Wal-Mart (WMT) deserves some love. Yes, I know the stock is trading where it was 10 years ago. I know lots of people view it as the quintessential evil corporation. And I know it's hard to grow a company with revenue near half a trillion dollars.

But I also know the stock is beginning to put on one of those stealth rallies that investors ignore at their own peril. In my view, it's time to put Wal-Mart stock in your shopping cart.

 
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Sony forecasts a fourth straight annual loss. MasterCard's profit jumps on a rise in credit card use. Concast posts higher profit and revenue.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 7:45AM

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By Andrea Tse, TheStreet

 

Sony (SNE), the Japanese electronics giant, reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of 27 billion yen ($346 million) and said it expects an annual loss for the fourth year in a row. Sony said it expects an annual loss of 90 billion yen; it previously expected a net profit of 60 billion. Sony shares were down 5% to $18.72.

 

MasterCard's (MA) profit rose 38% on a jump in credit card use and new deals with other banks to issue debit cards bearing its logo. Net income was $717 million, or $5.63 per share, on revenue of $1.8 billion, exceeding expectations for profit of $4.81 per share on revenue of $1.7 billion.

 

FedEx, plus an agricultural stock and an airplane parts maker show up at the top of our screen.

By Zacks.com Nov 1, 2011 7:57PM

By Kevin Cook, senior stock strategist with Zacks.com

 

On Tuesday, I screened for stocks with strong fundamentals and a discount price. Although conservative, this strategy has proven to be a solid out performer in the past. Fourteen companies surfaced from this screen, with the top three results shown in alphabetical order. Here they are:

 

American manufacturers are fueling the recovery here as Europe quakes and China's growth gets relatively worse.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 1, 2011 6:31PM

By Lindsey Bell, TheStreet TheStreet

 

If you can keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs, you may be able to hold on to investment gains this year.

 

After Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou stunned the world by announcing a referendum on the new European bailout plan, stocks tumbled in Europe and the United States. That news overshadowed a U.S. October manufacturing report that suggested America is still a good place to invest.

 
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There are safer plays than an industrial with significant eurozone exposure.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 1, 2011 4:40PM
Back on Sept. 29, I wrote that it was time to cut your exposure to the slow-growth European economies.

As an example of how to reduce that exposure (but not take it to zero) in that post, I recommended selling BorgWarner (BWA) but keeping TRW Automotive Holdings (TRW). (At that point, both stocks were members of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio.)
 

Some big banks in the U.S. are reporting record earnings. But are these earnings all they're chalked up to be?

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 1, 2011 2:55PM

By Tom Jacobs

 

Two years after the big bank bailout, should investors rest easily and buy banks hand over fist like successful money managers Bill Ackman and Bruce Berkowitz? Or are the banks just out on bail, waiting another trial?

 

The answer is in the middle. Earnings are better, sure, but not as good you think.

 

The ratings agency is positive on the beverage giant's strong operations and credit quality.

By Zacks.com Nov 1, 2011 1:28PM

Standard & Poor's has upgraded its ratings outlook on Coca-Cola (KO) on the back of the company’s strong operations and credit quality.


Despite the prevailing market turmoil, S&P upped Coca Cola's outlook to positive from stable and reiterated its "A+" long-term corporate credit and "A-1" short-term corporate credit and commercial paper ratings. The agency said it continues to expect robust performance from Coca-Cola even in the uncertain economy.

 
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Instead of selling itself, the Internet company announces an acquisition to boost its display-advertising business.

By Benzinga Nov 1, 2011 1:18PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga


Yahoo's (YHOO) board may have screwed up again.


Rumors surfaced last week that instead of selling itself, the company was mulling a share buyback and dividend to appease investors. Benzinga spoke to Yahoo about the rumors, only to be told the company would not comment.

 

The powerful rebound rally out of October has run its course as Greece dances with disaster. Hiding in cash may be the best strategy.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 1, 2011 12:57PM

What a difference a few days can make. Last Thursday, all was right in the world as Europe's leaders offered a comprehensive -- if not fully fleshed out -- plan to save Greece, strengthen their banks, ring-fence Italy and Spain, and attract new cash from Russia and China.

 

But now the deal is unraveling at what was always its point of vulnerability: A lack of political support from Greek citizens unwilling or unable to bear the burden of their national debt. And that, according to European Union officials, could push Greece into bankruptcy.

 

Pimco's bond guru Bill Gross outlines the largest impediments to global growth.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 1, 2011 12:18PM

By Lindsey Bell, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Since the Great Recession began, in December 2007, the global economy has struggled to spur growth.

 

In his monthly newsletter, Pimco founder and co-chief investment officer Bill Gross discusses his views on the lack of growth in the global economy. Growth is necessary to alleviate the hangover of the Great Recession. In his view, the lack of growth is a structural rather than cyclical problem. That means central banks' efforts to promote consumption by lowering interest rates and flooding the system with money are largely ineffective.

 

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