How long can the S&P 500 keep 2,000?
How long can the S&P keep 2,000?

The Federal Reserve and Congressional politics threaten to rain on the market party.


The company finalized the deal in anticipation of heavy competition in the world's fastest-growing beverage market.

By Trefis Nov 10, 2011 2:56PM
Image: China (© Lawrence Manning/Corbis)PepsiCo (PEP) finalized a deal last week to swap its 24 bottling operations in China for a 5% stake in Tingyi-Asahi, with options for up to 20%.

Under the agreement, Tingyi-Asahi will become PepsiCo's franchise bottler in China for carbonated soft drinks and Gatorade. The two may also co-brand some products under the Tropicana label. This will help give Pepsi an edge over rival Coca-Cola (KO) in the Chinese market. 

Regulators want to ensure that bigger banks are better protected from failing. But there are concerns that banks may be hiding actual risk levels.

By Trefis Nov 10, 2011 2:47PM
A provisional list by global regulators mentions that Citigroup (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) are likely to face the highest capital surcharge of 2.5% under recently-approved plans.

The list, which classifies 29 global banks on the basis of their asset size at the end of 2009, suggests that these banks' reserves will need to be maintained at 1 to 2.5 percentage points above the agreed-upon minimum capital levels. 

The company will own a full range of cloud-based products with its acquisition of RightNow Technologies.

By Trefis Nov 10, 2011 2:35PM
Oracle (ORCL) announced its purchase of RightNow Technologies (RNOW) for $43 a share, or $1.5 billion net of cash and debt, late last month. The purchase price reflects a 20% premium over RNOW's stock price at the close of market on Oct. 21.

Oracle purchased the company to get a better footing in the cloud-based information-technology marketplace, where it competes with (CRM) and other firms. 

For years, it looked like the networking giant was a stodgy old technology name that time had passed by.

By Benzinga Nov 10, 2011 2:21PM
By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer

Cisco Systems (CSCO) shares jumped 7% in midday trading Thursday after the company reported better-than-expected earnings and guided second-quarter earnings higher. The company appears to be turning the ship.


Certain lower-priced sectors carry higher risk right now. Count on relative-performance analysis to stay in the strongest areas of the market.

By Nov 10, 2011 2:07PM

By Tom Aspray,

Early selling in Europe set the tone for what was a very ugly day in the U.S. markets on Wednesday. The small- and mid-cap stocks were hit the hardest, with the mid-cap S&P 400 ($I_SP400) down 4.3% and the small-cap Russell 2000 ($RUT) down 4.8%.

Though all 30 stocks in the Dow Industrials were down 1% or more, there were some bright spots.


Altisource and Ocwen are actually profiting from the dire state of the US housing market.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 10, 2011 1:59PM

By Phillip Van Doorn, TheStreetTheStreet


There's a growth industry for every economy, and investors should check out two linked companies riding the wave of mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures.


Disappointing earnings triggered the coffee company's free fall Thursday, adding to investor concerns about spending and inventory.

By Kim Peterson Nov 10, 2011 1:38PM
Updated 4:25 p.m. ET

Thursday marked a stunning fall for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), a one-time stock market hotshot brought low by disappointing earnings.

Shares of the company, which makes Keurig single-cup brewing machines, plunged 39% to close at $40.89 after an earnings report Wednesday that, well, really wasn't all that bad. Analysts rushed to defend the stock, with one calling the investor response a "ridiculous market reaction." 

This company's Siri technology is proving to be a killer app for Apple's iPhone 4S.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 10, 2011 1:15PM

By Mike Cintolo, Cabot Top Ten Report

It’s always good for sales when a product has an engaging spokesperson, and Nuance Communications (NUAN) has found a great one in Siri, the voice-activated personal digital assistant on the new iPhone 4S from Apple (AAPL).

The Siri feature is proving to be the killer app for the iPhone line, generating huge buzz.


This midstream MLP churns out steady and growing returns

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 10, 2011 10:45AM

By Geoffrey Seiler,

Ho. Hum. Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) delivered another quarter of better than expected cash flow, profits, and overall growth to complement its recently increased distribution.

It's consistently solid execution would almost be boring if it wasn't so good for its investors. The midstream energy firm remains one of our favorite stocks for the long term. 

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We can't have a lasting recovery without the financial sector.

By InvestorPlace Nov 10, 2011 10:26AM
By Jeff Reeves,

Bank stocks and the financial sector have seen their share of ups and downs in the past three years -- though decidedly more downs than ups.

On the retail banking side, Bank of America (BAC) is off almost 86% since its 2008 peak, and Citigroup (C) is down nearly 90% in the same period. On the investment banking side, Morgan Stanley (MS) is off more than 67%, and Goldman Sachs (GS) is off 52%. A host of other financial stocks, large and small, have felt similar pain.


At this point, we have to hope the European Central Bank counters the Italian bond rout by printing trillions of euros.

By Jim Cramer Nov 10, 2011 10:19AM

the streetPretty simple: Buy or go home. That's what you have to hope for soon from the European Central Bank to counter the Italian bond rout. The ECB has to go buy 2 trillion euros' worth of Italian bonds. Yeah. It does have to be that big. It has to clean them out. The sellers. The investors. The traders.


It has to end this nonsense by printing euros, trillions of them, and making it very clear that the crisis is over.


Shares of the Dow component jump on better-than-expected earnings. The coffee producer plunges after sales fall short of forecasts.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 10, 2011 9:12AM

TheStreetBy Andrea Tse, TheStreet


Updated at 9 a.m. ET


Cisco Systems' (CSCO) fiscal-first-quarter results beat Wall Street's expectations, even though the Dow component's adjusted profit declined from a year earlier amid sluggish corporate spending. The tech bellwether posted a profit of $2.3 billion, or 43 cents per share, excluding certain items. That’s down from $2.4 billion, or 42 cents, a year earlier. Revenue rose 4.7% year over year to $11.3 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had forecast earnings of 39 cents and revenue of $11.03 billion.


Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) missed Wall Street's revenue expectations by a wide margin with its fiscal-fourth-quarter results. While sales rose 90% from a year earlier to $711.9 million, the total was 6% less than the $760.5 million analysts had expected.


Is the company being too modest in its expectations for the holiday season?

By Benzinga Nov 9, 2011 7:38PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer

There might not be a Santa Claus this year for Macy's (M), at least judging from the retailer's fourth-quarter guidance.

Despite reporting a third-quarter profit that beat Wall Street estimates Wednesday, shares sold off sharply on the reduced outlook. The stock dropped 5% to close at $30.45.


Investors will likely have to suffer dysfunctional Italian politics for days and maybe weeks.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 9, 2011 5:45PM
A huge jump in the yield on Italy’s 10-year bond has sent a wave of fear through global financial markets.

The yield on Italy’s 10-year government bond spiked 0.88 percentage points to 7.65% as of 10:50 a.m. ET, before moving down to 7.06% as of 3:16 p.m.

Also Wednesday morning, the yield curve inverted, with shorter-term bonds -- the one-year reached 8.15% -- paying more than the five-year at 7.71% and the 10-year bond.

Apple's tablet has had a virtual lock on the market, but enthusiasm for Amazon's new Kindle Fire could change that.

By Kim Peterson Nov 9, 2011 4:44PM
Amazon's (AMZN) highly-anticipated Kindle Fire debuts next week, and sales will undoubtedly be red hot.

But are those sales cutting into purchases of Apple's (AAPL) iPad? It looks that way, based on one new study. The survey, conducted by ChangeWave Research and RBC Capital Markets, found that 26% of people who plan to buy a Kindle Fire say they are delaying buying an iPad. 


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[BRIEFING.COM] The major averages continue trading near their flat lines with the S&P 500 up a fraction of a point. Earlier, we speculated that today's session could produce a volume total to rival Monday's lowest total of the year (482 million) and that remains likely considering only 129 million shares have changed hands so far at the NYSE floor.

Although equities have not moved much, there has been some activity in the foreign exchange market. Specifically, the euro/dollar pair ... More


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