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The automaker nails its seventh straight quarterly gain, but problems overseas are affecting the bottom line.

By Kim Peterson Nov 9, 2011 12:47PM

Updated: 5:26 p.m. ET


Europe is dragging General Motors (GM) down.

The automaker is doing great business in North America, but turmoil in Europe is cutting into overall profit. GM lost $292 million in Europe alone in the third quarter, and the company hasn't made an annual profit there in at least 10 years.

Tags: gm

These high yielders have handily outperformed the broad index-tracking funds.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 9, 2011 12:41PM

By Don Dion, TheStreet



With the European debt crisis coming back into focus, investor fears that were put on the back burner in October have witnessed a comeback. Investing in this type of choppy environment requires patience and flexibility.


For conservative investors, it may be tempting to flee risky assets and ride out the market storms in shelter. While long-term U.S. Treasurys and cash may provide some welcome comfort amid market duress, such a strategy will keep investors from potential gains in the event of a turnaround. Rather than let market headwinds deter investors from taking on equity exposure, dividend-paying stocks will likely be a better way to navigate the market's volatility.


Markets are selling off sharply on the latest debt-crisis developments, but investors are likely to realize good buying opportunities on the drop.

By Nov 9, 2011 12:20PM

By Tom Aspray,

Overseas investors took another look at Tuesday’s developments in the European debt crisis and hit the sell buttons early Wednesday. Once again, it appears that the “solutions” in Greece and Italy have failed to reassure bondholders.

The sharp uptick in Italian bond yields and the resulting impact on borrowing costs requires some quick action by the European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF). A break below short-term support in the German DAX Index and in France’s CAC Index is likely to trigger further selling, both in the US and overseas.

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Markets reel as Italy's borrowing costs surge, suggesting the country has passed the point of no return. And a new report suggests France and Germany have given up on the eurozone.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 9, 2011 11:38AM

Updated 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday

Stocks plunged Wednesday as U.S. markets suddenly realized, after a string of cute little end-of-day rallies, that the eurozone is toast.


The debt contagion that pulled down Greece, Ireland and then Portugal has now infected Italy -- the third-largest worldwide issuer of sovereign debt -- pushing its borrowing costs to unsustainable levels. The European Central Bank, which was actively buying Italian debt to keep the situation under control, is being steamrolled.


And this afternoon, an exclusive Reuters report that the French and Germans are looking at a plan to radically overhaul and shrink the eurozone made the risk ever clearer, sending U.S. markets to their deepest losses of the day.


Delays often affect valuation.

By InvestorPlace Nov 9, 2011 11:12AM

By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace Writer

The scheduling of an IPO can be a moving target.  For example, in the case of the Zynga’s offering, it looked like the company would come public during Thanksgiving week. But if this were so, it would be on its "roadshow" now.

Well, it isn't.  In fact, in its most recent IPO filing, the company didn’t even provide a price range (which is a necessity for a roadshow).


Based on historical yield, these stocks are high-quality growth-and-income ideas for long-term investors.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 9, 2011 11:11AM

By Kelley Wright, Investment Quality Trends

Our primary purpose is to assist investors in growing their capital and income base from which to derive cash for their current and future needs.

To that end we believe high-quality stocks purchased at historically low price to high yield offer the best potential for downside protection and upside appreciation.


Amid the massive bets distorting the market, stocks are tossed around like rubber ducks in the South Pacific. Dividend stocks may be the only way to make money in this madness.

By Jim Cramer Nov 9, 2011 10:57AM

the streetWhen we speak of the confusion out there, when we speak of hedge funds being stymied and mutual funds unsure of themselves, when we try to rationalize what the heck is going on by looking at all of the various bets out there, we have to conclude one thing: No one knows what the heck he or she is doing!


Consider, just this week, how rampant the seeming irrationality is and try to address these six glaring inconsistencies.


The automaker warns of weakness in the European car market, while the software company announces restructuring plans.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 9, 2011 9:00AM

TheStreetBy Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet


General Motors (GM) said its third-quarter profit fell 15% to $1.7 billion, or $1.03 a share, on revenue of $36.7 billion. While the results beat the 96-cent average estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters, the company said weakness in the European market may cause it to miss profit targets this year.


Adobe Systems (ADBE) said it plans to eliminate 750 jobs, or roughly 8% of its work force, as part of a restructuring. Adobe backed its outlook for fiscal-fourth-quarter adjusted earnings, saying it still sees a non-GAAP profit of 57 cents to 64 cents a share on revenue of between $1.075 billion and $1.125 billion.


Hard times in the financial industry could lead to a cut in bonuses by as much as 45% in some areas, according to one research firm.

By Kim Peterson Nov 8, 2011 7:13PM
It hasn't been the best year for many banks and securities firms, and as a result, Wall Street bonuses could fall by an average of 20% to 30% from last year, according to one highly-regarded study.

The survey by Johnson Associates, a consulting firm, says that Wall Street professionals can expect sharply lower bonuses for the second time in four years. 
Tags: GS

The Brazilian bank has a sky-high annualized return on equity. Is this stock all it seems to be?

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 8, 2011 6:50PM
On Nov. 1, Brazil’s Itau Unibanco (ITUB) reported third-quarter adjusted net income, excluding one-time items, of 3.94 billion reais ($2.3 billion).

That was up 24.7% from 3.16 billion reais in the third quarter of 2010. The results also easily beat the analyst estimate of 3.65 billion reais for the quarter. (Reais is the plural of real.)

So far, Anheuser-Busch InBev isn't saying much about what could be the newest member of the Bud Light family.

By Kim Peterson Nov 8, 2011 5:36PM
The beer industry is abuzz with rumors that Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) could soon debut a higher-alcohol version of its top-selling Bud Light.

The new beer, which would be called Bud Light Platinum, has received label approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, according to Advertising Age. You can see the application here
Tags: BUD

Groupon could be a tough act to follow.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 8, 2011 5:02PM

By Tim Beyers


Shares of Groupon (GRPN) are already up more than 30% from the IPO price of $20 apiece. Will Zynga, which is valued at just under $11 billion (according to data from private-equity exchange SharesPost), enjoy a similar pop when it comes public before the end of the year?


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My guess is yes, but only because IPO engineering is the new "it" strategy for companies coming public. The game is simple. Limit the amount of shares available -- as Groupon, LinkedIn, and Zillow all did -- and you guarantee a significant pop on the first day of trading.


The retailer has beefed up its financial services over the years, providing an alternative for fed-up bank customers.

By Kim Peterson Nov 8, 2011 4:13PM
Wal-Mart (WMT) has wanted to be a financial player for a long time. And now, it just might get that opportunity.

The retailing giant is seeing new banking business from people fed up with Bank of America (BAC) and other financial institutions. As banking customers close their accounts, Wal-Mart is there with some options. 

The cloud-computing company's third quarter proves the industry is growing strong.

By Benzinga Nov 8, 2011 2:28PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer

Rackspace Hosting (RAX) reported third-quarter revenue Monday that was better than analysts expected, sending shares nearly 7% higher Tuesday.

The cloud-computing company's profit of 14 cents per share was in line with expectations, but its $265 million in revenue beat the $261.6 million Wall Street wanted to see.


Historical patterns suggest that now through the end of the year is the time.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 8, 2011 1:28PM
By Kevin McElroy, Daily Profit

What's the best time to buy gold on a seasonality basis? Now. Over the past 40 years November and December accounted for almost half of the year's gains for gold.

And 2011 doesn't differ all that much from the long-term seasonal trends. We had the characteristic spike in May, followed by a substantial correction in September-October. 
Tags: GLDgold


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