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The struggling bookseller unveils an updated tablet e-reader to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire.

By Kim Peterson Nov 7, 2011 2:43PM
As just about everyone expected, Barnes & Noble (BKS) has announced a new version of its Nook e-reader to keep up with Amazon (AMZN).

The bookstore chain will sell the Nook Tablet for $249, which is about $50 more than the upcoming Kindle Fire from Amazon. Both devices are coming out next week. 

Double bottoms in three stocks and an emerging-market ETF offer very good upside potential.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 7, 2011 2:25PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


As discussed last week, double-bottom formations were observed in many stocks and ETFs at the October lows. This formation can provide many good entry points for both traders and investors. As noted in the article, full-time or professional traders can often spot good entry points just after the second low of the double bottom is being formed.


There are other ways to trade this formation, however. To confirm a double-bottom formation, prices need to move above the intervening high, preferably on good volume. Often times the breakout level will be retested, and when this occurs, it can provide a good entry point.

 

The car-sharing company completed a UK acquisition, expanded its university program and launched a Facebook application in the third quarter.

By Trefis Nov 7, 2011 1:01PM
After suffering losses for several years, Zipcar (ZIP) has posted its first-ever quarterly profit on healthy membership growth of 25%.

The world's leading car-sharing network completed its U.K. Streetcar acquisition during the quarter, expanded its university program to 36 new campuses and launched a Facebook application for members.  
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The electronics superstore chain takes over a partnership with British phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, announces plans to close 11 UK stores and bolsters its Geek Squad.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 7, 2011 12:32PM

the streetBy Antoine Gara, TheStreet

 

Best Buy (BBY) Monday said it would take ownership of a mobile-phone sales joint venture with British phone retailer Carphone Warehouse for $1.3 billion and also said it would buy mindShift Technologies for $167 million to bolster its Geek Squad and Best Buy Business services.

 

The Minneapolis, Minn. electronics retailer said it would also cut plans to expand its European operations by closing 11 U.K.-based pilot big box stores. Currently, Best Buy Europe has 2,500 "small box" stores that will remain. While Best Buy's U.S. sales fell slightly in 2011 to $37.2 billion, its international sales increased nearly 6% to $13.1 billion.

 

Dozens of fund managers and strategists say Americans ought to get in touch with their greedy side.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 7, 2011 12:22PM

By Robert Holmes, TheStreet

TheStreet

 

With no solution in sight for Europe and economic growth slowing in emerging markets and here at home, investors will have to find a new way to generate gains.

 

Thankfully, dozens of fund managers and strategists meeting together last week in San Francisco at Schwab's annual investor conference offered an in-depth view of their plans and advice to clients.

 

Once an industrial giant, the photography company is now a shell of its former self.

By Kim Peterson Nov 7, 2011 11:38AM
One of the great American companies, Eastman Kodak (EK) is barely hanging on, warning that it may not last another year.

The company said last week it may have to take on more debt or sell a large chunk of its patents in order to survive the next 12 months. Kodak also cut its cash outlook and said operational losses have mounted to $400 million to $600 million for this year. Previously, the company estimated losses at $200 million to $400 million.

What happened to Kodak, once a global powerhouse? 
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Credit-card stocks, such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express, are printing money.

By InvestorPlace Nov 7, 2011 11:34AM

By Charles Sizemore, CFA, Editor, The Sizemore Investment Letter


If consumer sentiment soured last quarter, it appears that MasterCard (MA) cardholders were curiously immune. Earlier this week, the company announced third-quarter revenue was up 27%, and the dollar volume of purchases made using MasterCard-branded credit and debit cards rose 18%.

Earnings per share were up an almost mind-blowing 43%. 

The airplane maker's new plan to return to the Kennedy Space Center to build passenger spaceships was heralded by all parties involved.

By Trefis Nov 7, 2011 10:55AM
NASA's recent decision to halt space shuttle operations pending additional budget cuts had severe repercussions in Central Florida. Thousands of jobs were lost and, until recently, commercial property and other assets sat idle.

Boeing
's (BA) recent announcement that it plans to return to the Kennedy Space Center to build passenger spaceships was heralded by all parties involved. In addition to expected job growth up to 550 in the next three years, the combined effort with Space Florida (a state-backed agency that works with space-related companies) will allow Boeing to ramp up production of the company's CST-100. 
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These blue chips are positioned to boost R&D, acquisitions, buybacks and dividends.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 7, 2011 10:34AM
By Gregory Dorsey, Leeb's Income Performance Letter

The technology stocks in our model portfolio are far outpacing the market this year. One factor in their favor is their fat bank accounts. These three companies are flush with cash.

Here is a roundup of our favorite high-tech cash machines: International Business Machines (IBM), Intel (INTC) and Cisco (CSCO). 

The java joint defies conventional wisdom every day.

By Jim Cramer Nov 7, 2011 10:05AM

the street"We are beginning to think our downgrade to neutral this past summer may have been premature."

 

That's a quote from a Goldman Sachs (GS) report on Starbucks (SBUX) after the java joint reported an amazing quarter, including a 10% bump in same-store sales and tremendous international expansion.

 

The oil company's planned sale of an Argentine unit falls apart. The bookseller may introduce an upgraded tablet device.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 7, 2011 8:45AM

TheStreetBy Andrea Tse, TheStreet

 

Updated at 8:50 a.m. ET

 

BP's (BP) planned $7.1 billion sale of a stake in Pan American Energy to Cnooc (CEO) has fallen apart. Bridas Corp., which is owned by China's Cnooc and the Bulgheroni family of Argentina, said late Saturday that it scrapped the transaction, citing legal reasons. BP said that its financial condition has improved significantly over the past year and that it will keep its stake in Pan American Energy.

 

Tuesday’s drop gave investors an excellent entry point for a sustained rally. Of course, certain groups appear better than others at the moment.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 4, 2011 6:15PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


It was another headline-driven week for the markets, as last Tuesday’s plunge in reaction to uncertainty in the Euro debt plan shook the confidence of even some bullish investors.

As I noted last week, the market was quite overbought, so a correction was likely. But it was sharper than I expected.


The market is now awaiting the confidence vote in Greece, which will be completed late Friday, and concerns have been growing over Italy since Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi turned down funding from the IMF on Friday. The Italian bond and stock markets were not convinced, and once again came under pressure.


Though Tuesday’s losses were quite severe, if you look at the charts the pullback looked fairly normal. In many cases, Tuesday’s decline just filled the gaps from the previous week, which is pretty normal from a technical standpoint.

 

Shares of the restaurant-reservations site rose Friday, but is it enough to reinvigorate the stock?

By Benzinga Nov 4, 2011 6:15PM

By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer


OpenTable (OPEN) closed up slightly Friday to $41.88 on news that Morgan Stanley had taken a 5.9% passive stake in the company.


This is good news for the restaurant-reservations site, which has been struggling (and failing) to maintain its share price over the past few months.

 

The country is the world's largest producer of incandescent and energy-efficient bulbs.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 4, 2011 6:02PM
China announced Friday that it will join the European Union and the United States and phase out incandescent light bulbs.

That led to a big pop Friday morning in the shares of companies that produce alternative lighting systems, and those that make the equipment used to produce such alternatives as LEDs. That’s perhaps premature, since many of these companies are still reporting big drops in orders from customers in the consumer-electronics sector.
 

The ice-cream company says it can't continue without getting access to millions of dollars in cash.

By Kim Peterson Nov 4, 2011 4:03PM
Dippin' Dots, unable to recover as business melted away, filed for bankruptcy protection this week.

The company is $12 million in debt, and revenue dropped from $33.9 million in 2009 to $26.7 million last year, Bloomberg reports. Executives want a bankruptcy judge to let it access the cash it previously used as collateral for an $11 million bank loan.

Dippin' Dots said it "will have no ability" to operate if it can't get that collateral, Bloomberg reports. 

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