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A single error on the company’s part can lead to dire consequences for small-scale merchants.

By Trefis Nov 30, 2011 8:16AM
Groupon's (GRPN) key pitch to merchants and small businesses is that it's the perfect alternative to traditional advertising in the newspaper and on television. However, the recent case where a U.K. bakery lost some $20,000 on a Groupon deal highlights how the company's daily-coupon structure can potentially be dangerous, especially for businesses with high marginal costs.

Groupon shares closed Tuesday at $16.01 -- well below the company's Nov. 4 IPO price of $20. 
Tags: GOOGGRPN

By rejecting a settlement between Citigroup and the SEC, a Federal judge seems to have struck a blow for transparency and investor protection. But the ruling could backfire.

By The Fiscal Times Nov 29, 2011 6:53PM

By  Suzanne McGee


Maybe the Occupy Wall Street movement is making everyone just a little bit more thoughtful about the roles and responsibilities of both the financial services industry and its regulators toward investors.

 

At least, that’s one possible conclusion we can draw from the unexpected decision by Judge Jed Rakoff, of the  Federal District Court judge for the Southern District of New York, to nix the proposed $285 million settlement between the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and Citigroup over allegations that the bank didn’t disclose to investors that it was involved in selecting investments for a mortgage-bond investment pool -- as it continued to sell those investments short.

 

The motorcycle maker's long-term strategy is running afoul with some dealers and constraining inventories of some pricier models.

By Trefis Nov 29, 2011 5:54PM
Harley Davidson (HOG), the biggest U.S. motorcycle maker, has seen shares drop by more than 12% in the last week.

CEO Keith Wandell, hoping to use Ford (F) as a template in Harley's turnaround, is streamlining production, cutting labor costs, pushing Harley into emerging markets and improving stores and customer service. 
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The family that controls the iconic property has filed tentative plans for a publicly traded company.

By Kim Peterson Nov 29, 2011 5:29PM
How'd you like to own a piece of the Empire State Building? The 102-story skyscraper may be open to investors if one family gets its way.

The Malkin family, which controls the property, has filed plans with regulators for a publicly traded company that includes the building, The New York Times reports.

The filing (which you can see here) doesn't say a whole lot. It refers to a company called Empire State Building Associates, and says that the Malkin family is working to include the company in a new real estate investment trust, or REIT. 
Tags: GSIPO

Shares of the luxury retailer tank after it gives disappointing guidance for the current quarter.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 29, 2011 4:37PM

Image: Wedding ring (© Jamie Grill/Photolibrary/Photolibrary)Updated: 6:27 p.m. ET

 

Shares of Tiffany & Co. (TIF), a name synonymous with luxury, slumped Tuesday after the company spooked Wall Street with talk of "continued short-term economic challenges and uncertainties."

The stock was down 8.7% to $67.22 after Tiffany gave disappointing fourth-quarter guidance of $1.48 to $1.58 a share in earnings, way below the $1.63 analysts expected.

 
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Europe's debt-tangle could spread to the stronger French and German economies.

By Trefis Nov 29, 2011 4:35PM

JPMorgan Chase's (JPM) stock is caught up in the undercurrent that is dragging down share prices of all financial sector firms. The bank's shares are trading around $29 -- lows the stock hasn't seen since early 2009. Clearly the fact that the bank surpassed rival Bank of America (BAC) to become the largest in the U.S. in terms of total assets last quarter did not help its stock much.

 

In view of the weak global economic conditions -- primarily escalating debt in Europe -- and the string of lawsuits concerning the bank, we reviewed our analysis for JPMorgan and revised our price estimate for its stock from $45 to $39.

 
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Central European Distribution has seen plenty of interest this year -- but its businesses remain troubled.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 29, 2011 4:28PM
A Russian billionaire has bought a piece of Central European Distribution (CEDC), one of the world's largest vodka producers, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

Premium vodka maker Russian Standard and its chairman, Roustam Tariko, filed notice with regulators Monday stating that they had acquired a 9.9% stake in Central European Distribution. The stake of 7.2 million shares was acquired between Nov. 15 and Nov. 21 for an average price of $3.52 a share. The SEC filing calls this a strategic investment.
 

Being right for the wrong reasons

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 29, 2011 3:50PM

By Morgan Housel

 

In December 2007, I wrote an article titled "The Impending Destruction of the U.S. Economy." It was one of the more popular articles I've written for The Motley Fool. Readers cheered along with its message. It received almost no pushback or rebuttals -- a rarity. I still get the occasional laudatory email to this day.

 

And it was almost entirely wrong.

 

The article was straightforward: The economy was buried in debt, and the chicken was coming home to roost. That part was right, and late 2007 indeed marked the beginning of a debt-fueled recession that lingers today.

 

Short-term concerns are creating long-term value for this maker of high-tech controller chips.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 29, 2011 3:03PM
By Paul McWilliams, Next Inning

I think the critical market factors that are needed to drive growth at Marvell Technology Group (MRVL) in 2012 will materialize and be solid throughout the year.

If I'm right in this assessment, I think Wall Street will wake up to the value of the story sometime during the next six to 12 months. 
Tags: MRVL

The glass-display maker said a major customer will not honor its contract for the fourth quarter.

By Kim Peterson Nov 29, 2011 2:46PM
Image: Man changing TV channels with remote control (© Flying Colours/Digital Vision/Getty Images)Corning (GLW) was getting hammered in the market Tuesday, with shares down more than 13% in afternoon trading.

The company was forced to lower its fourth-quarter profit estimates after a major customer said it wasn't going to buy as many glass displays as it had promised. Now, Corning has cut its production outlook for the glass it makes for LCD displays.

The company's main problem is that there's too much supply. Corning tried to address that by cutting its LCD glass prices, but that wasn't enough to keep its major customer on board. 
Tags: AAPLGLW

HP and RIM are upgraded, while Dillard's is downgraded. Boeing is initiated with a 'buy.'

By Melly Alazraki Nov 29, 2011 1:30PM

As the nation's third-largest airline, American Airlines, and its parent company AMR (AMR) filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, the much smaller US Airways (LCC) was upgraded to "neutral" from "sell" at Citigroup.

 

Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) was upgraded to "outperform" from "sector perform" at RBC Capital. And after being downgraded Monday, Research In Motion (RIMM) was upgraded to "market perform" from "underperform" at Bernstein.

 

Strong Black Friday sales recharged the sector. These three stocks have big upside potential if the rally continues.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 29, 2011 12:25PM

Image: Man Taking Money Out of Wallet © NULL/CorbisBy Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The major averages closed last week just above the key 61.8% Fibonacci support before rocketing to the upside on Monday, spurred on by much-better-than-expected Black Friday shopping.


Over the past several months, many economists had painted a bleak outlook for consumer spending. For example, in late September, the chief U.S. economist at Mizuho Securities, Steven Ricchiuto, said, "What you’re basically getting is a scene where consumers are losing momentum, they’re losing momentum on income, and as a result of that, they’re slowing down on spending."

 

The model of hub-and-spoke legacy carriers has proved difficult to perpetuate.

By InvestorPlace Nov 29, 2011 11:56AM

Image: Airline (© Christie & Cole/Corbis)By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


AMR Corp. (AMR), the parent of American Airlines, announced Tuesday that it will file for bankruptcy protection. Crippling debt, labor issues and higher fuel prices have clipped the company's wings in recent years.


So what does this mean for consumers? Not a whole heck of a lot. American and its partners will keep flying as usual, and day-to-day operations will be unaffected.

 

The financial site welcomes new contributors, provides more ideas and focuses on building a vibrant investing community.

By Amey Stone Nov 29, 2011 11:32AM

Image: Bull figurine on ascending line graph and list of share prices (© Adam Gault/OJO Images/Getty Images)Welcome to the new Top Stocks. Today we're relaunching the site with a new look, new writers and a new emphasis on connecting with our readers.

 

We've added dozens of new voices, including that of Gene Marcial, who is bring his must-read Inside Wall Street column (previously a staple of BusinessWeek magazine) to Top Stocks exclusively twice a week. Along with Gene, Top Stocks now boasts some of the top investing columnists on the Web, including Jim Jubak, Jim Cramer, Kim Peterson and Anthony Mirhaydari.

 

Until we see deep-pocketed institutional buyers snapping up European bonds, we'll remain in market purgatory. Unfortunately, it's tough to see such a scenario.

By Jim Cramer Nov 29, 2011 11:27AM

the streetImage: Stock market Traders (© Photodisc/SuperStock)We need more Jon Corzines.

 

That's the only way to put it when you look at these bond auctions in Europe. Italy prices some bonds at 7.8%, and we need Corzine in there snapping them up for MF Global, with leverage. We need someone showing people it is a good bet and putting some flex behind the muscle.

 

Unfortunately, MF Global went bankrupt doing so. Instead we have the Italian people stepping up and getting a decent return on their money as part of a 'Buy Government Bonds' ploy by the Italian government. An individual sucker is born every minute. We need some more institutional suckers now.

 

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