The Dow has run up to -- and been turned away from -- 16,000 twice before.
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Eurozone nations are all fighting to raise cash -- threatening to push interest rates higher and forcing Portugal closer to a bailout.
Investors watched in horror on Monday as bond yields on eurozone bonds initially moved higher, led by Portugal which is seen as the next in line for a bailout after Greece and Ireland.
But then the European Central Bank stepped in to support prices. The situation was further calmed on Tuesday by word that Japan was joining China in its explicit support of euro bonds and that European leaders were considering an expansion of their bailout fund as reported by the folks at Trade The News.
This is merely a temporary reprieve. Greece, Portugal, Italy, and Spain will all tap the capital markets this week -- putting additional pressure on yields and bringing the likes of Portugal, Spain, and even Belgium closer to fiscal insolvency. And more is coming.
The rapper tells millions of followers to buy a penny stock in which he has a large stake -- and scores $8.7 million.
Who says you can't make money on Twitter? Rapper 50 Cent just raked in millions.
The rapper had plenty to say over the weekend about a penny stock named H&H Imports (HNHI), a tiny operation out of Florida. Why? Because 50 Cent invested $750,000 in shares and warrants in the company last fall. Some of those shares can be cashed in only as the stock rises to 15 cents, 25 cents and, yes, 50 cents.
What better way to pump up the stock than to promote it to your 3.8 million Twitter followers? That's what the rapper did -- and the stock rose 240% to close at 39 cents Monday.
GulfMark is poised to ride the new old energy trend of the coming years.
Alternative energy is the future, but do you really think oil and gas is slowing down anytime soon? Are even the next decade? Then you'll want to hear what Jason Moser has to say.
Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor
This month, my portfolio buy combines two of my favorite things: small caps and global opportunity. GulfMark Offshore (GLF) helps oil and gas companies not only find and extract new supplies, but also stay safe in the process.
Whose network is better for iPhone users? The 2 carriers have plenty to say about that.
Now AT&T (T) no longer has the exclusive on iPhones in the U.S. And it didn't take long for both carriers to start bashing each other with taunts normally found at grade-school recess.
Let's start with AT&T. "I'm not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane," a company spokesman said in a statement to Business Insider. That's rich. AT&T's sluggish network has been nothing but a slow lane to iPhone users I know.
Trends like cloud computing are good news for companies that sell high-tech gear.
By James Rogers, TheStreet
Trends such as cloud computing, which delivers a host of services over the Internet, spell good news for companies that sell networking gear, such as switches and routers.
"If you believe in the cloud story and if you believe in Apple (AAPL) moving its base to on-demand and hosting services, you have to buy into the growth of networking," Avi Cohen, an analyst at Avian Securities, told TheStreet.
The company has relied on brand recognition, low fees and aggressiveness for its success.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Vanguard's ascension through the ranks of ETF providers has been one of the more closely watched developments in this industry, leading some people to wonder what it has done to achieve such success.
Although the company is still considered relatively new to the ETF market, Vanguard has seen its business grow and expand dramatically over the years. In December, the company saw the largest inflows, beating out industry leader BlackRock (BLK).
Prior to the company's foray into ETFs, Vanguard had generated an immense following as a leader in indexed mutual funds. One of Vanguard's biggest strengths comes from the familiarity of its lineup of ETFs.
The discount chain joins a list of retailers that have changed their branding in the past year.
By Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet
The change comes as the discount retailer looks to make a foray into markets dominated by rival Wal-Mart (WMT). The company has been beefing up its grocery offerings, and in October it introduced its 5% loyalty program.
Target joins a list of retailers that have changed their branding strategies this year, with mixed reaction. Retailers say they're trying to make themselves more identifiable in key international markets.
New products and consumer demand have made technology companies major players.
For the past decade, we didn't have enough new products in tech, so we didn't have enough new product cycles.
We tended to look at tech as an economic play -- a weak economic play at that -- and when tech stocks moved up, we sold them, figuring that, like steel or aluminum, the moment that inventories rose was the moment that you sold.
The research reflected that, and you had constant downgrades and lids on stocks that seemed logical and necessary.
A $100,000 experiment in Seattle ends as the company pulls the plug on 15th Ave Coffee & Tea.
By Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com
So why would the beverage giant drop $100,000 to re-brand one of its stores -- in its native city of Seattle, no less -- to experiment with a different sign, different coffee cups and even a different name?
Will Verizon match the big subsidies that AT&T pays Apple to carry the iPhone? We'll see.
Verizon Communications (VZ) and Apple (AAPL) will hold a press conference Tuesday to announce, everybody on Earth and the inner planets believes, that Verizon will start selling the iPhone in February.
If not, either Apple will see its huge margins on the iPhone -- estimated by some Wall Street analysts at 60% -- reduced, or Verizon will wind up selling the iPhone at a price that makes it much less competitive with phones based on Google's (GOOG) Android operating system.
At the very least, Energy Transfer Partners is a rewarding dividend play. Future growth, however, is unclear.
The total return (that's dividend plus price appreciation) has been even more satisfying at 23.2% for 2010 after an absolutely stellar 42.7% in 2009.
But now I think the partnership is near a crossroads.
Apple, Google and SuperMedia could benefit from the growth of Facebook and other social-networking websites.
By Robert Pedone, Stockpickr
Goldman sees a big opportunity to capture a piece of the booming social-media market. And when Goldman sees an opportunity, it doesn't mess around -- it goes after the best.
Facebook is the leading social-networking site, with over 500 million active users, and it overtook Google as the most-visited site in 2010. The cash infusion from Goldman will allow Facebook to step up its acquisitions and attract the top talent its needs to expand into new markets.
Here are six stocks that could benefit from demand for social networking:
The electric car won't be a huge seller, but it's exactly the kind of vehicle GM wants to be known for.
That's a big honor for an electric car that most Americans can't even find at a dealership. And a car that won't have much of an impact on General Motors' (GM) bottom line. In fact, it's a drain on profits.
But the Volt is hugely important to GM -- central to the comeback the automaker has been engineering since it went bankrupt in 2009. It won't be a huge seller, but the Volt says everything about the kind of company GM wants to be.
One is a leader in centralized storage, while the other is a top play in mobile processors.
If, unlike Warren Buffett, you're excited about tech stocks, you need to follow my Foolish friend Eric Bleeker. Not only has he been covering the industry for years, but he was also voted "Most likely to utter a geeky phrase" by his colleagues.
Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor
Today I'm going to put some cash in my Bits Portfolio to work in two of the more no-brainer themes for the year in a "Trends for 2011 Basket."
In fact, they're both leaders in their respective fields. I believe each company is poised for continuing gains in 2011 that should surpass already lofty expectations.
Here are the two companies I'm buying:
The highly anticipated launch of Apple's flagship smart phone on Verizon's network could mean doom for other carriers.
By Anthony John Agnello, InvestorPlace.com
It's official. Well, nearly official. After more than a year of rumors, Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) are all but certain to announce an iPhone exclusive to Verizon's service tomorrow. And according to leaks, the Verizon iPhone's rumored launch will be in February.
The new iPhone will be very similar in design to the AT&T (T) model, the iPhone 4, which has proved massively popular since its June 2010 release. The only major difference is that the smart phone has been tweaked to meet the standard of Verizon's 3G network.
But although AT&T and Verizon iPhones are nearly identical, there are three distinct reasons VZ will win the iPhone carrier wars after the phone's inevitable release:
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[BRIEFING.COM] Equity indices settled on their lows following a steady, session-long slide. Similar to yesterday, small-caps paced the retreat as the Russell 2000 fell 1.6%, extending its December loss to 3.6%. The S&P 500 settled lower by 1.1%, widening its month-to-date decline to 1.3%.
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