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With a stealth rally under way in its shares, now is the time to start buying them.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 2, 2011 9:13AM

By Chuck Carlson, The DRIP Investor

Wal-Mart (WMT) deserves some love. Yes, I know the stock is trading where it was 10 years ago. I know lots of people view it as the quintessential evil corporation. And I know it's hard to grow a company with revenue near half a trillion dollars.

But I also know the stock is beginning to put on one of those stealth rallies that investors ignore at their own peril. In my view, it's time to put Wal-Mart stock in your shopping cart.

 
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Sony forecasts a fourth straight annual loss. MasterCard's profit jumps on a rise in credit card use. Concast posts higher profit and revenue.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 7:45AM

TheStreetUpdated at 9:20 a.m. ET


By Andrea Tse, TheStreet

 

Sony (SNE), the Japanese electronics giant, reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of 27 billion yen ($346 million) and said it expects an annual loss for the fourth year in a row. Sony said it expects an annual loss of 90 billion yen; it previously expected a net profit of 60 billion. Sony shares were down 5% to $18.72.

 

MasterCard's (MA) profit rose 38% on a jump in credit card use and new deals with other banks to issue debit cards bearing its logo. Net income was $717 million, or $5.63 per share, on revenue of $1.8 billion, exceeding expectations for profit of $4.81 per share on revenue of $1.7 billion.

 

FedEx, plus an agricultural stock and an airplane parts maker show up at the top of our screen.

By Zacks.com Nov 1, 2011 7:57PM

By Kevin Cook, senior stock strategist with Zacks.com

 

On Tuesday, I screened for stocks with strong fundamentals and a discount price. Although conservative, this strategy has proven to be a solid out performer in the past. Fourteen companies surfaced from this screen, with the top three results shown in alphabetical order. Here they are:

 

American manufacturers are fueling the recovery here as Europe quakes and China's growth gets relatively worse.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 1, 2011 6:31PM

By Lindsey Bell, TheStreet TheStreet

 

If you can keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs, you may be able to hold on to investment gains this year.

 

After Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou stunned the world by announcing a referendum on the new European bailout plan, stocks tumbled in Europe and the United States. That news overshadowed a U.S. October manufacturing report that suggested America is still a good place to invest.

 
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There are safer plays than an industrial with significant eurozone exposure.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 1, 2011 4:40PM
Back on Sept. 29, I wrote that it was time to cut your exposure to the slow-growth European economies.

As an example of how to reduce that exposure (but not take it to zero) in that post, I recommended selling BorgWarner (BWA) but keeping TRW Automotive Holdings (TRW). (At that point, both stocks were members of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio.)
 

Some big banks in the U.S. are reporting record earnings. But are these earnings all they're chalked up to be?

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 1, 2011 2:55PM

By Tom Jacobs

 

Two years after the big bank bailout, should investors rest easily and buy banks hand over fist like successful money managers Bill Ackman and Bruce Berkowitz? Or are the banks just out on bail, waiting another trial?

 

The answer is in the middle. Earnings are better, sure, but not as good you think.

 

The ratings agency is positive on the beverage giant's strong operations and credit quality.

By Zacks.com Nov 1, 2011 1:28PM

Standard & Poor's has upgraded its ratings outlook on Coca-Cola (KO) on the back of the company’s strong operations and credit quality.


Despite the prevailing market turmoil, S&P upped Coca Cola's outlook to positive from stable and reiterated its "A+" long-term corporate credit and "A-1" short-term corporate credit and commercial paper ratings. The agency said it continues to expect robust performance from Coca-Cola even in the uncertain economy.

 
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Instead of selling itself, the Internet company announces an acquisition to boost its display-advertising business.

By Benzinga Nov 1, 2011 1:18PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga


Yahoo's (YHOO) board may have screwed up again.


Rumors surfaced last week that instead of selling itself, the company was mulling a share buyback and dividend to appease investors. Benzinga spoke to Yahoo about the rumors, only to be told the company would not comment.

 

The powerful rebound rally out of October has run its course as Greece dances with disaster. Hiding in cash may be the best strategy.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 1, 2011 12:57PM

What a difference a few days can make. Last Thursday, all was right in the world as Europe's leaders offered a comprehensive -- if not fully fleshed out -- plan to save Greece, strengthen their banks, ring-fence Italy and Spain, and attract new cash from Russia and China.

 

But now the deal is unraveling at what was always its point of vulnerability: A lack of political support from Greek citizens unwilling or unable to bear the burden of their national debt. And that, according to European Union officials, could push Greece into bankruptcy.

 

Pimco's bond guru Bill Gross outlines the largest impediments to global growth.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 1, 2011 12:18PM

By Lindsey Bell, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Since the Great Recession began, in December 2007, the global economy has struggled to spur growth.

 

In his monthly newsletter, Pimco founder and co-chief investment officer Bill Gross discusses his views on the lack of growth in the global economy. Growth is necessary to alleviate the hangover of the Great Recession. In his view, the lack of growth is a structural rather than cyclical problem. That means central banks' efforts to promote consumption by lowering interest rates and flooding the system with money are largely ineffective.

 

Even after October's big gains, 4 leading blue chips still have room to run.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 1, 2011 11:18AM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


In early October, I discussed a monthly scan I run that ranks the 30 stocks in the Dow Industrials by their proximity to the monthly Starc- bands. (See "The Most Oversold Dow Stocks.")


Starc band analysis is one way I determine whether a stock is in a high- or low-risk buy or sell zone. When a stock is close to its monthly Starc- band (oversold), then it is a low-risk buy and a high-risk sell.

 

Stocks with decent yields and growth need to be bought slowly and methodically into the maximum pain point.

By Jim Cramer Nov 1, 2011 9:12AM

the streetLooks like the first-day-as-worst-day theory is playing out. Looks like people are deciding that anything the Europeans do is no good after deciding just the opposite last week.

 

My take: We are not going to get any good news out of Europe. It is all about being less bad. I continue to see things as less bad. However, we have seen a gigantic run in every stock imaginable, and I think this is a correction that will wipe out some but not all of that amazing October rally.

 

The long-term outlook is unclear, and the short-term outlook is volatile.

By InvestorPlace Nov 1, 2011 9:00AM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com

Bank of America
(BAC) gave back about 7% Monday and was poised to crash and burn yet again Tuesday. However, the stock remains up over 30% from its 52-week low of around $5 a share. More impressively, that 52-week low was set intraday a mere four weeks ago.

A rollback after a red-hot run like that is to be expected -- so some traders may be wondering if now is the time to jump in.

After a rip-roaring run in October, it may seem like a good idea. But for most investors it is a very, very bad one.

 

The pharma giant is successfully re-energizing its drug pipeline to counteract patent expirations.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 1, 2011 8:50AM

By Stephen Leeb, Income Performance Letter

While they don’t always deliver eye-popping growth, stocks that offer a steady stream of growing income are must-haves for conservative investors.

With that in mind, we recommend Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) as a dependable income play that warrants a place in our income model portfolio.

 
Tags: BMY

The drugmaker reports better-than-expected results. Dunkin' Donuts' parent company posts a loss on IPO charges and debt payments.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 1, 2011 7:59AM

TheStreetBy Andrea Tse, TheStreet 

 

Pfizer (PFE) reported adjusted earnings of 62 cents a share as revenue rose 7% to $17.2 billion for the third quarter and raised its 2011 guidance. Analysts were expecting a profit of 56 cents on revenue of $16.4 billion. Shares were surging 1.6% to $19.57 ahead of Tuesday's open.

 

Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, reported a loss in net income of 61% in the third quarter. The company cited charges related to going public and paying down its debt. But earnings were 28 cents per share without the special items, beating analysts' estimates of 25 cents. Revenue rose 9% to $163.5 million, also beating a forecast of $159.3 million. Shares were down nearly 3% at $28.25.

 

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