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The video game retailer, which is due to report earnings this week, has met or topped estimates over the last four quarters.

By Zacks.com Mar 19, 2012 12:24PM

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GameStop Corp. (GME), a video game and entertainment software retailer, is slated to report its fourth-quarter 2011 financial results before the opening bell on March 22. 


The current Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter stands at $1.72 per share, representing an estimated year-over-year increase of about 10%. Revenue, as per the Zacks Consensus Estimate, is $3,709 million.

 
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The company makes its biggest move outside of coffee.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 19, 2012 12:01PM
Image: Pears with linen napkin (© Michael Grimm/Digital Vision/Getty Images)Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) acquired Evolution Fresh for $30 million last year and now seeks to capitalize on the fruit juice maker.

The coffee company has opened its first Evolution Fresh location in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue. It will offer freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices along with wraps, salads and soups. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available as well. Previously, Evolution Fresh juices were available at grocery stores. If the pilot store is successful, as it probably will be, Starbucks will open others. This is a risk worth taking. 

Struggling to complete orders in time, the heavy equipment manufacturer is issuing its third dim sum bond offering.

By Trefis Mar 19, 2012 10:44AM
Caterpillar (CAT), the construction and mining equipment manufacturer, has had a stellar year with its stock up nearly 25% year-to-date after the company delivered record 2011 earnings. Now, the company is again looking to raise money in the Hong Kong bond market to fund its expansion in China.

The company has gathered a huge backlog and is struggling to raise capacity and complete orders in time, necessitating further investments in this market. This is especially exaggerated for mining equipment. Caterpillar said it won't be able to deliver on some orders for large mining trucks until 2014.  
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This oil & gas firm continues to pump money into exploration, stock buybacks and dividends.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 19, 2012 10:34AM
By Nathan Slaughter, Energy & Income

As with any energy producer, Devon Energy (DVN) has no control over the descent in natural gas prices and can only take what the market is willing to pay. But the company does control its own destiny when it comes to production and reserve levels -- both of which have just reached new record highs.

Its past investments are now bearing fruit. Devon exited 2011 with average production of 680,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day, up from 618,000 per day in 2010. In addition, Devon continues to invest heavily (but prudently) to fuel future growth opportunities.  
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Federal Mogul's aftermarket spin-off is a green light for the sector.

By InvestorPlace Mar 19, 2012 10:12AM

By Susan J. Aluise

 

Two conflicting trends -- white-hot new auto sales and the increasing age of vehicles on the road -- are combining to create a sweet spot for auto parts manufacturers. And companies that straddle the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket businesses have the opportunity to cash in big at both ends of the auto parts lifecycle.

 

Auto parts imports rose 10.4% in January to $25.3 billion, according to Commerce Department data released last week. But U.S. auto and auto parts exports also rose during the month, hitting a record $12.7 billion.

 

Analysis: The company will pay a quarterly $2.65 per share and buy back up to $10 billion in stock. It's an admission that the company has reached a certain level of maturity and that its expansion may slow.

By InvestorPlace Mar 19, 2012 9:57AM

By Jeff Reeves


investorplace logoApple Inc. (AAPL) has been sitting on a mountain of cash for ages. As of its most recent earnings report in January, that stockpile included $30.1 billion in cash and short-term investments and $67.4 billion in long-term investments.


Rumors have always swirled around what Apple was planning to do with that money. Buyouts, crazy new product developments and a dividend have been on the radar as moves Apple could make -- orshould make, according to certain stockholders.


This morning, Apple finally put the speculation to rest. It will pay a dividend of $2.65 per share quarterly, first payable on July 1, for a yield of around 1.8% at current pricing. Apple also will repurchase up to $10 billion in stock.

 

The Irish government takes action to rekindle investor interest in the nation.

By Gene Marcial Mar 19, 2012 9:50AM

With St. Patrick's Day just behind us, what's a better and more propitious time to talk about investing in Ireland? I spoke on Friday with Joan Burton, the minister for Social Protection and the deputy leader of the Irish Labour Party, who was visiting New York to help celebrate the most globally popular Irish holiday.

 

I had a very informative and refreshing interview as she updated me on the positive change that apparently is taking place in Ireland amid the messy financial conditions in some countries in Europe -- and in spite of continuing fears among worried and less-informed investors about Ireland's developing situation.

 
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Oracle is set to report its latest quarterly earnings this week, and analysts are concerned.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Mar 19, 2012 8:51AM

Oracle (ORCL) has repeatedly made excuses for falling short of earnings estimates, often blaming the global economy for its suffering. However, growing evidence suggests that its problems are rooted in the company's own failure to compete with rivals like SAP (SAP), the loss of a key IT partner Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and a hardware business that is constantly causing problems.


Analysts worry that that Oracle's $5.6 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems has turned into a liability, as sales have fallen short of expectations. Even Oracle's business management software has been slow to take off since its 2011 release.

 

The iPad maker announces a $2.65 dividend and a $10 billion buyback program for next year. The shipping company agrees to buy its Dutch rival TNT Express for $6.8 billion.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 19, 2012 7:47AM
By Chao Deng
 
Updated at 9:15 a.m. ET
 

Apple (AAPL) said Monday it will initiate a quarterly dividend of $2.65 a share starting in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. It also said it would maintain a "war chest for strategic opportunities." Over three years, the company expects to spend $45 billion of its nearly $100 billion cash pile. Apple also said a repurchase program of $10 billion will begin next year and be executed over three years.

 

United Parcel Service (UPS) said Monday it agreed to buy TNT Express, the second-largest express delivery company in Europe, for almost $7 billion. UPS will buy TNT for 9.5 euros a share ($6.77 billion). Last month, UPS offered to buy TNT for 9 euros a share, or $6.4 billion, but the offer was rejected. The acquisition is the biggest ever for UPS, which is the No. 1 delivery company in the world. UPS said the deal would expand its reach in Europe and other markets where TNT has operations like Latin America and Asia.  

 

In the food sector, the company is focusing on developing better soy supplements and creating improved products to boost agricultural production.

By Trefis Mar 16, 2012 6:39PM
Image: Combines in field (© Mark Karrass/Corbis/Corbis)Chemical major DuPont (DD) has been looking for new avenues for growth.

Its bet on solar and other renewable energy seems to have stalled for the time being, with cutbacks in orders from companies making solar panels, electronics and other equipment. So DuPont has zeroed in on two products it thinks will drive most of its bottom line in coming years.

Both products are related to food industry -- one of the most important divisions of DuPont, accounting for nearly 32% of our $59 price estimate. 
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The new approach should boost the company's margins.

By Trefis Mar 16, 2012 5:48PM
In the past year, ArcelorMittal's (MT) stock has plunged about 40% as the world's largest steel company struggled with a slowdown in European steel demand and rising input costs.

The company has begun to focus more on its mining operations in order to offset those rising input costs, and we believe that this focus, coupled with its restructuring efforts, will help the company improve its margins, going forward. 
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Investors are racing to get a piece of the social network before it launches its feverishly anticipated IPO.

By TheWeek.com Mar 16, 2012 5:30PM

Image: Man with magnifying-glass (© Jupiterimages/Jupiterimages)Facebook has the hottest stock around -- and it's not even public yet.


Shares of the social network are highly coveted in the booming "secondary" market, an "illiquid, opaque bazaar populated by shady characters" that bears all the hallmarks of a black market, says Mark Gongloff at The Huffington Post.


Through these less-than-upstanding transactions, investors can buy into privately held companies before they go public. Because Facebook shares are expected to soar in value once the company launches its IPO, people are clamoring for them.

 
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Brewers have been cutting the alcohol percentage in beer to save money on taxes.

By Kim Peterson Mar 16, 2012 5:11PM
Image: Beer (© Corbis)Big brewers have taken the unusual step of watering down their beer in Britain, and they're hoping customers won't notice.

The reason comes down to taxes. The "beer duty" is incredibly steep; about a third of a pint's total price goes to taxes, the BBC reports.

But there's a twist: The stronger the beer, the more taxes brewers have to pay. So the brewing industry is hoping to cut its tax burden with weaker beer, but not so weak as to lose customers. 
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The company will need to raise capital eventually; might as well take advantage of the recent spike in the stock price.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 16, 2012 4:35PM
Can't say I like being on this end of the news for Oncogenex (OGXI) Friday.

The company announced Friday morning that it will sell 4.2 million shares of stock at $12 a share to raise approximately $47 million in capital. The offering is expected to close on March 21.

The stock closed Thursday at $17.43 -- quite a bit above the $12 price of the offering -- and on the news fell nearly 21% Friday afternoon to $13.81.
 
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The company's market value beats out the entire sector. How long until it's worth more than every other stock combined?

By Kim Peterson Mar 16, 2012 4:01PM
Image: Apple logo © BECK DIEFENBACH//ReutersWe know Apple (AAPL) is huge, but try to wrap your head around this one: The company is now worth more than the entire U.S. retail sector.

ZeroHedge noted this earlier this week when Apple's market value was about $542 billion. It had just edged by the total market cap of the U.S. retail sector, as measured by the Standard & Poor's 500.

Apple's market cap has increased since then, and on Friday afternoon stood at about $545.2 billion. 
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