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The fuel is a cheaper alternative to gasoline, and there's plenty of it. Now if only there were more fill-up stations.

By Kim Peterson Mar 5, 2012 2:39PM
Image: Truck drivers (© Exactostock / SuperStock/SuperStock)The price of gas has climbed to an average of $3.77 a gallon nationwide -- a tough break for an economy just starting to recover.

But there's another gas in the United States that's awfully cheap and in abundance: natural gas. In fact, new drilling technologies have made this country the largest natural-gas producer in the world. Why aren't automakers looking at more ways to use it? 

Data show a lot of investors betting against these shares, but with the technical indicators pointing higher, the short crowd may soon get flattened.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 5, 2012 2:33PM

By Tom Aspray


A monthly short-interest report is watched by some analysts, as it provides data on stocks that have the largest short positions. 


It can often alert you to some interesting opportunities. But keep in mind that short sellers aren't always right, and many rely on fundamental, not technical, analysis.

 
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The largest US retailer of specialty pet products is on track to exceed last year's 27% earnings jump.

By Gene Marcial Mar 5, 2012 2:21PM

Image: Dog (© Alley Cat Productions/Brand X/Corbis)

If you like to cuddle your dog or cat, you know the happiness pet ownership can bring. Owners of PetSmart (PETM) have reason to be happy, too.


The stock has been a phenomenal sprinter. Steadily rising since hitting a low of $13 in 2008, PetSmart has more than quadrupled, currently trading at close to $56 a share. The huge rise prompted some earlier investors to take profits, but that's OK. Most of them are now waiting for the stock to dip so they can get back in again.

 
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India's tea-drinking culture will make it challenging for Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts to break into the beverage market.

By Trefis Mar 5, 2012 1:03PM
Image: India (© Donald Edwards/age fotostock)Barely two weeks after Starbucks (SBUX) announced plans to partner with Tata Beverages to open its first outlet in India, Dunkin' Donuts revealed that it will also open its first outlet in the country by June, setting the stage for a heated battle in the coming years. 

Dunkin' Donuts is owned by Dunkin' Brands (DNKN). Apart from Starbucks, Dunkin' Brands also competes with McDonald's (MCD), Krispy Kreme, Dairy Queen and Cold Stone Creamery to name a few.
 

If prices don't take a break and do nothing for a while, they will tumble.

By Jim Cramer Mar 5, 2012 12:34PM

Waiting for stocks to pull back has been a total sucker's game so far in 2012. You have scored the best performance by not waiting for a prudent pullback and instead by being rash, seizing the trend and plunging right into it.

 

The stocks that have been the best -- Apple (AAPL), Chipotle (CMG), Autozone (AZO), Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), Priceline (PCLN), Dollar Tree (DLTR) -- haven't had much of a correction at all but are now in a place where it just looks hideous to step in. Their stock trend lines on charts look like, without rest, they are going to crash right though the upper right-hand corner of the page.

 

With few benefits and many faults, the new hybrid electric vehicle hits a sales wall.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 5, 2012 12:29PM
General Motors (GM) has idled production of the Chevrolet Volt because it had difficulty finding people crazy enough to buy the hybrid electric vehicle.

For one thing, the four-door sedan is insanely expensive. With a sticker price of about $41,000, it is pricier than much nicer cars made by Audi, BMW and even GM's sister brand Cadillac.  
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Zynga is downgraded to 'neutral,' and MetroPCS is downgraded to 'market perform.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 5, 2012 12:00PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Weyerhaeuser (WY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
  • Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at RBC Capital
  • Atwood Oceanics (ATW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
  • Pandora (P) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus
  • Costco (COST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair
 

The FBI is building cases against at least 120 more insider-trading targets. Can the federal crackdown clean up the hedge fund industry?

By The Fiscal Times Mar 5, 2012 11:39AM
Insider Trading By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal TimesThe Fiscal Times

Michael Douglas memorably brought insider trading to the public consciousness as Gordon Gekko. Now, 25 years later, the man whose fictional alter ego declared that "greed, for lack of a better word, is good" is taking to the airwaves to urge anyone who knows about insider trading in the real world to report it to the FBI. 

China's fast-growing fast-food market prompts an advertising blitz for an unconventional menu item.

By InvestorPlace Mar 5, 2012 11:02AM

Last year, Dunkin Brands (DNKN), the parent of Dunkin' Donuts, pulled off a successful $423 million IPO. Now the company is working to spend its huge cash hoard from investors to fuel growth.

 

Plans involve Westward expansion in the U.S. away from the company's New England-centered operations. They also involve opening shops to the Far East and a bold strategy to tap into China sales.

 

Here's a pure play on global demand for coal, iron ore, copper and precious metals.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 5, 2012 10:56AM
By David Sandell, The Complete Investor

Metals and other resources are getting harder to mine as the more accessible deposits become depleted. This is leading producers to mine in ever more challenging places, including deep underground.

Investors can benefit by buying shares in the suppliers of mining equipment. One superb example is Joy Global (JOY). 

Shipwrecks, fires and robbery have plagued the cruise line recently. Yet its stock seems impervious.

By InvestorPlace Mar 5, 2012 10:55AM

Image Source/PhotolibraryBy Beth Gaston Moon


Nearly 100 years ago (April 15, 1912), the RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage, resulting in the loss of 1,517 lives. The maritime disaster, one of the worst of its kind, has served as a cautionary tale ever since as a chilling example of hubris.

 

On the business front, the vessel's owner, White Star Line, managed to stay afloat despite this high-profile tragedy and the Great Depression that followed. White Star later merged with Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in 1927 and still operates today as a subsidiary of Cunard. Cunard is a British-based division of Carnival (CCL), which has been in the news for some recent disasters of its own, though thankfully none of Titanic proportions. The worst incident was the recent partial sinking of the Costa Concordia passenger liner, which claimed at least 25 lives. 

 

The company leases shipping containers worldwide, and sees firsthand how the global economy is faring.

By Zacks.com Mar 2, 2012 8:57PM

Image: Cargo ship (© Image Source/Corbis)By: Tracey Ryniec

 

Is strong customer demand a thing of the past for container companies? TAL International Group (TAL) doesn't think so, predicting that 2012 will mirror the strong results of 2011. This Zacks No. 2 Rank ("buy") continues to be cheap, with a forward price-to-earnings ratio of just 9.2.

 

TAL International is at the forefront of the global economy because it leases intermodal freight containers and chassis to customers around the world. If shipping is picking up, the company will see it.

 
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Is the search giant at fault for the online retailer's unexpected quarterly hit?

By Benzinga Mar 2, 2012 8:41PM

Image: Creditcard Computer (© Stockbyte/SuperStock)By Daniel James Hayden IV, Benzinga Staff Writer


Overstock.com (OSTK) shocked investors Friday by announcing an unexpected quarterly loss and plummeting revenue.


The online retailer reported a fourth-quarter loss of $3.4 million, or 15 cents per share, compared with a profit of $14.9 million, or 63 cents per share, a year earlier. More worrying than the unexpected loss was a huge drop in revenue to $314.1 million from $348.9 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of 45 cents per share on revenue of $377.6 million.

 

The leverage-loving ocean driller seems less risky after recent moves from the European Central Bank.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 2, 2012 4:19PM
Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)Scary financial engineering or buying opportunity? As is usual with SeaDrill (SDRL), some of both. But I think the final addition comes out on the plus side and I'm going to buy shares (the New York-traded ADRs, actually) of this very aggressive Norwegian ocean drilling company in Jubak’s Picks Friday.

SeaDrill announced another bit of financial engineering Thursday. Hemen Holding Limited, a company controlled by trusts established for the benefit of John Fredriksen, chairman of the board at SeaDrill, and his family, announced that it had sold 24 million shares of SeaDrill stock.
 

The automaker has about 116 days of supply for pick-ups.

By Kim Peterson Mar 2, 2012 3:27PM
Most of the automakers had a huge February. Chrysler's U.S. sales were up 40%. Ford (F) sales rose 14%. Even Toyota (TM), still recovering from last year's Japanese tsunami, saw sales grow 8%.

But General Motors (GM) barely eked out a 1.1% increase. And that was good news -- analysts were expecting a drop by as much as 6% as GM pulled back on the incentives it offered to customers.

But are the company's inventory levels a concern? 
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