New legislation is allowing foreign companies to finally invest in the country's vast oil reserves.
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Declines in defaults and delinquencies and the rise of mobile payments offset losses from Dodd-Frank fee caps.
In this article we look at the top three events for the credit card industry in 2011.
With substantial gold and zinc resources, numerous joint ventures and future royalty streams, this stock looks like a bargain.
By Adrian Day, The Global Analyst
Virginia Mines (VGMNF) is arguably one of the most undervalued companies in the gold sector, with low risk but also significant upside.
Shares tanked when CEO Glen Senk announced his departure, but he's part of the problem.
By Jonathan Berr
The abrupt departure of Urban Outfitters' (URBN) CEO Glen Senk sent shares of the Philadelphia retailer reeling. Investors wondered if the ultra-cool parent of its namesake stores, Anthropologie and Free People would be able to recapture its lost mojo. While the stock recovered some of its lost ground, that's a question with no easy answer.
Urban Outfitters is a mess because in the words of Senk, the company has "a fashion issue." That's corporate-speak for the public thinks our clothes are ugly.
They handily outperformed in 2011, but recent technical action suggests the Dow could be more vulnerable than the now-lagging S&P 500.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The stock market is getting ready for next week's heavy schedule of earnings reports. Many Dow components are expected to report next week, including International Business Machines (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), and Intel (INTC), which are all scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19.
The Dow Industrials clearly outperformed the S&P 500 in 2011, but so far in 2012, the Spyder Trust (SPY), which tracks the S&P 500, has done about 1% better than the SPDR Diamonds Trust (DIA), which follows the Dow Industrials. But do the market internals and other technical factors favor one index over the other as we enter 2012?
A special variant made in Texas halts production after the parent company sues the bottler.
The soda, produced at the tiny Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling plant in Dublin, Texas, has been a cult favorite for years. Fans loved that it was still made from cane sugar and not high-fructose corn syrup. Locals saw the soda as one of the last economic strongholds in a struggling town with a population of just 3,800.
The bottler even added the word "Dublin" to the labels of its Dr Pepper and sold the soda on its website. In retrospect, that may have been its undoing.
This maker of marine power transmission systems has solid earnings, new products, order backlogs and looks like a bargain.
By Dennis Slothower, Stealth Stocks
If you are looking for a solid growth company currently trading at a discount, then I strongly recommend Twin Disc (TWIN).
Orexigen, once the leading candidate to reach market, expects two more years of safety testing.
A year ago, diet pill maker Orexigen Therapeutics (OREX) was riding high. It looked like the company was about to win a three-way race to sell the first new diet pill in the U.S. in more than a decade.
Orexigen's closest rivals, Vivus (VVUS) and Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), were already knocked out (at least temporarily) as the Food and Drug Administration had rejected applications for their weight-loss pills. Orexigen had the backing of a panel of experts advising the FDA. It looked like the company had defied the odds and was rounding the corner to approval. In rejecting the rival diet pills, the U.S. agency stated strong concerns about the safety of the products.
VMware and Akamai are downgraded, while Regions Financial is initiated with 'market perform.'
Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
The spate of downgrades this month may come back to haunt those who made the calls.
The analysts' downgrades in 2012 aren't leaving any room for error. Errors like if nonresidential construction comes back. Errors like if housing ticks up in price and people get flushed in from the sidelines. Errors like if China cuts rates big. Errors like Europe's can-kicking works and we actually start seeing growth.
I am talking about downgrades like what we saw with 3M (MMM) and Emerson (EMR) Wednesday, or what we saw Thursday with homebuilders or real-estate investment trusts. These downgrades will come back to haunt analysts, I believe, because you can't thread the needle if we get a pickup. You can't switch directions that fast, and while the idea that a train is leaving the station right now seems unlikely, I do believe that when the turn comes you may not be able to upgrade in time.
Social networking site wants to play it straight.
The fact that Wall Street is pitching these ideas underscores the lengths that investment bankers are willing to go through to get a piece of what is expected to be one of the biggest if not the biggest, initial public offerings in history.
Not exactly a beacon of healthful living, the fast-food giant is criticized for linking its name to athletic contests.
McDonald's (MCD) once again is a top sponsor of the Olympic Games. But not everyone is lovin' it.
On Thursday, McDonald's announced it would continue its sponsorship through 2020, a deal estimated at about $100 million per four years, or for every pair (winter and summer) of Olympic Games.
This entertainment and leisure company has proved recession-resistant even if the movie business isn't necessarily.
By David Dittman, Australian Edge
Amalgamated Holdings Ltd. (AHD: Australia stock exchange) has more than 1,000 movie screens in Australia, New Zealand and Germany.
The automaker is in a position to move higher based on the company's strategy to innovate, grow and increase sales.
By Mike Kapsch, Investment U
I recently wrote about the "connected car" making its debut at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On Wednesday, Ford (F) CEO Alan Mulally gave his keynote speech at CES, touting the automaker's future innovations to the standard automobile. Those in attendance heard about the coming introduction of heart monitoring systems in your steering wheel, the emergence of vehicle-to-vehicle communication, getting instant weather and traffic updates on your dashboard, as well as a slew of other technologies that'll soon dramatically improve the everyday driving experience.
MSN Money's Anthony Mirhaydari answers Facebook questions about investing and housing in 2012.
It's a new year and a time to assess our investment strategies and portfolios. MSN Money columnist and Top Stocks blogger Anthony Mirhaydari urges caution on buying into the turbulent markets, especially with a soft earnings season as well as several unresolved issues from 2011.
He fielded questions from our Facebook community, including one on the housing market.
But at least one casino stock is scary on its own merits.
Wynn Resorts' (WYNN) own vice chairman, Kazuo Okada, who indirectly owns 20% of the company, filed suit against Wynn so he could get a look at its books. Allegedly, he's been stonewalled from doing so, and he's asking about a $129 million donation to the University of Macau and $30 million Okada gave to the company to develop a Macau casino.
Does the lawsuit have merit? Who knows? Should you care? Probably not.
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