The most likely scenario is that the markets will begin to rise from here -- and that bounce is just beginning to take hold.
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Bondholders fed up with low yields could drive stocks significantly higher. And a few sectors should be ready to buy into at the next pullback.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
The stock market’s initial rally phase from the October 4 lows has gone a bit further than even us bulls expected. I guess my question from last month, “Can Doom and Gloom Save the Market?" has been answered.
Clearly, the roadblocks to an economic recovery have not been removed. While the technical outlook for the stock market has improved dramatically, there is still some work to be done.
I expected a pullback sometime last week, but the buying was relentless. Once we get a two- to five-day correction, it will be the strength of the following rally that will help determine how far stocks can rally into the end of the year.
The stock is a bargain at current levels, but there is a good chance the price could drop further in the near term.
Coincidence or scientific proof that people are trading in their BlackBerry's for iPhones?
The search engine giant is quickly moving to compete with Apple and Amazon.
Google (GOOG) wants a part of that action as well and is planning its own online music store to compete with Apple and Amazon (AMZN) according to various news reports this week. But Google may have to forge ahead without cooperation from much of the music industry.
The company has talked to all four major labels about participating in its service, but only EMI Group, owned by Citigroup (C), is close to a deal, The Wall Street Journal reports. EMI has Katy Perry and Gorillaz among its artists.
It's time to get past the idea of us vs. them.
By Alyce Lomax
The Occupy Wall Street movement is already showing signs of being commandeered by the great Main Street street fight between left and right -- also known as us versus them. Don’t fall for the distraction: The 99% really need to occupy common ground; there’s plenty of it to occupy.
Wall Street deserves universal wrath. In 2008, financial companies like Goldman Sachs (GS), Citigroup (C), AIG (AIG), and Bank of America (BAC) privatized profits and socialized losses when they received a monster public bailout. Not only did they show no remorse or humility, they still believed they deserved whopping big salaries and bonuses.
Apple is preparing for a production run in the fourth quarter, one analyst says, and it could include up to 1 million new models.
One analyst says the iPad 3 is heading into production in the fourth quarter. Jeff Fidacaro of Susquehanna Financial tells AllThingsD that his supply chain checks show Apple boosting fourth-quarter iPad production to between 12 million and 14 million.
Most of those units are for the current iPad. But Fidacaro sees an early production run of the iPad 3 in there. He says Apple has scheduled 600,000 to 1 million iPad 3 units on the plan for the fourth quarter.
This boring toilet-paper-and-tissues company has raised dividends like clockwork for 39 years.
Finding stocks that don't get caught in the fallout of a market sell-off can be difficult; but Kimberly Clark (KMB) is one that we don't have to worry about.
In fact, during the sell-off started in late July the stock had been a star; while the S&P 500 was down 17.5%, Kimberly-Clark was actually up 7.4%.
They're surging as we enter a strong seasonal period. Here are 2 solid performers to buy on pullbacks. Plus: A lucrative play from last year that may pay off again.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
As stocks continue to push higher, investors looking to increase their equity exposure are faced with a tough choice: look to buy stocks in sectors or industry groups that have not yet participated in the stock market rally, or look for good entry points in the strongest areas?
For me, this decision is generally made easier if I look at at two different factors. The first is how an industry group or sector is doing relative to a major average such as the S&P 500. It is the trend of this relative performance, or RS analysis, which is most important. Second, I look at the seasonal trends of certain industry groups or sectors.
Times are tough, but they're toughest in these fields.
Here’s the financial news understatement of the century: It’s a tough job market out there right now. Layoffs have slowed down, but hiring has yet to heat up to a strong enough pace to meet the demand for employment.
A recent look at the ratio of unemployed per job opening shows that the number of applicants still is uncomfortably high. There were 4.6 unemployed people for every job opening in August — up from 4.3 in July — according to recently released Labor Department numbers. The ratio is down from its recession peak of almost 7 but still is pretty ugly and twice the 2008 ratio.
It's the only company that boasts the full Internet trinity of mobile, social and cloud.
Yep, it was that amazing. Suddenly every initiative is working. Suddenly Google+ looks like it is a serious challenge to Facebook. Suddenly YouTube has become a money maker of such proportion that the acquisition now looks ingenious.
Sure, JPMorgan Chase is one of the strongest banks in the long run. But the long run doesn't matter to investors right now.
The embattled company is still spending, despite angering customers with some bizarre business decisions recently.
The company has struck another pricey deal to add more shows to its video-streaming library. This time, Netflix gets more than 700 hours of old episodes that ran on The CW Network.
A 3-day BlackBerry outage is just another stumble for the tech world's Inspector Clouseau.
It's easy to point at the dominance of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPad as reasons for the fall, but that is far from the whole story. The mobile industry as a whole is growing at hyperspeed, and numerous players are showing success, such as HTC, Samsung (SSNLF) and even Amazon (AMZN), whose Kindle Fire is gaining lots of traction.
In other words, RIM's problems are mostly self-made. And especially lately, the company has become the Inspector Clouseau of the tech world. The latest mega-blunder was this week's worldwide outage of RIM's BlackBerry service.
An analyst says a more affordable model could be in the works for early 2012 that could challenge Amazon's Kindle Fire.
By James Rogers, TheStreet
Apple (AAPL) may be planning to launch a low-price "mini" iPad in early 2012, according to Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White, who says that the tablet could present a challenge for Amazon's (AMZN) new Kindle Fire.
"Our research is pointing to the unveiling of a lower-priced iPad in first few months of 2012," White explained in a note. "That is aimed at expanding the company's market potential by tapping into a more price sensitive consumer segment."
"Essentially, this 'iPad mini' will also fend off the recently announced Amazon Kindle Fire that addresses the low-end tablet market with a $199 price tag," he wrote.
The move could coincide with the launch of a competing service from Hollywood studios.
The company may be close to its goal. The Los Angeles Times says Apple execs are finalizing deals with Hollywood studios to allow movies to be accessed on any of its devices. The service may come out later this year or early next year.
The move comes just as Apple has released its iCloud online storage service that lets people access music, apps and photos from any device. The service also keeps email and calendars up to date on all devices.
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