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There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.


This bank, tech stock and ETF offer three contrarian plays on the undervalued South Korean market.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 14, 2011 11:09AM
By Yiannis Mostrous, Personal Finance

Investors have a love-hate relationship with the South Korean market. But South Korea deserves another look from investors who have a long-term perspective.

And while another selloff of South Korean equities could be in the cards, the investment case for South Korea remains persuasive. Here we look at a favorite bank, a technology play on LCD panels and a diversified exchange-traded fund. 

HD continues to defy trends of other housing-related stocks.

By InvestorPlace Nov 14, 2011 10:01AM
By Jeff Reeves,

When you think about companies that are in rough shape after the economic downturn, most of the big names are related to the meltdown in the real-estate market. From banks plagued by bad mortgages like Bank of America (BAC) to builders like Lennar (LEN), the housing crash hurt a host of big-name businesses nationwide.

But you might be surprised to learn that Home Depot (HD) is thriving. While many banks and builders crashed and burned, the home improvement retailer held firm during the worst of the downturn and has rebounded strongly as of late. HD will report its third-quarter profits Tuesday, and many analysts expect too see impressive numbers yet again.


The aircraft maker wins an $18 billion order for 777s. The home improvement retailer posts better-than-expected earnings.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 14, 2011 8:44AM

TheStreetBy Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet


Updated at 9:15 a.m. ET


Boeing (BA) shares were rising Monday after the aircraft maker won an order for 50 777s from Dubai airline Emirates. The order, valued at $18 billion, is Boeing's biggest single order in dollar terms. Emirates has options to buy additional planes, which could boost the value of the order to $26 billion.


Lowe's (LOW) said its third-quarter earnings fell 44% to $225 million, or 18 cents a share, including 17 cents of charges related to store closings and discontinued projects. On an adjusted basis, earnings in the quarter were 35 cents a share. The home improvement retailer’s sales rose 2.3% to $11.9 billion. Analysts were expecting Lowe's to earn 33 cents a share in the third quarter on sales of $11.69 billion.


Despite concerning news out of the eurozone, the pharmacy stock has been going strong.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 11, 2011 7:32PM
Remember back on Oct. 27, when stocks looked like they might rally through the end of the year? I asked then whether it was time to go with the momentum or move to the sidelines and wait for a pullback.

Just two weeks later, the question seems downright silly. Not only have we had that pullback, but it’s hard to find any momentum in this market at all. (Or at least any momentum to the upside.)

A proper breakout could be on its way as early as next week. Watch for any pullback as a buying opportunity in these specific sectors.

By Nov 11, 2011 7:22PM
By Tom Aspray,

Stocks were choppy again last week, as Euro debt concerns once again pulled the rug out from under the market early Wednesday. Though the damage to the major averages was severe -- pretty much all stocks were down -- individual issues and most of the key exchange-traded funds held at first support.

The higher weekly close indicates that the bulls are still in charge, and the market leading behavior of the A/D lines (see below) that track the market’s internal health suggest prices could melt up next week.


The energy company had a great third quarter boosted by new development projects and key deals.

By Nov 11, 2011 7:19PM
By: Zacks Equity Research

We are upgrading our recommendation on Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) to outperform from neutral following a sterling third quarter, a pipeline of development projects and lucrative collaborations.

The results of the recently concluded quarter were backed by greater volumes of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and crude oil along with a strong demand for NGLs in the U.S. petrochemical industry and global markets. 
Tags: EPDoil

The fast-food chain says it plans to publish the 200-page manuscript on the Internet next year.

By Kim Peterson Nov 11, 2011 7:11PM
We're about to learn a little more about Colonel Harland Sanders, the man behind the KFC fast-food chain, more than three decades after his death.

A KFC employee, rummaging around the company's archives, has uncovered a secret manuscript written by Sanders that promises to offer "real old-time American country and farm cooking before it's forgotten." 
Tags: YUM

Starbucks is moving into the premium-juice business with its acquisition of Evolution Fresh.

By Benzinga Nov 11, 2011 6:49PM

By John Thorpe, Benzinga Staff Writer

Nearly every day of my adult life, I have seen one or more people carrying around a cup of brand-name coffee. Nearly every time, I almost choked to death on my own laughter.

Now, those same folks will have the opportunity to entertain the frugal half of America by purchasing overpriced juice to go along with their overpriced coffee.


The disaster has hit the technology industry even before it could fully recuperate from the catastrophic March earthquake in Japan.

By Nov 11, 2011 6:40PM
 By: Zacks Equity Research
Nature seems to be wreaking vengeance on technology this year. The floods in Thailand have hit the sector hard, even before it could fully recuperate from the catastrophic earthquake in Japan in March. A supply breakdown is now feared to show up again. 

The case of the missing 4s has been solved.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 11, 2011 4:25PM

By Selena Maranjian


Something strange happened last month, when Apple (AAPL) reported its quarterly earnings: They fell short of Wall Street's expectations. That has rarely happened in recent years, and the stock sank on the news, down about 7% initially. The episode was a good reminder that many companies have set us up to expect them to beat expectations -- and that bad things can happen when they don't.


The technology realm includes many frequent exceeders. For example:


Betting against the stock was finally allowed to begin this week, and traders have jumped in with enthusiasm.

By Kim Peterson Nov 11, 2011 3:15PM
Groupon (GRPN) has quickly become a favorite of short-sellers.

There is strong demand to borrow the stock and bet against it, Bloomberg reports. Shorts like to sell borrowed stock, expecting to profit by buying the shares back when the price drops. 
Tags: GRPN

Barnes & Noble will be one of the sector's top performers, one analyst says.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 11, 2011 3:00PM

By Jeannine Poggi, TheStreetTheStreet


Barnes & Noble (BKS) could double its stock price by 2013, according to an analyst.


"We believe as the market understands and appreciates the digital opportunity for the company and the sustainability of EBITDA at the store level, at least in the next few years the stock will prove to be one of the top performing retail/tech names in the market," Janney Capital Markets analyst David Strasser wrote in a note.


Numerologists say Nov. 11 is a lucky day. If that's the case, these 11 companies just might do the trick for investors.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 11, 2011 1:30PM

By Frank Byrt, TheStreetTheStreet


Numerologists say Friday is a lucky day, given the "11/11/11" date. Superstitious investors who have come to believe that traditional fundamental analysis methods are haywire in the seesawing marketplace may want to consider promising stocks with beaten-down prices of under $11.


Small-cap stocks, which typically include those trading for less than $11, are down 5.2% this year, compared with the large-cap bellwether S&P 500 ($INX) 0.6% decline. But the small-cappers show signs of having bottomed, as they are up 9.7% in the past month and 5.4% over 13 weeks, according to Morningstar.


These stocks show favorable chart patterns and are close to staging upside breakouts.

By Nov 11, 2011 1:25PM

Image: Oil drums (© Kevin Phillips/Digital Vision/age fotostock)By Tom Aspray,

Stocks have had a fairly choppy week, which makes the weekly close more important. A higher weekly close will be a positive sign, and the very strong action in crude oil on Thursday is a bullish signal for stocks.

As discussed previously, crude oil futures often break up or down ahead of the stock market. Wednesday's heavy selling in stocks increased the possibility of a deeper stock market correction, and while crude oil was also lower, it made new rally highs on Thursday.


With the introduction of its lightest roast ever in January, the company is attempting to reach a broader range of coffee drinkers.

By Trefis Nov 11, 2011 1:17PM
Image: Coffee (© Foodcollection RF/Getty Images/Getty Images)Starbucks (SBUX) is launching a lighter roast in January to attract customers who prefer milder coffee.

Based on its consumer research, Starbucks is offering its Blonde line for the estimated 40% of American coffee drinkers, or 54 million people, who prefer a lighter roast. The new coffees in the Blonde category include several under the Veranda and Willow blend names.

Starbucks' competitors in the specialty-coffee market include McDonald's (MCD), Caribou Coffee (CBOU) and Peet's Coffee (PEET). 


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