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The Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF has trounced the broader market and doesn't require a high initial investment.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 15, 2011 12:33PM

By John Defeo, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Some dividend investors may favor a reliable stream of dividend checks; others might prefer a single, lump-sum around the holidays. If you find yourself in the latter category, consider the Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC).

 

This Vanguard ETF is under the radar, but offers several compelling reasons to own it:

 

There's an intriguing gap between the price of crude oil and the price of oil-service stocks. But how do you exploit it?

By The Fiscal Times Nov 15, 2011 12:27PM

Image: Oil drums (© Kevin Phillips/Digital Vision/age fotostock)By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times


There's a mystery in the oil patch.


An intriguing valuation gap has opened up as the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil has recovered to about $98 a barrel, only 2% below levels seen in July, while oil services stocks haven’t bounced back nearly as much.


The two investments are typically tightly linked, Canaccord Genuity analyst Scott Burk says, so that anomaly opens up the prospect that either crude oil is due for a selloff (of up to 16%) or oil services stocks are set to rally in order to close that gap.

 

Demand for the company's LCD glass should rise, led by increased panel utilization rates in Korea, as inventory contraction ends.

By Trefis Nov 15, 2011 12:19PM
Corning's (GLW) third-quarter results show that demand for LCDs will be better than its earlier pessimistic forecasts.

In the last quarter, Corning's display technologies sales witnessed a 7% sequential and 26% year-over-year increase while pricing pressures remained. The display industry faced an unusual market dynamic this year in which retail demand for LCD products was stronger than actual LCD glass demand. 
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The carrier capitalizes on the federally-subsidized Lifeline service to attract prepaid customers.

By Trefis Nov 15, 2011 12:09PM
Sprint (S), seeking innovative ways to boost subscriber numbers, generally adds more than half of its wireless customers at any given time through a subsidized program for low-income Americans.

The federally-subsidized Lifeline program provides millions of low-income Americans with 250 free monthly cellphone minutes, and pays carriers such as Sprint as much as $10 per month per customer to offer free or discounted wireless plans to qualifying subscribers. 
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While the PC maker has increased revenue in the past four quarters, the growth rate has consistently declined.

By Trefis Nov 15, 2011 11:55AM
Dell (DELL) is set to report third-quarter earnings Tuesday. Here, we highlight a few key trends to watch for in the upcoming release.

The world's third-largest PC vendor offers a number of products and services to consumers and businesses, and competes with Apple (AAPL), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), IBM (IBM) and others in broad information-technology sector. 

The office supply giant couldn't meet Wall Street expectations on revenue in its third quarter.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 15, 2011 11:13AM
Staples (SPLS) shares were getting hammered after the office supply giant's results failed to wow Wall Street yet again. The company increased a planned stock buyback, but that isn't fooling anyone.

The Framingham, Mass. company said net income for the third quarter increased 13% to $326 million, or 47 cents a share, up from $288.7 million, or 40 cents. Revenue rose to $6.57 billion, below the $6.71 billion Wall Street expected amid weakness in its international business. 
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This year's Turkey Day meal will cost you almost $6 more

By InvestorPlace Nov 15, 2011 9:37AM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


In a little more than a week, American families will gather around the table for traditional Thanksgiving meals. Classic dishes like turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie will be on millions of home menus nationwide.


Unfortunately, thanks to rapidly inflating food prices, there will either be a whole lot less food on the table or a much bigger price tag on the Turkey Day feast.

 

It's about time that sophisticated investors like Warren Buffett and Mark Cuban spoke up about dangerous financial instruments.

By Jim Cramer Nov 15, 2011 9:02AM

the streetWhenever you criticize arcane instruments like credit default swaps, with which you bet against countries and companies, or high-frequency trading and double- and triple-leveraged ETFs, you immediately hear from their creators that you don't know what you are talking about.

 

That's how they argue. They basically say: "You are stupid, we are not. We know more than you."

 

That's why I felt Monday's interviews with Warren Buffet and Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks who has made a fortune in stocks, two of the smartest billionaires in this country, were so eye-opening.

 

The retailer finally stops a slide in US revenue and is positioning itself for a strong holiday.

By Kim Peterson Nov 15, 2011 9:01AM
Wal-Mart (WMT) can breathe a sigh of relief.

The retailing giant has finally ended nine straight quarters of falling U.S. sales. For the third quarter, same-store sales rose 1.3% -- more than analysts expected.

Even during the quarter, it was unclear whether Wal-Mart would be able to stop that slide. 
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The discount chain's quarterly results fall short of expectations, while the home improvement retailer beats estimates.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 15, 2011 8:48AM

the streetBy Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet

 

Updated at 9:38 a.m. ET

 

Wal-Mart (WMT), the world's biggest retailer, posted a profit of $3.34 billion, or 97 cents a share, excluding certain items, for the quarter that ended in October. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected the company to earn 98 cents.

 

Home Depot (HD) said its third-quarter net income rose 12% to $934 million, or 60 cents a share, compared with $834 million, or 51 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Sales climbed 4.4 percent to $17.3 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected earnings of 59 cents a share on revenue of $17.1 billion. The company also raised its dividend by 16 cents to 29 cents a share.

 

The home improvement chain also raises its full-year outlook for the third time in 6 months and increases its dividend.

By Kim Peterson Nov 15, 2011 8:14AM
Home Depot (HD) zoomed past analyst expectations on profit and revenue in its third quarter, continuing to outperform even in a painfully slow economic recovery.

The home improvement retailer benefited in the quarter as residents along the East Coast bought generators and other supplies for ahead of Hurricane Irene in late August. 
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The Federal Reserve says America’s largest financial institutions will have to endure another round of testing in upcoming weeks to prove their financial strength to confront another recession.

By Zacks.com Nov 14, 2011 7:03PM

By: Kalyan Nandy - Zacks Equity Research

 

America’s largest banks will have to endure another round of stress tests in upcoming weeks to prove their financial strength to confront another recession, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen said Friday at a banking conference.


This will mark the fourth round of bank stress tests since 2009. The tests monitor the 19 banks regulated by the Federal Reserve.

 

The aluminum-products manufacturer has made a lighter electric bus that one automaker plans to mass produce.

By Zacks.com Nov 14, 2011 6:55PM

By: Zacks Equity Research

 

Alcoa (AA) has created a new all-aluminum bus design and space frame for Chinese automaker BYD, reducing the body weight of BYD's new electric bus by around 1 ton, or 40%, compared to steel components.


The aluminum-products manufacturer also cut the overall weight of the bus by 1.2 tons with its "Huck-Spin" fasteners and forged wheels. The reduction in overall weight will increase the electric bus’ overall range by at least 10% to roughly 300 kilometers on a full charge.

 
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It's no iPad, say those who have used the device. But even with its limited functions, the Kindle's price is the star feature.

By Kim Peterson Nov 14, 2011 5:06PM
Amazon (AMZN) is finally giving some reviewers a look at its highly-anticipated Kindle Fire, the low-priced tablet all but guaranteed to be a hot holiday seller.

The reviews are perhaps not as glowing as Amazon would like. Critics hit hard on some hardware choices, like no button for controlling volume, but praised the Fire's display and navigation. The device goes on sale this week for $199. 
Tags: AAPLAMZN

A timely juice bar acquisition is worse -- and better -- than you probably think.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 14, 2011 4:01PM

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

 

Starbucks (SBUX) turned heads with last week's deal for Evolution Fresh.

 

Paying $30 million for a natural juice company may not seem to move the needle at a company with a market cap more than 100 times greater, but it is worth exploring if Starbucks lives up to its plans to introduce Evolution into its java havens, expand retail distribution, and eventually roll out juice bars.

 

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