A Mexican wave for Big Oil?
Mexico opens way for Big Oil

New legislation is allowing foreign companies to finally invest in the country's vast oil reserves.


Investors will likely have to suffer dysfunctional Italian politics for days and maybe weeks.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 9, 2011 5:45PM
A huge jump in the yield on Italy’s 10-year bond has sent a wave of fear through global financial markets.

The yield on Italy’s 10-year government bond spiked 0.88 percentage points to 7.65% as of 10:50 a.m. ET, before moving down to 7.06% as of 3:16 p.m.

Also Wednesday morning, the yield curve inverted, with shorter-term bonds -- the one-year reached 8.15% -- paying more than the five-year at 7.71% and the 10-year bond.

Apple's tablet has had a virtual lock on the market, but enthusiasm for Amazon's new Kindle Fire could change that.

By Kim Peterson Nov 9, 2011 4:44PM
Amazon's (AMZN) highly-anticipated Kindle Fire debuts next week, and sales will undoubtedly be red hot.

But are those sales cutting into purchases of Apple's (AAPL) iPad? It looks that way, based on one new study. The survey, conducted by ChangeWave Research and RBC Capital Markets, found that 26% of people who plan to buy a Kindle Fire say they are delaying buying an iPad. 

The celebrity chef denies reports that he compared Wall Street bankers to Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin.

By Kim Peterson Nov 9, 2011 4:39PM
Celebrity chef Mario Batali created a bit of controversy this week after comparing bankers to Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin. Now, Batali seems to be backing away from those claims.

Batali was a panelist in a debate discussing Time magazine's "Person of the Year" award, and said the banking industry has probably had the largest effect on the planet.  

Groupon loses visibility, while pizza comes out smelling good.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 9, 2011 4:35PM

By Alex Planes


No one ever accused Google (GOOG) of resting on its laurels. The ever-evolving search engine has had a few tweaks over the years, designed to keep its results relevant and its users engaged. Most haven't been too earth-shaking, but last week's Freshness update affected a third of all Google searches. When a company relies on Google's traffic to drive eyeballs to its sites, such changes can make a big difference.


Who got top billing and who got buried? Let's take a look at some of the big changes.


The market's lack of confidence in the government is pushing the country to the edge.

By Zacks.com Nov 9, 2011 3:46PM
By Sheraz Mian

The market's lack of confidence in the Italian government is pushing the country to the edge.

Rising funding costs threaten to shut down the country's access to the bond market, a scenario for which neither Italy nor the eurozone is ready. Given Italy's enormous funding needs relative to the size of the eurozone rescue fund, this turn of events poses a serious challenge to the two-week-old European plan to come to grips with the long-festering sovereign debt crisis. 

Traffic fell for United Continental and other large airlines, while discounted carriers saw gains.

By Zacks.com Nov 9, 2011 3:19PM
Discounted airlines picked up more passengers in October as corporate travel budgets remained constrained and the economy continued to sputter.

Some of the nation's largest airlines, however, saw traffic levels drop.

October traffic fell 5.1% at the largest U.S. airline, United Continental Holdings (UAL). International and domestic traffic slid 4.4% and 6.3%, respectively. 
Tags: DALual

With Business One, the company is providing a solution that bundles many functions into a single package.

By Trefis Nov 9, 2011 1:57PM
SAP (SAP), already one of the largest players in software for large corporations, is trying to reach small and medium-sized businesses with a new version of its Business One planning software.

The company has a majority share of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software market, where it competes primarily with Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL) and Salesforce.com (CRM).  

These undervalued companies are on firm footing and offer shareholders solid dividends and earnings growth.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 9, 2011 1:39PM

By Scott Rothbort, Stockpickrstockpickr


Over the years I have been consistent in the themes I apply to my fundamental research. I tend to focus on earnings growth at a reasonable price, a strong balance sheet and financial condition, and dividends -- though not always at the same time.


This week, I'm combining these themes to seek out the best companies that fit the following criteria:


Backed by scale, technological advancement and brand presence, the company's energy division stands to gain share in coming years.

By Trefis Nov 9, 2011 1:31PM
General Electric's (GE) global market share in the energy-related products sector, which includes solar and wind energy, has started to recover from the economic crisis.

The company is the largest supplier of energy-related equipment in the United States. But it has been witnessing strong competition internationally, particularly from Chinese manufacturers such as Sinovel Wind Group and Goldwind in the wind turbine market. GE also competes in the solar industry with companies such as First Solar (FSLR), SunPower (SPWRA) and Suntech Power (STP).  

American Airlines' system capacity was down 0.7% year over year in October.

By Trefis Nov 9, 2011 1:16PM
Echoing the broader market apprehension, shares of American Airlines parent AMR Corp. (AMR) finished the past week about 10% lower. On Wednesday, shares were down nearly 1% to $2.32.

During the week, the airline released its October traffic results along with that of peer Delta Air Lines (DAL) and expanded its loyalty programs, but neither of those actions helped lift sentiment for the stock. 
Tags: amr

In this sector with building momentum, investors should look at a closed-end fund, a Canadian stock and a major oil producer.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 9, 2011 12:57PM
By Curtis Hesler, The Professional Timing Service

There are positive messages coming from my work in crude oil. I am still looking for new, all-time highs -- certainly by the end of next year.

Here's a look at a favorite closed-end energy fund, a Canada-based Bakken play and what I believe is the only major oil producer you should own: 
Tags: APABGRoil

The automaker nails its seventh straight quarterly gain, but problems overseas are affecting the bottom line.

By Kim Peterson Nov 9, 2011 12:47PM

Updated: 5:26 p.m. ET


Europe is dragging General Motors (GM) down.

The automaker is doing great business in North America, but turmoil in Europe is cutting into overall profit. GM lost $292 million in Europe alone in the third quarter, and the company hasn't made an annual profit there in at least 10 years.

Tags: gm

These high yielders have handily outperformed the broad index-tracking funds.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 9, 2011 12:41PM

By Don Dion, TheStreet



With the European debt crisis coming back into focus, investor fears that were put on the back burner in October have witnessed a comeback. Investing in this type of choppy environment requires patience and flexibility.


For conservative investors, it may be tempting to flee risky assets and ride out the market storms in shelter. While long-term U.S. Treasurys and cash may provide some welcome comfort amid market duress, such a strategy will keep investors from potential gains in the event of a turnaround. Rather than let market headwinds deter investors from taking on equity exposure, dividend-paying stocks will likely be a better way to navigate the market's volatility.


Markets are selling off sharply on the latest debt-crisis developments, but investors are likely to realize good buying opportunities on the drop.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 9, 2011 12:20PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com

Overseas investors took another look at Tuesday’s developments in the European debt crisis and hit the sell buttons early Wednesday. Once again, it appears that the “solutions” in Greece and Italy have failed to reassure bondholders.

The sharp uptick in Italian bond yields and the resulting impact on borrowing costs requires some quick action by the European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF). A break below short-term support in the German DAX Index and in France’s CAC Index is likely to trigger further selling, both in the US and overseas.

Tags: etfSPY

Markets reel as Italy's borrowing costs surge, suggesting the country has passed the point of no return. And a new report suggests France and Germany have given up on the eurozone.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 9, 2011 11:38AM

Updated 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday

Stocks plunged Wednesday as U.S. markets suddenly realized, after a string of cute little end-of-day rallies, that the eurozone is toast.


The debt contagion that pulled down Greece, Ireland and then Portugal has now infected Italy -- the third-largest worldwide issuer of sovereign debt -- pushing its borrowing costs to unsustainable levels. The European Central Bank, which was actively buying Italian debt to keep the situation under control, is being steamrolled.


And this afternoon, an exclusive Reuters report that the French and Germans are looking at a plan to radically overhaul and shrink the eurozone made the risk ever clearer, sending U.S. markets to their deepest losses of the day.



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