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It's no Alibaba, but the Citizens Financial Group offering is important to the market.


With 19 dividend boosts in 20 years, this water utility is a time-tested stock for a difficult economy.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 21, 2011 12:59PM
By Ian Wyatt, Top Stock Insights

Utilities offer a great investment for those who believe the market is overheating. Additionally, utility stocks defend investment portfolios from difficult economic periods.

Aqua America (WTR) has proven to be among one of the best utility stocks to own over the past decade. I love this investment because it's simple to understand and has stood up to the test of time. 
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The Oracle of Omaha succumbs to fiscal reality and invites Wall Street to Berkshire's annual meeting.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 21, 2011 12:59PM

Warren Buffett. © Mario Tama/Getty ImagesFor decades, billionaire Warren Buffett has argued that the quarterly earnings dance between Wall Street and publicly-traded companies was a waste of time for all involved. Now, he's starting to change his tune.

According to media reports, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) has decided to field questions from a handful of Wall Street analysts at the company's annual meeting, known to devotees as "The Woodstock of Capitalism."


Citi hasn't had as much negative attention as its larger rival this year, but investors should be just as leery.

By InvestorPlace Nov 21, 2011 12:29PM
By Jeff Reeves, Editor of

Plenty of ugly headlines have been written about Bank of America (BAC) lately.

There's the galling hubris of CEO Brian Moynihan, stating that the public is too quick to criticize such an altruistic bank. There's the panicked race to recapitalize, including $5 billion from Warren Buffett and the sale of a roughly $10 billion stake in China construction bank. There was an infuriating plan to gouge BofA customers $5 a month for a debit card, which has since been replaced by a less obtrusive campaign to nickel-and-dime them to death.


The company can leverage HBO's premium content and healthy subscriber base with new broadcast platforms.

By Trefis Nov 21, 2011 11:58AM
Time Warner (TWX) has made HBO available via multiple platforms through HBO Go, its video streaming application introduced earlier this year.

HBO subscribers can now watch popular shows and movies on PCs, mobile devices and tablets in addition to the television through partners like Comcast (CMCSA) and Dish Network (DISH). This is a good move by Time Warner to leverage the premium content and healthy subscriber base of HBO. 

The SPDR S&P Retail ETF is a good way to take advantage of the start of the holiday shopping season.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 21, 2011 10:38AM

By Don DionTheStreet


Here are five ETFs to watch this week.


1. Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (MOO)


Food prices have run into headwinds as looming economic turmoil has weighed heavily on investor confidence in the global growth picture. In November, this factor has caused the futures-tracking PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (DBA) to retreat to previous 2011 lows, returning all of the gains in October.


The global pressure has had less of an impact on the equity-backed MOO. Over the past month, this product has managed to pull ahead and maintain a comfortable lead over DBA. The shortened week ahead will be an important one for MOO with top holding Deere (DE) slated to report earnings on Wednesday. Representing more than 7% of the fund's index, the firm's performance and future outlook will likely play a major role in directing its mid-week action.


The nature of what's about to occur could be horrifying. But then maybe the European Central Bank will come to the rescue.

By Jim Cramer Nov 21, 2011 10:09AM

the streetImage: Europe (© Photodisc/SuperStock)Each day the odds get slimmer for a resolution in Europe that doesn't immediately destroy trillions in capital. With the Germans seemingly unwilling to come to the aid of the profligate nations, there simply aren't many ways out.


What's the most likely one? The sovereign nations want to save themselves and the depositors at their institutions. That means they have to play hardball with the owners of the equity and the debt of the European banks.


The Aden sisters, resource specialists for 30 years, look at the prospects for stocks, bonds, gold & silver.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 21, 2011 10:04AM
By Mary Anne and Pamela Aden, The Aden Forecast

Caution remains the watchword, as stocks are not yet out of the woods. We recommended selling stocks on August 4 and we’ve been out of the stock market since and continue to feel that it’s best to stay on the sidelines to see how things evolve.

Meanwhile, gold, bonds and the U.S. dollar continue to be the main safe havens, so stay with them.  

The company is finally producing and delivering planes. Still, the stock has become very difficult to value.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 18, 2011 7:00PM
Image: Airline (© Christie & Cole/Corbis)I still like shares of Boeing (BA), even though the stock didn’t quite make my Jubak’s Picks target price of $84 by September 2011. (It closed Friday at $67.46.)

Short of a global depression, I think developing-economy airlines are going to add planes, as air travel in those economies expands with income. Also, in developed economies, airlines have a huge backlog of older planes (especially for U.S. airlines) that need to be replaced with newer, more fuel-efficient planes with up-to-date passenger amenities such as seat-back, multi-channel in-flight entertainment.
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The company adds a vocal critic to its board, which may help it regain the faith of the investing community.

By Kim Peterson Nov 18, 2011 6:46PM
The least-respected board in America is trying to get some credibility.

The directors of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are making changes after years of being described as blundering, pathetic and a "bunch of clowns." In an effort to please investors, the board has done the unthinkable: brought in an activist investor. 

It could be a couple of weeks until we know the true effect of the latest US debt debate in the markets, but there are still no clear signs that a year-end rally has been written off.

By Nov 18, 2011 6:39PM

By Tom Aspray,

Stocks had a pretty rough week. Fitch’s warning about the risks that US lenders could face if the Euro debt contagion spreads shocked the markets before the close on Wednesday. The selling continued on Thursday, but stocks traded in a narrow range on Friday and the close was mixed.

The financial sector came under further pressure after the report, as the Select Sector SPDR Financial (XLF) finished the week 9% lower. As I discussed in “Stick with ’Green Light’ Sectors”, the weekly relative performance, or RS analysis continues to suggest that this sector is underperforming the S&P 500.


The company has waited 15 years to hit this milestone -- and its toehold in the business market is what got it there.

By Kim Peterson Nov 18, 2011 5:47PM
It doesn't sound like much: 5% of the global personal-computer market.

But that number has been a long time coming for Apple (AAPL). The company finally passed 5% of the world PC market in the third quarter, analysts say. It hasn't hit that mark for 15 years.

For years, Apple's worldwide market share was stuck at a measly 2% to 3%, according to this chart from AppleInsider. 

After weeks of blithely ignoring the eurozone debt crisis, investors are scrambling for the exits.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 18, 2011 3:45PM

Stocks have been working extra-hard over the past two months to throw as many people off the scent as possible. There was the harrowing decline into the early October low, which created one of the deepest oversold conditions in market history. Then there was the epic rebound into the late October high that average investors caught only the tail end of based on sentiment and fund flow data.


The precious metal may be building a base for the next rally, although folks who don't already own it may be best served by waiting a little longer.

By Nov 18, 2011 2:18PM

Image: Gold (© Comstock Images/Jupiterimages)By Tom Aspray,

The $54 decline in the February Comex Gold contract Thursday took the futures to two-week lows, while SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) lost 2.5%. The rather steep decline did not seem to drive headlines like it would have a few months ago.

Most analysts seem to be pointing to the drop in crude oil prices and the firmer U.S. dollar for gold’s decline. Another factor may be the missing $600 million in MF Global customer funds, which has jarred the confidence of futures traders around the world.


The investor surprised many with his IBM purchase. But a number of tech stocks actually have very Buffett-like characteristics.

By John Reese Nov 18, 2011 2:12PM

Warren Buffett. © Mario Tama/Getty ImagesWarren Buffett caught the investment world's eye this week, revealing that Berkshire Hathaway(BRK.A) has been building at least a $10 billion position in tech giant IBM (IBM) over the past few quarters as well as a smaller stake in Intel(INTC).

The moves were a surprise to many, since Buffett has long resisted tech investments, preferring instead to target firms with simpler, easy-to-understand businesses. In Berkshire's 1999 letter to shareholders, he explained his tech-sector reticence this way:


While investing heavily on projects to stimulate domestic natural gas demand, the producer has also been moving to increase higher-margin liquids production

By Trefis Nov 18, 2011 1:55PM
Image: Natural gas plant (© Kevin Burke/Corbis)Chesapeake (CHK) is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the United States after ExxonMobil (XOM). Thanks to an aggressive land campaign over the last five years, the company boasts the largest inventory of natural-gas shale play leaseholds in the country (2.5 million net acres).

With gas prices forecast to remain in the doldrums for the short- to medium-term, Chesapeake has launched a two-pronged strategy to tackle the low margin environment.



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