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The automaker warns of weakness in the European car market, while the software company announces restructuring plans.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 9, 2011 9:00AM

TheStreetBy Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet

 

General Motors (GM) said its third-quarter profit fell 15% to $1.7 billion, or $1.03 a share, on revenue of $36.7 billion. While the results beat the 96-cent average estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters, the company said weakness in the European market may cause it to miss profit targets this year.

 

Adobe Systems (ADBE) said it plans to eliminate 750 jobs, or roughly 8% of its work force, as part of a restructuring. Adobe backed its outlook for fiscal-fourth-quarter adjusted earnings, saying it still sees a non-GAAP profit of 57 cents to 64 cents a share on revenue of between $1.075 billion and $1.125 billion.

 

Hard times in the financial industry could lead to a cut in bonuses by as much as 45% in some areas, according to one research firm.

By Kim Peterson Nov 8, 2011 7:13PM
It hasn't been the best year for many banks and securities firms, and as a result, Wall Street bonuses could fall by an average of 20% to 30% from last year, according to one highly-regarded study.

The survey by Johnson Associates, a consulting firm, says that Wall Street professionals can expect sharply lower bonuses for the second time in four years. 
Tags: GS

The Brazilian bank has a sky-high annualized return on equity. Is this stock all it seems to be?

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 8, 2011 6:50PM
On Nov. 1, Brazil’s Itau Unibanco (ITUB) reported third-quarter adjusted net income, excluding one-time items, of 3.94 billion reais ($2.3 billion).

That was up 24.7% from 3.16 billion reais in the third quarter of 2010. The results also easily beat the analyst estimate of 3.65 billion reais for the quarter. (Reais is the plural of real.)
 

So far, Anheuser-Busch InBev isn't saying much about what could be the newest member of the Bud Light family.

By Kim Peterson Nov 8, 2011 5:36PM
The beer industry is abuzz with rumors that Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) could soon debut a higher-alcohol version of its top-selling Bud Light.

The new beer, which would be called Bud Light Platinum, has received label approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, according to Advertising Age. You can see the application here
Tags: BUD

Groupon could be a tough act to follow.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 8, 2011 5:02PM

By Tim Beyers

 

Shares of Groupon (GRPN) are already up more than 30% from the IPO price of $20 apiece. Will Zynga, which is valued at just under $11 billion (according to data from private-equity exchange SharesPost), enjoy a similar pop when it comes public before the end of the year?

 

How to get paid for publicity
My guess is yes, but only because IPO engineering is the new "it" strategy for companies coming public. The game is simple. Limit the amount of shares available -- as Groupon, LinkedIn, and Zillow all did -- and you guarantee a significant pop on the first day of trading.

 

The retailer has beefed up its financial services over the years, providing an alternative for fed-up bank customers.

By Kim Peterson Nov 8, 2011 4:13PM
Wal-Mart (WMT) has wanted to be a financial player for a long time. And now, it just might get that opportunity.

The retailing giant is seeing new banking business from people fed up with Bank of America (BAC) and other financial institutions. As banking customers close their accounts, Wal-Mart is there with some options. 
Tags: BACWMT

The cloud-computing company's third quarter proves the industry is growing strong.

By Benzinga Nov 8, 2011 2:28PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer


Rackspace Hosting (RAX) reported third-quarter revenue Monday that was better than analysts expected, sending shares nearly 7% higher Tuesday.


The cloud-computing company's profit of 14 cents per share was in line with expectations, but its $265 million in revenue beat the $261.6 million Wall Street wanted to see.

 

Historical patterns suggest that now through the end of the year is the time.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 8, 2011 1:28PM
By Kevin McElroy, Daily Profit

What's the best time to buy gold on a seasonality basis? Now. Over the past 40 years November and December accounted for almost half of the year's gains for gold.

And 2011 doesn't differ all that much from the long-term seasonal trends. We had the characteristic spike in May, followed by a substantial correction in September-October. 
Tags: GLDgold

New surveys show that shoppers plan to spend more money online this coming season -- and that's a positive for many retailers.

By Trefis Nov 8, 2011 1:08PM
Retailers may get a bit of cheer this holiday season: More revenue from online sales.

A survey by Shop.org shows that 68% of retailers expect online sales to grow at least 15% or more over last year's holiday season. This survey is in line with another survey by the National Retail Federation that found the average shopper plans to do approximately 36% of his or her shopping online this season, up from 32.7% last year.  

Lower consumer spending could explain the reduced number of diners using the company's online reservation system.

By Trefis Nov 8, 2011 1:00PM
OpenTable (OPEN) increased its North American customer base to 16,237 from 15,560 in the third quarter, but its profit dropped by more than 35%.

The online restaurant-reservations site announced its quarterly results last week. While the company's operating costs continued to grow briskly, the weak economic environment clearly led to lower consumer spending. That could explain the reduction in the number of diners using OpenTable's online reservation system.  
Tags: OPEN

One investment firm tracking liquidity and fund flows says the sidelines are the place to be right now.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 8, 2011 12:49PM

By Michael Baron, TheStreet

TheStreet

 

Stocks roared back in October, ostensibly because the situation in Europe has achieved some semblance of clarity, but anyone paying attention to last week's volatility knows sentiment can turn on a headline.

 

TrimTabs, an investment firm tracking liquidity and fund flows, decided a few weeks back to get on the sidelines. The firm is neutral on U.S. stocks, a position it defines as 0% long, and has even moved its model portfolio completely into cash.

 
Tags: BACMANFLX

Materials and industrial companies are expected to outpace the S&P 500’s gains by up to twofold next year.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 8, 2011 12:41PM

the streetBy Lindsey Bell, TheStreet

 

Almost three-quarters of S&P 500 ($INX) companies that have reported third-quarter results have beaten analysts' estimates. Still, Wall Street is trimming forecasts for next year.

 

S&P 500 companies are now expected to post almost 8% growth in 2012 earnings per share. But material and industrial stocks will be the driving force, generating growth of 12% to 16%, says Morgan Stanley (MS).

 

German equities stand to benefit most from an unlikely split in the region.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 8, 2011 12:35PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


Tuesday is likely to be another pivotal day in the Eurozone debt crisis as the markets will not only be watching the vote in Greece, but also Italy's key parliamentary vote in the afternoon.


The yields on Italian bonds hit a high of 6.76% on Monday but softened later on intervention by the European Central Bank. Of course, it is the spread between the Italian bonds and German bunds that the markets are really watching.

 

European debt woes and a changing regulatory environment are keeping management on pins and needles.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 8, 2011 12:14PM

By Halah Touryalai, Forbes staffForbes.com on MSN Money

 

Last month Goldman Sachs (GS) posted its second ever quarterly loss as a public company but that’s not management’s biggest concern.

 

The firm says Europe is its top focus right now for both risks and opportunities.

 
Tags: BACCGSJPM

A promotion centered around the popular US board game played a big part in the fast-food giant's October revenue boost.

By InvestorPlace Nov 8, 2011 12:07PM

By Kyle Woodley, InvestorPlace

 

Anyone with an office desk drawer full of old "Baltic Avenue" and other game pieces can attest to the lure of McDonald's (MCD) perennial Monopoly campaign. For almost a quarter of a century, consumers have been guzzling down large fountain drinks and swallowing Big Macs trying to match "Boardwalk" with one of their 12 "Park Place" pieces, with the vast majority failing to score the $1 million prize but content to win a few free small fries.

 

Apparently the craze surrounding Uncle Pennybags hasn't died down.

 

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