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Small-cap superstars still abound

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

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The rally has overlooked these promising shares.

By InvestorPlace Mar 28, 2012 9:10AM

Image: Woman asleep (© Tom Grill/Corbis)By Jeff Reeves

 

There's a lot of "froth" in the market right now as investor optimism gets in full swing and the bull market seems to gain momentum. The S&P 500 is up about 20% since Thanksgiving, and many highflying blue chips have dramatically outperformed that mark. Apple (AAPL) is up 65% in the past four months, and Bank of America (BAC) is up about 85% in the same period.

 

You have to wonder how long this run can last. Sure, it's encouraging to see the market hitting new highs, but you have to worry about buying a top. After all, the idea of investing is to buy low and sell high. It's very difficult when many stocks are bid up to their highest prices since before Lehman Bros. went under in 2008.

 

The bank's CEO seeks global strategy guidance. The tech giant offers refunds to iPad buyers in Australia.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 28, 2012 8:19AM

By Andrea Tse

 

Bank of America (BAC) is assembling an international advisory board that would provide chief executive Brian Moynihan with guidance on global strategy, The Wall Street Journal reported.

 

Apple (AAPL) will offer refunds to all buyers of the new iPad in Australia after the nation's consumer watchdog accused it of misleading advertising, according to reports. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission demanded that Apple make consumers aware its third-generation iPad can't connect to a 4G mobile data network in Australia because of technical incompatibility, Reuters reported. Apple agreed to post warnings over the next week that its new iPad isn't compatible with current Australian 4G LTE networks.

 

The company's fundamentals remain strong with no debt, a higher return on earnings and improving investor sentiment.

By Zacks.com Mar 27, 2012 6:15PM

By: Zacks Equity Research

 

We maintain our "neutral" recommendation on T. Rowe Price Group (TROW) based on the company's steady profit trend. Moreover, the company's fourth-quarter earnings surpassed the Zacks consensus estimate, outshining earnings from a year earlier.


Although the global financial crisis has led to a decline in growth metrics, the company has been able to sustain positive earnings throughout the critical period. This positive operating leverage was helped by strong brand, consistent investment track record and strong business volumes.

 
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There are worries that one of the biggest consequences of more easing is inflation.

By Stock Traders Daily Mar 27, 2012 6:04PM

Image: Dollar bill (© Steve Allen/Brand X/Getty Images)Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sounded subdued Monday in his current assessment of the economy. It is uncertain whether the current pace of jobs growth is sustainable, he said.


Furthermore, Bernanke said that the number of jobs added lately outpaces other actual economic data. This was taken as good news, of course, because it left the door open for more quantitative easing and continued rock-bottom interest rates.


You've probably heard the analogy by now. The stock market is like a junkie with an insatiable craving for another hit.

 
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Warm weather and an end to a key Express Scripts contract lead to poor results for the drugstore chain.

By Benzinga Mar 27, 2012 5:33PM

Image: Pills (© Sean Justice/Corbis)By Jane Sanders, Benzinga Staff Writer


Walgreen (WAG) earnings declined 7.7% in the second quarter as the company ended its association with Express Scripts (ESRX) during the mildest winter cold and flu season in 29 years.


Earnings for the largest U.S. drugstore chain came in at $683 million, or 79 cents per share, compared to $739 million, or 80 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue increased 0.8% to $18.7 billion, despite a 1.5% decrease in sales at stores open for at least one year.

 

It looks like SPDR Gold Shares have ended their 10% correction from the end of February. A new rally may be on the way.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 27, 2012 4:52PM
Stocks liked Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's speech Monday emphasizing the Federal Reserve's doubts about the strength of the recovery in the job market. But the gold market liked it even more. 

The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) climbed to $164.40 Monday from $161.53 on Friday. That was a 1.8% gain for the gold bullion ETF.

Bernanke chose a glass-half-empty approach to recent job gains in his speech to the National Association of Business Economists. The rapid drop in the unemployment rate in the last six months to 8.3% from 9.1%, he said, may reflect a one-time bounce reversing the job cuts of 2008 and 2009. 
 
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The stock is awfully expensive. Are there better buys, or is Chipotle just starting to hit big?

By Kim Peterson Mar 27, 2012 4:17PM
This has been the year of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). The stock is an absolute superstar, hitting 37 new record highs so far, according to CNBC.

Chipotle shares traded at $421.37 Tuesday, and are up nearly 26% this year. Over the last 12 months, the stock has gained 65%.

Truly amazing. Chipotle's run has obviously been the subject of much chatter among investors. Why is this stock so high, and how much further can it go? 

The spice maker delivers better-than-expected earnings, driven by cost savings and acquisitions.

By Zacks.com Mar 27, 2012 1:54PM

Image: Peppers (© imageDJ/Jupiterimages)By Zacks Equity Research
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McCormick & Co. Inc. (MKC) delivered better-than-expected first quarter 2012 earnings of 55 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2 cents. The results were also ahead of the company's guidance of 51 to 54 cents per share.


The earnings were driven by robust sales and cost management under the company's Comprehensive Continuous Improvement (CCI) program. Product innovation and investments in brand marketing also boosted growth in the quarter. 

 
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Despite some short-term concerns, this biotech is setting the stage for long-term success.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 27, 2012 1:34PM
Image: Insurance Money (© Comstock Images/Jupiterimages)By John McCamant, The Medical Technology Stock Letter

OncoGenex (OGXI) has had a busy few weeks as the stock ran to over $17 before dropping below $14. 

First, OncoGenex and its partner Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) announced changes to their Phase III development plan for OGX-011 (custirsen). Then, the company priced a secondary offering at $12 and raised $46.8 million.  
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Lackluster beer sales give investors a hangover.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 27, 2012 1:08PM
Image: Beer (© Corbis)In a speech at a brewers convention last year, MillerCoors Chief Marketing Officer Andy England  bragged that "Budweiser is going down baby." He promised, according to Advertising Age, that Miller Lite would "leave Bud in the dust in 2012." 

Now, the brewer wants to back up its words with more words, specifically its iconic slogan from the 1970s: "It's Miller Time."
 
Tags: PYHOO

The Indian Olympic Association is pressuring the London Olympic Committee to drop Dow from its list of sponsors.

By Trefis Mar 27, 2012 12:37PM
The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) has been facing immense pressure from the Indian Olympic Association regarding its sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics. Instead of promoting goodwill -- which is usually expected from such financial support -- Dow's sponsorship of the Olympics has turned into a public relations disaster for the company. 

How might this backlash impact the company's business and its stock price?
 
Tags: DOW

After Friday's BATS fiasco, it's no wonder average investors have lost faith in the fairness of the stock market.

By Jim Cramer Mar 27, 2012 12:16PM

Was I rude Monday when I asked a question about how BATS, the exchange company that canceled its IPO last Friday because of a glitch in its own software, helps the little guy.

 

I grilled Joe Ratterman, the CEO, on "Squawk on the Street," about how BATS benefits mom-and-pop investors, because I believe that high-frequency trading -- the genesis of the business of BATS -- is profoundly antithetical to individual investors' confidence in the system.

 

This could be a turnaround year for the teen specialty retailer.

By Trefis Mar 27, 2012 11:42AM
Image: Teens with MP3 player (© RubberBall/SuperStock)Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) has continued its strong run after reporting solid fourth-quarter results, with the stock touching a 52-week high last Monday. 

In addition to a strong line-up for the spring quarter and good acceptance in key categories, including denim, wovens, tees and shorts, American Eagle's newly appointed CEO, Robert Hanson, is finding he's popular among investors, too.
 

American Eagle is upgraded to 'buy,' and Crocs is initiated with an 'outperform.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 27, 2012 11:24AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Portugal Telecom (PT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
  • Southern Copper (SCCO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
  • Vale (VALE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
  • Williams (WMB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
  • American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Lazard Capital
 

As investors look to the Fed chairman for direction, the immediate one is upward price momentum.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Mar 27, 2012 10:50AM

On Monday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a speech at the National Association for Business Economics spring conference in Virginia that ignited financial markets.


Bernanke noted some positive signs in the job market but remained cautious about the future. Once again, he signaled the Fed may need to provide more easing to stimulate growth and reduce long-term unemployment. As a result, gold prices jumped nearly $20 an ounce, while silver gained more than 50 cents an ounce.

 
Tags: GLDSLV

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