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Betting against the stock was finally allowed to begin this week, and traders have jumped in with enthusiasm.

By Kim Peterson Nov 11, 2011 3:15PM
Groupon (GRPN) has quickly become a favorite of short-sellers.

There is strong demand to borrow the stock and bet against it, Bloomberg reports. Shorts like to sell borrowed stock, expecting to profit by buying the shares back when the price drops. 
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Barnes & Noble will be one of the sector's top performers, one analyst says.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 11, 2011 3:00PM

By Jeannine Poggi, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Barnes & Noble (BKS) could double its stock price by 2013, according to an analyst.

 

"We believe as the market understands and appreciates the digital opportunity for the company and the sustainability of EBITDA at the store level, at least in the next few years the stock will prove to be one of the top performing retail/tech names in the market," Janney Capital Markets analyst David Strasser wrote in a note.

 

Numerologists say Nov. 11 is a lucky day. If that's the case, these 11 companies just might do the trick for investors.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 11, 2011 1:30PM

By Frank Byrt, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Numerologists say Friday is a lucky day, given the "11/11/11" date. Superstitious investors who have come to believe that traditional fundamental analysis methods are haywire in the seesawing marketplace may want to consider promising stocks with beaten-down prices of under $11.

 

Small-cap stocks, which typically include those trading for less than $11, are down 5.2% this year, compared with the large-cap bellwether S&P 500 ($INX) 0.6% decline. But the small-cappers show signs of having bottomed, as they are up 9.7% in the past month and 5.4% over 13 weeks, according to Morningstar.

 

These stocks show favorable chart patterns and are close to staging upside breakouts.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 11, 2011 1:25PM

Image: Oil drums (© Kevin Phillips/Digital Vision/age fotostock)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


Stocks have had a fairly choppy week, which makes the weekly close more important. A higher weekly close will be a positive sign, and the very strong action in crude oil on Thursday is a bullish signal for stocks.


As discussed previously, crude oil futures often break up or down ahead of the stock market. Wednesday's heavy selling in stocks increased the possibility of a deeper stock market correction, and while crude oil was also lower, it made new rally highs on Thursday.

 

With the introduction of its lightest roast ever in January, the company is attempting to reach a broader range of coffee drinkers.

By Trefis Nov 11, 2011 1:17PM
Image: Coffee (© Foodcollection RF/Getty Images/Getty Images)Starbucks (SBUX) is launching a lighter roast in January to attract customers who prefer milder coffee.

Based on its consumer research, Starbucks is offering its Blonde line for the estimated 40% of American coffee drinkers, or 54 million people, who prefer a lighter roast. The new coffees in the Blonde category include several under the Veranda and Willow blend names.

Starbucks' competitors in the specialty-coffee market include McDonald's (MCD), Caribou Coffee (CBOU) and Peet's Coffee (PEET). 

The advancement of tablets and smartphones has made Internet and mobile sales a prime strategy for many companies.

By Trefis Nov 11, 2011 1:02PM
The technology world is rapidly changing how business is done in the apparel industry. Suddenly, the advancement of tablets and smartphones has catapulted Internet and mobile sales as the prime strategy of retailers.

The teen apparel sector, including companies like Aeropostale (ARO), Abercombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) and Gap (GPS), is abuzz with these technical advancements in retail, with the 15-25 age group at the core of key smartphone and tablet users. 
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This biotechnology stock has the brightest growth prospects in Standard &Poor's large-cap biotech universe.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 11, 2011 12:45PM

By Steven Silver, Standard & Poor's The Outlook

S&P Capital IQ considers Celgene (CELG) one of the biotechnology stocks best positioned for long-term growth, with solid core product growth, an advancing new product pipeline, and a strong financial position.

We expect Celgene to deliver earnings growth at a compound annual rate of 21% from 2010 through 2013, driven by expanding sales of its key cancer drug Revlimid. This figure represents the brightest growth prospects we see in the large-cap biotech industry.

We also believe that the positive resolution to a European review of the drug’s safety will further improve investor sentiment on the shares.

Celgene develops and markets pharmaceuticals to treat cancer, immunological, and inflammatory disorders.

 
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The movement is facing winter, an increasingly crowded news environment and an inability to directly affect the high-paid CEOs and bankers it's targeting.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 11, 2011 12:14PM

By Peter Leeds, guest columnist

 

The faster anything rises, generally the faster it falls. Occupy Wall Street may be another example of this, as media coverage, social media activity, and activist numbers have all started dropping off. This is only expected to continue, especially with the onset of winter.


According to Google Trends, searches for Occupy Wall Street have fallen by 66% from their October 15th peak to November 11th. This is reinforced further by the Pew Research Center's weekly news index, which shows "Occupy Wall Street" dropping from 10% of total news coverage across their network on October 1st, to where it sits currently at less than 4%. 

 

Disney stock pops on quarterly earnings report.

By InvestorPlace Nov 11, 2011 11:34AM

By Peter Cohan, InvestorPlace


In an economy that's hardly booming, people quickly defer to TV as a cheap entertainment option. But with a glut of options, any entertainment company worth its airwaves has to produce compelling content to snag a big share of those viewers.


Disney Co. (DIS) is one entertainment company that must be hitting that mark, given its blowout earnings report Thursday.

 

Famed contrarian David Dreman holds 1.4 million shares of this high-yielding healthcare REIT.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 11, 2011 11:18AM
By Marc Lichtenfeld, The Oxford Club Ultimate Income Letter

I’ve wanted to add a real estate investment trust to our Perpetual Income Portfolio for a while now. Boy, am I glad I waited.

After a recent pounding, many REITs now have very attractive yields. Perhaps none more so than Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI), which leases facilities to nursing home operators. The REIT now yields a mouthwatering 9%. 
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BUD, TAP on the losing end of volume sales

By InvestorPlace Nov 11, 2011 10:39AM

By Peter Cohan, InvestorPlace Writer


Do people drink less beer during periods of slow economic growth so they can save money, or do they drink more to drown their sorrows? The great thing about this question is that there are two publicly traded companies -- Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and Molson Coors Brewing Company (TAP) -- whose earnings we can analyze to gain insight into this question.


And here's another: Should you invest in either company?

 

Not long ago, there was one stock you could buy into every dip without fear. Not anymore.

By Jim Cramer Nov 11, 2011 9:50AM

the streetSometimes you don't get to write everything or say everything you want on TV, but I wanted to give you my entire piece on Apple (AAPL) that some people said was at the heart of the decline Thursday.

 

I had to do a truncated No Huddle version because of the exigencies of the moment. I also want to point out that an outfit called Cleveland Research is cutting Apple numbers for precisely what one of the worry points is: the surfeit of tablets. It's a worrisome development, given how the iPad has trounced all other comers.

 

The online broker decides not to sell itself. The media giant reports better-than-expected earnings.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 11, 2011 9:21AM

TheStreetBy Andrea Tse, TheStreet

 

Updated at 9:15 a.m. ET

 

E-Trade Financial (ETFC) has decided not to sell itself after a three-month strategic review. Rejecting pressure from shareholder Citadel to sell to another online broker such as TD Ameritrade (AMTD) or Charles Schwab (SCHW), E-Trade CEO Steven Freiberg said, "The management team will continue to execute on our strategy designed to create value for both our stockholders and our customers."

 

Walt Disney (DIS) reported fiscal-fourth-quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' estimates, thanks to strong sales at its media networks and resorts. Excluding charges related to restructuring and impairment, Disney earned 59 cents, beating the 54-cent forecast of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Revenue rose 7% to $10.43 billion, topping expectations for $10.36 billion.

 

Yields on French government bonds aren't close to those of Italy, but they are moving in the wrong direction.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 10, 2011 8:44PM
I wouldn't say that France has caught a full-fledged cold yet from neighboring Italy. But it is developing sniffles.

The problem is one that we should be familiar with from Greece and Italy. No sooner does a government -- in this case that of President Nicolas Sarkozy -- put an austerity package in place in order to reduce the budget deficit than falling economic growth blows a hole in that budget and creates the need for another austerity package.
 

As it heads to a potentially blockbuster IPO, the online gaming company is reportedly asking some employees to surrender some shares.

By Kim Peterson Nov 10, 2011 5:25PM
Zynga, the online gaming company preparing for an initial public offering, thinks it may have been too generous with its stock.

The company regrets giving employees so many stock grants in its early days, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. So it's telling some workers to give back some shares -- or get fired. 
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