The assembly line producing the Ford Fiesta car in Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico. © Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mexico will soon be next car capital

Some 80% of the vehicles built south of the border are exported to other countries, mostly to the US.

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Wendy's has launched a broad turnaround plan, which could pique the interest of private equity.

By InvestorPlace Mar 6, 2012 6:16PM

Image: Family eating burgers (© Bananastock/Jupiterimages)By Lawrence Meyers


There's no doubt that the market loves McDonald's (MCD). The company benefited from an economic downturn that drove more customers to low-cost meals, and it introduced a broadside attack on Starbucks (SBUX) with its wildly successful coffee line.


But there's just not much room in investors' hearts for the other fast-food brand, Wendy's (WEN). No matter how you slice the burger, Wendy's is outgunned by the clown. That doesn’t mean it can't survive in the market, but it is struggling.

 

The markets are down, but is this a temporary bump? We'll know more later this week.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 6, 2012 5:55PM
Image: Arrow Down (© Kyu Oh/Photodisc/Getty Images)Is this the correction that has been looming as a possibility for weeks?

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) closed down 1.5% Tuesday. The German Dax Index closed down 3.4%, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 2.2% overnight. Tuesday's action followed on Monday's drop.

Sure looks like it, no?

Well, it depends. The markets are clearly down, but investors won't know until Thursday or Friday whether this goes from being a reaction to worries over the Greek debt swap to a true correction of 8% to 10% or so.
 

With Greece's new bailout plan in jeopardy, intense selling pressure triggers a number of warning signals.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Mar 6, 2012 4:13PM

Stocks fell early and often Tuesday as the situation in the eurozone continued to deteriorate. 


The Greek Bailout 2.0 plan is being jeopardized by weaker-than-expected participation in the country's debt swap offer and fears that its failure would result in €1 trillion in losses for European banks. Also adding to concerns is word that Ireland could require a second bailout package -- something that might not be forthcoming if the Irish reject a strict new fiscal austerity pact.

 

The result is what's set to be the worst market performance since December and the breaching of significant technical support levels. By all indications, the losses are just getting started.

 

Here's how you can profit from the emerging downtrend.

 

The online reviews site had a great first day of trading, but things have gone downhill since then.

By Kim Peterson Mar 6, 2012 3:25PM
Image: Businessman reading newspaper © A. Chederros/ONOKY/Getty ImagesYelp (YELP) took off like a rocket in its initial public offering last week, soaring more than 60% from the $15 offering price in the first day of trading.

The investor reaction put some wind back in the sails for tech IPOs. Forbes wondered if the IPO was priced too low; perhaps $20 to $22 would have been more appropriate.

But since then, shares of Yelp have fallen back to Earth. 

The food company delivers better-than-expected second quarter earnings of 45 cents per share.

By Zacks.com Mar 6, 2012 2:58PM

By Zacks Equity Research
 
United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) delivered better-than-expected second quarter 2012 earnings of 45 cents per share, exceeding the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. The earnings also surpassed the prior-year earnings by 6 cents.

 

These specialty real estate trusts have healthy dividends and strong cash positions.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 6, 2012 2:41PM

Image: House with bills (© Creatas/age fotostock)By Tom Aspray


Stocks came under pressure overnight as Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index dropped over 2% after the Chinese premier lowered the country's growth estimate for 2012 to 7.5%, down from 8% where it had been since 2005.


The technical readings for the U.S. stock market weakened Monday, even though the major averages closed well off the worst levels. A sharply lower close Tuesday -- below $135.80 in the Spyder Trust (SPY) -- will indicate that the long-awaited correction is underway.

 

Small pay can sometimes equal big success if you know what to look for.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Mar 6, 2012 2:31PM

By Sean Williams

 

As fellow Fool Alyce Lomax has opined on countless occasions, CEO pay in this country is out of control. For the most part there tends to be a major disconnect between a company's performance and a CEO's pay, leading many investors to call for "pay-for-performance" packages for many of our nation's largest companies.

 

Whether you believe it or not, some of these CEOs are actually listening to their shareholders and have proactively reduced their base salaries to next to nothing -- and I mean that literally!

 

A move into real-money Internet gambling would be a natural fit for the world's largest social gaming company.

By Trefis Mar 6, 2012 2:17PM
Image: Four aces (© Image Source/Corbis)Zynga (ZNGA) CEO Mark Pincus added more fuel to the speculation that the online gaming developer plans to enter the gambling space by stating that he sees "mind blowing" possibilities in online gambling. 

Zynga is the world's largest social gaming company, with more than 240 million active users. A Zynga spokesman had earlier expressed interest in online gambling, but with the recent statement by its CEO, Zynga's move into the space is almost a certainty.

Zynga competes primarily with Electronic Arts (EA), Playdom, which was recently acquired by Disney (DIS), and other independent social gaming studios.
 

Dieters are discovering they can lose weight for free using apps.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 6, 2012 12:50PM
Image: Woman and refrigerator (© Photos.com/Jupiterimages)When my doctor urged me to lose weight, I was overwhelmed by the plethora of dieting options. Then I discovered an easy-to-use free app called Lose It that made it simple for me to track my calorie intake. It worked like a charm and I have lost 20 pounds since the start of the year. 

While this is great news for me -- and my wife who has shed 30 pounds -- this is a worrying trend for shareholders of Nutrisystem (NTRI) and Weight Watchers International  (WTW).
 

Lululemon is downgraded to 'hold,' and Yahoo is initiated with a 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 6, 2012 12:18PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
  • Akzo Nobel (AKZOY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
  • Monster Worldwide (MWW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore
  • Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Davenport
 

General Motors' Chevy truck may become a necessity for businesses looking to save on fuel costs.

By Jim Cramer Mar 6, 2012 12:06PM

General Motors (GM) gets it. It gets the moment. The company recognizes that natural gas is the way of the future because we have way too much of it and because diesel is super expensive and will get more expensive, given the price of Brent and the lack of refining capacity.

 

Not only that, but GM has figured out that it doesn't matter how much the government subsidizes all electric cars, which are going to be losers -- and not just because of the technology problems of the Volt. Put simply, we have not developed a way to be able to make electric cars pay for themselves, because they can't go far and they can't be serviced effectively and because there is no way to dispose of the battery without developing the equivalent of Superfund sites to do so.

 

The reports of impending layoffs still don't clarify just what strategy the new CEO will take to fix the ailing Internet giant.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 6, 2012 11:54AM
YahooBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times The Fiscal Times

Scott Thompson, the former PayPal president who took on the top job at Yahoo (YHOO) early this year, seems to be eager to show the company's competitors and its investors -- indeed, the market as a whole -- just what he's going to do. The problem? Those actions may be decisive and sweeping, but so far, it's not clear that they are going to be enough to revive Yahoo's fading fortunes.

AllThingsD reported Monday morning that big layoffs are in the works -- part of a widespread restructuring plan -- and could be announced before the end of the month. Parts of the business that don't contribute directly to its bottom line or aren't core, ranging from research to public relations, may well bear the brunt of those changes and the associated layoffs.

 

The market may be turning.

By Stock Traders Daily Mar 6, 2012 11:10AM

Zurbar/age fotostockSigns that a trader's market may soon be upon us surfaced once again last week. The market pulled back temporarily following comments from Ben Bernanke, which showed no indications the Federal Reserve is prepared to take additional measures to prop up a sluggish economy.

 

Despite a brilliant run in the broader equity markets since the start of the year, not everyone is convinced of the sustainability. "We are at the tail end of this rally," Tom Kee Jr., President and CEO of Stock Traders Daily, wrote in a recent trading alert to paid subscribers. "Yes, it can go a little higher, but the market is much more likely to turn down sooner rather than later."

 
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All meet the investing criteria of legendary investors.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 6, 2012 11:03AM
Medioimages/Getty ImagesBy John Reese, Validea

Our approach is to build portfolios based on the known investment criteria of a variety of "legendary" stock market investors with proven, long-term stock-picking strategies.

Based on these assessments, we've recently added four newcomers to our list of current favorites: Big Lots (BIG), CACI International (CACI), Coinstar (CSTR) and Northrop Grumman (NOC). 

At issue is a chemical used in caramel color. The claim: It can cause cancer.

By InvestorPlace Mar 6, 2012 10:19AM
By Jonathan Berr

Coca-Cola
(KO), PepsiCo (PEP) and the rest of the carbonated beverage industry have become public enemy No. 1 for the nation's self-appointed food police, and the battle is far from over.


The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) on Monday announced that it had found "high levels of 4-methylimidazole (4-MI), a known animal carcinogen" in samples of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi that the group analyzed. The chemical is a byproduct of the manufacturing process used to create the distinctive brown caramel color in these popular beverages.

 

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