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Some gearheads may not like to hear it, but sales momentum and lack of a bailout give Ford the edge.

By InvestorPlace Oct 17, 2011 5:49AM

By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


Americans can be fierce defenders of their cars, refusing to drive certain brands and claiming others can do no wrong. And after the 2009 automaker bailouts for Chrysler and General Motors (GM) and an industry-wide push into fuel-efficient cars and electric vehicles, that brand war might be more heated than ever.


But when you take emotions out of the equation and stack up Detroit auto icons GM and Ford (F), it's easy to see that one automaker is head and shoulders above the other.


Here's why, from a business perspective, Ford is just plain better than GM:

 

This leading maker of video games is a new addition to a buyback-based model portfolio.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 16, 2011 1:25PM
By David Fried,  The Buyback Letter

We previously bought Activision Blizzard (ATVI) in our buyback portfolio last June, and sold it in September. It has since floated to the top of our research screens again.

Activision is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products, headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif. 

Bondholders fed up with low yields could drive stocks significantly higher. And a few sectors should be ready to buy into at the next pullback.

By MoneyShow.com Oct 14, 2011 7:00PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The stock market’s initial rally phase from the October 4 lows has gone a bit further than even us bulls expected. I guess my question from last month, “Can Doom and Gloom Save the Market?" has been answered.


Clearly, the roadblocks to an economic recovery have not been removed. While the technical outlook for the stock market has improved dramatically, there is still some work to be done.


I expected a pullback sometime last week, but the buying was relentless. Once we get a two- to five-day correction, it will be the strength of the following rally that will help determine how far stocks can rally into the end of the year.

 

The stock is a bargain at current levels, but there is a good chance the price could drop further in the near term.

By Jim J. Jubak Oct 14, 2011 5:25PM
A company gets my attention when it raises its dividend 50%, as Corning (GLW) did on Oct. 6.

Especially when it combines that dividend increase with news of a $1.5 billion stock buyback. And even more especially when it adds extremely clear guidance for investors to expect a 30% drop in sequential earnings per share because of a slowdown in its industry and some loss of market share. (Corning is a member of my long-term Jubak Picks 50 portfolio.)

I think the message from Corning’s management is extremely clear. They think that their company has a great long-term future (hence the dividend increase), that it seriously undervalued (hence the stock buyback), but that the near term is likely to be very rough (hence the negative guidance.)

Let’s take those three points one at a time, last to first, OK?
 
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Coincidence or scientific proof that people are trading in their BlackBerry's for iPhones?

By Benzinga Oct 14, 2011 4:22PM
By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer

Over the last six months, Apple's (AAPL) success has had an inverse affect on Research in Motion (RIMM). While this might not come as a surprise to the million people who have pre-ordered the iPhone 4S, there was a time -- not too long ago, in fact -- when Research in Motion was a thriving company. 

The search engine giant is quickly moving to compete with Apple and Amazon.

By Kim Peterson Oct 14, 2011 2:32PM
Apple (AAPL) has the No. 1 music store in the world with its iTunes -- and that gives the company a considerable lead with any content plans moving forward.

Google (GOOG) wants a part of that action as well and is planning its own online music store to compete with Apple and Amazon (AMZN) according to various news reports this week. But Google may have to forge ahead without cooperation from much of the music industry.

The company has talked to all four major labels about participating in its service, but only EMI Group, owned by Citigroup (C), is close to a deal, The Wall Street Journal reports. EMI has Katy Perry and Gorillaz among its artists. 

It's time to get past the idea of us vs. them.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Oct 14, 2011 1:53PM

By Alyce Lomax

 

The Occupy Wall Street movement is already showing signs of being commandeered by the great Main Street street fight between left and right -- also known as us versus them. Don’t fall for the distraction: The 99% really need to occupy common ground; there’s plenty of it to occupy.

 

Wall Street deserves universal wrath. In 2008, financial companies like Goldman Sachs (GS), Citigroup (C), AIG (AIG), and Bank of America (BAC) privatized profits and socialized losses when they received a monster public bailout. Not only did they show no remorse or humility, they still believed they deserved whopping big salaries and bonuses.

 

Apple is preparing for a production run in the fourth quarter, one analyst says, and it could include up to 1 million new models.

By Kim Peterson Oct 14, 2011 1:36PM
Now that Apple (AAPL) has the iPhone 4S out of development and onto store shelves, it can ramp up its next big release: a new iPad.

One analyst says the iPad 3 is heading into production in the fourth quarter. Jeff Fidacaro of Susquehanna Financial tells AllThingsD that his supply chain checks show Apple boosting fourth-quarter iPad production to between 12 million and 14 million.

Most of those units are for the current iPad. But Fidacaro sees an early production run of the iPad 3 in there. He says Apple has scheduled 600,000 to 1 million iPad 3 units on the plan for the fourth quarter. 
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This boring toilet-paper-and-tissues company has raised dividends like clockwork for 39 years.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 14, 2011 12:21PM
By Amy Calistri, The Daily Paycheck

Finding stocks that don't get caught in the fallout of a market sell-off can be difficult; but Kimberly Clark (KMB) is one that we don't have to worry about.

In fact, during the sell-off started in late July the stock had been a star; while the S&P 500 was down 17.5%, Kimberly-Clark was actually up 7.4%. 

They're surging as we enter a strong seasonal period. Here are 2 solid performers to buy on pullbacks. Plus: A lucrative play from last year that may pay off again.

By MoneyShow.com Oct 14, 2011 11:16AM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


As stocks continue to push higher, investors looking to increase their equity exposure are faced with a tough choice: look to buy stocks in sectors or industry groups that have not yet participated in the stock market rally, or look for good entry points in the strongest areas?


For me, this decision is generally made easier if I look at at two different factors. The first is how an industry group or sector is doing relative to a major average such as the S&P 500. It is the trend of this relative performance, or RS analysis, which is most important. Second, I look at the seasonal trends of certain industry groups or sectors.

 

Times are tough, but they're toughest in these fields.

By InvestorPlace Oct 14, 2011 10:21AM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com

Here’s the financial news understatement of the century: It’s a tough job market out there right now. Layoffs have slowed down, but hiring has yet to heat up to a strong enough pace to meet the demand for employment.


A recent look at the ratio of unemployed per job opening shows that the number of applicants still is uncomfortably high. There were 4.6 unemployed people for every job opening in August — up from 4.3 in July — according to recently released Labor Department numbers. The ratio is down from its recession peak of almost 7 but still is pretty ugly and twice the 2008 ratio.

 
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It's the only company that boasts the full Internet trinity of mobile, social and cloud.

By Jim Cramer Oct 14, 2011 8:55AM

the streetWhen you have a quarter as amazing as Google (GOOG) reported last night, you can stiff analysts over and over and refuse to tell them anything they want and still get away with it.

 

Yep, it was that amazing. Suddenly every initiative is working. Suddenly Google+ looks like it is a serious challenge to Facebook. Suddenly YouTube has become a money maker of such proportion that the acquisition now looks ingenious.

 

Suddenly we see that Chrome -- which, along with Apple (AAPL) iOS, is dominating the growing smartest phone market -- will be boosted significantly by the Motorola Mobility (MMI) acquisition.

 

Sure, JPMorgan Chase is one of the strongest banks in the long run. But the long run doesn't matter to investors right now.

By Jim J. Jubak Oct 13, 2011 4:45PM
The market isn’t going to cut even the strongest banks any slack -- or look beyond the current quarter.

That’s the message in the market’s reaction to JPMorgan Chase's (JPM) third-quarter earnings report, released before the New York market opened. The bank reported better than expected earnings -- on a one-time accounting adjustment -- but said revenue grew by just 0.1% from the third quarter of 2010.

JPMorgan Chase shares closed Thursday down 4.8% to $31.60.
 
Tags: BACJPMWFC

The embattled company is still spending, despite angering customers with some bizarre business decisions recently.

By Kim Peterson Oct 13, 2011 4:34PM
Cash flow problems? Ha! Netflix (NFLX) doesn't see it that way.

The company has struck another pricey deal to add more shows to its video-streaming library. This time, Netflix gets more than 700 hours of old episodes that ran on The CW Network. 
Tags: cbsNFLX

A 3-day BlackBerry outage is just another stumble for the tech world's Inspector Clouseau.

By InvestorPlace Oct 13, 2011 2:22PM
By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace.com

It's hard to believe that just a few years ago shares of Research In Motion (RIMM) were trading at $144. Now they are at a miserable $23.


It's easy to point at the dominance of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPad as reasons for the fall, but that is far from the whole story. The mobile industry as a whole is growing at hyperspeed, and numerous players are showing success, such as HTC, Samsung (SSNLF) and even Amazon (AMZN), whose Kindle Fire is gaining lots of traction.


In other words, RIM's problems are mostly self-made. And especially lately, the company has become the Inspector Clouseau of the tech world. The latest mega-blunder was this week's worldwide outage of RIM's BlackBerry service.

 

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