8 reasons the market isn't worse
8 reasons the market isn't worse

Stocks should be crushed by global turmoil, Jim Cramer says. Instead, they're doing fine.

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The same-store sales increase in the company's most recent quarter was driven by a 6% increase in traffic and a 3% increase in the average ticket.

By Trefis Nov 14, 2011 12:23PM
Starbucks (SBUX) reported a solid fourth-quarter performance last week, with same-store sales increasing 9% and operating margin rising by 70 basis points over the year-ago quarter.

The increases were driven by a 6% increase in traffic and a 3% increase in average ticket. Starbucks wrapped up a fiscal year in which it saw record earnings every quarter and strong same-store sales growth around the world. The earnings release has met with positive investor response; Starbucks' stock price is up 7% since Nov. 3.  

Big Blue is set to make big bucks.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 14, 2011 12:00PM

Billionaire Warren Buffett, history's greatest investor, has struck again. Monday morning saw numerous reports that the Oracle of Omaha has snapped up a $10 billion stake in IBM (IBM). Like others blessed by Buffett, shares of Big Blue rose on the reports. IBM, though, remains a good buy for investors even with the Buffett bump.

The Armonk, N.Y., company has an attractive valuation even though it has already surged nearly 28% this year. It trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.82, which, though lofty, is below its five-year high of 16.03, according to Reuters. 

 
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MGM Resorts is one of the stronger and safer bets in the rebounding industry.

By Gene Marcial Nov 14, 2011 11:32AM

Nongambling folks might not be aware of this, but despite concerns about consumer confidence, gambling and tourism have regained some of their vigor where they were sorely missed: Las Vegas. Yes, the epicenter of gaming and conventions is back. Tourists and gamblers are again visiting The Strip in droves, enlivening cash registers and boosting sales at casinos and hotels.

 

Widely followed entertainment shows and global sports events continue to be a draw and still  happen in Las Vegas, fueling the speed of its comeback. It was in Las Vegas, on Nov. 12, 2011, that boxing Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao defended his crown and again beat challenger Manuel Maquez in a 12-round fight before a sellout crowd of 16,368.  

 

This bank, tech stock and ETF offer three contrarian plays on the undervalued South Korean market.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 14, 2011 11:09AM
By Yiannis Mostrous, Personal Finance

Investors have a love-hate relationship with the South Korean market. But South Korea deserves another look from investors who have a long-term perspective.

And while another selloff of South Korean equities could be in the cards, the investment case for South Korea remains persuasive. Here we look at a favorite bank, a technology play on LCD panels and a diversified exchange-traded fund. 
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HD continues to defy trends of other housing-related stocks.

By InvestorPlace Nov 14, 2011 10:01AM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


When you think about companies that are in rough shape after the economic downturn, most of the big names are related to the meltdown in the real-estate market. From banks plagued by bad mortgages like Bank of America (BAC) to builders like Lennar (LEN), the housing crash hurt a host of big-name businesses nationwide.


But you might be surprised to learn that Home Depot (HD) is thriving. While many banks and builders crashed and burned, the home improvement retailer held firm during the worst of the downturn and has rebounded strongly as of late. HD will report its third-quarter profits Tuesday, and many analysts expect too see impressive numbers yet again.

 

The aircraft maker wins an $18 billion order for 777s. The home improvement retailer posts better-than-expected earnings.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 14, 2011 8:44AM

TheStreetBy Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet

 

Updated at 9:15 a.m. ET

 

Boeing (BA) shares were rising Monday after the aircraft maker won an order for 50 777s from Dubai airline Emirates. The order, valued at $18 billion, is Boeing's biggest single order in dollar terms. Emirates has options to buy additional planes, which could boost the value of the order to $26 billion.

 

Lowe's (LOW) said its third-quarter earnings fell 44% to $225 million, or 18 cents a share, including 17 cents of charges related to store closings and discontinued projects. On an adjusted basis, earnings in the quarter were 35 cents a share. The home improvement retailer’s sales rose 2.3% to $11.9 billion. Analysts were expecting Lowe's to earn 33 cents a share in the third quarter on sales of $11.69 billion.

 

Despite concerning news out of the eurozone, the pharmacy stock has been going strong.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 11, 2011 7:32PM
Remember back on Oct. 27, when stocks looked like they might rally through the end of the year? I asked then whether it was time to go with the momentum or move to the sidelines and wait for a pullback.

Just two weeks later, the question seems downright silly. Not only have we had that pullback, but it’s hard to find any momentum in this market at all. (Or at least any momentum to the upside.)
 

A proper breakout could be on its way as early as next week. Watch for any pullback as a buying opportunity in these specific sectors.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 11, 2011 7:22PM
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com

Stocks were choppy again last week, as Euro debt concerns once again pulled the rug out from under the market early Wednesday. Though the damage to the major averages was severe -- pretty much all stocks were down -- individual issues and most of the key exchange-traded funds held at first support.


The higher weekly close indicates that the bulls are still in charge, and the market leading behavior of the A/D lines (see below) that track the market’s internal health suggest prices could melt up next week.

 

The energy company had a great third quarter boosted by new development projects and key deals.

By Zacks.com Nov 11, 2011 7:19PM
By: Zacks Equity Research

We are upgrading our recommendation on Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) to outperform from neutral following a sterling third quarter, a pipeline of development projects and lucrative collaborations.

The results of the recently concluded quarter were backed by greater volumes of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and crude oil along with a strong demand for NGLs in the U.S. petrochemical industry and global markets. 
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The fast-food chain says it plans to publish the 200-page manuscript on the Internet next year.

By Kim Peterson Nov 11, 2011 7:11PM
We're about to learn a little more about Colonel Harland Sanders, the man behind the KFC fast-food chain, more than three decades after his death.

A KFC employee, rummaging around the company's archives, has uncovered a secret manuscript written by Sanders that promises to offer "real old-time American country and farm cooking before it's forgotten." 
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Starbucks is moving into the premium-juice business with its acquisition of Evolution Fresh.

By Benzinga Nov 11, 2011 6:49PM

By John Thorpe, Benzinga Staff Writer


Nearly every day of my adult life, I have seen one or more people carrying around a cup of brand-name coffee. Nearly every time, I almost choked to death on my own laughter.


Now, those same folks will have the opportunity to entertain the frugal half of America by purchasing overpriced juice to go along with their overpriced coffee.

 

The disaster has hit the technology industry even before it could fully recuperate from the catastrophic March earthquake in Japan.

By Zacks.com Nov 11, 2011 6:40PM
 By: Zacks Equity Research
 
Nature seems to be wreaking vengeance on technology this year. The floods in Thailand have hit the sector hard, even before it could fully recuperate from the catastrophic earthquake in Japan in March. A supply breakdown is now feared to show up again. 

The case of the missing 4s has been solved.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 11, 2011 4:25PM

By Selena Maranjian

 

Something strange happened last month, when Apple (AAPL) reported its quarterly earnings: They fell short of Wall Street's expectations. That has rarely happened in recent years, and the stock sank on the news, down about 7% initially. The episode was a good reminder that many companies have set us up to expect them to beat expectations -- and that bad things can happen when they don't.

 

The technology realm includes many frequent exceeders. For example:

 

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.

 

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Elsewhere, the industrial space (+0.1%) has joined materials (+0.5%) and telecom services (+0.6%) in the green thanks in part to the relative strength of transport stocks. The Dow Jones Transportation Average is higher by 0.2% with airlines showing broad strength. United Continental ... More


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