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The FIFA World Cup and Olympics will been a boon to Brazil's economy. These investments could benefit.

By TheStockAdvisors Dec 2, 2011 10:16AM
Image: Brazil (© Donald Edwards/age fotostock)By Glenn Rogers, Internet Wealth Builder

Brazil will be heavily in focus over the next couple of years since they are hosting two of the largest world sporting events: the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. Both will be held in Rio de Janeiro.

Either of these events is a big deal on its own. Hosting both is both a huge coup and a tremendous opportunity from a business point of view. Both events will require a dramatic upgrade to the infrastructure within the country, which should spur a considerable amount of economic activity. 
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The world has changed so radically in the past week that scorned ideas -- even a tentative play on European bonds -- have become winning ones.

By Jim Cramer Dec 2, 2011 10:16AM

the streetA week ago, everyone really gave up hope. The perceptions were that all of the major European banks were insolvent, the U.S. economy was hurting badly, the sovereign bonds were all suckers' plays and China was doing nothing to help and everything to hurt us.

 

That was one week ago. One week!

 

Strong Silverado sales offset a slump in aging brands, but the automaker is betting on small fuel-efficient cars for the future.

By Benzinga Dec 2, 2011 9:58AM

Echo/Cultura RF/Getty ImagesBy Matthew Kennedy, Benzinga


On Thursday, General Motors (GM), along with other U.S. automakers, reported November sales. GM sales rose 6.9%, a slight miss from analysts' estimates of 7.4%. Sales of its Chevy Silverado pickup jumped 34%, compensating for falling sales of its aging Malibu and Impala sedans. Going forward, the company hopes to increase sales by introducing new, small, fuel efficient cars.


Chevy has historically struggled to compete in the economy car class. The previous generation featured the Aveo and Cobalt, both of which were poorly received by consumers. Automotive reviews panned the vehicles for using cheap interior plastics, having poor handling capabilities, and lacking the reliable characteristics of their Japanese competitors. Chevy followed up with the Cruze compact car, which was an improved offering but still did not present the same value proposition as that of the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra.

 

World steel production has increased since April 2009 due to a moderate rise in demand. But global growth could slow in 2012.

By Zacks.com Dec 1, 2011 6:08PM

Overview

The world steel industry is concentrated in structure, with a few producers accounting for the lion’s share of sales.

 

Historically, the automotive and construction markets have remained the largest consumers of steel, absorbing more than half of the total steel produced. Large automakers such as General Motors Company (GM), Ford Motor Company (F), Toyota Motor Corporation (TM) and Honda Motor Company (HMC) depend upon the steel industry.

 

The company looks like it will survive the shakeout in the solar sector, but that's not guaranteed.

By Jim J. Jubak Dec 1, 2011 5:28PM
Image: Solar energy (© Mick Roessler/Corbis)Yingli Green Energy Holding (YGE) announced ugly third quarter results on Nov. 23 -- and then topped them with even uglier forecasts for the fourth quarter. 

Shipments will be down 20% in the fourth quarter from the third quarter and average-selling prices will fall by 13% to 19%.

But investors expected that. What they want to know about Yingli Green Energy -- and about all the world's solar companies -- is if they have the cash to survive until the solar market turns and when is that turn likely.
 
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A popular analyst is eyeing an Apple HDTV next year.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Dec 1, 2011 4:20PM

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

 

By the time Apple (AAPL) rolls out its rumored flat-screen television -- whenever that may ultimately be -- we may as well call it the iMunster.

 

After all, no one has championed the cause the way that Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster has. For nearly three years Munster has hopped on his horse, shouting to anyone within hearing distance, "The Apple HDTVs are coming! The Apple HDTVs are coming!"

 

Any advantage to the aircraft maker will set it on track to reach 40% global market share by 2014.

By Trefis Dec 1, 2011 3:49PM
Image: Paper airplane made of money (© Tetra Images/Corbis)Boeing (BA) is in an advanced stage of negotiations with United Continental (UAL) over an order for up to 180 narrow-body jets, according to Reuters.

The aircraft manufacturer is competing with Airbus for the deal -- worth about $15 billion at list prices -- and analysts speculate that a split-order is the most likely outcome. If Boeing manages to secure exclusivity, however, it would be the latest in a string of high-profile coups for the manufacturer, continuing a trend which could send its global market share above 40%. 
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The company is taking another look at expansion and is signing key deals.

By Trefis Dec 1, 2011 3:40PM
Things are looking up for Alcoa (AA), and with a Trefis price estimate over 60% ahead of the current stock price of about $9, the company may be on the brink of breaking out of a slump that began six months ago.

At that time, the stock was trading above $16 a share. Of course, Alcoa wasn't alone. The industry as a whole, including Freeport McMoRan Copper (FCX) and Brazilian firm Vale (VALE), took it on the chin around that same time. 
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Despite a strong November close, these big, dividend-paying Dow stocks have plenty of leftover upside potential.

By MoneyShow.com Dec 1, 2011 3:12PM

Image: Stocks circled in newspaper (© Digital Vision/Getty Images)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


Wednesday’s record gains helped most stocks close near their highs for November, yet the month-end scan of the stocks in the Dow Industrials reveals that many are still far from overbought levels. Many of these large-cap stocks also offer attractive yields.


I use Starc band analysis to identify overbought and oversold conditions. When a market or equity is close to its upper monthly Starc band (Starc+), it is a high-risk time to buy and considered overbought. Conversely, when close to the lower monthly Starc band (Starc-), it is a low-risk time to buy and considered oversold.

 

The sector has been hit hard in the economic downturn, and stocks are now too cheap to ignore.

By Jonathan Berr Dec 1, 2011 3:05PM
Image: Cruise ship (© Keith Wood/Corbis)Earlier this year, Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) hit investors with a double whammy of disappointment, announcing an accounting error and slashing earnings guidance for the year because of higher fuel prices.  

Shares of the Miami cruise operator, not surprisingly, got crushed and are down more than 40% for the year. Things, though, are looking better for the company.

As the U.S. economy slowly recovers, people are going to feel more confident about their economic futures and will take more vacations. 
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Buyers flocked to dealerships as automakers offered end-of-year discounts and other incentives.

By Kim Peterson Dec 1, 2011 1:44PM
Image: Couple shopping for a new car © Tetra Images/Getty ImagesUpdated 4:35 p.m. ET

Buyers snapped up cars in November, making the month one of the most successful for auto sales since the Cash for Clunkers days of 2009.

Strong demand helped push the seasonally adjusted annual rate for light vehicles to 13.7 million, according to industry tracking firm Autodata. That's higher than the 13.3 million seen for October and the 12.3 million a year earlier.  
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Hewlett-Packard and Procter & Gamble are upgraded.

By MSN Money Partner Dec 1, 2011 1:17PM
Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • US Airways (LCC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
  • Procter & Gamble (PG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
  • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
  • Green Mountain (GMCR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair
  • Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
 

Accept a buyout offer when it comes. It is the only sensible move.

By InvestorPlace Dec 1, 2011 1:12PM

By Jonathan Berr


Yahoo (YHOO) should take the money and run -- fast.


According to Reuters, Blackstone Group and Bain Capital -- along with some Asian partners -- are preparing a bid of about $25 billion for all of the Internet portal. It remains unclear whether China's Alibaba, which wants to buy back Yahoo's 40% ownership stake in it, will participate in the $20-per-share bid, though it seems likely it would.

 

A string of better-than-expected quarters suggests a turnaround is developing for the retailer.

By TheStockAdvisors Dec 1, 2011 1:05PM
Image: Girls playing tennis (© Digital Vision)By Chuck Carlson, The DRIP Investor

There’s a nice turnaround story building at Foot Locker (FL), the specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,400 stores in 22 countries.

Solid operating momentum, a cash-heavy balance sheet, and an attractive yield of nearly 3% are just a few of the attractions of these shares. 
Tags: FL

Its best-selling drug ever goes off patent. What's next for the world's largest drug company?

By Melly Alazraki Dec 1, 2011 11:59AM

Don Farrall/Photodisc/Getty ImagesThe day finally came when the world's largest drug company, Pfizer (PFE), lost patent protection on the best selling drug ever, cholesterol fighter Lipitor.

Lipitor has been a major source of income for the New York-based pharmaceutical. The pill was released in 1997, and by 2006 it had reached peak sales of $12.9 billion, accounting for 27% of the company's revenue. Even after Pfizer acquired Wyeth, Lipitor still accounted for 15.8% of total revenue in 2010, with $10.8 billion in sales. Altogether, Lipitor sales surpassed $100 billion.

 
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