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Stores that opened on Thanksgiving night and midnight on Black Friday saw success.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 28, 2011 12:14PM

Image: Santa Claus (© Corbis)By Jeanine PoggiTheStreet


Black Friday midnight openings generated a retail frenzy, setting a precedent and already setting the tone for the holiday winners.

 

Retailers that opened at midnight or earlier after Thanksgiving -- like Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Best Buy (BBY) -- saw on average a 24% boost in their conversion (the number of shoppers who actually made a purchase), according to the NPD Group, a consumer research firm.

 

The beverage brand's parent looks to dominate the $20 billion fitness nutrition market with a new line.

By InvestorPlace Nov 28, 2011 12:12PM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com

Gatorade is one of the most iconic drinks in America, appearing in traditional coach-drenchings and ubiquitous plastic bottles at Little League games and fitness centers.

But after embarking on a rebranding campaign in 2009 -- starting with a relaunch as "G" ultimately resulting in a reformulating of the beverage into a three-tiered line of drinks -- parent company PepsiCo (PEP) seems to be messing with a good thing.

 

Dividend investors might want to buy in now -- and consumers shouldn't count the deal as dead.

By InvestorPlace Nov 28, 2011 11:48AM

By Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com


Dividend stock investors have been fond of telecom stocks in 2011, including Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). The two biggest players in the U.S. wireless market offer dividends that have been hovering around a 6% dividend yield for many months.


Unfortunately for AT&T stock investors, a planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA -- a subsidiary of Germany telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) -- looks increasingly doubtful.

 

Funds tracking the German economy and consumer staples are among those in the spotlight as the eurozone debt crisis continues and the holiday shopping season hits high gear.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 28, 2011 10:36AM

Image: Canada (© Royalty-Free/Corbis)By Don DionTheStreet


Here are five exchange-traded funds to watch this week.

 

1. iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund (EWC). Sprinkled across the latter half of this week's earnings calendar are a handful of top Canadian banks. EWC, which sets aside nearly one-third of its index to the financial sector, will be heavily influenced by the performances and outlooks from institutions including the Royal Bank of Canada (RY), Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM).

 

Stocks are oversold enough that upbeat retail numbers will let us rally for a day or two. But Europe will soon call the shots again.

By Jim Cramer Nov 28, 2011 10:16AM

the street logoImage: woman swiping a credit card © Rubberball/Mike Kemp/Rubberball/Getty ImagesMonday, for once, Macy's (M) trumped Italy. Target (TGT) beat Belgium. Nordstrom (JWN) took on Spain and won. We got whiffs of something good in Europe, avoiding what looked like DEFCON 2 on the way to DEFCON 1, which is how we left Friday's tape.

 

And you can bet that very few people saw this one coming. First, the relentless downbeat analysts certainly pegged the Grinch to triumph over the weekend. How could he not? Job growth? Nil. Leadership? Shaky. Morale? Horrible.

 

Using a covered call strategy, this resource-focused fund generates a double-digit yield.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 28, 2011 10:00AM
Image: Golden Nest Egg (© Chris Collins/Photographer)By Mark Skousen, Forecasts & Strategies

I am recommending a new high-income fund for our model portfolio Gabelli Global Gold and Natural Resource Income Fund (GGN).

This is a closed-end fund that offers an 11% dividend yield. The fund generates monthly income and pays 14 cents a month in dividends by trading covered calls. 
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Tiffany and Neiman Marcus have seen robust sales, but Blue Nile struggles with unique problems.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 25, 2011 2:30PM
Image: Wedding ring (© Jamie Grill/Photolibrary/Photolibrary)In these tough economic times, high-end retailers have counted on jewelry sales to bolster their bottom lines. That trend shows little sign of slowing.

Neiman Marcus and Tiffany (TIF), names synonymous with luxury, have benefited from robust jewelry sales. Earlier this month, Neiman noted that fiscal first quarter sales gained 8.2% (8% on a comparable basis) thanks in part to sales of jewelry.  

The government agrees to allow foreign companies to own up to 51% of supermarkets, saying the move will create jobs and spur investment.

By Kim Peterson Nov 25, 2011 12:53PM
Image: India (© Donald Edwards/age fotostock)Wal-Mart (WMT) and other global retailers have long wanted a shot at India and its $500 billion retail market. Now, they may get their chance.

The Indian government this week voted to allow foreign companies to own up to a 51% stake in supermarkets. Experts said this could open the way for Wal-Mart, Britain's Tesco (TESO) and France's Carrefour (CRRFY) to begin expanding throughout the populous continent. 
Tags: WMT

Most Asian carriers still don't carry the iPhone.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 25, 2011 12:21PM

Image: Businessman in China (© Brooklyn Production/Corbis)By Evan Niu (TMFNewCow)

 

With as much growth and popularity that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone has seen, would you believe that there's still incredible room for even more upside in the years to come?

 

As Apple's most important business segment and biggest cash cow -- 43.4% of revenue last year -- all eyes are on where iPhone fever will spread next. Recent analysis from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty shows there's still plenty of money on the table.

 
Tags: AAPLT

Partisanship aside, here's a historical look at market returns under Democratic and Republican administrations. The data might surprise you.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 25, 2011 11:35AM
Image: Politics (© Jim Zook/Images.com/Corbis)By Sy Harding, Street Smart Report

The lead-up to next year's election will bring a lot of claims from both parties, so here's a look at the record over 50 and 100 years to see which party in the White House is historically better for stocks.

It's common knowledge that the Republican Party is better for business, corporate profits and the stock market, isn't it? Democrats are more interested in pushing social programs at the expense of business, right? 

The legendary investor recently visited Japan, sparking rumors that he might see buying opportunities there.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 25, 2011 11:34AM

Image: Japan (© Stockbyte/SuperStock)By Don DionTheStreet


"Our elephant gun has been reloaded, and my trigger finger is itchy."
-- Warren Buffett, 2011 Berkshire Hathaway letter to shareholders

 

With names like Lubrizol and Wesco Financial now decorating the Berkshire Hathaway trophy room, it has clearly been an active year for Warren Buffett in terms of acquisitions. The billionaire has indicated, however, that it is not quite time to hang up the elephant gun.

 

This offshore driller has an aggressive global growth strategy and offers an 8.7% yield.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 25, 2011 11:23AM
Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)By Amy Calistri, The Daily Paycheck

SeaDrill (SDRL) is the second-largest offshore driller, with the second-largest ultra-deepwater fleet.

It operates the world over with 46 rigs, and it's clients include most of the oil and gas exploration heavyweights like Exxon Mobil (XOM), ConocoPhillips (COP), the Norwegian company Statoil (STO) and Argentina's Petrobras (PZE). 
Tags: oilSDRL

The growth outlook unravels as the world's largest economies stumble. And that could be pulling stocks down at a time when investors are hoping for a Santa Claus rally.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 23, 2011 4:10PM

There's so much bad news going around, it's hard to know where to start.

 

Here at home, the deficit-cutting supercommittee failed to deliver, raising the specter of another credit rating downgrade and the expiration of popular short-term stimulus items like payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits.


The failure also illustrated the fact that the country is increasingly ungovernable at a time when we need swift, thoughtful policy actions.

 

The food company concentrates its business in developed markets that haven't seen a strong recovery.

By Trefis Nov 23, 2011 4:01PM
Image: Groceries (© Tetra Images/Corbis)H.J. Heinz (HNZ) had a challenging second quarter, facing pressure on both top and bottom lines.

Revenue increased just 1% in the quarter, with 80% coming from developed markets that have seen a weak recovery. Sales volume saw a 3% decline, with particularly dismal results from Australia and ongoing weak traffic trends in the U.S.

Compounding the headwinds, gross margin for the quarter worsened by 180 basis points, weighed down by commodity inflation, which outpaced pricing and productivity gains. 

The country is projected to see increasing birth rates through 2016 -- and Mead Johnson Nutrition stands to gain from that rise.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 23, 2011 3:45PM
Image: China (© Brand X/SuperStock)Next year is the year of the dragon -- the icon of China’s emperors, symbolizing power and wealth.

Families in China see children born in a dragon year as especially fortunate, and these years historically produce a mini baby boom with about 5% more births. Add that to the echo from China’s own baby boom and the loosening of government restrictions on family size, and China is projected to see increasing birth rates that peak around 2016.

That’s led to a stock market boost in shares of companies likely to tap into the baby bump.
 
Tags: MJN

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