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The ketchup king will be able to compete better with private-label brands.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 18, 2011 11:49AM

In an effort to cement its position on the grocery lists of cash-strapped consumers, H.J. Heinz Co. (HNZ) will introduce a lineup of products priced between 99 cents and $1.99 in the current quarter.

According to a press release from the Pittsburgh company, the line includes a 10-ounce variety of Heinz ketchup in "innovative stand-up pouch packaging with a spout" (suggested retail price of 99 cents); a 9-ounce version of the Heinz Yellow Mustard found in restaurants (99 cents); new sizes of Heinz Worcestershire sauce and Heinz 57 sauce (around $1); Heinz Home Style Beans in varieties (priced above $1) and a 1-pound version of Ore-Idea French fries ($1.99).

 
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With a steady climb in dividends, sales and earnings, these picks should do well in good times or bad.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 18, 2011 11:16AM
Image: Woman reading newspaper in livingroom © Tetra images/Getty ImagesBy Richard Moroney, Dow Theory Forecasts

In good times or bad, dividend increases make a difference. A history of dividend increases suggests a company possesses financial fortitude and a commitment to sharing the wealth with stockholders.

We've found four standouts that have shown steady dividend increases, with three-year annualized growth rates of at least 9%: Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Dover (DOV), IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT). 

The Germans appear resigned to an eurozone collapse, and they'd rather let the market dictate the destruction than risk hyperinflation.

By Jim Cramer Nov 18, 2011 10:54AM

the streetThere was always an assumption that the Europeans would do what is necessary to preserve the banks, the union and the countries that are a part of it.

 

The assumption seems to be unraveling before our eyes.

 

Citigroup analysts believe the retailer is developing a smartphone.

By InvestorPlace Nov 18, 2011 10:27AM

By Anthony John Agnello


Amazon (AMZN) is gearing up for an absolutely Goliath holiday season. The National Retail Federation predicts online retail sales this holiday will grow 15% over the same period in 2010, when online holiday sales came to a whopping $36.4 billion. Considering that Amazon accounts for 20% of all online retail visits, the company should have a very green Christmas indeed.


Leading the charge this year is Amazon's new $200 tablet, the Kindle Fire. Amazon is expected to sell 5 million Fires before the year is out, cutting into Apple's (AAPL) lucrative iPad market.

 

The mobile chipset maker has an encouraging growth outlook, buoyed by unprecedented growth of 3G wireless networks, among other reasons.

By Zacks.com Nov 18, 2011 1:57AM

By: Zacks Equity Research

 

Qualcomm (QCOM), the largest chipset manufacturer for mobile handsets, reaffirmed its long-term financial target of achieving 10% annual growth for its top line and bottom line until 2015.

 

Management cited several reasons for this encouraging outlook, including:

 
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Europe's patience with Germany is wearing thin. How will this drama play out in the stock market?

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 18, 2011 1:49AM
Image: Europe (© Corbis)How long can German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand alone against the other 16 eurozone countries, the wider European Union, global stock markets and global bond markets?

Yields on 10-year Italian bonds above 7% -- a level that everyone calls unsustainable. Yields on 10-year Spanish bonds approaching 7%. Yield spreads between French and German 10-year bonds rising to 2 percentage points, a level not seen since the introduction of the euro. Yields on Austrian and Dutch bonds rising as that debt also comes under pressure.
 

The stock is still recovering from its first earnings miss in years. Apple needs to prove it can perform without Steve Jobs.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 17, 2011 6:13PM
Up days have been unusual for Apple (AAPL) ever since it fell short of analyst expectations Oct. 18 when it announced earnings for the quarter ended Sept. 24. Apple shares lost nearly 2% Thursday to close at $377.41.

Shares did advance earlier this week on reports of October retail sales that showed solid growth in sales of consumer electronics. And that has raised hopes for holiday sales of electronics -- including the iPhone and the iPad.
 
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Lawmakers have millions of dollars invested in these big names.

By Kim Peterson Nov 17, 2011 5:43PM
Image: US Capitol (© Donovan Reese/Getty Images)Remember all the outrage about whether General Electric (GE) paid federal taxes last year? There weren't too many complaints from Congress about that, even though the country probably could have used that money.

Maybe this explains the silence: GE is the No. 1 stock investment for members of Congress, with 75 of them holding shares, according to CNBC.

The top GE investors were Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who was in for at least $1 million, and Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who was holding anywhere from $600,000 to $1.3 million in stock. 

The stock is taking a beating on word that contract talks with a key pilots union have stalled.

By Kim Peterson Nov 17, 2011 4:53PM
It's tough to be an AMR (AMR) shareholder these days.

The company's stock has fallen nearly 80% this year, mostly on concerns that labor costs and other contracts are becoming unmanageable. Shares were down some 6% Thursday on news that bankruptcy could become a very real possibility. 
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The sandwich chain is expanding with concept cafes that offer espresso drinks, Wi-Fi and television.

By Kim Peterson Nov 17, 2011 4:23PM
Credit: (© Business Wire)
Caption: Subway Cafe in CaliforniaMove over, Starbucks (SBUX). Subway is joining the coffeehouse crowd.

The sandwich chain is testing a new restaurant, called Subway Café, that serves lattes and other espresso drinks as well as frozen blended beverages. The restaurant wants people to make themselves at home, offering Wi-Fi and satellite television service from DirecTV.

It's a far cry from the typical bare-bones Subway restaurant. 

U.S. sales improved, but deep discounts deteriorated profit.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 17, 2011 3:48PM

By Alyce Lomax

 

Wal-Mart's (WMT) third-quarter results summed up a retailer that's stuck between a rock and a hard place. The discount giant has finally reversed the course of its long-declining U.S. sales. However, it has sacrificed some profitability in its drive to lower prices to increase sales.

 

Third-quarter net income from continuing operations dipped 2.9% to $3.34 billion, or $0.97 per share. On the other hand, net sales increased by 8.1% to $110.23 billion.

 

These stocks were debut darlings of 2010, rising sharply in their first year of trading. Now, after suffering some growing pains, they can be bought at a much better price.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 17, 2011 3:10PM

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When it comes to investable ideas, you don't need to always search for new ideas that may or may not appreciate in value. Instead, you can focus on stocks that have already proven themselves to hold appeal in the past. Often, these same stocks can fall in value as the market hits a speed bump. With that in mind, we're re-visiting these strong IPO plays of a year ago, focusing on those names that delivered solid gain in their first year of trading, followed by profit-taking in their sophomore year.

 

For those that missed these highflyers the first time around, the current sell-off may represent a buying opportunity. Here are three IPO stocks that could rebound in 2012.

 

New-home construction is still extremely weak, and is the main reason this recovery feels so anemic.

By Zacks.com Nov 17, 2011 1:58PM

Image: Home under construction (© Corbis)By: Dirk Van Dijk

 

We got some fairly good news on the housing front Thursday morning. Housing starts fell in September to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 628,000 from 630,000 in August, a drop of 0.3%.


The number was better than the expected level of 603,000.


However, the September numbers were revised sharply lower from 658,000, and it looked like a lot of the starts got pushed into October. So call the beat of expectations and the downward revisions a wash.

 

The IPOs are coming in at a fast and furious pace after a prolonged freeze.

By Kim Peterson Nov 17, 2011 1:38PM
Updated 3:30 p.m. ET

Angie's List
(ANGI) saw a quick 40% pop on its first day of trading, rising as high as $18.75 before settling back to $16.50 in the afternoon.

The consumer-reviews site didn't have the first-day buzz of many of its Internet peers, but its gains showed that the IPO environment for even smaller companies is becoming more friendly. 

From autos to cloud computing, this company helps manufacturers produce more efficient devices.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 17, 2011 12:56PM
Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)By Brendan Coffey, Cabot Global Energy Investor

Ansys (ANSS) is a company right in the middle of figuring out where power comes from, where it goes and how best to use it.

The company designs and runs complex and critical simulations for manufacturers of every stripe. Its customer base exceeds 40,000 and includes 96 of the top 100 industrial companies in the U.S. 
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