5 reasons the market is seeing red
5 reasons the market is seeing red

Geopolitical crises are taking a toll on stocks as we head into the seasonally weak month of August.

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Pioneer Natural Resources shifts away from natural gas as a new oil boom takes hold.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 16, 2012 3:55PM
Image: Oil derricks (© Comstock/Corbis)I added Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) to my long-term Jubak Picks 50 portfolio on Friday

To understand why I’m picking this oil and gas company from a long list of alternatives, you have to get deep inside the U.S. oil boom going on now.

That boom is a result of oil companies bringing new technologies to fields once thought to be either nearing the end of their lives or impossible to drill.
 
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The maker of USB drives and flash memory cards will derive more of its value from them in the future.

By Trefis Jan 16, 2012 3:15PM
Image: Network cable (© Epoxydude/Getty Images/Getty Images)This year could be big for SanDisk (SNDK) as technology advancements, changing dynamics in the PC industry, new enterprise server and storage architecture, and hard disk drive (HDD) shortages boost the worldwide solid-state-drive (SSD) storage market.

According to a report from the research firm IDC, solid-state-storage industry revenue reached $5 billion in 2011, a 105% increase from the $2.4 billion in 2010, and it's expected to expand further in 2012 and beyond. The report estimates worldwide SSD shipments will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 51.5% from 2010 to 2015. SanDisk competes primarily with Samsung and Toshiba in the SSD market. 
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However, changes in Chinese policy will likely increase capital expenditure and hurt the automaker's margins in the medium to long term.

By Trefis Jan 16, 2012 1:49PM
Image: China (© Brand X/SuperStock)In spite of the recent slowdown in the Chinese automotive market, General Motors (GM) managed to set a sales record in 2011 with 2.55 million vehicle sales, up 8.3% over 2010. GM's sales in China were supported by strong demand for the Buick Excelle, Chevrolet Cruze, Cadillac SRX and Wuling Sunshine minivan.

In comparison, Ford's (F) China sales totaled 519,390 units, about one-fifth of GM's total. GM's China sales also outpaced those of Honda (HMC) and Toyota (TM), as the Japanese automakers were hobbled by the March earthquake in Japan and floods in Thailand. 
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A Pennsylvania company has surpassed Boston Beer to become No. 1, though it still has only 1.2% of the US market.

By Kim Peterson Jan 16, 2012 1:06PM
Image: Beer (© Corbis)A new beer maker has surged ahead to become the largest in America -- and it probably isn't the one you think.

Anheuser-Busch, the maker of the No. 1 beer Bud Light? Nope. That's a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which is based in Belgium.

How about MillerCoors, which makes No. 2 beer Coors Light? Nope. MillerCoors is a joint venture of London's SABMiller (SBMRY) and Molson Coors (TAP), which operates out of Montreal and Denver. 
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Stable attach rates and expected growth in IT spending should favor the chip designer.

By Trefis Jan 16, 2012 12:53PM
Image: Global communication (© Maciej Frolow/Brand X/Getty Images)Nvidia's (NVDA) stock reached promising heights early in 2011 before falling to current levels later in the year. The initial excitement generated by the launch of its dual-core Tegra chips and the announcement of Project Denver died down as Tegra sales turned out lower than expected and the U.S. economic recovery came under threat from the European debt crisis.

The launch of accelerated processor units (APU) by Intel (INTC) and AMD (AMD) further weighed on Nvidia's stock as investors worried that this would affect Nvidia's business in graphics processing units (GPU). 

This high-yielding oil and gas royalty trust is still a buy after its recent run-up.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 16, 2012 11:50AM
Image: Oil Well Pumpjack © Roger Milley/Vetta/Getty ImagesThis post is one in a series in which more than 50 newsletter advisers share their Top Picks for 2012.

By Paul Tracy, Top 10 Stocks

As a royalty trust, SandRidge Mississippian Trust (SDT) owns a stake in dozens of wells run by its parent company SandRidge Energy (SD).  
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When you see all-too-rare sell calls, you'd better duck and cover.

By InvestorPlace Jan 16, 2012 10:20AM

ImageSource/PictureQuestBy Jeff Reeves


Wall Street is a rigged game. And if you're an individual investor with just a few thousand dollars at play, the quicker you learn this, the better off you'll be.


Right now, we're in the middle of earnings season, one of the biggest pieces of Wall Street theater, and lots of folks will be crowing about "beating expectations." But consider that most stocks in the S&P 500 index have beaten the Street every year since the third quarter of 1998. Particularly galling was that in Q3 of 2009, right after the market bottomed, nearly 80% of companies in the S&P topped forecasts.

 

The drugmaker is creating a buzz because of its recently approved blood cancer treatment and its potential as a buyout candidate..

By MSN Money Partner Jan 16, 2012 9:30AM

SuperStockEven as a relatively young drugmaker, Incyte (INCY) is already creating buzz because of its recently approved blood cancer treatment -- and its potential as a takeover target. The stock has been in an uptrend of late, climbing to $16.87 a share on Jan. 13, 2011, from $11.80 on Nov. 25. Some analysts see the stock driving up to as high as $25 over the next 12 months. The stock hit a 52-week high of $21 last year.  

  

Much of the stock's recent strength has been due to the Food and Drug Administration's approval on Nov. 16, 2011, of Incyte's chief product, Jakafi, a drug for the treatment of high-risk myelofibrosis, a life-threatening type of blood cancer. Incyte is partnering with Novartis (NVS) for the marketing of the drug outside the U.S. starting later this year.

 

Every high-flying market is bound to find patches of rough air, and the charts show a potential decline is in store. However, several plays should defy these trends.

By MoneyShow.com Jan 15, 2012 11:30PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


Even disappointing retail sales numbers and a pickup in unemployment claims couldn't stop the market from closing higher last Thursday.


However, market internals indicated that the market was struggling to move higher. Each day it seemed a bit weaker, until the sellers stepped in on Friday -- the potential of an S&P downgrade of France’s debt rating was the good reason to sell they were waiting for.

 

Data released Thursday may be a worrying sign for those monitoring macro trends, but it would be foolish for investors to view all retail stocks through the same prism.

By The Fiscal Times Jan 13, 2012 7:36PM
Macy'sBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

December may have been a less-than-jolly month for retail sales, but that doesn’t mean that investors should demand discount valuations from all retail stocks in the same way that they insist on bargains at the mall.

Yes, the retail sales figures released Thursday disappointed economists and investors, especially those hoping for another "pop" like the ones from September and October (up 0.7% and 0.5%, respectively.) Alas: Despite the annual holiday shopping frenzy, overall retail sales edged up a mere 0.1% over November levels (or 0.2%, leaving out sales of automobiles), the slowest rate reported since May, as economists and analysts were quick to point out. That compares to economists’ forecasts of a 0.3% advance.
 

The world's biggest payment network benefits mightily from the rise of a global cashless economy.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 13, 2012 6:32PM
Image: Creditcard Computer (© Stockbyte/SuperStock)This post is one in a series in which more than 50 newsletter advisers share their Top Picks for 2012.

By Nicholas Vardy, Alpha Investor

A business with steady and rich cash-flow that benefits from an  expanding global sector, Visa (V) is one of my favorite long-term ideas. 
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The final act of the eurozone debt crisis will force the United States down a painful path.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Jan 13, 2012 5:22PM

On Friday the 13th, the eurozone's existential nightmare plunged to new depths: Credit analysts at Standard & Poor's who cut America's AAA rating in August made good on their threats and cut France's AAA rating by one notch. They also handed two notch downgrades to Italy and Spain, according to widespread media reports.

 

This was done in response to a disappointing European Union summit back on Dec. 9 where, instead of addressing the structural issues at the heart of the crisis there -- namely, inadequate banking regulation and lack of true fiscal union -- or measures that could stem the crisis, the focus was on stricter budget discipline and austerity measures. That's the same mistake we made in 1937. And that same mistake was why the Great Depression lasted so long.

 

The team at S&P wasn't impressed and took action as Europe plunges headlong into a new recession. This, combined with the collapsing Greek bailout, has markets reeling and Wall Street analysts cutting their economic growth estimates. It couldn't come at a worse time.

 

Shares of the company have fallen amid concerns about the Chevy Volt. But those worries were overblown.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 13, 2012 4:03PM
Image: Car side mirror (© Adam Gault / Digital Vision/Getty Images)I’m adding shares of Polypore International (PPO) to my Jubak’s Picks portfolio today.

Shares of Polypore got hammered by the scare about the danger of fire in the batteries of General Motors’ (GM) Chevrolet Volt.

That’s totally understandable. Ion exchange membranes for lithium batteries used in portable electronics and electric-drive vehicles made up about 24% of the company’s sales over the last four quarters. (Separators for traditional lead batteries make up about 50% of sales.)
 
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Declines in defaults and delinquencies and the rise of mobile payments offset losses from Dodd-Frank fee caps.

By Trefis Jan 13, 2012 3:01PM
Image: Credit card (© Corbis) The past year was an eventful one for the credit card industry. The Dodd-Frank financial reforms shook the industry with a cap on debit card interchange fees, although the decline in credit card default rates and delinquencies provided some comfort. Developments in mobile payments paved the way for growth in transaction volumes. This boosted the stocks of Visa (V), MasterCard (MA), and Discover Financial (DFS), which were up 44%, 66% and 30%, respectively, for the year.

In this article we look at the top three events for the credit card industry in 2011. 
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With substantial gold and zinc resources, numerous joint ventures and future royalty streams, this stock looks like a bargain.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 13, 2012 2:42PM
Image: Gold Bars (© Stockbyte/SuperStock)This post is one in a series in which more than 50 newsletter advisers share their Top Picks for 2012.

By Adrian Day, The Global Analyst

Virginia Mines (VGMNF) is arguably one of the most undervalued companies in the gold sector, with low risk but also significant upside.   
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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market punctuated July with a broad-based retreat that sent the S&P 500 lower by 2.0% with all ten sectors ending in the red. The benchmark index posted a monthly decline of 1.5%, while the Russell 2000 (-2.3%) underperformed to end the month lower by 6.1%.

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