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The carrier capitalizes on the federally-subsidized Lifeline service to attract prepaid customers.

By Trefis Nov 15, 2011 12:09PM
Sprint (S), seeking innovative ways to boost subscriber numbers, generally adds more than half of its wireless customers at any given time through a subsidized program for low-income Americans.

The federally-subsidized Lifeline program provides millions of low-income Americans with 250 free monthly cellphone minutes, and pays carriers such as Sprint as much as $10 per month per customer to offer free or discounted wireless plans to qualifying subscribers. 
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While the PC maker has increased revenue in the past four quarters, the growth rate has consistently declined.

By Trefis Nov 15, 2011 11:55AM
Dell (DELL) is set to report third-quarter earnings Tuesday. Here, we highlight a few key trends to watch for in the upcoming release.

The world's third-largest PC vendor offers a number of products and services to consumers and businesses, and competes with Apple (AAPL), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), IBM (IBM) and others in broad information-technology sector. 

The office supply giant couldn't meet Wall Street expectations on revenue in its third quarter.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 15, 2011 11:13AM
Staples (SPLS) shares were getting hammered after the office supply giant's results failed to wow Wall Street yet again. The company increased a planned stock buyback, but that isn't fooling anyone.

The Framingham, Mass. company said net income for the third quarter increased 13% to $326 million, or 47 cents a share, up from $288.7 million, or 40 cents. Revenue rose to $6.57 billion, below the $6.71 billion Wall Street expected amid weakness in its international business. 
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This year's Turkey Day meal will cost you almost $6 more

By InvestorPlace Nov 15, 2011 9:37AM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


In a little more than a week, American families will gather around the table for traditional Thanksgiving meals. Classic dishes like turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie will be on millions of home menus nationwide.


Unfortunately, thanks to rapidly inflating food prices, there will either be a whole lot less food on the table or a much bigger price tag on the Turkey Day feast.

 

It's about time that sophisticated investors like Warren Buffett and Mark Cuban spoke up about dangerous financial instruments.

By Jim Cramer Nov 15, 2011 9:02AM

the streetWhenever you criticize arcane instruments like credit default swaps, with which you bet against countries and companies, or high-frequency trading and double- and triple-leveraged ETFs, you immediately hear from their creators that you don't know what you are talking about.

 

That's how they argue. They basically say: "You are stupid, we are not. We know more than you."

 

That's why I felt Monday's interviews with Warren Buffet and Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks who has made a fortune in stocks, two of the smartest billionaires in this country, were so eye-opening.

 

The retailer finally stops a slide in US revenue and is positioning itself for a strong holiday.

By Kim Peterson Nov 15, 2011 9:01AM
Wal-Mart (WMT) can breathe a sigh of relief.

The retailing giant has finally ended nine straight quarters of falling U.S. sales. For the third quarter, same-store sales rose 1.3% -- more than analysts expected.

Even during the quarter, it was unclear whether Wal-Mart would be able to stop that slide. 
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The discount chain's quarterly results fall short of expectations, while the home improvement retailer beats estimates.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 15, 2011 8:48AM

the streetBy Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet

 

Updated at 9:38 a.m. ET

 

Wal-Mart (WMT), the world's biggest retailer, posted a profit of $3.34 billion, or 97 cents a share, excluding certain items, for the quarter that ended in October. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected the company to earn 98 cents.

 

Home Depot (HD) said its third-quarter net income rose 12% to $934 million, or 60 cents a share, compared with $834 million, or 51 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Sales climbed 4.4 percent to $17.3 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected earnings of 59 cents a share on revenue of $17.1 billion. The company also raised its dividend by 16 cents to 29 cents a share.

 

The home improvement chain also raises its full-year outlook for the third time in 6 months and increases its dividend.

By Kim Peterson Nov 15, 2011 8:14AM
Home Depot (HD) zoomed past analyst expectations on profit and revenue in its third quarter, continuing to outperform even in a painfully slow economic recovery.

The home improvement retailer benefited in the quarter as residents along the East Coast bought generators and other supplies for ahead of Hurricane Irene in late August. 
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The Federal Reserve says America’s largest financial institutions will have to endure another round of testing in upcoming weeks to prove their financial strength to confront another recession.

By Zacks.com Nov 14, 2011 7:03PM

By: Kalyan Nandy - Zacks Equity Research

 

America’s largest banks will have to endure another round of stress tests in upcoming weeks to prove their financial strength to confront another recession, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen said Friday at a banking conference.


This will mark the fourth round of bank stress tests since 2009. The tests monitor the 19 banks regulated by the Federal Reserve.

 

The aluminum-products manufacturer has made a lighter electric bus that one automaker plans to mass produce.

By Zacks.com Nov 14, 2011 6:55PM

By: Zacks Equity Research

 

Alcoa (AA) has created a new all-aluminum bus design and space frame for Chinese automaker BYD, reducing the body weight of BYD's new electric bus by around 1 ton, or 40%, compared to steel components.


The aluminum-products manufacturer also cut the overall weight of the bus by 1.2 tons with its "Huck-Spin" fasteners and forged wheels. The reduction in overall weight will increase the electric bus’ overall range by at least 10% to roughly 300 kilometers on a full charge.

 
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It's no iPad, say those who have used the device. But even with its limited functions, the Kindle's price is the star feature.

By Kim Peterson Nov 14, 2011 5:06PM
Amazon (AMZN) is finally giving some reviewers a look at its highly-anticipated Kindle Fire, the low-priced tablet all but guaranteed to be a hot holiday seller.

The reviews are perhaps not as glowing as Amazon would like. Critics hit hard on some hardware choices, like no button for controlling volume, but praised the Fire's display and navigation. The device goes on sale this week for $199. 
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A timely juice bar acquisition is worse -- and better -- than you probably think.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 14, 2011 4:01PM

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

 

Starbucks (SBUX) turned heads with last week's deal for Evolution Fresh.

 

Paying $30 million for a natural juice company may not seem to move the needle at a company with a market cap more than 100 times greater, but it is worth exploring if Starbucks lives up to its plans to introduce Evolution into its java havens, expand retail distribution, and eventually roll out juice bars.

 

Investing in bonds of individual countries requires careful observations of each nation's strengths and weaknesses, but can prove rewarding.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 14, 2011 3:39PM

By Roger Nusbaum, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Many years ago I made the obvious observation on my blog that investors needed access to foreign bonds through ETFs and that at some point these types of funds would start to be offered. Shortly thereafter came another obvious observation that the first broad-based funds would be insufficient due to huge weightings in Japan and its low yields, and I indicated that what were really needed were individual country bond funds.

 

Pimco has seemingly embraced the idea wholeheartedly by recently launching the Pimco Australia Bond Index Fund (AUD), the Pimco Canada Bond Index Fund (CAD) and the Pimco Germany Bond Index Fund (BUND). All three funds will have an expense ratio of 0.45% but it is too early for any reliable yield information other than the funds intend to pay a monthly dividend. The funds will own a mix of corporate, sovereign and quasi-sovereign -- similar to U.S. municipal bonds -- debt.

 

The Oracle of Omaha explains how he decided to buy IBM and gives his opinion on the US deficit and the Republican presidential race.

By Kim Peterson Nov 14, 2011 3:12PM
How did Warren Buffett decide to buy 64 million shares of IBM (IBM)?

It all started with IBM's annual report, which Buffett read in March. Buffett has read the technology company's annual report every year for 50 years, he tells CNBC in the video below. But this year he got a different perspective when IBM laid out its road map for 2015.

After perusing the report, Buffett read "Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?"by former IBM chief executive Lou Gerstner, Jr. Then he chatted up all the information-technology departments operating under Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) to figure out their relationships with IBM. 

The retail giant's technology push won't show up in Tuesday's third-quarter results, but could be a catalyst for the stock.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 14, 2011 3:10PM

the streetBy Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet

 

Wal-Mart's (WMT) U.S. same-store sales will once again be front and center when the discount giant reports third-quarter results on Tuesday. But there's another key element that will be mostly invisible, at least for now, in the results: its investment in technology.

 

Currently, Wal-Mart's e-commerce is severely lacking, representing less than 1% of total sales, according to Citi analyst Deborah Weinswig. But the No. 1 retailer has been pouring money into its new @WalmartLabs division, which has assumed responsibility for the company's growth in e-commerce, mobile shopping and social media.

 

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