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Disney stock pops on quarterly earnings report.

By InvestorPlace Nov 11, 2011 11:34AM

By Peter Cohan, InvestorPlace


In an economy that's hardly booming, people quickly defer to TV as a cheap entertainment option. But with a glut of options, any entertainment company worth its airwaves has to produce compelling content to snag a big share of those viewers.


Disney Co. (DIS) is one entertainment company that must be hitting that mark, given its blowout earnings report Thursday.

 

Famed contrarian David Dreman holds 1.4 million shares of this high-yielding healthcare REIT.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 11, 2011 11:18AM
By Marc Lichtenfeld, The Oxford Club Ultimate Income Letter

I’ve wanted to add a real estate investment trust to our Perpetual Income Portfolio for a while now. Boy, am I glad I waited.

After a recent pounding, many REITs now have very attractive yields. Perhaps none more so than Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI), which leases facilities to nursing home operators. The REIT now yields a mouthwatering 9%. 
Tags: OHI

BUD, TAP on the losing end of volume sales

By InvestorPlace Nov 11, 2011 10:39AM

By Peter Cohan, InvestorPlace Writer


Do people drink less beer during periods of slow economic growth so they can save money, or do they drink more to drown their sorrows? The great thing about this question is that there are two publicly traded companies -- Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and Molson Coors Brewing Company (TAP) -- whose earnings we can analyze to gain insight into this question.


And here's another: Should you invest in either company?

 

Not long ago, there was one stock you could buy into every dip without fear. Not anymore.

By Jim Cramer Nov 11, 2011 9:50AM

the streetSometimes you don't get to write everything or say everything you want on TV, but I wanted to give you my entire piece on Apple (AAPL) that some people said was at the heart of the decline Thursday.

 

I had to do a truncated No Huddle version because of the exigencies of the moment. I also want to point out that an outfit called Cleveland Research is cutting Apple numbers for precisely what one of the worry points is: the surfeit of tablets. It's a worrisome development, given how the iPad has trounced all other comers.

 

The online broker decides not to sell itself. The media giant reports better-than-expected earnings.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 11, 2011 9:21AM

TheStreetBy Andrea Tse, TheStreet

 

Updated at 9:15 a.m. ET

 

E-Trade Financial (ETFC) has decided not to sell itself after a three-month strategic review. Rejecting pressure from shareholder Citadel to sell to another online broker such as TD Ameritrade (AMTD) or Charles Schwab (SCHW), E-Trade CEO Steven Freiberg said, "The management team will continue to execute on our strategy designed to create value for both our stockholders and our customers."

 

Walt Disney (DIS) reported fiscal-fourth-quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' estimates, thanks to strong sales at its media networks and resorts. Excluding charges related to restructuring and impairment, Disney earned 59 cents, beating the 54-cent forecast of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Revenue rose 7% to $10.43 billion, topping expectations for $10.36 billion.

 

Yields on French government bonds aren't close to those of Italy, but they are moving in the wrong direction.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 10, 2011 8:44PM
I wouldn't say that France has caught a full-fledged cold yet from neighboring Italy. But it is developing sniffles.

The problem is one that we should be familiar with from Greece and Italy. No sooner does a government -- in this case that of President Nicolas Sarkozy -- put an austerity package in place in order to reduce the budget deficit than falling economic growth blows a hole in that budget and creates the need for another austerity package.
 

As it heads to a potentially blockbuster IPO, the online gaming company is reportedly asking some employees to surrender some shares.

By Kim Peterson Nov 10, 2011 5:25PM
Zynga, the online gaming company preparing for an initial public offering, thinks it may have been too generous with its stock.

The company regrets giving employees so many stock grants in its early days, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. So it's telling some workers to give back some shares -- or get fired. 
Tags: IPO

The national homebuilder, struggling amid depressed home sales, is trying to align supply with demand through attractive incentive schemes.

By Zacks.com Nov 10, 2011 3:18PM

By: Zacks Equity Research

 

DR Horton (DHI) will release results Friday for its fourth quarter and full year ended Sept. 30. The Texas homebuilder reported a third-quarter profit of 14 cents a share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 6 cents.

 
Tags: DHI

The company finalized the deal in anticipation of heavy competition in the world's fastest-growing beverage market.

By Trefis Nov 10, 2011 2:56PM
Image: China (© Lawrence Manning/Corbis)PepsiCo (PEP) finalized a deal last week to swap its 24 bottling operations in China for a 5% stake in Tingyi-Asahi, with options for up to 20%.

Under the agreement, Tingyi-Asahi will become PepsiCo's franchise bottler in China for carbonated soft drinks and Gatorade. The two may also co-brand some products under the Tropicana label. This will help give Pepsi an edge over rival Coca-Cola (KO) in the Chinese market. 
Tags: KOPEP

Regulators want to ensure that bigger banks are better protected from failing. But there are concerns that banks may be hiding actual risk levels.

By Trefis Nov 10, 2011 2:47PM
A provisional list by global regulators mentions that Citigroup (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) are likely to face the highest capital surcharge of 2.5% under recently-approved plans.

The list, which classifies 29 global banks on the basis of their asset size at the end of 2009, suggests that these banks' reserves will need to be maintained at 1 to 2.5 percentage points above the agreed-upon minimum capital levels. 

The company will own a full range of cloud-based products with its acquisition of RightNow Technologies.

By Trefis Nov 10, 2011 2:35PM
Oracle (ORCL) announced its purchase of RightNow Technologies (RNOW) for $43 a share, or $1.5 billion net of cash and debt, late last month. The purchase price reflects a 20% premium over RNOW's stock price at the close of market on Oct. 21.

Oracle purchased the company to get a better footing in the cloud-based information-technology marketplace, where it competes with Salesforce.com (CRM) and other firms. 

For years, it looked like the networking giant was a stodgy old technology name that time had passed by.

By Benzinga Nov 10, 2011 2:21PM
By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer

Cisco Systems (CSCO) shares jumped 7% in midday trading Thursday after the company reported better-than-expected earnings and guided second-quarter earnings higher. The company appears to be turning the ship.

 

Certain lower-priced sectors carry higher risk right now. Count on relative-performance analysis to stay in the strongest areas of the market.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 10, 2011 2:07PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


Early selling in Europe set the tone for what was a very ugly day in the U.S. markets on Wednesday. The small- and mid-cap stocks were hit the hardest, with the mid-cap S&P 400 ($I_SP400) down 4.3% and the small-cap Russell 2000 ($RUT) down 4.8%.


Though all 30 stocks in the Dow Industrials were down 1% or more, there were some bright spots.

 

Altisource and Ocwen are actually profiting from the dire state of the US housing market.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 10, 2011 1:59PM

By Phillip Van Doorn, TheStreetTheStreet

 

There's a growth industry for every economy, and investors should check out two linked companies riding the wave of mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures.

 

Disappointing earnings triggered the coffee company's free fall Thursday, adding to investor concerns about spending and inventory.

By Kim Peterson Nov 10, 2011 1:38PM
Updated 4:25 p.m. ET

Thursday marked a stunning fall for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), a one-time stock market hotshot brought low by disappointing earnings.

Shares of the company, which makes Keurig single-cup brewing machines, plunged 39% to close at $40.89 after an earnings report Wednesday that, well, really wasn't all that bad. Analysts rushed to defend the stock, with one calling the investor response a "ridiculous market reaction." 
Tags: GMCRSBUX

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