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Rendering company's stock is a lot more appetizing than its business.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 5, 2012 1:17PM
Image: Sheep (© Fancy/Veer/Corbis)This post is one in a series in which over 50 newsletter advisors share their Top Picks for 2012

By John Reese, Validea

Darling International (DAR) is a 130-year-old company in the business of rendering -- that is, turning animal by-products into oils and proteins used by agricultural, leather, and oleo-chemical firms.  
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Apple was initiated with a 'buy,' while Nokia was upgraded to 'outperform.'

By MSN Money Partner Jan 5, 2012 1:13PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Barclays (BCS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
  • Pacific Sunwear (PSUN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
  • Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Credit Suisse
  • Take-Two (TTWO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners
  • Anadarko (APC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James
 

Low multiples and strong growth forecasts should lure buyers, but Amazon looks expensive.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 5, 2012 12:57PM
Image: Dollar sign on keyboard (© Corbis)Google (GOOG), whose name has become synonymous with online searching, and Apple (AAPL), which has revolutionized the music and publishing businesses, are trading at historically low multiples. Shares of Amazon.com (AMZN), the largest e-commerce company, meanwhile, appear to be expensive.

Shares of Google are valued at a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.78, close to their lows for the past five years. The stock, which is up 11% over the past 52 weeks, has a slightly higher multiple than the S&P 500, which Reuters estimates at 19.31. Investors have got mixed signals lately about the stock. 

But is the purveyor of in-home carbonated drinks going to keep growing -- or suffer the fate of fad stocks like Crocs?

By InvestorPlace Jan 5, 2012 11:56AM

By Jeff Reeves


After the Great Recession, consumers started focusing on brewing premium beverages at home to save a few bucks. One popular gadget aimed at that market is produced by SodaStream International (SODA), which provides in-home carbonation for fizzy treats and fancy alcoholic drinks.


SodaStream has been seeing big sales growth since it went public in 2010. Sales are set to jump 22% in fiscal 2011, and the company has blown away profit forecasts in each of the past four quarters.

 

A solid pipeline and possible buyout interest should buoy stock.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 5, 2012 11:04AM
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By Nate Pile, Nate's Notes

We have been recommending this stock since 1999, but this will be the first time that we have made Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) a "top pick" for the coming year. 
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Pepsi and Boeing announce big cuts and take the air out of positive payroll news.

By InvestorPlace Jan 5, 2012 10:27AM
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investorplaceWall Street received news Thursday of positive jobs numbers in a private-sector payroll report from ADP. Specifically, jobs increased 325,000 in December, led by the service sector and small businesses. Additionally, November's employment numbers were revised slightly higher.


But lest you think everything is coming up roses, keep in mind that many big corporations are still reluctant to hire. In fact, they continue to cut back based on some of the recent headlines.

 

The company's growth strategy involves driving Keurig single-cup brewer adoption in North America.

By Trefis Jan 5, 2012 10:19AM
Purestock/SuperStockGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) manufactures and sells the Keurig single-cup brewing system for use with K-Cup portion packs.

Under the Keurig brand name, it offers a variety of commercial and home-use brewers for the Away From Home (AFH) channel and for the At Home (AH) channel. It sells more than 200 varieties of K-Cup portion packs, including brands of coffee, tea, hot apple cider, iced teas, hot cocoa and other dairy beverages.  

With new sanctions the West is imposing, here's how to stay ahead of the possible turmoil in the oil market.

By InvestorPlace Jan 5, 2012 10:15AM

Seth Joel/PhotographerBy Aaron Levitt

 

The latest bellicose rhetoric coming out of Iran has the world's energy markets in a tizzy. Tensions between the West and Tehran about its nuclear program could be coming to a head with Iran's repeated threats to close the Persian Gulf's vital Strait of Hormuz. A series of economic sanctions have finally begun taking a toll on the OPEC member, and Iran has just completed several days of naval military drills in the Persian Gulf.


For energy investors, the potential for military conflict is increasing every day and could have far-reaching implications for your  portfolio.

 
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Network software provider benefits from the explosion of IP-enabled devices.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 4, 2012 6:32PM
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By David Covas, The Oberweis Report

BroadSoft (BSFT) makes software that enables telecommunications companies to deliver voice and multimedia services over internet-protocol (IP) networks.   
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The iconic American company -- once an industrial powerhouse -- just doesn't have the cash to continue operating.

By Kim Peterson Jan 4, 2012 5:38PM
Image: Woman with camera (© Corbis)Sad news out Wednesday that Eastman Kodak (EK) may file for bankruptcy. The company has been trying desperately to sell its huge collection of digital-imaging patents, but that may not happen.

If the sale falls through, bankruptcy is all but assured. Kodak already said it will run out of cash if it can't sell the patents or get enough loans.

The stock has plummeted 28% Wednesday to 47 cents. Kodak shares went from $20 in the late 1970s to a peak of around $90 in the mid-1990s. 
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The company's Enfamil formula has been cleared by regulators. What happens to the stock now?

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 4, 2012 3:40PM
The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration have concluded that there is no evidence of cronobacter contamination during the manufacture or shipping of Mead Johnson Nutrition’s (MJN) Enfamil baby formula. 

Shortly before Christmas, a baby in Missouri that had consumed the formula had died from the bacteria. The two agencies also concluded that the formula involved in the illness of another baby in Illinois was from a different batch than in Missouri.
 

Goldman Sachs thinks the fitness-wear company's revenue has room to grow.

By Kim Peterson Jan 4, 2012 3:26PM
Image: Yoga (© DEX IMAGE/Getty Images/Getty Images)The gyms are packed and new year's resolutions are being attacked with enthusiasm. Goldman Sachs (GS) is getting into the mood as well, adding fitness-wear retailer Lululemon Athletica (LULU) to its list of top stocks.

Lululemon jumped more than 8% in afternoon trading Wednesday to top $51.

Goldman named the retailer to its Americas Conviction List, and analyst Michelle Tan placed a six-month price target of $64 on the stock.  
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Medical records company has strong vital signs.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 4, 2012 3:17PM
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By Andy Obermueller, Game-Changing Stocks

The courts will decide the fate of ObamaCare, but the real winners in the health-care sector are actually the result of the stimulus bill, which provided funding for digital medical records. 
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International growth and recession-resistance make this stock look like a bargain after recent fall.

By Trefis Jan 4, 2012 3:14PM
Image: Baker (© Blend Images/SuperStock)Dunkin' Brands Group (DNKN) stock has fallen by nearly 10% in the last three months, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen by 10%, marking a 20 percentage point outperformance for the benchmark index. DNKN is close to its 52-week low of $23.24, which it set in early November after reported income fell 60% amid efforts to pay back debts to private equity firms.


These one-time expenses mask strong revenue growth and a lack of bad news, suggesting that investors are exiting more because of broader market concerns than any fundamental failing in Dunkin' Donuts itself.

 
Tags: DNKNSBUX

Tech's master of mystique will reportedly make a media-related announcement later this month. What might Big Fruit reveal?

By MSN Money Partner Jan 4, 2012 3:13PM

By  The Week

 

According to multiple (vague) reports, Apple (AAPL) will hold a "mystery" event in New York later this month to discuss something related to media. What might Apple announce? Here, five theories:
 
1. Digital textbooks for the iPad
"Steve Jobs' biographer Walter Isaacson has indicated several times that one of Jobs' last goals had been to revolutionize textbooks," says Eric Slivka at Mac Rumors. And Apple spent last month shooting a number of short interviews with executives in the textbook industry. Yep, sources also say that "this event will focus on iTunes University and Apple in education," says Clayton Morris at his blog. And it's not being held in Silicon Valley, but New York -- the center of publishing and textbooks.

 
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