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Shares of the tech giant are ridiculously cheap.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 29, 2011 11:14AM

No one is sure why Apple (AAPL) shares are so cheap. The stock's price-to-earnings ratio is 13.14 (on a trailing basis) -- near the lowest level in the past five years and less than the average for the S&P 500, which is 19. 

 

During that same time period, as Apple changed the world with the iPod, iPhone and iPad, shares have soared more than 300%. And Wall Street analysts think the good times aren't going to end anytime soon. They have an average price target of $505.94. The high estimate is $700.

 

With the high-stakes drama in Europe, investors looking for the traditional end-of-year rally may find hopes dashed this time around.

By Kim Peterson Nov 29, 2011 10:16AM
Image: Bear (© DLILLC/Corbis)December is normally a great month for stocks.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index ($INX) usually gains about 1.5%, Dow Jones reports. Investors are reworking their portfolios, feeling good about the holidays and looking forward to the new year.

But this December could well be a little darker. 

A share buyback and a stake by Buffett are among the reasons to get charged up over this stock.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 29, 2011 9:23AM

By Nicholas Vardy, Bull Market Alert

Serving approximately 22,000 financial institutions, think of MasterCard (MA) as a financial toll road, making its money on each of the transactions it processes. In doing so, MasterCard racks up $545 billion in transactions each year.

Even with the U.S. economy in the doldrums, MasterCard has been making a mint from the global trend toward a switch to cashless payments — whether using credit cards or debit cards.

 
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The pharmaceutical company's share price reflects the bad news but not the potential positives.

By Gene Marcial Nov 29, 2011 8:23AM

Photodisc/SuperStockOnce a highflying growth darling on Wall Street, TevaPharmaceuticalIndustries (TEVA)has fallen from favor. Many nervous shareholders bailed out of the stock because of a string of adverse events, including the pending loss of patent protection in 2014 for its blockbuster MS drug Copaxone. Shares of Teva have tumbled about 40% to $38 a share from a high of $64.54 in late March 2011.

 

But for opportunistic and not "of the herd" investors, the world’s largest generic-drug maker should be an enticingly attractive buy. And some of the smart-money crowd have been snapping up shares in anticipation of a sharp snap-back.

 
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A lineup of upgrades contributed to Monday's market rally.

By Melly Alazraki Nov 29, 2011 12:32AM
Some noteworthy upgrades Monday:
  • Google (GOOG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
  • Electronic Arts (ERTS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
  • Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
 

Global markets have weakened as the European debt crisis worsens, but US investors can take comfort in several positives.

By Zacks.com Nov 28, 2011 6:00PM

Image: Arrow Down (© ImageSource/PictureQuest)It is said that opportunities are never lost -- someone else will catch the one you miss. And the saying remains true in the equity market. No one wants to miss a good opportunity to make exceptional profits.

 

So, is this the time to take the plunge? Or should we wait for the markets to fall further?

 

Trouble in the housing sector has led to a boom in rentals, benefiting some investment trusts.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 28, 2011 5:39PM
By Steve Christ, Wealth Daily

The housing market may still be down for the count, but if there's one pocket of absolute strength, it has to be apartment-based real-estate investment trusts.

In the wake of the housing bubble, the rate of home ownership has taken the biggest tumble in 70 years. The end result has been a bona fide boom in apartment rentals. 

Investors are hoping for something out of a December meeting of European leaders to address the problem.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 28, 2011 5:22PM
Image: Europe (© Corbis)If it's Nov. 28 -- and the Dec. 9 summit of European leaders is just 10 days away -- it must be time to throw every potential solution to the euro debt crisis at the markets and see if bond buyers are impressed with the sheer volume, if not the quality, of these ideas.

So to go along with the weekend reports that Italy and Spain were talking with the International Monetary Fund about potential credit lines in the hundreds of billions of euros, the market today is now hearing about:
 

Shares of retailers bounced on bullish reports from Black Friday. But experts are urging caution.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 28, 2011 2:43PM
Image: Credit card (© Burke/Triolo Productions/BrandX/Getty Images)Lost amidst the hoopla over the record $52 billion in Black Friday weekend sales and the expected $1.2 billion in Cyber Monday revenue was much discussion over whether those gains are sustainable. The jury is still out.

Consumers remain stressed due to high unemployment and a lackluster real estate market, neither of which is showing signs of rapid improvement. A recent Gallup Poll found that 49% of Americans are feeling better about their financial situation, down from 53% a few months ago. Experts are not expecting consumers to splurge much this year. 

The company will continue to dominate the tablet market, despite competition from Amazon, Research in Motion and others.

By Trefis Nov 28, 2011 2:16PM
According to a report by BGR Media, Apple (AAPL) could launch a smaller iPad mini and an iPad 3 next year.

However, news reports conflict over the timing and the specifications of these devices. One report suggests that suppliers are already shipping millions of panels for the iPad 3. Another says that Apple will launch the iPad mini early next year and the more powerful iPad 3 by the second quarter. 

This stock now trades at half the level at which the CEO bought a quarter of a million worth of shares in August.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 28, 2011 1:44PM
By Nathan Slaughter, Scarcity & Wealth

Just twelve short months ago, rare earth play Molycorp (MCP) posted third-quarter 2010 revenues of $8.5 million.

For the same period this year, sales just spiked 16-fold to $138 million. More important, net income swung from a steep $10 million loss to a hefty $48 million profit, or $0.52 per share. 
Tags: MCP

While registered users on the social network are visibly expanding, information about Facebook's revenue and operating margins is erratic at best.

By Trefis Nov 28, 2011 12:31PM
Image: African-American woman shopping online (© Ariel Skelley/Blend Images/Getty Images)Speculation is rising that Facebook might file for an IPO before 2012 itself.

While valuations for the company have gone to as high as $100 billion in private markets, an initial registration statement is all it takes to provide a much clearer picture of how Facebook's metrics are faring. Facebook leads the global social networking arena, competing with the likes of Google (GOOG), LinkedIn and MySpace. 
Tags: GOOGGRPN

Prominent home construction stocks are showing important bottom patterns, setting up opportunities in these stocks and a sector ETF.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 28, 2011 12:25PM

Image: Home under construction (© Corbis)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


This week brings lots of data on the housing market with new home sales due out Monday, followed by the S&P Case-Shiller housing price index on Tuesday. On Wednesday, pending homes sales for October are due, followed by the latest report on construction spending.


Last week, the National Association of Realtors reported that while sales rose in October, prices are still declining. Another positive for the housing market is that rents in many areas have risen to the point where owning a home is now cheaper than renting.

 

Stores that opened on Thanksgiving night and midnight on Black Friday saw success.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 28, 2011 12:14PM

Image: Santa Claus (© Corbis)By Jeanine PoggiTheStreet


Black Friday midnight openings generated a retail frenzy, setting a precedent and already setting the tone for the holiday winners.

 

Retailers that opened at midnight or earlier after Thanksgiving -- like Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Best Buy (BBY) -- saw on average a 24% boost in their conversion (the number of shoppers who actually made a purchase), according to the NPD Group, a consumer research firm.

 

The beverage brand's parent looks to dominate the $20 billion fitness nutrition market with a new line.

By InvestorPlace Nov 28, 2011 12:12PM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com

Gatorade is one of the most iconic drinks in America, appearing in traditional coach-drenchings and ubiquitous plastic bottles at Little League games and fitness centers.

But after embarking on a rebranding campaign in 2009 -- starting with a relaunch as "G" ultimately resulting in a reformulating of the beverage into a three-tiered line of drinks -- parent company PepsiCo (PEP) seems to be messing with a good thing.

 

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