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This market leader has recurring revenue, excellent returns on equity, and a formidable moat.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 22, 2011 5:19PM
By Jason Moser

 

This article is part of ourRising Star Portfolios series.

 

It's getting tougher and tougher to find solid investments. Thanks to a seemingly new global debt crisis every day, it feels like it's easier finding a needle in a haystack! But I do believe I've found an investment of which even Warren Buffett would approve, one that will continue to clean up for some time.

 

The company
Ecolab
(ECL) is the market leader in a very large and diverse line of work.

 
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A 15% decline in shares of the daily deals site puts the stock very close to its $20 debut price.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 22, 2011 4:52PM

http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/data/images-v2/136/Arrow_Down_136_001C72CA.jpgBy Olivia Oran TheStreet

 

Groupon (GRPN) shares plunged by nearly 15% to close at $20.07 Tuesday, nearly approaching their $20 IPO price.

 

The daily deals company, which raised $700 million in its public market debut two weeks ago, saw shares rise 40% on the first day of trading.

 

The stock's volume of 5.2 million looked relatively strong, despite the issue's short trading history, on pace for the biggest churn the shares have seen since Nov. 9.

 

Meg Whitman gave a composed performance during her first quarterly conference call as Hewlett-Packard's CEO.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 22, 2011 4:39PM

By James RogersTheStreet

 

Cool, calm and collected are three words that have not been associated with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) over the last few months.

 

That may be starting to change after new CEO Meg Whitman gave a composed performance during her first quarterly conference call since taking over from the ousted Leo Apotheker.

 

Tired of searching for winning stocks? Active Bear focuses on the losers -- and has made a killing in the process.

By Zacks.com Nov 22, 2011 2:38PM

Image: Arrow Down (© Image Source/SuperStock)By: Zacks Equity Research

 

A shaky economy has caused many investors to dial back exposure to equities and wait things out in the bond market or even in cash. After all, yields remain anemic across the curve and the Federal Reserve has yet to signal any policy revisions in the near term.


But others have looked to exchange-traded funds for new options that can potentially push portfolios far higher in the turmoil. While there is certainly no shortage of choices in this field, one of the more interesting, and unknown, is the Active Bear ETF (HDGE) from AdvisorShares.

 
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A growing direct-to-consumer business is necessary for the teen-apparel retailer achieve its aggressive goal.

By Trefis Nov 22, 2011 2:05PM
Image: Senior woman working from home © Alistair Berg/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesOne number stood out in the positive third-quarter sales update that Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) gave earlier this month.

The teen-apparel retailer saw 41% growth in its direct-to-consumer business, which will help it achieve its ambitious goal of $1 billion in annual Internet sales. E-commerce sales have become a major focus area for teen-apparel retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Aeropostale (ARO) and Gap (GPS). 

Manulife Financial's Asian operation is the largest source of value for the company, contributing about 23% of the stock price.

By Trefis Nov 22, 2011 1:52PM
Image: Leather portfolio with life insurance papers. (© Janet Kimber/Photodisc/Getty Images)We recently launched coverage of Manulife Financial (MFC) with a price estimate of about $13.56, which is 20% ahead of the current market price.

Manulife is a leading Canadian financial services group operating in 22 regions worldwide. The company provides life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, pension and banking products and other services. Americans might recognize the company's John Hancock brand, though it operates in Canada and Asia as Manulife Financial. 

Although these stocks are based in Europe, they should be viewed as global powerhouses.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 22, 2011 1:42PM
Image: Europe (© Corbis)By George Putnam, The Turnaround Letter

Many companies are considered to be European only because they are headquartered in Europe -- when in fact their operations are worldwide. 

The six companies discussed below are global powerhouses with strong business franchises. As such, they are not any more vulnerable to a slowdown in Europe than are multinational companies based in the U.S. or in Asia. 
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History shows there's a lot of money to be made in the days before and after the holiday. This year may be different.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 22, 2011 1:41PM

Image: Pilgrim hat (© Siede Preis / Photodisc Green/Getty Images)By Lindsey BellTheStreet

 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) of 30 blue-chip U.S. companies has historically given investors something to be thankful for during the week of Thanksgiving: money.

 

Buying into what is known as the Thanksgiving Rally could earn you profits that make up for Black Friday shopping on Apple (AAPL) iPhones, Coach (COH) bags and Sony (SNE) LCD TVs. The rally, often used as a short-term trading strategy, was coined after a 35-year trend whereby the stock market would pop on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day and the Friday afterward.

 
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Forget soup. To understand this company, look at the growing desire for easy-to-make meals.

By Jonathan Berr Nov 22, 2011 1:16PM

Selling canned soup is an increasingly tough proposition for Campbell Soup (CPB), which reported a 4% decline in quarterly soup sales on Tuesday.

 

But that doesn't mean the iconic brand has given up trying to win over the hearts and minds of America's cooks. Campbell's big bet these days is on simple meals, which includes soup as well as jarred sauces and mix packets. That division boasted a decent profit increase of 8% as the company trimmed advertising expenses and raised prices.

 
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Tuesday, it announced it had signed up 1 million paying members to "Call of Duty Elite" service in six days.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 22, 2011 1:06PM

By Avner Mandelman, The Globe and Mail, special to Moneyshow.com


Warren Buffett was once quoted as saying that he likes the cigarette business because its product costs a penny to make, sells for a dollar -- and is addictive.

While smoking may not be your thing, it pays to keep Buffett’s observation in mind when searching for potential investments. Few things are as attractive from a shareholder’s perspective as a business that sells products capable of addicting customers.

 

Technical and fundamental pressures are weighing heavily on the industry, and investors who buy solely for the big yields will become susceptible to excessive downside risks.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 22, 2011 12:51PM

Image: Senior man in wheelchair looking out window (© Tetra Images/Getty Images)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The July cut in Medicare reimbursements to nursing home operators and landlords who rent to them has hit many of the health care REITs quite hard over the past few months. The concern is whether nursing home operators will be able to make rent payments after the cuts in Medicare spending.


Back in the 1990s, there were also sharp cuts, but most of the companies then were on much weaker financial footing, and many eventually declared bankruptcy. Even if the companies are able to make rent payments, profits are likely to take a sizable hit, which will make it difficult for landlords to increase rents.

 

The video-streaming and by-mail DVD company will raise a much-needed $400 million, but at a stark cost.

By InvestorPlace Nov 22, 2011 12:34PM

By Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com


Sorry, Netflix (NFLX) fans. Those of you who still were believers in the video-streaming and DVD subscription service after the ugly Qwikster debacle might have to start looking for alternatives.


Netflix agreed to sell $400 million in stock and convertible notes this week in what some are calling a desperate effort to raise cash and purchase the online rights to more content. The move indicates not just an urgent need to bolster its streaming video catalog but significant cash flow issues for a company that once was seen as the biggest growth story on Wall Street.

 

Leaders in the US and Europe have lost touch and don’t care about stock markets or credit.

By Jim Cramer Nov 22, 2011 10:07AM

the street They aren't part of the real world. That's how I feel about the supercommittee lawmakers and Europe's politicians and central bankers. Neither group seems to care a whit about stock markets or credit.

 

In Europe, they just think about inflation. They still haven't rolled back the second rate hike. Can you imagine trying to do business with 17 different governments and a central bank that speaks of a binary world between slowdown and hyperinflation, when the truth is that the options are a severe recession/depression or inflation?

 

Abbott Labs, CME Group and Occidental Petroleum score as quality stocks with low price-to-book value ratios.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 22, 2011 10:06AM
By J. Royden Ward, Cabot Benjamin Graham Value Letter

Quality companies with low price to book value ratios have outperformed companies with higher valuations for the past three-, five- and 10-year periods.

To find the best companies with low P/BV ratios, we required Value Line Financial Strength ratings of B++ or better, low price to earnings ratios, dividend yields of 1.0% or higher and good earnings prospects for the next 12-month and five-year periods.  
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Recent weakness in tech titans has gotten plenty of attention, and the charts indicate that further declines could be in store.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 21, 2011 5:11PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


Updated Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 8 a.m. ET: Last week was clearly a rough one for stocks. Monday, the failure of a Congressional supercommittee to reach a decision on cutting U.S. debt pushed stocks sharply lower. Then, after the close Monday, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) posted weak results that signal more trouble ahead for the tech sector on Tuesday.

 

The ongoing weakness in some of the largest tech stocks  -- which is likely to accelerate Tuesday due to HP's results -- has many wondering whether the whole tech sector is in trouble or if the weakness in just a few stocks is artificially depressing the Nasdaq 100.

 

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