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More than half of the company's value comes from its iconic phone, and business could grow significantly as it pushes further into the world's largest mobile market.

By Trefis Nov 2, 2011 4:42PM

China is Apple's (AAPL) fastest-growing region by far.


The company clocked record sales of $4.5 billion there, or 16% of the global total, in its most recent quarter. Revenue in China grew to $13 billion in fiscal 2011, up from about $3 billion, or 2% of total sales, in 2009.

 
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Daily-deals site Groupon is expected to begin trading on Nasdaq by Friday. Will investors go for a price range of $16 to $18?

By Kim Peterson Nov 2, 2011 3:41PM
Two consumer-based Internet IPOs are coming -- and their reception could pave the way for other technology companies watching the market.

Groupon, the one-time Internet darling, is expected to price its initial public offering Thursday and get listed on Nasdaq Friday under the symbol GRPN. 

The bank isn't giving up more than $1 billion in revenue so easily.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 3:19PM

the streetBy Dan Freed, TheStreet

 

Bank of America (BAC) may have backed down from its bid to charge users of its debit cards $5 per month, but if you think that's the end of the bank's attempts to gouge its customers, you are living in a fantasy land.

 

"Eventually they've got to get that money back," Jefferson Harralson, an analyst at Keefe Bruyette & Woods, told the New York Post for an article published Wednesday. "I think you're going to see other types of fees come up."

 

A popular component of retirement savings plans, some of these funds are decidedly riskier than others.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 3:08PM

By Stan Luxenberg, TheStreet TheStreet

 

During the volatile markets of recent months, many target-date funds delivered disappointing results.

 

When the S&P 500 ($INX) dropped 13.9% in the third quarter, Goldman Sachs Retirement Strategy 2040 (GRNAX) lost 17.7%, while DWS LifeCompass 2040 (TGTAX) declined 17%, according to Morningstar. The showing was especially painful because target-date funds are supposed to protect assets in downturns by holding diversified mixes of stocks and bonds. But not all target-date funds trailed the S&P 500. During the quarter, Invesco Balanced-Risk Retirement 2040 (TNDAX) returned 2.3%, while PIMCO RealRetirement 2040 (POFAX) lost 9.7%.

 

The report from Automatic Data Processing showed that private-sector hiring was stronger than expected in October.

By Zacks.com Nov 2, 2011 2:42PM

The Automatic Data Processing (ADP) employment survey was stronger than expected in October, showing that private sector employment rose by 110,000 -- above consensus expectations for a 100,000 increase.


In addition, the September numbers were revised up to a gain of 116,000 jobs from the initial report of a 91,000 gain.

 

Surprise: Individual investors are keeping their cool even as markets get wild.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 2, 2011 2:32PM

By Morgan Housel

 

Meet Nancy Stein.

 

Nancy is a retired real-estate agent from Illinois, and she's had it with the stock market. Unnerved by market volatility, she sold almost all of her investments earlier this year. "I felt the people buying were people inside the market. They weren't the investors of the past who wanted to protect what they had or see it grow a little bit," she told The Wall Street Journal, which interviewed her for a story on investors cashing out of stocks. "Across the country, investors are fleeing the stock market for the safety of cash," it wrote.

 

Now meet Fritz Dixon.

 

Shares of Career Education, which runs Le Cordon Bleu, plunge after the chief executive resigns.

By Kim Peterson Nov 2, 2011 1:43PM

Updated: 4:55 p.m. ET

 

Shares of Career Education (CECO) got slaughtered Wednesday in response to a perfect storm of bad news, and other for-profit education stocks were pulled down by the drama.

Career Education, which runs Le Cordon Bleu North America cooking schools, saw shares plunge 47.8% to $8.32. Before the steep drop, shares had lost about 23% year to date.

 

Mike Mayo says compensation practices at Citi, SunTrust and KeyCorp are still out of line.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 2, 2011 1:01PM

By Pallavi Gogoi, The Associated Press

 

Mike Mayo is at it again.

 

Mayo is the Wall Street analyst who has been a thorn in the side of banks for years. Outspoken, blunt, volatile and prickly, the 48-year-old has been ridiculed by his peers, shut out of industry conferences and slighted by CEOs. In 2000 Mayo was fired from Credit Suisse (CS) months after he wrote a negative report that exhorted investors to sell all bank stocks.

 
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Investors drawn to double-digit yields from mortgage REITs and other instruments commonly overlook some major risk factors.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 2, 2011 12:34PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The sharp decline in the stock market this week has once again caused 10-year Treasury notes to drop back to the 2% level after reaching a recent high of 2.4%. While the safety of government paper is reassuring, the yield does not keep pace with the inflation rate.


This has caused some investors to turn to mortgage funds, which are generally structured as real-estate investment trusts, or REITs. As I pointed out on Aug. 4, I am not sure most investors understand the risk involved.

 
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The financial giant says debit card spending helped it achieve double-digit earnings and revenue growth.

By Benzinga Nov 2, 2011 12:16PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga


MasterCard (MA) shares soared almost 8% in early trading Wednesday after the credit card processing company reported better-than-expected earnings.

 

Despite catastrophes in Thailand and Turkey, funds pegged to the countries' markets have managed to move higher.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 12:10PM

By Don Dion, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Many investors have had their sights focused on the ongoing economic and political sagas facing developed regions like the European Union. However, in other parts of the globe, Mother Nature has been playing a major role in driving sentiment.

 

For months, Thailand has been working diligently to defend itself from rising waters brought on by heavy monsoon rains. According to Bloomberg, the flooding is the worst the nation has witnessed in 70 years.

 

Strong growth and a generous dividend boost the prospects for the chip-maker.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 2, 2011 12:04PM
By Richard Moroney, Dow Theory Forecasts

This year, Intel (INTC) has rewarded investors with a rare blend of rapid growth, a generous dividend and impressive share-price action.

Several drivers suggest Intel can keep providing investors a few of their favorite things. Indeed, only three technology stocks in the S&P 500 Index yield more than Intel's 3.4%, and the company raised its dividend in August. 
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Buy any one of these mutual funds and sleep tight at night.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 12:00PM

By Frank Byrt, TheStreetTheStreet

 

So, let's get this straight: The stock market slid in September, rebounded in October and now it's . . . tanking again?

 

Most recently, the S&P 500 Index ($INX) fell 2.8% yesterday, extending a two-day decline to 5.2%. Is it any wonder individual investors are checking out?

 
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A larger world population means more demand in certain areas, providing simple and logical investment strategies.

By InvestorPlace Nov 2, 2011 11:05AM

By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace


While investors try to anticipate next quarter's earnings results or even examine the big picture in Europe, it's really important to stand back and look at the even bigger picture. It might not be easy, but it's what top-notch investors like Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A) Warren Buffett do. It takes guts and patience, but the payoff can be big.

 

Pimco's Bill Gross and Schwab's Liz Ann Sonders say political infighting may put a damper on the stock market.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2011 10:30AM

the streetBy Robert Holmes, TheStreet

 

Individual investors will be up against political gridlock as the economy grows slowly next year, prospects that may damped stock market gains even if Congress pushes through a trillion-dollar budget cut.

 

A "relatively toxic political environment" next year will "get uglier," said Liz Ann Sonders, a chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, during the Schwab Impact 2011 investment adviser conference in San Francisco late Tuesday.

 

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