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The health insurer guides higher, and the oil company is expected to post a gain.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 31, 2011 8:34AM
By Andrea Tse, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Humana (HUM), the health insurer, earned $2.54 a share on an adjusted basis in the third quarter, topping analysts' estimates, and it raised guidance for 2011. Analysts were expecting third-quarter profit of $2.03 a share. Humana said it expects earnings in 2011 of $8.35 to $8.40 a share, up from its previous estimate of $7.50 to $7.60 a share.


Anadarko Petroleum (APC) is expected to report third-quarter earnings of 67 cents a share after the markets close, up from 21 cents a share at the same time last year.

 

Stocks are clearly in a sustainable rally, as the charts show, but the watchword for new investments is patience.

By MoneyShow.com Oct 28, 2011 5:49PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


As we get ready for Halloween, there is once again a group of market followers who are getting tricked, not treated, this year.


After a record-breaking week in the stock market and one of the best October performances since 1974, talk of a double-dip recession has again subsided. This is all too familiar: just over a year ago, in the summer of 2010, the fears of a double-dip recession also dominated the financial press, frightening investors out of the stock market.

 

The company was confident enough in its position that it was able to hint at expectations for its March quarter.

By Jim J. Jubak Oct 28, 2011 4:54PM

When you’re a fast growing stock with a price-to-earnings ratio of 36 on trailing 12-month earnings, you’d better beat expectations. 


Which is exactly what F5 Networks (FFIV) did when it reported earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 Tuesday. Earnings of $1.06 a share were 8 cents better than the Wall Street consensus. (F5 Networks is a member of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio.) 


Revenue climbed 24% year-to-year and earnings jumped 40%. 

 
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Let's take another look at the multiple major agreements in the region.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Oct 28, 2011 4:34PM

By Matt Koppenheffer

 

"I'll make him an offer he can't refuse."
-- Don Corleone, The Godfather

 

Were Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy taking a page out of The Godfather's book? To read some of the press reports about the Greek bond deal reached early this week, it certainly sounds like it.

 

Private banks, represented by Charles Dallara of the lobbying group The Institute of International Finance, agreed to take a 50% "voluntary" writedown on their Greek bonds. Why would they agree to such a drastic cut? For one thing, there's reality -- it's been very obvious for a long time that given the financial state of Greece, the value of its paper isn't in shouting distance (or maybe even collect-calling distance) of face value.

 

Investors looking for exposure to Samsung, which has topped Apple as the world's No. 1 seller, can use this fund.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 28, 2011 2:45PM

By Don Dion, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Samsung released its quarterly earnings Friday, and on the surface the numbers were decent. Despite seeing an earnings dip over the past three months, the company managed to beat analyst expectations.

 

Digging deeper, however, investors can uncover some impressive news regarding the company's smartphone division. Although Samsung is still considered a relative newcomer to the industry, its products have taken off in popularity.

 

The drop in business contributed to a decline in profit for Cablevision and Time Warner Cable.

By Kim Peterson Oct 28, 2011 2:43PM
It's hard to ignore the red flag in disappointing earnings this week from Cablevision (CVC) and Time Warner Cable (TWC).

Both are suffering from a loss of video subscribers.

This is a touchy subject for the industry. In fact, the mere mention of "cutting the cord" gets a brusque dismissal from executives. They'll blame a down economy. They'll blame competition from other pay-TV services. But the idea that people can get all the video they need from Netflix (NFLX), Redbox and the rest of the Internet? Simply ludicrous. 
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Among the factors that could push stocks higher in the weeks ahead is a flow of assets from losing bond funds into stronger equities.

By MoneyShow.com Oct 28, 2011 11:58AM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


Asset manager Legg Mason surprised many yesterday when the company reported that their fixed income funds had outflows of $8.6 billion in the three months ending September 30. Yields have increased from the September lows, as the yield on the ten-year note has risen from a low of 1.69% to 2.39% on Thursday.


Long-term yields have also risen; the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond has moved from a low of 2.69% to 3.45%, an increase of over 28%. 

 
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KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell continue to expand in China and beyond.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 28, 2011 11:43AM
By Glenn Rogers, Internet Wealth Builder

Yum Brands (YUM) is a fast-food icon. Even if you aren't familiar with the corporate name, chances are you've been a customer at KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

Its franchises can be found in every city in North America, but the real story is the company's expansion into China. 
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Critics of Reed Hastings are missing the point: You can't innovate without failure.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 28, 2011 11:23AM

the streetBy Richard Levick, TheStreet

 

By now, it's old news that Netflix (NFLX) has aborted its plan to break up its service into separate DVD-by-mail and online streaming businesses. And by now we all know why: Customers were in revolt over the changes to a brand that they loved and the price increases that were necessary to make those changes possible.

 

Along with the recent announcements, Netflix revealed the damage done in real numbers. The company ended the third quarter with 800,000 fewer subscribers, and its stock price plunged by 37%. Profit tells a more reassuring story, as the company posted a net income of $62.5 million, up almost $25 million from the previous year, with total revenue up 49% to $822 million.

 

Forget the labor unions. A University of London anarchist and anthropologist is a major force behind the protest movement.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 28, 2011 11:10AM

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By Seth Fiegerman, MainStreet


When he's not busy brainstorming how to tear apart and rebuild America's democratic system, David Graeber prefers to think about simpler things, like why we still don't have flying cars.

 

Graeber, a professor at the University of London and a widely respected anthropologist, has achieved a new level of fame in recent weeks for his early influence on the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York City and have since spread around the world.

 

The plan suggests the Oracle of Omaha views his company's stock as undervalued.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 28, 2011 9:49AM
By Ian Wyatt, 100K Portfolio

Earlier this month, Warren Buffett announced an "open-ended" share-buyback program for Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B), which allows it to repurchase its buy stock at a price not to exceed 10% above book value.

The program is a huge positive for Berkshire shareholders and effectively puts a floor on Berkshire's share price. 

Which way are these picks headed?

By InvestorPlace Oct 28, 2011 9:35AM
By Jamie Dlugosch, InvestorPlace

Momentum stocks are fun to own when they are going up. Not so much on the way down. Imagine those poor investors who bought a stock like Netflix (NFLX) when it peaked above $300 per share. At about $80 per share now, NFLX is a shell of its former self.


Perhaps Netflix never was what some thought it might be: the king of the media content delivery hill. It turns out there are plenty of threats to the business that put Netflix's future very much in question. Momentum investors don't like questions. They expect fervent belief without doubt.

 

Whirlpool announces major layoffs as it reports weak results. Shares of chip-maker AMD surge on better-than-expected earnings.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 28, 2011 8:25AM

By Andrea Tse, TheStreet

TheStreet

 

Whirlpool (WHR) significantly reduced its outlook for 2011 earnings and said it would cut 5,000 jobs to trim costs and expand its operating margins.

 

AMD (AMD) swung to a profit in the third quarter, citing strong demand for its mobile processors.  The no. 2 chipmaker earned $97 million, or 13 cents a share, in the latest quarter, up from a year-ago equivalent loss of $118 million, or 17 cents a share. On a non-GAAP basis, AMD earned $110 million, or 15 cents a share, in the quarter. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters were looking for earnings of 10 cents a share.

 

Forget iPad vs. Kindle or iPhone vs. Android. Amazon, Apple and Google are the future, and there's room for all of them to succeed.

By Jim Cramer Oct 28, 2011 7:43AM

the streetThis economy is not a Wild West town. There is room for more than one player. I am thinking of Intel (INTC) vs. Arm Holdings (ARMH) and Amazon (AMZN) vs. Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) vs. Apple -- three rivalries that may very well not produce any losers at all.

 

It is tempting to believe -- and I know I have at times wavered on this -- that Arm Holdings, with its Apple relationship and its intellectual-property licensing model, is going to stop Intel's made-it-and-built-it strategy. I have been tempted, because Intel is linked to the personal computer and to Microsoft (MSFT) software (even though it has an Apple model for desktops), while Arm Holdings' chips use little battery power, courtesy of its decision long ago to concentrate on the smaller cellphone form factor, not the larger PC-based form factor.

 

Shares of Cummins dropped briefly on reduced fourth-quarter guidance, but investor optimism returned.

By Jim J. Jubak Oct 27, 2011 5:11PM
All those warnings about weakness in the fourth quarter are starting to sound like a pattern. At least I'm starting to see investors and analysts leap to work building a pattern.

Be careful, though -- the warnings are coming from very different directions, which should make it hard to draw larger conclusions about market sectors and the global economy.

Let’s take the Oct. 25 poster child for fourth-quarter warnings, Cummins (CMI). (Cummins is a member of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio.)
 
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