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Trying to find a stock I like simply because the S&P 500 is breaking out just isn’t my style.

By Jim Cramer Jan 11, 2012 12:33PM

By Jim Cramer

 

The S&P 500 ($INX) has hit the levels that everyone can call breakout at the exact same time that I am struggling to find stocks to buy.

 

I know that sounds counterintuitive, but here's the deal. In an ETF-dominated world, the technicians rule. If the fundamentals mattered, you wouldn't want to own the ETF, you would want to own the best of breed in the sector. But if the technicals are in charge, you just wait to see that breakout and you plow in.

 

As production ramps up in Mexico, this miner offers investors an opportunity to profit from rising silver prices.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 11, 2012 11:26AM
Image: Jewelry store (© Baerbel Schmidt/Getty Images/Getty Images)This post is one in a series in which over 50 newsletter advisors share their Top Picks for 2012.

By Tyler Laundon, Small Cap Investor

The Fed's move in early December to essentially backstop the entire global financial system by becoming the lender of last resort is bullish for precious metals over the long term. My favorite way to play this trend is to purchase emerging gold and silver producers. Accordingly, my favorite stock for 2012 is Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM). 
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The second rescue since 2004 will be tough to pull off.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 11, 2012 10:52AM

Hostess Brands, the maker of Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Ding Dongs, filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time since 2004 in the face of mounting debt, skyrocketing prices for ingredients and the adoption of more healthful lifestyles.

The company, which has about $860 million in debt, sought protection from creditors after failing to reach an agreement with workers on pensions and benefits, according to Reuters. The company has arranged for $75 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from a group of its existing first-lien lenders, led by Silver Point Capital.  

 

The US presidential election, the growing euro crisis and higher consumer confidence will influence markets this year.

By The Fiscal Times Jan 11, 2012 10:16AM

Investing TrendsBy Anne Brennan, The Fiscal Times

Investors are looking ahead for 2012, but many will be hoping history repeats itself. They're placing bets not on a repeat of 2011 but on U.S. presidential history.

Since the end of WWII, the second half of a president's term and the period leading up to a presidential election have tended to coincide with economic growth and better business conditions.

 

The company is bulletproof and will be for a while. But be careful how you invest in it.

By InvestorPlace Jan 11, 2012 9:53AM

By James Brumley


If it sounds too good to be true, it is. That axiom seems to be especially true for stocks. Yet as much as I'd like to say Apple (AAPL) is too good to be true, it isn't.


Believe me. I looked for ways to find fault in Apple: flawed technology, unattainable expectations, weakening sales, anything. The company is bulletproof and will be for at least a couple of more years. That doesn't mean you should buy into Apple indiscriminately, though.

 

The division is coming off a year in which operating income dropped significantly.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 10, 2012 6:04PM
Image: Hollywood (© Comstock/SuperStock)Walt Disney’s (DIS) movie business didn't look like it was going to turn in a stunning 2011 before, but the well-publicized troubles of the studio's former marketing president MT Carney -- a Hollywood Reporter piece Monday quoted her departure e-mail -- is drawing new attention to just how bad the first half of 2012 could be for a business that accounts for 16% of the company’s revenue.

Credit Suisse forecasts revenue at the studio entertainment division to rise just 4% in fiscal 2012. That comes after a fiscal 2011 in which operating income dropped by 11%.
 

This ETF tracking smaller mining companies will follow precious metals higher as currencies lose purchasing power.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 10, 2012 5:13PM
Image: Gold Bars (© Stockbyte/SuperStock)This post is one in a series in which over 50 newsletter advisors share their Top Picks for 2012.

By Gene Arensberg, Got Gold Report

With the smaller, less liquid and more speculative junior miners and explorers having been "clocked" by a fearful market, we think making space in one's portfolio for the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) makes sense.   
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The biopharmaceutical company has a bright outlook for 2012.

By Zacks.com Jan 10, 2012 5:05PM

Image: Pills (© Sean Justice/Corbis)By: ‎Zacks Equity Research


Celgene Corp. (CELG) announced preliminary fourth-quarter earnings of $1.05 a share, excluding stock-based compensation and other items, beating its year-ago performance by 46%.


The biopharmaceutical company also posted some strong full-year numbers, with earnings (excluding stock-based compensation and other items) climbing 36% to $3.79 a share.

 

The new year may be tougher for the chip maker after a solid 2011.

By Trefis Jan 10, 2012 5:03PM
Intel (INTC) continued to report record quarterly results last year and the stock gained approximately 20% despite macro headwinds and some unfavorable PC market trends in developed countries. The chip giant did not let rival AMD (AMD) gain ground, and invested further in the development of more competitive chips for the mobile market, which is currently dominated by Qualcomm (QCOM).

Our price estimate for Intel stands at $29, implying a premium of about 15% to the market price.

 

Early indication eases fears of a Dendreon-like flop.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 10, 2012 4:40PM

Minyanville on MSN MoneyBy Brett Chase

 

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) needed to give investors an early signal that its new eye drug can keep pace in a competitive market. So the company blew away Wall Street's fourth-quarter sales estimates.

Shares of Regeneron jumped Tuesday morning after the company said its drug Eylea recorded as much as $25 million in sales in its first six weeks on the market. Analysts expected a little more than $3 million in sales.

 

The biggest surprise of 2012 could be that the financials, the most hated group out there, can actually soar.

By Jim Cramer Jan 10, 2012 4:39PM

You get tech moving, you get banks moving, you get the market moving. We are in a weird juncture when the groups that had been laggards are providing leadership, especially when no one believes the earnings for any of these stocks, other than Wells Fargo (WFC), USBancorp (USB) and Apple (AAPL), will have good quarters.


But that doesn't matter. Expectations are incredibly low for this quarter and I think they will even get lower following Alcoa’s (AA) report.

 

Don't count the greenback out yet.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Jan 10, 2012 4:27PM

By Dan Caplinger

 

In recent years, fears about the long-term prospects of the U.S. economy drove the dollar to historic lows against the local currencies of many countries around the world. Yet with the near-collapse of the euro and continuing problems with the impact that sovereign debt woes could have across the globe, Treasury bills have once again achieved safe-haven status, and the U.S. dollar is acting like the powerful reserve currency it once was.

 

On its face, that may sound like good news. But you may want to be careful what you wish for, because if dollar strength persists, it could have some serious consequences for prospects for economic growth in the U.S. as well as for your investments.

 
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Twinkie maker is in the fight for its life.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 10, 2012 3:50PM
Image: Close up of fresh sliced loaf of bread (© Adam Gault/OJO Images/Getty Images)Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Ding Dongs, is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection for the second time since 2004 in the face of mounting debt and skyrocketing prices for ingredients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

As the Journal noted, times are tough for the privately held Irving, Tex. baker, which had been held up as a model of corporate restructuring since emerging from its first bankruptcy in 2009. Not only does the maker of Wonder Bread carry $860 million in debt, it owes "more than $50 million to vendors, which have been demanding payments on shortened time frames because of Hostess's financial condition," the paper said. 

Some investors brag on message boards about achieving great returns on earnings-based trades. That was just dumb luck.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 10, 2012 3:30PM

Image: Stock market (© Zurbar/age fotostock)By Thomas Kee, guest columnist

 

Thanks to Alcoa (AA), earnings season is off to a positive start. But I predict that this earnings season will still leave investors with lots of questions unanswered -- questions about future growth rates and current market multiples. 

 

In addition to Alcoa, I'm also looking for clues about the broader market's direction in results from Lennar (LEN), and JP Morgan Chase (JPM). In each case, I'll be looking to see if concerns about future growth come to the surface. I won't trade in these stocks, but I'll work the earnings news into my broader market thesis. 

 
Tags: AAJPMLEN

The leader in private schooling benefits from China's one-child policy and emphasis on credentials.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 10, 2012 3:29PM
Image: High school students with arms raised in classroom (© Image Source/Getty Images)This post is one in a series in which over 50 newsletter advisors share their Top Picks for 2012.

By Paul Goodwin, Cabot China & Emerging Markets Report

New Oriental Education (EDU) is the leader in the private education sector in China. The company specializes in teaching languages, especially English, and test preparation courses; it  also offers a varied curriculum that includes primary and secondary education.  
Tags: EDU

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