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Investors know what's working and what's not. Jim Cramer says these stocks could power higher through the end of the year.


Addition by subtraction is paying off for the refocused industrial specialist.

By Mar 5, 2012 4:17PM

Image: Airline (© Christie & Cole/Corbis)By Igor Greenwald,

"Telephones, hotels, insurance -- it's all the same. If you know the numbers inside out, you know the company inside out."

That's a quote attributed to Harold Geneen, the businessman who built ITT (ITT) into a global conglomerate during the 1960s. That was back in the day when spreadsheets were going to safeguard the Pax Americana, and when they failed, the CIA was ready to step in, subverting democracy in Brazil and Chile for ITT's benefit.


The government has plenty of tools to keep growth at the rate it desires.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 5, 2012 4:00PM
Image: (Shanghai, China © Yang Liu/Corbis)The news is very straightforward. China will cut its target for economic growth this year to 7.5% from the 8% goal that's been in place since 2005, Premier Wen Jiabao told the annual meeting of the National People's Congress today.

But what does it mean?

Financial markets have decided that a lower-growth target means China's leadership is forecasting lower growth.

Earnings jump as the food company leverages new supply and distribution networks in developing markets.

By Trefis Mar 5, 2012 3:26PM
Image: Chocolate (© image100/Corbis)Kraft Foods' (KFT) acquisition of Cadbury in 2010 is now yielding results as the parent company leverages the name recognition of its products with Cadbury's supply and distribution networks in developing markets. 

Kraft reported a 54% jump in full-year earnings on Feb. 21. Revenues from developing markets rose 16% to $15.9 billion and now constitute almost 30% of the total revenues.  

The fuel is a cheaper alternative to gasoline, and there's plenty of it. Now if only there were more fill-up stations.

By Kim Peterson Mar 5, 2012 2:39PM
Image: Truck drivers (© Exactostock / SuperStock/SuperStock)The price of gas has climbed to an average of $3.77 a gallon nationwide -- a tough break for an economy just starting to recover.

But there's another gas in the United States that's awfully cheap and in abundance: natural gas. In fact, new drilling technologies have made this country the largest natural-gas producer in the world. Why aren't automakers looking at more ways to use it? 

Data show a lot of investors betting against these shares, but with the technical indicators pointing higher, the short crowd may soon get flattened.

By Mar 5, 2012 2:33PM

By Tom Aspray

A monthly short-interest report is watched by some analysts, as it provides data on stocks that have the largest short positions. 

It can often alert you to some interesting opportunities. But keep in mind that short sellers aren't always right, and many rely on fundamental, not technical, analysis.


The largest US retailer of specialty pet products is on track to exceed last year's 27% earnings jump.

By Gene Marcial Mar 5, 2012 2:21PM

Image: Dog (© Alley Cat Productions/Brand X/Corbis)

If you like to cuddle your dog or cat, you know the happiness pet ownership can bring. Owners of PetSmart (PETM) have reason to be happy, too.

The stock has been a phenomenal sprinter. Steadily rising since hitting a low of $13 in 2008, PetSmart has more than quadrupled, currently trading at close to $56 a share. The huge rise prompted some earlier investors to take profits, but that's OK. Most of them are now waiting for the stock to dip so they can get back in again.

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India's tea-drinking culture will make it challenging for Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts to break into the beverage market.

By Trefis Mar 5, 2012 1:03PM
Image: India (© Donald Edwards/age fotostock)Barely two weeks after Starbucks (SBUX) announced plans to partner with Tata Beverages to open its first outlet in India, Dunkin' Donuts revealed that it will also open its first outlet in the country by June, setting the stage for a heated battle in the coming years. 

Dunkin' Donuts is owned by Dunkin' Brands (DNKN). Apart from Starbucks, Dunkin' Brands also competes with McDonald's (MCD), Krispy Kreme, Dairy Queen and Cold Stone Creamery to name a few.

If prices don't take a break and do nothing for a while, they will tumble.

By Jim Cramer Mar 5, 2012 12:34PM

Waiting for stocks to pull back has been a total sucker's game so far in 2012. You have scored the best performance by not waiting for a prudent pullback and instead by being rash, seizing the trend and plunging right into it.


The stocks that have been the best -- Apple (AAPL), Chipotle (CMG), Autozone (AZO), Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), Priceline (PCLN), Dollar Tree (DLTR) -- haven't had much of a correction at all but are now in a place where it just looks hideous to step in. Their stock trend lines on charts look like, without rest, they are going to crash right though the upper right-hand corner of the page.


With few benefits and many faults, the new hybrid electric vehicle hits a sales wall.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 5, 2012 12:29PM
General Motors (GM) has idled production of the Chevrolet Volt because it had difficulty finding people crazy enough to buy the hybrid electric vehicle.

For one thing, the four-door sedan is insanely expensive. With a sticker price of about $41,000, it is pricier than much nicer cars made by Audi, BMW and even GM's sister brand Cadillac.  
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Zynga is downgraded to 'neutral,' and MetroPCS is downgraded to 'market perform.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 5, 2012 12:00PM
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Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Weyerhaeuser (WY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
  • Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at RBC Capital
  • Atwood Oceanics (ATW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
  • Pandora (P) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus
  • Costco (COST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair

The FBI is building cases against at least 120 more insider-trading targets. Can the federal crackdown clean up the hedge fund industry?

By The Fiscal Times Mar 5, 2012 11:39AM
Insider Trading By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal TimesThe Fiscal Times

Michael Douglas memorably brought insider trading to the public consciousness as Gordon Gekko. Now, 25 years later, the man whose fictional alter ego declared that "greed, for lack of a better word, is good" is taking to the airwaves to urge anyone who knows about insider trading in the real world to report it to the FBI. 

China's fast-growing fast-food market prompts an advertising blitz for an unconventional menu item.

By InvestorPlace Mar 5, 2012 11:02AM

Last year, Dunkin Brands (DNKN), the parent of Dunkin' Donuts, pulled off a successful $423 million IPO. Now the company is working to spend its huge cash hoard from investors to fuel growth.


Plans involve Westward expansion in the U.S. away from the company's New England-centered operations. They also involve opening shops to the Far East and a bold strategy to tap into China sales.


Here's a pure play on global demand for coal, iron ore, copper and precious metals.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 5, 2012 10:56AM
By David Sandell, The Complete Investor

Metals and other resources are getting harder to mine as the more accessible deposits become depleted. This is leading producers to mine in ever more challenging places, including deep underground.

Investors can benefit by buying shares in the suppliers of mining equipment. One superb example is Joy Global (JOY). 

Shipwrecks, fires and robbery have plagued the cruise line recently. Yet its stock seems impervious.

By InvestorPlace Mar 5, 2012 10:55AM

Image Source/PhotolibraryBy Beth Gaston Moon

Nearly 100 years ago (April 15, 1912), the RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage, resulting in the loss of 1,517 lives. The maritime disaster, one of the worst of its kind, has served as a cautionary tale ever since as a chilling example of hubris.


On the business front, the vessel's owner, White Star Line, managed to stay afloat despite this high-profile tragedy and the Great Depression that followed. White Star later merged with Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in 1927 and still operates today as a subsidiary of Cunard. Cunard is a British-based division of Carnival (CCL), which has been in the news for some recent disasters of its own, though thankfully none of Titanic proportions. The worst incident was the recent partial sinking of the Costa Concordia passenger liner, which claimed at least 25 lives. 


The company leases shipping containers worldwide, and sees firsthand how the global economy is faring.

By Mar 2, 2012 8:57PM

Image: Cargo ship (© Image Source/Corbis)By: Tracey Ryniec


Is strong customer demand a thing of the past for container companies? TAL International Group (TAL) doesn't think so, predicting that 2012 will mirror the strong results of 2011. This Zacks No. 2 Rank ("buy") continues to be cheap, with a forward price-to-earnings ratio of just 9.2.


TAL International is at the forefront of the global economy because it leases intermodal freight containers and chassis to customers around the world. If shipping is picking up, the company will see it.

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[BRIEFING.COM] The headlines generally favored Tuesday being another good day for the stock market.  Instead, it was just a mixed day with modest point changes on either side of the unchanged mark for the major indices.

For the most part, the stock market was a sideshow.  The main trading events were seen in the commodity and Treasury markets, both of which saw some decent-sized losses within their respective complex.

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