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Oil becomes a surprising safe haven

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The company has made significant investments in the region as a whole to insulate itself from the volatility of the individual markets.

By Trefis Feb 14, 2012 4:47PM
Image: Wat Doi Suthep temple, Thailand (© Paul Edmondson/Brand X/Getty Images)General Electric (GE) has a new strategy to address opportunities in Southeast Asia. 

The company is going to focus on the region as a whole instead of its countries separately -- a move designed to insulate GE from the volatility of individual markets there.

The company also unveiled a new plan to make Thailand the service center for region's energy, healthcare, aviation and other businesses.
 
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Concho Resources has some risky positions, but there's good reason to believe in the company's oil projections.

By Jim J. Jubak Feb 14, 2012 4:28PM
Image: Oil derricks (© Comstock/Corbis)Back on Jan. 13 I added Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) to my long-term Jubak Picks 50 portfolio. The logic, I argued in my post on that pick, was that Pioneer Natural Resources was part of the boom in U.S. oil production out of the tight shale formations of the Permian basin. 

Unlike wells drilled in natural gas shales, wells drilled in this region produce lots of liquids, and with oil prices stuck north of $100 a barrel and natural gas prices stuck well south of $4 a BTU, investors, I argued, want to buy liquid-rich producers such as Pioneer Natural Resources.
 
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With new owners and a new strategy, the music site is showing signs of life.

By Kim Peterson Feb 14, 2012 3:38PM
Image: Teens with MP3 player (© RubberBall/SuperStock)The website everyone had dismissed as irrelevant is still hanging on.

MySpace is more than hanging on, in fact. The site is signing up 40,000 new users a day and has gained 1 million new users since December. Those aren't huge numbers in the big picture, but they're enough to suggest that maybe MySpace isn't dead after all.

What turned MySpace around? All of the credit goes to MySpace's new owners -- including Justin Timberlake -- who bought the site for $35 million last June from News Corp (NWS). The deal removed one of the biggest headaches for News Corp, which spent $580 million to buy MySpace in 2005. 
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Despite spending billions to expand its network, the firm continues to ring up solid and consistent growth.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 14, 2012 2:54PM
By Roger Conrad, The Utility Forecaster

AT&T (T) has a core strategy that is oriented around upwards of $5 billion in capital spending every quarter to expand the capability of its wireless and broadband network.

That’s made possible thanks to $10 billion-plus in quarterly cash flow. And although it failed to buy Deutsche Telekom ’s T-Mobile USA unit last year, the company did continue to execute its formula for robust long-run growth. 

These fast-gaining shares carry high risk at current levels, and shareholders should lock in profits now.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 14, 2012 2:04PM

Image: Arrow Up (© moodboard/Corbis)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


As Apple (AAPL) climbs past the $500 level and Wall Street analysts bump their targets for the S&P to 1,400 or 1,450, the signs continue to indicate a market where risk is increasing.


This is the opposite of last fall, when the major firms were lowering their forecasts for both the S&P 500 and U.S. GDP at a rapid rate, as we noted back in September in Is the Majority Wrong?

 

After one of the best runs in market history, structural issues are resurfacing to spoil the fun. Think about taking an agile, cautious short position.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Feb 14, 2012 2:04PM

Reality has caught up to the runaway market. Economic data here at home are starting to disappoint as the temporary tailwinds of savings drawdown and inventory restocking fade. Witness Tuesday's retail sales miss or Friday's poor trade report. Data are weakening overseas as well, with activity slowing in key economies, including those of Japan and Germany.

 

The situation in Europe is deteriorating, with analysts at Moody's downgrading the credit ratings of a number of countries Monday night, becoming the first agency to call into question the creditworthiness of the United Kingdom. Greece is fast approaching the precipice. Its coalition government is weakening from the intense popular uprising against additional budget cuts. Participation in its critical debt restructuring deal is reportedly weaker than expected. And now, a chorus of eurozone officials, including the finance ministers of Germany and Poland, is playing down the negative effects of a Greek default and eurozone exit.

 

With investor sentiment at extreme highs, this sets the stage for a dramatic market reversal as it becomes increasingly clear that central bank interventions -- such as the actions by the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England over the past week -- can no longer solve the structural problems at hand. We're already seeing signs of this.

 

The internet search giant is setting its crosshairs on your living room. Would an Android-powered home catch on?

By TheWeek.com Feb 14, 2012 1:22PM
Image: Privacy (© Beathan/Corbis)Google (GOOG) has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to test a top-secret home entertainment device in four U.S. cities. According to the application, the system will connect through home WiFi networks and Bluetooth to other home electronics, including lightbulbs, speakers, and television sets.

Is this move a natural progression for Google, or does it have flop written all over it? 

Did the tech giant figure the ends justified the means?

By Jonathan Berr Feb 14, 2012 12:42PM
Image: Money and computer (© Angel Muniz/Jupiterimages)Would consumers be willing to pay higher prices for iPads, Macs and iPhones to make sure Apple's (AAPL) suppliers treated their workers more humanely?

Foxconn, one of Apple's main suppliers, seems to have consulted the works of Charles Dickens for management tips.  
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Mylan is upgraded to 'buy' at Goldman, while Bank of America is downgraded to 'neutral' at Citi.

By MSN Money Partner Feb 14, 2012 12:22PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Gap (GPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
  • Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
  • HollyFrontier (HFC) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
  • Mylan (MYL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
  • Pioneer Natural (PXD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
 

Both companies have failed to deliver in the past but are creeping back up despite continued missteps.

By Jim Cramer Feb 14, 2012 11:09AM

TheStreetThe moves in Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) do not make sense to me.

 

These two companies disappointed and disappointed badly. They didn't deliver what we thought they would, but more importantly they didn't deliver the guidance we expected.

 

Now what's happening to them? They are creeping right back up, headed back to where they were before the huge misses.

 

With a high yield and rapid growth, this offshore operator is a fundamental and technical buy.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 14, 2012 11:08AM
By Lou Gagliardi, Cabot Global Energy Report

We continue to seek stocks that can outperform on a relative basis and provide dividend support to protect the downside. Offshore driller SeaDrill Limited (SDRL) combines both positive catalysts.

SeaDrill is in rapid growth mode seeking to capitalize on the explosive worldwide need for safer, better-quality rigs in the post-BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill era while providing capability for drilling in more difficult and deeper waters (and capturing higher crude prices). 

Jeremy Lin's meteoric rise as a player is making MSG a hot stock. Don't get burned.

By InvestorPlace Feb 14, 2012 10:55AM

By Kyle Woodley


Sports phenomena rock the mainstream media all the time. The stories surrounding athletes like Tim Tebow and LeBron James are larger than life, so when they hit the traditional news outlets and plaster social media, no one bats an eye.


But when a sports phenomenon -- in this case, one dubbed "Linsanity" -- causes a major move in a well-known stock, it's time to step back and take a breather.

 

Longtime tech leader IBM has a lot more power to grow than some investors foresee.

By Gene Marcial Feb 14, 2012 10:00AM

Just because IBM  (IBM) has been a steady, reliable blue-chip growth stock all these years is no reason to get bored with it, as some investors seem to feel these days. You will miss out on IBM's continued solid growth if you take its stock for granted.


True, the buzz these days in the fast-moving world of technology is all about the social networks such as Facebook and Groupon (GRPN), even somewhat eclipsing a bit the relatively new tech leaders Apple (AAPL) -- which hit an-all-time high of $500 a share Monday -- Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT). But information technology wizard IBM is hardly mentioned anymore among the must-own and truly exciting tech stocks.

 

The online gaming company is expected to report a profit Tuesday, which may allay concerns about its potential.

By Benzinga Feb 13, 2012 7:36PM

Image: Couple with laptop (© Daly and Newton/OJO Images/Getty Images)By Michael Foster, Benzinga Staff Writer


All eyes will be on Zynga (ZNGA) Tuesday as the company is expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 3 cents per share on revenue of $301 million.


As tech companies go, these numbers are tiny. However, positive earnings are impressive for such a young company. Zynga's strong numbers have encouraged some investors even as its dependence on the Facebook platform has inspired skepticism.

 

Local governments won't have to scramble to repay loans used to finance construction projects.

By Jim J. Jubak Feb 13, 2012 6:36PM
Why didn't the Federal Reserve think of this? The Fed could have fixed the U.S. real estate bust with one stroke.

Monday, China has told its big government-controlled banks (sorry, private shareholders) to roll over loans to local governments. That means local governments that borrowed from the banks to pay for the 2008 stimulus plan ordered by Beijing and to finance everything from factories to roads to apartment complexes to shopping malls to the tune of 10.7 trillion yuan ($1.7 trillion) won't have to repay those loans as they mature over the next three years.
 

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