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This ETF holds midstream energy master limited partnerships and offers a 6.4% yield.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 17, 2011 2:24PM
By Benjamin Shepherd, Passport to Profits

In this low interest rate environment, it’s been tough for income investors to find worthwhile payouts that don’t entail inordinate amounts of risk.

But there’s one income-producing sector that has become increasingly attractive as the markets have sold off -- midstream master limited partnerships.

These midstream MLPs operate the pipeline and storage infrastructure for our oil, gasoline and natural gas resources. 

The struggling retailer wants to allow competitors to sell its most valuable brands. Smart move or disaster in the making?

By Kim Peterson Oct 17, 2011 1:33PM
Sears (SHLD) is in bad shape. Sales are down, profit is nonexistent, and stores are closing. Even the chairman has described the company's finances as unacceptable.

But is Sears' latest move a stroke of genius or the final nail in the coffin?

The company doesn't have much going for it, but what it does have are its brands. Craftsman tools. DieHard batteries. Kenmore appliances. People know and trust them. They are some of Sears' most valuable assets. 
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Here are some exchanged-traded funds to follow during this busy week of earnings reports.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 17, 2011 12:03PM

By Don Dion, TheStreetTheStreet


Here are five ETFs to watch this week.

 

1. Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI)

 

The industrials have run into trouble in the past few months as investors have begun to question the strength of the global economy. Since its July breakdown, shares of XLI have struggled to recover lost ground, as the fund has jockeyed back and forth along a generally sideways path.

 

Though its shares trade at a tremendous discount to book value, the company's ultimate mortgage risk is unknown, and there are better bargains out there.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 17, 2011 11:54AM

the streetBy Philip van Doorn, TheStreet

 

While it may seem like a bad time to sell Bank of America (BAC) shares, there are other similarly valued bank stocks to be found with a much less downside risk for investors.

 

Shares of the nation's largest bank holding company closed at $6.19 Friday, and while they gained 5% last week, the stock is down 53% year to date. After a second-quarter net loss to common shareholders of $9.1 billion, or 90 cents a share, Bank of America will announce its third-quarter results Tuesday, with analysts polled by FactSet expecting the company to post earnings of 28 cents a share.

 

Bank of America's shares on Friday traded for less than half the company's June 30 tangible book value of $12.65, according to SNL Financial. The shares were also historically cheap relative to forward earnings, trading for just 5.6 times the consensus 2012 earnings-per-share estimate of $1.12, according to analysts polled by FactSet.

 

These low-priced carriers are jumping up even as established competitors are flat or down.

By MoneyShow.com Oct 17, 2011 11:39AM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The Baltic Dry Shipping Index has surged more than 68% since early August, which likely has left some economists, who have been racing to lower their economic forecasts, shaking their heads.


The surge has been attributed to an increase in booking to ship thermal coal, iron ore and grains through the Panama Canal. Because the number of large ships that can pass through the canal does not change much year over year, an increase in shipping rates is often interpreted as a sign of future economic activity.

 

These stocks are poised to benefit as hospitals shift from paper records to electronic systems.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 17, 2011 11:27AM
By Andy Obermueller, Game-Changing Stocks

One of our favorite game-changing sectors is electronic medical records. Here's a look at our four top picks in this growth market.

The best estimates say that hospitals will need to spend $100,000 per licensed bed to implement these new programs, which render paper files obsolete.

With 950,000 hospital beds in the country, that's $95.5 billion in revenue, and there are only a handful of companies that stand poised to collect it.  

Two blockbuster energy deals reflect the foreign interest in our crude and our growing need for a bridge fuel to renewables.

By Jim Cramer Oct 17, 2011 10:31AM

the streetWe will all be buzzing, as we should be, about the huge Kinder Morgan (KMI) deal to buy El Paso (EP) and how it will make Kinder Morgan a colossus of a pipeline that will be able to move natural gas through much of the country.

 

It is a deal meant to ensure the Kinder entities dominate the transport of the fuel. Of the three entities -- Kinder Morgan, which owns and operates the pipelines; Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), the toll collector of the group; and Kinder Morgan Management (KMR), a limited partner of KMP  that controls its business -- I like KMP best because it is a master limited partnership that gives you a high 6.4% yield.

 

Game developer Rovio floats the possibility of 2012 public offering, saying the company could be worth $1B.

By InvestorPlace Oct 17, 2011 9:58AM
By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace Writer


One of the biggest beneficiaries of the mobile boom iPhone is Rovio Entertainment. Based in Finland, the company is the mastermind behind the hugely popular game "Angry Birds."


Rovio's chief marketing officer, Peter Vesterbacka, says the company is probably worth more than $1 billion, thanks to its hit game, according to Bloomberg, and it looks like the company might be prepping for an IPO.

 

Some gearheads may not like to hear it, but sales momentum and lack of a bailout give Ford the edge.

By InvestorPlace Oct 17, 2011 5:49AM

By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


Americans can be fierce defenders of their cars, refusing to drive certain brands and claiming others can do no wrong. And after the 2009 automaker bailouts for Chrysler and General Motors (GM) and an industry-wide push into fuel-efficient cars and electric vehicles, that brand war might be more heated than ever.


But when you take emotions out of the equation and stack up Detroit auto icons GM and Ford (F), it's easy to see that one automaker is head and shoulders above the other.


Here's why, from a business perspective, Ford is just plain better than GM:

 

This leading maker of video games is a new addition to a buyback-based model portfolio.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 16, 2011 1:25PM
By David Fried,  The Buyback Letter

We previously bought Activision Blizzard (ATVI) in our buyback portfolio last June, and sold it in September. It has since floated to the top of our research screens again.

Activision is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products, headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif. 

Bondholders fed up with low yields could drive stocks significantly higher. And a few sectors should be ready to buy into at the next pullback.

By MoneyShow.com Oct 14, 2011 7:00PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The stock market’s initial rally phase from the October 4 lows has gone a bit further than even us bulls expected. I guess my question from last month, “Can Doom and Gloom Save the Market?" has been answered.


Clearly, the roadblocks to an economic recovery have not been removed. While the technical outlook for the stock market has improved dramatically, there is still some work to be done.


I expected a pullback sometime last week, but the buying was relentless. Once we get a two- to five-day correction, it will be the strength of the following rally that will help determine how far stocks can rally into the end of the year.

 

The stock is a bargain at current levels, but there is a good chance the price could drop further in the near term.

By Jim J. Jubak Oct 14, 2011 5:25PM
A company gets my attention when it raises its dividend 50%, as Corning (GLW) did on Oct. 6.

Especially when it combines that dividend increase with news of a $1.5 billion stock buyback. And even more especially when it adds extremely clear guidance for investors to expect a 30% drop in sequential earnings per share because of a slowdown in its industry and some loss of market share. (Corning is a member of my long-term Jubak Picks 50 portfolio.)

I think the message from Corning’s management is extremely clear. They think that their company has a great long-term future (hence the dividend increase), that it seriously undervalued (hence the stock buyback), but that the near term is likely to be very rough (hence the negative guidance.)

Let’s take those three points one at a time, last to first, OK?
 
Tags: GLW

Coincidence or scientific proof that people are trading in their BlackBerry's for iPhones?

By Benzinga Oct 14, 2011 4:22PM
By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer

Over the last six months, Apple's (AAPL) success has had an inverse affect on Research in Motion (RIMM). While this might not come as a surprise to the million people who have pre-ordered the iPhone 4S, there was a time -- not too long ago, in fact -- when Research in Motion was a thriving company. 

The search engine giant is quickly moving to compete with Apple and Amazon.

By Kim Peterson Oct 14, 2011 2:32PM
Apple (AAPL) has the No. 1 music store in the world with its iTunes -- and that gives the company a considerable lead with any content plans moving forward.

Google (GOOG) wants a part of that action as well and is planning its own online music store to compete with Apple and Amazon (AMZN) according to various news reports this week. But Google may have to forge ahead without cooperation from much of the music industry.

The company has talked to all four major labels about participating in its service, but only EMI Group, owned by Citigroup (C), is close to a deal, The Wall Street Journal reports. EMI has Katy Perry and Gorillaz among its artists. 

It's time to get past the idea of us vs. them.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Oct 14, 2011 1:53PM

By Alyce Lomax

 

The Occupy Wall Street movement is already showing signs of being commandeered by the great Main Street street fight between left and right -- also known as us versus them. Don’t fall for the distraction: The 99% really need to occupy common ground; there’s plenty of it to occupy.

 

Wall Street deserves universal wrath. In 2008, financial companies like Goldman Sachs (GS), Citigroup (C), AIG (AIG), and Bank of America (BAC) privatized profits and socialized losses when they received a monster public bailout. Not only did they show no remorse or humility, they still believed they deserved whopping big salaries and bonuses.

 

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