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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.
 

The company's performance in the smartphone and mobile operating system markets was stunning last quarter.

By Trefis Feb 13, 2012 5:17PM

The iPhone 4S has significantly boosted the fortunes for Apple (AAPL), with the company's stock price surpassing $500 for the first time. That's up from $400 last October, when the phone was launched.


Not only has the iPhone 4S helped Apple become the No. 1 global smartphone maker, but it also narrowed the gap with Google's (GOOG) Android operating system in the U.S. According to a BGR report citing StatCounter research, Apple has a 59% share of mobile Web browsing usage in North America.

 

With the Kindle Fire making major inroads in the tablet market, some think Apple would be wise to take on Amazon with a cheaper 7-inch iPad.

By TheWeek.com Feb 13, 2012 5:08PM
Image: young woman reading from Kindle (© Reggie Casagrande/Photographer)Apple (AAPL) is reportedly working on a 7-inch tablet to take on Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Fire.

Technology analyst Ezra Gottheil told Computerworld that a smaller version of the 9.7-inch iPad has always "been in the plan" for the Cupertino, Calif., company, and could see store shelves as soon as this year. But late founder Steve Jobs was vehemently opposed to a smaller iPad, saying the screen would be too small to "express the software."

All things considered, would producing a smaller, more portable $200 tablet be in Apple's best interest? 
Tags: AAPLAMZN

Can the aircraft maker accurately project demand 20 years out?

By Melly Alazraki Feb 13, 2012 5:04PM

Image: Airline (© Christie & Cole/Corbis)Boeing (BA) executives recently issued a very long-term forecast for the global aviation industry. For any other industry, a two-decade projection might almost seem silly, but Boeing's business is also a long-term one, where a product can take years to develop, test and manufacture -- and being well prepared is crucial.


The maker of the 787 Dreamliner is projecting demand of 33,500 planes worldwide by the year 2030, MarketWatch reported. The market value of these crafts is about $4 trillion -- that's right, trillion. And Boeing is gearing up to take its share of the projected demand.

 
Tags: BA

You can't get more solid than these picks from a defensive fund manager.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 13, 2012 3:09PM

By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com


Picking stocks that are increasing dividend payouts and growing in price, while meeting the moral requirements of a Catholic investor base, is George Schwartz's daily challenge. 


In my interview with Schwartz, he describes several companies -- two of them in detail.

 

Tobacco stocks may not be the most popular products in the eyes of many, but their growth and dividend potential remains compelling for income investors.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 13, 2012 2:44PM

Image: Man smoking (© Steve Mason/Photodisc Blue/Getty Images)By Jim Trippon, Dividend Genius


No group of stocks is more stigmatized than tobacco stocks. With legitimate serious health concerns over cigarettes as an industry backdrop, tobacco stocks have been labeled "sin stocks," and many investors shun them.


Others, however, who are open to the possibilities of investing in the group, might be interested in taking a look at their fundamentals and stock performance, along with the dividends for which they're known. 

 

The landmark skyscraper and 11 other properties will be part of a REIT.

By Kim Peterson Feb 13, 2012 2:42PM
Credit: © Sebastian-Julian/Vetta/Getty Images
Caption: Coin-Operated Binoculars looking towards the Empire State BuildingKing Kong chose the Empire State Building for its potential to climb. Now investors can, too.

The company that owns the 102-story Manhattan skyscraper plans to go public, according to regulatory documents filed Monday. Empire State Realty Trust wants to sell up to $1 billion worth of Class A shares as the office market continues to recover.

The company owns 12 office properties, including seven in midtown Manhattan, and will go public as a real-estate investment trust, or REIT. The company is owned largely by New York's billionaire Malkin family, which fought for years with Donald Trump and real-estate heiress Leona Helmsley for control of the Empire State Building. 
Tags: IPOREIT

One company is set to benefit from the transition to electronic records.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 13, 2012 2:29PM
Image: Dentist working on a computer © Andersen Ross/Brand X Pictures/Getty ImagesBy Jeffrey Loo, S&P Capital IQ Equity Analyst, S&P The Outlook

Our latest "focus stock" is Cerner (CERN), which carries S&P Capital IQ's highest investment recommendation of "strong buy."

Cerner is the largest pure-play provider of health care information technology (HIT) and related services. Its products and services help health care organizations from single-doctor practices to multi-hospital health care systems manage their clinical, financial and management information systems.  
Tags: CERN

Wall Street is buzzing over the comeback strategy devised by the new CEO. But this Steve Jobs disciple may have inherited his mentor's willingness to bend the truth.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 13, 2012 2:01PM

Image: Poster proclaiming Sale up to 50% off and shoppers silhouetted in foreground © Michele Constantini/PhotoAlto Agency RF/Getty ImageBy Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com


We don't need to read the FBI file on Steve Jobs to see that there is often a thin line between inspirational leadership and willful self-deception.


Leadership doesn't work without a convincing projection of self-confidence. In a universe where there are no guarantees, such displays are of necessity a leap of faith and a sales tactic. Any leader worth his salt knows that failure is a possibility, albeit one that shouldn't be mentioned publicly.

 

We've seen a 20% rally since October, but whether this can continue depends on the earnings outlook for 2012 -- and that outlook is far from clear.

By The Fiscal Times Feb 13, 2012 1:38PM
greeceBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

After a remarkable start to the year, with the U.S. stock market racing higher almost daily, the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index and Dow Jones Industrial Average both ended Friday with their worst weeks of the year, with the S&P 500 posting its first weekly loss. 

Admittedly, the red ink was more of a puddle than a sea, but it may be an indication that investors are -- or will -- give some sober thought to the risks that lie ahead after an advance of more than 20% since October.
 

A deal with TerraCyle may help solve it.

By Jonathan Berr Feb 13, 2012 12:51PM
Image: Coffee (© HD Connelly/Getty Images/Getty Images)Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' (GMCR) K-Cup coffee-brewing system is simple to use and creates a delicious cup of coffee. The downside to the popular single-use product is that it can't be recycled and people in the landfill business are fuming. But a solution may be in the works.

The company is in talks with TerraCycle about developing a program that would enable consumers to redeem used K-Cups for 2 cents each to raise money for nonprofits.  
Tags: GMCR

The longer the nation's situation drags on, the less likely it will hurt us. But if it does default, we could have a buying opportunity.

By Jim Cramer Feb 13, 2012 12:38PM

Is Greece a prelude to nothing? What people have failed to realize the whole time this Greek issue has been rumbling -- which, by the way, is now a couple of years -- is that the longer it goes, the less likely it will hurt Europe and even less likelier that it will hurt us.

 

Here's the deal. The big issue in 2008, the always-apt comparison, was the element of surprise. I think the idea that there is even the most remote element of surprise to a collapse of Greece is off the table and people who don't fret that it will collapse are those who are either brain dead or speculators (in other words, guys who deserve it.)

 

Investors have rewarded the stock after a first-quarter earnings report that blew away just about everyone.

By Kim Peterson Feb 13, 2012 12:07PM
Image: Arrow Up (© Image Source/Photolibrary)Updated 4:20 p.m. ET

Apple
(AAPL) shares surpassed $500 for the first time Monday to close at $502.60, and analysts said $600 is an easy target as the company continues to excite investors with new products and more acceptance in the workplace.

The stock has been on the march since Apple reported a jaw-dropping first quarter, blowing away expectations with $13.1 billion in profit and sales of $46.3 billion. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) was suffering from a 4.2% drop in earnings for the last quarter of 2011, but Apple singlehandedly turned that decline into a 4.4% gain, Bloomberg reports
Tags: AAPLXOM

Steel Dynamics and US Steel are downgraded to 'hold.' DuPont is initiated with 'equal weight.'

By MSN Money Partner Feb 13, 2012 12:01PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
  • Varian Medical (VAR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
  • Oceaneering (OII) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
  • Noble Corporation (NE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
  • Ensco (ESV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
 

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