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REITs should be on the radar of every income investor. Don't overlook them.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 14, 2012 1:39PM
By Stephen Leeb, editor Income Performance Letter

Digital Realty Trust (DLR), which owns and manages technology-related real estate, ended 2011 on a high note; it remains a safe income play with one of the best growth profiles in the REIT space.

The key for Digital last year was its foray into the Asian Pacific markets (34% of new leases in terms of footage, notably Singapore and Australia), where rates are substantially higher. 
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Interest rates are headed higher in a big way as the market worries about inflation.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Mar 14, 2012 1:17PM

Image: Man Taking Money Out of Wallet © NULL/CorbisSoviet-style central planning is alive and well in the United States. A large chunk of the economy, specifically the market price for money, has been artificially depressed by the Federal Reserve. But now, there are signs the free market is reasserting itself.

 

Short-term rates have been held near 0% since 2008 and are likely to stay there through 2014, according to Fed policymakers. Long-term rates have been held down through two rounds of quantitative easing and the current "Operation Twist" policy that sees the central bank sell short-term bond holdings to actively push down borrowing rates for things like homes and cars.

 

Consulting firms are critical to government and corporate America, but this one remains an undiscovered prize.

By Gene Marcial Mar 14, 2012 1:16PM

Image: Financial adviser talking with clients © NULL/CorbisAs corporate America continues to slash fixed costs and governments persist in shrinking budgets, the use of consultants has increased significantly. They have become a critical part of management in both the public and private sectors.

 

Yet investors haven't caught up with the idea that consultants generate a lot of innovative ideas and execute strategic policies for government agencies and commercial enterprises -- and make good money in the process.

 

On his last day there, Greg Smith slams the company as a morally bankrupt place he is no longer proud of.

By Kim Peterson Mar 14, 2012 12:12PM
Greg Smith didn't just resign from Goldman Sachs (GS) on Wednesday. He brought a big match and torched the place on his way out the door.

The big match was Smith's devastating New York Times opinion piece that had Wall Street in a whirlwind. It's a revelatory piece about the Wall Street firm's moral decline in the nearly 12 years Smith worked there. Now he describes the environment as "toxic and destructive." 
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Shares of the satellite radio company are among the most overvalued in history.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 14, 2012 12:10PM
Image: Driving home (© gehringj/Vetta/Getty Images)More investors are betting that Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) will fail.

Short interest in the satellite broadcasting service was 285.8 million as of Feb. 29, up about 5% from the previous week. This represents a reversal from the Feb. 15 data, which showed short interest dropping more than 10% from the week before to 273 million -- its lowest level in about three months. 
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Despite what you've heard, the market is doing well thanks to strong earnings from powerhouse companies, such as Apple and Disney.

By Jim Cramer Mar 14, 2012 12:01PM

Noise makes you lose money. Noise can be a killer. Noise can really get you down. That's how I look at yesterday's market action. Let me give you some noise that drowned out some terrific ideas.

 

First, there's the Apple (AAPL) news. It's terrific, no doubt about it. There are lines for the new iPads -- people are begging for them. But that would normally mean you have to see the Microsoft Intel world. That's not working as both stocks keep going higher. Not only that, I think those who are saying that Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 8 is a loser haven't used it. I love the darned thing. Uninformed noise.

 

Micron is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Citigroup is downgraded to 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 14, 2012 10:54AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • CBS (CBS) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital
  • NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
  • Altera (ALTR) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
 

The troubled company didn't have enough capital on hand to satisfy the Federal Reserve.

By InvestorPlace Mar 14, 2012 10:22AM
By Jeff Reeves

During the financial crisis and for months afterward, the entire banking industry seemingly moved in lockstep. But that has changed significantly in the past 12 months. Consider that since early 2011, Wells Fargo (WFC) is up slightly while Bank of America (BAC) is down 40%.


This week, the Federal Reserve released stress test results that once again showed a widening disparity between good and bad banks. At the head of the class: JPMorgan Chase (JPM), which raised its dividend and will buy back shares.


The biggest flunky? That old laggard Citigroup (C), which didn't pass and saw shares sell off sharply Tuesday morning as a result.

 

This year, the biotech firm is expected to report clinical data on 7 new drug products in its pipeline.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 14, 2012 10:17AM
By John McCamant, The Medical Technology Stock Letter

We expect 2012 to be the year that investors both discover and learn to appreciate the broad potential of antisense technology in drug development. As such, we continue to recommend Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS).

The company finished 2011 with a pro forma net operating loss (NOL) of $61.3 million compared to a pro forma NOL of $36.2 million for 2010. At year-end, the firm had nearly $344 million in cash. 
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The CEO is a company vet who's steeped in oil but sees natural gas playing a major role in the future.

By InvestorPlace Mar 14, 2012 9:42AM

By Susan J. Aluise

 

ExxonMobil (XOM) CEO Rex Tillerson is probably the most prototypical oil man since J.R. Ewing ruled the rigs in the 1980s TV series "Dallas." But unlike the scheming, double-dealing J.R., the plain-spoken (and often stubborn) Tillerson credits the Boy Scouts for making him the leader he is today.

 

Although mention of Tillerson's Boy Scout roots likely would elicit a loud guffaw from Big Oil's myriad enemies, it's clear that his career track has been shaped by that organization's motto: "Be Prepared."

 

Citigroup, MetLife and SunTrust fail the Federal Reserve's stress tests, while JPMorgan passes and boosts its dividend.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 14, 2012 7:48AM

By Andrea Tse

 

Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET

 

Citigroup (C), MetLife (MET), SunTrust Banks (STI) and Ally Financial were among the notable failures when the Federal Reserve on Tuesday released the results of its capital stress tests on the 19 largest U.S. banks. Citigroup was the surprise loser, coming in with a 4.9% capital ratio. "The results showed that Citi exceeded the stress test requirements without the capital actions Citi proposed," Citigroup said in a statement. "The Federal Reserve advised Citi that it objected to Citi's proposed return of capital to shareholders. In light of the Federal Reserve's actions, Citi will submit a revised Capital Plan to the Federal Reserve later this year, as required by the applicable regulations."

 

JPMorgan (JPM) passed the Fed's stress test, increased its quarterly dividend by 5 cents to 30 cents a share, and said its board authorized a new $15 billion buyback program.

 

The latest version of Apple's market-dominating tablet is missing a certain anthropomorphic voice assistant. What gives?

By TheWeek.com Mar 13, 2012 6:17PM
Credit: © Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Caption: Apple Unveils Updated iPadWhere's Siri?

Tech bloggers across the web demanded answers to that question when they learned last week that Apple's (AAPL) spunky voice assistant wouldn't be featured on the new iPad, which is already selling out in the lead-up to its Friday release.

The iPhone 4S' virtual helper has been a central part of Apple's recent marketing push -- even sparking lawsuits claiming that Siri's impressive responsiveness in commercials is misleading -- and is widely viewed as the company's biggest innovation of the past 12 months.  
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Both companies are targeting small businesses, developers and start-ups with their services.

By Trefis Mar 13, 2012 6:10PM
Microsoft (MSFT) is in the middle of a price war with Amazon (AMZN) and other companies in the cloud-computing space, lowering prices to attract developers looking for a place to build and host Web applications.

Microsoft has put its Azure cloud-computing platform up against Amazon (AMZN) Web Services, the largest player in the cloud computing space. Also competing in this sector are Google (GOOG) with its App Engine, Rackspace Hosting (RAX) and Salesforce.com (CRM). 

In the shadow of soaring oil prices, however, another big energy story has been hiding. Natural-gas prices, ironically, have set a string of 10-year lows so far this year.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 13, 2012 5:55PM
Image: Natural gas plant (© Kevin Burke/Corbis)By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal TimesThe Fiscal Times

Soaring crude oil prices have been grabbing headlines as they hover above $100 a barrel amidst concerns about Iran's possible confrontation with Israel and the West.

In their shadow, however, another big energy story has been hiding. Natural-gas prices, ironically, have set a string of 10-year lows throughout 2012 so far.

The two trends are not entirely separate. 

In this interview, a top advisor shares how this strategy can spot breakout stocks earlier than usual.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 13, 2012 5:46PM

Image: Stock market report (© ULTRA.F/Digital Vision/Getty Images)Upside earnings revisions, along with some technical indicators, are how advisor Mike McGervey determines portfolio investments. He shares details about his method with MoneyShow.com, and discusses three current holdings.


Kate Stalter: I'm speaking today with Mike McGervey of McGervey Wealth Management.

Mike, one of the metrics you use is earnings revisions on individual stocks, taking a bottom-up approach. Tell us a little bit about what you’re seeing.


Mike McGervey: Sure, Kate. Upward revisions to estimated earnings are a great predictor of future price for us.

 

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