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The entertainment giant aimed for the stars but crashed to earth with its action flick 'John Carter.'

By Zacks.com Mar 20, 2012 12:37PM

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The Walt Disney Company's (DIS) science-fiction movie "John Carter" is creating a buzz, but for all the wrong reasons. 


Disney is expected to register a loss of $200 million as the big-budget production turns out to be the biggest flop in its history, according to Reuters.

 

Investors take a shine to the luxury-goods retailer despite economic concerns.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 20, 2012 11:50AM
Image: Dollar sign (© Image Source/Corbis)Shares of Tiffany & Co. (TIF) soared more than 7% Tuesday morning after the company said its earnings would exceed analysts' estimates, despite fears that Wall Street layoffs and a slowdown in Europe would hurt results more than the economic rebound would help them.

It appears that rich Americans not employed on Wall Street are doing fine and that consumer confidence in the world's largest economy is on the rise. Ditto for wealthy Chinese, though China's economy is faltering.  
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Adobe is upgraded to 'sector perform,' and Agrium is initiated with a 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 20, 2012 11:20AM
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Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • ARM Holdings (ARMH) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
  • Adobe (ADBE) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital
  • Harley-Davidson (HOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
 

The networking giant is reinvigorating its business with a focus on virtualization and cloud computing.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 20, 2012 10:45AM

By Richard Moroney, Dow Theory Forecasts

Cisco Systems (CSCO) pushed the reset button in the fiscal year that began in August. The networking giant has sharpened its focus on cost cuts and efficiency improvements in hopes of reinvigorating its business.

Over the past few years, competitors have nibbled away at Cisco's markets, slowing the company's growth. But it is now emphasizing new products that will keep it relevant.

 

It can work regardless of where things go from here.

By Stock Traders Daily Mar 20, 2012 10:31AM

Admittedly, we all hope the market will go up forever, as it has recently. But we all know it will not. Even people who focus on the short term have doubts about the economy and acknowledge that any stumble could cause stocks to pull back more seriously again.


In every respect, this is a time when smaller investors are being enticed back into the market. They think it will go straight up because everything looks great. But smarter investors are hedging those bets. Smarter investors are looking for strategies that can work if the market goes up or if it goes down. Strategies that are not tied to market direction but have solid historical performance as well. That is what I will discuss here.

 
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These ETFs have huge AAPL holdings at a fraction of the full share price.

By InvestorPlace Mar 20, 2012 9:32AM

By Kyle Woodley

 

Want to get into Apple (AAPL)? Get ready to fork over 600 clams.

 

Good grief.

 

At this point, the Cupertino, Calif., behemoth's growth is all but unstoppable, especially with the new iPad now available at Apple stores and the appeal of the recently announced Apple dividend.

 

The software maker meets quarterly profit expectations. The online retailer will acquire robotic packaging company Kiva Systems.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 20, 2012 7:42AM

By Chao Deng

 

Updated at 9 a.m. ET

 

Adobe Systems (ADBE), a maker of digital media publishing applications, posted a fiscal-first-quarter profit in line with analysts' estimates. Adobe posted non-GAAP profit of $284.5 million, or 57 cents a share, on revenue of $1.045 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of 57 cents a share on revenue of $1.053 billion. For the fiscal second quarter, ending in May, Adobe forecast non-GAAP earnings of 57 cents to 61 cents a share on revenue ranging from $1.09 billion to $1.14 billion. The current average analyst view is for a profit of 60 cents a share on revenue of $1.10 billion.

 

Amazon.com (AMZN) agreed to acquire privately held Kiva Systems, a maker of robotic package handling systems, for $775 million in cash. Separately, Amazon will sell $10 gift cards for $5 on Tuesday to people who visit AmazonLocal.com, its answer to deals sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial, The Associated Press reported.

 

Cinderellas can bust your brackets -- but they can also juice your portfolio.

By John Reese Mar 19, 2012 6:06PM

March Madness is upon us and the big question on every college basketball fan's mind is, who will play Cinderella in this year's NCAA tournament? Every year, smaller schools and other unheralded teams push the country's basketball powerhouses to the limit during the tournament, with some successfully playing David to the big guys' Goliath.


Last year two big Cinderellas -- Butler University and Virginia Commonwealth University -- made it to the Final Four of the prestigious tournament, with both schools making runs that were as remarkable as they were unexpected. This year several Cinderellas have already crashed the dance, including Ohio University, which has made it to the Sweet 16 as a 13th seed. 

 

The company is well poised to increase its snacks market share as it expands into emerging economies.

By Trefis Mar 19, 2012 5:49PM
PepsiCo (PEP) has been under fire, especially after its latest earnings report didn't meet investor expectations.

The disappointing numbers helped feed news that CEO Indra Nooyi might step down, but the company has quashed all such rumors for now. Although Coca-Cola (KO) has been outperforming PepsiCo in terms of beverage volumes sold, it is important to understand that PepsiCo has evolved into more than just a beverage company over time. In fact, you could argue Pepsi is a snacks company with a beverage business on the side. 

The Zacks panel of experts offers its top stock picks for the cosmetic, payment terminal and pharmaceutical industries.

By Zacks.com Mar 19, 2012 5:40PM

The Zacks panel of experts offers its top stock picks for the cosmetic, payment terminal and pharmaceutical industries.


Stocks covered include Ulta Cosmetics (ULTA), VeriFone (PAY) and Questcor Pharmaceuticals (QCOR).


Plus, Zacks experts weigh in on whether we will see March Mania in stocks or just more of a slow steady climb higher and on latest inflation data.

 

McDonald's, however, is still far out of reach for any of its rivals.

By Benzinga Mar 19, 2012 3:30PM

Image: Family eating burgers (© Bananastock/Jupiterimages)By Brett Callwood, Benzinga Staff Writer


The fast-food industry was significantly shaken on Monday by news that Wendy's (WEN) has knocked Burger King from the No. 2 spot.


According to the Associated Press, an upcoming report by food research company Technomic shows that Wendy's knocked Burger King aside in U.S. sales volume for the first time since Wendy's was founded in 1969. McDonald's (MCD) continues to reign supreme at the top of the pile.

 

The sector will soon enter a period of seasonal strength, and two stocks in particular look like attractive buys on any upcoming pullbacks.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 19, 2012 3:01PM

Image: Combines in field (© Mark Karrass/Corbis/Corbis)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


Despite the stock market’s impressive performance so far in 2012, some industry groups are still flat or down for the year. These are the groups to keep an eye on, as we have seen new sector rotation that has continued to propel the major averages higher.


The materials sector has been lagging and is still below the February highs. A strong close this week in the Select Sector SPDR Materials (XLB) would turn the volume analysis positive and might be enough to make it a market leader.

 

Analysts are upping their price targets for Apple, catching the excitement from the latest iPad, a rumored TV and a just-announced dividend.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 19, 2012 2:54PM
Image: Arrow Up (© Nicholas Monu/iStock Exclusive/Getty Images)By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal TimesThe Fiscal Times

Wall Street is calling it the "700 Club" -- the group of buy-side analysts who have gone public in recent days with projections that Apple’s (AAPL) stock will soar to $700 or more.

The stock has edged closer to that goal Monday, gaining more than 2% after the company's announcement that it will start paying a quarterly dividend of $2.65 a share and launch a $10 billion, three-year stock buyback program. 

One Silicon Valley entrepreneur says he will part with his Los Gatos mansion for a stake in the social-networking company.

By Kim Peterson Mar 19, 2012 2:33PM
Caption: Forrester Estate Exterior
License: PR 1yearThe pre-IPO excitement for Facebook shares is getting ridiculous.

One Silicon Valley enterpreneur wants to trade his 10,000-square-foot mansion in Los Gatos, Calif., for a chunk of Facebook stock. He'll take home a nice profit in the process.

Kenneth Raasch and his wife bought the property known as the "Forrester Estate" in 1997, and it was valued at $4.7 million in 2011, according to the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. 
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The CDC takes its gloves off and goes after Big Tobacco.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Mar 19, 2012 2:21PM
By Sean Williams

 

The tobacco sector is a giant. It spends approximately $10.5 billion a year on marketing and advertising in order to keep 20% of the American public smoking. This isn't to say it doesn't acknowledge the harmful effects of smoking, or that it ignores the growing number of smoking dissidents campaigning against them; it's just that I equate this situation to poking a dinosaur with a twig.

 

Well, the twig just got a little bigger.

 
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