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Ford CFO Louis Booth said the company may start paying shareholders a dividend before its credit reaches investment grade.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 26, 2011 2:54PM

By Ted Reed, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Ford (F) chief financial officer Lewis Booth says the automaker is moving toward paying a dividend.

 

Previously, Ford had said that it would like to reach investment grade before it paid a dividend. 

 

Apple's new iPhone 4S may have some owners of RIM's phone ready to jump ship, one company says.

By Kim Peterson Oct 26, 2011 2:53PM
The recent launch of the iPhone 4S appears to have triggered an unusually high number of BlackBerry trade-ins.

Gadget recycling service Gazelle says the number of BlackBerry users looking to ditch their phones has spiked 80% since last week, Cnet reports.

Apple's (AAPL) new phone contributed to the sudden urge to purge. But the recent outage of the BlackBerry email and messaging systems probably didn't help either. 

Other software companies have incorporated the slide-to-unlock system, potentially leaving themselves open to lawsuits.

By Kim Peterson Oct 26, 2011 2:07PM
If you have a smartphone, you've probably used the slide-to-unlock feature to make a call or check your mail. This week, Apple (AAPL) won the patent for that feature.

Apple first applied for the patent in 2005 (you can read the patent here), long before the first iPhone was unveiled. The idea is simple: A device with a touch-sensitive display may be unlocked via gestures performed on the touch-sensitive display. 

A Fidelity fund manager focuses on the higher-quality side of junk bonds.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 26, 2011 1:15PM
By Jim Lowell, Fidelity Investor

Investors have been selling out of junk bonds and junk bond funds based on fears of potential outcomes rather than on known fundamentals.

I'm now recommending Fidelity High Income (SPHIX) to capitalize on this currently unloved and, I think, undervalued portion of the bond market. 

Bullish signals from the oil market suggest the economy and stocks may be healthier than thought.

By MoneyShow.com Oct 26, 2011 12:38PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


December crude oil futures hit a low of $75 per barrel in early October and closed Tuesday at $93.47. This is a gain of more than 24% through Tuesday's close, while the Spyder Trust (SPY) has gained just over 14% during that time.


More importantly, the December 2011 crude contract is trading above the January 2012 contract. This is the first time this has occurred since November 2008. With crude oil moving into "backwardation" (the nearby contracts are higher than the further-out contracts), it indicates that the market believes demand will be greater than supply going forward. The December contract for 2011 is trading $1.47 above the December 2012 contract.

 
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Investors looking to gain exposure to commodities through exchange-traded funds have a variety of choices.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 26, 2011 11:08AM

By Don Dion, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Sweeping macroeconomic turmoil and looming market doubts have created a treacherous environment for commodity investors over the past few months. While the risk of an upheaval remains present, as we have seen in recent days, the fog may be lifting on hard assets.

 

At the start of the week, industrial giant Caterpillar (CAT) injected a welcomed dose of confidence into commodities. The firm noted that its mining branch had been a major contributor to its analyst-beating quarterly earnings numbers.

 

Want to know why the company had such a spectacular rise and fall? Blame management, but also blame the short-selling process.

By Jim Cramer Oct 26, 2011 9:21AM

the streetHow can Netflix (NFLX) fall and fall and fall some more over the same sagging data? How can the company be worth a small fraction of what it was just a few months ago?

 

The answer lies in short sellers and the flawed process of betting against stocks.

 

These shares meet the legendary investor's criteria.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 26, 2011 9:01AM
By John Reese, Validea

Benjamin Graham, known as "the father of value investing", inspired a number of famous "sons" -- Mario Gabelli, John Neff, John Templeton, and, most famously, Warren Buffett.

Born in England in 1894, Graham built his reputation -- and fortune -- by using an extremely conservative, low-risk approach to investing. To him, preserving one's original capital was every bit as important as netting big gains. 
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Don't be reeled in by the lure of these big-name blue chips.

By InvestorPlace Oct 26, 2011 8:52AM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com

There's a lot of focus on low-risk blue-chip investments right now. That type of investing strategy is a good one for volatile times, and taking shelter in big-name companies with global operations and a good dividend can provide stability to your portfolio.


But don't be fooled into thinking that all the big boys are the same. Even in the vaunted Dow Jones Industrial Average, there are a number of big-name stocks that are big-time disappointments. These dead Dow stocks have caused investors more stress at a time when they are looking for stability.


If you're considering blue chips right now, make sure your shopping list steers away from these toxic investments. Here are five dead Dow stocks you can live without right now:

 

Amazon disappoints Wall Street with weaker-than-expected quarterly results. Sprint reports a smaller-than-expected loss.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 26, 2011 8:44AM

By Andrea Tse, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Amazon (AMZN) was falling Wednesday after the online retailer reported disappointing third-quarter results Tuesday.


Amazon posted earnings of $63 million, or 14 cents a share, on sales of $10.88 billion. The average estimate was for earnings of 24 cents on revenue of $10.95 billion. For the fourth quarter, Amazon said it could post an operating loss of as much $200 million or a profit of as much as $250 million with sales ranging from $16.45 billion to $18.65 billion. Analysts had expected net income of about $394 million, or 85 cents, on sales of $18.15 billion.

 

Millions of Americans love the seasonal sandwich, so should the fast-food giant make it a full-time product?

By Benzinga Oct 25, 2011 5:13PM

By Abe Raymond, Benzinga Staff Writer


McDonalds (MCD) has developed an almost cult-like following around its popular McRib sandwich.


Legions of fans call for the sandwich to return to the restaurant's menu every year, and are appeased when it appears for a month or so. Given its extreme popularity, would McDonald's benefit from adding the McRib to its menu full-time?

 

The company is poised to benefit most from the expected jump in mobile advertising -- but its costs are also escalating.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 25, 2011 5:13PM
By Richard Moroney, Dow Theory Forecasts

Google (GOOG) as a brand is so strong that its name has become a verb. Further, Google’s core business — selling targeted advertising through its popular Internet search engine — is as robust as the brand. Indeed, more than 65% of online searches in the U.S. use Google.

And industry researcher eMarketer expects spending on mobile advertising to jump 65% to $1.2 billion this year and approach $4.4 billion by 2015. 

The company is spending heavily on infrastructure and to develop its Kindle Fire tablet, which it will likely sell at a loss.

By Kim Peterson Oct 25, 2011 4:55PM
Updated at 8 a.m. ET Wednesday

Shares of Amazon (AMZN) were slumping Wednesday after the company missed Wall Street expectations on profit and revenue for the third quarter.

The company has been on a spending spree all year, building up its infrastructure for the holiday season and for the launch of its new line of Kindle devices. And generally investors have been fine with that. 
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The company didn't give a reason for why Rob Gillette left his post.

By Kim Peterson Oct 25, 2011 3:22PM
When a chief executive resigns suddenly and without giving a reason, it's a safe bet that investors will panic.

That's what's happening to First Solar (FSLR) Tuesday after chief executive Rob Gillette left the company effective immediately. Shares of the solar company fell more than 25% to close at $43.27.

The company didn't give a reason for Gillette's departure. Its chairman and founder, Mike Ahearn, will take over the chief executive duties until a search committee can find a permanent replacement. 
Tags: FSLR

The shipping company is optimistic about the country's economic future. Now if only its customers were as well.

By Kim Peterson Oct 25, 2011 3:04PM
United Parcel Service (UPS) really wants the economy to turn around.

You can tell from executives' comments that they see a recovery within reach. We're so close, and they're enthusiastic. But there is still too much uncertainty, too many question marks blocking the way.

"Over the last month or so, we are starting to see better economic numbers, so there is more optimism out there, and that could turn things around," chief executive Scott Davis told analysts on the company's earnings call Tuesday. "We are still expecting a slow-growth economy, but I don't think it is as negative as people were thinking two and three months ago." 
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