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Are the social network's best days behind it?

By Jonathan Berr Jun 11, 2012 1:18PM
Image: Couple with laptop (© Daly and Newton/OJO Images/Getty Images)Shares of Facebook (FB) were trading up 2% Monday as investors shrugged off a comScore report showing unique U.S. visitors to the social network in April rose only 5%, the lowest growth rate since 2008.

ComScore estimates Facebook attracts about 158 million unique visitors. The U.S. population is about 300 million, which means everyone who is interested in having a Facebook account already has one, or maybe two or three. The bad news doesn't stop there. 

Stocks dip as enthusiasm for Spain's bailout plans peters out.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 11, 2012 12:40PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com 

Apple (AAPL), a stock that is always in focus, is even more in the spotlight as its Worldwide Developer Conference gets set to kick off Monday with a keynote presentation to be delivered by CEO Tim Cook.

Investors, expecting new announcements about Apple's mobile operating system and its MacBook line, pushed the stock higher by 1.25% about an hour before the event began. 

This is yet another Band-Aid solution by European leaders.

By The Fiscal Times Jun 11, 2012 12:25PM
By Suzanne McGeeThe Fiscal Times

With less than a week left before Greek citizens cast their ballots in the second batch of national elections held this year, the tension surrounding the outcome of the voting is growing.

In essence, the ballot is a straightforward poll on whether Greece will remain part of the eurozone, with the Syriza party arguing that if the price of membership in the single currency community is draconian austerity measures, then the answer is "no." 

Disney is downgraded to 'above average' and Time Warner is upgraded to 'market perform.'

By MSN Money Partner Jun 11, 2012 11:59AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Monday's noteworthy upgrades include: 
  • Duke Energy (DUK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
  • NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
  • NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor
  • Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein
  • McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
 

The chain suffers for a fifth straight month after the termination of a contract with a key pharmacy benefits manager.

By Trefis Jun 11, 2012 11:36AM
TrefisImage: Pills (© Sean Justice/Corbis)Walgreen's (WAG) sales continued to decline for the fifth consecutive month after the disruptive discontinuation of Walgreen's contract with pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts (ESRX) this year. Express accounted for more than 12.7% of Walgreen's business in May 2011, and its exit helped to send same-store sales down by 5.8% in May 2012.

Walgreen walked out of Express Scripts' network last year over a reimbursement-rate dispute. Walgreen's dispute with Express Scripts and its prescription business exodus has significantly benefited its rivals, particularly CVS Caremark (CVS) and Rite Aid (RAD). 

The weekend bailout deal makes it so the nation's banks are not teetering, but it does not address the bigger issue.

By Jim Cramer Jun 11, 2012 10:50AM

Why doesn't anyone ever consider anything permanent relief? Why doesn't anyone say, "This is not a Band-Aid, this is the real thing"? Why can't anyone say "This puts it all past us, it is what we have been waiting for"?

 

Isn't that what's on your mind? Aren't you getting upset that people don't just say, "This Spanish bank bailout is what the markets are looking for, and we don't have to worry anymore"?

 

Nothing is recession-proof, but these shares are pretty close.

By InvestorPlace Jun 11, 2012 9:55AM

By Jonathan Berr


These are confusing economic times, which makes picking stocks especially hard.


One week, investors were stung by disappointing jobs reports. Then came news that consumer confidence rose for a third straight week. Billionaire Warren Buffett, perhaps the greatest investor in history, recently said that the odds of the U.S. entering a recession were low. Not surprisingly, economist Nouriel Roubini, known as "Dr. Doom," sees trouble ahead for the U.S. because of the persistent problems in Europe, among other reasons.

 

The company's annual developers conference begins Monday, and company watchers are likely to get some sneak peeks and long-awaited answers.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Jun 9, 2012 6:54PM

Image: Apple logo © BECK DIEFENBACH//ReutersBy Aabha Rathee, staff writer at Wall St. Cheat Sheet


Apple's (AAPL) annual Worldwide Developers Conference finally rolls in on Monday, and investors will be paying close attention to every sign and every word from company officials.


As anticipation has built for the conference over the past few weeks, the talk about what Apple may reveal, and what it may not, has only gathered pace. The company will give some sneak peeks and long-awaited answers over the five-day event. But what should you be looking out for?

 

The move is expected to save costs as Kraft prepares to spin off into two companies.

By Benzinga Jun 8, 2012 6:41PM
By Matthew Kanterman, Benzinga staff writer

With all of the negative media surrounding the botched Facebook (FB) IPO, investors may be forgetting that the Nasdaq (NDAQ) is still a strong franchise and is still attracting new listings. Nasdaq came under fire after trading glitches marred Facebook's first day of trading.


Nasdaq CEO Bob Greifeld stated on CNBC recently that the company's backlog of IPOs has actually grown since Facebook went public. And now it has another feather in its cap: Kraft (KFT) is planning to delist from the New York Stock Exchange (NYX) and relist on the Nasdaq.

 

On its face, the new feature sounds like a great idea. But too often, it sends users to other companies' links.

By Benzinga Jun 8, 2012 6:31PM
By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer

Facebook is receiving a ton of press for its apparent effort to take on Apple (AAPL) and Android in the battle for app dominance. But while other app marketplaces offer tangible goods, the Facebook App Center is inundated with external links and ad-filled freebies.


Let's start with the biggest and most popular games. Facebook (FB) users who scroll through the list of apps will instantly notice that "Angry Birds Friends" is available -- and playable.

 

There are some Chinese stocks in the right sectors that also trade with decent liquidity in New York.

By Jim J. Jubak Jun 8, 2012 6:13PM
Thursday I wrote that market reaction to the interest rate cuts by the People's Bank could cut one of two ways. 

Investors could either bid up Chinese stocks, because China's central bank had escalated its stimulus of the flagging economy, or sell Chinese stocks on worries that the move indicated that China's economy was slowing more quickly than expected.
 

The investment bank is weighing the merits of a complete sale of the unit versus the sale of a minority stake.

By Trefis Jun 8, 2012 3:45PM
TrefisMorgan Stanley (MS) is reportedly trying to figure out how its commodities trading unit best fits in its business model -- and more importantly whether it should actually have a place in its business model -- once the Volcker Rule imposes a ban on several of its activities.


Although no concrete plans have materialized as of now, the global investment bank is apparently weighing the merits of a complete sale of its commodities unit versus the sale of a minority stake in the business. Once the leader in the global commodities market, Morgan Stanley has been pushed to the No. 4 position by competitors JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Barclays (BCS) and Goldman Sachs (GS).

 

As shares flounder near multimonth lows and the eurozone crisis simmers, there are indications that pessimism has gone too far.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Jun 8, 2012 2:46PM

After some impressive strength earlier this week that returned the major averages to their late May highs, the rebound rally has run out of steam. Investors clearly have a lot on their minds. On the downside, the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank seem less than eager to deploy fresh monetary policy stimulus. On the upside, Europe appears to be cobbling together a direct bank aid package for Spain, while China's central bank just cut interest rates for the first time since 2008.

 

I think it's just a temporary pause in what will prove to be a short-term rebound rally. Based on hedge fund positioning and other measures of market sentiment, many investors are very worried and positioned extremely defensively. I think that sets the stage for some upside surprise before the long-term downtrend reasserts itself.

 

The company's grand foray into 4G territory came with a hiccup, as the new iPad isn't compatible with Australia's 4G networks.

By Minyanville Jun 8, 2012 2:09PM
If Mel Gibson's turn as a post-apocalyptic road warrior taught us anything, it's that no one should cross an Aussie. (Or fail to record their voicemails, for that matter.)

Now Apple (AAPL) is learning that lesson as it finds itself $2.25 million lighter after controversy erupted over claims of the new iPad's speeds. 

Analysts are far from perfect. But sometimes their predictions are correct -- and can produce spectacular returns.

By Benzinga Jun 8, 2012 2:03PM

By Ilir Shkurti, Benzinga Staff Writer


Analyst ratings are a special breed of financial news that can yield profitable trading signals when caught early and approached the right way. 


Below are 10 analyst calls made this year that have so far produced at least a 50% return:

 

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