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The generics drugmaker plans to tackle AstraZeneca's blockbuster antipsychotic drug Seroquel next.

By Apr 2, 2012 10:20AM

By Zacks Equity Research
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (RDY) recently announced the U.S. launch of its generic version of AstraZeneca's (AZN) drug, Seroquel.

Late last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved Dr. Reddy's abbreviated new drug application for the generic drug. Seroquel is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar mania.


With the "stress test" behind it, the clouds are clearing for this leader in the financial sector.

By TheStockAdvisors Apr 2, 2012 9:45AM
By Mike Cintolo, Cabot Top Ten Trader

Our technical screens generally don't uncover many mega-cap companies like JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), with sales of $111 billion and a market cap of $172 billion.

But the the stock is one of the strongest in the market now because investor perception of the financial group has taken a sharp turn for the better. There are two main reasons for that. 
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The daily-deals company restates its fourth-quarter earnings

By InvestorPlace Apr 2, 2012 9:36AM
By Tom Taulli

The world’s top daily-deals site, Groupon (GRPN), has announced a restatement of its fourth-quarter earnings. In short, the sales and profits it reported weren't accurate.


This is fairly unusual for a newly public company, since Wall Street has no history of quarterly results to go on and it's crucial for a new stock to build trust out of the gate. Unfortunately, Groupon scared many investors into thinking this company is at best sloppy and at worst corrupt -- resulting in a sharp sell-off that sent the company stock tumbling.


The engines will comply with 2014 fuel efficiency and greenhouse gases regulations.

By Apr 2, 2012 9:17AM

By Zacks Equity Research


Cummins Inc. (CMI) announced that it will launch diesel engines in compliance with 2014 fuel efficiency and greenhouse gases (CHG) regulations beginning in January 2013. The engines will deliver up to 2% fuel economy improvement over those produced nowadays and will be available for North American trucks. They include ISB6.7 to ISX15 lineups.

In August 2011, Cummins intended to begin actions to comply with the new fuel efficiency and GHG standards of 2014. The standard was proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation.


While hot IPOs can be chalked up to froth, the success of secondary stock offerings from Dunkin Brands and Dollar General proves the true power of this market.

By Jim Cramer Apr 2, 2012 9:08AM

The heck with IPOs as a way to judge a market. Secondary offerings tell a much better story. Why would you ever put in for stock in a secondary unless it was deeply in the hole, meaning that it came at a substantial discount to where a stock was trading ahead of the deal?


But we got two deals this week that showed the true power of this market: 25 million shares from Dollar General (DG) shareholders, priced at $45.20, and 26 million Dunkin Brands (DNKN) shares at $29.50. Neither stock was sold at much of a discount to the last day's trading.  


The online deals company revises its fourth-quarter losses, while the coffee chain sets its eyes on Chinese expansion.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 2, 2012 7:47AM

By Joseph Woelfel


Groupon (GRPN), the online deals company, revised its reported fourth-quarter results lower and said its independent auditor determined it has a "material weakness" in its internal controls. Groupon affirmed its first-quarter guidance, reiterating its revenue forecast of between $510 million and $550 million.


Starbucks (SBUX) is planning a big expansion of its China business, according to reports. The coffee-shop operator plans to triple its number of stores in China to 1,500 from 500 by 2015, said John Culver, the head of Starbuck's China and Asia Pacific business, according to The Wall Street Journal.


These stocks have taken a tumble during a positive period for the markets.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Apr 2, 2012 2:53AM

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) has posted gains in five of the past six months and is on pace for the best quarter in over 10 years. 

However, equities are showing signs of weakness as the new durable goods orders report only increased 2.2% in February, compared to estimates of 3%.

"The global recovery is not as robust as we may have thought or wished it was," Todd Schoenberger, managing director of LandColt Trading, recently told CNBC. "All the news out there is telling us that there was nothing organic about this rally."


Many of the top online games run on Flash, and Adobe is looking to cash in on this success.

By Trefis Mar 30, 2012 5:47PM
Adobe (ADBE) has come up with a plan to monetize its Flash player, the gaming platform of choice for many Web users.

About 1.3 billion devices and nine of the top 10 social games run on Flash, and Adobe wants a bigger piece of this action. The company aims to charge game developers 9% of their gross revenue after the first $50,000 for using a set of premium application programming interfaces, or APIs, designed to enhance the gaming experience.  

The company is buying ClearAccess to get more revenue from online video traffic.

By Mar 30, 2012 5:40PM

By: Zacks Equity Research


Cisco Systems (CSCO) is planning to buy privately held ClearAccess for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.

ClearAccess, a Vancouver company, provides hardware and software for Internet service providers to manage increasingly complex networks for homes and mobile devices.


It may be better for the company to form a partnership rather than investing heavily in building out the whole network infrastructure.

By Trefis Mar 30, 2012 5:33PM
Dish Network (DISH) is sitting on some pretty valuable spectrum -- and in this age of spectrum shortage, wireless companies are paying close attention.

(S) recently showed interest in forming a partnership, offering its network for Dish to host its recently acquired spectrum from DBSD and TerreStar. Like the belle of the ball, Dish may now have its choice of partners.  

The company is working to gain share, building on its strength in the low-end of the mobile phone market.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 30, 2012 5:18PM
You sure can't say Nokia (NOK) isn't pulling out all the stops to win back market share.

The company has announced that AT&T (T) will start selling its Lumia 900 smartphone, running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Phone operating system, for $99.99 on April 8. That drops the price (with a two-year contract) to half that of the cheapest iPhone and Android phones. (Microsoft owns and publishes Top Stocks, an MSN Money site.)

Nokia also announced that, starting in early April, its Lumia 800C will be available from China Telecom (CHA).

With energy costs painfully high, a look at whether current prices are justified.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Mar 30, 2012 4:17PM

Image: Oil drums (© Kevin Phillips/Digital Vision/age fotostock)Everyone has an opinion on the prices of oil and gas. And unless you're an Iranian oil minister, you probably think they're too high.


But are they? I tackled the topic at length in my column this week, with a focus on how the Federal Reserve's easy-money policies are pushing up real assets, like crude oil, through dollar devaluation. Tight supplies and geopolitical tremors are contributing as well.


Energy analysts at Barclays Capital took a look at the issue in a note to clients today coming up with a single answer for what they feel the fair price of oil is. Their answer? It just might surprise you.


The company is left with higher inventories of outerwear, but is seeing improved spring traffic.

By Benzinga Mar 30, 2012 4:16PM
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By Lear Yann, Benzinga Staff Writer

Shares of men's clothing company Jos A Bank Clothiers (JOSB) were slumping again Friday, two days after reporting a disappointing fourth quarter.

The stock tumbled some 10% after news of the quarter, and was trading Friday at $50.44. Before the quarterly report Wednesday, shares had been close to $55.

Margins are falling at the clothing chain. 

The chain is burdened with heavy debt, but it's slowly increasing sales and profit.

By Kim Peterson Mar 30, 2012 3:49PM
Arts and crafts giant Michaels Stores has filed plans to raise as much as $500 million in an initial public offering.

The specialty store is a haven for knitters and silk-flower fans, and has expanded over the years to offer kids' crafts, picture-framing services and scrapbooking supplies.

The stock might sound familiar to you. That's because Michaels was public before two private-equity companies paid some $6 billion to take it private in 2006. The companies paid $44 a share for the company -- and now, they're looking to get some money back. 

The trend is not Safeway's friend and a rescue looks unlikely.

By Minyanville Mar 30, 2012 3:37PM

Minyanville MediaImage: Grocery shopping (© IT Stock Free/Jupiterimages)Safeway's (SWY) initial disclosure of its pension obligations was enough for a Credit Suisse analyst to downgrade the stock from outperform to neutral earlier this week. 


As an analyst, I look at the new rating as a change from "I don't see any way out of its pricing problems vs. the competition," to "I don't see any way out of its pricing problems vs. the competition, and now it cannot use a significant portion of its balance sheet to help reposition itself, either." Yuck.



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