Why stocks are in for a rough ride this week
Stocks in for a rough ride this week

Longtime market bull Jeremy Siegel says investors could realize the market is behind the curve on interest rates.


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.


In its ongoing effort to become an end-to-end business-technology company, Dell buys SonicWall to beef up its security software.

By Benzinga Mar 13, 2012 5:29PM

Image: Couple with laptop (© Image Source/SuperStock)By Katey Stapleton, Benzinga Staff Writer

Dell (DELL), which is trying to transform itself into a full-service technology provider for businesses, has bought a network security company for a reported $1.2 billion.

Dell announced Tuesday that it will acquire privately-held SonicWall, which makes tools that help companies filter Internet content, secure their Internet access and protect digital communications between offices.


Home Inns and Hotels Management has tumbled in the last week. Now might just be the time to buy.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 13, 2012 3:15PM
Image: Hotel maid (© Simon Jarratt/Corbis)In my March 6 post I suggested waiting until Home Inns and Hotels Management (HMIN) reported fourth-quarter earnings on March 8 because the company might well disappoint.

Sure enough, it did, and the stock was trading Tuesday at $27.31, 14.2% below its March 5 close. (I'm adding the stock to my Jubak's Picks portfolio Tuesday.)

What was the Chinese lodging company's big sin? Not revenue. Revenue for the quarter came in at $208 million, above the consensus estimate of $191 million, and up 64% from the fourth quarter of 2010.
Tags: HMIN

Is Yahoo attempting a shakedown in hopes of grabbing some of Facebook's IPO cash?

By Kim Peterson Mar 13, 2012 2:09PM
Image: Laws (© Photodisc Green/Getty Images)Yahoo (YHOO) has become technology's newest villain after suing Facebook for violating 10 of its patents in online advertising, messaging and other areas.

Within hours after the lawsuit was filed, tech observers rushed to judgment. The suit stinks. Yahoo is totally out of line.

The harshest criticism came from one of Yahoo's former board members. "Pathetic and heartbreaking last stand for Yahoo," wrote Eric Hippeau on Twitter. "It's all over. I loved you very much." 

The retailer's margins contract as its profit drops.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Mar 13, 2012 2:03PM

Image: Jewelry store (© Baerbel Schmidt/Getty Images/Getty Images)Rising costs hurt S&P 500 component Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) in the fourth quarter as profit dropped from a year earlier. Urban Outfitters is engaged in the general consumer product retail and wholesale business, selling to customers through various channels including retail stores, catalogs and websites.

Here is the "cheat sheet" for Urban Outfitters fourth-quarter earnings report:

Tags: URBN

High-yielding REITs may seem attractive at first glance, but vulnerable chart patterns and potential dividend cuts make some of them especially dangerous.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 13, 2012 1:21PM

Image: Mortgage rates (© Comstock)By Tom Aspray

Investors in low-yielding stocks are likely frustrated by the historic market rally, as even a more conservative exchange-traded fund (ETF) like the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY) is up 4.78% so far this year. This ETF invests in the 50 highest-yielding dividend stocks of the S&P 1500 Composite that have also increased their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years.

Some of those searching for yield have been turning to the agency mortgage real-estate investment trusts (REITs), which are also being recommended by a number of analysts and columnists. These REITs are exclusively invested in mortgage securities that are insured by federal agencies.


A surge in the hiring of temporary workers bodes well for staffing stocks but is terrible news for the for-profit education sector.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 13, 2012 1:10PM

Image: Customer service worker (© Beau Lark/Corbis)By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com

This economic recovery may yet prove all too temporary, but for now its reliance on temps is one of the more impressive lines on its resume.

Temporary employment added 45,000 jobs last month, accounting for nearly 20% of February's unexpectedly strong gain of 227,000 nonfarm payrolls.


Will Apple's tablet help save video games?

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Mar 13, 2012 12:52PM
Apple's (AAPL) new iPad has been unveiled, and it is "resolutionary." The screen has an improved retina display, with 2048 x 1536 or 3.1 million pixels. It has a higher screen resolution than Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox 360 and four times the resolution of the iPad 2.  

Although much of the speculation around the new iPad has eased, investors are wondering how other companies will capitalize on Apple's new screen.

Nokia is reportedly gearing up for a Microsoft-powered model.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Mar 13, 2012 12:45PM

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz


The Windows partnership between Nokia (NOK) and Microsoft (MSFT) apparently isn't limited to smartphones.


Taiwan's DigiTimes -- the tech trade publication that usually has a good read on what contract manufacturers are working on throughout Asia -- reports that the Finnish handset maker is working on a Microsoft-fueled tablet that may hit the market as early as the fourth quarter of this year.


Scripps Networks is upgraded to a 'buy,' while CVS Caremark is downgraded to 'market perform.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 13, 2012 11:25AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • ACE Ltd. (ACE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
  • Scripps Networks (SNI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank

Utilities are the evergreens of the stock market. Even in the harshest conditions, they can thrive.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 13, 2012 11:20AM
Image: Power lines (© Digital Vision)By Ian Wyatt, Daily Profit

Utilities stocks serve virtually the same purpose for investors that the utility companies themselves serve for their customers: They provide a reliable, necessary service that doesn't change much from year to year.

While they may not have the same growth potential that fast-rising tech stocks can sometimes offer, utilities have the high yields and low betas that defensive investors crave.  

Its Cantina Bell menu is a page out of Chipotle's playbook.

By InvestorPlace Mar 13, 2012 10:58AM

By Jeff Reeves


Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is on the menu of many momentum stock investors these days. The booming burrito joint continues to post big improvements in profit and revenue -- and, most importantly, in CMG stock valuations. Chipotle stock is up almost 60% in the past 12 months, putting it up against a new 52-week high.


But a new offering from rival fast-food chain Taco Bell and its parent Yum Brands (YUM) could give Chipotle a run for its money.


The only real winners will be the lawyers.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 13, 2012 10:14AM

When the going gets tough, the not-so-tough file patent lawsuits. Yahoo (YHOO) is a case in point.

The Internet media company on Monday sued Facebook, alleging that the pioneering social media company had infringed on 10 patents that center around advertising and fraud protection as well as customizing a user's experience. Facebook denies any wrongdoing. Now it's in the hands of lawyers, and that's a problem.


In this video roundtable, experts weigh in on what to expect from the upcoming Fed meeting on jobs.

By Zacks.com Mar 13, 2012 10:04AM

Zacks experts weigh in on what to expect from the upcoming Federal Reserve meeting on jobs.

Plus, the experts explain their stock picks in the technology, software and restaurants industries. Stocks covered include Chipotle (CMG), Constant Contact (CTCT) and Acacia Research (ACTG).



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