10 Nasdaq stocks with huge returns
10 Nasdaq stocks with huge returns

Tech fell so far at the start of the new millennium, it was difficult to imagine that the index could ever make up what it lost.


That's great news for the ETF business, but it may be a warning for investors that it's time to get out.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 23, 2012 4:51PM

Image: Arrow Up Green (© Image Source/SuperStock)By Thomas Kee, guest columnist


The flagship exchange-traded fund for the S&P 500, SPDR 500 (SPY), has just made headlines by surpassing the $100 billion market cap mark. The move was hailed as yet another sign that the ETF industry has come of age.


But like a Time Magazine cover story, this headline may be a contrarian indicator for the market. 


With no real news to justify a rally, you have to wonder if we're seeing 'the mother of all short squeezes.'

By Kim Peterson Jan 23, 2012 4:34PM
Updated 4:50 p.m. ET

Image: Arrow Up (© Photodisc/SuperStock)Sears Holdings
(SHLD) has been an oddball stock for a long time, but this January it's just gone bonkers.

Look at what's happened in the last trading day. Shares shot up more than 10% Monday in morning trading, and finally fell back to a 3.3% loss to close at $47.39. Why? No one knows. But this action is just a normal trading day with Sears. Shares are up more than 50% so far this year.

The thing is, there's nothing going on with the company itself to justify such a rally. 

It's unreasonable to expect the company to meet the current demands.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 23, 2012 3:01PM
A great earnings report from F5 Networks (FFIV) after the close on Jan. 18 has taken the stock within hailing distance of my June target price of $124.

The stock was trading at $120.30 at midday Monday.

I'm selling F5 Networks out of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio. Not because of anything wrong with the earnings report -- it was great -- but on rising expectations among investors. I think F5 Networks has hit the point that many momentum plays hit where investors start hoping for more -- and pricing in more -- than it's reasonable to expect the company to deliver.
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The operator's preferred shares carry low risk and a nice yield.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 23, 2012 2:00PM
Image: Cargo ship (© Image Source/Corbis)By Paul Tracy, High-Yield International

Shares in container ship operator Seaspan (SSW) jumped 20% after the company announced a tender offer to buy up to $150 million worth of common stock for $15 a share.

The 10 million shares repurchased as part of this deal represent about 15% of the outstanding float of stock, a significant repurchase. The buyback is a sign of management's confidence in the long-term prospects for the company. 

Research In Motion and Yahoo have made big changes lately. But in the fast-moving technology sector, it may be too little, too late.

By Jim Cramer Jan 23, 2012 1:09PM

the street Turnarounds in technology are very difficult, yet people keep betting on one. Let's talk about two of them to assess their prospects: Yahoo (YHOO) and Research In Motion (RIMM).


First, they have captured the attention of everyone: home gamers, institutions, everyone. I don't blame them. People use both. Yahoo had been the de facto Web for many people before Google (GOOG) and Facebook. The BlackBerry had been the de facto cellphone for corporations.


The single-cup market in the US is dominated by this coffee roaster with its proprietary Keurig brewing system.

By Trefis Jan 23, 2012 1:02PM
Image: Coffee (© Foodcollection RF/Getty Images/Getty Images)Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) sells more than 200 varieties of K-Cup portion packs, including brands of coffee, tea, hot apple cider, iced teas, hot cocoa and other dairy-based beverages.

K-Cup portion packs and Keurig single-cup brewers and related accessories contribute a significant proportion to GMCR's revenues -- approximately 84% in 2011.  

The cable company will score major ad revenue as the Giants and Patriots vie for the NFL title.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 23, 2012 12:28PM
Image: Watching television (© Klaus Tiedge/Getty Images/Getty Images)Comcast (CMCSA) will be the big winner of next month's Super Bowl XLVI.

The game, airing on Comcast's NBC TV network, will feature Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots -- two of the game's most exciting quarterbacks, who also happen to play for two of the NFL's most storied and popular franchises.   

ConocoPhillips is downgraded to 'sell' at UBS.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 23, 2012 12:07PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Research in Motion (RIMM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
  • BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
  • Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
  • Waters (WAT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JP Morgan
  • Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie

One of the best plays on recovering global chip demand has soared to longtime highs, in a bullish tell.

By MoneyShow.com Jan 23, 2012 11:37AM

Nicholas Monu/iStock Exclusive/Getty ImagesBy Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com

It was only six weeks ago that Texas Instruments (TXN) issued a sales warning heard around the world, citing "broadly lower demand across a wide range of markets, customers, and products." Its stock bottomed ten days later below $28 a share.

And all it's done over the last month is surge 20%, aided by the 8% spike Wednesday. Of course, a lot of trash has been treated like treasure lately.


The stock plunged the day after the company's earnings miss, and history says shares won't bounce back right away.

By The Fiscal Times Jan 23, 2012 11:20AM
GoogleBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

Google's (GOOG) share price nosedived Friday after the search giant announced disappointing fourth-quarter profit and revenue late Thursday. Analysts had projected EPS of $10.50 a share, and Google came in at $9.50. Ouch.

But the 8% plunge in the stock's price -- an immediate and understandable response on the part of investors who have come to count on Google to deliver growth in a world in which that is becoming increasingly scarce -- may not be an end to the matter. 

With its large real estate holdings, this firm has attracted the interest of insiders and hedge funds.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 23, 2012 11:12AM
Miniature home on sheet of percent signs© Comstock/Getty ImagesBy Ian Wyatt, 100K Portfolio

The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) is a premier real estate company that owns a collection of prized assets, including some that were purchased by Howard Hughes Jr. many decades ago.

I'm interested in the company's extensive assets that are overlooked by most investors, and therefore grossly undervalued. When The Howard Hughes Corp. was previously owned by General Growth, a huge company with 200 shopping malls, its assets were largely overlooked. 
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Wendy's, LSI and SandRidge have the right stuff for big returns on small investments.

By InvestorPlace Jan 23, 2012 10:10AM

Image Source/PhotolibraryBy Jeff Reeves

In the stock market, sometimes you get what you pay for. High-priced stocks like Apple (AAPL) have paid off nicely for investors in the past several years, and cheap financials like Bank of America (BAC) remain volatile and risky, even if financials seem to have some spring in their step to start 2012.

But not all cheap stocks are ugly investments that have been rightfully beaten down. Some low-priced shares are screaming bargains that are worth your cash.


Qualcomm has scored a number of design wins due to its huge portfolio of Snapdragon chips.

By Trefis Jan 23, 2012 9:54AM
Qualcomm (QCOM) is a leading developer and supplier of wireless products and services with a dominant position in the CDMA chipset market. FY 2011 saw the company post 36% revenue growth while profits rose 31% over FY 2010, in spite of growing competition in the mobile chips market from old foes such as Samsung as well as new entrants Nvidia (NVDA) and Intel (INTC).

A strong performance throughout the year meant Qualcomm's stock outperformed the overall market, growing by almost 9% over the past year even as U.S. economic recovery came under threat from the European debt crisis. 

Here are 3 companies providing enticingly generous yields.

By Gene Marcial Jan 23, 2012 9:30AM

Bob Jacobson/CorbisIt might surprise many investors to know that when it comes to paying generous dividends, U.S. equities don't top the list. Companies in Europe, the U.K. and even in some emerging nations provide significantly better yields, according to some Wall Street pros.


The practices and policies of paying dividends vary by region, but yields from companies outside the U.S. are on average generally much higher.


The company has struggled against the iPhone and phones using Google's Android. Shares have dropped nearly 90% since peaking in 2008, falling 75% in 2011 alone.

By Charley Blaine Jan 23, 2012 2:46AM
Updated at 11:22 a.m. Monday

What was clear late Sunday was that Research In Motion's (RIMM) co-CEOs bowed to the inevitable and stepped aside.

What wasn't clear was whether the management change will give investors, who have seen the stock fall nearly 90% since 2008, any hope that the company can mount a comeback from years of losing market share and just plain coolness to Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPad and mobile phones and tablets built on Google's (GOOG) Android.

If it's any indication, Rim's shares were down $1.10 Monday at $15.90.  


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[BRIEFING.COM] Equity indices extended this week's losses with a broad-based retreat. The S&P 500 fell 0.6% to end the week lower by 1.1%, while the Russell 2000 (-1.1%) finished with a 0.9% decline since last Friday.

Staying true to the theme observed throughout the week, the energy sector (-1.5%) tumbled out of the gate, thus dragging the broader market down with it. Once again, dollar strength and crude oil weakness contributed to sector's underperformance, but the ... More


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