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The country's central bank has been buying dollars and selling the real to trigger a retreat.

By Jim J. Jubak Sep 24, 2010 5:05PM

Jim JubakJapan isn't the only country to intervene in the markets in an attempt to drive down the price of its currency.


Brazil's central bank has moved to buy dollars and sell the Brazilian real repeatedly in the last week. Until it fell on Monday and Tuesday, Brazil's currency had been up 34% since the beginning of 2009. 


That appreciation has played havoc with the country's exports. The country's current account deficit is forecast to hit $50 billion by the end of 2010 from $24 billion in 2009.

 

Pessimism is reigning among investors, but some of the world's best strategists are finding opportunities in the market.

By John Reese Sep 24, 2010 4:08PM

There are plenty of reasons investors are worried about the stock market right now -- fears of a double-dip recession, the government's ballooning balance sheet, and the lingering pain caused by the 2008 market meltdown are just a few examples.

 

But where there is fear there is usually opportunity. And recently, several of the market's top minds have said they are finding plenty of opportunities around the globe. 

Among them: hedge fund guru David Tepper, who gave a rare interview this week. Tepper told CNBC that he's been upping his exposure to stocks. Tepper, who made a prescient bullish call on banks in early 2009 and has an exceptional long-term track record, said the Federal Reserve's resolve to spur growth is a big reason for his bullishness. He says if the economy improves, stocks should do well -- and if it doesn't, that will lead to a new round of quantitative easing from the Fed, which will also benefit stocks. The resulting situation means a downside that's not that big, and big potential upside for stocks.

 

 

Fans of the Liverpool club are irate -- and taking out their anger on Wall Street.

By Kim Peterson Sep 24, 2010 2:16PM

Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Caption: The Liverpool football logo is pictured at the Club's stadium at Anfield in LiverpoolBeware the rabid English soccer fan armed with a BlackBerry.

That's the lesson Texas billionaire Tom Hicks is learning as he tries to raise money for Liverpool FC, the club he bought in 2007. Liverpool was a star back then, but now it's badly in need of money and struggling on the field.

Liverpool fans are so angry that they're doing whatever they can to foil Hicks. And that includes stalking him with technology.

This week, a Liverpool fan saw Hicks sitting on a New York sidewalk bench near the offices of Deutsche Bank (DB) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM), The Wall Street Journal reports.

 

Subscribers will be able to stream 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Monk' and more.

By TheStreet Staff Sep 24, 2010 10:45AM

By Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet

 

Netflix (NFLX) announced Friday that it will expand its licensing agreement with NBC, allowing users to stream prior television series from its cable and broadcast networks.

 

Netflix subscribers will be able to watch TV series such as "Saturday Night Live," "Friday Night Lights," "Monk" and "Battlestar Galactica," the company said.

 

General Electric (GE), the parent of NBC, is selling a majority stake to Comcast (CMCSA).

 
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These big-name stocks saw increased quarterly payouts this week.

By InvestorPlace Sep 24, 2010 10:14AM

By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


One good rule of thumb for dividend stock investors is to make sure they purchase companies raising their dividends instead of just keeping them steady -- or, worse, cutting them.


To help income-oriented investors find strong, stable stocks with good yield and consistent dividend increases, are three blue chips that just increased their payouts.

 

The index will likely deliver its best quarterly performance in more than a year. Here are its best performers thus far.

By TheStreet Staff Sep 24, 2010 8:59AM

TheStreetBy Danielle Kost, TheStreet

 

U.S. stock indexes have been rebounding from July's lows as the economy slowly recovers from the worst recession since World War II.

 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU), Nasdaq ($COMPX) and  S&P 500 ($INX) are all on track to deliver their best quarterly performances in a year, with wide swings that have tested investors' nerves.


The Dow, the blue-chip benchmark, has gained 9.8% this quarter through Thursday, helping it almost erase its second-quarter losses. The S&P 500 has returned 2.4% this year, including dividends, slowing from last year's pace.

 

Here are the 10 best-performing S&P 500 stock this year so far.

 

While there will always be a place for desktop computers, powerful handheld devices are pushing the entire notebook category into long-term decline.

By Jim Cramer Sep 24, 2010 8:57AM

jim cramerBy Jim Cramer, TheStreet

 

The netbook giveth, and the netbook taketh away. That was my conclusion last night after I did some reading about still one more tech disappointment, the never-can-shoot-straight Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

 

The notebook category, for all intents and purposes, is finished. It is in secular decline, a victim of handheld devices that are so powerful they make netbooks look like relics.

 

That's one of the main reasons Intel (INTC) is not doing so hot. It's why no one liked Texas Instruments (TXN) even after it announced it would buy one-quarter of the company, and why Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), which has a great netbook franchise, has slipped. It's another reason HPQ and Intel are frantic to pick up new business away from netbooks, which was, just a few years ago, the savior category. It could be the source of many problems for SanDisk (SNDK), which is relentlessly going down.

 

Abbott Labs has two important, yet under-recognized, growth areas in its nutritional and emerging-market businesses.

By Jim J. Jubak Sep 23, 2010 5:45PM

Jim JubakAt current prices, I think you're getting two of Abbott Laboratories' (ABT) most interesting growth opportunities at a deep discount. 


Abbott is a good mainstream pharmaceutical company. Its blockbuster drugs include Humira (for rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, $5.5 billion in 2009 sales); Kaletra (for HIV/AIDS, $1.4 billion in revenues last year); the TriCor/Triplex combination (for cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, $1.3 billion), and Lupron (for prostate cancer, $800 million) The patent on Humira doesn't expire until 2016. Pharmaceuticals accounted for 53% of operating revenue in 2008. 


Abbott's vascular products unit -- 9% of operating revenue -- is on a new-product roll with the release of its new Xience drug-coated stent. Launched in 2008, Xience is the leading drug-coated coronary and carotid stent in the U.S.

 

Everyone wants AAPL, but how can you protect yourself?

By Jim Van Meerten Sep 23, 2010 5:38PM
I once heard Mrs. Fields say she didn't sell cookies, she sold warm memories of your childhood and the smells coming from your grandma's kitchen. 

To say Apple (AAPL) is a computer company also isn't enough.  When I go to the mall, the Apple store is packed and everyone, young and old, is standing in a line to get a hands-on experience.

All other companies just produce laptops, computers and PCs. Apple produces devices with wonderful-sounding names that you've just got to have before anyone else does. Other companies are just the present; Apple has the mystique of being the future.
 

After an impressive start to the month, the market looks ready for losses.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Sep 23, 2010 4:28PM

MirhaydariSeptember is traditionally one of the worst months for the stock market. And of course, earlier this month, investors were wringing their hands in despair at the thought that stocks, which were already down nearly 14% from their April highs, would drop further. But that didn't happen -- which is what I expected based on what was happening with market breadth. (See blog posts here and here.)

 

Stocks roared ahead, with the S&P 500 gaining more than 9%. Then, starting last week trouble appeared as the demand for stocks started to weaken. Fewer and fewer stocks were participating in the rally just as stocks neared significant overhead resistance from the June and August highs. This was part of appeared to be a large inverse "head-and-shoulders" reversal pattern that measured back to May.

 

Analysts up their forecasts for next year, and retailers make room on shelves.

By Kim Peterson Sep 23, 2010 4:18PM

Credit: (© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Caption: Apple iPadApple (AAPL) investors, take note: The iPad is becoming a bigger part of the business faster than anyone thought.

The iPad's strong performance has led analyst Gene Munster to up his forecast for iPad sales next year to 21 million from 14.5 million. He called the iPad "the first Apple product that will be a success in the enterprise," according to AppleInsider.

Apple shares surpassed $290 for the first time Thursday, perhaps in response to Munster's report, but closed at $288.92.

 

The former vice president sees his investment firm quadruple its profits.

By Kim Peterson Sep 23, 2010 2:02PM
If anyone knows how to massage a portfolio, it's Al Gore.

The former vice president has founded an asset management company that almost quadrupled its profits last year, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The company, Generation Investment Management, was started in 2004 by Gore, a former Goldman Sachs (GS) executive named David Blood and Mark Ferguson, whose father manages England's Manchester United soccer team.

And though some investment firms had a tough time in 2009, Gore's firm worked out the knots in its strategy and reported $50 million in pretax profits.  

Now that the video giant has filed for bankruptcy, will it emerge a stronger company or fall into oblivion?

By TheStreet Staff Sep 23, 2010 12:56PM

thestreetBy Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet

 

Now that Blockbuster (BLOKA) has finally filed for bankruptcy, what will become of the video giant?

 

Blockbuster said business will go on as usual as it whips out its $900 million in debt. This means that Blockbuster's 3,000 stores and kiosks and its by-mail and digital business will all continue to serve customers.

 

More than 80% of the company's senior note holders have agreed to support the plan and provide $125 million in debtor-in-possession financing to help support Blockbuster's operations while it undergoes the restructure. Under the Chapter 11, bonds will be converted into equity.

 

The company behind Olive Garden, Red Lobster and The Capital Grille is a favorite value pick among analysts.

By TheStreet Staff Sep 23, 2010 12:51PM

By Jake Lynch, TheStreet

 

Darden Restaurants (DRI) ranks among analysts' favorite restaurant stocks.

 

But unlike Panera (PNRA) and Chipotle (CMG), Darden is a value stock rather than a growth stock. Darden owns Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52 and high-end steakhouse The Capital Grille. Yesterday, it announced fiscal-first-quarter results, beating analysts' earnings consensus by 3%.

 

The billionaire investor has his own definition of the word and does not agree that the downturn ended more than a year ago.

By Money Staff Sep 23, 2010 11:21AM
Warren Buffett. Credit: (© Paul White/AP)Reuters

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said the U.S. economy remains in a recession, disputing an assessment by a leading arbiter of economic activity that the downturn ended more than a year ago.


"We're still in a recession," Buffett told CNBC TV in an interview broadcast today. "We're not gonna be out of it for a while, but we will get out."


On Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research said the world's largest economy ended an 18-month recession in June 2009 but cautioned that its assessment does not mean normal activity has resumed.

 

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