8 reasons the market isn't worse
8 reasons the market isn't worse

Stocks should be crushed by global turmoil, Jim Cramer says. Instead, they're doing fine.


Some advice for dealing with the sudden price changes that can hit a stock.

By Kim Peterson Sep 22, 2010 2:57PM
Gaps are always interesting on a stock price chart. For whatever reason, something happens that causes a price to suddenly jump up or down.

Often, that occurs when a company announces good or bad news after the bell. The next day's trading opens with a gap, and some investors strategize around it.

Investopedia has a nice breakdown on how to play the gap, and describes the four gaps that are often seen. Some show up at the end of a price pattern, before a new trend breaks or in a last-gasp attempt to jump higher or lower. 

Anheuser-Busch will offer free samples at trendy bars and restaurants in hopes of gaining younger fans.

By Kim Peterson Sep 22, 2010 1:17PM
Beer © CorbisAt one time, Budweiser may have held the title "king of beers." But no longer.

Consumer loyalty has plummeted. Sales are alarmingly low. The under-30 crowd has simply ignored the brand, USA Today reports. When you can't get noticed by one of biggest beer-drinking age groups, you have a problem.

So Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) is using the ultimate attention-getting weapon: free beer. Starting next week, Budweiser will begin offering free samples at trendy bars and restaurants, writes USA Today's Bruce Horovitz. 

It might not make sense, but there is no denying the attraction of the yellow metal.

By Jamie Dlugosch Sep 22, 2010 12:10PM

Gold © Comstock Images/JupiterimagesIn 2008, I suggested one stock that investors must own in their portfolios.


No matter what was transpiring in the overall economy or market, this particular company knew how to make money and would continue doing so for many, many years.


The name of that stock was Apple (AAPL). At the time, shares traded for less than $100 each.

Now you can buy the stock for just under $300 per share. Is there a similar investment story today?


You bet, and the answer may surprise you. It certainly surprised me.

Tags: ETFgold

Graphic chip-maker Nvidia may not be a long-term winner, but it's just beginning a short-term climb.

By Jim Cramer Sep 22, 2010 9:01AM

jim cramerBy Jim Cramer, TheStreet


In any given year, you can make a lot of bonehead calls, but sometimes the biggest boneheads come back to life in a spectacular fashion. Right now I am looking darned good on a pick I was roundly criticized for: Nvidia (NVDA).


If you recall, I focused on Nvidia because it was the worst performer in the S&P 500 ($INX) for the first half of the year. I said the graphic chip-maker, which was at $10 and change at the time, would have a miserable quarter and then you would have to jump and jump fast when it reported.


Of course, people then bought it aggressively ahead of the quarter, no doubt because they figured that I knew something and they should buy it immediately. Totally wrong.


Companies are taking advantage of low stock prices and cheap financing to buy back shares.

By Kim Peterson Sep 21, 2010 2:55PM
Save Money © CorbisMore and more companies are distributing money to shareholders in the form of share buybacks, Bloomberg reports.

And why not? As one analyst notes, shares are cheap and financing is cheap. After sitting on piles of cash as the recession hit, companies are finally relenting and spending money on share repurchases. The moves show that companies are generally feeling better about where the economy is headed.

Companies in the U.S. have repurchased about $55 billion in shares since June, Bloomberg reports. That brings this year's total to about $260 billion so far, up from $125 billion in all of 2009. 

The company is announcing new products this week, keeping momentum after shares hit a 9-year high.

By Kim Peterson Sep 21, 2010 1:44PM
Oracle (ORCL) shares were down a bit Tuesday as enthusiasm subsided after the company's stellar earnings report last week. The stock hit a nine-year high Friday.

But we'll still hear plenty about Oracle this week: The company is unveiling new products to developers and other fans at its annual Oracle OpenWorld show in San Francisco. Some 41,000 people are expected to attend.

And while an unbreakable Linux kernel and elastic clouds may not mean much to most of us, Oracle's announcements are ginning up enthusiasm within a devoted user base. The company has been on a tear lately, and it shows no signs of slowing down. 

The US has not been receptive to previous buyout attempts.

By InvestorPlace Sep 21, 2010 11:08AM

By Paul Ausick

As General Motors prepares for an IPO, the company's majority owner, the U.S. government, is trying to figure out the best way to recover the $43 billion still outstanding from its loan to GM. The roster of potential investors includes everyone and everything, from individual investors to pension funds.

Well, maybe not quite everyone. GM's partner in its Chinese joint ventures, SAIC Motor Corp., may be interested in buying a stake in the U.S. automaker. GM is not commenting on the possibility, and the U.S. government's official statement on access to investors is "We expect that potential investors will be sought across multiple geographies with a focus on North American investors, in line with what is typical in similar transactions."


Economist Nouriel Roubini, famous for his pessimistic outlook, has hope for the US economy after all. That's why you should get your 'buy' list ready.

By TheStreet Staff Sep 21, 2010 10:54AM

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By Gary Gordon, TheStreet


Is it just me, or has the permanently glum Nouriel Roubini become a softy? The good professor has received more accolades than any other analyst or economist for predicting the demise of market-based securities in 2008, never mind the horrific calls he made the following year:

  • In April 2009, near Dow 7,950, Roubini predicted the markets would retest the March lows of Dow 6,500. They never did.
  • In July 2009, near Dow 8,100, he described the market's run as nothing more than a bear rally. Yet the Dow rose 38% over the next nine months.
  • In October, near Dow 9,700, Roubini called for a bearish 10% to 20% pullback. Not only was he six months early, but the market's sell-off went to 9,700 from 11,200. The current cyclical low is essentially at the same spot where Roubini made his bearish call . . . six months earlier. You can't be much more off than that.

In light of this startling September rally, analysts who forecasted doom should own up to their mistakes.

By Jim Cramer Sep 21, 2010 8:47AM

jim cramerBy Jim Cramer, TheStreet


Death cross. Wrong. Hindenburg omen. Wrong. What's wrong next? What keeps you out next? What makes you feel like a dope because it freaked you out of the market next?


I am reminded of these technical travails as I prepare my "Chart Week" segments for this week and go over the points made by RealMoney contributor Dan Fitzpatrick on my show last night. He was talking about how reliable patterns are clues, not gospel, and how even the most obvious of them -- the dreaded head-and-shoulders pattern -- didn't play out this time around after Monday's breakout.


We were meticulous on the set beforehand, going over every single detail about levels that were hit, including the notion that we may have been repelled at a key Dow level Monday and that some people would regard the late-day action as a "reversal."


The index finally cracks 1,140 -- a key number.

By Jim J. Jubak Sep 20, 2010 5:31PM

Jim JubakFinally!

After toying with investors last week, the Standard & Poor's 500 closed above 1,140 -- at 1,142.71 -- Monday.

That takes the index above the top of the trading range for the last four months. Stocks have now set a higher low in August and a higher high in September.

That's important -- and not because it's a signal that in the short term, stocks are going to rally like it's March 2009.


The low-cost airline hopes to raise $300 million by going public. Its debt load is considerable.

By Kim Peterson Sep 20, 2010 1:55PM
Air travel © Christie & Cole/Corbis Spirit Airlines has filed plans with the government to go public, hoping to sell some $300 million in shares later this year (the filing is here).

This marks a milestone of sorts. We haven't seen an airline go public in the U.S. since 2007, when Gulfstream International (GIA) hit the market, Bloomberg reports. By the way, GIA shares are now a whopping 68 cents.

Spirit gained notoriety this year when it started charging fees for carry-on bags. Yep, you read that right. A Spirit passenger will pay $45 per bag at the boarding gate, or $30 per bag when paying in advance (bags that can fit under a seat, however, get on for free). 

Despite the financial crisis, plan managers run on past expecations. Is a time bomb ticking?

By Kim Peterson Sep 20, 2010 1:34PM
Retirement planning © CorbisThe most optimistic people on Earth are not kindergartners or beauty-pageant contestants. They are pension fund managers, who still -- after all that's happened -- stubbornly predict 8% returns.

More than 100 U.S. public pension plans still have an 8% median expected return on their investments, The Wall Street Journal reports. That's unchanged from 2001.

Hmmm. Let's bring in this little thing called reality: The median annualized return of public pension plans was a meager 3.9% over the past decade. The 10-year Treasury note is at 2.75%. Inflation is at 1%, and deflation is a very real threat. 

A growing group of people age 55 and beyond are desperately looking for work.

By Kim Peterson Sep 20, 2010 12:59PM
working in retirement © Andersen Ross/Getty ImagesThe New York Times profiles one group that has suffered greatly in the economic meltdown: older unemployed workers.

They are a growing group, this category of people in their 50s and 60s who need some income to get through their last decade or so before retirement. They "are starting to worry that they may be discarded from the work force -- forever," Motoko Rich writes.

The unemployment rate for people age 55 or older is 7.3% -- twice what it was before the latest recession started, Rich writes. About 2.2 million people in this age group don't have a job. 

The 7-inch touch-screen tablet with a front-facing camera is targeted to arrive in March.

By TheStreet Staff Sep 20, 2010 12:02PM

By Scott Moritz, TheStreet


Apple (AAPL) is gearing up for production of a smaller second-generation iPad, perhaps to be launched in early 2011.


Apple's plans call for an iPad 2, which will be a 7-inch touch-screen tablet with a front-facing VGA camera and a 1-megapixel rear camera targeted for arrival in March, says Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who has talked to Apple's supply and manufacturing partners.


The details of the iPad 2 help confirm recent rumors that Apple is shrinking the popular iPad to defend its position against a wave of smaller new tablets like the Dell (DELL) Streak (a 5-inch device) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab (7 inches). But contrary to earlier reports of a new iPad in time for the holidays, the new information puts the arrival closer to spring.


The retail giant is looking to urban locations in a push to supplement its supercenter model.

By InvestorPlace Sep 20, 2010 10:34AM

Wal-Mart logo © WalmartRealizing severe limitations in large cities and urban markets, Wal-Mart (WMT) plans to move into small convenience stores near you.

It's a  move meant to battle back against its newly minted "dollar store" competition and revitalize weak domestic sales.

The company announced it will discuss detailed business plans for the new venture later this year, though the structure would similarly resemble convenience-store operations like those currently run in Latin America.

So where are these test convenience stores in the States going to pop up?



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