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TM stock has seen a drop recently, and that may continue after a May earnings report and the recent recall

By Louis Navellier Apr 22, 2010 11:36AM

Toyota TM stock pick by louis navellierToyota (TM) has come under fire recently on continued coverage of its brake recall, big incentives to boost TM sales and rumors of a Toyota dividend cut.


Some investors are fleeing this stock like a rat from a sinking ship, while others want to buy Toyota while TM stock is cheap.


So what should you be doing? Well a look at the fundamentals behind Toyota shows that the smart thing to do is park this stock and walk away. Let’s look at some of the facts behind TM stock and what it means for investors:

 

Fund manager says the No. 2 company in an industry sometimes has more return potential than the market leader.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 22, 2010 9:52AM

TheStreetCrystal ball © Thinkstock/JupiterimagesBy Gregg Greenberg, TheStreet

 

Susan Kempler, manager of the TIAA-CREF Growth & Income Fund (TIIRX), says stock investors should look past industry leaders and consider companies right behind them, such as generic drugmaker Mylan (MYL) and shipping company UPS (UPS).

 

The $1.8 billion fund, which has earned five stars from Morningstar (MORN), has returned 6.8% annually during the past five years, better than 97% of its large-cap blend peers. The fund has climbed 8.2% this year, lagging half of its peers. Top holdings include Exxon Mobil (XOM), Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT).

 

Kempler recently shared some stock picks and investment views with TheStreet.

 

High priced jeans offer huge margins turbo charging an already big opportunity in the stock of red hot Joe's Jeans.

By Jamie Dlugosch Apr 22, 2010 8:42AM

Shopping for deals © CorbisApple (AAPL) blew away earnings this week and shares road upward. High-end retail, too, has been doing well of late as proof that people are spending money again on the hot stuff -- whether technology or clothing -- they really want.

 

That bodes well for companies catering to that highly lucrative segment of the market. One of my favorite names with tremendous growth potential right now is Joe’s Jeans (JOEZ). The purveyor of expensive jeans is just beginning to explode.

 

I discovered the stock last year and recommended shares when the company was trading for only $.67 per share. Since that time the stock has appreciated in value by more than 300% to a current price of $2.76 per share. (I recently made Joe's one of my Top Stocks for 2010)

 

That 300% appreciation is only the beginning.

 

Run screaming for the fire exit if you own Netflix stock, because it's about to tumble

By InvestorPlace Apr 22, 2010 7:34AM

By Ed Elfenbein, editor of Crossing Wall Street.


family watching netflix movie on tvLots of folks on Wall Street want to know which stock to buy. Today, I want to look at the absolute worst one to buy. My friends, that stock is Netflix (NFLX).


Now before anyone says that I’m being mean to the company, please bear in mind that I’m not offering a judgment on the managers or the employees. There’s a big difference between a good company and a good stock. Netflix has a business record that anyone should be proud of. The stock, however, is terribly, terribly overpriced.

 

We're beginning to see the hits these companies are going to take, and it's brutal.

By Jim Cramer Apr 22, 2010 7:03AM
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By Jim Cramer, TheStreet

 

You mean health care reform is bad for health care stocks? You mean that they get hurt by it? You mean people will sell them because of it?

 

That's what I am hearing all over the health care world this week. This is revelation time.


We got all comfortable thinking that there were nothing but winners in the health care world. Instead, we start hearing from everyone that numbers are too high because of the reforms. Abbott (ABT) said that Wednesday and we heard it definitively from Lilly (LLY) on Monday -- 35 cents worth of definitive -- and that's just plain nasty.

 

Apple's rapid upgrade cycle and loyal customers will help it surpass Exxon Mobil's market cap.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 21, 2010 3:09PM

TheStreetBy Jason Schwarz, TheStreet

 

The key takeaway from Apple’s (AAPL) earnings report is that seasonality no longer affects the company. The company entered new territory when it sold 8.75 million iPhones in the first quarter, doubling the year-earlier quarter. 

 

This company's hottest product is an iPhone that needs to be replaced every 18 to 24 months. Many analysts have overlooked that fact.  

 

I realized it when Steve Jobs spent a few minutes at an iPad event explaining that Apple was now the world's No. 1 mobile device company. What does this really mean? It means that the lifecycle of its products is no longer seven years like it was for the Mac.

 

Trading commission OK'd 2 proposed futures exchanges, but Senate bill could derail plans

By TheWrap Apr 21, 2010 2:52PM

A day after the second movie-futures trading exchange received federal approval, the whole financial endeavor hit a major roadblock.


Legislation banning Wall Street trading of movie box office futures has been sent to the Senate floor, as part of the Wall Street Transparency and Accounting Act.


It could be voted on by the Senate as early as Thursday.

 

Calls are growing for a federal investigation of the company, particularly after its AdMob purchase.

By Kim Peterson Apr 21, 2010 12:59PM
Searching for stocks © CorbisNormally, investors barely bat an eyelash if a consumer group calls for an antitrust investigation against a company.

But in the case of Google (GOOG), the latest call to action by Consumer Watchdog is one more piece of the antitrust puzzle being assembled to threaten the company.

Google is already in the sights of the Federal Trade Commission, according to The Wall Street Journal. Antitrust regulators are reportedly looking into the company's recent purchase of AdMob, a mobile phone advertising company. 

Target, Macy's and Bloomingdale's store-brand credit cards will no longer be serviced by Visa.

By InvestorPlace Apr 21, 2010 10:38AM

visa credit cardsIn order to spur spending, retailers have been offering shoppers discounts off their total ticket after signing up for their store-brand credit cards. And more often than not, those cards carry the Visa (V) logo.

 

Well, some merchants appear to be tired of Visa skimming off the top of those sales. This week, Target (TGT) announced it will no longer issue cards with the Visa logo and instead encourage shoppers to sign up for its own plastic “REDcard.”

 

And leading retailer Macy’s (M) said last month that American Express (AXP) will start servicing its store credit cards for Macy’s and Bloomingdale's locations instead of Visa.

 

These oil companies are raising cash and drilling again, and their stocks are moving up.

By Jim Cramer Apr 21, 2010 7:20AM
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By Jim Cramer, TheStreet

 

Have you noticed that the oil stocks are now higher than they were when oil hit its high? Have you noticed that the sector has far outstripped its last two runs into the $80s?

 

I think that's because the sector has growth in it. That's right, the oil companies, after sitting on their reserves or just letting them stagnate, are now spending again, drilling again, buying again, whether it be Apache (APA), Exxon Mobil (XOM), BP (BP) or Chevron (CVX), and we can see the bias causing the stocks to move.

 

 

BK classes up its menu with offerings like a ciabatta breakfast sandwich, but will it win over McDonald's customers?

By InvestorPlace Apr 21, 2010 7:11AM

Mimosas and brunch at Burger King (BKC)? What’s next in the quest for breakfast sales -- quiche and a croquet game with the King?

 

Burger King is turning its battle with McDonald's (MCD) for early morning sales into a battle of words. In selected markets, the BK is advertising the availability of a "Burger King brunch." The move away from breakfast is apparently supposed to evoke ideas of higher quality than just a conventional meal of (perish the thought!) eggs and coffee.

 

The brunch menu is debuting in test markets that include Massachusetts, Florida and parts of Canada. But will it be enough to loosen Mickey D’s iron grip on breakfast sales?

 

Second company wins OK from federal regulators, but more approvals still needed.

By TheWrap Apr 20, 2010 7:13PM

The second of two financial companies looking to establish futures trading based on domestic box office performance of movies received regulatory approval Tuesday to set up a market.

 

The ruling from the Commodities Futures Trading Commission sanctions Cantor Fitzgerald to create the infrastructure for movie-futures trading.

 

Similar approval was given Friday to Chicago-based Media Derivatives.

 

Searching for chip sector profit? Check out lithography tools, which chipmakers spend a pretty penny on.

By Jim J. Jubak Apr 20, 2010 4:48PM

Jim JubakTalk about rebounds!


In 2009, ASML Holding (ASML), a maker of lithography equipment used to etch computer circuits onto silicon, lost 45 cents per ADS (American Depository Share).


In 2010, Standard & Poor's is projecting that the company will make $2.41 per ADS.


The reason for the rebound is pretty simple:

 

These funds are hoping that smaller companies, which are more agile, can strike it rich as the economy recovers.

By Kim Peterson Apr 20, 2010 2:52PM
cash globe © PhotoAlto/SuperStockFeel like a little high-risk, high-reward action? More than a dozen small-cap ETFs that fall into this category have come out in the past month, according to Index Universe.

Exchange-traded fund (ETF) providers are pinning their hopes to these new small caps as the economy continues to recover. Many of these ETFs are tied to smaller companies in specific industries, such as utilities, materials or consumer staples.

"Small caps traditionally lead the way out of a recession," the president of one ETF firm told Index Universe. 
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Goldman Sachs has a shocking lack of respect for investors. But is anyone bothered by that?

By Kim Peterson Apr 20, 2010 1:15PM
Kim PetersonIf you were a Goldman Sachs (GS) investor, would you have wanted to know that an investigation of the company was underway by the Securities and Exchange Commission?

That's been a hot topic of discussion this week as investors digest the news that the firm was hit by civil-fraud charges Friday. Goldman's stock fell by nearly 13% after news of the SEC complaint hit.

I think that most corporate news is generally already baked into a stock's price -- even before it's announced. But in this case, I'd say Goldman investors were unprepared for the bomb that dropped.

So should Goldman have told everyone?  

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