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An expert discusses the potential impact of the unpegged yuan.

By Wall Street Media on MSN Money Jun 23, 2010 2:21PM

Written by Douglas Estadt


Dr. Eric Jackson of Ironfire Capital LLC joins us to discuss the potential impact of the unpegging of the Chinese yuan to the dollar and to give us an update on his China picks.  Dr. Jackson highlights the potential of certain stocks and gives us details of what is new on his radar in China:

  • Orient Paper Inc. (AMEX:ONP) had positive quarter earnings that he anticipates will continue to improve.
  • China-Biotics Inc. (Nasdaq:CHBT) recently reported results, and net sales increased 50%.

The British are planning budget cuts and new taxes. What if they don't work?

By Jim J. Jubak Jun 23, 2010 1:42PM

Jim JubakMaybe it's their weather. But for whatever reason, the Brits are really good at creating dystopias, those worst of all possible worlds.

1984. A Clockwork Orange. And now finance minister George Osborne's austerity budget.

The plan, announced Tuesday, projects roughly $170 billion a year in budget cuts and new taxes that are expected to reduce the United Kingdom's budget deficit from 10% of GDP this year to roughly 2% of GDP by 2015.


Warren Buffett's company could have been out millions of dollars if France had won.

By Kim Peterson Jun 23, 2010 1:32PM

Warren Buffett. Credit: Paul White/APWas Warren Buffett watching when France lost to South Africa in the World Cup this week? His company had $30 million riding on the game.

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) sold insurance to a client that would have required it to pay big money if France won the tournament, Bloomberg reports. France was the 1998 tournament champion.

"I think we're going to lose 30 million bucks or something like that" if France wins, Buffett told CNBC in March. He didn't say who the soccer-loving mystery client was.


The stock looks like a reasonable, if speculative, trade as the oil company works to contain the spill and negative publicity.

By TheStreet Staff Jun 23, 2010 11:07AM

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I'm uncomfortable about it, but I bought BP (BP) shares Monday for less than $30 and sold some higher calls against it.


It's tough to admit to, because the company has perpetrated the worst environmental disaster we've ever seen in our oceans, one that will certainly reverberate for decades.


But I'm a trader. And the question you have to ask a trader is: Are we here to find ways to make money or not? Answer: We're here to find ways to make money.


Will the move pay off? Or will the retailer just be stuck with more bad debt and smaller margins?

By InvestorPlace Jun 23, 2010 9:48AM

Earlier in the year, Target (TGT) broke ties with Visa (V) over its store-branded credit cards (see related Top Stocks post here). Rather than let the credit card giant take a cut, the big-box retailer decided it would process the payments itself.

Now that Target has taken the reins of its credit card business, it's looking to pump up sales with a huge promotion -- 5% discounts on any purchase within the store that's charged to your Target credit card!

The move seems too good to be true for cash-strapped consumers. But is that actually good for the retailer, considering that bad debt and credit card delinquencies have been a problem recently for Target?


The oil company's situation resembles that of the asbestos companies that were flooded with claims and forced into bankruptcy.

By Jim Cramer Jun 23, 2010 8:43AM

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Is it time to start thinking about BP's (BP) bankruptcy? There is an incredible belief that somehow the company's cash flow of almost $7 billion a quarter is enough to get it through this.


I am beginning to think that this thing will swallow the company, just swallow it. And the claims are unfathomable as long as the spill continues. If we get a storm, a big storm, it's pretty much "game over" for the company, and I doubt anyone can argue against that.


I have heard many analogies to the Exxon (XOM) Valdez, but I am beginning to believe that this one's more like asbestos and the endless number of companies that had to file for bankruptcy protection to deal with the never-ending claims from people who worked with asbestos.


Maxwell Technologies still has an intact story, but it's moving at a slower pace.

By Jim J. Jubak Jun 22, 2010 6:12PM

Jim JubakThis year marks a very important transition for Maxwell Technologies (MXWL), one that, unfortunately, won't make life easy for the company, given the state of the auto industry. You can see the results of that transition in the company's somewhat disappointing earnings for the first quarter of 2010.

Maxwell really runs two businesses.

One business is composed of the older microelectronics (radiation-hardened components and computers for use in space) and transmission (capacitors used in high-voltage electrical transmission lines) product lines. Back in 2006, these product lines accounted for two-thirds of the company's sales.


In some embarrassing blunders, the experts called a few duds that ended up being stars.

By Kim Peterson Jun 22, 2010 2:14PM
Bear © Stockbyte/PhotolibraryIf you had listened to analysts, you would have run screaming from Huntington Bancshares (HBAN), which had twice as many sell ratings as buys in December.

But if you had bought the stock, you would have seen a 66% rise this year as Huntington became a star performer, Bloomberg reports.

It's the same story with Eastman Kodak (EK) and Sunoco (SUN), which both soared 20% even though nearly one out of three analysts covering them urged investors to sell, writes Lynn Thomasson. 

Reports say the company wants to jump into the digital download business dominated by Apple.

By Kim Peterson Jun 22, 2010 1:09PM

Kim PetersonGoogle (GOOG) wants to organize all the world's information and make it accessible, but the company has largely ignored one key area: music.

That could change this year, reports say, when the company launches its own music download service. An online subscription service could follow in 2011.

Why would Google want to jump into a business that is low margin, low profit, ultra-competitive and full of headaches? The answer, in one word, is Android.


Consider investing in these U.S. exporters as they cash in on China's new currency policy.

By TheStreet Staff Jun 22, 2010 11:06AM
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the street logoBy Jake Lynch, TheStreet


U.S. stocks rallied yesterday after China said it would relax its yuan currency peg. The move will make U.S. goods cheaper overseas, benefiting American exporters. Here are 5 companies that will capitalize on a weaker dollar.


5. Boeing (BA) is an aerospace and defense company.


Quarter: First-quarter profit dropped 15% to $519 million, or 70 cents a share, as revenue declined 7.8%.


An expert says the company could write off the billions it will spend to protect its reputation.

By TheStreet Staff Jun 22, 2010 10:31AM

The STreet logoBy Dan Freed, TheStreet


BP (BP) likely will be able to deduct payments it has agreed to make to compensate people damaged by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a tax expert.


BP last week agreed to establish a $20 billion escrow account to compensate victims of the spill. In determining whether the fund is tax-deductible, BP first must establish that it is an "ordinary and necessary" expense it incurs as part of conducting its business -- a hurdle it clears fairly easily, according to a report Monday from Robert Willens, a longtime Lehman Bros. tax expert who now heads his own consulting firm.


Willens cites a past case in which the Internal Revenue Service allowed a taxpayer to deduct a payment made to settle a lawsuit, since the act that gave rise to the lawsuit was part of the ordinary business activity of the taxpayer in question.


These well-known blue chips are still paying sweet dividends.

By InvestorPlace Jun 22, 2010 9:30AM

Save Money © CorbisGreat dividend stocks are easier to find than you think.

Income investors looking for safe dividend stocks in which to stash their retirement money are already familiar with many blue chips that have hefty yields. It's just that when investors stop at the grocery store or pay their phone bills, they aren't thinking about how the big brands they're doing business with are actually good income investments.

Here are three of America's best-known corporations with yields about twice what 10-year Treasurys pay. These low-risk blue chips are some of the most famous high-yield dividend stocks out there:


The best time to buy these shares is when they get hammered in a scripted retreat.

By Jim Cramer Jun 22, 2010 8:31AM

Jim CramerBy Jim Cramer, TheStreet


Time for the patented rollover? Did we rally and rally until everything got taken up too high and too much money came in?


Sure looks like it. Just like that, the bid is gone underneath, we are worried about the euro, the Chinese are still regarded as cheaters, oil went too high and we are worried about a weak economy, punctuated by the spill in the Gulf.


It's as if the whole move upward was based on nothing but an easing of the crisis and the soft landing in China -- and now we are back in the range. I expect oil to slip back to $70, the euro to go back to $1.20 against the dollar and gold to go higher as a sign of craziness and destruction.


Until earnings are reported.


After months of reducing its holdings, the country has increased its investment.

By Jim J. Jubak Jun 21, 2010 4:57PM

Jim JubakChina's decision to end a strict yuan-dollar peg is getting all the headlines -- even though the likely appreciation of the yuan versus the dollar is in the vicinity of 3% or so in 2010. That's hardly a game changer. (For more on why China made this move now, see this post.)

But the bigger China-U.S. news dates back a few days to June 15: After reducing its holdings of U.S. Treasury debt by 6.5% from November 2009 through February 2010, China reversed its policy. 

In March and April, China increased its investment in U.S. government notes and bonds by 2.6% to $900.2 billion.


Shares of these hot energy picks go for less than a gallon of gas.

By Louis Navellier Jun 21, 2010 4:19PM

Penny © CorbisAs a growth guy who focuses on sales and earnings, I have very strict guidelines as to how I screen penny stocks. Small stocks come with big risk, and there aren't always the concrete numbers I demand in these investments.

However, if you do your homework, you can often separate the poor penny stocks from the shiny picks that could deliver big profits overnight.

Here are three of my favorite penny stocks right now: 


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