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The most likely scenario is that the markets will begin to rise from here -- and that bounce is just beginning to take hold.

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Evidence suggests economic growth is set to continue.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Jun 14, 2010 10:50AM

MirhaydariAs stocks moved lower out of the April high, you started to hear a lot more talk about the rising potential for "double-dip" recession -- a la the experience of the early 1980s where the economy, instead of embarking on a multi-year expansion, started contracting again.

 

With all the concerns over the sovereign debt troubles in Europe, ho-hum job growth here in the United States, and falling stock prices, I'll admit there is plenty of raw material to base these fears on.

 

But a closer look at what's driving the economic cycle gives us reason for hope and optimism.

 

The king of retail is no longer two steps behind on the launch of a new gadget.

By InvestorPlace Jun 14, 2010 9:28AM

walmart logoApple (AAPL) is synonymous with exclusivity, from its closely controlled operating systems to its top secret research. So it’s a bit surprising that for the first time ever, the mass retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) will be partnering on the launch.


When the Apple iPhone 4 debuts June 24, Wal-Mart will stock the gadget on its shelves at the exact moment the company’s namesake Apple Stores do.


And if that's not impressive enough, the Wal-Mart-iPhone deal is not just a first for Steve Jobs & Co. -- it’s a first for the big-box store, too.

 

The latest charts reveal some good opportunities to buy.

By Jim Cramer Jun 14, 2010 8:53AM

Jim CramerBy Jim Cramer, TheStreet

 

Every weekend when I review the charts, I list all the ones that seem buyable or interesting on the front page of the hand-delivered booklet.

 

This weekend, I ran out of room. There were so many that looked like they had found solid positive momentum, or have bottomed and are on the way up.

 

All sorts of groups appear worth buying, including aerospace with Boeing (BA) leading the way; auto, with Magna (MGA) and Ford (F); and health care, with Cardinal (CAH), Express Scripts (ESRX), Medco (MHS), Stericycle (SRCL), and United Health (UNH) finally joining AmerisourceBergen (ABC) with nice trends (the HMOs all show up strongly, at last).

 

The stock market ended on an upbeat note. Have things turned around?

By Jim Van Meerten Jun 13, 2010 3:32PM
This week really wasn't so bad. The market recovered nicely and is just about back to slightly above neutral. Let's look at our 3 yardsticks and see where we are.

Value Line Index -- contains 1700 stocks so it's broader than the narrower S&P 500 or very narrow Dow 30
  • Ended the week up 2.32% but that's still down 1.34% for the month
  • Barchart still rates the Index a 62% sell with 9 sell, 3 hold and only 1 buy signals
  • The Index closed Friday below it's 20, 50 & 100 Day moving averages

Barchart Market Momentum -- The percentage of stocks closing above their Daily Moving Averages for various time frames -- Above 50% is always good

 

Some of the market's top minds are split on which way stocks are headed.

By John Reese Jun 11, 2010 6:51PM

Has the recent correction presented investors with a chance to buy back into the market, or is it a sign of more -- and greater -- trouble to come for stocks? While the market gurus I keep an eye on are tending to lean to the bullish side of that question, there are some very bright minds on both sides of the issue.

On the bullish side, for example, there's Bob Doll, portfolio manager and chief equity strategist for fundamental equities for Blackrock. In an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal this week, Doll said that despite the formidable challenges the U.S. faces, “overweight positions in U.S. equities are more than warranted”.

 

A World Bank study finds that faster budget-cutting in some economies hurts growth.

By Jim J. Jubak Jun 11, 2010 5:20PM

Jim JubakAh, somebody is finally spelling out the trade-offs if the world's developed economies move now to cut government spending or to raise taxes!


This isn't another one of those exercises that says health care spending and welfare payments will get cut if governments adopt austerity budgets. Really? No kidding. If governments cut spending, governments will spend less?


No, what the World Bank has done is to look at what the effects of different timing for cuts in government spending would do to growth in different parts of the world.

 

Activist investor says he has enough shares to trigger creditors' default provisions.

By TheWrap Jun 11, 2010 3:00PM
Activist investor Carl Icahn sent a letter to the board of directors of his latest takeover target, Lionsgate, on Friday, threatening to tip the company into bankruptcy if it didn't go along with him.

Icahn, who holds 19 percent of Lionsgate's outstanding shares and likely will be tendered another 5.4 percent by Mark Cuban and about 4 percent by individual investors, said he had enough shares to trigger "cross-defaults" on Lionsgate's outstanding debt, which he put at "over $472 million of bond indebtedness."

Warning that Lionsgate may not have enough money to repay its debt all at once, Icahn said that could send the company into voluntary bankruptcy.

 

Stay away from those rare coins sold at a premium that some website is offering.

By Kim Peterson Jun 11, 2010 2:35PM
© Stockbyte/SuperStockThe unease in the markets over the last few years has caused the price of gold to soar.

If you don't think gold is in a bubble, and want to diversify your portfolio to include the precious metal, there are plenty of ways to do it. Check out the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), for example.

And, as CBSMoneyWatch.com shows, there are terrible ways to buy gold. Kathy Kristof lists the five worst ways to buy, and it's a good read before venturing into the gold business: 
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Premium promotion was a huge success, proving "new upscale" items are crucial to fast food companies

By InvestorPlace Jun 11, 2010 9:09AM

Burger King (BKC) launched a bit of an unexpected campaign this summer with its barbecue pork ribs. With a price tag north of $7 for eight pieces, the ribs are an oddity in an era when many other merchants are offering up bargains for cash-strapped consumers.

 

Well it turns out Burger King's rib deal may wind down sooner than expected -- but perhaps not for the reason some think. Demand turned out to be so strong for the tasty barbecue items that BK has just sold its 10 millionth rib and expects to exhaust its supply this month!

 

This is great news for Burger King and its shareholders, and could be a further sign of a moment towards a "new upscale" in fast food where higher-priced, higher-margin items compliment traditional offerings of cheap burgers and fries.

 

Spanish banking behemoth Banco Santander announces good news -- if you can believe it.

By Jim Cramer Jun 11, 2010 8:48AM

Jim CramerBy Jim Cramer, TheStreet

 

My checklist keeps getting granted. The other day, I said one of the six things we need to see before the market can make real gains was some stabilization in the Spanish banking situation, particularly with Banco Santander (STD). Last night, on the way home, I said that in order for a second-day follow-up rally, you had to have STD go higher.

 

Voila, my wish has been granted. The CEO this morning said the interim picture for the continent's largest bank is "brilliant." He reiterated that the year would be good, and next year would be at least as good. He also declared the dividend.

 

The good news is igniting a second-day rally in Europe, which should spill over here. (No pun intended, but the spill stock, BP (BP), is climbing, too.)

 

Positive trial results, market advantages and platform technology.

By Wall Street Media on MSN Money Jun 10, 2010 6:37PM

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One well-respected indicator suggests that economic growth may have peaked.

By Kim Peterson Jun 10, 2010 5:49PM
Investors, you just haven't been freaking out enough this week. The markets have been too friendly. How about opening up a can of WLI to change that?

We're talking about the ECRI Weekly Leading Index, which Jon Markman calls "the most prescient statistical guide to the health of the U.S. economy."

The ECRI is set to go negative Friday for the first time since early 2009, which Markman says will spook super-bulls and make super-bears happy. 

GM gives -- and apparently later retracts -- license to kill the word 'Chevy.'

By Kim Peterson Jun 10, 2010 5:26PM

2010 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS (©Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)General Motors caused a ruckus this week by telling employees to phase out the "Chevy" nickname in favor of "Chevrolet."

The company asked workers to say "Chevrolet" when talking to a dealer or even when speaking with friends or family, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times.

Why kill off one of the most beloved American brand names? To be consistent, the memo said.

 
Tags: GM

Companies used to split their stocks to keep prices attractive. Not anymore.

By Kim Peterson Jun 10, 2010 3:12PM
It's out of fashion for stocks to split nowadays.

That's the opinion of Howard Silverblatt, a senior index analyst at Standard & Poor's, according to Bloomberg. Three companies in the S&P 500 Index are splitting this week, which is a little unusual.

But a decade ago, Bloomberg reports, that would have been par for the course. 

The stock looks locked into a short-term down trend.

By Jim J. Jubak Jun 10, 2010 3:02PM

Jim JubakI'm going to take advantage of the half-hearted bounce this week to sell Microsoft (MSFT) out of Jubak's Picks. (For more on this bounce, see this post).


The stock has not performed well on up days for the market and looks locked into a short-term down trend. (On the chart, Microsoft is flirting with a negative cross-over, where the 50-day moving average breaks below the 200-day moving average.) The stock traded just below $25 in late Wednesday trading.


I might want to own this one in the fall again when visions of higher sales for the Vista operating system and for Office 2010 start to dance in investors' heads.

 

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