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There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.


Here are 3 great ones to watch, plus 3 companies you won't want to miss.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 29, 2010 1:00PM

Find hot stocks © Digital Vision / Getty ImagesYou're getting a lot for your money today, as our pick of the day had triplets. Roger Friedman has been chatting with some of the smartest analysts at The Motley Fool and has come up with three stocks to watch and three to buy.


Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor


Which companies are tomorrow's big winners? In our ongoing series, I'm chatting with Fool analysts and advisers to find out the stocks on their watch lists and the catalysts that would induce them to buy.

By the end of today's article, you'll get three companies that the man in charge of training our analysts thinks you should be watching and three that he recently bought for his personal portfolio.


Jewelry could be this holiday season's biggest winner.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 29, 2010 12:50PM

Diamond ring © Lew Robertson/CorbisBy Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet


It's poised to be a glitzy holiday for jewelry retailers.


According to the National Retail Federation, the number of shoppers who purchased jewelry over the Black Friday weekend rose substantially, from 11.7% in 2009 to 14.3% this year.


Both comScore and Coremetrics also indicated improved growth in the jewelry category, up in the 15% to 20% range.


A survey says consumer electronics spending is up, with laptops surging and the iPad topping holiday wish lists.

By InvestorPlace Nov 29, 2010 11:31AM

Credit: (© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)By Jeff Reeves, Editor of


Good news, boys and girls. That box under the tree may not be a pair of feety pajamas after all.

According to a November survey, consumers are spending big on electronics again and laptops are paving the way, with a dramatic increase in projected sales. And as is no surprise, the flashy new by Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPad and is on the top of many wish lists.

Though Apple is projected to be a big winner, other tablets and gadgets are seeing strong demand, too. And that's a good sign for store managers as well as people opening presents in a few weeks. Here are the details:


Holiday sales and turbulent events in Europe and Asia will be on investors' minds.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 29, 2010 10:24AM

Tools for your stock portfolio © CorbisBy Don Dion, TheStreet


Here are five ETFs to watch this week.


1. iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund (EWY)


The Korea ETF saw roller-coaster-like performance last week as tensions between North and South Korea came to a head. There is a strong chance that this type of wild performance will continue as long as strains remain high between these two nations.


The Korea crisis once again serves as a reminder of the risks in investing in emerging markets. When venturing into EWY or any other fund focused on the developing world, you must keep a close eye on the macro picture as well as the state of the fund's underlying holdings.


Despite worries from overseas, history points to a solid finish to 2010. We might even discover that the US economy is in the midst of a robust rebound.

By Jim Cramer Nov 29, 2010 9:58AM

jim cramerWhat happens if this is the week when we start thinking about the U.S. as a comeback country? What happens if the economic data this week -- the employment and supply-chain management reports -- kick into higher gear?


What happens if we are about to see an extension of the unemployment benefits that are about to expire, an extension that is incredibly important to the lower-end retailers that keep powering higher?


All of these possibilities are playing in my head and should be playing in yours. As Barclays put it so eloquently in a recent note, since 1961 there have been 28 times when the market was up 5% or more between Jan. 1 and October, and of those years the market has been down only twice in November and December. That statistic alone should buoy you even as it antagonizes the morbidly negative.


The debt crisis in the eurozone shows no signs of ending as politicians clash and investors cash out.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 27, 2010 7:52AM

Despite some positive developments over in Europe on Friday, with the Portuguese parliament formally approving its 2011 budget and word that Ireland's bailout could be finished over the weekend, traders were in the mood to sell. And sell they did.


As they sold Spanish bonds, the interest rate surged to highs not seen since 2002. The cost to protect against the default of debt issued by Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Greece, Italy, and even Belgium all jumped substantially. The euro plunged.


The catalyst was chatter that parts of the Irish bailout package being put together by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund could result in defaults on Irish bank debt as soon as early next week. Adding to concerns were rumors Portugal is being pressured to take bailout money. The situation is quickly going from bad to worse.


The automaker plans 66 dealerships in emerging cities.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 26, 2010 12:39PM

Credit: © Ford Motor Company
Caption: 2009 Ford F-150 XLTBy Eric Rosenbaum, TheStreet


Ford (F) plans to add 66 dealerships in China before the end of the year, according to a Ford document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The 25% expansion of Ford's China sales effort will focus on what are considered the tier-two and tier-three cities in western and northern China.


In all, Ford will have added approximately 100 dealerships in China with its partner, Changan Automobile, by the end of the year. The total number of Ford dealerships in China will be roughly 340 by year's end, according to the Ford statement reviewed by the Journal.


The tier-two and tier-three cities in China include Nanning, Shijazhuang, Harbin and Anyang, cities with populations of more than 1 million. Car demand isn't the only consumer trend being tapped in the Chinese tier-two and tier-three cities. It's part of a much larger trend in China, including education, health care and real estate, as the tier-one cities become saturated.


TSA security frenzy quickly becomes holiday yawn. Record profits at US companies aren't leading to new jobs. Dick's called 'anti-Christmas' by Christmas advocacy group.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 26, 2010 11:26AM

TheStreetHere’s our weekly roundup of the dumbest stories in business this week.


5. Non-news event of the week: TSA security opt-outs


The hullabaloo surrounding the Transportation Security Administration's use of full-body scanners reached a fever pitch this week, thanks to “National Opt-Out Day.” The idea was that flyers, outraged by their privacy being invaded in the name of safety, would say no to scanning and pat-downs on one of the busiest flying days of the year.


Why this train is worth jumping on.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 26, 2010 11:13AM

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and our thoughts naturally turn to leftovers. We try to extract as much value out of our turkey meal as we can by eating the scraps -- and Michael Olsen shows us the same works for investing. (Sorry, I stretched that analogy as much as I did my stomach yesterday.)


Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor

Blame Warren Buffett, that octogenarian superinvestor of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) fame. A few years back, he let the cat out of the bag: Railroads are tremendous businesses. Our folksy friend's blessing drew investors to railroads like cats to catnip.

I hate him for it.


Retailers are attempting to one-up each other ahead of Black Friday, but will these deals move the top line?

By TheStreet Staff Nov 24, 2010 5:20PM

TheStreetBy Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet


Retailers are going punch-for-punch this holiday season, trying to one-up each other with discounts ahead of the Black Friday rush.


But will these deep discounts, Black Friday ad "leaks" and offers of free-shipping really woo customers and boost the top line? The goal is to capture consumers' dollars before their holiday budgets run out, but these promotions might have the opposite effect -- desensitizing shoppers to discounts.


Retailers have spent the past year unintentionally "training" shoppers to hold out for the best deals. Now, they want consumers to open their wallets earlier. But shoppers are savvy, and most realize these sales (and potentially some even bigger deals) will still be there as Christmas approaches.


Country club memberships, use of a company plane, a free car and other perks -- all in a day's work at Tyson Foods.

By Kim Peterson Nov 24, 2010 4:25PM
Credit: (© Kate Mathis/Getty Images)
Caption: Thanksgiving turkeyTwo Tyson turkeys are in the news this week -- and they aren't the kind of fowl you'll be eating tomorrow.

No, we're talking about Don Tyson, the former chief executive of Tyson Foods (TSN), and his son John. Don Tyson, you'll recall, was busted five years ago for taking $3 million in company perks for himself, his family and other friends.

He used $20,000 in company funds to buy oriental rugs, $18,000 for antiques and $15,000 for a London vacation. He made personal use of company-owned homes, as well as a boat, in Cabo San Lucas and the English countryside. He used $425,000 worth of time on the company jet. 

The company beats estimates in its fourth quarter, but projections for next year are disappointing.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 24, 2010 2:36PM
Jim JubakValuing a cyclical stock such as Deere (DE) -- which reported fiscal-fourth-quarter earnings today -- is always difficult. 

You have to figure out where the company is in the revenue cycle from peak to trough and back again. And you have to figure out how long the cycle will last.

In Deere's case, the Wall Street projection is that the company is about to hit the top of the cycle.

Consumers are ready to come back in a big way, and these shares are positioned to rise with holiday spending.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 24, 2010 1:39PM

more stock picks from thestreetSanta © Tetra Images/JupiterimagesBy James Dlugosch, Stockpickr


The weather outside may be frightful, but the stock gains on Wall Street are delightful. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!


For all the bad-news bears out there, stop reading now. This article is not for you. Instead, let us celebrate the spirit of the holidays with stocks to buy in advance of what I believe will be a truly spectacular Santa Claus rally.


All signs indicate that 2011 will be a turning point, even if the industry isn't quite ready for it.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 24, 2010 1:05PM

Natural gas © Ron Chapple/JupiterimagesBy Daniel Dicker, TheStreet


2011 is going to be the year for natural gas. Stories keep crossing the wires, subtly pointing to the inevitable fact that natural gas is our guaranteed energy future, whether or not the industry or even Washington is ready for it.


The only thing left for a savvy investor to do is to get on board this train before it leaves the station and builds up too much speed.


Another avalanche of reports appeared this week, all pointing to the same theme: Natural gas is ready to explode. Check out these recent stories:


Corporate social responsibility is in this company's DNA.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 24, 2010 11:57AM

Green investing © Bob Jacobson/CorbisOn this Thanksgiving eve, we'll visit the world of socially responsible investing. Alyce Lomax shows us what it's all about by recommending a company she believes can do well, while also doing some good in the world.

Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor 

My real-money portfolio is all about social responsibility, so it's fitting that my inaugural buy recommendation should have corporate social responsibility at its heart for quite some time. This month's pick is Timberland (TBL).



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