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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?  

Multi-manager funds sound like a good idea, but too many cooks in the kitchen can muddle a fund's performance and hurt your nest egg

By InvestorPlace Apr 20, 2010 10:21AM

By Dan Weiner, editor of Fund Focus Weekly

 

401k investing nest eggVanguard announced last week that it's handing an 8.5% piece of the Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX) to Sanders Capital, and in particular John Mahedy, who used to work on Windsor when he was at AllianceBernstein.

Unfortunately, rather than give Mahedy and his team a mandate to run a value fund, Vanguard is simply continuing to add chefs to the Windsor II kitchen, and the meal gets less and less tasty with each one.

 

I’m one of the leading experts on Vanguard funds, so this is particularly irksome to me. But the bigger lesson that you can take away from the increasingly messy management of Windsor II is that multi-manager funds are almost always bad news for your 401k. And here’s why:

 

The Goldman probe halted the run-up, but we could be setting up for a move if earnings are good.

By Jim Cramer Apr 20, 2010 7:18AM

 Jim Cramer

By Jim Cramer, TheStreet

 

Think about what you heard after the Goldman Sachs (GS) news on Friday: The public will think, again, the game is rigged and that the government is anti-business, deservedly, because the markets can't be trusted.


Plus, Google (GOOG) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) were "bad," meaning that tech and semiconductors in particular had moved up too much and were headed back to more realistic levels.

 

Most of all, you got a sense of the market's "fragility." No one would say, "It's time to buy." No one. My mailbox was full of end-of-the-world submissions; palpable hatred was back.

 

 

Investors aren't thinking clearly, shunning Verizon in favor of fad investments like REITs that are sure to shrivel up

By InvestorPlace Apr 20, 2010 6:58AM

By Richard Band, editor of Profitable Investing

 

verizon money trapWhy do investors keep repeating self-destructive (money-losing) behavior?  You can see the syndrome at work in the recent explosive rally among the real estate trusts.


Since Feb. 9, the Morgan Stanley U.S. REIT Index (RMZ) is up about 25%. The same index has skyrocketed over 150% from its March 2009 low -- about double the gains for the broader market.

 

As a result, dividend yields in the sector have collapsed... And low-risk dividend investors somehow are getting duped into thinking REITs are solvent investments. Many of them aren't. Meanwhile, the Street still loves to hate telecom leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) despite low P/E ratios and hefty dividend yields.

 

Trading currencies is beyond the realm of expertise for most investors, so here are three simple ways to cash in on Greece's debt trouble

By InvestorPlace Apr 19, 2010 3:25PM

By Michael Shulman, editor of ChangeWave Shorts

 

currencies greece debt etfsThe headlines are screaming that the Greek debt issue is resolved, and it's time to move on. This is simply not true, and European authorities have made the crisis worse by creating a serious moral hazard by pledging help to Greece.

The nature of the aid and the trigger for it are still unclear -- classic European political fudge -- and the current actions to backstop Greece's ability to borrow will now lead to similar demands from Portugal and Spain. The Irish could use help, too, but are too stubborn and angry at the rest of Europe to ask.

 

So how do you play this as an everyday investor? After all, Unless you are a fairly expert day trader living behind screens, trading currencies is out of the question. But don't despair -- cashing in on Greece's debt woes is easier than you think.

 

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