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Tyco, CIT Group and Inventure Foods are among the best ideas to beat a rising market.

By Gene Marcial Sep 18, 2012 6:19PM

Financial Stock Chart --Kick Images, Photodisc, Getty ImagesBeating the resolutely rising market this year won’t be an easy task, but some stocks are still apt to help investors capture at least a part of the advance. Adroit stock picking skills are, of course, the answer which some experienced and savvy investment managers have put to good use in this market.

 

What's important now, these pros argue, is to find stocks that have had a relatively good run because of fundamental and technical factors but at the same time still face the prospect of more improvement on potentially positive developments ahead.

 

"We still find some stocks in various industries that trade at a significant discount to their private market value, and also benefit from near-term catalysts," says Dan Miller, portfolio manager at Gabelli & Co. After publishing Gabelli's Best Ideas report for six years with ample success, Miller launched the Gabelli Focus Five strategy on Jan. 12, which also produced enviable results.

 
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The company's products are amazing, but where Apple really shines is the way it can produce so efficiently and seamlessly. CEO Tim Cook deserves much of the credit.

By Jim J. Jubak Sep 18, 2012 6:05PM
Credit: 2012 Apple Inc
Caption: Apple iPhone 5I'm going to up my target price on Apple (AAPL). When I last wrote about Apple on Sept. 14, I pointedly didn't change my then $650-a-share target price. I'm upping the target to $760.

What's changed?

Well, I've certainly been impressed with the way that Apple’s new iPhone 5 has jumped off
the shelves (well, actually off the pre-order list since the phone doesn’t actually go on sale until Sept. 21.) More than 2 million customers have placed orders for the iPhone 5 in the first 24 hours. That’s double the pre-orders placed in a similar time period last year for the iPhone 4S.

But that's not the reason.

And I’ve certainly noticed that Wall Street analysts have been very busy increasing their projections for sales to the end of the quarter.
 

Samsung's iPad competitor will remain off the US market for most of the holiday shopping season.

By Benzinga Sep 18, 2012 5:52PM
Image: Laws (Photodisc Green/Getty Images)By Louis Bedigian

Samsung (SSNLF) will have to wait until December to find out if it will be allowed to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S. again.


The South Korean tech giant had requested that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh lift the preliminary ban on the device, which was issued before the now-famous patent trial with Apple (AAPL) came to a close. According to Bloomberg, Apple argued that by lifting the ban during appeal -- only to re-impose it later -- "would cause confusion in the market and is not necessary to prevent irreparable harm."


Apple's goal is not only to postpone, but to prevent Samsung from selling its tablet in America.

 

The massive home improvement chain is shuttering all seven of its big-box stores in China -- even while competitors like Ikea are making money hand over fist.

By TheWeek.com Sep 18, 2012 5:46PM

Cityscape of Shanghai © Andy Brandl, Flickr, Getty ImagesThis week, Home Depot (HD) announced that it would close all seven of its big-box stores in China, all but ending an investment that will cost the company some $160 million. (The home improvement chain will retain two much smaller specialty stores in China, as well as an online presence.)


Home Depot, like almost every big company on the planet, saw a huge opportunity in China, where an expanding middle class has opened up a vast new market and the potential for profits. So what went wrong for the Atlanta-based company? 


Here, four theories:

 
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These hidden gems of the banking sector are sporting stellar returns.

By Benzinga Sep 18, 2012 5:42PM
Person withdrawing cash -- Image Source/Image Source/Getty ImagesBy Gordon Wilcox

With financial services stocks accounting for almost 15% of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX), the second-largest sector allocation behind technology, it is not surprising that this sector is often in the spotlight. Add to that the firestorm of controversy generated by the largest investment and money center banks over the past several years, and it is not a shock that the likes of Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS) and J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM) command the bulk of the banking sector headlines.


The silver lining that has emerged from the financial services sector since the global credit crisis is that it is now easier to spot some of the group's higher quality names. For investors, even better news is that not all financial services gems are household names making the rounds in the mainstream financial press on a daily or weekly basis.

 

General Mills is betting on nostalgia to sell consumers on Cheerios and vegetables.

By Jonathan Berr Sep 18, 2012 4:18PM
Credit: General MillsThe Jolly Green Giant, which Advertising Age considers the No. 3 brand icon of the 20th century, is making a comeback after being relegated to the background for years, along with a lesser-known mascot known as The Cheerios Kid.

General Mills
(GIS), the corporate parent of both brands, is making a bet on nostalgia that might just work. Any effort to make healthy eating fun should be applauded, especially considering the fact that childhood obesity rates have almost tripled since 1980, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates that more than a third of Americans are obese, a frightening statistic.

Like most consumers, I hadn't realized that the Green Giant, who seemed to be ubiquitous when I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, had been fading for a while. Advertising Age, which broke the story, reported that General Mills had "underleveraged" the mascot for reasons that weren't clear.  
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MSN Money's Anthony Mirhaydari answers Facebook users' questions about the central bank's recent policy decisions.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 18, 2012 1:15PM
The Federal Reserve's policy statement last week sent markets to multiyear highs. But what are the new measures, and what do they mean to the broader economy? In this video, MSN Money columnist Anthony Mirhaydari explains the Fed's moves and what they mean to average Americans.

 

As he answers questions from MSN Money's Facebook community, Mirhaydari also talks about the political ramifications of the Fed's moves, as well as potential investments. 

Demand for new airplanes in the Asia-Pacific region is more evenly balanced between single- and twin-aisle craft.

By Trefis Sep 18, 2012 12:55PM
Boeing (BA) projects worldwide commercial airplane deliveries of 34,000 jets worth $4.5 trillion over the next 20 years. The largest portion of this demand is forecast from Asia-Pacific region, including China and India with more than 12,000 deliveries.

Sustained rapid economic growth, growing trade and a growing middle class with disposable income are the factors behind making the region the largest market for future airplane deliveries among major world markets. Thus, in terms of size, Asia-Pacific will be the most important market for Boeing and Airbus over the coming years.  
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Stocks near flat as investors seek direction in a lackluster session.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 18, 2012 12:43PM
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Shares of FedEx (FDX) slumped 2% after the company beat earnings expectations for the quarter that just closed but sharply lowered its view for its current fiscal year. FedEx guided second quarter earnings per share at $1.30-$1.45, well below the $1.67 consensus, and lowered its fiscal year 2013 earnings per share outlook to $6.20-$6.60 from $6.90-$7.40.

Among the notable gainers Tuesday, Velti (VELT) was up 12% after signing a $27 million mobile marketing deal, and Energizer (ENR) was up over 9% after the company said it expects to achieve yearly pre-tax savings of $175 million-$200 million from its restructuring plans.  

With the stock now trading above $700, it should have no problem going higher.

By Minyanville.com Sep 18, 2012 12:04PM
appleBy Oliver Pursche

News media and analysts have been writing about the Apple (AAPL) iPhone 5 since iPhone 4S sales slowed and the gadget maker reported disappointing earnings for the first time in a long time.

Many of the opinions at the time went something like "Sales were slower than usual at Apple, but it's just in anticipation of the iPhone 5." And while that seemed like an easy call -- if not downright lazy -- it looks like it was the right one. 

The stock traded above $700 for the first time on Tuesday. Next target: $800. I think Apple has the umph to do it.  

General Motors is upgraded to 'buy,' and Alcoa is downgraded to 'hold .'

By MSN Money Partner Sep 18, 2012 11:33AM
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Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:  
  • Broadcom (BRCM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
  • Lamar Advertising (LAMR) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
  • TASER (TASR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
  • General Motors (GM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
 

But it's just playing the earnings game. If the holiday season comes in as expected, the shipper will be fine.

By Jonathan Berr Sep 18, 2012 11:13AM

Boxes, Michael Hitoshi, Getty ImagesShares of FedEx (FDX) slumped Tuesday after the shipper slashed its profit outlook for the the fiscal year, underscoring investors' growing unease about the slowdown in the worldwide economy.

FedEx expects to earn $6.20 to $6.60 per share in fiscal 2013, down from an earlier forecast of $6.90 to $7.40. That misses the $7.04 expected by Wall Street analysts. FedEx projects earnings to be 1.30 to $1.45 in the quarter, below the $1.67 consensus forecast. The reasons offered by CFO Alan B. Graf Jr. have a familiar ring to them.


"Earnings for the first quarter were below our expectations as weak global economic conditions dampened revenue growth, drove a shift by our customers to our deferred services and outpaced our near-term ability to reduce FedEx Express operating costs to match demand levels," he said in an earnings press release.

 
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The refiner previously bid $2.5B to purchase BP's Carson refinery in California.

By Zacks.com Sep 18, 2012 10:46AM

Oil refinery, Chris Knorr, Design Pics, CorbisBy Zacks Equity Research

 

Refiner and marketer of refined petroleum products, Tesoro Corporation (TSO) recently announced the sale of its Long Beach marine terminal and Los-Angeles area pipelines to its master limited partnership Tesoro Logistics LP (TLLP) for $210 million.


The purchase consideration was divided into $189 million in cash and Tesoro Logistics equity worth $21 million. Borrowings under Tesoro Logistics' 5.875% senior notes offering were used to finance the cash portion of the deal. The equity part comprised 98% common units while general partner units constituted the remaining 2%.

 
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The Swiss pharmaceutical has several very strong potential oncology drugs, most of which could be commercially successful.

By Trefis Sep 18, 2012 10:11AM
GettyRoche Holdings (RHHBY) is a Swiss health care company with a global presence. The company operates in two main segments: pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.

Last week, the company held its research and development and business briefings for investors, highlighting nearly 72 new molecular entities (NMEs) in its pipeline. Nearly 19 candidates, of which 12 are new drugs, are in Phase III clinical trials targeting a broad range of diseases.

Roche expects to receive approvals for these drugs in the next year and a half. The company unveiled its R&D strategy going forward even as it vowed to keep R&D spending stable. 
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Despite relatively smaller exposure, Citigroup may still be an effective way to bet on US real estate.

By TheStreet Staff Sep 18, 2012 9:53AM

TheStreet.com logoHousing rebound, VisionsofAmerica, Joe Sohm, Digital Vision, Getty ImagesBy Dan Freed

 

Among the four largest U.S. banks, Citigroup (C) is generally viewed as having the least exposure to troubled home loans. But a pair of recent analyst reports argue that the bank may still be an effective way to bet on a U.S. housing rebound.

 

Both Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor and Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Chris Kotowski note in recent reports that they have received lots of questions from investors about how to invest in a U.S. housing rebound, and both see good reasons to look at Citigroup in this context.

 

Both analysts point out that stocks tied to housing have already had a strong run. In a note published Monday, Kotowski observed the 29% rise in homebuilder ETF XHB (XHB) over the past three months, as well as a 32% rise in lumber company Weyerhauser (WY).

 

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