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It looks like SPDR Gold Shares have ended their 10% correction from the end of February. A new rally may be on the way.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 27, 2012 4:52PM
Stocks liked Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's speech Monday emphasizing the Federal Reserve's doubts about the strength of the recovery in the job market. But the gold market liked it even more. 

The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) climbed to $164.40 Monday from $161.53 on Friday. That was a 1.8% gain for the gold bullion ETF.

Bernanke chose a glass-half-empty approach to recent job gains in his speech to the National Association of Business Economists. The rapid drop in the unemployment rate in the last six months to 8.3% from 9.1%, he said, may reflect a one-time bounce reversing the job cuts of 2008 and 2009. 
 
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The stock is awfully expensive. Are there better buys, or is Chipotle just starting to hit big?

By Kim Peterson Mar 27, 2012 4:17PM
This has been the year of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). The stock is an absolute superstar, hitting 37 new record highs so far, according to CNBC.

Chipotle shares traded at $421.37 Tuesday, and are up nearly 26% this year. Over the last 12 months, the stock has gained 65%.

Truly amazing. Chipotle's run has obviously been the subject of much chatter among investors. Why is this stock so high, and how much further can it go? 

The spice maker delivers better-than-expected earnings, driven by cost savings and acquisitions.

By Zacks.com Mar 27, 2012 1:54PM

Image: Peppers (© imageDJ/Jupiterimages)By Zacks Equity Research
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McCormick & Co. Inc. (MKC) delivered better-than-expected first quarter 2012 earnings of 55 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2 cents. The results were also ahead of the company's guidance of 51 to 54 cents per share.


The earnings were driven by robust sales and cost management under the company's Comprehensive Continuous Improvement (CCI) program. Product innovation and investments in brand marketing also boosted growth in the quarter. 

 
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Despite some short-term concerns, this biotech is setting the stage for long-term success.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 27, 2012 1:34PM
Image: Insurance Money (© Comstock Images/Jupiterimages)By John McCamant, The Medical Technology Stock Letter

OncoGenex (OGXI) has had a busy few weeks as the stock ran to over $17 before dropping below $14. 

First, OncoGenex and its partner Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) announced changes to their Phase III development plan for OGX-011 (custirsen). Then, the company priced a secondary offering at $12 and raised $46.8 million.  
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Lackluster beer sales give investors a hangover.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 27, 2012 1:08PM
Image: Beer (© Corbis)In a speech at a brewers convention last year, MillerCoors Chief Marketing Officer Andy England  bragged that "Budweiser is going down baby." He promised, according to Advertising Age, that Miller Lite would "leave Bud in the dust in 2012." 

Now, the brewer wants to back up its words with more words, specifically its iconic slogan from the 1970s: "It's Miller Time."
 
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The Indian Olympic Association is pressuring the London Olympic Committee to drop Dow from its list of sponsors.

By Trefis Mar 27, 2012 12:37PM
The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) has been facing immense pressure from the Indian Olympic Association regarding its sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics. Instead of promoting goodwill -- which is usually expected from such financial support -- Dow's sponsorship of the Olympics has turned into a public relations disaster for the company. 

How might this backlash impact the company's business and its stock price?
 
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After Friday's BATS fiasco, it's no wonder average investors have lost faith in the fairness of the stock market.

By Jim Cramer Mar 27, 2012 12:16PM

Was I rude Monday when I asked a question about how BATS, the exchange company that canceled its IPO last Friday because of a glitch in its own software, helps the little guy.

 

I grilled Joe Ratterman, the CEO, on "Squawk on the Street," about how BATS benefits mom-and-pop investors, because I believe that high-frequency trading -- the genesis of the business of BATS -- is profoundly antithetical to individual investors' confidence in the system.

 

This could be a turnaround year for the teen specialty retailer.

By Trefis Mar 27, 2012 11:42AM
Image: Teens with MP3 player (© RubberBall/SuperStock)Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) has continued its strong run after reporting solid fourth-quarter results, with the stock touching a 52-week high last Monday. 

In addition to a strong line-up for the spring quarter and good acceptance in key categories, including denim, wovens, tees and shorts, American Eagle's newly appointed CEO, Robert Hanson, is finding he's popular among investors, too.
 

American Eagle is upgraded to 'buy,' and Crocs is initiated with an 'outperform.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 27, 2012 11:24AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Portugal Telecom (PT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
  • Southern Copper (SCCO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
  • Vale (VALE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
  • Williams (WMB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
  • American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Lazard Capital
 

As investors look to the Fed chairman for direction, the immediate one is upward price momentum.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Mar 27, 2012 10:50AM

On Monday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a speech at the National Association for Business Economics spring conference in Virginia that ignited financial markets.


Bernanke noted some positive signs in the job market but remained cautious about the future. Once again, he signaled the Fed may need to provide more easing to stimulate growth and reduce long-term unemployment. As a result, gold prices jumped nearly $20 an ounce, while silver gained more than 50 cents an ounce.

 
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While the nation's equities aren't as cheap as they were in 2011, there's still room to run.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 27, 2012 9:54AM

By Yiannis Mostrous, Personal Finance

India is a global business hub that consistently ranks as one of the world's fastest-growing economies. It also has been one of the world's best-performing stock markets in 2012.

While Indian equities aren't as cheap as they were in late 2011, there's room for upside. Here are three India gems that we recommend buying on any pullbacks: HDFC Bank (HDB), Infosys (INFY) and Tata Motors (TTM).

 

The 'easy' gains might be behind Big Blue.

By InvestorPlace Mar 27, 2012 9:34AM

By Daniel Putnam

 

IBM (IBM) may be the elder statesman of the technology sector, but its successful reinvention through the 1990s continues to pay off for shareholders more than a decade later. The stock has gained 57% since September 2010, and it's up 10.7% year to date, rewarding investors who have remained on board as perception -- and valuation -- have caught up to the positive fundamental realities.


But with the stock now changing hands at $207 a share, should new investors still put cash into IBM?

 

The new tab will offer advanced features to measure several networks' metrics.

By Trefis Mar 27, 2012 9:10AM
While Google (GOOG) doesn't generate any significant revenue directly from Google Analytics, it uses it to provide better reporting features to search and display advertising partners, thus driving advertising revenues. The Internet search giant announced new social features for Google Analytics this week.


Analytics has been focused on the search and display advertising segments traditionally, and it will now offer data for social media advertising and marketing campaigns as well. Google will add a new Social tab to Analytics, which will enable users to view Social Reports. It will offer advanced features to measure traffic and engagement metrics for visitors from social networks like Google+, Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn etc.

 

Walgreen's earnings meet expectations. Optical components provider Opnext soars on news that it will be acquired by Oclaro.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 27, 2012 7:50AM

By Andrea Tse

 

Updated at 8:45 a.m. ET

 

Walgreen (WAG) reported fiscal-second-quarter earnings Tuesday of 78 cents a share on sales of $18.7 billion. Analysts were expecting profit of 77 cents a share on sales of $18.58 billion. The company said no longer being part of the Express Scripts (ESRX) pharmacy provider network as of Jan. 1 affected earnings by 7 cents a share.

 

"We invested in store-level staffing in the second quarter to help our pharmacy customers under Express Scripts plans sign up for our Prescription Savings Club, change to a different Medicare prescription drug plan that includes Walgreens in the network or find other ways to continue using our pharmacies," the company said.

 

This real-estate investment trust generates high income from movie theaters, golf courses and even charter schools.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 26, 2012 5:35PM
Image: Man reacting to a film at the cinema, popcorn flying (© i love images/Cultura RF/Getty Images)By Harry Domash, Dividend Detective

We are adding Entertainment Properties Trust (EPR) to our model portfolio. This is a REIT that pays 6.5% -- unusually high for a property REIT with solid growth prospects.

When it started in 1997, EPR's business plan was to purchase megaplex theater complexes from owners and operators and then lease the theaters back to the operators. That is still its main business, and EPR owns a portfolio of 112 megaplex multi-screen theater complexes with stadium seating that has been consistently 100% leased. 
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