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Perhaps the IPO was not as highly anticipated as we thought. Investors didn't think the stock was worth more than its IPO price.

By Kim Peterson Dec 16, 2011 12:54PM
Updated 4:10 p.m. ET

Zynga
(ZNGA) began trading Friday morning after pricing its IPO at $10 a share Thursday. But for investors, that $10 price was a little too rich.

Within the first few minutes of trading, Zynga's stock quickly fell below $10 -- and it would close the day there as well. Despite all the hype leading up to the IPO, investors could not be swayed to jump in. The company originally had hoped to sell shares at $20. 

Safeway is initiated with a 'sell,' while Carnival is upgraded.

By MSN Money Partner Dec 16, 2011 12:11PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Liberty Global (LBTYA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JP Morgan
  • Linear Technology (LLTC) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
  • Amgen (AMGN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
  • Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC
  • Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Miller Tabak
 

Despite an ugly chart and deflation worries, the ultimate chaos we are headed for in Europe is the best thing that can happen to gold.

By Jim Cramer Dec 16, 2011 10:40AM

more investment tips and market commentary from the streetIs everyone who follows gold just a chartist? Doesn't it seem that way?

 

How many times did I hear Thursday that gold fell below key support so it must be all over? How many times did I hear that gold is finished and kaput and the gigantic move is over? If people pronounced stocks dead as often as they pronounced gold dead, the world would be betting against equities.

 

I come here to defend gold. First, it will be up for 11 straight years if it finishes 2011 anywhere near here. The SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) started the year at $138, and while it did go up to as high as $184, it's still been a terrific year for the precious metal.

 

The global media and entertainment company offers sound finances, a rising payout and strong management.

By TheStockAdvisors Dec 16, 2011 8:46AM
By Glenn Rogers, Internet Wealth Builder

Walt Disney (DIS) recently announced a big 50% hike in its dividend. While the yield is still only 1.6%, the move shows the confidence of the board of directors in the company's future and that has added to my good feelings about this business.

The long-term payout for Disney is only about 20% of the 2011 free cash flow. So the company could continue to raise dividends over the next few years without any difficulty. 
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With unexercised options, the company could be worth as much as $8.9 billion. But the $10 price in its initial public offering is lower than Street chatter of $12 a share.

By Charley Blaine Dec 15, 2011 7:36PM

Charley BlaineTwo weeks ago, Zynga projected it would sell 100 million shares in its initial public offering for $8.50 to $10 a share. 

It did. That translates into a market capitalization of $7 billion. With unexercised options, the market cap rises nearly to $8.9  billion.

But the results of Thursday's IPO had to be something of a disappointment. There was chatter on CNBC that the IPO would price at $12 a share. And Zynga originally thought it would sell its shares at $20.

A better gauge of investor sentiment about the company will come Friday when shares open for trading on Nasdaq under the ticker ZNGA.

 

The rising popularity of gold exchange-traded funds has come at the expense of gold-mining shares.

By Jim J. Jubak Dec 15, 2011 5:11PM
Image: Birds nest with golden eggs © Rob Casey/Brand X/Getty ImagesGold mining companies are getting the dividend religion too.

They’re adding dividend payouts in an effort to close the "attractiveness gap" with gold ETFs.

On Nov. 25, I wrote about the general resurgence of dividends. Given the lack of any capital appreciation in the current market and an increasing cynicism among investors about stock buybacks, companies have started to increase dividend yields as a way to support share prices and keep on the good side of capital markets.
 
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A bearish analyst note sends shares lower, but questions linger.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Dec 15, 2011 4:54PM

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

 

Maybe Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) won't have such a rosy holiday season after all. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Mark Astrachan issued a bearish note on the java giant, sending the stock sharply lower yesterday. Shares have tumbled over 20% in the last three days.

 

Astrachan's channel checks show that Keurig brewer shipments from China have declined in recent months. The news contrasts with Green Mountain's conference call last month, when the company behind the Keurig single-cup brewers and the K-Cup portion packs that fuel the caffeinated sips indicated that sales are holding up well. It stuck to its near-term guidance calling for 60% to 65% in net sales growth for the entire fiscal year.

 

Expedia’s coming spinoff of TripAdvisor offers a great play on social media at a bargain price.

By MoneyShow.com Dec 15, 2011 3:52PM

Image: Couple reading guidebook in Rome © SIMON WATSON/Lifesize/Getty ImagesBy Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com


I’m not on Facebook all that often anymore.


Partly it’s because I’ve turned into a heavy professional user of Twitter, and partly because, well, it’s no longer 2009. That was the year I joined, when Facebook had roughly half of the 800 million members it has today.


That means tens of millions of people have likely made the same journey from discovery, excitement, and engagement to a bit of exhaustion and boredom setting in.

 

With the fighter jet eventually expected to account for 20% of revenue, any further production delays will push up the company's aeronautics backlog and reduce earnings

By Trefis Dec 15, 2011 3:46PM
Image: Navy ship (© Corbis)Lockheed Martin (LMT) may consider slowing production of its flagship F-35 fighter jet in the wake of remarks by Vice Admiral David Venlet, the Pentagon's F-35 program director.

Highlighting the structural glitches which have plagued the program, Venlet told AOL Defense that tempering production rates may now be necessary. His remarks draw into question Lockheed's "concurrency strategy," which seeks to maximize unit production before test flights are completed with a view to retrofitting any necessary repairs. 
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With global markets expected to remain challenging over the next few quarters, the bank’s trading yield will also likely see a decline.

By Trefis Dec 15, 2011 3:36PM
Image: Piggy bank (© Corbis/Corbis)Morgan Stanley (MS) shares have lost more than half their value this year to trade at around $15 Thursday afternoon.

The global investment bank has been one of the most volatile financial stocks in recent months, along with Bank of America (BAC), and both have seen several single-day fluctuations of more than 5% as events related to the European debt situation unfolded. This extreme volatility can be largely attributed to the bank's extensive sales and trading operations, which can contribute anywhere between 30% and 50% of its total revenue from quarter to quarter.  
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With increasingly hostile opposition, AT&T has decided to withdraw its application and focus on securing Department of Justice approval.

By Trefis Dec 15, 2011 3:19PM
Image: Divorce (© Ingram Publishing/SuperStock)AT&T's (T) T-Mobile acquisition seems all but dead now.

The company and Deutsche Telekom (DT), T-Mobile's parent, announced Monday that they have asked a federal judge to stay further hearings until Jan. 18th so that they could “evaluate all options.” This comes after the Justice Department announced its intentions to postpone or dismiss its lawsuit seeking to block the deal. With AT&T's withdrawal of its merger application with regulators, the Justice Department has no reason to pursue the case. 
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VCs, whose entire business model revolves around their ability to focus on the upside potential of pretty much anything, are showing signs of unease.

By The Fiscal Times Dec 15, 2011 2:34PM

By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

Angst over the surprises that may lurk in 2012 isn’t confined to investors in stocks and bonds, or to the economists trying to puzzle out the impact of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis on global growth.

 

Even venture capitalists -- whose entire business model revolves around their ability to focus on the upside potential of pretty much anything, in pretty much any kind of scenario -- are showing signs of unease.

 

Transaction processors win favor as the global switch to electronic payments gains traction.

By MoneyShow.com Dec 15, 2011 2:13PM

 (© UpperCut Images/UpperCut Images/Getty Images)By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com


The choppy markets of 2011 have brought some predictable winners, such as discount retailers and dividend-paying big caps. But one "under the radar" industry that's fared well is that of transaction processors and electronic payment systems.


Two high-profile companies from that arena -- which some indices classify as finance and others as tech -- are S&P 500 components MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V).

 

What does this mean for energy stocks?

By MoneyShow.com Dec 15, 2011 1:45PM

(© Comstock/Corbis)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The stronger dollar (read: plunging euro) and OPEC’s decision to keep output of crude oil at current levels was a double whammy on Wednesday.


As if that wasn’t enough, the US Energy Information Administration later reported higher-than-expected inventories, as well as demand for crude oil that was almost 9% lower than last year.

 

The stock takes off after the shipping giant announces solid earnings.

By Jonathan Berr Dec 15, 2011 12:53PM
By Jonathan Berr

FedEx's (FDX) better-than-expected fiscal-second-quarter earnings report, released Thursday, is more proof that the U.S. economic recovery is for real.

Net income at the Memphis, Tenn., parcel delivery company rose 76% to $497 million, or $1.57 per share, as more consumers used FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx SmartPost services during the holiday season. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg had expected earnings of $1.53. Revenue rose 10% to $10.59 billion, in line with estimates.  
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