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Rising costs took a toll on the bottom line for the molybdenum miner.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 1, 2012 6:16PM
It looks like the rally in shares of Thompson Creek Metals (TC) is over, put to an end by the company's own fourth-quarter earnings report on Feb. 27. The stock had climbed from $5.93 on Nov. 25, the start of the current market rally, to $9.36 on Feb. 3. Shares closed Thursday at $7.29.

I don't own molybdenum miner Thompson Creek in my 12-to-18 month Jubak's Picks portfolio anymore (having sold it out of that portfolio on May 4, 2011) but the stock is still a member of my long-term Jubak Picks portfolio.
 
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The government may give non-state companies access to its oil fields in the Arctic.

By Kim Peterson Mar 1, 2012 5:50PM
Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)Chevron (CVX) has waited a long time for a crack at the oil reserves in Russia's northern seas. Soon, it might just get the opportunity.

The company is courting Russian government officials, talking with them about developing the country's Arctic reserves, The Wall Street Journal reports.

A window of opportunity is slowly opening for the company. Up to now, Russia has been very strict about those Arctic reserves, making them off-limits for non-state operations. Only the state-owned Gazprom and Rosneft had access. 
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New data shows serious inflation is coming. With wages stagnant, that's terrible news for the economy.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Mar 1, 2012 4:51PM

Change is in the air. Over the last few months, the economic data has been consistently surprising to the upside thanks to temporary drivers like shoppers dipping into their savings and businesses restocking inventories, helping power stocks higher. This, in turn, has boosted consumer and business confidence back to recovery highs -- levels not seen since last summer.  

 

Now, "hard data" based on output and activity, not survey forms, is confirming my pessimistic outlook. The main culprit: Rising prices, especially on crude oil (nearing highs seen last spring) and gasoline (up nearly 40% since November). What makes higher inflation so dangerous is that not only does it tie the hands of the Federal Reserve and other central banks -- who have almost single handedly engineered the post-November market rally -- but it will pressure consumer spending.

 

That sets the stage for pitiful GDP growth in the months to come, something investors are just beginning to prepare for. Here's why.

 

Anheuser-Busch offers a new app to stalk your beer -- an idea designed to spark interest in Budweiser.

By Kim Peterson Mar 1, 2012 4:38PM
Image: Beer (© Corbis)Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) has launched a new website that lets customers find out exactly where their Budweiser came from -- including where it was bottled and even the farms that grew the hops and barley.

A gimmick? Yes. But it's one that the company hopes will resonate with consumers and perhaps even revive the slumping sales of Budweiser.

The "Track Your Bud" site and smartphone app asks users to enter the "born on" date located on bottles and cans of beer.  
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Yelp derives the majority of its revenues from local advertising, and the remainder from display advertising, daily deals and other services.

By Trefis Mar 1, 2012 3:00PM
Image: African-American woman shopping online (© Ariel Skelley/Blend Images/Getty Images)Yelp is one of the largest online local business search, review and recommendation services. It enables consumers to access ratings, and read reviews and opinions about local businesses like hotels, restaurants, salons, dentists and mechanics on its website.

It competes primarily with other online business review services like Google (GOOG) Places, Yahoo (YHOO) Local, Angie's List, CityLocal and Gumtree; display advertising players like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and AOL (AOL); and daily-deal sites like Groupon (GRPN) and LivingSocial.
 

Apple is slipping in Europe.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Mar 1, 2012 2:38PM

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

 

Ask anyone in this country what an iPhone costs, and most will say that Apple's (AAPL) iconic smartphone starts at $199. Models with more storage capacity will set stateside buyers back an additional $100 or $200.

 

However, this isn't what Apple is making. The world's most valuable tech company rang up an average of $659 per iPhone (including attached services and accessories) during the holiday quarter.

 
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Adding another $2 billion debt to its balance sheet means reduced flexibility for Sprint, but Clearwire cheers the news.

By Trefis Mar 1, 2012 2:37PM
Image: Silver globe with twinkling lights (© Tetra Images/Getty Images)Sprint (S) is accessing the bond market for the second time in less than four months as the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier looks to finance expensive network upgrades and subsidize Apple's (AAPL) iPhones for its customers. 

The company further said that it may also use a part of the proceeds from the $2 billion notes offering to fund partner Clearwire's (CLWR) LTE plans, sending shares in the cash-strapped wireless company up more than 4% on the news Tuesday. The debt sale gives Sprint additional financing as it struggles to compete against larger rivals Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T).
 

Recent price action in gold futures and ETFs suggests heightened volatility and further declines, making the risk prohibitively high now.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 1, 2012 2:05PM

Image: Gold (© Comstock Images/Jupiterimages)By Tom Aspray 


The strong surge in gold prices in the latter part of January suggested that the correction from the September 2011 highs was finally over. It is not uncommon for corrections in the gold market to last three to five months, as it normally takes that long for the extremes in bullish sentiment to change.


Bearish sentiment appeared to have bottomed last December, but the sharp drop on Wednesday, apparently in reaction to Ben Bernanke's comments on further easing, suggests traders had quickly become too optimistic.

 

Cloud computing is still part of the game.

By Stock Traders Daily Mar 1, 2012 1:55PM

Image: Clouds in a blue sky (© Purestock/Getty Images)One of the hottest sectors in the stock market so far this year has been technology. And investors have been particularly interested in "cloud computing." 


Cloud computing is simply the process of providing software programs, data, and storage space remotely, through servers that are not operated by the customer. 

 

Overall US sales are expected to rise 10% for the month from a year earlier.

By Kim Peterson Mar 1, 2012 1:17PM
Image: Couple shopping for car (© Image100/Jupiterimages)Updated 5 p.m. ET

Can anything stop Chrysler? The auto industry is in the midst of a remarkable revival, but Chrysler especially is putting up huge numbers.

The automaker reported another spectacular month of sales for February, with U.S. sales soaring 40% -- higher than the 32% growth analysts expected. It was the best February sales in four years. Not bad for a company that filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

All of the major automakers reported their February sales Thursday.  
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As PIMCO launches an exchage-traded fund version of its Total Return Fund, some mutual fund firms are left wondering whether they should jump on the bandwagon.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 1, 2012 1:02PM
ETFBy Suzanne McGeeThe Fiscal Times


"…Send not to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."

All right, so 17th-century English poet John Donne didn't have the gargantuan U.S. mutual fund industry in mind when he penned those words. But that doesn't mean that at least some mutual fund managers and their bosses won't be watching uneasily Friday as the exchange-traded fund (ETF) version of the Pimco Total Return Fund (PTTAX) makes its debut.
 

Reports of the apparel retailer's demise are exaggerated.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 1, 2012 12:25PM

Gap (GPS), the apparel retailer that pundits had dismissed as a has-been, still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

The parent of Old Navy and Banana Republic last week reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results. On Thursday, the company said that February sales also topped analysts' forecasts and underscored the strength of the economic recovery.

 

Liz Claiborne is initiated with an 'outperform,' and TripAdvisor is downgraded to 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 1, 2012 11:52AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include: 
  • InterActiveCorp (IACI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
  • Denbury Resources (DNR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee
  • LINN Energy (LINE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
 

These stocks are a selection from among S&P's top buy-rated issues for capital appreciation potential.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 1, 2012 11:16AM

Nicholas Monu/iStock Exclusive/Getty ImagesBy Standard & Poor's The Outlook

The Top Ten Portfolio comprises stocks that S&P Capital IQ believes to be well positioned for solid capital appreciation over the next 12 months.

The goal of the Top Ten Portfolio is to outperform the S&P 500 index on a capital appreciation basis. Stocks must have our highest five-STARS ranking to enter the portfolio. This dynamic, actively managed portfolio has outperformed the S&P 500 since inception.

 

Attempts to pin the metal's Wednesday collapse on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke are far-fetched.

By Jim Cramer Mar 1, 2012 11:04AM

thestreet logoImage: Gold Bars (© Stockbyte/SuperStock)Some days, it's so difficult to fathom this market that you get led astray in wicked fashion. Wednesday was one of those days.

 

The two most salient features of the day's action were the amazing decline in gold and the incredibly swift collapse in the euro. The latter occurred in the CurrencyShares Euro Trust ETF (FXE) from what had looked to be a stable level at around $133 to $134.

 

Both declines immediately brought out the "alibi-ers" -- the people who claim to know the answer for the decline.

 

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[BRIEFING.COM] The major averages ended the midweek session on a flat note after spending the day inside narrow ranges. The S&P 500 hovered near the 2,000 mark for the majority of the trading day, but slumped to new lows during the last hour of action. The index then returned to its flat line, where it settled for the day. For the third day in a row, participation left a lot to be desired with just 487 million shares changing hands at the NYSE.

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