Why stocks are in for a rough ride this week
Stocks in for a rough ride this week

Longtime market bull Jeremy Siegel says investors could realize the market is behind the curve on interest rates.

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With a high yield and rapid growth, this offshore operator is a fundamental and technical buy.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 14, 2012 11:08AM
By Lou Gagliardi, Cabot Global Energy Report

We continue to seek stocks that can outperform on a relative basis and provide dividend support to protect the downside. Offshore driller SeaDrill Limited (SDRL) combines both positive catalysts.

SeaDrill is in rapid growth mode seeking to capitalize on the explosive worldwide need for safer, better-quality rigs in the post-BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill era while providing capability for drilling in more difficult and deeper waters (and capturing higher crude prices). 

Jeremy Lin's meteoric rise as a player is making MSG a hot stock. Don't get burned.

By InvestorPlace Feb 14, 2012 10:55AM

By Kyle Woodley


Sports phenomena rock the mainstream media all the time. The stories surrounding athletes like Tim Tebow and LeBron James are larger than life, so when they hit the traditional news outlets and plaster social media, no one bats an eye.


But when a sports phenomenon -- in this case, one dubbed "Linsanity" -- causes a major move in a well-known stock, it's time to step back and take a breather.

 

Longtime tech leader IBM has a lot more power to grow than some investors foresee.

By Gene Marcial Feb 14, 2012 10:00AM

Just because IBM  (IBM) has been a steady, reliable blue-chip growth stock all these years is no reason to get bored with it, as some investors seem to feel these days. You will miss out on IBM's continued solid growth if you take its stock for granted.


True, the buzz these days in the fast-moving world of technology is all about the social networks such as Facebook and Groupon (GRPN), even somewhat eclipsing a bit the relatively new tech leaders Apple (AAPL) -- which hit an-all-time high of $500 a share Monday -- Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT). But information technology wizard IBM is hardly mentioned anymore among the must-own and truly exciting tech stocks.

 

The online gaming company is expected to report a profit Tuesday, which may allay concerns about its potential.

By Benzinga Feb 13, 2012 7:36PM

Image: Couple with laptop (© Daly and Newton/OJO Images/Getty Images)By Michael Foster, Benzinga Staff Writer


All eyes will be on Zynga (ZNGA) Tuesday as the company is expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 3 cents per share on revenue of $301 million.


As tech companies go, these numbers are tiny. However, positive earnings are impressive for such a young company. Zynga's strong numbers have encouraged some investors even as its dependence on the Facebook platform has inspired skepticism.

 

Local governments won't have to scramble to repay loans used to finance construction projects.

By Jim J. Jubak Feb 13, 2012 6:36PM
Why didn't the Federal Reserve think of this? The Fed could have fixed the U.S. real estate bust with one stroke.

Monday, China has told its big government-controlled banks (sorry, private shareholders) to roll over loans to local governments. That means local governments that borrowed from the banks to pay for the 2008 stimulus plan ordered by Beijing and to finance everything from factories to roads to apartment complexes to shopping malls to the tune of 10.7 trillion yuan ($1.7 trillion) won't have to repay those loans as they mature over the next three years.
 

The company's performance in the smartphone and mobile operating system markets was stunning last quarter.

By Trefis Feb 13, 2012 5:17PM

The iPhone 4S has significantly boosted the fortunes for Apple (AAPL), with the company's stock price surpassing $500 for the first time. That's up from $400 last October, when the phone was launched.


Not only has the iPhone 4S helped Apple become the No. 1 global smartphone maker, but it also narrowed the gap with Google's (GOOG) Android operating system in the U.S. According to a BGR report citing StatCounter research, Apple has a 59% share of mobile Web browsing usage in North America.

 

With the Kindle Fire making major inroads in the tablet market, some think Apple would be wise to take on Amazon with a cheaper 7-inch iPad.

By TheWeek.com Feb 13, 2012 5:08PM
Image: young woman reading from Kindle (© Reggie Casagrande/Photographer)Apple (AAPL) is reportedly working on a 7-inch tablet to take on Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Fire.

Technology analyst Ezra Gottheil told Computerworld that a smaller version of the 9.7-inch iPad has always "been in the plan" for the Cupertino, Calif., company, and could see store shelves as soon as this year. But late founder Steve Jobs was vehemently opposed to a smaller iPad, saying the screen would be too small to "express the software."

All things considered, would producing a smaller, more portable $200 tablet be in Apple's best interest? 
Tags: AAPLAMZN

Can the aircraft maker accurately project demand 20 years out?

By Melly Alazraki Feb 13, 2012 5:04PM

Image: Airline (© Christie & Cole/Corbis)Boeing (BA) executives recently issued a very long-term forecast for the global aviation industry. For any other industry, a two-decade projection might almost seem silly, but Boeing's business is also a long-term one, where a product can take years to develop, test and manufacture -- and being well prepared is crucial.


The maker of the 787 Dreamliner is projecting demand of 33,500 planes worldwide by the year 2030, MarketWatch reported. The market value of these crafts is about $4 trillion -- that's right, trillion. And Boeing is gearing up to take its share of the projected demand.

 
Tags: BA

You can't get more solid than these picks from a defensive fund manager.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 13, 2012 3:09PM

By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com


Picking stocks that are increasing dividend payouts and growing in price, while meeting the moral requirements of a Catholic investor base, is George Schwartz's daily challenge. 


In my interview with Schwartz, he describes several companies -- two of them in detail.

 

Tobacco stocks may not be the most popular products in the eyes of many, but their growth and dividend potential remains compelling for income investors.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 13, 2012 2:44PM

Image: Man smoking (© Steve Mason/Photodisc Blue/Getty Images)By Jim Trippon, Dividend Genius


No group of stocks is more stigmatized than tobacco stocks. With legitimate serious health concerns over cigarettes as an industry backdrop, tobacco stocks have been labeled "sin stocks," and many investors shun them.


Others, however, who are open to the possibilities of investing in the group, might be interested in taking a look at their fundamentals and stock performance, along with the dividends for which they're known. 

 

The landmark skyscraper and 11 other properties will be part of a REIT.

By Kim Peterson Feb 13, 2012 2:42PM
Credit: © Sebastian-Julian/Vetta/Getty Images
Caption: Coin-Operated Binoculars looking towards the Empire State BuildingKing Kong chose the Empire State Building for its potential to climb. Now investors can, too.

The company that owns the 102-story Manhattan skyscraper plans to go public, according to regulatory documents filed Monday. Empire State Realty Trust wants to sell up to $1 billion worth of Class A shares as the office market continues to recover.

The company owns 12 office properties, including seven in midtown Manhattan, and will go public as a real-estate investment trust, or REIT. The company is owned largely by New York's billionaire Malkin family, which fought for years with Donald Trump and real-estate heiress Leona Helmsley for control of the Empire State Building. 
Tags: IPOREIT

One company is set to benefit from the transition to electronic records.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 13, 2012 2:29PM
Image: Dentist working on a computer © Andersen Ross/Brand X Pictures/Getty ImagesBy Jeffrey Loo, S&P Capital IQ Equity Analyst, S&P The Outlook

Our latest "focus stock" is Cerner (CERN), which carries S&P Capital IQ's highest investment recommendation of "strong buy."

Cerner is the largest pure-play provider of health care information technology (HIT) and related services. Its products and services help health care organizations from single-doctor practices to multi-hospital health care systems manage their clinical, financial and management information systems.  
Tags: CERN

Wall Street is buzzing over the comeback strategy devised by the new CEO. But this Steve Jobs disciple may have inherited his mentor's willingness to bend the truth.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 13, 2012 2:01PM

Image: Poster proclaiming Sale up to 50% off and shoppers silhouetted in foreground © Michele Constantini/PhotoAlto Agency RF/Getty ImageBy Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com


We don't need to read the FBI file on Steve Jobs to see that there is often a thin line between inspirational leadership and willful self-deception.


Leadership doesn't work without a convincing projection of self-confidence. In a universe where there are no guarantees, such displays are of necessity a leap of faith and a sales tactic. Any leader worth his salt knows that failure is a possibility, albeit one that shouldn't be mentioned publicly.

 

We've seen a 20% rally since October, but whether this can continue depends on the earnings outlook for 2012 -- and that outlook is far from clear.

By The Fiscal Times Feb 13, 2012 1:38PM
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After a remarkable start to the year, with the U.S. stock market racing higher almost daily, the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index and Dow Jones Industrial Average both ended Friday with their worst weeks of the year, with the S&P 500 posting its first weekly loss. 

Admittedly, the red ink was more of a puddle than a sea, but it may be an indication that investors are -- or will -- give some sober thought to the risks that lie ahead after an advance of more than 20% since October.
 

A deal with TerraCyle may help solve it.

By Jonathan Berr Feb 13, 2012 12:51PM
Image: Coffee (© HD Connelly/Getty Images/Getty Images)Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' (GMCR) K-Cup coffee-brewing system is simple to use and creates a delicious cup of coffee. The downside to the popular single-use product is that it can't be recycled and people in the landfill business are fuming. But a solution may be in the works.

The company is in talks with TerraCycle about developing a program that would enable consumers to redeem used K-Cups for 2 cents each to raise money for nonprofits.  
Tags: GMCR

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