Surge brought back from the dead
Surge is back from the dead

Coca-Cola launched the soda brand in the 1990s to compete with Mountain Dew. Sales didn't exactly take off.

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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
greeceBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

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

The longer the nation's situation drags on, the less likely it will hurt us. But if it does default, we could have a buying opportunity.

By Jim Cramer Feb 13, 2012 12:38PM

Is Greece a prelude to nothing? What people have failed to realize the whole time this Greek issue has been rumbling -- which, by the way, is now a couple of years -- is that the longer it goes, the less likely it will hurt Europe and even less likelier that it will hurt us.

 

Here's the deal. The big issue in 2008, the always-apt comparison, was the element of surprise. I think the idea that there is even the most remote element of surprise to a collapse of Greece is off the table and people who don't fret that it will collapse are those who are either brain dead or speculators (in other words, guys who deserve it.)

 

Investors have rewarded the stock after a first-quarter earnings report that blew away just about everyone.

By Kim Peterson Feb 13, 2012 12:07PM
Image: Arrow Up (© Image Source/Photolibrary)Updated 4:20 p.m. ET

Apple
(AAPL) shares surpassed $500 for the first time Monday to close at $502.60, and analysts said $600 is an easy target as the company continues to excite investors with new products and more acceptance in the workplace.

The stock has been on the march since Apple reported a jaw-dropping first quarter, blowing away expectations with $13.1 billion in profit and sales of $46.3 billion. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) was suffering from a 4.2% drop in earnings for the last quarter of 2011, but Apple singlehandedly turned that decline into a 4.4% gain, Bloomberg reports
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Steel Dynamics and US Steel are downgraded to 'hold.' DuPont is initiated with 'equal weight.'

By MSN Money Partner Feb 13, 2012 12:01PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
  • Varian Medical (VAR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
  • Oceaneering (OII) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
  • Noble Corporation (NE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
  • Ensco (ESV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
 

With the new terms, Zynga will be able to maintain an edge over other social game developers.

By Trefis Feb 13, 2012 11:21AM
Zynga's (ZNGA) stock price has seen a significant increase in the last week, after Facebook filed its S-1 documents to go public. Thanks to Facebook's now public data we know that Zynga accounts for a large portion of Facebook's revenues -- almost 12% -- and that Zynga's Q4 2011 revenue growth will be better than expected.

Facebook filed an amendment to its S-1 filing on February 8, which further details its business relationship with Zynga. It outlines some of the most important agreements between Facebook and Zynga, including minimum user growth commitments that Facebook promised to Zynga.  
Tags: DISEAZNGA

Recent news puts a glow on a few related stocks.

By InvestorPlace Feb 13, 2012 10:59AM

By Aaron Levitt


Since Japan's earthquake and tsunami and the resulting Fukushima reactor disaster, the nuclear energy industry certainly has taken it on the chin. The meltdown at the nuclear plant has become synonymous with renewed anxiety about the safety and ethics of atomic energy. To that end, a variety of nations, such as Germany and Switzerland, have begun plans to wind down their nuclear operations and stall new reactor projects.


Some analysts and market pundits have called these reactions the end of the "nuclear renaissance." However, they might want to rethink their positions. A recent landmark decision could usher in a resurgence of nuclear energy growth here in the United States.

 

A pure play on the Bakken, this driller is one energy specialist's top takeover target.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 13, 2012 10:45AM
by Elliott Gue, The Energy Strategist

Oasis Petroleum (OAS), rated a Best Buy in my growth portfolio, is also my top takeover pick for 2012.

Oasis Petroleum offers pure-play exposure to the Bakken Shale and boasts more than 300,000 net acres that are prospective for Bakken Shale and the Three Forks trend. Management estimates that the company has 1,303 potential drilling locations in the Bakken Shale alone. 
Tags: OAS

This blue chip utility offers growth, yield and downside protection.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 11, 2012 2:09PM
By Gordon Pape, Internet Wealth Builder

Although there are some encouraging economic signs out there, prudent investors need to stay defensive and blue-chip, dividend-paying stocks should continue to form the core of your portfolio.

One of the areas on which to focus is U.S. utilities which offer relative price stability and an attractive dividend yield. And one stock in particular that I like is Southern Company (SO) which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 
Tags: SO

After a forgettable fourth quarter, the bank expects to miss its profit goal.

By Benzinga Feb 11, 2012 1:01AM

Image: Bank Vault (© Radius Images/Jupiterimages)By Brett Callwood, Benzinga Staff Writer


British bank Barclays (BCS) looks like it will miss its profit goal after suffering its worst quarter in three years.


The eurozone debt crisis led to a slump in bond trading, which in turn dragged down Barclays' annual profit. This led CEO Bob Diamond to push back the return-on-equity target of 13% that he set less than a year ago.


Many analysts had thought that target was too ambitious.

 

Recent deterioration in the short-term technical outlook means now more than ever, investors must take decisive action to lock in recent gains.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 10, 2012 5:49PM

Image: Bull figurine on ascending line graph and list of share prices (© Adam Gault/OJO Images/Getty Images)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The markets were clearly disappointed early Friday as more cracks developed in Greece's debt deal. Still, most of the major averages managed to close higher on Thursday. Over the past week or so, the correction camp (those looking for a pullback to buy) has become quite crowded.


This is likely the reason why the market has been grinding higher as late buyers abandon their disciplined strategy and just buy. Many of the market-leading sectors like housing have continued to move higher and have become even more overextended.

 

Some days CEOs would be better off staying in bed.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Feb 10, 2012 5:03PM
By Sean Williams

 

Last month, I introduced a new weekly series, the "CEO Gaffe of the Week." Having come across more than a handful of questionable executive decisions last year when compiling my list of the Worst CEOs of 2011, I thought it could be a learning experience for all of us if I pointed out apparent gaffes as they occur. Trusting your investments begins with trusting the leadership at the top -- and with leaders like these on your side, sometimes you don't need enemies!

 

This week I want to highlight the now former CEO of Diamond Foods (DMND): Michael Mendes.

 
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The tech giant's ability to sell the iPhone at such a heavy premium speaks volumes about the popularity of the device.

By Trefis Feb 10, 2012 3:41PM
Image: Businesswoman on cellphone (© Corbis)As yet another testament to the iPhone phenomenon, analyst Travis McCourt of Morgan Keegan estimates that Apple (AAPL) accounted for close to 50% of overall mobile revenues and a staggering 80% of overall mobile profits in the fourth quarter of 2011.

This follows a report released by Asymco last week that estimates Apple's revenue and profit shares at 75% and 40%, respectively. These estimates underscore the tech company's dominance of an industry in which it commands only a small percentage of the actual market. 
Tags: AAPLGOOG

The country is faced with a deeply unpopular austerity plan. Will it walk?

By Jim J. Jubak Feb 10, 2012 3:38PM
Image: Europe (© Photodisc/SuperStock)As slogans go, it isn't up to the standards of "Don't tread on me" or "No taxation without representation," but Jean-Claude Juncker's "No disbursement without implementation" does sum up where the Greek debt crisis stood Friday morning. (Juncker is head of the Euro Group and prime minister of Luxembourg.)

Thursday's meeting of European finance ministers adjourned without action on the plan to rescue Greece. The finance ministers wanted to see more details on the last 430 million euros in cuts and actual legislation to turn Greek promises into Greek laws. The group is scheduled to meet again next week.
 

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