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This midstream MLP churns out steady and growing returns

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 10, 2011 10:45AM

By Geoffrey Seiler, BullMarket.com

Ho. Hum. Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) delivered another quarter of better than expected cash flow, profits, and overall growth to complement its recently increased distribution.

It's consistently solid execution would almost be boring if it wasn't so good for its investors. The midstream energy firm remains one of our favorite stocks for the long term. 

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We can't have a lasting recovery without the financial sector.

By InvestorPlace Nov 10, 2011 10:26AM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com

Bank stocks and the financial sector have seen their share of ups and downs in the past three years -- though decidedly more downs than ups.

On the retail banking side, Bank of America (BAC) is off almost 86% since its 2008 peak, and Citigroup (C) is down nearly 90% in the same period. On the investment banking side, Morgan Stanley (MS) is off more than 67%, and Goldman Sachs (GS) is off 52%. A host of other financial stocks, large and small, have felt similar pain.


At this point, we have to hope the European Central Bank counters the Italian bond rout by printing trillions of euros.

By Jim Cramer Nov 10, 2011 10:19AM

the streetPretty simple: Buy or go home. That's what you have to hope for soon from the European Central Bank to counter the Italian bond rout. The ECB has to go buy 2 trillion euros' worth of Italian bonds. Yeah. It does have to be that big. It has to clean them out. The sellers. The investors. The traders.


It has to end this nonsense by printing euros, trillions of them, and making it very clear that the crisis is over.


Shares of the Dow component jump on better-than-expected earnings. The coffee producer plunges after sales fall short of forecasts.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 10, 2011 9:12AM

TheStreetBy Andrea Tse, TheStreet


Updated at 9 a.m. ET


Cisco Systems' (CSCO) fiscal-first-quarter results beat Wall Street's expectations, even though the Dow component's adjusted profit declined from a year earlier amid sluggish corporate spending. The tech bellwether posted a profit of $2.3 billion, or 43 cents per share, excluding certain items. That’s down from $2.4 billion, or 42 cents, a year earlier. Revenue rose 4.7% year over year to $11.3 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had forecast earnings of 39 cents and revenue of $11.03 billion.


Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) missed Wall Street's revenue expectations by a wide margin with its fiscal-fourth-quarter results. While sales rose 90% from a year earlier to $711.9 million, the total was 6% less than the $760.5 million analysts had expected.


Is the company being too modest in its expectations for the holiday season?

By Benzinga Nov 9, 2011 7:38PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer

There might not be a Santa Claus this year for Macy's (M), at least judging from the retailer's fourth-quarter guidance.

Despite reporting a third-quarter profit that beat Wall Street estimates Wednesday, shares sold off sharply on the reduced outlook. The stock dropped 5% to close at $30.45.


Investors will likely have to suffer dysfunctional Italian politics for days and maybe weeks.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 9, 2011 5:45PM
A huge jump in the yield on Italy’s 10-year bond has sent a wave of fear through global financial markets.

The yield on Italy’s 10-year government bond spiked 0.88 percentage points to 7.65% as of 10:50 a.m. ET, before moving down to 7.06% as of 3:16 p.m.

Also Wednesday morning, the yield curve inverted, with shorter-term bonds -- the one-year reached 8.15% -- paying more than the five-year at 7.71% and the 10-year bond.

Apple's tablet has had a virtual lock on the market, but enthusiasm for Amazon's new Kindle Fire could change that.

By Kim Peterson Nov 9, 2011 4:44PM
Amazon's (AMZN) highly-anticipated Kindle Fire debuts next week, and sales will undoubtedly be red hot.

But are those sales cutting into purchases of Apple's (AAPL) iPad? It looks that way, based on one new study. The survey, conducted by ChangeWave Research and RBC Capital Markets, found that 26% of people who plan to buy a Kindle Fire say they are delaying buying an iPad. 

The celebrity chef denies reports that he compared Wall Street bankers to Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin.

By Kim Peterson Nov 9, 2011 4:39PM
Celebrity chef Mario Batali created a bit of controversy this week after comparing bankers to Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin. Now, Batali seems to be backing away from those claims.

Batali was a panelist in a debate discussing Time magazine's "Person of the Year" award, and said the banking industry has probably had the largest effect on the planet.  

Groupon loses visibility, while pizza comes out smelling good.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 9, 2011 4:35PM

By Alex Planes


No one ever accused Google (GOOG) of resting on its laurels. The ever-evolving search engine has had a few tweaks over the years, designed to keep its results relevant and its users engaged. Most haven't been too earth-shaking, but last week's Freshness update affected a third of all Google searches. When a company relies on Google's traffic to drive eyeballs to its sites, such changes can make a big difference.


Who got top billing and who got buried? Let's take a look at some of the big changes.


The market's lack of confidence in the government is pushing the country to the edge.

By Zacks.com Nov 9, 2011 3:46PM
By Sheraz Mian

The market's lack of confidence in the Italian government is pushing the country to the edge.

Rising funding costs threaten to shut down the country's access to the bond market, a scenario for which neither Italy nor the eurozone is ready. Given Italy's enormous funding needs relative to the size of the eurozone rescue fund, this turn of events poses a serious challenge to the two-week-old European plan to come to grips with the long-festering sovereign debt crisis. 

Traffic fell for United Continental and other large airlines, while discounted carriers saw gains.

By Zacks.com Nov 9, 2011 3:19PM
Discounted airlines picked up more passengers in October as corporate travel budgets remained constrained and the economy continued to sputter.

Some of the nation's largest airlines, however, saw traffic levels drop.

October traffic fell 5.1% at the largest U.S. airline, United Continental Holdings (UAL). International and domestic traffic slid 4.4% and 6.3%, respectively. 
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With Business One, the company is providing a solution that bundles many functions into a single package.

By Trefis Nov 9, 2011 1:57PM
SAP (SAP), already one of the largest players in software for large corporations, is trying to reach small and medium-sized businesses with a new version of its Business One planning software.

The company has a majority share of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software market, where it competes primarily with Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL) and Salesforce.com (CRM).  

These undervalued companies are on firm footing and offer shareholders solid dividends and earnings growth.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 9, 2011 1:39PM

By Scott Rothbort, Stockpickrstockpickr


Over the years I have been consistent in the themes I apply to my fundamental research. I tend to focus on earnings growth at a reasonable price, a strong balance sheet and financial condition, and dividends -- though not always at the same time.


This week, I'm combining these themes to seek out the best companies that fit the following criteria:


Backed by scale, technological advancement and brand presence, the company's energy division stands to gain share in coming years.

By Trefis Nov 9, 2011 1:31PM
General Electric's (GE) global market share in the energy-related products sector, which includes solar and wind energy, has started to recover from the economic crisis.

The company is the largest supplier of energy-related equipment in the United States. But it has been witnessing strong competition internationally, particularly from Chinese manufacturers such as Sinovel Wind Group and Goldwind in the wind turbine market. GE also competes in the solar industry with companies such as First Solar (FSLR), SunPower (SPWRA) and Suntech Power (STP).  

American Airlines' system capacity was down 0.7% year over year in October.

By Trefis Nov 9, 2011 1:16PM
Echoing the broader market apprehension, shares of American Airlines parent AMR Corp. (AMR) finished the past week about 10% lower. On Wednesday, shares were down nearly 1% to $2.32.

During the week, the airline released its October traffic results along with that of peer Delta Air Lines (DAL) and expanded its loyalty programs, but neither of those actions helped lift sentiment for the stock. 
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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market ended the holiday-shortened week on a mixed note as the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.1%, while the S&P 500 added 0.1% with seven sectors posting gains.

Equity indices faced an uphill climb from the opening bell after disappointing quarterly results from Google (GOOG 536.10, -20.44) and IBM (IBM 190.04, -6.36) weighed on the early sentiment. Google reported earnings $0.15 below the Capital IQ consensus estimate on revenue of $15.42 ... More


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