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EU officials uphold original decision: ViaGuara sounds too much like Viagra.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 25, 2012 11:44AM
A European Union high court on Wednesday ruled that a Polish company can't market a sports drink under the name ViaGuara because it is too similar to Pfizer's (PFE) famous little blue pill that treats erectile dysfunction, Viagra.

Warsaw-based Viaguara SA applied for an EU trademark in 2005, but was refused. The company appealed the decision to the EU General Court, which upheld the earlier decision. Despite the ruling, the company still advertises ViaGuara on the web. 
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For both growth and income, here are 3 attractive tech stocks with dividend reinvestment plans.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 25, 2012 10:57AM
Maciej Frolow/Brand X/Getty ImagesBy Chuck Carlson, The DRIP Investor

In our latest special report, we featured three favorite investment ideas for 2012 -- all from the technology sector.

Here's a look at Cisco Systems (CSCO), Motorola Solutions (MSI) and Qualcomm (QCOM). These three stocks each offer dividend reinvestment plans and are attractive ideas for the coming year. 

Hang in there, Kodak. Bankruptcy doesn't have to mean the end.

By InvestorPlace Jan 25, 2012 10:29AM

Cory Docken/Spots Illustration/JupiterimagesBy Jeff Reeves

Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ) surprised few investors by declaring bankruptcy last week. It was clear to many business insiders back in September that Kodak was headed to zero after a panicked move to tap its credit line. As those who have watched the corporate history of Kodak know, years of big debts and a lack of innovation have been weighing on the iconic photography company for quite some time.

So is bankruptcy the end of Kodak? Will the brand disappear forever?


The company's Yi platform could be instrumental in maintaining its dominant search market share in China.

By Trefis Jan 25, 2012 10:15AM
Baidu (BIDU) gained significantly from online advertising growth in China in 2011, and its eyes are now fixed on expanding beyond its home country.

Stopping this advance could be Google (GOOG), which is looking to reboot its relations in China after making its much publicized exit from Chinese soil. This could be especially important for Google given the explosion of Android-powered devices that use Google as the default search option. 

Even amid restrained consumer spending, the retailer has shown revenue growth as it expands product lines.

By Benzinga Jan 24, 2012 7:14PM

Image: Credit card (© Burke/Triolo Productions/BrandX/Getty Images)By Jay Wong, Benzinga Staff Writer

Coach (COH) announced a positive earnings report Tuesday, with second-quarter profit of $1.18 a share beating analyst estimates of $1.15. The company also reported sales of $1.45 billion, surpassing estimates of $1.43 billion.

The company has shown strong revenue growth since emerging from the recession, as it has expanded product lines with more affordable accessories and a larger men's collection. In its earnings call, the company stated that the men's business is on track to double sales this year.


Don't blindly accept market multiples as evidence of value.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Jan 24, 2012 6:18PM

By Dan Caplinger


The first thing most investors learn about valuation is that a low P/E ratio means that a stock is cheap. But the next thing they learn is that buying a stock based on the P/E alone is fraught with potential disaster -- and if you don't understand what's behind both a stock's price and its most recent earnings, you're liable to make huge mistakes picking stocks.


Nothing beats a cheap investment
Recently, a report from Bespoke Investment Group said that stocks are cheaper than they've been since at least 1990. The report looked at a number of valuation measures, including ratios of price to earnings and price to book value, as well as dividend yields. In particular, the report pointed to several facts:


The company beats expectations on revenue and profit.

By Kim Peterson Jan 24, 2012 6:04PM
Updated at 9:40 a.m. ET Wednesday

(AAPL) is back to its pattern of blowing away analyst estimates.

The company beat Wall Street expectations Tuesday for the December quarter, reporting record profit of $13.06 billion, or $13.87 a share, up from a profit of $6 billion, or $6.43 a share, a year earlier. Revenue was a record $46.33 billion, up from $26.74 billion a year earlier.

Analysts had expected $10.14 a share in profit on revenue of $39.1 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31. Shares were up about 6% Wednesday.  

The stock is extremely volatile. And while that's not unexpected, it is a reason to sell into the current rally.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 24, 2012 4:22PM
On Dec. 9, Titan International (TWI) told Wall Street to expect 2011 sales of around $1.4 billion (slightly below the Wall Street consensus of $1.48 billion) and 2012 sales of $1.7 billion to $1.9 billion (consensus stood at $1.82 billion).

Nothing wrong with those numbers -- or with Wall Street’s estimates of a whopping 194% increase in earnings for 2011 from 2010 or with the 59% earnings growth rate projected for 2012.

Which companies got praised or panned the most following their earnings reports?

By Kim Peterson Jan 24, 2012 3:47PM
Image: Woman with computer (© Don Mason/Blend Images/Corbis)Earnings season is in full swing, and already we're seeing some stocks emerge with a nice share price boost while others get hammered.

Apple (AAPL) will give one of the most highly anticipated reports of the quarter after the close Tuesday. Expect some buzz after Yahoo (YHOO) reports later Tuesday as well.

Bespoke Investment Group has a nice roundup of the best-performing and worst-performing stocks so far this earnings season. These are the stocks that saw the biggest gains or losses in the day following the earnings report. 

While the fourth-quarter results are encouraging, it may be too soon to say that banks are set to soar this year.

By The Fiscal Times Jan 24, 2012 2:57PM
bank earningsBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

Wall Street analysts like Barclays Capital's Jason Goldberg went into the new year predicting that bank earnings would jump.

Now that biggest in the business have reported their earnings for the fourth quarter of 2011, the numbers suggest there's at least some hope of that happening.  

However you slice it, J&J's prospect of earnings growth looks bleak as economic and competitive 'headwinds' continue.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 24, 2012 2:57PM

Minyanville on MSN MoneyBy Brett Chase


Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) followed Eli Lilly (LLY) Tuesday as the latest big drug maker to announce a lower-than-expected earnings forecast for this year.


The company said it expects earnings per share of $5.05 to $5.15 excluding costs of a major acquisition.


A long-standing holding of Berkshire Hathaway, the bank is outperforming its bigger rivals.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 24, 2012 2:35PM
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Wells Fargo (WFC) reported its fourth-quarter results last week and the Warren Buffett favorite beat its big bank rivals. Overall, this was a solid quarter for the San Francisco bank, and we understand why Buffett likes it.

It reported a 20% increase in net income that matched the expectations of Wall Street and generated more revenue than was expected, aided by strength in its mortgage business. 

Lengthy court battles over 'slide-to-unlock' technology could slow Android's market share gains.

By Trefis Jan 24, 2012 2:34PM

After Samsung's infringement claim against Apple (AAPL) was rejected by a German court, Apple is now focused on Google's (GOOG) latest Galaxy Nexus smartphone, claiming that it infringes on Apple's "slide-to-unlock" technology.


After the bans and licensing on the Galaxy S-II in 2011, this year could be full of legal sparring and pose similar problems for Google's homegrown phone.


The market constantly misreads earnings from these companies, and you can profit as a result.

By Jim Cramer Jan 24, 2012 2:24PM

By Jim Cramer, TheStreetTheStreet

There's something very humdrum about the predictability and reaction to earnings this time around. But we will still attempt to shoehorn everything through the eyes of the stocks, not the companies.

Here are some time-honored patterns:


The 'Dim Sum' market, which is open to Western investors, can provide exposure to China with lower levels of risk.

By Jan 24, 2012 2:15PM

Image: China (© Brand X/SuperStock)By Eric Dutram

Although the Chinese economy is apparently slowing down -- to a rate of 'just' 8.9% in the most recent release -- some investors remain relatively bullish.

These investors point to the country's massive reserves and still small consumer economy as two areas which, if unlocked, should help the country avoid a hard landing in the near term.



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