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These picks boast rapidly growing earnings and strong balance sheets.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 12, 2011 10:23AM
Image: Canada (© Royalty-Free/Corbis)By J. Royden Ward, Cabot Benjamin Graham Value Letter

We screened our Benjamin Graham database to find Canadian companies with rapidly growing earnings and strong balance sheets.

We believe many outstanding buying opportunities exist among undervalued Canadian stocks. We believe the following four offer excellent appreciation potential during the next six to 12 month.

Canada is an excellent place to invest right now because the economy is growing, banks are solid and the national debt is under control. 
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The fact that Europe's rescue plan hinges on this small country's vote reveals some big problems with the EU system.

By Jim Cramer Oct 12, 2011 9:16AM

the streetI had a debate Tuesday with some people about the importance of Slovakia.

 

I think Slovakia stands for everything that is wrong with the European Union. Slovakia shouldn't matter. We are way too late in the game for that country to play a role. That's like Rhode Island holding up the United States.

 

All that said, for a moment I thought: Is this the "enough is enough" moment when we decide that we can't be linked to these morons because their system is a failed one anyway? Any system that needs the buy-in of Slovakia and Malta can't be one that we take seriously, can it?

 

I think we are at two crossroads. One is the forced irrelevance of Europe, simply because its system is such a joke that we have to accept that it will collapse and we have to start the insulation process, the worldwide cordon of this union. The other is that Germany and France are really all that matter and that they are going to lose their credit ratings eventually, so let's move on.

 

The aluminum giant's earnings fell short, but the stock has a lot of other things going for it in the long term. With video reaction to Alcoa's third-quarter financial results.

By InvestorPlace Oct 12, 2011 9:15AM
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com

Alcoa (AA) disappointed investors big-time Tuesday with earnings missing forecasts by about 32%. But look past the headlines and consider the merits of buying AA stock right now, especially if you are the buy-and-hold type.


Alcoa stock opened down as much as 3% in early trading Wednesday after the aluminum company reported profits of $172 million, or 15 cents a share, for the third quarter. That was well short of the 22 cents per share forecast by Wall Street investment analysts. But there are signs of life at Alcoa -- and reasons to expect the stock is at or near the bottom.

 

The digital wallet is here, and some stocks may benefit from it.

By Benzinga Oct 11, 2011 4:52PM

Tuesday morning brought an announcement from a $750 million company that could potentially continue a revolution worth billions of dollars.


Peet's Coffee & Tea (PEET) announced it will start to accept payments with cards that work with the Google (GOOG) Wallet and MasterCard (MA) PayPass systems. The payments will start to be accepted by the end of the month.


MasterCard has been especially bullish on the mobile wallet, and mentioned it in its earnings release in August. Ajay Banga, MasterCard's president and chief executive officer, made sure to talk about its importance. 

 

Nokia pushed aside its own Symbian platform in favor of Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7.5.

By Jim J. Jubak Oct 11, 2011 4:41PM
Those positive reviews for Microsoft's (MSFT) new Windows Phone 7.5 operating system are raising a smile in Redmond, I’m sure.

But the big sigh of relief that you can hear is from Nokia (NOK). That company bet its smartphone future on Microsoft’s operating system when it decided to sideline its own Symbian operating system in favor of Microsoft’s platform. (Microsoft owns and publishes Top Stocks, an MSN Money site.)

The transition has been extremely painful for Nokia, as the company saw phone sales fall by 20% in the second quarter. Nokia, once the market-share leader, was passed by both Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF).
 

After months in the doldrums, risky assets are pushing up and over critical technical resistance.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Oct 11, 2011 3:08PM

Stocks rallied hard on Monday as banks in Europe and now China look ready to enjoy increased backing by the public purse. If there's one thing that's a sure cure for bank solvency concerns, it's an injection of taxpayer money.

 

The result was a massive surge across the spectrum of risky assets. Stocks, high-yield bonds, industrial commodities, the euro, and precious metals all moved higher. Safe havens like U.S. Treasury bonds and the U.S. dollar moved lower.

 

It was a beautiful thing. And it was the strongest one-day move since August. Unfortunately, it's catching most investors by surprise.

 

Chinese consumers can't get enough of Apple's iPad and other devices -- and China's 'gray market' is doing big business as a result.

By Kim Peterson Oct 11, 2011 2:42PM
Apple (AAPL) just can't get products to China fast enough. And that's created problems for Chinese consumers who really want an iPad or the latest iPhone.

Fake Apple stores are springing up across the country, and they're starting to have a real impact. About 1.07 million iPads were sold in China in the second quarter, but 49% of those were sold on the "gray market," reports IDG. The iPads were bought overseas and then resold by local vendors. 

Networks rely on advertising to recoup the money they pay to broadcast league games.

By Kim Peterson Oct 11, 2011 1:58PM
The NBA lockout will have a real financial fallout for Disney (DIS), which owns the ABC and ESPN networks, and Time Warner (TWX), which owns Turner's TNT.

Those networks own the national broadcast rights to NBA games, and they collectively pay about $930 million to do so. Normally, they get back $1.25 billion in ad revenue, according to TheWrap
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For risk-tolerant income investors, the nation's largest rural telecom offers one of the highest yields in the S&P 500.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 11, 2011 1:25PM
By Carla Pasternak, High-Yield Investing

After more than doubling its size by acquiring Verizon's wireline assets in mid-2010, Frontier Communications (FTR) is now the largest rural telecom provider in the U.S.

The company pays a quarterly dividend of $0.188 which amount to a yearly distribution of $0.75 per year -- one of the highest yields in the S&P 500.  

The charts suggest a major bottom, and if confirmed, solid, risk-controlled entry points in a leading ETF and select oil stocks may soon be presented.

By MoneyShow.com Oct 11, 2011 12:00PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The reversal in the stock market last week was impressive, and with Monday’s sharp gains, some of the Advance/Decline (A/D) lines have overcome first key resistance. This makes it more likely that the stock market completed a significant bottom last week. The extent of the selling on the first pullback will tell us more.


Crude oil has also rebounded sharply, as the December contract closed last week $8 above the lows. As discussed previously, crude oil often leads the S&P 500 and its tracking ETF, the Spyder Trust (SPY). The weekly volume pattern in crude oil is consistent with the formation of an intermediate-term low, which if confirmed should be a positive for stocks as well.


Therefore, a pullback in the United States Oil Fund (USO), a leading crude oil ETF, as well as in two select energy stocks, should provide a good entry point on the long side where the risk can be well controlled.

 

Funds aren't flowing so freely in Silicon Valley, so new technology stocks may have trouble getting off the ground

By InvestorPlace Oct 11, 2011 11:37AM
By Kevin Kelleher, InvestorPlace.com

So long, tech bubble of 2011.


Stock speculators and doom-mongers alike had such great hopes for the new tech bubble. Privately held shares of the hottest web companies commanded valuations in the tens of billions of dollars, ratcheting up with each SecondMarket auction. Social media brands that ventured into the public market surged. LinkedIn (LNKD) left many, including me, wondering if the mania of the dot-com days had returned.


But so much has changed since LinkedIn went public – starting with LinkedIn’s stock price: It’s down 38% from its high point of $122.70, reached a few hours after it went public. And now major investor MFS Investment Management is slashing its stake in the social network. It all adds up to a rather ugly state of affairs for tech start-ups -- even the good ones.

 

These funds are well positioned to capitalize on niche plays.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 11, 2011 11:16AM

By Don Dion, TheStreetTheStreet

 

The technology sector started off the week on an exciting note, with reports that Netflix (NFLX) was back-stepping from its controversial plan to spin off its DVD business into a new brand, Qwikster.

 

In the next two weeks, technology will continue to be in the spotlight as companies such as Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) report quarterly performance and outlook.

 

Waning European demand and a 15% slide in aluminum prices could dent profits.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 11, 2011 10:45AM

By Joseph Deaux, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Alcoa (AA) faces a dual profit threat of lower demand in Europe and declining aluminum prices.

 

CEO Klaus Kleinfeld has warned investors awaiting the company's third-quarter earnings report after the market close Tuesday that Europe has not seen the usual seasonal upswing from August to September in its flat-rolled segments.

 

Bridget Freas, Morningstar's aluminum analyst, said there's usually a pickup in September orders but that hasn't yet materialized. Freas doesn't think volume will take a significant hit, however, and said Alcoa's aerospace segment should be strong.

 
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Buying time allowed banks to reposition themselves -- not on the fly, as in 2008, but in a considered way that has reduced our systemic risk.

By Jim Cramer Oct 11, 2011 9:19AM

the streetI come to praise the virtues of kicking the can down the road. Don't laugh or snicker. Wednesday we will hear from JPMorgan (JPM), and we will learn exactly how virtuous the can-kicking game is.

 

That's because the smart banks like JPMorgan have either hedged their European risk, almost eliminated it or actually made a bet against foreign countries that are falling apart.

 

That's what time allows you to do -- to reposition, not on the fly, but in a considered way. And to read the papers and talk among yourselves about country risk and counter-party risk and be set up. That's something that we didn't have time for in 2008.

 

Analysts are concerned about the company's spending, profitability and debt -- even after the carrier nabs the iPhone.

By Kim Peterson Oct 10, 2011 4:50PM
Getting the iPhone hasn't done much for Sprint (S).

The stock plunged nearly 8% Monday after at least seven analysts downgraded the stock -- and that's after a 20% drop on Friday. Sprint's spending is much higher than analysts wanted to see, and they weren't willing to cut the company much slack.

"Management must demonstrate an ability to execute against its strategy before investors give the company the benefit of the doubt," said one analyst, Michael Nelson from Mizuho Securities, according to Bloomberg

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