There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.
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The company will continue to dominate the tablet market, despite competition from Amazon, Research in Motion and others.
However, news reports conflict over the timing and the specifications of these devices. One report suggests that suppliers are already shipping millions of panels for the iPad 3. Another says that Apple will launch the iPad mini early next year and the more powerful iPad 3 by the second quarter.
This stock now trades at half the level at which the CEO bought a quarter of a million worth of shares in August.
Just twelve short months ago, rare earth play Molycorp (MCP) posted third-quarter 2010 revenues of $8.5 million.
For the same period this year, sales just spiked 16-fold to $138 million. More important, net income swung from a steep $10 million loss to a hefty $48 million profit, or $0.52 per share.
While registered users on the social network are visibly expanding, information about Facebook's revenue and operating margins is erratic at best.
While valuations for the company have gone to as high as $100 billion in private markets, an initial registration statement is all it takes to provide a much clearer picture of how Facebook's metrics are faring. Facebook leads the global social networking arena, competing with the likes of Google (GOOG), LinkedIn and MySpace.
Prominent home construction stocks are showing important bottom patterns, setting up opportunities in these stocks and a sector ETF.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
This week brings lots of data on the housing market with new home sales due out Monday, followed by the S&P Case-Shiller housing price index on Tuesday. On Wednesday, pending homes sales for October are due, followed by the latest report on construction spending.
Last week, the National Association of Realtors reported that while sales rose in October, prices are still declining. Another positive for the housing market is that rents in many areas have risen to the point where owning a home is now cheaper than renting.
Stores that opened on Thanksgiving night and midnight on Black Friday saw success.
Retailers that opened at midnight or earlier after Thanksgiving -- like Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Best Buy (BBY) -- saw on average a 24% boost in their conversion (the number of shoppers who actually made a purchase), according to the NPD Group, a consumer research firm.
The beverage brand's parent looks to dominate the $20 billion fitness nutrition market with a new line.
Gatorade is one of the most iconic drinks in America, appearing in traditional coach-drenchings and ubiquitous plastic bottles at Little League games and fitness centers.
But after embarking on a rebranding campaign in 2009 -- starting with a relaunch as "G" ultimately resulting in a reformulating of the beverage into a three-tiered line of drinks -- parent company PepsiCo (PEP) seems to be messing with a good thing.
Dividend investors might want to buy in now -- and consumers shouldn't count the deal as dead.
By Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com
Dividend stock investors have been fond of telecom stocks in 2011, including Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). The two biggest players in the U.S. wireless market offer dividends that have been hovering around a 6% dividend yield for many months.
Funds tracking the German economy and consumer staples are among those in the spotlight as the eurozone debt crisis continues and the holiday shopping season hits high gear.
Here are five exchange-traded funds to watch this week.
1. iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund (EWC). Sprinkled across the latter half of this week's earnings calendar are a handful of top Canadian banks. EWC, which sets aside nearly one-third of its index to the financial sector, will be heavily influenced by the performances and outlooks from institutions including the Royal Bank of Canada (RY), Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM).
Stocks are oversold enough that upbeat retail numbers will let us rally for a day or two. But Europe will soon call the shots again.
Monday, for once, Macy's (M) trumped Italy. Target (TGT) beat Belgium. Nordstrom (JWN) took on Spain and won. We got whiffs of something good in Europe, avoiding what looked like DEFCON 2 on the way to DEFCON 1, which is how we left Friday's tape.
And you can bet that very few people saw this one coming. First, the relentless downbeat analysts certainly pegged the Grinch to triumph over the weekend. How could he not? Job growth? Nil. Leadership? Shaky. Morale? Horrible.
Using a covered call strategy, this resource-focused fund generates a double-digit yield.
I am recommending a new high-income fund for our model portfolio Gabelli Global Gold and Natural Resource Income Fund (GGN).
This is a closed-end fund that offers an 11% dividend yield. The fund generates monthly income and pays 14 cents a month in dividends by trading covered calls.
Tiffany and Neiman Marcus have seen robust sales, but Blue Nile struggles with unique problems.
Neiman Marcus and Tiffany (TIF), names synonymous with luxury, have benefited from robust jewelry sales. Earlier this month, Neiman noted that fiscal first quarter sales gained 8.2% (8% on a comparable basis) thanks in part to sales of jewelry.
The government agrees to allow foreign companies to own up to 51% of supermarkets, saying the move will create jobs and spur investment.
The Indian government this week voted to allow foreign companies to own up to a 51% stake in supermarkets. Experts said this could open the way for Wal-Mart, Britain's Tesco (TESO) and France's Carrefour (CRRFY) to begin expanding throughout the populous continent.
Most Asian carriers still don't carry the iPhone.
By Evan Niu (TMFNewCow)
With as much growth and popularity that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone has seen, would you believe that there's still incredible room for even more upside in the years to come?
As Apple's most important business segment and biggest cash cow -- 43.4% of revenue last year -- all eyes are on where iPhone fever will spread next. Recent analysis from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty shows there's still plenty of money on the table.
Partisanship aside, here's a historical look at market returns under Democratic and Republican administrations. The data might surprise you.
The lead-up to next year's election will bring a lot of claims from both parties, so here's a look at the record over 50 and 100 years to see which party in the White House is historically better for stocks.
It's common knowledge that the Republican Party is better for business, corporate profits and the stock market, isn't it? Democrats are more interested in pushing social programs at the expense of business, right?
The legendary investor recently visited Japan, sparking rumors that he might see buying opportunities there.
"Our elephant gun has been reloaded, and my trigger finger is itchy."
-- Warren Buffett, 2011 Berkshire Hathaway letter to shareholders
With names like Lubrizol and Wesco Financial now decorating the Berkshire Hathaway trophy room, it has clearly been an active year for Warren Buffett in terms of acquisitions. The billionaire has indicated, however, that it is not quite time to hang up the elephant gun.
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