The assembly line producing the Ford Fiesta car in Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico. © Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mexico will soon be next car capital

Some 80% of the vehicles built south of the border are exported to other countries, mostly to the US.

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Few predicted a rate cut from the European Central Bank, but that's just what happened at Thursday's meeting.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 3, 2011 3:35PM
Surprise! Just when everybody assumed that the European Central Bank would do nothing, it cut interest rates by 0.25 percentage points at new President Mario Draghi's first meeting Thursday.

The cut brings the bank’s benchmark interest rate down to 1.25%. Only four of the 55 economists surveyed by Bloomberg before the meeting predicted a rate cut.

The thinking was that with inflation climbing to an annual rate of 3% in October -- well above the bank’s target of just below 2% -- Draghi would be reluctant to move at his first meeting.
 

General Motors shares are underperforming as Chevrolet, its biggest division, celebrates its centennial.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 3, 2011 2:48PM

By Ted Reed, TheStreetTheStreet

 

As Chevrolet celebrated its 100th birthday Thursday, parent company General Motors (GM) must be said to have aged well after surviving a serious illness in its 98th year.

 

GM, which has been promoting the centennial for much of the year, marked the day with an announcement that Chevrolet sold its 1 millionth Cruze this week.

 
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British designer Stuart Hughes, famous for super-luxury devices, has crafted a diamond-and-bone-encrusted iPad.

By Kim Peterson Nov 3, 2011 2:27PM
Credit: © Stuart Hughes
Caption: iPad 2 Gold History Edition by Stuart HughesStuart Hughes has taken ridiculous luxury to a new level with his latest iPad.

The designer, known for blinging up iPhones and other devices, has come out with a new iPad that contains shavings from the thigh bone of a 65 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex. I'm pretty sure Hughes is the only person in the world who could have thought this one up.

The Tyranno-pad comes with a hefty price tag: 5 million British pounds, or about $8 million. 

BBM Music is a cacophony, and RIM knows all the words.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 3, 2011 1:40PM

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

 

I guess Research In Motion (RIMM) can't take a hint.

 

The BlackBerry maker rolled out its social music app Wednesday. We've generally had a bad feeling about BBM Music since it was initially announced three months ago.

  • "Color me skeptical," Tim Beyers says. "Don't expect it to add color to RIM's otherwise bleak profit picture."
  • "I'll go as far as to make a prediction: One year from today, BBM Music will be gone, dismissed as a failed experiment, while RIM's market share drops into single-digit territory," Evan Niu forecasts.
  • "Social music is something that even the successful companies haven't been able to get right, so why is RIM wasting its time here," I say. "This service is likely to last about as long as a punk song."

Well, I guess it's time to cue up "Blitzkrieg Bop."

 

An energy-sector specialist thinks these stocks are a screaming bargain.

By TheStockAdvisors Nov 3, 2011 1:26PM
by Elliott Gue, Personal Finance

Energy stocks are at their cheapest since late 2008, when oil prices fell from about $150 per barrel. Either oil prices are headed for a 2008-style collapse, or energy-related stocks are a screaming bargain and could double in value over the next 12 to 18 months.

In my view, the latter scenario is far more likely. To play this trend, here are three of our favorites in the oil-services sector: Weatherford International (WFT), SeaDrill (SDRL) and EOG Resources (EOG). 

These funds target the auto industry, which has performed well despite macroeconomic headwinds.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 3, 2011 12:45PM

Image: Car salesman showing couple new silver hatchback in car showroom © Juice Images/Cultura/Getty ImagesBy Don Dion, TheStreet TheStreet

 

After an October for the record books, the markets kicked off November on a choppy note. Approaching the end of the year, investor fears have been rekindled by the European debt crisis.

 

While the sour start to the month may be enough to drive some investors back toward havens, I encourage them to avoid shunning the markets entirely.

 

Predicting the next big thing among youths is nearly impossible, but choosing good investments in the teen-retail sector doesn't have to be as difficult.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 3, 2011 11:59AM

Image: Woman looking at mannequins in boutique, smiling © Michael Hitoshi/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesBy Lindsey Bell, TheStreetTheStreet

 

The back-to-school season was a success for most retailers, a sign finicky teens are still spending. But which clothing and accessories retailers are worth investing in?

 

Despite teenage unemployment at a staggering 24% (compared with the national average of 9.1%) and rising prices, young people are willing to spend on new, must-have things like denim jeans and phones.

 

Once a supposed blockbuster, Provenge costs a whopping $93,000 per treatment, but its effectiveness has been called into question.

By InvestorPlace Nov 3, 2011 11:22AM

By Barry Cohen, InvestorPlace.com

 

Dendreon (DNDN) was getting ripped apart Thursday with a 35% loss in intraday trading. The reason for the biotech company's woes is a report that sales of its potential blockbuster cancer drug may top out at $500 million -- a fraction of what many people had hoped for – and may see even more disappointing numbers if its direct-to-consumer advertising campaign falls short.

 

So what's the score? Does this cancer cure have more potential than critics are claiming, and does it have a future with patients who are simply desperate for alternative treatments?

 

A trial of the company's new drug was so effective that it was stopped early, which bodes well for its final approval.

By Kim Peterson Nov 3, 2011 11:04AM

Updated: 5:54 p.m. ET

 

A new treatment for prostate cancer was so effective that its clinical trial was halted early, and shares of the developer rocketed Thursday as a result.

Medivation (MDVN) shares saw their biggest intraday percentage spike since December 2004, Bloomberg reports. The stock soared 140.5% to $39.75. Shares closed Wednesday at $16.53.

 
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We're willing to buy companies that report strong quarters only if the news out of Europe is also good.

By Jim Cramer Nov 3, 2011 10:55AM

the streetSurprise? Or no surprise? I am talking about the rate cut Thursday morning in Europe, which signaled to many investors that the new chief central banker, Mario Draghi, is going to try to put out the economic fire while governments deal with the debt issues at hand.

 

I think it's obvious that we rallied Wednesday because some people knew this was going to happen, so the euphoria quickly died down and we are left with, alas, the ISM report on services in this country, which was disappointing; retail, which was really disappointing; and some earnings reports that were exceptional, like Qualcomm's (QCOM).

 

Both companies turned out solid earnings that beat estimates, but only one has decidedly bullish charts.

By MoneyShow.com Nov 3, 2011 10:31AM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


A sharp jump in debit card use helped MasterCard (MA) report a 38% increase in third-quarter earnings Wednesday. The stock closed up 7.3%. Debit card use was up 23%, and company earnings at $5.63 per share were well above the average analyst estimate of $4.81 per share.


MasterCard has outperformed Visa (V) so far this year, but will this continue? Let's take a look at the weekly and daily charts.

 
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A host of disturbing news about consumers is cropping up, and it could mean fewer presents under trees this year.

By InvestorPlace Nov 3, 2011 9:28AM

By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com

 

The consumer front hasn't seen many encouraging signs in the past year or so. The big issues remain unresolved: Unemployment is persistently high, housing markets remain battered, and there's a general fear of more hard times to come.

 

Most investors have become immune to a lot of these major trends, adjusting their expectations to a "new normal" in which the benchmark is significantly less impressive than in previous years. However, just because you've set the bar lower doesn't mean consumers will easily jump over it. A host of disturbing headlines about consumers have cropped up recently, and they could foretell that a rather bleak holiday shopping season.

 

The social network and the insurance giant are expected to report losses for their most recent quarters.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 3, 2011 7:39AM

TheStreetBy Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet 

 

Updated at 8:30 a.m. ET

 

Social network LinkedIn (LNKD) is expected to post its second quarterly earnings report as a public company. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect a loss of 4 cents a share in quarter ended in September on revenue of $127.6 million.

 

American International Group (AIG) is expected by analysts to post a quarterly loss of 27 cents a share on revenue of $13.6 billion. On Tuesday, AIG paid back the Treasury Department $972 million of the billions it received in a rescue package from the U.S. government in 2008.

 

The cult Canadian stock is tapping into American tastes with a new line of cheap espressos and cappucinos.

By InvestorPlace Nov 3, 2011 7:17AM

By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com


Tim Hortons (THI) is an up-and-coming coffee stock focused mainly on the Midwest and Canada. For 15 straight quarters, sales have beaten totals from the previous year. Shares are up almost 20% in 2011 despite the summer volatility in the stock market. Things are looking up.

 

With an eye at continuing this kind of growth, Tim Hortons announced this week it will branch out from traditional coffee and pastries into lattes and mochas to appeal to more American tastes.

 

Look out, Starbucks (SBUX) and Dunkin' Brands (DNKN).

 
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The brewer reported strong earnings in the third quarter. But will the high share price leave you with a hangover?

By Benzinga Nov 2, 2011 6:40PM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer


Boston Beer (SAM) hopped past analyst expectations with its quarterly earnings and raised full-year guidance significantly, sending shares soaring Wednesday.


The Boston brewer, which makes more than 25 styles of beer, reported third-quarter profit of $1.19 per share on $134.8 million in revenue.

 

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