Coca-Cola launched the soda brand in the 1990s to compete with Mountain Dew. Sales didn't exactly take off.
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Railroads are likely to lead the markets higher in the weeks ahead, and these three in particular will be good buys on pullbacks.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
One key market sector that topped out in May was the Dow Jones Transportation Average ($DJT). It had been a market-leading sector since the 2009 lows, but its weak performance last summer weighed down the overall market.
Norfolk Southern (NSC) reported very strong earnings last week, which helped other railroad stocks surge. The recent report from the Association of American Railroads also helped, as the group reported that so far in 2011, rail traffic is up 1.7% over last year.
Whirpool's earnings missed estimates. Are shares getting pulled under?
Whirlpool (WHR) reported quarterly earnings last week that were nothing short of shocking, missing Wall Street estimates and sending shares down more than 11% Friday. Shares fell another 1.4% Monday.
The securities firm led by Jon Corzine has plunged in value since making bad bets in Europe.
A securities firm run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, brought down by risky bets in Europe.
Trading in shares of MF Global (MF) has been halted as the company scrambles to figure out its future. Corzine was trying to find a buyer over the weekend, reports say.
This subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev dominates the fast-growing markets of South America.
Our latest trading recommendation is Brazil's Companhia de Bebidas Das Americas (ABV), commonly known as Ambev.
Ambev, a subsidiary of global brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev, is the biggest brewery in South America and the fifth-largest brewery in the world.
A lack of sustained direction has led to lots of wavering over the past year.
Are we on the verge of a full-blown bull market?
Maybe, but keep in mind that the past 12 months have seen a multitude of miniature bull markets, all of which hit a wall.
For the first part of the past year, however, the market acted fairly normal. From late October 2010 to Feb. 18, 2011, the S&P 500 "slowly" spiked 13.6%. Then, from March 16 to April 29, the market rallied by 8.5%.
The health insurer guides higher, and the oil company is expected to post a gain.
Humana (HUM), the health insurer, earned $2.54 a share on an adjusted basis in the third quarter, topping analysts' estimates, and it raised guidance for 2011. Analysts were expecting third-quarter profit of $2.03 a share. Humana said it expects earnings in 2011 of $8.35 to $8.40 a share, up from its previous estimate of $7.50 to $7.60 a share.
Anadarko Petroleum (APC) is expected to report third-quarter earnings of 67 cents a share after the markets close, up from 21 cents a share at the same time last year.
Stocks are clearly in a sustainable rally, as the charts show, but the watchword for new investments is patience.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
As we get ready for Halloween, there is once again a group of market followers who are getting tricked, not treated, this year.
After a record-breaking week in the stock market and one of the best October performances since 1974, talk of a double-dip recession has again subsided. This is all too familiar: just over a year ago, in the summer of 2010, the fears of a double-dip recession also dominated the financial press, frightening investors out of the stock market.
The company was confident enough in its position that it was able to hint at expectations for its March quarter.
When you’re a fast growing stock with a price-to-earnings ratio of 36 on trailing 12-month earnings, you’d better beat expectations.
Which is exactly what F5 Networks (FFIV) did when it reported earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 Tuesday. Earnings of $1.06 a share were 8 cents better than the Wall Street consensus. (F5 Networks is a member of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio.)
Revenue climbed 24% year-to-year and earnings jumped 40%.
Let's take another look at the multiple major agreements in the region.
By Matt Koppenheffer
"I'll make him an offer he can't refuse."
-- Don Corleone, The Godfather
Were Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy taking a page out of The Godfather's book? To read some of the press reports about the Greek bond deal reached early this week, it certainly sounds like it.
Private banks, represented by Charles Dallara of the lobbying group The Institute of International Finance, agreed to take a 50% "voluntary" writedown on their Greek bonds. Why would they agree to such a drastic cut? For one thing, there's reality -- it's been very obvious for a long time that given the financial state of Greece, the value of its paper isn't in shouting distance (or maybe even collect-calling distance) of face value.
Investors looking for exposure to Samsung, which has topped Apple as the world's No. 1 seller, can use this fund.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Samsung released its quarterly earnings Friday, and on the surface the numbers were decent. Despite seeing an earnings dip over the past three months, the company managed to beat analyst expectations.
Digging deeper, however, investors can uncover some impressive news regarding the company's smartphone division. Although Samsung is still considered a relative newcomer to the industry, its products have taken off in popularity.
The drop in business contributed to a decline in profit for Cablevision and Time Warner Cable.
Both are suffering from a loss of video subscribers.
This is a touchy subject for the industry. In fact, the mere mention of "cutting the cord" gets a brusque dismissal from executives. They'll blame a down economy. They'll blame competition from other pay-TV services. But the idea that people can get all the video they need from Netflix (NFLX), Redbox and the rest of the Internet? Simply ludicrous.
Among the factors that could push stocks higher in the weeks ahead is a flow of assets from losing bond funds into stronger equities.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Asset manager Legg Mason surprised many yesterday when the company reported that their fixed income funds had outflows of $8.6 billion in the three months ending September 30. Yields have increased from the September lows, as the yield on the ten-year note has risen from a low of 1.69% to 2.39% on Thursday.
Long-term yields have also risen; the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond has moved from a low of 2.69% to 3.45%, an increase of over 28%.
KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell continue to expand in China and beyond.
Yum Brands (YUM) is a fast-food icon. Even if you aren't familiar with the corporate name, chances are you've been a customer at KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
Its franchises can be found in every city in North America, but the real story is the company's expansion into China.
Critics of Reed Hastings are missing the point: You can't innovate without failure.
By Richard Levick, TheStreet
By now, it's old news that Netflix (NFLX) has aborted its plan to break up its service into separate DVD-by-mail and online streaming businesses. And by now we all know why: Customers were in revolt over the changes to a brand that they loved and the price increases that were necessary to make those changes possible.
Along with the recent announcements, Netflix revealed the damage done in real numbers. The company ended the third quarter with 800,000 fewer subscribers, and its stock price plunged by 37%. Profit tells a more reassuring story, as the company posted a net income of $62.5 million, up almost $25 million from the previous year, with total revenue up 49% to $822 million.
Forget the labor unions. A University of London anarchist and anthropologist is a major force behind the protest movement.
By Seth Fiegerman, MainStreet
Graeber, a professor at the University of London and a widely respected anthropologist, has achieved a new level of fame in recent weeks for his early influence on the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York City and have since spread around the world.
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