The $19 billion WhatsApp deal could become the Facebook founder's legacy . . . or his albatross.
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Dozens of outlets nationwide lay down a new law: No teenagers without parents.
Shopping centers across the country are considering ways to ban the teen mall rat, ABC News reports. Dozens of malls now have a "parental escort policy" on weekend nights, requiring people younger than 18 to have a parent or guardian nearby.
The policy is intended to remove the potential for trouble (shoplifting and fighting) that can erupt when kids get together without supervision. But does this also remove the potential for teen sales?
Brought to its knees by a fierce discount battle, the grocery industry is starting to raise prices.
The price war was great for shoppers, many of whom cut their spending dramatically as the recession lingered. But was it good for grocery stores and food producers? Not so much.
Sales and promotions were everywhere, and as a result no company came out a winner, Reuters reported. In fact, the discounts were so deep that even the bump in sales couldn't restore the bottom line.
The automaker may have underestimated what it would take to develop its mainstream electric car and the price it can sell for.
By Eric Jackson, TheStreet
It priced at $17, the top end of its range, and soared 41% on its first day of trading. It's still trading more than 24% above its IPO price three months later.
The comfort-food restaurant chain gets top marks from analysts who cover the casual-dining industry.
By Jake Lynch, TheStreet
Cracker Barrel (CBRL) is succeeding in the dog-eat-dog restaurant industry with old-fashioned American charm. The eatery has outperformed the closely watched Knapp-Track Index of comparable-store traffic for 16 consecutive quarters.
Analysts are bullish on Cracker Barrel, which is less sensitive to changes in the economy than its casual-dining competitors because of its lower-priced dishes. The southern chain serves comfort food, with a menu that includes Country Meat 'n' Biscuits and Apple Streusel French Toast. Breakfast is served all day, with separate lunch and dinner menus.
A retail store is attached to each restaurant, selling collectibles, old-fashioned toys and penny candy. This restaurant-retail concept is rarely used in the restaurant industry but seems to be succeeding. Cracker Barrel posted a comparable-restaurant sales gain of 2% and a comparable-retail-sales increase of 2.6% in the latest reporting period.
Hoping to smooth the checkout process on its Android Market, Google will roll out PayPal in 3 weeks.
By Scott Moritz, TheStreet
The two Internet giants have been moving closer to an agreement in recent weeks. Now sources familiar with the situation say the deal is all but sealed, with an announcement coming as early as Oct. 26 during the PayPal developers' conference in San Francisco.
The move would help smooth a bumpy checkout system on Android Market, and it would also bring Google closer to the type of seamless payment process that Apple (AAPL) manages at its iTunes and App Store.
The top prize is $1 million, though odds are slim. Meanwhile, the company will likely rake in big sales from the popular promotion.
The bigger prizes, including lots of cash and a muscle car, may seem extravagant, but the bottom line is that McDonald's always gets more than it gives with its yearly promotion. And cash-strapped consumers could be more likely than ever to join in the game. After all, unlike with a lottery ticket, you can eat your losing purchase.
Here's what you can win and how to play:
As stocks surge, insiders are cashing in big-time.
By Dan Freed, TheStreet
The stock market is rallying, but insiders aren't buying it.
The companies that saw the biggest selling by insiders in the past week through Oct. 1 were Oracle (ORCL), Google (GOOG), Phillip Morris (PM), Nike (NKE) and CarMax (KMX). Oracle insiders alone sold $135 million worth in stock during the week.
The fallout from another round of quantitative easing will likely be destructive. But there is room to make money in the meantime.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
It happened again Tuesday and last week, too: A couple of people on television saying I am a trader and they are investors, that I flit and they stay the course, that I go in and out, heedless of the future and the problems in store for our economy and our market from QE2 and the need to stimulate the economy in an unaffordable way.
I scorn these people. First, I have a portfolio -- you can look at it, it's Action Alerts PLUS -- where I try to pick stocks that can go up over time. More important, though, is that I am beginning to have contempt for the "pure" investors.
Demand for copper has helped drive its price to extraordinarily high levels.
Copper, that other shiny golden metal, is just as hot as gold is right now. And I think the fundamentals for copper are better.
But after the extraordinary run on these stocks -- Freeport McMoRan and Taseko were up 37% from the August low through the close on Oct. 5 and Southern Copper, the laggard, was up 32% -- I'd look for earnings-season volatility to give me an opening for a buy or two.
Google's mobile platform becomes the top choice for smart-phone buyers, a survey says.
Google's Android system is beating Apple's iPhone. Android became the most popular choice for smart-phone buyers in the last six months, according to research firm The Nielsen Co.
Apple's (AAPL) iPhone is tied for second place with the BlackBerry platform from Research In Motion (RIMM).
But before you start planning the iPhone's funeral, consider this: Nielsen looked at smart-phone purchases for six months of the year, but the iPhone 4 only became available on June 24. It's a sure bet that iPhone buying slowed dramatically in the spring as people waited for the new version.
This worldwide brand might make a great core holding.
Pepsi's success is the result of superior products, high standards of performance and distinctive competitive strategies.
The company has been buying back some of their largest bottlers and hopes to see $400 million drop to the bottom line through integrated cost savings. That, plus a 10% growth rate in the Frito-Lay division, makes for a nice future.
A little-known trader at a French bank is sentenced for making enormous unauthorized trades.
That's the question that will haunt Jérôme Kerviel for the rest of his life. Kerviel, just 33 years old, was sentenced to at least three years in prison Tuesday for making rogue bets that almost collapsed French bank Société Générale.
He was also ordered to repay the amount the bank lost in the whole mess: $6.7 billion. Based on what he now makes as a computer consultant (he got canned from the bank long ago), it will take 178,000 years to pay what's owed, The Wall Street Journal calculates.
A low-seated, lighter model broadens the iconic motorcycle's appeal.
By Jeff Reeves, InvestorPlace.com
Back in August, it looked like the ride was over for Harley-Davidson (HOG). After trading north of $35 at the beginning of 2010, shares had flopped about 30% in three months. There were rumblings that the iconic motorcycle manufacturer would close its Wisconsin Harley plants.
But in mid-September, a concession-laden worker contract saved the Milwaukee sites, and a turnaround in Harley's September sales and an upgrade today from RBC Capital has sent HOG stock soaring. Shares are up more than 7% today alone, as of this writing.
So what's the secret to Harley's recent success? The answer is pretty surprising. Rather than relying on big spending from burly dudes in leather chaps, the numbers indicate gains among motorcycle riders with business suits -- and, more importantly, riders with skirts and heels.
Calling for a ceiling on gold prices makes for better television than investment advice.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
So gold goes down for a day -- one day -- and suddenly the "I told you so" crowd is everywhere. What determines who is an "I told you so"?
First, it is someone who missed the whole run or told you to get out of gold at every tick.
Second, it is someone who has described gold as a bubble for at least the past $300.
Third, it is someone with a megaphone, either attached to the Web or one of the myriad TV shows that need a story associated with the decline.
Thursday kicks off the earnings season, but don't count on the early numbers to reveal much.
The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index closed Sept. 24 at 1,149. The index closed Oct. 1 at 1,146.
That's a net move of three points in five trading sessions. For the past week, stocks have been stuck in a rut. Spinning their wheels. As stagnant as Polka's pond in August. (I played hockey there in winter. In August, you don't want to know.)
For the first few days of this week, I expect a replay of last week's lack of net movement. But things will start to change Thursday.
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