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Tech fell so far at the start of the new millennium, it was difficult to imagine that the index could ever make up what it lost.

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The online travel portal enjoys a surge on hopes of an ownership change – but could pay off even if Barry Diller stays in charge.

By Kim Peterson Jan 12, 2011 1:37AM
Air travel © Christie & Cole/Corbis By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com

Priceline.com (PCLN) has the $430 shares, the name-your-own-price goldmine and William Shatner’s endearingly shameless antics. But it wasn’t the darling of call option buyers Tuesday.

That distinction went to online travel rival Expedia (EXPE), which saw its highest option-trading volume in more than a year. Bullish calls swamped bearish puts by a ratio of 27 to 1, according to Bloomberg
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The aircraft maker's deliveries are coming in stronger than many analysts expected.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 11, 2011 5:14PM
Jim JubakIt's one thing to announce that you’re going to ramp up production. That’s what Boeing (BA) did on Dec. 20, when it said it would increase the rate at which it built its 777 plane to 8.3 a month in the first quarter of 2011. 

That was an increase from the seven-a-month production schedule announced last March, which was itself an increase from five.

It's another to actually sell and deliver the planes. On Jan. 6, Boeing announced stronger-than-expected deliveries of its 777 and 737 models in the fourth quarter of 2010. (It’s sometimes hard to remember, while we wait for Jan. 26 news on a revised, revised, revised schedule for the first delivery of the much-delayed 787 Dreamliner, that Boeing is still churning out other models to meet a huge backlog of orders.)
 

Eurozone nations are all fighting to raise cash -- threatening to push interest rates higher and forcing Portugal closer to a bailout.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Jan 11, 2011 4:24PM

Investors watched in horror on Monday as bond yields on eurozone bonds initially moved higher, led by Portugal which is seen as the next in line for a bailout after Greece and Ireland.

 

But then the European Central Bank stepped in to support prices. The situation was further calmed on Tuesday by word that Japan was joining China in its explicit support of euro bonds and that European leaders were considering an expansion of their bailout fund as reported by the folks at Trade The News.

 

This is merely a temporary reprieve. Greece, Portugal, Italy, and Spain will all tap the capital markets this week -- putting additional pressure on yields and bringing the likes of Portugal, Spain, and even Belgium closer to fiscal insolvency. And more is coming.

 

The rapper tells millions of followers to buy a penny stock in which he has a large stake -- and scores $8.7 million.

By Kim Peterson Jan 11, 2011 2:31PM

Credit: (© Matt Sayles/AP file)
Caption: Curtis '50 Cent' JacksonWho says you can't make money on Twitter? Rapper 50 Cent just raked in millions.

The rapper had plenty to say over the weekend about a penny stock named H&H Imports (HNHI), a tiny operation out of Florida. Why? Because 50 Cent invested $750,000 in shares and warrants in the company last fall. Some of those shares can be cashed in only as the stock rises to 15 cents, 25 cents and, yes, 50 cents.

What better way to pump up the stock than to promote it to your 3.8 million Twitter followers? That's what the rapper did -- and the stock rose 240% to close at 39 cents Monday.

 

GulfMark is poised to ride the new old energy trend of the coming years.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Jan 11, 2011 2:28PM

Alternative energy is the future, but do you really think oil and gas is slowing down anytime soon? Are even the next decade? Then you'll want to hear what Jason Moser has to say.

 

Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor

 

This month, my portfolio buy combines two of my favorite things: small caps and global opportunity. GulfMark Offshore (GLF) helps oil and gas companies not only find and extract new supplies, but also stay safe in the process.

 

Whose network is better for iPhone users? The 2 carriers have plenty to say about that.

By Kim Peterson Jan 11, 2011 1:46PM
Credit: (© Mark Lennihan/AP)
Caption: (From left) Lowell McAdam, Verizon President & COO, & Tim Cook, COO of Apple, shake hands at a news conference TuesdayAfter staying silent for months on the worst-kept secret in technology, Verizon (VZ) has finally announced it will carry the iPhone 4 from Apple (AAPL).

Now AT&T (T) no longer has the exclusive on iPhones in the U.S. And it didn't take long for both carriers to start bashing each other with taunts normally found at grade-school recess.

Let's start with AT&T. "I'm not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane," a company spokesman said in a statement to Business Insider. That's rich. AT&T's sluggish network has been nothing but a slow lane to iPhone users I know. 

Trends like cloud computing are good news for companies that sell high-tech gear.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 11, 2011 1:21PM

Network © CorbisBy James Rogers, TheStreet

 

We're only a couple of weeks into 2011, but tech companies Juniper (JNPR), Riverbed (RVBD) and Cisco (CSCO) are already emerging as the networking sector's front runners, analysts say.

 

Trends such as cloud computing, which delivers a host of services over the Internet, spell good news for companies that sell networking gear, such as switches and routers.

 

"If you believe in the cloud story and if you believe in Apple (AAPL) moving its base to on-demand and hosting services, you have to buy into the growth of networking," Avi Cohen, an analyst at Avian Securities, told TheStreet.

 

The company has relied on brand recognition, low fees and aggressiveness for its success.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 11, 2011 12:56PM

Tools for your stock portfolio © CorbisBy Don Dion, TheStreet

 

Vanguard's ascension through the ranks of ETF providers has been one of the more closely watched developments in this industry, leading some people to wonder what it has done to achieve such success.

 

Although the company is still considered relatively new to the ETF market, Vanguard has seen its business grow and expand dramatically over the years. In December, the company saw the largest inflows, beating out industry leader BlackRock (BLK).

 

Prior to the company's foray into ETFs, Vanguard had generated an immense following as a leader in indexed mutual funds. One of Vanguard's biggest strengths comes from the familiarity of its lineup of ETFs.

 

The discount chain joins a list of retailers that have changed their branding in the past year.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 11, 2011 12:30PM

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Caption: Target storeBy Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet

 

Target (TGT) is following Starbucks (SBUX) by quietly shedding its name from its iconic bull's-eye logo.

 

The change comes as the discount retailer looks to make a foray into markets dominated by rival Wal-Mart (WMT). The company has been beefing up its grocery offerings, and in October it introduced its 5% loyalty program.

 

Target joins a list of retailers that have changed  their branding strategies this year, with mixed reaction. Retailers say they're trying to make themselves more identifiable in key international markets.

 

New products and consumer demand have made technology companies major players.

By Jim Cramer Jan 11, 2011 11:26AM

TheStreet's Jim CramerFor the past decade, we didn't have enough new products in tech, so we didn't have enough new product cycles.

 

We tended to look at tech as an economic play -- a weak economic play at that -- and when tech stocks moved up, we sold them, figuring that, like steel or aluminum, the moment that inventories rose was the moment that you sold.

 

The research reflected that, and you had constant downgrades and lids on stocks that seemed logical and necessary.

 

A $100,000 experiment in Seattle ends as the company pulls the plug on 15th Ave Coffee & Tea.

By InvestorPlace Jan 11, 2011 9:43AM

Credit: (© Michael Conroy/AP)
Caption: Customer in a Starbucks storeBy Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com


Starbucks (SBUX) has one of the most recognizable brands in the world, and its name is synonymous with coffee.

 

So why would the beverage giant drop $100,000 to re-brand one of its stores -- in its native city of Seattle, no less -- to experiment with a different sign, different coffee cups and even a different name?

 

Will Verizon match the big subsidies that AT&T pays Apple to carry the iPhone? We'll see.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 10, 2011 6:25PM

Jim JubakVerizon Communications (VZ) and Apple (AAPL) will hold a press conference Tuesday to announce, everybody on Earth and the inner planets believes, that Verizon will start selling the iPhone in February.


The big question, though, is price. Will Verizon subsidize iPhone sales to the degree that AT&T (T) does now? If so, Verizon is looking at big sales this year but a substantial ding to earnings. 


If not, either Apple will see its huge margins on the iPhone -- estimated by some Wall Street analysts at 60% -- reduced, or Verizon will wind up selling the iPhone at a price that makes it much less competitive with phones based on Google's (GOOG) Android operating system.

 

At the very least, Energy Transfer Partners is a rewarding dividend play. Future growth, however, is unclear.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 10, 2011 6:04PM

Jim JubakEnergy Transfer Partners (ETP) is one of my favorite master limited partnerships. Its natural gas pipeline business coins cash, and the yield on these partnership units is a very satisfying 6.8%. 


The total return (that's dividend plus price appreciation) has been even more satisfying at 23.2% for 2010 after an absolutely stellar 42.7% in 2009. 


But now I think the partnership is near a crossroads.

 

Apple, Google and SuperMedia could benefit from the growth of Facebook and other social-networking websites.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 10, 2011 2:29PM

By Robert Pedone, Stockpickr

 

You’ve probably heard about Goldman Sachs’ (GS) $450 million investment in Facebook.

 

Goldman sees a big opportunity to capture a piece of the booming social-media market. And when Goldman sees an opportunity, it doesn't mess around -- it goes after the best.

 

Facebook is the leading social-networking site, with over 500 million active users, and it overtook Google as the most-visited site in 2010. The cash infusion from Goldman will allow Facebook to step up its acquisitions and attract the top talent its needs to expand into new markets.

 

Here are six stocks that could benefit from demand for social networking:

 

The electric car won't be a huge seller, but it's exactly the kind of vehicle GM wants to be known for.

By Kim Peterson Jan 10, 2011 2:16PM
Chevrolet Volt (© ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)The Chevrolet Volt was named Car of the Year today at the Detroit auto show.

That's a big honor for an electric car that most Americans can't even find at a dealership. And a car that won't have much of an impact on General Motors' (GM) bottom line. In fact, it's a drain on profits.

But the Volt is hugely important to GM -- central to the comeback the automaker has been engineering since it went bankrupt in 2009. It won't be a huge seller, but the Volt says everything about the kind of company GM wants to be. 
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