Apple is a market darling again
Apple is a market darling again

The company, which reports its quarterly earnings Tuesday, has once again become an investor favorite.

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The numbers are about what Wall Street expected.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 3, 2010 6:58PM

Jim Jubak$600 billion by June -- that's the number. 


Add in the reinvestment of interest, and you get about $110 billion a month.  


The Federal Reserve's announcement on quantitative easing came in at around the Wall Street consensus of $100 billion a month in Fed buying. (For more on what Wall Street expected, see this post.)

 

Trouble boils to the surface from deep within the credit market.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 3, 2010 3:42PM

While all eyes have been on the U.S. midterm elections and more money printing by the Federal Reserve, the situation over in Europe has been deteriorating. The troubled nations on the periphery of the eurozone are under heavy attack from the credit and credit derivatives market.

 

Interest rates charged to these countries have moved to new record highs as bond investors worry about the ability of the likes of Greece, Ireland, and Portugal to repay their debts in the wake of tough budget cuts and tax increases. Adding to the woes is strict new plan that will force investors in eurozone bonds to accept potentially much deeper losses as well as the steady withdrawal of easy money from the European Central Bank.

 

So far, these concerns aren't being reflected in the euro exchange rate. But once they are, risk assets including stocks, bonds, commodities, and even precious metals could slide lower as the dollar strengthens. And the wildcard is whether a fresh crisis in Europe will once again damage global confidence. Here's why.

 

Can any single measure track consumer prices, cost of living and inflation?

By InvestorPlace Nov 3, 2010 1:45PM
Food inflation © Tetra Images/CorbisBy Ron DeLegge, ETFguide.com

Exchange Traded Funds and indexes have been hot topics of discussion lately, and today is no different.

Each day business, investment and policy decisions are made using the CPI. Even payments for Treasury Inflation Protected Securities are linked to CPI numbers along with Social Security benefits. But how reliable of a gauge is it?


As one of the most widely quoted economic indicators, there’s still a lot of confusion surrounding the consumer price index or CPI. Therefore, let’s analyze it.

 

The company's online video streaming accounts for 90% of peak-hour bandwidth in Canada and 20% in the US. How much more can the system handle?

By InvestorPlace Nov 3, 2010 11:16AM

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Caption: Netflix DVDJeff Reeves, editor of InvestorPlace.com


Web surfers, beware. The data demand caused by Netflix (NFLX) could soon become enough to crash the Internet.


Netflix has seen rapid growth recently, with shares up a stunning 550% in the past five years versus just 10% for the Dow. Part of that success has hinged on the company's seemingly seamless transition from dominant home delivery of DVD rentals to plentiful streaming content and partnerships to provide online movies through various gadgets -- from wired BluRay players and HDTVs to video game consoles.

 

 

But what would have happened to Netflix if, five years ago, the U.S. Postal Service had been overwhelmed by DVD mailings and movies didn't reach your house until weeks after you ordered them -- if they arrived at all? NFLX stock not only would have missed out on its recent growth but might have gone out of business entirely.

 

These funds give you access to one of the world's fastest-growing economies.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 3, 2010 9:03AM

cash globe © PhotoAlto/SuperStockBy Don Dion, TheStreet

 

Investors' desire for equity exposure beyond the shores of the U.S. and other developed markets has led many ETF providers to launch funds aimed at emerging markets. One popular destination for these sponsors has been India.

 

India has expanded to become one of the dominant emerging economic forces in not only Asia but the world. This week, the nation generated a flurry of positive economic news, including a strong manufacturing report. Noticing the impressive strength of India's economy, the Reserve Bank of India raised rates for the sixth time in 2010.

 

Companies such as Van Eck, WisdomTree, PowerShares, and BlackRock (BLK) have jumped on board with respective products aimed at tracking this fast-growing nation.

 

Forget the sweeping macro claptrap that isn't going to happen. The coal industry put its money on the right candidates, and it got what it paid for. Here's a coal stock to play the outcome.

By Jim Cramer Nov 3, 2010 8:47AM

investment tips from jim cramerLet others pontificate on whether the president will swing a petulant, defiant left or a conciliatory right. The media and blog pundits can have all the fun they want speculating on the impact of the Tea Party, or lack thereof. We will hear endless commentary on winners and losers.

 

I couldn't care less.

 

I know who the biggest winner was last night: coal.

 

Coal put its money on the right candidates. It made some solid investments in people like Roy Blunt of Missouri, Joe Barton of Texas, Nick Rahall of West Virginia, Ohio's Rob Portman and West Virginia's Joe Manchin. All received sizable donations from the industry. All won big.

 

At least one fund manager is staying out of the market for the rest of 2010 to avoid political risks.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 3, 2010 8:45AM

Washington, D.C. © Bilderbuch/Design Pics/CorbisBy Robert Holmes, TheStreet

 

Investors say political gridlock stemming from an energized Republican Party will bode well for the stock market.

 

Eric Singer, the manager of the Congressional Effect Fund (CEFFX), isn't among them.

 

With the GOP capturing the House, the two-month lame-duck session will be "incredibly dangerous" for investors, the mutual fund manager says.

 

Washington will probably impact Wall Street less now that Republicans have taken control of the House.

By Jim Cramer Nov 3, 2010 12:45AM
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Will the president listen? Will he hear?

Will the election matter to him?

 

I think the answer is a resounding no.

 

I don't see anything about President Barack Obama that speaks to making peace and getting along with the other side of the aisle, and I don't see the other side coming together with him either because, beginning tomorrow, we will be in presidential-election mode.

 

More woes lie ahead for stocks like Whirlpool that sell into the sluggish housing market.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 2, 2010 5:04PM

Jim JubakHow long are you willing to wait for a turnaround?


No doubt about it, shares of Whirlpool (WHR) are cheap, trading at 7.9 times trailing-12-month earnings per share.


But last Wednesday's earnings report for the third quarter was depressing. Including all items, the company reported earnings of $1.02 a share, down from $1.15 in the third quarter of 2009. Excluding these special items, earnings came to $2.22 a share, but that was below the Wall Street estimate.

 

Shares of Banco Bradesco dropped last week after the quarter missed estimates. Watch the price of this one.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 2, 2010 3:16PM

Jim Jubak"Sell on the news" isn't just for the U.S.


The preferred shares of Banco Bradesco (BBD), the second largest bank in Brazil by market capitalization, dropped 4% last Wednesday in Brazil, while the U.S.-traded ADR (based on the preferred shares) fell 5.3% in New York after the company reported a 40% increase in adjusted profit that still fell short of analyst estimates.


The difference between actual results of 2.52 billion reais (the plural for Brazil's real) and analysts' estimates of 2.55 billion reais came down to an 18% increase in expenses and weaker- than-expected loan growth.

 

The computer uses the Chrome operating system.

By InvestorPlace Nov 2, 2010 1:06PM

By Paul Ausick, InvestorPlace.com


Is there room in the marketplace for another netbook? Google Inc. (GOOG) seems to think so, as do partners Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) and Acer Inc. Just about everyone else thinks netbooks are heading for extinction as customers flock to the iPad and other manufacturers race to get their own tablets out the door.


Google apparently didn't get the memo. The company first talked about this smartbook -- Googlespeak for netbook -- over a year ago. Now DigiTimes reports that Google will launch it later in November, followed by similar products from HP and Acer in December.

 

Why the yellow metal might not be as valuable as some investors believe.

By InvestorPlace Nov 2, 2010 11:51AM
By ETFguide.com

Exchange-traded funds in the gold market and gold stocks might not be as great as you've heard.

People are jumping on the gold bandwagon just like they jumped on the dot-com bandwagon and the real-estate bandwagon and every other bandwagon before them. Is this time different? Never mind gold's 20%-plus rise this year. It still has a lot of overlooked weaknesses as an asset class. Goldbugs won't like this, but here are just a few.

 

Dow companies with cash stockpiles offer safety amid political uncertainty and Fed manipulation.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2010 10:19AM

thestreetBy Jake Lynch, TheStreet

 

A Republican influx into the House and Senate would probably be cheered by investors hoping for political gridlock or a change in economic policy.

 

Stricter regulations in response to the subprime-mortgage crisis and the ensuing recession have painted Democratic leaders as anti-business. Further, ObamaCare and the threat of looming tax increases have aided a Republican resurgence. The GOP needs 39 seats to reclaim the House and oust Nancy Pelosi as speaker. Some analysts predict a 60-seat swing in Republicans' favor.

 

Jobs and the federal deficit are voters' top concerns, polls show. And fear of harsher regulations has made businesses hesitant to hire. Moody's (MCO) data indicate that S&P 500 ($INX) companies are sitting on $1 trillion in cash.

 

Restructuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may become nearly impossible if Republicans split or even win the legislative branch.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2010 10:17AM

By Lauren Tara LaCapra, TheStreet

 

One of the most important tasks before the 112th Congress will be rewriting the rules of the American dream.

 

Since Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) were seized by the federal government in September 2008, lawmakers, with a few exceptions, have remained surprisingly mum about what will become of them. The Obama administration has promised to deliver a plan for the future of housing finance a few times but ultimately put it off until next year.

 

Restructuring Fannie and Freddie in any meaningful way would be difficult enough with one party dominating Capitol Hill. Now, with polls predicting that Republicans will at least split the legislative branch -- if not take it over -- it may be completely impossible to restructure the government-sponsored entities.

 

Apple's iPad won't be the only tablet under the tree this year. HP's Slate, Amazon's Kindle and Samsung's Galaxy Tab are poised to pose a challenge.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 2, 2010 9:47AM

By Scott Moritz, TheStreet

 

Tablets are going to be on a few gift lists this season, and it's Apple's (AAPL) iPad that will be getting most of the ribbon-and-bow treatment.

 

There are, however a few challengers that may also end up under the tree, helping to keep Apple from collecting all the proceeds from the tablet giving season.

 

One would think that the market was teeming with tablets, given all the hype lately. But so far, the list of available tablets is short, though not unimpressive: Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) Slate, Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle, Samsung's Galaxy Tab and the Apple iPad.

 

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