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Contrary to what you'll see in the news, the economic recovery abroad is heating up.

By Jim Cramer Sep 13, 2010 10:20AM

jim cramer Maybe there's just no hope to the disinformation campaign against investors.

 

While working out this week, I saw a headline that the European Union is basically "doubling" its growth projections, with the economy putting on a big move after the doldrums of the past few months.

 

That came right on the heels of China's reporting 13% growth -- that's right, 13% growth -- and I am marveling at all the people who said China was finished, as we saw from the Baltic Freight (which became the Baltic Fright) and the tepid oil futures. Plus, hadn't copper just peaked?

 

Fear and turbulence have abounded in the market in recent months. Some top strategists say the way to combat them is to stay disciplined.

By John Reese Sep 10, 2010 7:04PM

While investor sentiment shifted this week amid some better-than-expected economic reports, a number of fears continue to lurk beneath the surface -- fears that have pushed investors out of stocks and into bonds at a rapid rate in recent months. From the week ending Aug. 4 through the week ending Sept. 1, investors yanked a total of more than $20 billion out of equity mutual funds, according to the Investment Company Institute. At the same time, they were pouring more than $35 billion into bond funds.

 

What to do during such turbulent, emotional times? A couple of the top strategists I keep an eye on have recently pointed to the same thing as one of the keys: staying disciplined.

One of those gurus is Liz Ann Sonders, Charles Schwab's chief investment strategist. Sonders (who was one of the few to correctly call the start of the 2007-09 recession, and appears to have been very close to the mark in calling its end) recently stressed the importance of rebalancing one's portfolio -- both within and between different asset classes. "Many investors have probably skewed their portfolios too far away from stocks and toward bonds," she wrote in her latest market commentary. Her advice: Use "a plan that takes advantage of volatility and includes rebalancing and reallocating gains to areas of your portfolio that are underexposed."

 

 

Not great but starting to get some support

By Jim Van Meerten Sep 10, 2010 5:40PM
The week seemed OK, not great but OK. We will use our 3 yardsticks because no single yardstick shows us what we need to know. All the data comes from Barchart. Let's see what happened.

Value Line Index -- Contains 1700 stocks so its more representative of the market than the S&P 500 or very narrow Dow 30 -- Down slightly for the week
  • Down by .51% for the week
  • 40% short term Barchart buy signal
  • Closed on Friday at 2376 slightly above its 50 day moving average of 2330
  • 14 day Relative Strength Index is 56.14% and rising

Barchart Market Momentum -- Contains 6000 stocks -- Percentage of stocks closing above their daily moving averages for various periods -- Market seems to be trending higher

 

Goldcorp is bidding an awful lot for Andean Resources. Is this a smart move?

By Jim J. Jubak Sep 10, 2010 5:29PM

Jim JubakWhat you think of Goldcorp’s (GG) $3.4 billion bid for Andean Resources will depend on how impressed you are with Goldcorp’s track record valuing potential acquisition candidates.


There’s no doubt that Andean Resources’ (ANDPF) Cerro Negro project in Argentina is an attractive gold asset. The project isn’t scheduled to go into production until late 2012, but indicated reserves now come to 2.1 million ounces of gold and 20.6 million ounces of silver. 


Production costs project out as relatively low, a key criterion for any Goldcorp acquisition, at $60 an ounce after silver revenue. Capital spending to get the mine up to production targets is a reasonable $275 million to $300 million, according to Goldcorp.

 
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Wall Street starts to let iPhones in for employee corporate use.

By Kim Peterson Sep 10, 2010 3:00PM
Credit: (© Manu Fernandez/AP)
Caption: BlackBerry Storm 2 SmartphoneThe BlackBerry smartphone, still ubiquitous on Wall Street, may have to cede some ground there to Apple's (AAPL) iPhone.

For the first time ever, JPMorganChase(JPM) is considering giving employees an alternative to the BlackBerry. The bank may let employees switch to iPhones for corporate use, Bloomberg reported. JPMorgan is also looking at phones powered by Google's(GOOG) Android software.

Other banks, including UBS, are also looking at iPhone usage. And Standard Chartered Bank has already switched from BlackBerry to the iPhone, Bloomberg reported. 

It takes more money to nab the title of America's wealthiest man.

By Kim Peterson Sep 10, 2010 1:32PM
John Kluge (© Bebeto Matthews/AP file photo)John Kluge, a billionaire who was named the richest man in America from 1989 to 1991, died Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Back when Kluge (pictured) won the Forbes annual ranking as wealthiest man, his net worth was estimated at more than $5 billion. That seems downright paltry compared with today, when it takes 10 times that amount to top the list.

The net worth of America's richest man has soared. In last year's Forbes list, the top two -- Bill Gates and Warren Buffett -- were worth $40 billion and $37 billion, respectively. 

A new virus based in e-mail ran rampant Thursday, hitting corporate America hard.

By TheWrap Sep 10, 2010 12:59PM
frustrated © Comstock/JupiterimagesA new virus based in e-mail with the subject line "Here You have" ran rampant Thursday, hitting corporate America hard. So far, the virus has been sighted at Disney, Google, Coca-Cola and NASA, several individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.


Comcast (CMCSA) was forced to shut down its e-mail servers entirely after being hit, a spokesperson said on Twitter. "Apparently, this virus (if you click on it) will pooch your PC if you shut it off if you're infected," she added. 


"Good Morning America" weatherman Sam Champion was among those affected at ABC. He posted a message on Twitter that said a "huge email-spam-virus" was "filling up" his ABC News email account.

 

These shares are seeing big buying pressure, so they're very affordable.

By InvestorPlace Sep 10, 2010 11:04AM

dollar bill  © Corbis By Louis Navellier, Investorplace.com


Penny stocks can be tricky for many retail investors, with shares trading for only a few cents always listed on the pink sheets and frequently involving high fees and high risk.


But the next-best thing is to go for low-priced investments that barely qualify for the major exchanges, skirting the $1 share price limit.


Right now, a number of decent small-cap financial companies are right on the line with shares at around a buck apiece. To help you get into these picks before they take off, here's my list of three cheap financial investments to buy now:

 

When I look at the funding sources for muni debt I get worried

By Jim Van Meerten Sep 10, 2010 10:21AM
Those of you who follow my blogs know that I am not an advocate of those that try to predict the future and where the market is headed. I let the numbers tell me what to do. I've got a little butterfly in my stomach and I want your opinions.

Let's use some common sense. You normally buy bonds for capital appreciation when yields are coming down because bond prices then go up. The other factor in the equation is: " Can the underlying debtor pay interest and principal payments when due".

Bond prices and in particular bond funds and ETFs have been enjoying price appreciation that have made them very attractive additions to your portfolios. I've been buying them too because the numbers have been positive.

Here are my concerns:
 

There's a perception that semiconductor shares do well only during a huge expansion. So despite some good quarters, it's time to sell.

By Jim Cramer Sep 10, 2010 9:00AM

jim cramerHere's a total shocker: Texas Instruments (TXN) and National Semiconductor (NSM) aren't blowing away numbers. They are simply doing very well.

 

Now people will hate these two stocks, and the whole semiconductor group, even more.

 

Something's happening in microchip land away from the Apple (AAPL) universe, and it isn't just shrinking multiples, the culprit I often hear about when tech gets discussed.

 

Freight volumes are up, making a double-dip recession less likely.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Sep 9, 2010 5:29PM

MirhaydariAlthough stocks look ready for another swoon, there is increasing evidence that the economy's midsummer slowdown is over. Just in the past week, we've had a number of positive data points: Weekly jobless claims are falling again, the trade gap closed sharply in July, the private sector continues to create jobs and the nation's factories continue to ramp up production.

 

Credit Suisse economist Neal Soss notes that while growth has clearly slowed from the pace enjoyed earlier this year, the slowdown isn't enough "to sustain fears of the dreaded double-dip release into renewed recession." In other words, slower growth is not the same as no growth.

 

In fact, one intriguing piece of insight suggests the economy isn't stalling but is roaring ahead. And that's railroad loadings, which have moved to their highest levels since November 2008 and are now up 12.2% over last year, thanks to steady string of gains since January. That's a big deal for the economy at large. Here's why.

 

But things could change as the global economy heats up.

By Jim J. Jubak Sep 9, 2010 2:58PM

Jim JubakInflation is falling in Brazil. For the 30-day period through mid-August, consumer inflation was just 4.44%. That's the first time since January that inflation has been below the government's target of 4.5%.


Now the question is how long the improvement will last. The answer depends on your view regarding the strength of the global economy.


Many economists and financial analysts see the improvement in inflation as a temporary result of a slowing in the global economy.

 

More restaurants are considering going mobile with trucks outfitted with kitchens.

By Kim Peterson Sep 9, 2010 2:00PM
Credit: (© Damian Dovarganes/AP)
Caption: Patrons line up at a gourmet food truck in Los AngelesThe restaurant sector has been hit hard by the economic downturn, facing dismal share prices and poor profits. Some restaurants are turning to a new concept in hopes of reviving business: Food trucks.

I'm not talking about the roach coaches that pull up to construction sites with rubbery burgers and heartburn-inducing tacos. The new generation of food trucks is offering food similar to -- or in some cases better than -- what you'd find in nearby restaurants.

One restaurant industry consultant thinks that 10% of the top 200 restaurant chains will have food trucks within two years, according to The Los Angeles Times. "They're all talking about it," he added. 

The highly protective company eases its regulations on programs as Android apps surge.

By InvestorPlace Sep 9, 2010 1:54PM

Surprising analysts, consumers and tech heads everywhere, Apple Inc. (AAPL) announced this morning that it will make building applications for the iPhone and every iOS-powered device a whole lot easier.


The move from highly protective Apple surely isn’t an act of charity, however. Recent statistics show Google (GOOG) and its Android OS are making huge strides in the smart-phone market, and Apple is looking to fend the tech company off.

 

More than half of 18- to 25-year-olds don't know he was real, so KFC's parent company is looking to change that.

By InvestorPlace Sep 9, 2010 10:31AM

Pop quiz: Which of these fast-food icons was an actual human being?


a) Mayor McCheese

b) The King

c) Colonel Sanders

d) None of the above


If you answered C, congratulations. You are more knowledgeable than most young Americans.

A new survey shows many had no idea Harlan Sanders was a real person who started the KFC chain -- known then as Kentucky Fried Chicken. And since so many folks apparently don't know that, KFC parent Yum Brands (YUM) is launching a new campaign coinciding with the Colonel's 120th birthday to educate the public on his relationship to the fried-chicken franchise's roots.

 

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