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February's storms might have delayed start dates and hiring at some companies, making last month's employment figures less reliable.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 4, 2010 5:00PM

TheStreetBy Sung Moss, TheStreet

 

The larger meaning of Friday's government jobs report may be buried under a few feet of snow.

 

The monthly nonfarm payrolls report, to be released by the Labor Department at 8:30 a.m. ET Friday, is known to set the economic tone for any given month. But economists and equity strategists are bewildered about what to expect for February, when several major snowstorms disrupted business across the country.

"It may show the jobs picture is worse than it actually is," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Jefferies, whose firm expects to see a loss of 122,000 jobs.

 

Now, even YouTube videos are springing up painting the investment bank as an evil mastermind.

By Kim Peterson Mar 4, 2010 4:35PM
The public vilification of Goldman Sachs (GS) isn't going away. In fact, the bashing has hit a threshold that even Goldman is starting to find a little uncomfortable.

Now, YouTube is the latest grounds for people to air grievances against the investment bank. Today, the "Goldman Sucks" video is getting some attention. The 10-minute, heavily narrated video describes itself as a visualization of the infamous Matt Taibbi "vampire squid" article that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine.

Goldman seems to be getting a little worried about all the negativity. In its latest annual report, it warns investors that the financial crisis and the public anger against financial institutions "has resulted in a significant amount of adverse press coverage, as well as adverse statements or charges by regulators or elected officials." 

Politics are very much at play as China's Wen Jiabao tries to push economic reform in the country.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 4, 2010 3:38PM

Jim JubakWhat looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, but doesn't walk like a duck?


A lame duck, of course.


Watch tomorrow's state of China address and the policies announced by the National People's Congress to see if Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao fits that description.


My bet is that with Wen and President Hu Jintao both scheduled to step down

 

On top of that payout, my price target for GGN could deliver 18% gains in shares.

By InvestorPlace Mar 4, 2010 2:54PM

By Sam Collins, OptionsZone.com.


Despite what the bears say, gold remains very pricey -- and will stay there for a while. The yellow stuff continues to trade at more than $1,100 an ounce even as the U.S. dollar rises and holds back commodity prices.


If you’re looking to play gold, I have a doozy of a mutual fund for you: The Gabelli Global Gold, Natural Resources & Income Trust (GGN).  This non-diversified, closed-end management fund invests in the equity securities of companies principally engaged in the gold and natural resources industries.


For starters, this fund yields a mammoth dividend of 10%! And as you’ll see in my technical analysis, shares of GGN themselves have a lot of upside potential as gold stays in high demand. Just check out this chart: showing the technical indicators:

 

On of the biggest concerns in ther US since 9/11 has been security and Kratos Defense and Security Solutions solve those concerns

By Jim Van Meerten Mar 4, 2010 1:44PM
I had a little extra buying power in my Wall Street Survivor portfolio so I went on the hunt for a new stock to add to that portfolio. As always I start on Barchart and screen for the stocks that in the last 20 trading sessions had price appreciations on at least 50% of those days. After taking the top 10 and doing some additional filtering I came upon Kratos Defense and Security Solutions (KTOS).

Since 9/11 I've noticed a great change in the environment in the US. I have to go through check points and security screenings that I never thought would happen. Even when I go to athletic events at public middle schools and high schools, I must open up everything and be wanded with a metal detector. When I go to local city and school board meetings I have to sign in, produce an ID and be screened by a metal detector. As I walk the downtown streets of Charlotte now instead of counting the number of Volkswagen beetles I find myself looking up and seeing how many security cameras I can find. It's almost like the only thing that they got wrong in the book 1984 was the date.

I'm not trying to make you uncomfortable but I'm trying to show you that this is a company that seems to be positioned to come up with solutions to what has become an ever consuming concern -- security.
 

Investors looking for signs may have found one in the form of 30 foot monster waves that hit a cruise ship in the Mediterranean.

By Jamie Dlugosch Mar 4, 2010 1:31PM

Credit: (© Manu Fernandez/AP)The cruise ship industry continues its recovery from a crippling recession that resulted in declining sales. Shares of Carnival Corp. (CCL) and Royal Caribbean (RCL) have rallied significantly since bottoming last year.

 

Does news of monster waves hitting a cruise ship in the Mediterranean signal a market top for these industry titans? If you are superstitious you might be tempted to do sell with this news.

 

See: 5 stocks insiders are buying

 

Of course the reality is that the cruise industry is regaining its health and while this singular story may be tragic it is unlikely to have any impact on customers interested in sailing the high seas.

 

What ultimately matters with any stock is valuation.

 

China has billions of American dollars, and lately has been using some of that money to buy land and stocks.

By Kim Peterson Mar 4, 2010 1:17PM
china © Brand X/SuperStockAll those cheap made-in-China goods we buy from Wal-Mart (WMT) and other stores have given China billions of American dollars to play with.

Now, China is increasingly using that money to invest in America. It's buying up real estate across the country, and is upping its stakes in American companies like Coca-Cola (KO) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), reports the Los Angeles Times.

China is investing globally. Its direct investments overseas rose 6.5% last year to $43.3 billion, writes the Times' Don Lee. That could hit $60 billion this year.

So what's China buying? 

Sales of luxury cars, including Mercedes, Buick and Infiniti models, are climbing as consumers reopen their wallets.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 4, 2010 1:15PM

TheStreetBy Jason Notte, TheStreet 

 

Luxury vehicle sales numbers are often like the cars themselves -- pretty from afar, but gaudy and overblown upon further inspection. February's tally was no different.

 

After delaying car purchases and curbing spending during the economic recession, consumers are peeling out of dealerships in new Buick, Mercedes and Infiniti models. Except for Toyota's namesake brand, US sales of luxury cars rose last month at most automakers.

 

General Motors: Buick ran down its upscale competitors as sales jumped 47%, including a 163% boost from its LaCrosse sedan. Cadillac posted a 32% gain despite flagging sales from each of its mainstay sedan models. If not for significant gains by two Escalade SUV models and a more than 540% sales spike by its SRX crossover, Cadillac's sales would seem as dried up as the Corvette's, which dropped by more than a third.

 

A Minneapolis housecleaner happened to clean the house of the top executive at the bank evicting her.

By Kim Peterson Mar 4, 2010 12:56PM
Here's one way to get out of foreclosure: Clean the house of the chief executive of the bank evicting you.

That's what happened to Rosalina Gomez, a Minneapolis janitor who cleaned the house of Richard Davis, the chief executive of US Bank. The same US Bank that received $6.6 billion in bailout funds.

Gomez, who earns $26,000 a year as a house cleaner, received an eviction order on the house, according to The Huffington Post

These companies target areas overlooked by their larger competitors.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 4, 2010 12:54PM

TheStreetBy Jake Lynch, TheStreet

 

Telecom stocks are among the worst performers this year, falling an average of 11% and ranking 149th of 154 industry groups on the S&P 500.

 

Still, these three companies have earned "buy" ratings from TheStreet's stock-analysis model. They're succeeding by targeting the areas overlooked by their larger competitors.

 

Here they are:

 

 

Arby's same-store sales fell 11% in the latest quarter, dragging down WEN earnings

By InvestorPlace Mar 4, 2010 11:53AM

It’s funny that back in 2008, when Arby’s ownership group Triarc purchased the Wendy’s name, we were talking about how it was up to Arby’s to save the struggling burger joint from McDonald’s (MCD) and Burger King (BKC).

 

Now, it appears that the tables have turned at the Wendy's/Arby's Group (WEN). In its earnings report today, we learned that despite a narrower loss for WEN and a modest 0.5% bump up in revenue, same-store sales plummeted 11% at Arby’s locations.

 

That begs the question: Do these fast-food joints really complement each other? After all, Arby’s menu is pricier is more deli-style than the offerings seen at a typical burger joint. Would the Wendy’s/Arby’s be better off pulling a Time Warner (TWX) and AOL (AOL) “do over” and splitting up quickly after a merger that never played out as hoped?

 

Germany suggests the debt-crippled country should sell state assets to balance the budget.

By Louis Navellier Mar 4, 2010 10:01AM

I can see the eBay ad now . . . For sale: Private islands with Mediterranean view. Must sell! $74 billion or better offer.


If Germany has its way, this is exactly the scenario that will play out as a way for a bankrupt Greece to raise the cash it needs to pay off its debts. Greece is pushing for a bailout from the International Monetary Fund or from allies in the euro zone, but harsh statements from German allies show that the country is going to have to figure this out on its own.

Their suggestion: Sell buildings, state-owned companies and several uninhabited islands off its coast to pay the bills.

 

Disk-drive makers look cheap, but there are better investment opportunities in technology.

By Jim Cramer Mar 4, 2010 8:41AM
Jim Cramer

By Jim Cramer, TheStreet

 

Is tech as cheap as I think it is? Yesterday the disk drive world was rocked by still one more whisper that there's been double ordering and that prices are going to come down hard. Seagate (STX) plunged a point as soon as the rumors hit the tape.

 

So how risky is Seagate, then? Here's a stock that just hit its 52-week-high. At 6 times earnings, how much danger is there?

 

Let's assess.

 

Earnings at the wholesalers fell short of analysts' estimates, but Costco has more factors working in its favor.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 3, 2010 6:06PM

TheStreetBy Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet

 

In the battle of bulk buying, Costco (COST) beats BJ's Wholesale Club (BJ).

 

Both companies sell bulk items and discretionary merchandise at discount prices, but Costco does it better.

 

Both retailers missed earnings expectations, causing their shares to drop today. Still, Costco has some factors working in its favor.

 

Shared options trading knowledge and more

By Wall Street Media on MSN Money Mar 3, 2010 4:17PM

Written by Douglas Estadt


Author Adam Warner of http://DailyOptionsReport.com shares his options trading knowledge.

 

In this range bound market and especially in range bound stocks, how are professional traders making profitable trades? Adam walks us through one possible manner to profit if a certain stock remains within a set range.

 

  • Why an iron condor play is an attractive risk/reward scenario for range bound stocks.
 

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