The assembly line producing the Ford Fiesta car in Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico. © Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mexico will soon be next car capital

Some 80% of the vehicles built south of the border are exported to other countries, mostly to the US.


The Internet retailer has become more expensive than the far superior Apple.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 25, 2011 11:09AM

By Jake Lynch, TheStreet


In the early 2000s, Amazon (AMZN) distinguished itself as a dot-com survivor, emerging from the tech wreck bloodied but unbowed. Today it is among the most powerful companies on the Web.


Superlative inventory management, low pricing and innovative rewards programs have helped Amazon propel revenue 32% a year since 2008. But despite Amazon's outstanding fundamentals, its stock is overvalued and overloved.


There are signs that the growth trajectory at Amazon is tapering. Whereas sales expansion remains brisk, hitting 36% in the seasonally strong fourth quarter, profit growth was marginal. Amazon's quarterly net income rose 8.3% and earnings per share ascended 7.1%, earning a growth score of 1 out of 5 from TheStreet Ratings' quantitative equity model.


While big banks continue to struggle, the charts for these regional banks appear to be bottoming, making them possible star performers once financials turn around.

By Apr 25, 2011 10:52AM
By Tom Aspray,

It has been a generally mixed quarter of earnings so far for the financial stocks, and technically, the Select Sector SPDR - Financial (XLF) is still lagging well behind the overall market. It is trying to hold the key support at $15.79 and shows a pattern of lower highs.

The earnings from the large banks have not really been encouraging, as the 45% profit drop by Morgan Stanley (MS) necessitated a restructuring plan that it hopes will stabilize its financial outlook.

Citigroup, Inc.’s (C) earnings were not much better, as profit was down 32%, although it improved from the fourth quarter of 2010, beating analyst estimates. Citigroup had a nearly $3 billion drop in profits from its institutional securities business and the reverse stock split is still on the minds of many investors.

Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) also beat estimates, but its stock was still hit hard, down 4.5% last week on the heaviest volume since last October.

Though I have been negative on the big banks for some time, there are clearly going to be some winners in the financial sector.

Many of the regional banks could double from current levels and still be worth only half of what they were in 2006. I have found three regional banks stocks where the charts suggest that the worst of the selling may be over.

As Amazon, eBay and Netflix prepare to report earnings, Internet stock funds will try to build on last week's tech rally. Gold, energy and aerospace are other sectors to keep an eye on.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 25, 2011 10:32AM

By Don Dion, TheStreet


Here are five exchange-traded funds to watch this week.


1. First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund (FDN)


So far, earnings season has proven largely positive for the technology sector after firms including Intel (INTC), Apple (AAPL), and IBM (IBM) all reported stellar performance over the past three months.


For FDN, however, the first few weeks of earnings season have been a mixed bag. Yahoo (YHOO) and Juniper Networks (JNPR) reported promising numbers last week. Meanwhile, however, index leader Google (GOOG) has struggled to regain ground after releasing a troublesome report.


FDN will be back in the spotlight this week as a number of major components announce their quarterly earnings, including Amazon (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Akamai (AKAM) and Netflix (NFLX) are slated to report throughout the week.


Look for earnings to power stocks higher again this week

By Jamie Dlugosch Apr 25, 2011 9:49AM

Earnings from major technology players including Intel (INTC) and Apple (AAPL) propelled the market higher last week. Those strong reports helped the overall market as measured by the S&P 500 gain 1.3% for the week.


Look for the trend to continue this week.


Oh, sure there are plenty of things to worry about. At the top of the list is oil. Crude prices supported by earnings momentum crossed $110 per barrel. Gasoline at the local station for many is now at or approaching $4 per gallon.


Can the economy sustain such prices?  No matter the answer, the issue does create a wall of worry for stocks. From a contrarian standpoint such a state is actually bullish for stocks.


At least in the short term I look for more gains. My top ETF buy for this week is IShares North American Technology-Multimedia Networking (IGN).

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The Fed chief may not have everything figured out, but after 2 years of great stewardship, he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

By Jim Cramer Apr 25, 2011 9:14AM

thestreetthestreetYou have to like a market that makes sense, that does what it is supposed to when big macro events occur that are good for earnings.


Which is why I liked last week. We have a dollar that is going down so fast that the big international companies will be able to beat numbers year over year so strongly that it makes you want to buy everything from United Technologies (UTX) and Ingersoll Rand (IR) to Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and IBM (IBM).


Last year at this time the euro was falling apart, taking with it the chances for companies like Eaton (ETN) and Honeywell (HON) -- which had expanded aggressively overseas, especially in Europe -- to beat the numbers. Now only those companies with no international winds at their back -- read the banks and the retailers -- are going to be laggards.


The style queen launches a spring pet line, offering items such as a belted trench coat and a windbreaker. Seriously.

By InvestorPlace Apr 25, 2011 9:07AM

investorplace logoImage: Dog in purse (© Corbis)Just because it's raining cats and dogs doesn't mean your cats and dogs have to get wet. The "pet apparel" industry has been going strong for years now, and a new spring line at PetSmart (PETM) includes a host of waterproof rain gear for the pampered pooch in your life.


But these aren't just silly hats or sweaters knitted by Grandma. For the first time, Martha Stewart Pets will get in on the act. The chic line includes a belted trench coat in tan cotton poplin (complete with shoulder cape) and an "athletic-style" windbreaker with pockets and Velcro closures.


According to a PetSmart marketer, "dogs love their walks, rain or shine," and owners just can't stay inside just because of a little bad weather in spring. But perhaps a better lesson from this product line is that pet owners remain one of the most free-spending groups, despite overcast skies for consumers in general, a trend that both PetSmart and Martha Stewart Living (MSO) hope to cash in on.


The technical readings indicate that the US and many foreign markets can still move significantly higher as we head into May.

By Apr 22, 2011 5:01PM
By Tom Aspray,

Every time I sit down to write next week’s column, I take a look at my analysis from the week before, and what I concluded. I’ve been a professional technical analyst for almost 30 years, so I’ve had my share of mistakes and missed opportunities.

So when the E-mini S&P futures were down almost 30 points in the first hour Monday, last week's headline—"The Week Ahead: Stocks to Rally Despite the Short Week"—seemed to be dead wrong.

The markets teach us all painful lessons. Two that I learned early were:
  • When the market does what you don't expect, take another look at the evidence;
  • Have risk management in place, so when you’re wrong you can limit the damage.
So I looked at the evidence again. By early Tuesday morning, the data that led me to expect higher prices had not changed significantly after Monday's plunge. Therefore, I concluded that the market panic had, in fact, created a buying opportunity.

And with all of the major averages closing higher for the week, the technical readings indicate that the US and many foreign markets can still move significantly higher as we head into May.

The Donald says that his net worth changes from day to day, depending on his attitude.

By Kim Peterson Apr 22, 2011 3:55PM
Donald Trump takes the phrase "feel like a million dollars" seriously. Or, in his case, it's feel like a billion dollars.

That's because The Donald says that his net worth is, well, whatever he feels it is on any given day. "My net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with the markets and with attitudes and with feelings, even my own feelings," he said in a legal deposition from 2007. CNN obtained a copy of the deposition recently.

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Standout earnings in the sector could fuel a new uptrend. Here are 3 ideas for how to play it.

By Apr 22, 2011 10:52AM
By Tom Aspray,

Just a few weeks ago, headlines like "Chip stocks weigh down tech" were common with the sentiment on the sector so negative. 

The failure of the tech sector to surpass the early-March highs while other sectors were breaking out in early April made many investors cautious about the overall market, and especially so for the tech sector.

That all changed this week as impressive earnings from many of the tech giants, including Apple Inc. (AAPL), Qualcomm (QCOM), and Western Digital Corp. (WDC), have given the entire sector a boost, which I feel is the start of a major new uptrend.

McDonald's is passing on the higher costs of beef, cheese and other ingredients to its customers

By InvestorPlace Apr 22, 2011 8:43AM

investorplace logoImage: Family eating burgers (© Bananastock/Jupiterimages)Americans are already feeling the impact of higher gas prices. But the next time they have a Big Mac attack, consumers may have to suffer the same sticker shock they now get when they pull up to the pump.


That's because McDonalds Corp.'s (MCD) is seeing inflation push up the costs of ingredients like Big Mac beef, cheeseburger cheese and McCafe coffee beans.


As a result, the world's largest fast-food chain said it will raise prices to keep up with food inflation.


The price increases won't be steep, at least not in the United States. Sensitive to the higher prices that Americans are facing at the gasoline pump, grocery store and everywhere else they have to open their wallets, McDonalds says it will absorb some of the initial costs by gradually raising prices to recoup the 4% to 4.5% cost of food increases.  


The miner uncovers a higher grade of ore in Indonesia, accelerating production and giving some relief to worries about rising costs.

By Jim J. Jubak Apr 21, 2011 5:04PM
Jim JubakOn Wednesday, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) reported first-quarter earnings of $1.57 a share. This was 28 cents a share above the Wall Street analyst consensus, and 57% above the $1 a share reported in the first quarter of 2010.

Revenue increased by almost 31% from the first quarter of 2010, to $5.71 billion, beating the Wall Street projection of $5.31 billion.

Copper sales for the first quarter totaled 926 million pounds. That was down from sales of 960 million pounds in the first quarter of 2010, but well above the company’s own January estimate of 840 million pounds.

Sales of gold and molybdenum, however, climbed from the year-ago quarter. Gold totals increased from 478,000 to 480,000 ounces, and 20 million pounds of molybdenum moved, up from 17 million.

The Bratz line, which has deeply hurt Barbie sales, does not belong to Mattel, a jury decides.

By Kim Peterson Apr 21, 2011 3:19PM
Barbie just can't catch a break when it comes to those sassy Bratz dolls.

Barbie maker Mattel (MAT) got smacked down by a federal jury today, and was ordered to pay $88.5 million to rival MGA Entertainment in a dispute over the Bratz line.

In what's being called a stunning decision, the jury told Mattel that it does not own the Bratz dolls. The legal battle has been going since 2004, and one analyst said today that Mattel's failure to settle was a "tremendously bad decision" by management.

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As inflation takes its toll on consumers and the trade balance, GDP growth could be disappointing.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Apr 21, 2011 1:04PM

One year ago, all was right in the world. Jobs were being created. Annualized GDP growth averaged an impressive 4.4% between the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010. The Federal Reserve even felt confident enough to allow its first round of quantitative easing to expire.


Then we had a growth scare as risky assets tumbled in the wake of the eurozone debt crisis and the Greek bailout. As a result, GDP growth slowed to just 1.7% in the second quarter amid talk of a double-dip recession.


History is repeating itself. The Fed's QE2 program is about to end. The eurozone crisis is heating up, with Greece on the verge of a debt default/restructuring. And now we have fiscal austerity and inflationary pressure -- side effects of all the stimuli used to juice the economy. I think the stage is set for another slowdown in the months to come. Indeed, by some estimates, the economy may already be shrinking.


This company has growth in sales and earnings, so I'm adding its stock to my Wall Street Survivor portfolio.

By Jim Van Meerten Apr 21, 2011 1:02PM
Once in awhile you run across a stock that makes you wonder why you've never heard of it. 

I was looking at stocks that have had and are expected to have double-digit growth in sales and earnings and are currently having positive price momentum as measured by Barchart technical indicators.

I found Gildan Activewear (GIL), a company that has over 60% market share in its niche. It makes the blank T-shirts and sweat shirts that all the other companies print on. The sales, earnings and price appreciation have been great. 

Nearly all of the purchases from our recent Buffett-style portfolio are paying off nicely. Now it's time to adjust stops to lock in profits.

By Apr 21, 2011 11:44AM
By Tom Aspray,

On March 10, in my column "5 Stocks Buffett Would Love," I recommended five large industrial stocks that had market values over $5 billion, as well as fundamentals that could make them attractive for acquisition by Warren Buffett.
Our recommended buy levels were hit in four of the five Buffett-style stocks, and four could still be bought for more aggressive accounts, while stops should be raised on the previously recommended positions to lock in some nice profits.

Since the August lows, the Select Sector SPDR - Industrial (XLI) is up 34%, versus 27% for the S&P 500. The powerful stock rally on Wednesday confirmed my view that Monday's panic selling was a buying opportunity, as the advancing issues swamped the declining issues by more than a four-to-one margin.
The Advance/Decline (A/D) lines on the major averages have turned sharply higher and surpassed last week’s highs, providing strong evidence that the market correction is indeed over.


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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market ended the midweek session on a mixed note. Blue chip listings bolstered the Dow Jones Industrial Average (+0.4%) and S&P 500 (+0.3%), while the Russell 2000 (-0.4%) and Nasdaq Composite (-0.02%) underperformed.

Equity indices began the day in the red, but wasted no time regaining their flat lines. Small-cap stocks were not as fortunate as the Russell 2000 spent the day in the red.

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