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The company may be rethinking its IPO plans, and that's probably a good thing.

By Kim Peterson Sep 6, 2011 5:08PM
Groupon was so hot last year that it turned down a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google (GOOG). Wall Street saw that and eagerly awaited an IPO, figuring that any company that would say no to $6 billion had huge plans in the works.

Unfortunately, it's been downhill for Groupon since then.

This week brings word that Groupon is rethinking its plans for an initial public offering. 

The only thing the Ford Evos Concept won't do is run all-electric.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Sep 6, 2011 4:47PM

By Evan Niu

 

What do you get when you mix various popular consumer and technology shifts like cloud computing, social networking, and plug-in hybrids? The Ford (F) Evos Concept, of course!

 

The slick-looking concept vehicle features "gull-wing" doors (think Back to the Future) and is set to be unveiled later this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In addition to being a plug-in hybrid, it will be integrated into your personal cloud of information, ranging from your work schedule and music preferences to keeping up with local weather conditions.

 

It will even socially network with your friends to recommend better driving routes. The idea is to allow the car to get to know the driver in a way that personally tailors the driving experience. The company goes as far as to say that the Evos will get "to know you and can act as a personal assistant to handle some of the usual routines of a daily commute."

 

Europe will tackle a number of crucial economic issues this month, and markets may stay unsettled until October.

By Jim J. Jubak Sep 6, 2011 2:44PM
Jim JubakThe news flow from Europe in September is full of deadlines and threats. It’s hard for me to see global financial markets finding their footing until this giant bulge of unsettling news has passed through the anaconda.

Here's what Europe can expect over the next month:

Sept. 8:
The hope is that the monthly press conference from the European Central Bank will bring assurances that the bank will continue to buy Italian and Spanish government bonds to support the price of that debt. The bank bought roughly $20 billion in bonds (mostly Italian and Spanish) last week.

However, incoming European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, who takes over on Nov. 1, has warned recently that the buying should not be taken for granted.
 

ETFs that invest in telecom, banks and agriculture will be in the spotlight as investors nervously monitor this week's market action.

By TheStreet Staff Sep 6, 2011 12:57PM

By Don Dion, TheStreetTheStreet

 

Here are five ETFs to watch this week.

 

1. iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecommunications Sector Index Fund (IYZ)

 

The telecommunications industry was in the spotlight last week following reports that the Justice Department was suing to block AT&T's (T) proposed multibillion dollar plan to acquire T-Mobile because it would impede competition and hurt consumers.

 

If you're looking to sell shares of large banks after Friday's FHFA lawsuits, it's probably too late. Instead, consider the many solid banks that don't have mortgage targets on their backs.

By TheStreet Staff Sep 6, 2011 12:33PM

By Philip Van Doorn, TheStreetTheStreet

 

If you're thinking of dumping large bank stocks Tuesday in reaction to last week's FHFA lawsuit bombshell, you might want to reconsider.

 

Instead, take a deep breath and mull some other bank stock opportunities, because the automated traders and other market pros will clean your clock if you try to trade based on the lawsuit headlines.

 

It's perfectly understandable for bank stock investors to panic over the long holiday weekend. After all, it was a week of maximum pain for Bank of America (BAC), with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) joining the throng of parties objecting to BofA's previous $8.5 billion settlement of Countrywide mortgage putback claims.

 

Sell this cosmetic and fragrence retailer before it releases earnings Thursday

By Jamie Dlugosch Sep 6, 2011 12:14PM

There is a tremendous amount of noise in the market that can influence stock price.

Ultimately, the value of a stock is based on the present value of future profits.

 

When a company reports earnings results, market participants receive a key piece of information that can be used to determine the price of a stock. For a brief moment in time after a company releases its operating performance, the market will adjust pricing based on how the numbers match up against current expectations.

 

In many cases stocks of companies reporting results will move significantly higher or lower.

 

Understanding how investors use earnings against Wall Street estimates creates a profitable trading opportunity. Using a few key variables combined with understanding how the market will react to new information can guide you how to trade a stock in advance of the news being reported.

 

Use the Earnings Predictor to help you identify winning trades. On Thursday Ulta Salon (ULTA) reports earnings for the quarter ending July 31, 2011.

 

These Dow stocks are part of a very select group to have gained this year, and all show bullish chart patterns and would be good buys on a further market correction.

By MoneyShow.com Sep 6, 2011 11:07AM
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com

Friday’s sharply lower close likely sets the stage for more selling this week. 

For the year, the Dow Transportation Average and the small-capitalization stocks have been hit the hardest, as both are down close to 13% for the year. Of course, the NYSE Financial Index is even worse, having declined almost 18% this year.

According to The Wall Street Journal, anyone who invested $1000 in each of the Dow’s 30 stocks and reinvested the dividends would have lost 5.7%. 

Still, there are nine stocks in the Dow Industrials that are up for the year (including re-invested dividends).
 

The upcoming iPhone 5 launch will be the first major product release since Steve Jobs resigned, a crucial moment for the company’s new CEO Tim Cook.

By TheStreet Staff Sep 6, 2011 10:45AM

the streetBy James Rogers, TheStreet

 

These are momentous times at Apple (AAPL). Just a couple of weeks after Steve Jobs stepped down, new CEO Tim Cook gets to launch a major product: the iPhone 5.

 

What can investors expect from the new iPhone launch, rumored to be imminent? Initial speculation tagged Sep. 7 as a potential launch date, although this now seems unlikely. Apple, however, typically debuts a major product in the late summer/early fall.

 

With Apple under increasing pressure from a deluge of Google (GOOG) Android devices, the stakes are high for the new iPhone, said Sandeep Aggarwal, an analyst at research firm Digital Route.

 

"Given that Android has become a much stronger competitor since the last iPhone release, Apple must show some killer features/apps to make a bigger dent in the Android ecosystem," he told TheStreet.

 

Several casino owners have upsides, but the value's not there

By InvestorPlace Sep 6, 2011 9:29AM

By Jonathan Berr, InvestorPlace Writer

   

When it comes to casino stocks, investors have not always had Lady Luck on their side — even in the red-hot gaming market of Macau.

 

Shares of Wynn Resorts (WYNN) have soared more than 46% this year because its operations in Macau are growing like gangbusters. The Macau magic, however, has not rubbed off on Las Vegas Sands (LVS), which has barely budged this year amid investors’ concerns about lawsuits alleging illegal activities in Macau, which the firm has denied. MGM Resorts (MGM), which recently took control of its Macau joint venture, has been hurt by concerns about its lackluster earnings. Its shares have slumped nearly 30%.

 

None of these stocks are a compelling value even though Macau gaming revenue was a record $3.1 billion in August, an increase of 57% year-over-year.

 

No one is disputing that things are bad across the pond, but the desire to take down everything here because of our link to Europe is overblown.

By Jim Cramer Sep 6, 2011 9:27AM

jim cramerthe streetWhen Europe catches cold, we die of pneumonia? That's how it looked Monday when we had the oft-quoted "Germany down 5%" conversations with people in the business.

 

I mean, if they are down 5, don't we have to be down at least 5? Aren't we that dependent on Europe? Wasn't that down 2%-3% Friday off the jobs report just the foreplay for European madness?

 

That's what all the macros think. They just relate one to another as if we are all related. But are we? Did you see what was still up big last week despite this link with Europe? Stocks like Kimberly-Clark (KMB) and Procter & Gamble (PG) and McDonald's (MCD)? Bristol-Myers (BMY)? Anything with a nice yield?

 

Doesn't matter.

 

But the big wins this year are what I am now calling "edge wins," companies on the edge of the decline that don't deserve to be in the decline at all -- and wouldn't be if there were no such thing as futures. Don't laugh. They didn't exist in the early 1980s when I was trading pretty aggressively, unless you think the Value Line futures are part of a vast conspiracy to take all stocks down or up off of "each other."

 

Even if you miss a major bottom in a stock or market, you can still buy in and enjoy most of the uptrend.

By MoneyShow.com Sep 5, 2011 12:50PM
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com

One of my favorite chart patterns is the flag formation. These flags or triangles are most often a continuation pattern, which is an interruption in the dominant trend.

Often, one might miss a stock or ETF that is completing a major bottom or major top. If you understand and are able to identify continuation patterns, you will often be able to find a better risk/reward entry point and catch more of the major trend.

When the flag is formed as an interruption in a major uptrend, it is often referred to as a "bull flag." The formation of a flag formation during a downtrend is therefore known as a "bear flag." Let's look at some past and current examples.
 

This is going to be a long weekend as we wait for the markets to reopen, but there are some bright spots.

By MoneyShow.com Sep 2, 2011 10:31PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


Last week, the hopes that the economy was not really that bad were supported by some of the economic data (such as auto sales) turning out better than expected.


The tone changed Thursday, as stocks opened weak, then rebounded sharply as the ISM Purchasing manager’s report came in stronger than expected.


The rebound was short-lived. New concerns over Bank or America (BAC) and Goldman Sachs (GS) helped stocks to reverse to the downside. The very weak close suggested that the rebound from the August lows was likely over.


Then the dismal monthly jobs report hit stocks hard Friday, as stocks opened sharply lower and the major averages closed near the lows.


The rally was classic in technical terms, as the Spyder Trust (SPY) came very close to retracing 50% of the decline from the July highs. Most of the major averages traced out flag formations, which are normally seen as interruptions in the downward weekly trend. I will share some more specifics below.

The key question is whether the support zones derived from the recent rally will hold. If they do, we could see the formation of a short-term double bottom that would set the stage for a better rally.

 

A federal lawsuit filed Friday could kill chances of a comprehensive foreclosure fraud settlement.

By Jim J. Jubak Sep 2, 2011 5:55PM
Jim JubakBig U.S. banks led the U.S. stock market down Friday.

The driver here isn’t simply the prospect of slower economic growth represented by the lack of any job growth in August data released today -- although that certainly doesn’t help.

Bank stocks are reeling because the big U.S. mortgage lenders and mortgage packagers were anticipating a suit be filed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which represents Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, seeking to force these financial companies to repurchase bad mortgages.

The agency did file a lawsuit late Friday, saying the banks sold bonds backed by mortgages that should not have been packaged into securities.
 

Forget pricey chairs. Nowadays, the hottest office item does away with the chair altogether.

By Kim Peterson Sep 2, 2011 4:59PM
Remember when pricey chairs like the Aeron were the must-have office items? Now, the chair itself is positively passé.

The latest status symbol for the office doesn't use a chair at all. It's the standing desk, and it's becoming a hot item in Silicon Valley. At Google (GOOG) and Facebook, workers have replaced the traditional setup with higher desks that you can use while standing or perched on a stool, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Even better? The treadmill desk. Facebook has set up some treadmill stations where people can walk while working on the computer. 

The Earnings Predictor likes the prospects of Manny, Moe & Jack

By Jamie Dlugosch Sep 2, 2011 3:54PM

There is a tremendous amount of noise in the market that can influence stock price. Ultimately, the value of a stock is based on the present value of future profits.

 

When a company reports earnings results, market participants receive a key piece of information that can be used to determine the price of a stock. For a brief moment in time after a company releases its operating performance, the market will adjust pricing based on how the numbers match up against current expectations.

In many cases stocks of companies reporting results will move significantly higher or lower.

 

Understanding how investors use earnings against Wall Street estimates creates a profitable trading opportunity. Using a few key variables combined with understanding how the market will react to new information can guide you how to trade a stock in advance of the news being reported.

 

Use the Earnings Predictor to help you identify winning trades. On Tuesday Pep Boys (PBY) reports earnings for the quarter ending July 31, 2011.

 

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