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Some clinks in the Midwest are processing toilet tissue to save taxpayer money. Should P&G be worried?

By Kim Peterson Dec 2, 2010 3:27PM
Toilet paper wrapped in chain and lock (© Renold Zergat/Getty Images)How do you make your own toilet paper? According to this site, it's pretty complicated, involving sawdust, cotton fibers and a large screen.

Some Iowa inmates may become very familiar with this process if one plan goes through. Two Iowa prisons are already testing a single-ply toilet paper made at a Missouri prison.

The paper checked out, and now the Iowa prisons are considering making their own toilet paper next year, The Associated Press reports. The state's Legislature would need to make the final call. 

Costs are down, sales are up, and investors are impressed.

By Kim Peterson Dec 2, 2010 2:07PM
Credit: © Mark Lennihan/AP
Caption: Box of Krispy Kreme doughnutsEven in a struggling economy, Americans still have money for doughnuts.

Shares of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (KKD) are skyrocketing today, up 18% in midday trading, after the company announced a killer third quarter.

Krispy Kreme beat Wall Street expectations handily -- not that those expectations were all that high to begin with.  

Independent studio FilmDistrict inks a deal for movies, feeding a growing demand for fresh digital content.

By InvestorPlace Dec 2, 2010 2:03PM

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Caption: Netflix DVDNetflix (NFLX) just made waves with the announcement of a new pricing structure that stresses streaming video over home DVD delivery. NFLX will offer digital-only rentals for $7.99 a month. The move was applauded by investors and movie lovers alike, who see digital content as the future of entertainment.

 

Well, if there was any doubt that Netflix is committed to the digital model, the company has just put its money where its mouth is, ponying up the cash for an exclusive first-run distribution deal with a independent film studio led by the producer of titles including "The Departed" and "The Aviator."

 

This miner is well run, has lots of growth potential, and trades at an attractive price.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Dec 2, 2010 1:02PM

© Stockbyte/SuperStockQuick ... if you had to choose one fairy tale to help you find the right miner, which would it be? Why, Goldilocks, of course! If you don't like that analogy, blame Andrew Sullivan, who wrote this compelling buy report.

 

Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor

 

It's not too late to diversify your portfolio with gold mining equities, and I'm excited to recommend and open a position in Northgate Minerals (NXG), an accomplished mining company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

 

Carmakers' strong November gains paint a positive growth picture.

By TheStreet Staff Dec 2, 2010 11:23AM

Car © Image Source/CorbisBy Ted Reed, TheStreet

 

Once again, strong auto sales are signaling a continual gradual improvement in the economy and are enabling share-price gains for automakers.

 

In November, auto industry sales rose 17% over the same month a year earlier. "This year's fourth quarter will be the fourth quarter in a row that the sales rate has increased substantially," Ford (F) analyst George Pipas said on the company's monthly sales conference call. "It's a good sign as we approach 2011."

 

General Motors (GM) economist Sue Su said the time has finally come when companies, many of them sitting on cash, are ready to hire. "Businesses have been reluctant to hire workers," Su said. "Only recently, that deadlock seems to be broken. . . . Now we are seeing businesses a little bit more ready to hire."

 

With growth, credibility and compromise all gelling at last, this run is not done. I want to be in, not out.

By Jim Cramer Dec 2, 2010 9:46AM

jim cramerYou need three things to keep the rally going: confidence, as in confidence in the world's central bankers; growth, and I mean growth in all countries including the United States; and compromise, as in the certainty of a deal on unemployment benefits and taxes. By the way, the certainty of the compromise is, in a way, more important than the terms of the compromise.

 

Growth is the most important one because growth eliminates the notion of the Pyrrhic victory. If there is growth, then the central banks are not only not throwing good money after bad, they are abetting private-sector hiring that will lead to higher tax receipts at a time of government austerity.

 

Confidence? Last night I went to hear the great Stanley Fischer speak at a YIVO charity dinner where he was honored. Fischer, the incredible governor of Israel's central bank, is widely hailed as the man from the IMF who saved Asia in the 1990s.

 

Has investor sentiment changed regarding the dollar, precious metals and fear?

By Jim J. Jubak Dec 1, 2010 5:07PM

Jim JubakImportant shift in the market yesterday. Maybe. 


And it looks like the market is following through today. 


Yesterday, as on most days recently, the dollar was up and the euro down on fears that the euro debt crisis is escalating. In recent days that's been a recipe for a decline in gold and silver, too, as the negative of the strength of the dollar outweighed the allure of these commodities as safe havens in the crisis.

 
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Netflix users love to watch streaming videos, and all their usage comes at a price. Who will pay it?

By Kim Peterson Dec 1, 2010 4:07PM

Television © image100/CorbisComcast (CMCSA) really has a problem with Netflix (NFLX). It's so irritated by the video company, in fact, that it's hitting Netflix where it hurts: in the wallet.

Before we get to the messy battle between these two companies, let's establish that Netflix is a huge bandwidth hog. Or, I should say, Netflix subscribers are, tying up Internet lines every night watching streaming videos online.

Netflix users suck up about 20% of downstream traffic between 8 and 10 p.m., reports say. And Netflix is just getting started; it only recently unveiled a streaming-only service for $8 a month.

 

At some point, quantitative easing will be followed by quantitative uneasing.

By V.N. Katsenelson Dec 1, 2010 2:36PM
I’ll be traveling to NYC with my wife next week to support my upcoming Little Book. (I’ll be on CNBC’s Fast Money on Monday). We are going to be in NYC only for a few days, but I wanted to meet my friends and my growing number of readers. So here is my solution: Please join me for the NY version of Cheap Talk on Wednesday Dec 8th at the Madison Club Lounge at The Roosevelt Hotel from 2-4pm.  We had Cheap Talk get together in Omaha two years in a row, it was a lot of fun. If you want me to sign your copy of the Little Book, I’ll bring a pen. Here is my latest article, which discusses QE2.  It took me three weekends to write it.Hope you enjoy it.  -- Vitaliy
 

A bill in Congress would finally stop television ads from blaring at ear-splitting volumes.

By Kim Peterson Dec 1, 2010 2:04PM
Television © CorbisThe mute button on my TV remote has all but disappeared, worn down to a rubber nub after years of ear-splitting commercials.

Is it that hard to make advertisers turn down the volume? Apparently so, because even after decades of consumer complaints, the ads continue to one-up each other in a competition for your attention.

That's about to change, however, thanks to a bill in Congress that forbids TV ads from being louder than the programs that accompany them. The CALM Act (whose name stands for Commercial Advertising Loudness Mitigation) has been approved by the Senate and heads to the House for a vote this week, The Wall Street Journal reports

As a deal with Kraft crumbles, Starbucks could purchase a company to sell its packaged coffee, ice cream and more.

By InvestorPlace Dec 1, 2010 1:32PM

Groceries © Tom Grill/CorbisBy Jeff Reeves, editor of InvestorPlace.com

 

Starbucks (SBUX) is well-known for its model of ubiquity, with stores sometimes across the street from each other. But if the coffee king has its way, the Starbucks brand will be not only on every street corner but also in every grocery store aisle.

 

Recently that has meant an extensive line of new products -- including bottled drinks and Starbucks ice cream -- and a focus on its lower-priced Seattle's Best brand. But the biggest move is yet to come.

 

According to the CEO of Starbucks, the company is ready to make some pricey acquisitions to buy out other food companies and boost sales of bagged coffee and other consumer products outside its cafes and in grocery stores.

 

The iconic men's magazine releases its archive in digital form, with every issue from 1953 to 2010.

By TheStreet Staff Dec 1, 2010 1:22PM

Credit: Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner attends a signing of 'Playboy Cover to Cover ((C) WireImage)By Theresa McCabe, TheStreet

 

Playboy (PLA) has released a 250-gigabyte USB hard drive that holds every issue of Playboy magazine from 1953 to 2010 for about $300.

 

The digital archive has more than 100,000 pages of photos  from 650 issues of the iconic publication over the past 57 years.

 

"Why would you let more than 650 of your favorite Playmates celebrate the holidays in a damp garage, stashed under your bed or crowded together in the basement when you can bring them all together beneath the mistletoe this year?" Playboy said in a statement.

 

Google Editions will be the storefront for the company's digitial publishing business, the latest in its wide variety of offerings.

By InvestorPlace Dec 1, 2010 12:31PM

Money books © gulfimages / Getty ImagesGoogle (GOOG) wants it all. From Google TV to its recent rumored Groupon acquisition plan and even to alternative energy, there is no corner of the modern world that the technology company isn't looking to get its fingers into.


Now the company is gunning to replace Amazon.com (AMZN) and Barnes & Noble (BKN) as your bookstore of choice.

 

Pebblebrook has the means and expertise to snap up valuable properties.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Dec 1, 2010 11:47AM

Hotels have been a painful roach trap the last few years (investors check in, but they don't check out!). Alex Pape says all that pain has led to a great investment opportunity in cash-rich bargain hunter Pebblebrook. Enjoy your stay!

 

Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks Editor

 

If you like ugly, you're going to love my pick today.


There are plenty of suffering industries out there, but few more hideous than hotels. However, aesthetically beautiful but economically ugly hotels are Pebblebrook Hotel Trust's (PEB) bread and butter.

 

Analysis: International man of mystery Julian Assange appears to have a loaded publicity gun aimed at the bank.

By TheStreet Staff Dec 1, 2010 10:53AM
Banker © Radius Images/Jupiterimages By Lauren Tara LaCapra, TheStreet

 

In its latest perception battle, Bank of America (BAC) is up against an international man of mystery who appears to have a loaded publicity gun.

 

In just hours, he robbed shareholders of as much as $4 billion.

 

The man is Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks and known for blockbuster data dumps that have humiliated top diplomats and allegedly put lives in danger.

 

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