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Here's a look at three stocks Soros and his team are bullish on to start 2011.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 14, 2011 12:48PM

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With 2011 well under way, investors are wondering what surprises the markets will hold this year. And the predictions are coming out of the woodwork.


But while opinions fly, what stocks should you really be looking at this year? Let's ask a billionaire.


George Soros made his mark on the financial world in the early 1970s when he and partner Jim Rogers founded the Quantum Fund, a hedge fund with an international bent. Today, the fund, which started with $12 million, has estimated assets under management of $27 billion.


Scott Rothbort has identified three 2010 stocks that offer compelling arguments for potential comebacks in 2011.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 14, 2011 12:18PM

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Every year, investors and the media seem to focus on those stock darlings of the year just passed. In 2010, we had Apple (AAPL), Netflix (NFLX), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and Salesforce.com (CRM), to name a few.


But what can we learn from looking at the past year's dogs? Sure, some of them sold off and are left to wither away and die. Others suffer from a financial version of the Cinderella complex. But certainly some offer compelling arguments for potential comebacks.


I've identified three such stocks poised for comebacks in 2011. These are not sure things, but they certainly are so disliked that they may provide some opportunities.


Here are the top 3 reasons pump prices will keep rising.

By InvestorPlace Jan 14, 2011 11:52AM
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Crude oil prices are rising steadily, up about 22% since a May "low" of around $77 a barrel, and gasoline prices have jumped in lockstep. There are a lot of reasons behind an increase in crude oil prices per barrel, as well as gas costs at the pump, but one thing appears certain: The $2 gas we saw at the beginning of 2009 is a distant memory, and the $3 gas of today is here to stay.

As much as it will pain commuters to hear it, it's very likely the days of $4 and even $5 gasoline lie ahead. A look at expert forecasts and recent news about crude oil prices indicate the recent run-up is not a short-lived phenomenon.

Here are three reasons to expect expensive gas for the rest of 2011:


The nation's efforts to curb economic growth might seem ill-timed, but ultimately they'll help the US market.

By Jim Cramer Jan 14, 2011 11:35AM

TheStreet's Jim CramerThe Chinese tighten rates at the most inappropriate times!


Just when we had the dollar on the run, the euro looking good, the Japanese buying Portuguese bonds, the European bourses on solid footing, and a strike at a gigantic Chilean copper mine, they pick now to tighten? They give us a 50-basis-point reserve requirement boost?


When I look at the litany of what there is to worry about, this euro issue has dropped in the standings of major woes, behind $4 gasoline and a hard landing of the Chinese economy.


One report says the company might omit the 'home' button on future versions of the iPhone and iPad.

By Kim Peterson Jan 13, 2011 4:15PM

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Caption: Apple iPadApple (AAPL) may eliminate the home button from future versions of the iPad and iPhone, according to one report.

Apple employees are already testing button-free devices at its California headquarters, unnamed sources tell the Boy Genius Report website. If the tests are successful, then new models of the iPad and iPhone due this year may not have the button.

The report is getting some attention this week because, if true, it shows how Apple is trying to maintain its design edge over the competition. Rivals like Samsung and Research in Motion (RIMM) have developed or are working on tablets, and want to eat into the iPad's sizable lead.


The hard drive maker can easily clear the market's low hurdle.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Jan 13, 2011 3:50PM

Western Digital and I have a lot in common: People just don't expect much from us. Unlike me, however, WD has a strong chance to exceed its low expectations. Jim Mueller explains how you can profit from this.


Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor 


There are two large competitors in the hard disk drive market, sharing about 60% of the market in both revenue and shipments: Seagate Technology (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). Hitachi's (HIT) Global Storage Technologies, Toshiba/Fujitsu, and Samsung Electronics are the other significant players.


I think one is worth your investment dollars.


Though the eurozone debt auctions this week went off without a hitch, a steady increase in borrowing rates for the likes of Portugal and Ireland sets the stage for more problems.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Jan 13, 2011 2:56PM

Investors have been pleased in recent days buy successful auctions of eurozone debt, which has been enabled by intense support from the European Central Bank, China and Japan. Portugal, which is seen as the most likely to follow Greece and Ireland into Europe's bailout club, sold $1.7 billion worth of bonds Wednesday, while Spain, Italy and Hungary all issued bonds today.


While demand for the bonds was good, the interest rates being paid continue to move higher. Portugal's four-year notes were priced to yield 5.4% vs. 4% previously. Now Portugal's 10-year yield stands at 6.8%, Ireland's at 8.3% and Greece's at 11.2%. Compare this with Germany's 3% yield.


With borrowing costs still rising and Europe's politicians unable to draw a line under the problem, it becomes harder and harder for the likes of Portugal to pay its creditors even if it takes bailout money. Here's why.


Could shares jump from $350 to a grand? Yes, but the company's profit and revenue would have to explode.

By Kim Peterson Jan 13, 2011 2:04PM
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Link to Image: \\co1xtmafs01\MediaDrop\Images\Channels\Money\2010\04April\SteveJobs_042910_AP_120.jpgNot long ago, the idea of Apple (AAPL) shares topping $300 seemed unthinkable. Yet here we are, watching the stock approach $350 on a clear march to $400.

Now The Wall Street Journal is discussing the possibility of Apple soaring to $1,000 a share. Impossible? Perhaps. What would it take for that to happen?

Brett Arends admits that Apple has made him "look like a total idiot." He dared to question whether Apple's stock could keep up its amazing momentum. And since then, the growth rate of the stock has ratcheted up to an annualized 67%. 

As the market climbs, we're seeing how powerful the former House speaker was.

By Jim Cramer Jan 13, 2011 12:45PM

TheStreetI think it's becoming obvious to even the most hard-left Democrats that the stock market changed for the better after the November elections.


I also believe that what might be going on right now is the reversion of something that really hurt stocks since the election: the Nancy Pelosi discount.


The election's results are complicated. We have the same president, of course, but the team has changed. The ideologues are out, and Bill Daley is in.


A recent consumer survey indicates more bad news for AT&T.

By InvestorPlace Jan 13, 2011 11:38AM
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Caption: iPhone 3GSNow that the Apple (AAPL)iPhone is coming to Verizon (VZ) next month, the brain teaser for investors is how to gauge what it will mean for the two companies and for formerly exclusive iPhone provider AT&T (T).


In short, how many subscribers to Verizon's wireless service will dump their current phones to snap up new iPhones, and how many of AT&T's iPhone users will jump ship for a telecom provider whose only disadvantage to AT&T once seemed to be that it didn't sell an iPhone?


Thanks to a recent survey by ChangeWave Research, we have an indication, at least, of consumers' initial intentions.


Here are 3 names that I expect to deliver market beating returns in 2011

By Jamie Dlugosch Jan 12, 2011 9:10PM

For the past three or four years I’ve shared some of my annual list of 10 Top Stocks to Own with MSN Money readers, here and in the old Strategy Lab stock-picking game.


If you’ve been following along, we’ve done very well. In 2010, my 10 Top Stocks returned an aggregative 28.4%, more than double the S&P 500’s 12.9% return. (And yes, you’re welcome to do a quick Bing search to find the lists and check the results yourself.)


I certainly expect similar returns on my 10 Top Stocks to own this year. In fact, I expect one name on the list, ((China ProBiotics, CHBT)) to double in value next year. Here’s why, a bit more on what I expect in 2011, and two more picks:


There's just no telling when Wall Street might see the value in this chip-maker.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 12, 2011 5:04PM
Jim JubakIntel (INTC) will probably report a very good fourth quarter of 2010 on Thursday after the market closes. Wall Street is looking for 50 cents a share -- a 22% increase from the fourth quarter of 2009.

I think Intel is likely to make that number. That would be a very good result for a stock trading at just 11.1 times trailing 12-month earnings.

And I don’t think it's going to matter much at all. Investors have pretty much decided that Intel is a has-been chip stock.

Sears Holdings is losing sales to Wal-Mart and other competitors. So why is its stock so hot?

By Kim Peterson Jan 12, 2011 4:25PM
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Caption: Shoppers exit a Sears store at a mall in Meriden, Conn.Ah, Sears Holdings (SHLD). Butt of a thousand jokes. Seller of good tools and, well, other stuff.

Sears gets no respect. So why, after taking a tremendous hit in May and June, is the stock at $75 and trending up? Why is the company's forecast beating expectations even as sales drop and the competition continues to steal business?

For that answer, you need to take apart the stock a little bit. Sears is one of the most interesting stocks out there, and you'll see why in a minute. Let's get into the financials: 

Here are the most promising plays from last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Jan 12, 2011 1:05PM

Yes, you've been inundated with CES stories over the past several days, but we beg your attention for just one more. Today, Tim Beyers does us all a big favor by providing a clear and concise wrap-up of the most promising investing ideas from Las Vegas.


Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor 


By the end of last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I had a budding sore throat and a bad case of tech overload.


This fund provides exposure to the biggest names in the semiconductor industry.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 12, 2011 12:51PM

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Intel (INTC) is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results Thursday. It's the world's largest chip-maker, and analysts keep a close watch on its performance in hopes of gaining insight into the state of not only the semiconductor industry but the broader tech sector as well.


Intel saw success in the first three quarters of 2010, marked by a dividend increase in November and a bold statement from CEO Paul Otellini, saying the company was on track to see its best year ever.


As investors begin 2011, Intel looks to remain strong and promising as a leader in the industry. However, the company still faces challenges. One major hurdle this year will likely be growing pressure from leading competitors.



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