5 reasons the market is seeing red
5 reasons the market is seeing red

Geopolitical crises are taking a toll on stocks as we head into the seasonally weak month of August.

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Shares tanked when CEO Glen Senk announced his departure, but he's part of the problem.

By InvestorPlace Jan 13, 2012 2:07PM

Image: Shopping (© imagewerks/Getty Images/Getty Images)By Jonathan Berr

The abrupt departure of Urban Outfitters' (URBN) CEO Glen Senk sent shares of the Philadelphia retailer reeling. Investors wondered if the ultra-cool parent of its namesake stores, Anthropologie and Free People would be able to recapture its lost mojo. While the stock recovered some of its lost ground, that's a question with no easy answer.


Urban Outfitters is a mess because in the words of Senk, the company has "a fashion issue." That's corporate-speak for the public thinks our clothes are ugly.

 

They handily outperformed in 2011, but recent technical action suggests the Dow could be more vulnerable than the now-lagging S&P 500.

By MoneyShow.com Jan 13, 2012 1:23PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The stock market is getting ready for next week's heavy schedule of earnings reports. Many Dow components are expected to report next week, including International Business Machines (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), and Intel (INTC), which are all scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19.


The Dow Industrials clearly outperformed the S&P 500 in 2011, but so far in 2012, the Spyder Trust (SPY), which tracks the S&P 500, has done about 1% better than the SPDR Diamonds Trust (DIA), which follows the Dow Industrials. But do the market internals and other technical factors favor one index over the other as we enter 2012?

 

A special variant made in Texas halts production after the parent company sues the bottler.

By Kim Peterson Jan 13, 2012 1:07PM
Credit: © LM Otero/AP
Caption: Lined up are some of the last bottles Dr Pepper produced in Dublin, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. Under an agreement, the Dublin Dr Pepper bottler will end production of the drink that Jeff Kloster's family has been bottling for more than a century"Dublin" Dr Pepper is gone, leaving legions of soda fanatics -- and an entire Texas town -- in shock.

The soda, produced at the tiny Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling plant in Dublin, Texas, has been a cult favorite for years. Fans loved that it was still made from cane sugar and not high-fructose corn syrup. Locals saw the soda as one of the last economic strongholds in a struggling town with a population of just 3,800.

The bottler even added the word "Dublin" to the labels of its Dr Pepper and sold the soda on its website. In retrospect, that may have been its undoing. 
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This maker of marine power transmission systems has solid earnings, new products, order backlogs and looks like a bargain.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 13, 2012 12:58PM
Image: Semi trucks (© Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)This post is one in a series in which more than 50 newsletter advisers share their Top Picks for 2012.

By Dennis Slothower, Stealth Stocks

If you are looking for a solid growth company currently trading at a discount, then I strongly recommend Twin Disc (TWIN). 
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Orexigen, once the leading candidate to reach market, expects two more years of safety testing.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 13, 2012 12:39PM

Minyanville on MSN MoneyImage: Woman with empty plate (© Tara Moore/cultura/Corbis)By Brett Chase


A year ago, diet pill maker Orexigen Therapeutics (OREX) was riding high. It looked like the company was about to win a three-way race to sell the first new diet pill in the U.S. in more than a decade.

 

Orexigen's closest rivals, Vivus (VVUS) and Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), were already knocked out (at least temporarily) as the Food and Drug Administration had rejected applications for their weight-loss pills. Orexigen had the backing of a panel of experts advising the FDA. It looked like the company had defied the odds and was rounding the corner to approval. In rejecting the rival diet pills, the U.S. agency stated strong concerns about the safety of the products. 

 

VMware and Akamai are downgraded, while Regions Financial is initiated with 'market perform.'

By MSN Money Partner Jan 13, 2012 11:55AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Citrix Systems (CTXS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
  • Safeway (SWY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
  • Children's Place (PLCE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair
 

The spate of downgrades this month may come back to haunt those who made the calls.

By Jim Cramer Jan 13, 2012 11:45AM

the street logoThe analysts' downgrades in 2012 aren't leaving any room for error. Errors like if nonresidential construction comes back. Errors like if housing ticks up in price and people get flushed in from the sidelines. Errors like if China cuts rates big. Errors like Europe's can-kicking works and we actually start seeing growth.

 

I am talking about downgrades like what we saw with 3M (MMM) and Emerson (EMR) Wednesday, or what we saw Thursday with homebuilders or real-estate investment trusts. These downgrades will come back to haunt analysts, I believe, because you can't thread the needle if we get a pickup. You can't switch directions that fast, and while the idea that a train is leaving the station right now seems unlikely, I do believe that when the turn comes you may not be able to upgrade in time.

 

Social networking site wants to play it straight.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 13, 2012 11:39AM
Maciej Frolow/Brand X/Getty ImagesFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is resisting proposals from investment bankers who are "developing and pitching unconventional strategies for the company to go public," CNBC.com reported. Zuckerberg, the report notes, prefers a more conventional approach.

The fact that Wall Street is pitching these ideas underscores the lengths that investment bankers are willing to go through to get a piece of what is expected to be one of the biggest if not the biggest, initial public offerings in history.  
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Not exactly a beacon of healthful living, the fast-food giant is criticized for linking its name to athletic contests.

By InvestorPlace Jan 13, 2012 11:24AM

McDonald's (MCD) once again is a top sponsor of the Olympic Games. But not everyone is lovin' it.


On Thursday, McDonald's announced it would continue its sponsorship through 2020, a deal estimated at about $100 million per four years, or for every pair (winter and summer) of Olympic Games.

 

This entertainment and leisure company has proved recession-resistant even if the movie business isn't necessarily.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 13, 2012 11:11AM
Image: Hollywood (© Comstock/SuperStock)This post is one in a series in which more than 50 newsletter advisers share their Top Picks for 2012.

By David Dittman, Australian Edge

Amalgamated Holdings Ltd. (AHD: Australia stock exchange) has more than 1,000 movie screens in Australia, New Zealand and Germany.  

The automaker is in a position to move higher based on the company's strategy to innovate, grow and increase sales.

By MoneyShow.com Jan 13, 2012 11:08AM

Photodisc/SuperStockBy Mike Kapsch, Investment U


I recently wrote about the "connected car" making its debut at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.


On Wednesday, Ford (F) CEO Alan Mulally gave his keynote speech at CES, touting the automaker's future innovations to the standard automobile. Those in attendance heard about the coming introduction of heart monitoring systems in your steering wheel, the emergence of vehicle-to-vehicle communication, getting instant weather and traffic updates on your dashboard, as well as a slew of other technologies that'll soon dramatically improve the everyday driving experience.

 

MSN Money's Anthony Mirhaydari answers Facebook questions about investing and housing in 2012.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 13, 2012 10:33AM

It's a new year and a time to assess our investment strategies and portfolios. MSN Money columnist and Top Stocks blogger Anthony Mirhaydari urges caution on buying into the turbulent markets, especially with a soft earnings season as well as several unresolved issues from 2011.

 

He fielded questions from our Facebook community, including one on the housing market.

 

But at least one casino stock is scary on its own merits.

By InvestorPlace Jan 13, 2012 10:14AM
CorbisBy Lawrence Meyers


Wynn Resorts' (WYNN) own vice chairman, Kazuo Okada, who indirectly owns 20% of the company, filed suit against Wynn so he could get a look at its books. Allegedly, he's been stonewalled from doing so, and he's asking about a $129 million donation to the University of Macau and $30 million Okada gave to the company to develop a Macau casino.


Does the lawsuit have merit? Who knows? Should you care? Probably not.

 

Sales of mobile devices are sure to continue growing. Why bet on just one connectivity stock?

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 13, 2012 9:02AM
Image: Man filling up car with gas while on cell phone (© moodboard/Corbis)This post is one in a series in which over 50 newsletter advisors share their Top Picks for 2012

By Paul McWilliams, Next Inning

Rather than select a single "stock of the year" for 2012, I am selecting a favorite sector and four stocks in it.
 

The world's third-largest PC maker has been planning a new facility in western China for years.

By Zacks.com Jan 12, 2012 5:14PM
The world's No. 3 PC maker, Dell (DELL), plans to start production this year at its new factory in Chengdu, Western China.


Dell's Chinese expansion has taken a while. The plan was initiated in September 2010, but construction didn't start until a year later. Previously, Dell expected the unit to be operational by the end of fiscal 2011, creating 3,000 jobs.

 
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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market punctuated July with a broad-based retreat that sent the S&P 500 lower by 2.0% with all ten sectors ending in the red. The benchmark index posted a monthly decline of 1.5%, while the Russell 2000 (-2.3%) underperformed to end the month lower by 6.1%.

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