Did Alibaba IPO signal a market top?
Did Alibaba IPO signal a market top?

Some investment advisers are entertaining that possibility, especially in light of Monday's triple-digit loss in the Dow.

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Toy companies pay decent dividends and are expected to raise prices this year without hurting sales.

By Kim Peterson Feb 16, 2012 2:34PM
Image: Teddy Bear (© Fancy/Veer/Corbis/Corbis)Toy prices are expected to rise in the next couple years, mostly because the people who make them -- factory workers in China -- are seeing the minimum wage soar 20%.

But toys are a funny thing. Even when prices rise, parents still buy them because they want to keep their children happy. When it comes down to it, parents will sacrifice a purchase for themselves instead of giving up that new toy for their children.

The toy industry is a tough business with very slim margins. 

In the current volatile environment, it may be better to go for dividends than to try riding out the storm.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 16, 2012 2:34PM

By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com


Today's low-interest-rate environment has adviser Chris Kichurchak putting clients into high-yield equity funds. In an interview with MoneyShow's Kate Stalter, he discusses three that he likes and explains why he's seeking mainly yield now instead of capital appreciation.

 

The restaurant chain posted better-than-expected earnings, but foresees headwinds in 2012.

By Zacks.com Feb 16, 2012 2:23PM

Image: Family at diner (© IT Stock Free/SuperStock)By Zacks Equity Research
     

Bob Evans Farms Inc. (BOBE) announced third-quarter 2012 earnings of 69 cents per share on Tuesday after the bell, breezing past the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 60 cents per share and the year-ago quarter earnings of 51 cents.


The better-than-expected results were driven by cost-control initiatives of the company and improving sales trend.

 
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Here's a look at a leader in HIV/AIDS treatments and a pioneering play in molecular diagnosis.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 16, 2012 2:07PM
Image: Insurance Money (© Comstock Images/Jupiterimages)By Mike Cintolo,  Cabot Market Letter

Cepheid (CPHD) has a very large idea -- it's aiming to "democratize" molecular diagnostic testing through its revolutionary GeneXpert system.

Gilead Sciences (GILD) is a big biopharmaceutical company with 14 products on the market, including five medicines for the treatment of HIV/AIDS that accounted for 86% of 2010 revenue.  
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These small caps that focus on specific software niches have been sporting good price appreciation lately.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 16, 2012 1:58PM

Image: Clouds in a blue sky (© Purestock/Getty Images)By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com


Although there was much media fanfare Monday as Apple (AAPL) reached $500, small caps are outpacing their larger cousins' price growth so far in 2012.


The cloud-based business software has been in the spotlight recently, with small caps clearly setting the pace for gains.

 

After Wednesday's drop, the stock rebounds to make a small afternoon gain.

By Kim Peterson Feb 16, 2012 1:41PM
Updated 4:14 p.m. ET

Apple (AAPL) went back to its pattern of climbing ever higher Thursday, comforting investors who had been watching for a repeat of Wednesday's drop.

After a morning of fingernail biting, Apple shares moved into positive territory in the afternoon and closed at $502.21 -- nearly 1% above Wednesday's $497.67 close.

The day was not an easy one for some investors. "AAPL is giving me an ULCR," one wrote on Twitter.  
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Ralph Lauren is upgraded to 'buy,' while Deere is downgraded to 'market perform.'

By MSN Money Partner Feb 16, 2012 12:34PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Expeditors (EXPD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
  • Polo Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
  • General Mills (GIS) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
 

The Tiffany network needs to account for its aging viewers and the overall changes in people's media habits.

By Jonathan Berr Feb 16, 2012 11:49AM

image100/CorbisCBS' (CBS) advertising revenue declined in the fourth quarter and in 2011 despite the network's being home to some of the best and most popular shows on television, including "Big Bang Theory," "Two Broke Girls" and "Person of Interest." How sad is that?

The Tiffany network cited the usual suspects, including lower political advertising sales and lost revenue from the NBA lockout. Advertising revenue fell to $2.51 billion from $2.62 billion in the fourth quarter and to $9 billion from $9.15 billion last year. Fourth-quarter revenue figures missed Wall Street estimates. Net income, however, rose 31% as rising license revenue and cost cutting offset the slowdown in advertising.


CBS needs to address the fact that the network TV audience is shrinking and getting older.

 

The momentum hounds who bought the stock on its 9-day climb were scared by its last-minute tumble Wednesday, but they need to realize it can rise again soon.

By Jim Cramer Feb 16, 2012 11:26AM

We all saw it, the hideous, horrible reversal in Apple (AAPL) stock Wednesday and the plummet into the close. It transfixed us. Reversed hard. An intraday reversal. The kind of reversal that any rookie chartist would tell you is the beginning of a rollover. The kind of reversal that, immediately, signaled to everyone I know that the run in Apple -- and the stock market, for that matter -- is over. No questions asked. Done. Finished.

 

Now because of that rollover there are people, for the first time in nine days, who are down on the stock. They have losses. They chased. They top-ticked for the moment, and now they are furious and they are scared and they are looking over their shoulders and of course they are blaming me. 

 

Any business would kill for this problem: a savings account so flush it's making investors antsy.

By TheWeek.com Feb 16, 2012 11:20AM
Corbis/CorbisApple (AAPL) is sitting on top of the corporate world -- and on a $97.6 billion in cash. As CEO, the late Steve Jobs was a stickler for hoarding the company's reserves for rough patches, but it's looking like the tech giant will finally part with some of that money.

New CEO Tim Cook hinted as much Tuesday in his address to the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. "I'd be the first to admit, we have more cash than we need to run the businesss," said the famously frugal Cook. But Apple will continue to spend its money judiciously, he added. "We are not going to run out and have a toga party."  

The global economy looks shaky, but these dividends are sturdy.

By InvestorPlace Feb 16, 2012 10:47AM
By Charles Sizemore


In case you hadn't noticed, it's rough out there. Europe still is quite the mess. China, while still growing, is looking a little suspect these days, and growth in much of the rest of the developing world -- particularly in commodity-exporting countries like Brazil -- depends on Chinese growth that might not materialize if present trends continue.


If you're depending purely on growth to meet your investment goals, you might end up being sorely disappointed. Prudent investors instead should turn to something a little more reliable: income.

 

To overcome patent expirations, Bristol-Myers Squibb is pursing acquisitions.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 16, 2012 10:43AM
By Elliott Gue, Personal Finance

To overcome patent expirations, the drug firm is actively pursing acquisitions to strengthen its drug pipeline.

Last month, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) announced that it will buy biotech company Inhibitex for $2.5 billion. The deal will give the pharmaceutical giant a beachhead in the rapidly growing market for hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatments, once regulatory and shareholder approvals are received later this year. 
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But the automaker misses forecasts because of global troubles, and the record earnings may not thrill the still-struggling people of a nation that bailed the company out.

By InvestorPlace Feb 16, 2012 10:29AM

By Jeff Reeves


General Motors (GM) earned its highest profit ever last year, a staggering $7.6 billion on revenue of more than $105 billion.


Yay for GM, right? Well, not really.


Unfortunately, Wall Street was already expecting dramatic profits -- and the automaker actually fell short. What's more, sales overseas were very ugly, including at European and South American operations that were in the red. And let's not forget the outrage some taxpayers are feeling after a money-losing bailout of the Detroit automaker that has helped it rake in record profits.


It all adds up to a very sticky situation for this "successful" automaker in 2012.

 

A trade deal with China offers another reason for investors to take a good look at Canadian equities.

By The Fiscal Times Feb 16, 2012 10:18AM
By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper didn't just have close encounters with panda bears during his recent official trip to China. He spent a lot of time cozying up to top officials and businessmen and scored a big agreement: Going forward, Canadian companies will be given the same treatment as domestic Chinese enterprises when they do business there.


The agreement comes hard on the heels of tough comments by Harper that ensuring "market security" might mean Canada ramps up its efforts to sell energy products to trading partners other than the U.S. And China is a willing buyer, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told Harper during the trip.

 

The automaker receives $40 million in advance orders just one day after announcing its newest vehicle.

By Kim Peterson Feb 15, 2012 7:57PM
Credit: © Tim Rue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Caption: Tesla Motors Inc.'s Model X vehicle is unveiled at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, CaliforniaTesla Motors (TSLA) has got to be feeling good about the prospects for its new Model X, which won't even begin production until the end of next year.

A day after the company revealed the car, it said it received more than $40 million in advance orders. You only need to put down $5,000 to reserve one -- and that amount is fully refundable -- but it does show legitimate enthusiasm for a car that won't be delivered until 2014.

Tesla hasn't even said how much the sports-utility vehicle will cost. 
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