8 reasons the market isn't worse
8 reasons the market isn't worse

Stocks should be crushed by global turmoil, Jim Cramer says. Instead, they're doing fine.

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The stock plunges despite the company's high subscriber growth, indicating the market believes the future is highly uncertain.

By Trefis Jan 9, 2012 7:09PM
Image: Teens with MP3 player (© RubberBall/SuperStock)Pandora (P) is the leader in Internet radio and offers a personalized music experience based on each listener's preferences and feedback.

The company went public in June, and since then its stock has seen several ups and downs. While Pandora continued its rapid user growth over the course of the year, competition has intensified. Apart from being available online, Pandora has also launched apps for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry and other smartphones operating on Google's (GOOG) Android platform. 

Bristol joins Gilead, Merck, Vertex, Roche and others in a race to treat hepatitis c.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 9, 2012 5:12PM

Minyanville on MSN MoneyBy Brett Chase

 

The big drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) is shaking up the race toward a new hepatitis C treatment, entering a field that's already crowded with several top players. In a weekend announcement, Bristol-Myers said it will pay $2.5 billion to take over Inhibitex (INHX), a development stage drug company.

 

The $26 a share cash offer represents a 163% premium over Inhibitex's closing stock price on Friday. 

 
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The iconic Budweiser brand continues a long slide out of favor with American drinkers, falling to third place.

By Kim Peterson Jan 9, 2012 4:57PM
Image: Beer (© Corbis)Coors Light has officially booted Budweiser to become the No. 2 beer in America.

If Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) isn't panicking yet, it should be. This is the first time in nearly two decades that Anheuser-Busch hasn't controlled the top two beers in the country. The King of Beers is on its way to becoming court jester.

Budweiser has seen sales drop for years, and ran into serious trouble in 2009 and 2010. 
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Investors are optimistic so far this year despite broad concerns about the economy and fourth-quarter earnings results.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 9, 2012 4:25PM
Image: Bull (© Photographers Choice RF/SuperStock)Have we been here before?

It feels like those days in 2011 when the U.S. stock markets were the best performers in the world. But this isn't just a replay of 2011. There are significant differences.

In 2011, U.S. stock markets beat all the other major markets in the world.

The overall absolute performance for 2011 wasn’t all that great: The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index ($INX) climbed just 1.2%.
 

Here's what to expect from the likes of Dell and Hewlett-Packard at the annual Consumer Technology Show.

By Kim Peterson Jan 9, 2012 3:31PM
Image: Watching television (© image100/Corbis)Throngs of technology enthusiasts are gathering in Las Vegas this week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, a blaring whirlwind of gadgets and doodads.

CES, as it is called, generally sets the agenda for the technologies and trends that will be hot this year. The show may be losing some of its importance, however. Apple (AAPL) doesn't attend, and Microsoft (MSFT) will pull out after this year. (Microsoft owns and publishes Top Stocks, an MSN Money site.)

Even if this year is the last hurrah, it's worthwhile for investors to note what the show is highlighting. Here are the hot topics: 

The medical device company tackles spinal cord injury with multiple technologies.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 9, 2012 3:03PM
Image: Medical doctor (© image100/Corbis)This post is one in a series in which over 50 newsletter advisors share their Top Picks for 2012.

By Tom Bishop, BI Research

The financial impact of spinal cord injury (SCI) is staggering, estimated at between $244,000 and $829,000 in the first year alone. Over a lifetime the costs could add up to $1 to $4 million.  
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The irony surrounding the Atlanta skyscraper is pretty tall, even if the company doesn't own it.

By InvestorPlace Jan 9, 2012 2:55PM
Atlanta’s Bank of America Plaza is one of the 10 tallest structures in the U.S. And thanks to troubles at its namesake Bank of America Corp. (BAC) and other tenants, the skyscraper could be one of the tallest foreclosure tales of the financial crisis.

News came out recently that the company that owns the office building is struggling to meet its debt service as offices remain empty and the real estate crash continues to take a toll. 

With stricter environmental regulations in the U.S. and signs of a slowdown in China, coal's importance to freight carriers will likely decline.

By Trefis Jan 9, 2012 2:47PM
 Image: Coal miners (© Digital Vision/SuperStock)For years coal has been the commodity most transported by railroads, accounting for more than 40% of total carloads originating in the U.S. in the third quarter of this year.

While coal production and demand are likely to grow over the next few years, driving traffic volume for freight carriers such as CSX Corporation (CSX) and Union Pacific (UNP), there may be a long-term shift away from this reliance.  
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Bullish chart patterns and relative performance analysis make these stocks worth buying on dips.

By MoneyShow.com Jan 9, 2012 2:23PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


As noted on Friday, the daily analysis of the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) shows that it has now started to outperform the S&P 500.


In my weekly Starc band analysis of the Nasdaq 100 stocks, I wanted to concentrate not only on those that were the closest to their weekly Starc+ or Starc- bands, but also on how these stocks had performed against the major averages since October.

 

New models from Ford and GM won't affect investors' views. The market cares only about sales.

By Jim Cramer Jan 9, 2012 1:55PM

Image: Salesman talking to woman in automobile showroom © Adam Gault/OJO Images/Getty ImagesBy Jim Cramer

 

We got news of new cars galore Monday. We heared about midsize cars from the Big Three that could challenge the Japanese, cars with technology that appeals to youths, cars that show off U.S. craftsmanship in a way that makes the Japanese seem, well, equal to -- not better than -- Ford  (F), GM (GM) or Chrysler.

 

If only it mattered to the stocks. First, we don't care about Chrysler unless we are trying to buy one. The idea of buying a European car company because of a strong Chrysler showing is pretty fanciful. Fiat is good. So what?

 

Even after a huge rally in 2011, this stock still has a full tank of gas.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 9, 2012 1:54PM
Image: Natural gas (© Ron Chapple/Jupiterimages)This post is one in a series in which over 50 newsletter advisors share their Top Picks for 2012.

 By Nathan Slaughter, Energy & Income

Golar LNG (GLNG) shareholders will have fond memories of 2011 -- the stock delivered an impressive 196% return for the year. But the rally isn't over yet, because the same tailwinds behind it will continue blowing through at least 2014.  
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These stocks are in the sweet spot for continuing their winning ways into this year and beyond.

By MoneyShow.com Jan 9, 2012 1:38PM

Image: Stock market (© Digital Vision/SuperStock)By Richard Moroney, Upside

Special to MoneyShow.com


Cascade (CASC): The leading maker of material handling equipment in North America, this company is highly leveraged to demand for forklifts. Its primary end markets include pulp and paper, grocery products, textiles, and consumer goods. Cascade has rallied 12% since announcing impressive October quarter results on Dec. 1.


Per-share earnings were $1.74, up from 79 cents and handily above the consensus of $1.20. Results reflect lower interest expense, a favorable tax rate, and improved gross profit margins. Total revenue increased 29% to $138 million and beat the consensus by $5 million. Sales have topped expectations in five of the last six quarters.

 

The payoff for CEO Reed Hastings' international push may take a long time.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 9, 2012 1:24PM
Image: Europe (© Photodisc/SuperStock)Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings, whose blunders in 2011 will be dissected in business schools for generations to come, may be laying the groundwork for another whopper with his expansion into the U.K. and Ireland. The downside risk is huge.

For example, business leaders in the U.K. expect the country's economy to get worse in 2012, according to a poll released Monday.  A recent Goldman Sachs survey forecast that the U.K.'s gross domestic product (GDP) will rise 0.7% this year, down from 0.9% in 2011.  
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The retailer sends mixed signals regarding the future of the e-reader.

By The Fiscal Times Jan 9, 2012 12:57PM
NookBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

What on earth is Barnes & Noble (BKS) doing pondering the spin-off of the division that makes its Nook e-readers and tablets? It’s hard to find a way to "spin" that news into anything resembling an upbeat signal for either Barnes & Noble or its stock.

William Lynch, the bookseller’s CEO, dropped the possibility of a spin-off into a discussion of the company’s prospects last week, even as he revealed that year-end results are likely to fall short of investors’ hopes and analysts’ forecasts. 

Pipelines and processing plants put this MLP in the sweet spot as US gas production ramps up.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 9, 2012 12:17PM
Image: Natural gas plant (© Kevin Burke/Corbis)This post is one in a series in which more than 50 newsletter advisers share their Top Picks for 2012.

By Amy Calistri, The Daily Paycheck

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD), a Houston-based master limited partnership (MLP), operates over 50,000 miles of gas, crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL) and petrochemical pipelines. 
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