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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Country club memberships, use of a company plane, a free car and other perks -- all in a day's work at Tyson Foods.

By Kim Peterson Nov 24, 2010 4:25PM
Credit: (© Kate Mathis/Getty Images)
Caption: Thanksgiving turkeyTwo Tyson turkeys are in the news this week -- and they aren't the kind of fowl you'll be eating tomorrow.

No, we're talking about Don Tyson, the former chief executive of Tyson Foods (TSN), and his son John. Don Tyson, you'll recall, was busted five years ago for taking $3 million in company perks for himself, his family and other friends.

He used $20,000 in company funds to buy oriental rugs, $18,000 for antiques and $15,000 for a London vacation. He made personal use of company-owned homes, as well as a boat, in Cabo San Lucas and the English countryside. He used $425,000 worth of time on the company jet. 

The company beats estimates in its fourth quarter, but projections for next year are disappointing.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 24, 2010 2:36PM
Jim JubakValuing a cyclical stock such as Deere (DE) -- which reported fiscal-fourth-quarter earnings today -- is always difficult. 

You have to figure out where the company is in the revenue cycle from peak to trough and back again. And you have to figure out how long the cycle will last.

In Deere's case, the Wall Street projection is that the company is about to hit the top of the cycle.
 

Consumers are ready to come back in a big way, and these shares are positioned to rise with holiday spending.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 24, 2010 1:39PM

more stock picks from thestreetSanta © Tetra Images/JupiterimagesBy James Dlugosch, Stockpickr

 

The weather outside may be frightful, but the stock gains on Wall Street are delightful. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

 

For all the bad-news bears out there, stop reading now. This article is not for you. Instead, let us celebrate the spirit of the holidays with stocks to buy in advance of what I believe will be a truly spectacular Santa Claus rally.

 

All signs indicate that 2011 will be a turning point, even if the industry isn't quite ready for it.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 24, 2010 1:05PM

Natural gas © Ron Chapple/JupiterimagesBy Daniel Dicker, TheStreet

 

2011 is going to be the year for natural gas. Stories keep crossing the wires, subtly pointing to the inevitable fact that natural gas is our guaranteed energy future, whether or not the industry or even Washington is ready for it.

 

The only thing left for a savvy investor to do is to get on board this train before it leaves the station and builds up too much speed.

 

Another avalanche of reports appeared this week, all pointing to the same theme: Natural gas is ready to explode. Check out these recent stories:

 

Corporate social responsibility is in this company's DNA.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 24, 2010 11:57AM

Green investing © Bob Jacobson/CorbisOn this Thanksgiving eve, we'll visit the world of socially responsible investing. Alyce Lomax shows us what it's all about by recommending a company she believes can do well, while also doing some good in the world.


Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor 


My real-money portfolio is all about social responsibility, so it's fitting that my inaugural buy recommendation should have corporate social responsibility at its heart for quite some time. This month's pick is Timberland (TBL).

 

As news of a buyout propelled JCG shares 16% higher Tuesday, investors were already looking for other potential takeover targets.

By Jim Cramer Nov 24, 2010 9:40AM

jim cramer of thestreet.comWith the J. Crew (JCG) deal opening people's eyes to the fact that Gymboree (GYMB) was not a one-off and that many retailers are selling at ridiculous prices to their long-term growth rates, the frenzy is on to find the next one to go.

 

Staples (SPLS), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Big Lots (BIG), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), J.C. Penney (JCP), Radio Shack (RSH), Gap Stores (GPS) and Macy's (M) are all rallying on hopes that they can be next.

 

I love a good sympathy rally, but let's take a look at some of these. Urban Outfitters fits the pattern of J. Crew in that it is undervalued, selling at a multiple that's relatively equal to its growth rate. It has been an aggressive buyer of its own stock, and it has terrific international expansion plans as well as several divisions, including Anthropologie and Free People, besides its flagship, so it's got a lot of opportunities.

 

One of Apple's first computers is sold in London.

By Kim Peterson Nov 23, 2010 4:17PM

Credit: © Christie's, Ho/AP
Caption: the first Apple computer, and the first personal computer with a fully assembled motherboard, at a London auction on Nov. 23One of the first computers from Apple (AAPL) was auctioned today at Christie's for $210,000. An Italian businessman and private collector made the winning bid.

This computer, the Apple I, carries some serious history. It debuted in 1976, and was the only personal computer to ship ready to use with a fully assembled motherboard, The Associated Press reports.

It sold for $666.66, and was discontinued a year later. Only 200 such models were made, the AP reports. Buying a computer for $667 and selling it for $210,000 more than three decades later? Not a bad investment, even when taking inflation into account.

 

Single Shares will be more accessible now

By InvestorPlace Nov 23, 2010 3:43PM
By ETFGuide.com

Exchange traded funds and mutual funds often possess fees and investment minimums, and it is important to be familiar with these figures.

The Vanguard Group has reduced the investment minimums for its share class called the “Signal Shares.” The previous requirement was $1 million to $5 million in assets depending on the client and account type.


The changes will make Signal Shares more accessible to financial intermediaries, advisors, and select institutional clients, including investment-only defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, endowments, and foundations.

 

Even amid a global pricing battle, Yingli Green Energy keeps its margins strong.

By Jim J. Jubak Nov 23, 2010 2:17PM
Jim JubakWhile the United States has dithered over how, when and whether to invest in the energy industries of the future, solar cells and panels have become a commodity business. And that gives a huge edge to China's solar manufacturers, with their significantly lower labor costs.

Morningstar estimates that it costs 20% to 30% less to produce a solar panel with traditional solar panel technology in China than in Europe. (Notice, please, the word "traditional." Thin-film solar technologies are an entirely different ballgame.) 

That has led to a global price war at a time of an uncertain demand for solar panels as companies try to grab or maintain market share.
 

This video game leader is heating up.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Nov 23, 2010 12:29PM

Video game © CorbisToday we kick off a new Motley Fool feature on Top Stocks that's geared to what every investor is really looking for: stock recommendations! We'll be highlighting actual recommendations -- backed by solid reasoning and analysis -- from the Fool's top investing minds. Today we start with some fun and games, as Stock Advisor analyst Jason Moser shows us how we can make money off the world's obsession with gaming.

 

Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor

 

I admit I'm not totally up to speed with today's video games. For me, it pretty much starts with Galaga and ends with Donkey Kong (and Ms. Pac-Man fits in there somewhere). Don't get me wrong, I enjoy playing video games. I even have a PlayStation 2 at home. Granted, I haven't put many miles on it since my stint in the coldest regions of Kazakhstan, but I still have it.

 

A survey shows the new smart phone is helping RIM finally compete with the iPhone on customer satisfaction.

By InvestorPlace Nov 23, 2010 9:35AM

Kim here you go:
Credit: © 2010 Research In Motion LimitedBy Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com

 

The much-anticipated BlackBerry Torch 9800 from Canada smart-phone company Research In Motion (RIMM) made a big splash when it debuted in August. Now that consumers have had a chance to play with their new RIM smart phones, has the Torch rekindled their love for BlackBerry gadgets or left them cold?

 

According to a November smart-phone survey by ChangeWave Research, the BlackBerry Torch was well received and could spark a resurgence in much-maligned Research In Motion.

 

Leading names like Boeing and Caterpillar are bargains if they can deliver on their 2011 forecasts.

By Jim Cramer Nov 23, 2010 9:33AM

jim cramerIs the market expensive? No. Are there cheap stocks? If you don't think that JPMorgan (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS) and US Bancorp (USB) are cheap, you are nuts.

 

The whole industrial complex that is Boeing (BA) (presuming Dreamliner in 2012), Caterpillar (CAT), Eaton (ETN), United Technologies (UTX) and Emerson Electric (EMR) isn't expensive if the companies deliver on their 2011 forecasts. And I think they will do far more than that.

 

The coals and the oils are dirt cheap. The retailers were cheap going into last week, but they have made a move and can be considered fairly valued. Tech? I think the analysts aren't factoring in anything that Tech Data (TECD) said Monday. It is at historically low multiples. Drugs? I can't believe you can buy an Abbott Laboratories (ABT) at such a huge discount to its growth rate.

 

Despite the Irish bailout announcement, the eurozone's woes are set to continue.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 22, 2010 4:43PM

Over the weekend, Irish politicians succumbed to the inevitable. In the face of dwindling investor confidence, they agreed to negotiate a bailout package with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Estimates put the total figure around $136 billion, of which Germany and the United Kingdom will be the largest contributors.

 

The initial reaction was positive. The euro rallied. European stocks moved higher. But then the truth became clear: The rescue, which follows on the heels of the $150 billion rescue of Greece earlier this year, won't be enough. And that's because Europe's deeply indebted and uncompetitive economies like Ireland and Greece are faced with an impossible task.

 

The nation is under intense pressure to raise its corporate tax rate, and US companies are worried.

By Kim Peterson Nov 22, 2010 2:21PM
Europe © Corbis U.S. companies are keeping an anxious eye on Ireland's financial crisis. Why? Because a tax policy change there could cost big money.

Companies have long made Ireland a home away from home, funneling revenue and profits through the country because of its tax structure. Ireland's 12.5% corporate tax rate is the lowest in the eurozone.

The question now is whether Ireland can afford to keep that tax rate so low. With the country accepting a bailout package of more than $100 million, its credit rating, at Aa2, faces a "multi-notch downgrade," Moody's Investors Service said

The shortened Thanksgiving week is usually positive for the markets, history says.

By Kim Peterson Nov 22, 2010 1:15PM
Credit: (© Kate Mathis/Getty Images)
Caption: Thanksgiving turkeyThe markets are usually happy during Thanksgiving week, and this year shouldn't be any different.

That's the opinion of the Trading the Odds site, which crunched the numbers to see how this week has performed in the past. The key thing to note is that on Friday, Nov. 19, the S&P 500 was positive in all of these categories:
  • The past week
  • The month to date
  • The quarter to date
  • Semiannual to date
  • Year to date
 

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