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As the market wades through what many people hope is a sixth bull year, some have grown nervous about how long the run can go.


Sooner or later, Sanofi-Aventis will buy Genzyme, health care investors predict.

By TheStreet Staff Sep 1, 2010 11:30AM

TheStreetBy Adam Feuerstein, TheStreet


If it were up to the hedge funds, the acquisition of Genzyme (GENZ) by Sanofi-Aventis (SNY) would already be well on its way toward completion at a price in the range of $74 to $77 a share.


That's the headline from a survey of 129 health care investors taken Monday and released Tuesday by ISI Group biotech analyst Mark Schoenebaum.


Eighty percent of respondents to Schoenebaum's survey believe Sanofi will acquire Genzyme before the end of the year. The average minimum price: $74 a share. The average maximum price: $77 a share.


It's like a hapless ballclub that can't do anything right. And the stands are emptying out by the inning.

By Jim Cramer Sep 1, 2010 9:02AM

jim cramerBy Jim Cramer, TheStreet


Maybe the best analogy for this market is that it's a losing team. It's the Washington Nationals, way behind, with no chance of ever catching up, stuck in a bad season in which even the bright light -- Stephen Strasburg -- gets hurt and is knocked out for the year.


As a former sports writer, I know what it is like to write about losing teams. Every play is second-guessed. Every win is considered an insane gift that makes no sense. Every loss is a given, a natural. You don't expect to win, and you lose in a million different ways.


The press coverage for this team that is our stock market? Uniformly horrible. The excuses the team gives? Hapless.


Shares of Komatsu have been hammered, but keep an eye on it if the yen comes down.

By Jim J. Jubak Aug 31, 2010 4:36PM

Jim JubakOddly enough, on a day when investors are again feeling nervous about growth, machinery stocks are showing relative strength. 

Among the standouts Tuesday: Caterpillar (CAT)Joy Global (JOYG)Bucyrus (BUCY), and Deere (DE).

This group went through a day much like this not so long ago. On Aug. 12, the same stocks were up -- except for Caterpillar, which was down slightly, even though it was the catalyst for the sector's strong showing that day.


Apple is holding its fall event Wednesday, and devotees are buzzing with anticipation.

By Kim Peterson Aug 31, 2010 2:58PM

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Caption: Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds the new iPhone 4Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen. Apple's (AAPL) annual fall event is Wednesday, and the Web is buzzing with predictions about what will be announced.

As usual, Apple has kept details about the affair top secret. And as usual, Apple shares are starting to climb higher as speculation mounts.

The iPod line is a focus of the chatter, as many expect to see a refresh of the device that turned Apple from a runner-up into a rock star. Could we also see a new iPad or an improved Apple TV? Here's a roundup of the Apple rumors flying around:


Analysis: The president needs to curb spending, taxes and regulatory oversight to spur a pickup in hiring.

By TheStreet Staff Aug 31, 2010 2:08PM

politics, business, and investment news from the streetBy Peter Morici, TheStreet


With thousands of young college graduates moving in with parents and returning Iraq War veterans facing long-term unemployment, President Barack Obama is scrambling for cover.


Irresponsible spending, largess for big banks and subsidies for a broken health care system have busted the budget and failed to create jobs.


Economists expect the Labor Department to report on Friday that the economy lost 80,000 jobs in August after shedding 131,000 jobs in July.


Fed action, election outcomes and tax cuts could lead to a late-year market run.

By TheStreet Staff Aug 31, 2010 1:37PM

TheStreetWashington, D.C. © Bilderbuch/Design Pics/CorbisBy Jeff Kleintop, TheStreet


The stock market posted solid gains Friday but still closed lower for the third week in a row. Economic data have been generally disappointing, especially in housing.


This week brings the most important data of the month, including the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) gauge of conditions in the manufacturing sector and the employment report.


A late-year story rally could fulfill our long-held outlook for modest single-digit gains for the S&P 500 Index ($INX) this year. However, over the next month or two, the risk of further declines is significant.


The Thai economy is leading the recovery and looks like it may stay that way.

By Jim Van Meerten Aug 31, 2010 11:39AM
I'm adding the Thai Fund (TTF) my Wall Street Survivor portfolio. The Thia economy continues to be spicy and while the rest of the world seems locked in recession they are managing to grow their GDP by a rate of almost 12%. The Thia Fund is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company whose primary objective is long term capital appreciation through investments in equity securities of companies organized in Thailand. At the present time most of their investments are in financial services, energy producers, consumer and business services and industrial infrastructure.

This seems to be an investment in the right country and the right industries at the right time to take full advantage of the world recovery.
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Priority Inbox adds an extra filter for important messages.

By InvestorPlace Aug 31, 2010 10:40AM

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First Gmail sorted out the spam. Now it will make sure that important contract doesn’t get lost amid chain letters from college pals or trash talk over your fantasy football team.


This week, Google (GOOG) will begin offering a new feature the company calls Priority Inbox. It will automatically predict which incoming messages are more likely to be read and therefore are more important to you.


Some people are worried that Gmail is getting a bit too nosy, but other time-strapped e-mail readers could embrace the technology as a better way to check mail. Here are the big features and possible drawbacks.


Merger-and-acquisition chatter is swirling around the technology sector, and these companies are in the spotlight.

By TheStreet Staff Aug 31, 2010 10:40AM

By James Rogers, TheStreet


From Intel's (INTC) $7.7 billion deal for McAfee (MFE) to Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Dell's (DELL) ongoing bidding war for 3Par (PAR), tech M&A is back with a vengeance. So who's going to be next?


Networking, security and storage are three of the hottest areas today, according to experts, with Riverbed (RVBD), ArcSight (ARST) and CommVault (CVLT) all in the spotlight.


After a tough 2009, companies like IBM (IBM), HP, Dell and Intel now see a window of M&A opportunity, particularly given renewed uncertainty about the broader economy.


Instead of waging bidding wars and offering buybacks, top-tier technology companies should do something better with their cash -- like raise their dividends.

By Jim Cramer Aug 31, 2010 8:53AM

jim cramerBy Jim Cramer, TheStreet


Don't these tech companies today make you feel like a chump?


How many times did former CEO Mark Hurd tell you that Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) had the soup-to-nuts offerings necessary to own the whole information technology chain? I know Dell (DELL) said it, too, but I never believed that company, hence my initial reaction to the 3Par (PAR) bid. Now the whole shebang shows the farcical nature of the assurances we have received about HP and Dell and their "multiyear" growth rates.


I am not reassured, by the way, by the $10 billion repurchase that HP announced. We all know now that share buybacks have largely been failures -- particularly in tech -- when it comes to keeping stock prices higher. Only dividends have worked.


And both HP and Dell, in my opinion, work lower, not higher, in large part because of this ridiculous, embarrassing bidding war. Can't they do something better with their cash?


HSBC has the green light to make an offer for South Africa's fourth-largest bank.

By Jim J. Jubak Aug 30, 2010 4:33PM

Jim JubakIt's by no means a done deal -- nothing is in South Africa these days -- but Nedbank, the South African bank majority owned by insurer Old Mutual (ODMTY), is HSBC's (HBC) deal to lose. 

HSBC beat out rival Standard Chartered (SCBFF) for the right to hammer out a formal offer to acquire South Africa's fourth-largest bank over the next two months. I think HSBC will pull it off. 

Old Mutual owns 51% of Nedbank and the insurer is a motivated seller because the company is selling assets to pay down debt. HSBC won't be able to gain 100% of Nedbank's outstanding shares because South African law reserves a percentage of shares for black investors, but the company should be able to gain the 70% of shares that it has said will let it achieve its strategic goals.

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The executive is on track to receive nearly $60 million in pay this year

By Kim Peterson Aug 30, 2010 4:17PM
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Caption: Netflix DVDNetflix (NFLX) shares have tripled over the past year to nearly $125 -- and chief executive Reed Hastings is reaping the rewards.

Hastings has sold 5,000 or 10,000 shares of company stock every week for seven years, the New York Post reports. With shares on fire this year, Hastings has received $31 million from the sales so far.

If shares can sustain their momentum, Hastings may get close to $60 million for all of 2010, writes Claire Atkinson. That's more than the $43 million received in 2009 by Leslie Moonves, the CEO of CBS(CBS)

As the bidding war rages on for the cloud-computing stock, these 2 picks could become the next acquisition targets.

By InvestorPlace Aug 30, 2010 2:20PM

By Bryan Perry, editor of Cash Machine


OK! I get it. Just when the American consumer is about to throw in the proverbal towel on the economic recovery, Dell Inc. (DELL) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) erupt into a classic black-heart-of-capitalism, knock down, drag out, donnybrook of a bidding war over data warehousing upstart 3PAR (PAR), a Silicon Valley-based company that is an early entrant in the much-ballyhooed cloud computing, virtualization, optimization revolution. Damn the consumer, business is business!


The main driver behind the bidding war comes down to the reality check of dealing with the onslaught of downloading complex digital/video content and new smartphone technology that clogs onsite data storage banks, drastically slowing data retrieval because of cyber bottlenecks. Cloud computing alleviates network overload and facilitates high-speed retrieval of bandwidth-hogging data banks. 

But after the 3PAR dust settles, the real question is: Who's next in tech?


Yes, I'm talking about gold, starting with an established Canadian producer.

By Jim Van Meerten Aug 30, 2010 1:06PM
It's time to add a little bling to the portfolio. I'm adding Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM) to my Wall Street Survivor portfolio.

It is an established Canadian gold producer with operations principally in northwestern Quebec and exploration and development activities in Quebec, Ontario and Nevada. In addition, it owns producing properties in Finland and Mexico and is focused on the expansion and large-scale exploration program of its LaRonde Mine, which is expected to result in increased gold production and expanded gold reserves.

Gold is both a trading commodity and a major production component for the jewelry and electronics industries. As the economy recovers, the demand for jewelry will increase. Right now, the Europeans, Chinese and Russians are investing heavily in gold coins and bullion. Good producers like this can always make a profit.
Tags: gold

Rumors of a potential acquisition surface as Skype readies for an initial public offering.

By Kim Peterson Aug 30, 2010 1:02PM
Telephone © CorbisThis one's still in the rumor column, but some news sites are reporting that Cisco (CSCO) has swooped in with an offer to buy Skype just as Skype heads toward an initial public offering.

The TechCrunch site says that it heard about the offer from "reliable sources" and that the acquisition would have to be huge, since Skype insiders are hoping for a cool $5 billion valuation from the IPO. Another news site, VentureBeat, says it was also able to get confirmation of the offer from sources.

Cisco shares are down slightly in midday trading. Guess investors aren't that impressed with the rumor. 


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