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Utilities are the evergreens of the stock market. Even in the harshest conditions, they can thrive.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 13, 2012 11:20AM
Image: Power lines (© Digital Vision)By Ian Wyatt, Daily Profit

Utilities stocks serve virtually the same purpose for investors that the utility companies themselves serve for their customers: They provide a reliable, necessary service that doesn't change much from year to year.

While they may not have the same growth potential that fast-rising tech stocks can sometimes offer, utilities have the high yields and low betas that defensive investors crave.  

Its Cantina Bell menu is a page out of Chipotle's playbook.

By InvestorPlace Mar 13, 2012 10:58AM

By Jeff Reeves

 

Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is on the menu of many momentum stock investors these days. The booming burrito joint continues to post big improvements in profit and revenue -- and, most importantly, in CMG stock valuations. Chipotle stock is up almost 60% in the past 12 months, putting it up against a new 52-week high.

 

But a new offering from rival fast-food chain Taco Bell and its parent Yum Brands (YUM) could give Chipotle a run for its money.

 

The only real winners will be the lawyers.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 13, 2012 10:14AM

When the going gets tough, the not-so-tough file patent lawsuits. Yahoo (YHOO) is a case in point.

The Internet media company on Monday sued Facebook, alleging that the pioneering social media company had infringed on 10 patents that center around advertising and fraud protection as well as customizing a user's experience. Facebook denies any wrongdoing. Now it's in the hands of lawyers, and that's a problem.

 

In this video roundtable, experts weigh in on what to expect from the upcoming Fed meeting on jobs.

By Zacks.com Mar 13, 2012 10:04AM

Zacks experts weigh in on what to expect from the upcoming Federal Reserve meeting on jobs.


Plus, the experts explain their stock picks in the technology, software and restaurants industries. Stocks covered include Chipotle (CMG), Constant Contact (CTCT) and Acacia Research (ACTG).

 
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The DOJ is investigating possible antitrust violations.

By Trefis Mar 13, 2012 9:20AM
Apple (AAPL) and five large book publishers could be slapped with a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly colluding to keep the prices of e-books high, according to a report last Friday.

The book publishers in question are five of the largest in the U.S., including Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book, Penguin, Macmillan and HarperCollins. The DOJ alleges that the publishers teamed up with Apple to take on Amazon (AMZN), which was starting to exert a huge control on the publishing industry with its highly discounted e-book editions. 
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They aren't bad. It's the Fed's indecisiveness that's the real cause for concern.

By Jim Cramer Mar 13, 2012 8:44AM

The word is out: The stress tests will be bad the banks. I couldn't disagree more. I think the Federal Reserve is more than willing to accept that most banks have done the right thing and raised enough cash and can begin to pay out more money to shareholders.

 

I think what the Fed is torn about isn't the balance sheets of the banks. It's that they want more of the cash to be lent than what's returned to shareholders. The Fed sees how hard it is to get a mortgage, how little construction loan money is available and how high reserves are for all but the very worst banks, and it just doesn't know what to do.

 

The Internet search company sues Facebook, alleging patent infringement. The clothing retailer reports weaker-than-expected quarterly results.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 13, 2012 8:04AM

TheStreetBy Andrea Tse

 

Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET

 

Yahoo (YHOO) filed a lawsuit against its partner Facebook, accusing the social network of patent infringement. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Jose, details patents related to messaging, social networking, privacy, customization and advertising. "Yahoo has invested substantial resources in research and development through the years, which has resulted in numerous patented inventions of technology that other companies have licensed," said a Yahoo spokesman. Facebook expressed surprise at Yahoo's legal action. "We will defend ourselves vigorously against these puzzling actions," a Facebook spokesman said.

 

Urban Outfitters (URBN) reported fourth-quarter earnings of 27 cents a share on revenue of $731 million. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, on average, were expecting the company to have earned 29 cents on revenue of $741.35 million. 

 

Will the popular retailer be able to overcome this divide?

By Benzinga Mar 12, 2012 6:10PM

Image: Money (© Russell Illig/Photodisc/Getty Images)By Brett Callwood, Benzinga Staff Writer


The alliance of luxury-goods producer Tiffany (TIF) and Swiss watchmaker Swatch looked, on the surface, like a match made in heaven. But the play-by-play reads like that of a failed marriage between a billionaire and a wealthy socialite.


Swatch needed a bit of a freshen up, and Tiffany's was happy to help in 2007. But scratching under the surface showed more than a little trouble in paradise. The main aim of the alliance was to develop, produce and globally distribute Tiffany brand watches. Swatch, of course, has plenty of experience in that area. Sadly, the wheels soon fell off the bus.

 

Investors looking for a way to play the new iPad should look beyond Apple to the two broadband service providers supporting iPad functionality.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 12, 2012 4:46PM
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Caption: Apple Unveils Updated iPadBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

Another season, another Apple product debut.The Fiscal Times

This spring's new Apple gizmo -- almost certain to generate still more cash for a company already sitting on nearly $100 billion -- is the next version of the iPad. The device will start shipping Friday, and Apple (AAPL) devotees will doubtless begin lining up at stores and camping out on sidewalks to be among the first to get their mitts on the new tablet. 

The average listener is spending more time with Pandora, and that bodes well for advertising-revenue growth.

By Trefis Mar 12, 2012 4:18PM

Image: Driving home (© gehringj/Vetta/Getty Images)Pandora Media's (P) stock price tumbled 25% last week when the company announced disappointing earnings and a less-than-rosy outlook.


But let's shift our focus away from the miss to the actual fundamentals driving the business. Revenue and subscriber growth have been stellar, but costs -- especially content costs -- are growing at a higher rate.

Below, we take a quick look at what the growth metrics tell us. 
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Gas-station operators might be persuaded to install this natural-gas option from Chesapeake and GE.

By Trefis Mar 12, 2012 4:03PM
Image: Man filling up car with gas while on cell phone (© moodboard/Corbis)As gasoline prices continue to rise, more companies are looking at natural gas as a transportation fuel.

Chesapeake
Energy (CHK) and General Electric (GE) have partnered to bring natural-gas fueling to gas stations and convenience stores. This collaboration will combine GE's technology know-how with Chesapeake's expertise in developing fueling solutions.

Chesapeake Energy operates in the natural gas and oil production domain and also owns midstream and other oilfield assets in compression, drilling, trucking and pressure pumping. 

Looking at related industries pulls up names that are almost as attractive.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 12, 2012 3:51PM

Image: Dollar sign on keyboard (© Corbis)Tech fund manager Ian Warmerdam says there are plenty of areas within the broader sector that have delivered gains. In Monday's interview with MoneyShow.com, he shares a few more techs with valuations at attractive levels, despite recent rallies.


Kate Stalter: Today's guest is Ian Warmerdam. He is the director of technology investments and a portfolio manager at the Henderson Global Technology Fund (HFGAX). Ian, most people associate tech with growth, of course. Is that, indeed, among your fund's objectives?

 

The Federal Reserve may give some banks the green light to increase shareholder payouts.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 12, 2012 3:40PM
Image: Piggy bank (© Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Jupiterimages)The U.S. Federal Reserve will make big headlines this week -- just not at Tuesday's meeting of its Open Market Committee. The Fed body that sets short-term interest rates is expected to leave rates just where they are at 0% to 0.25% and put a damper on whatever hopes for a third round of quantitative easing the financial market may still have.

In other words, business as usual Tuesday.

Thursday is a very different matter.
 

CEO Iger wants the company to learn from the box-office mistake. But is this one mistake too many?

By InvestorPlace Mar 12, 2012 3:20PM
Image: Hollywood (© Comstock/SuperStock)By Jonathan Berr

Walt Disney (DIS) CEO Bob Iger is trying to transform its huge box-office bomb "John Carter"into a teachable moment where nobody will lose their jobs. What a pity.


There's plenty of blame to go around for this turkey of a sci-fi mega-flick, as The New York Times notes. First, the script -- based on a forgotten story by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs -- was a mess.

 

Will the company drop the Queen of Southern Cuisine because of new allegations of offensive remarks?

By Melly Alazraki Mar 12, 2012 2:53PM

Credit: © Paul Zimmerman/WireImage/Getty Images)
Caption: Paula DeenNovo Nordisk (NVO) is having Paula Deen trouble again. And this time it may not be as easy to explain away.

 

The company suffered a backlash less than two months ago for hiring the Southern belle as the public face of its new online program, Diabetes in a New Light. And just when the controversy was calming down, Deen and her brother were accused last week of racial and sexual harassment and abusive treatment by a former employee, Lisa Jackson.

 

Deen and her lawyers adamantly deny the charges, saying Jackson has pledged to ruin Deen's reputation if not paid a large sum of money.

 

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