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Coca-Cola launched the soda brand in the 1990s to compete with Mountain Dew. Sales didn't exactly take off.


These shares are seeing big buying pressure, so they're very affordable.

By InvestorPlace Sep 10, 2010 11:04AM

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Penny stocks can be tricky for many retail investors, with shares trading for only a few cents always listed on the pink sheets and frequently involving high fees and high risk.

But the next-best thing is to go for low-priced investments that barely qualify for the major exchanges, skirting the $1 share price limit.

Right now, a number of decent small-cap financial companies are right on the line with shares at around a buck apiece. To help you get into these picks before they take off, here's my list of three cheap financial investments to buy now:


When I look at the funding sources for muni debt I get worried

By Jim Van Meerten Sep 10, 2010 10:21AM
Those of you who follow my blogs know that I am not an advocate of those that try to predict the future and where the market is headed. I let the numbers tell me what to do. I've got a little butterfly in my stomach and I want your opinions.

Let's use some common sense. You normally buy bonds for capital appreciation when yields are coming down because bond prices then go up. The other factor in the equation is: " Can the underlying debtor pay interest and principal payments when due".

Bond prices and in particular bond funds and ETFs have been enjoying price appreciation that have made them very attractive additions to your portfolios. I've been buying them too because the numbers have been positive.

Here are my concerns:

There's a perception that semiconductor shares do well only during a huge expansion. So despite some good quarters, it's time to sell.

By Jim Cramer Sep 10, 2010 9:00AM

jim cramerHere's a total shocker: Texas Instruments (TXN) and National Semiconductor (NSM) aren't blowing away numbers. They are simply doing very well.


Now people will hate these two stocks, and the whole semiconductor group, even more.


Something's happening in microchip land away from the Apple (AAPL) universe, and it isn't just shrinking multiples, the culprit I often hear about when tech gets discussed.


Freight volumes are up, making a double-dip recession less likely.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Sep 9, 2010 5:29PM

MirhaydariAlthough stocks look ready for another swoon, there is increasing evidence that the economy's midsummer slowdown is over. Just in the past week, we've had a number of positive data points: Weekly jobless claims are falling again, the trade gap closed sharply in July, the private sector continues to create jobs and the nation's factories continue to ramp up production.


Credit Suisse economist Neal Soss notes that while growth has clearly slowed from the pace enjoyed earlier this year, the slowdown isn't enough "to sustain fears of the dreaded double-dip release into renewed recession." In other words, slower growth is not the same as no growth.


In fact, one intriguing piece of insight suggests the economy isn't stalling but is roaring ahead. And that's railroad loadings, which have moved to their highest levels since November 2008 and are now up 12.2% over last year, thanks to steady string of gains since January. That's a big deal for the economy at large. Here's why.


But things could change as the global economy heats up.

By Jim J. Jubak Sep 9, 2010 2:58PM

Jim JubakInflation is falling in Brazil. For the 30-day period through mid-August, consumer inflation was just 4.44%. That's the first time since January that inflation has been below the government's target of 4.5%.

Now the question is how long the improvement will last. The answer depends on your view regarding the strength of the global economy.

Many economists and financial analysts see the improvement in inflation as a temporary result of a slowing in the global economy.


More restaurants are considering going mobile with trucks outfitted with kitchens.

By Kim Peterson Sep 9, 2010 2:00PM
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Caption: Patrons line up at a gourmet food truck in Los AngelesThe restaurant sector has been hit hard by the economic downturn, facing dismal share prices and poor profits. Some restaurants are turning to a new concept in hopes of reviving business: Food trucks.

I'm not talking about the roach coaches that pull up to construction sites with rubbery burgers and heartburn-inducing tacos. The new generation of food trucks is offering food similar to -- or in some cases better than -- what you'd find in nearby restaurants.

One restaurant industry consultant thinks that 10% of the top 200 restaurant chains will have food trucks within two years, according to The Los Angeles Times. "They're all talking about it," he added. 

The highly protective company eases its regulations on programs as Android apps surge.

By InvestorPlace Sep 9, 2010 1:54PM

Surprising analysts, consumers and tech heads everywhere, Apple Inc. (AAPL) announced this morning that it will make building applications for the iPhone and every iOS-powered device a whole lot easier.

The move from highly protective Apple surely isn’t an act of charity, however. Recent statistics show Google (GOOG) and its Android OS are making huge strides in the smart-phone market, and Apple is looking to fend the tech company off.


More than half of 18- to 25-year-olds don't know he was real, so KFC's parent company is looking to change that.

By InvestorPlace Sep 9, 2010 10:31AM

Pop quiz: Which of these fast-food icons was an actual human being?

a) Mayor McCheese

b) The King

c) Colonel Sanders

d) None of the above

If you answered C, congratulations. You are more knowledgeable than most young Americans.

A new survey shows many had no idea Harlan Sanders was a real person who started the KFC chain -- known then as Kentucky Fried Chicken. And since so many folks apparently don't know that, KFC parent Yum Brands (YUM) is launching a new campaign coinciding with the Colonel's 120th birthday to educate the public on his relationship to the fried-chicken franchise's roots.


At less than $11, these picks could deliver big profits if their momentum continues.

By InvestorPlace Sep 9, 2010 9:55AM

Saving money © Creatas Images / JupiterimagesBy Nancy Zambell,

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, by now you know that August was characterized by a spate of merger and buyout action across Wall Street -- particularly in the tech sector. That’s because corporations are sitting on a boatload of cash and equity prices are relatively depressed, making the time ripe for a takeover or acquisition.

So which targets are next? I have three stocks in mind that are very affordable. And even if they aren't big buyout targets, they have the strength to succeed and bring investors profits.


The president went on the offensive Wednesday, and for once the market liked what he had to say.

By Jim Cramer Sep 9, 2010 8:36AM

jim cramer The market liked President Barack Obama's speech. Rather odd when you consider that, to me, the speech may have been a very powerful blow against the Republicans in November. In my opinion, Obama very effectively painted a picture of the Republicans being in the pocket of the rich.

As the speech was going on, it struck me that if the Republicans don't give in on some sort of middle ground on the expiration of the Bush tax breaks, they are not going to take back the Senate and the House.


It's been a long time since I've heard the president be this masterful. By linking himself with Bill Clinton -- a man I think a lot of us in the market yearn for -- he gave us some confidence that the moderate Obama could be lurking. The mention of Reagan made me feel that way, too.


Big investors sell their stakes after a government deal threatens to dilute shares.

By Jim J. Jubak Sep 8, 2010 5:59PM

Jim JubakThe Brazilian government is charging Petrobras (PBR) more than expected to buy 5 billion barrels of oil reserves. (Pre-transfer, the company has proven reserves of 15 billion barrels.) 


The price of $42.5 billion, to be paid in new stock, works out to $8.50 a barrel. That's more than the $7.50 oil industry analysts had been expecting. 

And since the price determines not only how many new shares the company will issue to the government but also how many shares it will have to offer to minority shareholders in a related rights offering, the higher price works out to a lot of dilution for existing shareholders.


After a short but sweet rebound rally, evidence suggests that a pause is in order.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Sep 8, 2010 4:44PM

MirhaydariAlthough I'm still bullish over the long-term, stocks and other risky assets are poised for a short-term pullback in the wake of the impressive rally that's taken the S&P 500 ($SPX) up 5.6% since the end of August. After bounding higher, shares are now meeting overhead resistance while at the same time, various technical indicators have moved into overbought territory. That's not a good sign.


Moreover, there are fresh worries over the health of the European financial system on reports this week that recently completed "stress tests" by regulators -- which were intended to boost confidence -- weren't as rigorous as they should've been. This has cast doubt on the entire situation and led investors to bid up safe haven assets like the U.S. dollar. That, in turn, has weighed on commodity prices and equities in general.


So while I still expect stocks to move up and out of the multi-month consolidation that has held the broad market indices since May, the situation is vulnerable to a pullback. Here's why.


A poor harvest in Colombia has triggered in a boom in prices.

By Jamie Dlugosch Sep 8, 2010 4:30PM

Gold prices are hitting record levels, but there may be a better place to put your money.


With coffee prices hitting a 13-year high, the Wall Street Journal is hinting that investors might be better off owning coffee beans.


A second-straight poor coffee bean harvest in Colombia has triggered in a boom in coffee bean prices. The move higher may just be a supply-related event, but demand for coffee around the world is rising. This move in coffee may be the beginning of a bull run that has yet to run full course.


The weak economy has slowed the pace of public offerings, creating a large backlog.

By Kim Peterson Sep 8, 2010 4:25PM
Cash © image100/SuperStockThe corral of companies waiting to be turned loose on Wall Street is packed. About 160 companies are waiting to hit the market through initial public offerings, The New York Times reports.

That's the biggest IPO backlog since 2000, when anything with a dot-com in its name was going public. And this time, the companies hope to raise more than $56 billion -- a record amount.

"The question is whether the market can absorb it all," a principal at Renaissance Capital, the research firm that collected the data, told the Times. I'd say the answer to that is a big fat no. 

Emerging-market stocks are set to grow significantly in market value as their economies expand.

By Kim Peterson Sep 8, 2010 3:58PM
cash globe © PhotoAlto/SuperStockAt the rate things are going, China will have the world's largest stock market within two decades, according to analysts at Goldman Sachs.

And the market value of stocks in emerging markets could hit $80 trillion, overtaking developed nations, the analysts added, as reported by Bloomberg. Emerging nations are growing their economies faster, and could nab as much as 55% of the world's equity capitalization within 20 years.

Wall Street is all over this one. Look for emerging-market stocks to start filling in a larger chunk of investment portfolios as we head to this new reality. 


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