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New research finds that owning emerging-market affiliates of multinational companies produces better returns than owning the parents.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 2, 2012 1:36PM
Image: Globe with money (© PhotoAlto/SuperStock)By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal TimesThe Fiscal Times

Lots of investors got the emerging-markets call wrong in 2011. 

At this point a year ago, pundits were urging us to buy both stocks and bonds in countries like Brazil or Indonesia (not to mention China) as a hedge against still-sluggish economic growth and corporate profits in the developed world. 

The pundits nailed the diagnosis: Developed markets certainly were "sluggish" last year, as they battled to shake off Europe's sovereign debt crisis.
 

Study shows that big data users aren't 'hogs.'

By Jonathan Berr Mar 2, 2012 1:23PM
Image: Worried Man (© John Howard/Getty Images/Getty Images)Faced with mounting public pressure,  AT&T (T) has modified its plan to slow down service for customers with unlimited data plans whose data use tops 3 gigabytes.

Users who had complained that their service was throttled without warning will now receive a text message when they near their limit, according to the Associated Press. The action will not take place for several days. 

Previously, AT&T reduced data speeds for the 5% of unlimited users who used the most data.
 
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The recent trend of forgiveness and optimism are results of investors' shifting views of stocks.

By Jim Cramer Mar 2, 2012 12:27PM

TheStreetImage: Stock market (© Digital Vision Ltd./SuperStock)I love it when stocks won't quit that should. It is a sign of a market that's much stronger than we think.

 

Take Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which is a company I profiled on Tuesday on "Mad Money," using the terrific work of our own Scott Redler. We got what some would regard as subpar numbers out of Macau that normally would have caused Wynn to get hammered. But people looked through the so-called weakness of the numbers and recognized some calendar shifts and some difficult compares and decided to excuse them and buy.

 

Travelers is downgraded to 'equal weight,' and Boeing is initiated with a 'buy.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 2, 2012 11:40AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
  • Unum Group (UNM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
  • Cobalt (CIE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
  • Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
 

This ETF holds equally-weighted positions in 30 stocks involved in the out-of-favor natural gas sector.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 2, 2012 10:54AM

Kevin Burke/CorbisBy Mark Salzinger, The Investor's ETF Report

Over the past year, stocks of the natural-gas producers have lagged both the broader energy sector and the stock market as a whole by a wide margin, reflecting investor concerns over low gas prices and robust production.

However, both price and supply pressures on producers could improve in 2012, making natural-gas stocks a compelling contrarian opportunity.

 

The sector's bullish momentum will be awfully hard to stop.

By InvestorPlace Mar 2, 2012 9:52AM

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesBy Michael A. Gayed

 

"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."
-- Confucius


Reports are resurfacing that Bank of America (BAC) is considering instituting fees on certain checking accounts in an effort to generate some extra revenue from existing customer accounts.

 

Rising costs took a toll on the bottom line for the molybdenum miner.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 1, 2012 6:16PM
It looks like the rally in shares of Thompson Creek Metals (TC) is over, put to an end by the company's own fourth-quarter earnings report on Feb. 27. The stock had climbed from $5.93 on Nov. 25, the start of the current market rally, to $9.36 on Feb. 3. Shares closed Thursday at $7.29.

I don't own molybdenum miner Thompson Creek in my 12-to-18 month Jubak's Picks portfolio anymore (having sold it out of that portfolio on May 4, 2011) but the stock is still a member of my long-term Jubak Picks portfolio.
 
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The government may give non-state companies access to its oil fields in the Arctic.

By Kim Peterson Mar 1, 2012 5:50PM
Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)Chevron (CVX) has waited a long time for a crack at the oil reserves in Russia's northern seas. Soon, it might just get the opportunity.

The company is courting Russian government officials, talking with them about developing the country's Arctic reserves, The Wall Street Journal reports.

A window of opportunity is slowly opening for the company. Up to now, Russia has been very strict about those Arctic reserves, making them off-limits for non-state operations. Only the state-owned Gazprom and Rosneft had access. 
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New data shows serious inflation is coming. With wages stagnant, that's terrible news for the economy.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Mar 1, 2012 4:51PM

Change is in the air. Over the last few months, the economic data has been consistently surprising to the upside thanks to temporary drivers like shoppers dipping into their savings and businesses restocking inventories, helping power stocks higher. This, in turn, has boosted consumer and business confidence back to recovery highs -- levels not seen since last summer.  

 

Now, "hard data" based on output and activity, not survey forms, is confirming my pessimistic outlook. The main culprit: Rising prices, especially on crude oil (nearing highs seen last spring) and gasoline (up nearly 40% since November). What makes higher inflation so dangerous is that not only does it tie the hands of the Federal Reserve and other central banks -- who have almost single handedly engineered the post-November market rally -- but it will pressure consumer spending.

 

That sets the stage for pitiful GDP growth in the months to come, something investors are just beginning to prepare for. Here's why.

 

Anheuser-Busch offers a new app to stalk your beer -- an idea designed to spark interest in Budweiser.

By Kim Peterson Mar 1, 2012 4:38PM
Image: Beer (© Corbis)Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) has launched a new website that lets customers find out exactly where their Budweiser came from -- including where it was bottled and even the farms that grew the hops and barley.

A gimmick? Yes. But it's one that the company hopes will resonate with consumers and perhaps even revive the slumping sales of Budweiser.

The "Track Your Bud" site and smartphone app asks users to enter the "born on" date located on bottles and cans of beer.  
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Yelp derives the majority of its revenues from local advertising, and the remainder from display advertising, daily deals and other services.

By Trefis Mar 1, 2012 3:00PM
Image: African-American woman shopping online (© Ariel Skelley/Blend Images/Getty Images)Yelp is one of the largest online local business search, review and recommendation services. It enables consumers to access ratings, and read reviews and opinions about local businesses like hotels, restaurants, salons, dentists and mechanics on its website.

It competes primarily with other online business review services like Google (GOOG) Places, Yahoo (YHOO) Local, Angie's List, CityLocal and Gumtree; display advertising players like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and AOL (AOL); and daily-deal sites like Groupon (GRPN) and LivingSocial.
 

Apple is slipping in Europe.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Mar 1, 2012 2:38PM

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

 

Ask anyone in this country what an iPhone costs, and most will say that Apple's (AAPL) iconic smartphone starts at $199. Models with more storage capacity will set stateside buyers back an additional $100 or $200.

 

However, this isn't what Apple is making. The world's most valuable tech company rang up an average of $659 per iPhone (including attached services and accessories) during the holiday quarter.

 
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Adding another $2 billion debt to its balance sheet means reduced flexibility for Sprint, but Clearwire cheers the news.

By Trefis Mar 1, 2012 2:37PM
Image: Silver globe with twinkling lights (© Tetra Images/Getty Images)Sprint (S) is accessing the bond market for the second time in less than four months as the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier looks to finance expensive network upgrades and subsidize Apple's (AAPL) iPhones for its customers. 

The company further said that it may also use a part of the proceeds from the $2 billion notes offering to fund partner Clearwire's (CLWR) LTE plans, sending shares in the cash-strapped wireless company up more than 4% on the news Tuesday. The debt sale gives Sprint additional financing as it struggles to compete against larger rivals Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T).
 

Recent price action in gold futures and ETFs suggests heightened volatility and further declines, making the risk prohibitively high now.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 1, 2012 2:05PM

Image: Gold (© Comstock Images/Jupiterimages)By Tom Aspray 


The strong surge in gold prices in the latter part of January suggested that the correction from the September 2011 highs was finally over. It is not uncommon for corrections in the gold market to last three to five months, as it normally takes that long for the extremes in bullish sentiment to change.


Bearish sentiment appeared to have bottomed last December, but the sharp drop on Wednesday, apparently in reaction to Ben Bernanke's comments on further easing, suggests traders had quickly become too optimistic.

 

Cloud computing is still part of the game.

By Stock Traders Daily Mar 1, 2012 1:55PM

Image: Clouds in a blue sky (© Purestock/Getty Images)One of the hottest sectors in the stock market so far this year has been technology. And investors have been particularly interested in "cloud computing." 


Cloud computing is simply the process of providing software programs, data, and storage space remotely, through servers that are not operated by the customer. 

 

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