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The warehouse store chain posts impressive gains.

By Jonathan Berr Feb 29, 2012 11:35AM

Costco Wholesale (COST), whose stock has barely budged this year, has defied the skeptics yet again.

Net income for the quarter ended Feb. 12 was $394 million, or 90 cents per share, up 13% from $348 million, or 79 cents, a year earlier. Sales at the Issaquah, Wash., company rose 10% to $22.51 billion, fueled by gains in gasoline sales. The results topped Wall Street's expectations of profit of 87 cents on revenue of $22.83 billion.

 

Mobile web and apps usage on the iPhone is increasing thanks to its immense popularity.

By Trefis Feb 29, 2012 10:22AM
The iPhone 4S has boosted Apple's (AAPL) fortunes. The stock has recently hit all-time highs and was hovering Wednesday morning at nearly $542, up from around $400 in October last year when the iPhone 4S was launched.

Not only has the iPhone 4S helped Apple become the No. 1 global smartphone maker, but it has also helped narrow the gap with Google's (GOOG) Android operating system in the U.S. in the last quarter. 

Progress in treating myelofibrosis and rheumatoid arthritis is boosting the outlook - and takeover prospects - for this biotech.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 29, 2012 9:57AM
By John McCamant, The Medical Technology Stock Letter

Incyte (INCY) is poised for a very productive year, as the company will continue the launch of Jakafi -- the first FDA-approved treatment for myelofibrosis a rare bone marrow disorder.

The company will also prepare to present very important rheumatoid arthritis data for INCB28050, the JAK1 and JAK2 inhibitor partnered with Lilly, whose Phase IIb trial in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients is nearing completion. 
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With the economy continuing to mend, several capital-goods stocks look attractive right now.

By John Reese Feb 28, 2012 7:44PM

Image: Semi trucks (© Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)Last summer, with the U.S. debt ceiling debate turning into a debacle, the European debt crisis lingering, and growth slowing, many believed the U.S. economy was headed for a big tumble.

 

But just when things looked so bleak, the economy staged an impressive turnaround. Numerous reports -- from unemployment claims numbers to manufacturing data to retail sales -- have shown that the economy hasn't just weathered last summer's storm; it has actually made some of the most significant improvement we've seen in quite some time.


And businesses are indicating we'll see continued growth. New orders for capital goods -- machinery and other equipment companies buy to make products -- jumped 5.1% in December after having risen 8% in November, according to Commerce Department data.

 

The TV licensing business makes up 16% of the value of CBS shares. What happens if streaming takes off?

By Trefis Feb 28, 2012 6:11PM
Image: Watching television (© Klaus Tiedge/Getty Images/Getty Images)Licensing television shows to Netflix (NFLX) and other streaming companies is a potential cash cow that could boost shares of CBS Corporation (CBS).

The licensing business helps television companies earn money when their shows run on other networks. Additionally, there is significant growth potential from streaming companies, including Netflix, Amazon (AMZN) and Blockbuster owner Dish Network (DISH), depending upon how this market develops. We estimate that the streaming-license business constitutes about 16% of CBS' value. This could increase, and CBS shares could grow further, if streaming picks up in the next few years.  

The country is running a larger deficit than it expected, creating new headaches for eurozone finance ministers.

By Jim J. Jubak Feb 28, 2012 5:46PM
Image: Europe (© Photodisc/SuperStock)The euro debt crisis isn't over. It's just changed its address.

Spain has officially informed the European Union that it will miss its deficit reduction target for 2011. And not by just a bit, either. The budget deficit came to 8.5% of GDP for 2011. That's above the government's previous estimate of an 8% budget deficit and way above the country's target of 6%.

The shortfall is even more discouraging than those numbers make it sound. Spain's governments -- national and state -- spent 91.34 billion euros more than they took in during 2011.
 

Hormel Foods is launching a new advertising campaign around its iconic canned meat product, which turns 75 this year.

By Kim Peterson Feb 28, 2012 5:15PM
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Caption: A can of SPAMSpam turns 75 on July 5 and, well, it might be feeling a little old.

It's hard to keep up with those youngsters on the grocery shelves. Campbell Soup (CPB) is getting a Thai tomato coconut flavor. Kraft (KFT) has new breakfast crisps. Ben & Jerry's now has Greek frozen yogurt.

But Spam? Well, Spam is just Spam, and it doesn't get a lot of love with health-conscious shoppers. Hormel Foods (HRL) has tried to keep Spam fresh in consumers' minds, but the canned pork just doesn't have enough buzz. 
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Pre-announcing sales didn't lessen the angst.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Feb 28, 2012 4:49PM

By Brian Orelli

 

You'd think that after pre-announcing gross sales of "approximately $82 million," Dendreon's (DNDN) fourth-quarter earnings wouldn't have much effect on the stock price. Net sales of its prostate-cancer treatment, Provenge, came in at $77 million after the expected $5 million in rebates and chargebacks.

 

But shares traded down 20%. What gives?

 
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A spate of companies such as Visa and Vodafone are jumping in, leaving Google Wallet behind.

By Minyanville Feb 28, 2012 3:08PM
minyanville mediaImage: Wallet with money (© Creatas Images/Jupiterimages)Smartphones relieved our pockets and briefcases of the clutter of a separate MP3 player, cell phone, palm computer, phonebook, notebook, digital camera, video camera, portable video game, Zagat guide, novel, and newspaper. 

Soon, you might even be able to leave your wallet at home as well.
 

After the tech giant's astonishing fourth-quarter results, how could its stock possibly be a 'sell'?

By Stock Traders Daily Feb 28, 2012 2:37PM

Image: Stock market Bear (© Hemera Technologies/Jupiterimages)In a nearly unabated fashion, shares of Apple (AAPL) have continued to charge higher to new all-time levels following its blow-out fourth-quarter results.


Without question, it is the most-adored stock by investors and the darling of Wall Street. So, a roll of the eyes is the typical reaction when the rare pundit or analyst does come out with a negative opinion on AAPL. However, as we discuss here, there is a legitimate bearish argument, other than just "the stock has run too far, too fast."

 

With yields from 7% to 15%, these master limited partnerships can help turn high oil prices into high returns.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 28, 2012 2:12PM
Image: Stock market report (© Corbis)By Ian Wyatt, Daily Profit

Now is the time for investors to turn skyrocketing oil prices into income. One of the best ways for income investors to earn a hefty paycheck is through master limited partnerships (MLPs).

Here, we look at four MLPs that offer yields of at least 7%: Linn Energy (LINE), Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP), Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Inergy (NRGY).
 

Experts explain their stock picks in the industrial services, retail and manufacturing sectors.

By Zacks.com Feb 28, 2012 1:41PM
Zacks panel of experts cover their stock picks for the industrial services, retail and manufacturing sectors. Stocks covered include W.W. Grainger (GWW), Cabela's (CAB) and Greenbrier Companies (GBX). 

Plus, the panel covers China and the rising oil proces and how these headwinds contribute to global and domestic economic uncertainty.
 
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The big machinery maker shows impressive progress with its strategic goals and looks on track to achieve its targets.

By Trefis Feb 28, 2012 1:31PM
Image: Construction (© Photodisc Green/Getty Images)Caterpillar's (CAT) strategy -- called Vision 2020 -- is focused on a number of parameters that the company believes are key to sustained growth. Management published eight operational imperatives that it feels are essential in the first five years of this decade for the company to achieve its Vision 2020. 

This initiative was first announced in 2005 and updated in June 2010. We take a look at how successful the company has been in implementing the imperatives so far:
 
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The conglomerate made infamous by the crimes of its former CEO is headed for a lucrative final breakup.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 28, 2012 12:54PM

By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com


Before WorldCom and Lehman, before Bernie Madoff and Allen Stanford and Occupy Wall Street, we had Tyco (TYC) and L. Dennis Kozlowski, the CEO with a taste for $6,000 shower curtains, tax-free art, and tens of millions in "forgiven" corporate loans.


Kozlowski, who is doing 8-to-25 years in a New York state prison on larceny and securities fraud charges, becomes eligible for parole in August. And not long after that the conglomerate he expanded into a global empire will wink out of existence, its rump spun off into three separate companies that, with some luck, might become someone else's trophies.

 
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Analyzing Warren Buffett's annual letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway is a favorite pastime of investors.

By The Fiscal Times Feb 28, 2012 12:39PM
Warren Buffett's letterBy Suzanne McGee The Fiscal Times

Reading Warren Buffett's annual letter to the shareholders of his Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) holding company has become a pastime somewhat akin to the ancient sport of Kremlinology. Instead of academics studying the lineup of Politburo leaders accepting the salutes of military forces parading in Red Square, however, "Buffettologists" scan the sage of Omaha's carefully crafted sentences, looking for details about his thinking, strategy and stock picks.

As ever, that sage walked a narrow line between full disclosure and piquing the curiosity of his audience. Perhaps the biggest tease came when he referred repeatedly to his successor without naming the individual, even as his phrasing hinted that it wouldn't be either of the two heirs apparent, Todd Combs or Ted Wechsler. Both men, he hinted "will be helpful to the next CEO" when it comes to making acquisitions.
 

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