Did Alibaba IPO signal a market top?
Did Alibaba IPO signal a market top?

Some investment advisers are entertaining that possibility, especially in light of Monday's triple-digit loss in the Dow.

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Greenlight Capital's recent SEC filing shows a lot of new tech positions.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Feb 17, 2012 3:11PM

By Evan Niu

 

As a hedge-fund superstar, Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn makes moves that are worth watching. It's about that time of year when quarterly 13-F SEC filings, which disclose the positions the fund is holding, are starting to roll in. Let's take a look at some of the notable changes in Greenlight's portfolio over the past few months to get an insight into what this value investor has his eyes on.

 

Increased position: Apple
During the fourth quarter, Greenlight increased its position in Apple (AAPL) from about 1.31 million shares to over 1.46 million shares, a roughly 11% increase in position size. This was also the quarter where Apple lost Steve Jobs, launched the iPhone 4S, and put up a surprise earnings miss relative to Wall Street expectations.

 

The dialysis provider's strong financial position could lead to acquisitions and further growth.

By Zacks.com Feb 17, 2012 2:02PM

Image: Insurance Money (© Comstock Images/Jupiterimages)By Zacks Equity Research
 

 DaVita Inc. (DVA) reported fourth-quarter income from continuing operations of $1.58 per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.48 and prior-year quarter earnings of $1.13. Operating income amounted to $149.4 million, compared with $111.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.


Including an after-tax debt refinancing and redemption charge of $42.9 million or 43 cents per share, the prior-year quarter's operating income amounted to $68.9 million or 70 cents per share.

 
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The company made $7.59 billion in 2011, the largest profit in its 103-year history.

By The Fiscal Times Feb 17, 2012 1:37PM
GMBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times   The Fiscal Times

For the first time in more years than most Detroit residents care to remember, General Motors (GM) seems to be on top of the world once again.

Post-bailout GM has landed on solid ground, completing an IPO only about 16 months after emerging from bankruptcy protection in November 2010. Thursday, the company reported blockbuster financial results, which included the largest profit ever in its 103-year-old history -- $7.59 billion in 2011. 

The nature of its business may make it easier for the professional networking company to pacify the Chinese government than it was for Facebook or Google.

By Trefis Feb 17, 2012 1:11PM
Image: China (© Brand X/SuperStock)LinkedIn (LNKD) may be in talks with major Internet companies in China, according to reports, with plans to enter the lucrative Chinese market. But after what happened to Google (GOOG) and Facebook in the People's Republic, this could be a risky move, and is far from certain.

LinkedIn's success will depend on how it deals with the intense competition from Chinese incumbents, as well as the degree of censorship it is willing to concede to the regulatory bodies in China.  
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If you're feeling the pain of rising gasoline prices, consider earning more gas money by investing in oil companies.

By Jim Cramer Feb 17, 2012 12:43PM

We can bemoan the price at the pump, and I know many of you are bemoaning it. Or we can figure out which companies have decided that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make more money than we ever dreamed, and we are going to do it and do it big for our shareholders.

 

That was the lesson of Devon (DVN) Thursday. The company has decided the time is right to take a huge chunk of money and just go prospecting for oil. It makes sense that the stock could tack on still more points Friday, because Devon has a new find, still under wraps, that could be gigantic, a real needle mover -- and we know that needle movers get stocks rocking.

 

The steady increase in premiums over the past several quarters is driving revenue growth.

By Zacks.com Feb 17, 2012 12:40PM

Image: Medical doctor (© tetra images/Getty Images/Getty Images)By Zacks Equity Research
  

We have upgraded our recommendation on Molina Healthcare Inc. (MOH) to "outperform" from "neutral" based on its steadily increasing premium revenue, membership growth and a strong 2012 financial guidance.


Moreover, the improvement of the Medicaid health plan business, which was expanded via acquisitions, could be a significant opportunity for the company.

 
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Penn Virginia Resources has business in natural gas, coal, oil and even timber. And check out its hefty yield.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 17, 2012 12:24PM
Image: Natural gas plant (© Kevin Burke/Corbis)By Nathan Slaughter, Energy & Income

Ever wonder what would happen if a master limited partnership married a royalty trust? Well, it just might look something like Penn Virginia Resources (PVR).

Penn Virginia is a growing midstream energy player with 4,200 miles of natural gas-gathering pipelines, dozens of compressor stations and seven large-scale processing facilities. These assets are in important producing regions from the Gulf Coast to the Rocky Mountains. 
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The area is believed to hold vast deep-water reserves of oil and gas.

By Trefis Feb 17, 2012 12:23PM
Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)British Petroleum (BP), hit by falling output, is looking to begin exploration in blocks in the South China Sea.

BP has a strategic focus on deep-water resources around the world. The company received approval to begin exploration in a block in the South China Sea last week. BP will be exploring the 43/11 block in collaboration with Chinese company CNOOC and independent exploration company Anadarko Corp. (APC). Deep-water exploration is becoming an increasingly important source of new reserves for major oil companies. 
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Not all dividend opportunities are created equal. Don't be tempted by these.

By InvestorPlace Feb 17, 2012 12:19PM

Image: Grocery shopping (© IT Stock Free/Jupiterimages)By Kyle Woodley


Dividend stocks are an investor's security blanket during periods of market instability, relieving some pressure to make every stock picked a rock-solid growth story for years to come. Instead, dividend stocks offer shareholders a reliable revenue stream that can help make rocky times feel, well, not quite so rocky.


But while a dividend is security, it's not a guarantee. Struggling companies -- think General Motors (GM) in 2006 or General Electric (GE) in 2009 -- can clip those payouts. And even the highest yield can be overshadowed by large share declines, such as with Frontier Communications (FTR), which plummeted about 50% last year despite a decent dividend.

 

The search engine giant owes the public an apology for secretly tracking the browsing habits of Apple customers.

By Jonathan Berr Feb 17, 2012 12:06PM
Image: Spy (© Corbis)Google (GOOG) has been nabbed red-handed violating the privacy of tens of millions of Apple (AAPL) users, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The search engine giant and some advertising agencies used a secret code to track the Web habits of users of Apple's Safari browser on iPhones and computers by bypassing its privacy settings, the newspaper reported. Safari, the most popular program for mobile surfing, is designed to block such tracking by default.

Google stopped the tracking when questioned about the practice by the Journal. 
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MSN Money's Anthony Mirhaydari takes more questions from Facebook users.

By MSN Money Partner Feb 17, 2012 10:28AM
Will there be another war over oil? How might it affect major oil companies? In this video, MSN Money columnist Anthony Mirhaydari explains why investors should avoid the sector.

 

And as he answers questions from MSN Money's Facebook community, he also explains views on General Electric (GE) and BP (BP). 

The annual build rate for the month was stronger than that seen in December.

By Benzinga Feb 16, 2012 6:30PM

Image: Home under construction (© Corbis)By Michael Foster, Benzinga Staff Writer


More new houses were being built in January, news that may benefit Beazer Homes (BZH), DR Horton (DHI), Pulte (PHM) and other developer stocks. In total, new home builds rose by 1.5% to an annual build rate of 699,000 houses -- stronger than December's figure of 689,000.


A mix of lower unemployment, cheap land, and low borrowing costs have resulted in an increase in home orders for Beazer and DR Horton, causing both stocks to rise slightly Thursday in pre-market trading.

 

While the auction company is becoming more of a facilitator in online commerce, Amazon's dominance in online retail segment is increasing.

By Trefis Feb 16, 2012 6:02PM
EBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) seem to be taking two markedly different approaches to building their business.

While eBay, which owns PayPal, is increasingly moving toward being a facilitator in online commerce, Amazon wants to be a one-stop shop for customers. This could work out favorably for both companies, but we believe eBay's marketplace stands to lose market share as Amazon continues its push.  
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Overbought conditions suggest the start of a long-overdue correction.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 16, 2012 3:46PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The deterioration last week in some of the short-term technical studies like the McClellan Oscillator was consistent with a weakening stock market.


Prices continued to move higher early this week, led by Apple (AAPL) and the Nasdaq 100 ($NDX). Since the December lows, the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ), which tracks the Nasdaq 100, is up 17.8% versus a 13.2% gain in the Spyder Trust (SPY).

 

Europe's declining growth is contributing to falling metals prices.

By Jim J. Jubak Feb 16, 2012 3:30PM
Image: Brazil (© Donald Edwards/age fotostock)There's more evidence that Brazil's domestic economy and its export sector are headed in different directions at the moment.

Wednesday, the Banco Central do Brasil reported that economic activity in Brazil climbed by 0.57% in December from November. That's the second monthly increase in a row after growth stalled in the third quarter with the period essentially flat with the second quarter. (Year-to-year growth in the third quarter fell to 2.1%).

The news wasn't nearly as positive from Vale (VALE), the world's second-largest mining company.
 

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