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Small-cap superstars still abound

There are some picks in this sector that have excellent valuations and strong earnings growth.


This gold play doesn't undertake any mining operations; instead it holds royalty interests in other miners.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 24, 2012 11:32AM
Anthony Bradshaw/PhotographerBy Nathan Slaughter, Scarcity & Real Wealth

Royal Gold (RGLD) buys royalty interests in gold mines around the world, paying an upfront fee to secure a fixed percentage of future production or revenues.

Royal Gold gets its hands on buckets of precious metals without having to get its hands dirty. It doesn't assume any of the cost (or risk) of traditional mining -- those burdens fall on the owners of the mines. 
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The burger chain's solid earnings couldn't allay investor concerns about foreign-currency fluctuations, however.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 24, 2012 11:28AM
McDonald's (MCD) reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results Tuesday, fueled by strong performance around the world.

Net income rose 11% to $1.38 billion, or $1.33 per share, versus $1.24 billion, or $1.16 billion, a year earlier. Revenue rose 10% to $6.82 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected earnings of $1.30 on revenue of $6.8 billion. 
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Dollar stores' stocks rival their wares for great value.

By InvestorPlace Jan 24, 2012 10:40AM
ballyscanlon/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesBy Lawrence Meyers

Fifteen years ago, I walked into a 99 Cents Only store. Being an unemployed graduate student, I was eager to save as much money as I could while buying the things one needs to live one’s life. I discovered that you get what you pay for. After loading up on dish soap, paper towels and other staples, I found the quality to be absolute garbage. I vowed never to waste my time or money again.

But a few years ago, I sauntered into a Dollar Tree (DLTR) because the stock had been doing well and I couldn't fathom why that was the case. How could there be tens of thousands of these dollar stores when all they sold was junk? As it turns out, they didn't sell junk anymore. They sold brand-name merchandise. I became a fan.


The geophysical equipment seller is a small cap growth story that stands to benefit from higher demand in the field.

By Jan 24, 2012 10:24AM

CorbisBy: Jared Levy


Much of the world's surface has been mapped. You can even capture an image of someone's house via satellite on the other side of the world. What we don't know much about is what lies beneath the soil, socks and water. Below the earth's surface is a plethora of resources that have yet to be tapped.

Mitcham Industries (MIND) leases and sells all types of geophysical equipment that are used to perform seismic and other studies for all sorts of industries around the globe.


One analyst group says the company may have seen 350,000 textbooks downloaded over the weekend.

By Benzinga Jan 23, 2012 5:41PM

Image: High school students with arms raised in classroom (© Image Source/Getty Images)By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer

Apple (AAPL) broke yet another record over the weekend, selling what some analysts think is more than $5 million worth of a hot new item.


That's according to Global Equities Research, which reports that the Mac maker has sold more than 350,000 of the high-school textbooks currently offered from the iBooks Store. The research group estimates that Apple's free authoring tool released last week, iBook Author, has been downloaded more than 90,000 times.


Investors are discouraged by the business-as-usual message from the company's new CEO.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 23, 2012 5:01PM
Image: CEO (© Photodisc/Getty Images)For the few investors who might miss former Research In Motion (RIMM) co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis andJim Balsillie,whose mismanagement of the BlackBerry maker has been roundly criticized by shareholders, don't worry. They aren't going anywhere.

Lazaridis, who founded the Canadian technology company in 1984, is becoming a vice chair of RIM's board and will provide "strategic counsel" to new CEO Thorsten Heins. The company also named Lazardis the chair of something called the Innovation Committee, which seems ironic given the notable absence of that quality at RIM for years. Balsillie remains on the board. 

That's great news for the ETF business, but it may be a warning for investors that it's time to get out.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 23, 2012 4:51PM

Image: Arrow Up Green (© Image Source/SuperStock)By Thomas Kee, guest columnist


The flagship exchange-traded fund for the S&P 500, SPDR 500 (SPY), has just made headlines by surpassing the $100 billion market cap mark. The move was hailed as yet another sign that the ETF industry has come of age.


But like a Time Magazine cover story, this headline may be a contrarian indicator for the market. 


With no real news to justify a rally, you have to wonder if we're seeing 'the mother of all short squeezes.'

By Kim Peterson Jan 23, 2012 4:34PM
Updated 4:50 p.m. ET

Image: Arrow Up (© Photodisc/SuperStock)Sears Holdings
(SHLD) has been an oddball stock for a long time, but this January it's just gone bonkers.

Look at what's happened in the last trading day. Shares shot up more than 10% Monday in morning trading, and finally fell back to a 3.3% loss to close at $47.39. Why? No one knows. But this action is just a normal trading day with Sears. Shares are up more than 50% so far this year.

The thing is, there's nothing going on with the company itself to justify such a rally. 

It's unreasonable to expect the company to meet the current demands.

By Jim J. Jubak Jan 23, 2012 3:01PM
A great earnings report from F5 Networks (FFIV) after the close on Jan. 18 has taken the stock within hailing distance of my June target price of $124.

The stock was trading at $120.30 at midday Monday.

I'm selling F5 Networks out of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio. Not because of anything wrong with the earnings report -- it was great -- but on rising expectations among investors. I think F5 Networks has hit the point that many momentum plays hit where investors start hoping for more -- and pricing in more -- than it's reasonable to expect the company to deliver.
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The operator's preferred shares carry low risk and a nice yield.

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 23, 2012 2:00PM
Image: Cargo ship (© Image Source/Corbis)By Paul Tracy, High-Yield International

Shares in container ship operator Seaspan (SSW) jumped 20% after the company announced a tender offer to buy up to $150 million worth of common stock for $15 a share.

The 10 million shares repurchased as part of this deal represent about 15% of the outstanding float of stock, a significant repurchase. The buyback is a sign of management's confidence in the long-term prospects for the company. 

Research In Motion and Yahoo have made big changes lately. But in the fast-moving technology sector, it may be too little, too late.

By Jim Cramer Jan 23, 2012 1:09PM

the street Turnarounds in technology are very difficult, yet people keep betting on one. Let's talk about two of them to assess their prospects: Yahoo (YHOO) and Research In Motion (RIMM).


First, they have captured the attention of everyone: home gamers, institutions, everyone. I don't blame them. People use both. Yahoo had been the de facto Web for many people before Google (GOOG) and Facebook. The BlackBerry had been the de facto cellphone for corporations.


The single-cup market in the US is dominated by this coffee roaster with its proprietary Keurig brewing system.

By Trefis Jan 23, 2012 1:02PM
Image: Coffee (© Foodcollection RF/Getty Images/Getty Images)Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) sells more than 200 varieties of K-Cup portion packs, including brands of coffee, tea, hot apple cider, iced teas, hot cocoa and other dairy-based beverages.

K-Cup portion packs and Keurig single-cup brewers and related accessories contribute a significant proportion to GMCR's revenues -- approximately 84% in 2011.  

The cable company will score major ad revenue as the Giants and Patriots vie for the NFL title.

By Jonathan Berr Jan 23, 2012 12:28PM
Image: Watching television (© Klaus Tiedge/Getty Images/Getty Images)Comcast (CMCSA) will be the big winner of next month's Super Bowl XLVI.

The game, airing on Comcast's NBC TV network, will feature Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots -- two of the game's most exciting quarterbacks, who also happen to play for two of the NFL's most storied and popular franchises.   

ConocoPhillips is downgraded to 'sell' at UBS.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 23, 2012 12:07PM
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Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Research in Motion (RIMM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
  • BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
  • Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
  • Waters (WAT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JP Morgan
  • Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie

One of the best plays on recovering global chip demand has soared to longtime highs, in a bullish tell.

By Jan 23, 2012 11:37AM

Nicholas Monu/iStock Exclusive/Getty ImagesBy Igor Greenwald,

It was only six weeks ago that Texas Instruments (TXN) issued a sales warning heard around the world, citing "broadly lower demand across a wide range of markets, customers, and products." Its stock bottomed ten days later below $28 a share.

And all it's done over the last month is surge 20%, aided by the 8% spike Wednesday. Of course, a lot of trash has been treated like treasure lately.



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