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The company reportedly is considering an online marketplace and fast-shipping service that may compete with Amazon.

By Trefis Dec 7, 2011 5:48PM
Image: Senior woman working from home © Alistair Berg/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesGoogle (GOOG) isn't done with its online commerce initiatives yet.

The search giant is reportedly in negotiations with major retailers and shippers to create an online marketplace, taking Amazon (AMZN) head on. If Google's service manages to launch, it would directly compete against Amazon Prime, which provides customers free and quick shipping for a fixed annual fee.

Given the spate of new initiatives at Google, we believe the fast-shipping service will be a little more difficult to tackle, and question whether the company has the stomach for a business that could be very difficult. 

The $100 million stake in Brazil's No. 2 airline will give Delta a way to win share in Latin America.

By Jim J. Jubak Dec 7, 2011 5:16PM
Image: Airline (© Christie & Cole/Corbis)Delta Air Lines (DAL) announced Wednesday an agreement to buy a $100 million minority position in Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (GOL). 

The agreement would give Gol, Brazil’s second-biggest airline, a counter to the hookup of larger rival Tam (TAM) with Lan Airlines (LFL), Latin America’s largest airline. And it would give Delta a way to win market share in Latin America, a market where it trails American Airlines and United Continental Holdings (UAL).

Gol’s U.S.-traded ADRs (American depositary receipts) were up 5.5% at market close Wednesday. (Gol is a member of my Jubak Picks 50 long-term portfolio.)
 
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The company's commercial-free approach favors subscription revenue, but Sirius is trying to beef up ad sales as well.

By Trefis Dec 7, 2011 4:12PM
Image: Driving home (© gehringj/Vetta/Getty Images)With a sizable number of listeners and subscribers, it'll be interesting to see if Sirius XM (SIRI) can leverage its vast and affluent listener base to produce meaningful advertising revenue.

Advertising accounts for only 4% of the stock's value by our estimates, but the company is making efforts to improve ad sales. The newest initiative, expected in the coming months, is SatRad 2.0, which is said to have a dual business model of subscription and advertising.

Sirius XM makes majority of its revenues through subscriptions, which are highly correlated with automobile sales. 
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Amazon's new tablet could pose a serious challenge to the iPad. And that’s just the beginning, with other competitors waiting in the wings.

By The Fiscal Times Dec 7, 2011 3:23PM
by Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

Reviewers like "Captain Gadget" of the Huffington Post have dubbed Amazon’s (AMZN) new Kindle Fire a "tablet for dummies" compared to Apple's (AAPL) iPad. After all, you get less battery life, less connectivity, no camera and a smaller screen and hard drive, to name but a few subtractions.

But at $199, it also costs $300 less than the cheapest Apple iPad. And there seem to be plenty of folks out there willing to make the tradeoff -- enough for Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley to scale back his estimated iPad sales in the current quarter to 13 million from 14 million. 

The government has suspended a plan to allow foreign companies to own as much as 51% of local supermarkets.

By Kim Peterson Dec 7, 2011 3:02PM
Image: India (© Donald Edwards/age fotostock)When you have a former state official threatening to burn Wal-Mart (WMT) to the ground, you have a problem.

That's the kind of controversy India found itself in last month after giving Wal-Mart and other foreign companies the green light to own up to a 51% stake in supermarkets. Smaller shopkeepers worried that Wal-Mart, with its rock-bottom prices and competitive prowess, would put them out of business. 

A look at the long-term prospects of 3 companies that have seen short interest rise.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Dec 7, 2011 2:59PM
Image: Railroad Crossing with Train (© Edmond Van Hoorick/Photodisc/Getty Images)By Sean Williams

 

The best thing about the stock market is that you can make money in either direction. Historically, stock indexes have tended to trend up over the long term. But when you look at individual stocks, you'll find plenty of stocks that lose money over the long haul. According to hedge fund institution Blackstar Funds, even with dividends included, between 1983 and 2006, 64% (nearly two-thirds) of stocks underperformed the Russell 3000, a broad-scope market index.

 

A large influx of short-sellers shouldn't be a damning factor to any company, but it could be a red flag from traders that something may not be as cut-and-dried as it appears.

 
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An upcoming split into separate companies will unlock shareholder value.

By TheStockAdvisors Dec 7, 2011 2:07PM
Image: Oil drums (© Kevin Phillips/Digital Vision/age fotostock)By Nathan Slaughter, Energy & Income

ConocoPhillips (COP) plans to split the exploration and production (E&P) and refining and marketing segments into two stand-alone public companies.

Every two shares of COP will get you one share in the new Phillips 66. This upcoming spin-off, expected in the first half of next year, is likely to unlock shareholder value, and create two distinct market leaders in the process. 
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These small-cap biotechs have just confirmed bottom formations, setting up good buying opportunities on pullbacks.

By MoneyShow.com Dec 7, 2011 12:51PM

Image: Pills (© Corbis)By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


Stocks have been performing well recently, though in trading early Wednesday stock index futures are slightly lower. Since the Nov. 25 close, the Spyder Trust (SPY) is up 8.5%, the SPDR Diamonds Trust (DIA), which tracks the Dow Industrials, is up 7.8%, and the iShares Russell 2000 Index Fund (IWM) is up 12.2%.


While the intermediate-term technical picture for the stock market is positive, short-term analysis suggests the rally may be running out of steam.

 

The stock price of the Sam Adams brewer has soared 40% in the past 3 months.

By Kim Peterson Dec 7, 2011 12:43PM
Updated 4:50 p.m. ET

Boston Beer
(SAM) is doing everything right this year.

Take a look at its extraordinary stock run. Since the beginning of October, shares have soared 40% to close at $101.31 Wednesday. The stock price has never been this high.

Why is the maker of Sam Adams beer so hot? 
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UBS initiates Target with a 'buy' and Costco and Walmart with a 'neutral.'

By MSN Money Partner Dec 7, 2011 12:40PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
  • Duke Energy (DUK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
  • Aon Corp. (AON) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
  • US Airways (LCC) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital
  • Marvell Technology (MRVL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum
  • Talbots (TLB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush
 

Two struggling companies won't create a stronger one.

By Jonathan Berr Dec 7, 2011 12:14PM
Rubberball/Mike Kemp/Rubberball/Getty ImagesJ.C. Penney (JCP), whose shares have plunged more than 56% over the past five years, is joining forces with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), whose shares have plummeted nearly 85% during that same period of time. This is corporate America's answer to a shotgun wedding.

J.C. Penney Wednesday agreed to acquire a 16.6% stake in Martha Stewart's media empire for $38.5 million. It's a steal. New York-based Martha Stewart has a market capitalization of about $173 million, a fraction of the $1.87 billion value the company had in February 2005. Shares of the media conglomerate soared on the news. 

The company reports several improvements and is ranked a short-term 'buy.'

By Zacks.com Dec 7, 2011 11:53AM

Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Getty ImagesBy: Zacks Equity Research


AutoZone Inc. (AZO) recorded a 24% rise in profit to $4.68 per share in the first quarter of its fiscal 2012 ended November 19, 2011 from $3.77 per share in the year-ago quarter. The result, reported Tuesday, beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.45 per share. In absolute terms, profit increased 11% to $191.1 million from $172.1 million a year ago.

 

The increase in profit was driven by a 7.4% rise in net sales to $1.92 billion, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.90 billion. Domestic same-store sales (for stores open at least one year), increased 4.6% during the quarter compared with 9.5% a year ago.

 
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These picks in oil, autos and finance offer something important for beginners.

By InvestorPlace Dec 7, 2011 11:06AM
Adam Gault/OJO Images/Getty ImagesBy Hilary Kramer


Are you a novice investor wondering which stocks to buy first? Or perhaps you're just looking to put your money to work? Either way, these three stocks are perfect choices for beginners.


Cenovus Energy (CVE) has dipped in recent weeks before bouncing higher alongside the market's surge. Oil prices have firmed up, but even so, CVE isn't a story about near-term earnings. Investing in CVE means investing in long-term growth from Canada's Alberta oil sands as world oil supplies continue to tighten. Production from oil sands increased 14% last quarter and now equals conventional oil production. At a time when many oil companies are expected to have trouble replacing reserves, CVE is set up for double-digit production growth over the next 10 years.

 

Genpact has been winging higher and has bested the superconglomerate's stock.

By Gene Marcial Dec 7, 2011 10:36AM
Genpact (G) is a legitimate offspring of giant conglomerate General Electric (GE), which spun it off in 2005. It is still a tiny enterprise, but it’s been winging up. It has become strong enough that its young stock has outperformed that of the super conglomerate so far this year.

 

Several analysts believe Genpact is just starting to build up and is on its way to greater heights. "Genpact is attractively priced relative to the company’s future growth prospects," says Joseph D. Foresi, analyst at Janney Capital Markets, who rates the stock a buy.

 

International Paper has turned itself into the most important container board company in the world -- just as e-commerce has exploded.

By Jim Cramer Dec 7, 2011 10:36AM

the streetHow about a lower-risk play on all of that online shipping? How about the company that makes the boxes for the goods that come in the mail this season?

 

Over the last five years, International Paper (IP) has turned itself into the most important container board company in the world. It did so in the nick of time because e-commerce is about shipping things that would normally be thrown into a bag at the store. Now those same products are more than likely to end up in a linerboard package that would very likely be made by IP, at least once the Temple Inland (TIN) deal closes.

 

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