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It's no Alibaba, but the Citizens Financial Group offering is important to the market.


The Chinese Internet company is finding ways to rein in expenses -- and beat Wall Street profit projections to boot.

By Jim J. Jubak Oct 31, 2011 6:17PM
What’s this? An Internet company reports massive growth -- and says costs are under control.

It’s even more impressive when these results come from a Chinese Internet company, since the sector isn’t exactly known for tight controls on expenses.

Baidu (BIDU), the runaway leader in China’s search market, reported earnings of 86 cents a share Friday, beating the Wall Street consensus projection by 3 cents a share.
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Despite having the best brains in the business, some investors and corporate executives have made downright disastrous decisions.

By Benzinga Oct 31, 2011 4:22PM
By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer

Even the most brilliant minds in finance can make terrible mistakes.

And when they do, the results are usually as bad as a lame summer blockbuster that ultimately flops.


The NBA star may have been scammed by one of his wedding guests, according to reports.

By Kim Peterson Oct 31, 2011 3:27PM
Tough week for Kris Humphries. His reality-star wife files for divorce, the NBA lockout continues and one of his wedding guests may have scammed him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The New Jersey Nets player thinks he was caught up in a fraudulent investment scheme run by Boston money manager Andrey Hicks. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has sued Hicks for using a phony investment fund to defraud investors to the tune of $1.7 million. 

If you want to trim some positions, go ahead, but don’t feel compelled to do anything but wait.

By Jim Cramer Oct 31, 2011 3:17PM

the streetJust let it come down. The last day of the month hasn't been a particularly good one. There is no gun to your head. Who can blame the sellers looking to cash in on some gains? The profits have been voluminous.

Here's what I would do. Let it come in and wait. Sit on your hands. Have some gains in stocks that were accidental high-yielders that are no longer high? Ring the register. Have some stocks with good dividends? Do nothing. Don't feel compelled to do anything but wait.


The new voice-recognition software from Apple can make appointments, answer questions and remind you about your wife's birthday.

By Kim Peterson Oct 31, 2011 2:45PM
OK, OK, we know Siri is great. People love the new voice-recognition software that Apple (AAPL) has added to its newest iPhone.

But is Siri great enough to torpedo Google's (GOOG) prospects? That's the latest thinking among the tech crowd. "I believe Siri's launch this month spells a future crippling of Google's business," wrote Eric Jackson at Forbes. 

If you think ghosts and goblins are scary...

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Oct 31, 2011 2:05PM
By Alex Dumortier


In the spirit of All Hallows Eve, I've compiled a list of five things that should have you spooked -- they certainly spook me.


1.) Unemployment: It's a problem
There is a quote that is often attributed (falsely, in all likelihood) to New Yorker journalist Pauline Kael regarding Nixon's 1972 election victory. She "couldn't believe that Nixon had won" as no one she knew had voted for him. (Despite this, Nixon managed to carry all but one state.)


While the coffee giants cater to different consumers, both are driving sales through innovation and expansion.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 31, 2011 1:06PM

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Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) and Starbucks (SBUX) make most of their money selling coffee, but their customer base couldn't be more different. Which has the winning formula? This week's earnings reports will answer that question.


The health of consumers, the engine of the U.S. economy, is investors' biggest concern at the moment.


Recent studies show plenty of mainstream support for some of the issues that define the protest movement.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 31, 2011 11:49AM

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The Occupy Wall Street protesters were first ignored by the media and then maligned by certain outlets, but more recently a slew of reports and surveys have come out showing the movement may be on to something after all.


As difficult as it may be to nail down exactly what the protesters stand for, much of their attention is devoted to the growing indebtedness of average households, along with the growing gap between the wealthy and the poor, and ultimately the concern that the wealthy are exerting too much control over the political process.


This specialized lender provides financing for New York City cab medallions, which are incredibly expensive.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 31, 2011 11:29AM
By Carla Pasternak, High Yield Investing

Leon Murstein moved to the United States from Argentina in 1937 and became a New York cab driver, buying his first taxi medallion license for just $10. He then bought more, which he leased to other drivers.

Today, his son and grandson run Medallion Financial (TAXI), which has loaned more than $3 billion to taxi companies to buy medallions that now cost $975,000. 

Railroads are likely to lead the markets higher in the weeks ahead, and these three in particular will be good buys on pullbacks.

By Oct 31, 2011 11:25AM

By Tom Aspray,

One key market sector that topped out in May was the Dow Jones Transportation Average ($DJT). It had been a market-leading sector since the 2009 lows, but its weak performance last summer weighed down the overall market.

Norfolk Southern (NSC) reported very strong earnings last week, which helped other railroad stocks surge. The recent report from the Association of American Railroads also helped, as the group reported that so far in 2011, rail traffic is up 1.7% over last year.

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Whirpool's earnings missed estimates. Are shares getting pulled under?

By Benzinga Oct 31, 2011 11:14AM

By Jonathan Chen, Benzinga Staff Writer

Whirlpool (WHR) reported quarterly earnings last week that were nothing short of shocking, missing Wall Street estimates and sending shares down more than 11% Friday. Shares fell another 1.4% Monday.

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The securities firm led by Jon Corzine has plunged in value since making bad bets in Europe.

By Kim Peterson Oct 31, 2011 10:59AM

A securities firm run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, brought down by risky bets in Europe.

Trading in shares of MF Global (MF) has been halted as the company scrambles to figure out its future. Corzine was trying to find a buyer over the weekend, reports say.


This subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev dominates the fast-growing markets of South America.

By TheStockAdvisors Oct 31, 2011 10:51AM
By Nicholas Vardy, The Bull Market Alert

Our latest trading recommendation is Brazil's Companhia de Bebidas Das Americas (ABV), commonly known as Ambev.

Ambev, a subsidiary of global brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev, is the biggest brewery in South America and the fifth-largest brewery in the world. 

A lack of sustained direction has led to lots of wavering over the past year.

By InvestorPlace Oct 31, 2011 9:06AM
By Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace

Are we on the verge of a full-blown bull market?

Maybe, but keep in mind that the past 12 months have seen a multitude of miniature bull markets, all of which hit a wall.

For the first part of the past year, however, the market acted fairly normal. From late October 2010 to Feb. 18, 2011, the S&P 500 "slowly" spiked 13.6%. Then, from March 16 to April 29, the market rallied by 8.5%.


The health insurer guides higher, and the oil company is expected to post a gain.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 31, 2011 8:34AM
By Andrea Tse, TheStreetTheStreet


Humana (HUM), the health insurer, earned $2.54 a share on an adjusted basis in the third quarter, topping analysts' estimates, and it raised guidance for 2011. Analysts were expecting third-quarter profit of $2.03 a share. Humana said it expects earnings in 2011 of $8.35 to $8.40 a share, up from its previous estimate of $7.50 to $7.60 a share.

Anadarko Petroleum (APC) is expected to report third-quarter earnings of 67 cents a share after the markets close, up from 21 cents a share at the same time last year.



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