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Stocks are higher as investors' worst fears for JPMorgan and China fail to materialize.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 13, 2012 1:05PM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com 

Better-than-expected earnings reports from JPMorgan (JPM), as well as Wells Fargo (WFC), kick-started the second-quarter earnings season, one in which investors were more cautious than they have been in recent years.

JPMorgan took a $4.4 billion second-quarter charge on its London CIO operations and restated its first-quarter results lower based on the losses associated with the "London Whale." The bank's CFO Doug Braunstein pegged the trading loss through Thursday at $5.8 billion, which may have been less than some expected, and the bank said its CIO synthetic credit group has been closed down and all of its London CIO managers have been let go.  
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Wall Street has no clue about the extent of the banking giant's trading losses.

By Jonathan Berr Jul 13, 2012 12:33PM
Image: Wall Street sign (© Corbis/SuperStock)Shares of JPMorgan Chase (JPM) surged Friday after the largest U.S. bank by assets reported better-than-expected earnings, even as its trading losses mounted.  

People may regret buying into the rally, because no one seems to have a clue about what's really happening at the venerable Wall Street company. 
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Scripps Networks is upgraded to 'buy' at Goldman, and Panera Bread is initiated with a 'buy' at KeyBanc.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 13, 2012 11:40AM
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Friday's noteworthy upgrades include:  
  • CMS Energy (CMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
  • Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
  • Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
 

The cosmetics company hopes to convert more travelers into purchasers.

By Trefis Jul 13, 2012 11:34AM
TrefisImage: Lipstick (© Stockbyte/PictureQuest)Estee Lauder (EL) is gradually expanding its retail presence at domestic airports in key emerging markets, like China and Brazil.

It has succeeded in capitalizing on the growing travel retail market over the past few quarters and currently sells its prestige beauty products through more than 1,000 airport outlets. This channel has performed particularly well within Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, generating double-digit net sales growth in fiscal 2011. 
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These picks meet the long-term value strategy of the legendary fund manager John Neff.

By TheStockAdvisors Jul 13, 2012 10:59AM

By John Reese, Validea

 

Over John Neff's 31-year tenure (1964-1995), the Windsor Fund averaged a 13.7% annual return -- a track record among the greatest ever for a mutual fund manager.

 

By focusing on beaten down, unloved stocks, he was able to find value in places that most investors overlooked. Here's a look at our 10 stock portfolio that is based on Neff's strategy.

 

The airplane manufacturer walks away with a $14.7B order from UAL.

By Benzinga Jul 13, 2012 10:49AM

By Brett Callwood

 

Aerospace company Boeing (BA) is being hailed the overall winner at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK comes to an end.

 

According to Reuters, neither Boeing nor Airbus received the amount of orders they would have wanted, but both companies are claiming their own victories.

 

Supervalu reminds us that a high yield can be a red flag for a flailing stock.

By Jim Cramer Jul 13, 2012 10:27AM

Nothing makes me happier in investing than getting a terrific dividend from a company. And with good reason. Time and again we have seen outsized dividends hold off sellers and stop declines. We have seen the power of reinvesting dividends to compound gains. And we know dividends have provided about half the return investors have gotten in the past decade, a dismal decade for investing. If you pick stocks with good dividends, you are on the right track to successful investing.

 

Ah, but here's the catch. It's the phrase "good dividends," because we have found that not all dividends are created equal.

 

The European economy, however, is a different story.

By Jonathan Berr Jul 13, 2012 10:26AM

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, perhaps the greatest investor in history, says the glass is half full when it comes to the U.S., though Europe is another story.

 

Speaking on CNBC Thursday morning, the Oracle of Omaha argued that "the U.S. economy is faring better than virtually any big economy throughout the world," in part because of the "noticeable" pickup in the residential housing market. Europe, he notes, is in much worse shape as evidenced by growing concerns about Italy and Spain. Of course, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) is right.

 
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These consumer-focused plays resist even ugly downturns.

By InvestorPlace Jul 13, 2012 9:40AM

By Jeff Reeves

 

OK, that "3 stocks that always go up" headline is overhyped. A more accurate title would be "3 stocks that go up most of the time," but fewer of you would have stopped in to have a look.

 

Still, hear me out, because these three stocks definitely are worth a look.

 

My methodology was to examine the crash this spring where the S&P 500 shed 9.3% and the Nasdaq dropped 11.1% over two months, and find stocks that actually went up during that ugly time. Not stocks that popped one day on good news, mind you, but stocks that hung in there -- even on the down days.

 

This is one way for the social network to monetize its rapidly expanding portable devices user base.

By Trefis Jul 13, 2012 9:23AM
TrefisFacebook (FB) is reportedly working on a new type of mobile ad unit that would target users based on their mobile app usage patterns.

Many popular mobile apps use Facebook Connect to quickly attract users and improve engagement by using Facebook's inherent social integration. Facebook Connect enables users to quickly use any app without the need for signing up for each separately. 
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The amount is nearly triple the original estimate. The bank also says its traders tried to cover up the blunder.

By MSNMoney partner Jul 13, 2012 8:58AM
Pallavi Gogoi, The Associated Press

JPMorgan Chase said Friday that a bad trade has cost the bank $5.8 billion this year, almost triple its original estimate, and raised the prospect that traders had improperly tried to conceal the blunder.

"This has shaken our company to the core," CEO Jamie Dimon said.


The bank said managers tied to the bad trade had been dismissed without severance pay and that it planned to revoke two years' worth of pay from each of those executives.

 
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The banks report second-quarter earnings.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 13, 2012 8:58AM

By Michael Baron, TheStreet.com


JPMorgan Chase (JPM):

The Dow component announced that it's restating its first-quarter results lower to reflect the impact of attempts to mask the extent of losses suffered by its Chief Investment Office at that time.


"The firm has recently discovered information that raises questions about the integrity of the trader marks and suggests that certain individuals may have been seeking to avoid showing the full amount of the losses in the portfolio during the first quarter," JPMorgan said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Here are 3 possible consequences if a deal between the TV network and Microsoft goes through.

By TheWeek.com Jul 12, 2012 4:41PM

NBC, which is owned by General Electric (GE), and Microsoft (MSFT) are reportedly in talks to part ways over MSNBC.com, according to Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast. The network would buy back "the remainder of their hugely popular MSNBC website from the software giant," says Kurtz.


The reported deal (which NBC did not confirm, while saying such "conversations" are ongoing) would end a marriage that began in 1995, when the two companies came together to launch the cable channel MSNBC and its accompanying website. Microsoft pulled out of the cable channel in 2005, but continues to own a 50% stake in the site, which "ranks among the top three in online news sites," says Andrew Kirell at Mediaite.


Under NBC's control, the site will reportedly be rebranded as NBCNews.com, a big change for a recognizable Web destination.

 
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Martin Whitman's fund buys conservatively valued long-term holdings.

By GuruFocus.com Jul 12, 2012 4:27PM

Martin Whitman is in the process of handing the reigns over to his successor Ian Lapey at $3.8 billion-worth Third Avenue Management. Lapey was promoted to sole portfolio manager on March 1, 2012. Whitman remains as chairman of the board of trustees and mentors the investor team. Year to date, the fund has returned 12.68%, recovering from its 11.68% downturn in the last year.

 

The investors in the third quarter bought four new stocks: Devon Energy (DVN), Comerica (CMA), Alleghany (Y) and White Mountains Insurance Group (WTM).

 
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Some thoughts on what CEO Jamie Dimon may do to restore shareholder confidence.

By Minyanville Jul 12, 2012 4:11PM

Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. EDT, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) will report its financial results for the second quarter. Analysts are expecting earnings of 76 cents per share and revenue of $21.70 billion.

 

What everyone is most worried about is how big the losses from the Chief Investment Office may wind up being. On May 10, CEO Jamie Dimon announced that the firm had lost more than $2 billion of mark-to-market losses in its synthetic credit derivatives trading. These were linked to trading in an older-dated North American Investment Grade Credit Default Swap Index, IG9, set to expire in June of 2017. The loss alone in that index was originally reported to be $800 million, with further losses in more recent and liquid indexes bringing the total to $2 billion.

 
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