Why stocks are in for a rough ride this week
Stocks in for a rough ride this week

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In its ongoing effort to become an end-to-end business-technology company, Dell buys SonicWall to beef up its security software.

By Benzinga Mar 13, 2012 5:29PM

Image: Couple with laptop (© Image Source/SuperStock)By Katey Stapleton, Benzinga Staff Writer


Dell (DELL), which is trying to transform itself into a full-service technology provider for businesses, has bought a network security company for a reported $1.2 billion.


Dell announced Tuesday that it will acquire privately-held SonicWall, which makes tools that help companies filter Internet content, secure their Internet access and protect digital communications between offices.

 

Home Inns and Hotels Management has tumbled in the last week. Now might just be the time to buy.

By Jim J. Jubak Mar 13, 2012 3:15PM
Image: Hotel maid (© Simon Jarratt/Corbis)In my March 6 post I suggested waiting until Home Inns and Hotels Management (HMIN) reported fourth-quarter earnings on March 8 because the company might well disappoint.

Sure enough, it did, and the stock was trading Tuesday at $27.31, 14.2% below its March 5 close. (I'm adding the stock to my Jubak's Picks portfolio Tuesday.)

What was the Chinese lodging company's big sin? Not revenue. Revenue for the quarter came in at $208 million, above the consensus estimate of $191 million, and up 64% from the fourth quarter of 2010.
 
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Is Yahoo attempting a shakedown in hopes of grabbing some of Facebook's IPO cash?

By Kim Peterson Mar 13, 2012 2:09PM
Image: Laws (© Photodisc Green/Getty Images)Yahoo (YHOO) has become technology's newest villain after suing Facebook for violating 10 of its patents in online advertising, messaging and other areas.

Within hours after the lawsuit was filed, tech observers rushed to judgment. The suit stinks. Yahoo is totally out of line.

The harshest criticism came from one of Yahoo's former board members. "Pathetic and heartbreaking last stand for Yahoo," wrote Eric Hippeau on Twitter. "It's all over. I loved you very much." 
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The retailer's margins contract as its profit drops.

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Mar 13, 2012 2:03PM

Image: Jewelry store (© Baerbel Schmidt/Getty Images/Getty Images)Rising costs hurt S&P 500 component Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) in the fourth quarter as profit dropped from a year earlier. Urban Outfitters is engaged in the general consumer product retail and wholesale business, selling to customers through various channels including retail stores, catalogs and websites.


Here is the "cheat sheet" for Urban Outfitters fourth-quarter earnings report:

 
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High-yielding REITs may seem attractive at first glance, but vulnerable chart patterns and potential dividend cuts make some of them especially dangerous.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 13, 2012 1:21PM

Image: Mortgage rates (© Comstock)By Tom Aspray


Investors in low-yielding stocks are likely frustrated by the historic market rally, as even a more conservative exchange-traded fund (ETF) like the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY) is up 4.78% so far this year. This ETF invests in the 50 highest-yielding dividend stocks of the S&P 1500 Composite that have also increased their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years.


Some of those searching for yield have been turning to the agency mortgage real-estate investment trusts (REITs), which are also being recommended by a number of analysts and columnists. These REITs are exclusively invested in mortgage securities that are insured by federal agencies.

 

A surge in the hiring of temporary workers bodes well for staffing stocks but is terrible news for the for-profit education sector.

By MoneyShow.com Mar 13, 2012 1:10PM

Image: Customer service worker (© Beau Lark/Corbis)By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com


This economic recovery may yet prove all too temporary, but for now its reliance on temps is one of the more impressive lines on its resume.


Temporary employment added 45,000 jobs last month, accounting for nearly 20% of February's unexpectedly strong gain of 227,000 nonfarm payrolls.

 

Will Apple's tablet help save video games?

By Wall St. Cheat Sheet Mar 13, 2012 12:52PM
Apple's (AAPL) new iPad has been unveiled, and it is "resolutionary." The screen has an improved retina display, with 2048 x 1536 or 3.1 million pixels. It has a higher screen resolution than Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox 360 and four times the resolution of the iPad 2.  

Although much of the speculation around the new iPad has eased, investors are wondering how other companies will capitalize on Apple's new screen.
 

Nokia is reportedly gearing up for a Microsoft-powered model.

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Mar 13, 2012 12:45PM

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

 

The Windows partnership between Nokia (NOK) and Microsoft (MSFT) apparently isn't limited to smartphones.

 

Taiwan's DigiTimes -- the tech trade publication that usually has a good read on what contract manufacturers are working on throughout Asia -- reports that the Finnish handset maker is working on a Microsoft-fueled tablet that may hit the market as early as the fourth quarter of this year.

 

Scripps Networks is upgraded to a 'buy,' while CVS Caremark is downgraded to 'market perform.'

By MSN Money Partner Mar 13, 2012 11:25AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • ACE Ltd. (ACE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
  • Scripps Networks (SNI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
 

Utilities are the evergreens of the stock market. Even in the harshest conditions, they can thrive.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 13, 2012 11:20AM
Image: Power lines (© Digital Vision)By Ian Wyatt, Daily Profit

Utilities stocks serve virtually the same purpose for investors that the utility companies themselves serve for their customers: They provide a reliable, necessary service that doesn't change much from year to year.

While they may not have the same growth potential that fast-rising tech stocks can sometimes offer, utilities have the high yields and low betas that defensive investors crave.  

Its Cantina Bell menu is a page out of Chipotle's playbook.

By InvestorPlace Mar 13, 2012 10:58AM

By Jeff Reeves

 

Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is on the menu of many momentum stock investors these days. The booming burrito joint continues to post big improvements in profit and revenue -- and, most importantly, in CMG stock valuations. Chipotle stock is up almost 60% in the past 12 months, putting it up against a new 52-week high.

 

But a new offering from rival fast-food chain Taco Bell and its parent Yum Brands (YUM) could give Chipotle a run for its money.

 

The only real winners will be the lawyers.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 13, 2012 10:14AM

When the going gets tough, the not-so-tough file patent lawsuits. Yahoo (YHOO) is a case in point.

The Internet media company on Monday sued Facebook, alleging that the pioneering social media company had infringed on 10 patents that center around advertising and fraud protection as well as customizing a user's experience. Facebook denies any wrongdoing. Now it's in the hands of lawyers, and that's a problem.

 

In this video roundtable, experts weigh in on what to expect from the upcoming Fed meeting on jobs.

By Zacks.com Mar 13, 2012 10:04AM

Zacks experts weigh in on what to expect from the upcoming Federal Reserve meeting on jobs.


Plus, the experts explain their stock picks in the technology, software and restaurants industries. Stocks covered include Chipotle (CMG), Constant Contact (CTCT) and Acacia Research (ACTG).

 
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The DOJ is investigating possible antitrust violations.

By Trefis Mar 13, 2012 9:20AM
Apple (AAPL) and five large book publishers could be slapped with a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly colluding to keep the prices of e-books high, according to a report last Friday.

The book publishers in question are five of the largest in the U.S., including Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book, Penguin, Macmillan and HarperCollins. The DOJ alleges that the publishers teamed up with Apple to take on Amazon (AMZN), which was starting to exert a huge control on the publishing industry with its highly discounted e-book editions. 
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They aren't bad. It's the Fed's indecisiveness that's the real cause for concern.

By Jim Cramer Mar 13, 2012 8:44AM

The word is out: The stress tests will be bad the banks. I couldn't disagree more. I think the Federal Reserve is more than willing to accept that most banks have done the right thing and raised enough cash and can begin to pay out more money to shareholders.

 

I think what the Fed is torn about isn't the balance sheets of the banks. It's that they want more of the cash to be lent than what's returned to shareholders. The Fed sees how hard it is to get a mortgage, how little construction loan money is available and how high reserves are for all but the very worst banks, and it just doesn't know what to do.

 

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[BRIEFING.COM] The major averages ended the midweek session with slim gains after showing some intraday volatility in reaction to the release of the latest policy directive from the Federal Open Market Committee. The S&P 500 added 0.1%, while the relative strength among small caps sent the Russell 2000 higher by 0.3%.

Equities spent the first half of the session near their flat lines as participants stuck to the sidelines ahead of the FOMC statement, which conveyed no changes to the ... More


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