Sell-off may continue, but don't panic
Sell-off may continue, but don't panic

Experts say that the recent market action feels 'more like a repositioning,' and that it won't stop anytime soon.

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The steady increase in premiums over the past several quarters is driving revenue growth.

By Zacks.com Feb 17, 2012 12:40PM

Image: Medical doctor (© tetra images/Getty Images/Getty Images)By Zacks Equity Research
  

We have upgraded our recommendation on Molina Healthcare Inc. (MOH) to "outperform" from "neutral" based on its steadily increasing premium revenue, membership growth and a strong 2012 financial guidance.


Moreover, the improvement of the Medicaid health plan business, which was expanded via acquisitions, could be a significant opportunity for the company.

 
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Penn Virginia Resources has business in natural gas, coal, oil and even timber. And check out its hefty yield.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 17, 2012 12:24PM
Image: Natural gas plant (© Kevin Burke/Corbis)By Nathan Slaughter, Energy & Income

Ever wonder what would happen if a master limited partnership married a royalty trust? Well, it just might look something like Penn Virginia Resources (PVR).

Penn Virginia is a growing midstream energy player with 4,200 miles of natural gas-gathering pipelines, dozens of compressor stations and seven large-scale processing facilities. These assets are in important producing regions from the Gulf Coast to the Rocky Mountains. 
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The area is believed to hold vast deep-water reserves of oil and gas.

By Trefis Feb 17, 2012 12:23PM
Image: Oil drilling platform (© Scott Gibson/Corbis)British Petroleum (BP), hit by falling output, is looking to begin exploration in blocks in the South China Sea.

BP has a strategic focus on deep-water resources around the world. The company received approval to begin exploration in a block in the South China Sea last week. BP will be exploring the 43/11 block in collaboration with Chinese company CNOOC and independent exploration company Anadarko Corp. (APC). Deep-water exploration is becoming an increasingly important source of new reserves for major oil companies. 
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Not all dividend opportunities are created equal. Don't be tempted by these.

By InvestorPlace Feb 17, 2012 12:19PM

Image: Grocery shopping (© IT Stock Free/Jupiterimages)By Kyle Woodley


Dividend stocks are an investor's security blanket during periods of market instability, relieving some pressure to make every stock picked a rock-solid growth story for years to come. Instead, dividend stocks offer shareholders a reliable revenue stream that can help make rocky times feel, well, not quite so rocky.


But while a dividend is security, it's not a guarantee. Struggling companies -- think General Motors (GM) in 2006 or General Electric (GE) in 2009 -- can clip those payouts. And even the highest yield can be overshadowed by large share declines, such as with Frontier Communications (FTR), which plummeted about 50% last year despite a decent dividend.

 

The search engine giant owes the public an apology for secretly tracking the browsing habits of Apple customers.

By Jonathan Berr Feb 17, 2012 12:06PM
Image: Spy (© Corbis)Google (GOOG) has been nabbed red-handed violating the privacy of tens of millions of Apple (AAPL) users, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The search engine giant and some advertising agencies used a secret code to track the Web habits of users of Apple's Safari browser on iPhones and computers by bypassing its privacy settings, the newspaper reported. Safari, the most popular program for mobile surfing, is designed to block such tracking by default.

Google stopped the tracking when questioned about the practice by the Journal. 
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MSN Money's Anthony Mirhaydari takes more questions from Facebook users.

By MSN Money Partner Feb 17, 2012 10:28AM
Will there be another war over oil? How might it affect major oil companies? In this video, MSN Money columnist Anthony Mirhaydari explains why investors should avoid the sector.

 

And as he answers questions from MSN Money's Facebook community, he also explains views on General Electric (GE) and BP (BP). 

The annual build rate for the month was stronger than that seen in December.

By Benzinga Feb 16, 2012 6:30PM

Image: Home under construction (© Corbis)By Michael Foster, Benzinga Staff Writer


More new houses were being built in January, news that may benefit Beazer Homes (BZH), DR Horton (DHI), Pulte (PHM) and other developer stocks. In total, new home builds rose by 1.5% to an annual build rate of 699,000 houses -- stronger than December's figure of 689,000.


A mix of lower unemployment, cheap land, and low borrowing costs have resulted in an increase in home orders for Beazer and DR Horton, causing both stocks to rise slightly Thursday in pre-market trading.

 

While the auction company is becoming more of a facilitator in online commerce, Amazon's dominance in online retail segment is increasing.

By Trefis Feb 16, 2012 6:02PM
EBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) seem to be taking two markedly different approaches to building their business.

While eBay, which owns PayPal, is increasingly moving toward being a facilitator in online commerce, Amazon wants to be a one-stop shop for customers. This could work out favorably for both companies, but we believe eBay's marketplace stands to lose market share as Amazon continues its push.  
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Overbought conditions suggest the start of a long-overdue correction.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 16, 2012 3:46PM

By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com


The deterioration last week in some of the short-term technical studies like the McClellan Oscillator was consistent with a weakening stock market.


Prices continued to move higher early this week, led by Apple (AAPL) and the Nasdaq 100 ($NDX). Since the December lows, the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ), which tracks the Nasdaq 100, is up 17.8% versus a 13.2% gain in the Spyder Trust (SPY).

 

Europe's declining growth is contributing to falling metals prices.

By Jim J. Jubak Feb 16, 2012 3:30PM
Image: Brazil (© Donald Edwards/age fotostock)There's more evidence that Brazil's domestic economy and its export sector are headed in different directions at the moment.

Wednesday, the Banco Central do Brasil reported that economic activity in Brazil climbed by 0.57% in December from November. That's the second monthly increase in a row after growth stalled in the third quarter with the period essentially flat with the second quarter. (Year-to-year growth in the third quarter fell to 2.1%).

The news wasn't nearly as positive from Vale (VALE), the world's second-largest mining company.
 

Toy companies pay decent dividends and are expected to raise prices this year without hurting sales.

By Kim Peterson Feb 16, 2012 2:34PM
Image: Teddy Bear (© Fancy/Veer/Corbis/Corbis)Toy prices are expected to rise in the next couple years, mostly because the people who make them -- factory workers in China -- are seeing the minimum wage soar 20%.

But toys are a funny thing. Even when prices rise, parents still buy them because they want to keep their children happy. When it comes down to it, parents will sacrifice a purchase for themselves instead of giving up that new toy for their children.

The toy industry is a tough business with very slim margins. 

In the current volatile environment, it may be better to go for dividends than to try riding out the storm.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 16, 2012 2:34PM

By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com


Today's low-interest-rate environment has adviser Chris Kichurchak putting clients into high-yield equity funds. In an interview with MoneyShow's Kate Stalter, he discusses three that he likes and explains why he's seeking mainly yield now instead of capital appreciation.

 

The restaurant chain posted better-than-expected earnings, but foresees headwinds in 2012.

By Zacks.com Feb 16, 2012 2:23PM

Image: Family at diner (© IT Stock Free/SuperStock)By Zacks Equity Research
     

Bob Evans Farms Inc. (BOBE) announced third-quarter 2012 earnings of 69 cents per share on Tuesday after the bell, breezing past the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 60 cents per share and the year-ago quarter earnings of 51 cents.


The better-than-expected results were driven by cost-control initiatives of the company and improving sales trend.

 
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Here's a look at a leader in HIV/AIDS treatments and a pioneering play in molecular diagnosis.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 16, 2012 2:07PM
Image: Insurance Money (© Comstock Images/Jupiterimages)By Mike Cintolo,  Cabot Market Letter

Cepheid (CPHD) has a very large idea -- it's aiming to "democratize" molecular diagnostic testing through its revolutionary GeneXpert system.

Gilead Sciences (GILD) is a big biopharmaceutical company with 14 products on the market, including five medicines for the treatment of HIV/AIDS that accounted for 86% of 2010 revenue.  
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These small caps that focus on specific software niches have been sporting good price appreciation lately.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 16, 2012 1:58PM

Image: Clouds in a blue sky (© Purestock/Getty Images)By Kate Stalter, MoneyShow.com


Although there was much media fanfare Monday as Apple (AAPL) reached $500, small caps are outpacing their larger cousins' price growth so far in 2012.


The cloud-based business software has been in the spotlight recently, with small caps clearly setting the pace for gains.

 

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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market finished a down week on a cautious note with small caps leading the retreat. The Russell 2000 lost 0.5%, widening its weekly decline to 2.6%, while the S&P 500 shed 0.3%. The benchmark index ended the week lower by 2.7%.

This morning, the market was provided a basis to rebound with the July employment report, which was just right for the policy doves (209K versus Briefing.com consensus 220K). It showed payroll growth that was weaker than expected, ... More


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