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

By Mar 13, 2012 1:10PM

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

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
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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 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).


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. 

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.


The Internet search company sues Facebook, alleging patent infringement. The clothing retailer reports weaker-than-expected quarterly results.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 13, 2012 8:04AM

TheStreetBy Andrea Tse


Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET


Yahoo (YHOO) filed a lawsuit against its partner Facebook, accusing the social network of patent infringement. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Jose, details patents related to messaging, social networking, privacy, customization and advertising. "Yahoo has invested substantial resources in research and development through the years, which has resulted in numerous patented inventions of technology that other companies have licensed," said a Yahoo spokesman. Facebook expressed surprise at Yahoo's legal action. "We will defend ourselves vigorously against these puzzling actions," a Facebook spokesman said.


Urban Outfitters (URBN) reported fourth-quarter earnings of 27 cents a share on revenue of $731 million. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, on average, were expecting the company to have earned 29 cents on revenue of $741.35 million. 


Will the popular retailer be able to overcome this divide?

By Benzinga Mar 12, 2012 6:10PM

Image: Money (© Russell Illig/Photodisc/Getty Images)By Brett Callwood, Benzinga Staff Writer

The alliance of luxury-goods producer Tiffany (TIF) and Swiss watchmaker Swatch looked, on the surface, like a match made in heaven. But the play-by-play reads like that of a failed marriage between a billionaire and a wealthy socialite.

Swatch needed a bit of a freshen up, and Tiffany's was happy to help in 2007. But scratching under the surface showed more than a little trouble in paradise. The main aim of the alliance was to develop, produce and globally distribute Tiffany brand watches. Swatch, of course, has plenty of experience in that area. Sadly, the wheels soon fell off the bus.


Investors looking for a way to play the new iPad should look beyond Apple to the two broadband service providers supporting iPad functionality.

By The Fiscal Times Mar 12, 2012 4:46PM
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Caption: Apple Unveils Updated iPadBy Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times

Another season, another Apple product debut.The Fiscal Times

This spring's new Apple gizmo -- almost certain to generate still more cash for a company already sitting on nearly $100 billion -- is the next version of the iPad. The device will start shipping Friday, and Apple (AAPL) devotees will doubtless begin lining up at stores and camping out on sidewalks to be among the first to get their mitts on the new tablet. 

The average listener is spending more time with Pandora, and that bodes well for advertising-revenue growth.

By Trefis Mar 12, 2012 4:18PM

Image: Driving home (© gehringj/Vetta/Getty Images)Pandora Media's (P) stock price tumbled 25% last week when the company announced disappointing earnings and a less-than-rosy outlook.

But let's shift our focus away from the miss to the actual fundamentals driving the business. Revenue and subscriber growth have been stellar, but costs -- especially content costs -- are growing at a higher rate.

Below, we take a quick look at what the growth metrics tell us. 
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Gas-station operators might be persuaded to install this natural-gas option from Chesapeake and GE.

By Trefis Mar 12, 2012 4:03PM
Image: Man filling up car with gas while on cell phone (© moodboard/Corbis)As gasoline prices continue to rise, more companies are looking at natural gas as a transportation fuel.

Energy (CHK) and General Electric (GE) have partnered to bring natural-gas fueling to gas stations and convenience stores. This collaboration will combine GE's technology know-how with Chesapeake's expertise in developing fueling solutions.

Chesapeake Energy operates in the natural gas and oil production domain and also owns midstream and other oilfield assets in compression, drilling, trucking and pressure pumping. 


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