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With yields from 7% to 15%, these master limited partnerships can help turn high oil prices into high returns.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 28, 2012 2:12PM
Image: Stock market report (© Corbis)By Ian Wyatt, Daily Profit

Now is the time for investors to turn skyrocketing oil prices into income. One of the best ways for income investors to earn a hefty paycheck is through master limited partnerships (MLPs).

Here, we look at four MLPs that offer yields of at least 7%: Linn Energy (LINE), Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP), Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Inergy (NRGY).
 

Experts explain their stock picks in the industrial services, retail and manufacturing sectors.

By Zacks.com Feb 28, 2012 1:41PM
Zacks panel of experts cover their stock picks for the industrial services, retail and manufacturing sectors. Stocks covered include W.W. Grainger (GWW), Cabela's (CAB) and Greenbrier Companies (GBX). 

Plus, the panel covers China and the rising oil proces and how these headwinds contribute to global and domestic economic uncertainty.
 
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The big machinery maker shows impressive progress with its strategic goals and looks on track to achieve its targets.

By Trefis Feb 28, 2012 1:31PM
Image: Construction (© Photodisc Green/Getty Images)Caterpillar's (CAT) strategy -- called Vision 2020 -- is focused on a number of parameters that the company believes are key to sustained growth. Management published eight operational imperatives that it feels are essential in the first five years of this decade for the company to achieve its Vision 2020. 

This initiative was first announced in 2005 and updated in June 2010. We take a look at how successful the company has been in implementing the imperatives so far:
 
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The conglomerate made infamous by the crimes of its former CEO is headed for a lucrative final breakup.

By MoneyShow.com Feb 28, 2012 12:54PM

By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com


Before WorldCom and Lehman, before Bernie Madoff and Allen Stanford and Occupy Wall Street, we had Tyco (TYC) and L. Dennis Kozlowski, the CEO with a taste for $6,000 shower curtains, tax-free art, and tens of millions in "forgiven" corporate loans.


Kozlowski, who is doing 8-to-25 years in a New York state prison on larceny and securities fraud charges, becomes eligible for parole in August. And not long after that the conglomerate he expanded into a global empire will wink out of existence, its rump spun off into three separate companies that, with some luck, might become someone else's trophies.

 
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Analyzing Warren Buffett's annual letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway is a favorite pastime of investors.

By The Fiscal Times Feb 28, 2012 12:39PM
Warren Buffett's letterBy Suzanne McGee The Fiscal Times

Reading Warren Buffett's annual letter to the shareholders of his Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) holding company has become a pastime somewhat akin to the ancient sport of Kremlinology. Instead of academics studying the lineup of Politburo leaders accepting the salutes of military forces parading in Red Square, however, "Buffettologists" scan the sage of Omaha's carefully crafted sentences, looking for details about his thinking, strategy and stock picks.

As ever, that sage walked a narrow line between full disclosure and piquing the curiosity of his audience. Perhaps the biggest tease came when he referred repeatedly to his successor without naming the individual, even as his phrasing hinted that it wouldn't be either of the two heirs apparent, Todd Combs or Ted Wechsler. Both men, he hinted "will be helpful to the next CEO" when it comes to making acquisitions.
 

Will the company's shares remain as tasty as its pizza?

By Jonathan Berr Feb 28, 2012 12:06PM

Image Source/PhotolibraryShares of Domino's Pizza (DPZ) skyrocketed more than 11% in early trading Tuesday after the pizza delivery chain posted better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings.

Net income at the Ann Arbor, Mich. company rose 27.9% to $30.9 million, or 52 cents a share, versus $24.2 million, or 40 cents a share, in the year earlier period. Revenue rose 4.5% to $501.7 million. Wall Street analysts expected earnings of 49 cents on sales of $514.1 million.

 
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Nokia is downgraded to 'underperform,' and Discovery is initiated with an 'outperform.'

By MSN Money Partner Feb 28, 2012 11:46AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
  • Procter & Gamble (PG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
  • Apollo Group (APOL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
  • Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
 

Higher cigarette pricing and a dominant position in the smokeless tobacco industry are key growth drivers.

By Trefis Feb 28, 2012 11:10AM
Steve Mason/Photodisc Blue/Getty ImagesCigarette companies in the U.S. are often overlooked given the unpopularity of the tobacco business and the industry's falling cigarette volumes. Altria Group (MO), in particular, receives a fair share of this criticism since it operates only in the U.S., a country with one of the harshest regulatory environments.

But there are two compelling reasons for investors to take a second look at Altria -- key growth drivers to its business in the coming years.  
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Recent decreases might be sending investors fleeing for the exits.

By InvestorPlace Feb 28, 2012 10:38AM
Tetra Images/Getty ImagesBy Charles Sizemore


The highest dividends of any mainstream stock market sector in the world are being paid by European telecom firms, with many offering yields in excess of 10%. Unfortunately, as is generally the case with something that seems too good to be true, those dividends also are at risk.


Telefonica (TEF), Spain's largest telecom provider and a longtime recommendation of the Sizemore Investment Letter, is a case in point. In December, Telefonica opted to cut its dividend from a planned 1.75 euros per share to 1.50. Though the company had (and still has) the financial strength to continue paying the higher rate, the company had to accept the ugly reality that it was operating in a market that could at any moment descend into a 2008-style banking crisis.

 

Online profits are putting this brick-and-mortar retailer at the front of the parade.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 28, 2012 10:34AM
By Chuck Carlson, The DRIP Investor

It’s no secret that the Internet has changed the way people shop. And retailers who have not changed their ways and embraced the Internet have been under the gun.

One brick-and-mortar retailer that is doing nice business online is Macy’s (M), which operates more than 800 department stores under the Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s banner. Indeed, online sales for this retailer were up nearly 40% for fiscal 2012 ending in January. 
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Unlike Berkshire Hathaway, which should pay its investors to wait, Apple is a growth stock with terrific earnings momentum.

By Jim Cramer Feb 28, 2012 10:07AM

There's way too much chatter about what Apple (AAPL) has to do with its cash position and not enough about Apple's earnings. And I don't even want to go into the idea of the stock split. If you really need a stock split to buy, move on. The idea of buying just a couple of shares worked for buying Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) decades ago when it traded at similar prices, and it can work now.

 

Why doesn't the dividend matter in Apple and matter so much to me in Berkshire Hathaway? Pretty simple: earnings momentum. I was surprised at how little earnings momentum Berkshire has. Instead, Buffett focuses on book value. That's all well and good if the company is willing to buy back stock to take advantage of its discount, a discount that Warren Buffett chatters about throughout his letter to shareholders.

 

A cloud hangs over this much-hyped IPO -- and it has everything to do with a lack of profit.

By Jonathan Berr Feb 27, 2012 4:53PM

Image: Man with laptop (© Ken Seet/SuperStock)Yelp, which is going public this week, won't be profitable for quite a while -- if ever.


The reviews site is lucky to not be in a deeper financial hole than its $41.2 million deficit at the end of last year. Total expenses soared to $99.5 million from $7.67 million in 2007, a gain of nearly 1,200%, while revenue rose more than 2,100% to $83.3 million from $3.74 million.  


Its not a question of if Yelp's costs will grow at a faster rate than revenue -- but when. This is all spelled out in Yelp's S-1.

 
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The company faces a revenue loss as one of its blockbuster drugs, Singulair, loses patent protection this year.

By Jim J. Jubak Feb 27, 2012 4:27PM
Image: Prescription medicine expenses © Don Farrall/Photodisc/Getty ImagesEarlier this month, I dropped three stocks from my dividend income portfolio and added three more.

I'm going to give you more detail on one of those I let go: Merck (MRK). (I'll also actually make the change on the dividend portfolio page. The remaining two changes will follow in what I will try to make short order.)

Merck just raised its quarterly dividend to 42 cents a share from 38 cents.
 

A decade ago, a share of Apple barely cost $10. Now it trades well above $500 -- and optimistic investors say the good times will keep on rolling.

By TheWeek.com Feb 27, 2012 3:48PM
Image: Arrow Up (© moodboard/Corbis)Apple (AAPL) stock is now trading well over $500 a share (hitting $527 Monday afternoon), making the company more valuable than Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) combined. 

Needless to say, investors are happy: A $10,000 investment in Apple in 2000 "would be worth about $966,667 today," writes Chris Dumont at Investopedia. But Apple's meteoric rise presents a conundrum, too: Investors are torn between curtailing their spending on the increasingly pricey stock, or doubling down to reap more profits.

Can Apple's share price keep climbing?
 

Low rates make stocks look even more attractive, but can it last?

By Motley Fool Pick of the Day Feb 27, 2012 3:46PM

Image: Woman reading newspaper in livingroom © Tetra images/Getty ImagesBy Dan Caplinger

 

Even as the stock market has hit multiyear highs recently, stocks still look cheap by many standards. Yet many investors are staying on the sidelines, fearing an imminent end to the three-year-old bull bounce after the market meltdown of 2008 and early 2009. That leaves one key question: Is keeping cash available a smart move or a waste of capital?

 

The bull argument
A recent article from Bloomberg said that the S&P 500 is almost as cheap as it ever has been compared to bond yields.

 

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