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4 Stocks Under 5 Making Waves – BBX, SIRI, S, TFER

Wall StreetInvestors decided to not wait on the Fed statement, pushing the markets higher. The retail numbers bolstered the bulls, coming in line with expectations. The Dow has reclaimed 13k, up just under 110 points. Following suit, the Nasdaq has jumped above 3k, up 30 points. The S&P 500 is rounding out the rally, up nearly 12 points to 1,383.

All eyes are on the Fed today, awaiting the statement to be released at 2:30pm EST. What investors a re looking for is a sign of whether or not QE 3 is coming down the pipe. Globally the central banks have pumped somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 trillion to keep the banking sectors propped up, along with stock prices. Now the question becomes one of sustainability? Can the economy get on a growth trajectory that will allow a walk back of the stimulus. Cause the money hose has to get shut off eventually. [Read more...]

Stock Futures Shaky on Overseas News. Stocks to Watch: TUDO, OREX, RENN, S, CDTI, ANTH, AMZN

Stock FuturesFutures are on edge this morning as investors look at downbeat data emerging out of China. A meeting in Europe is also raising concerns that the Greek issue may yet appear again. The contagion factor with the debt deals and bailouts is also a factor in the general nervousness of the market. Dow futures are currently down 17 points to 12,486. Nasdaq 100 futures are off 5.25 points to 2,639. S&P 500 futures are rounding out the downtrend, down 2.75 points to 1,364.

While the non-farm payroll data was a boon to the market on Friday, it lost all steam after the ISDA declared the Greek bond-swap a credit event. The European markets are trading in a choppy range thanks to that and data out of China showing them swinging to a major trade deficit due to waning demand for their exports.

Today the EU group is expected to meet to approve the second Greek bailout. Span will also come into sharp focus as it will announce it will miss its 2012 budgetary requirements. The Finance minister is expected to attend and explain the miss. Pretty simple, when one-fifth of your country is unemployed your rosy numbers are going to be missed. [Read more...]

Hot Stocks This Morning: JVA, QSFT, SWHC, REE, VRS, S

Wall StreetStocks are up this morning thanks to a better than expected government jobs report. The Labor Department announced today that 227,000 jobs were added last month with the unemployment rate holding steady at 8.3%. Economists were expecting a gain of around 210,000 jobs. News out of Greece was positive as well today with participation from bondholders for the credit swap at 85.8% of the country’s debt burden.

All of this positive news has sent the Dow up 60 points, the Nasdaq up 21 points and the S&P 500 up 8 points. [Read more...]

Hot Stocks in Midday Trading: VRS, MOTR, THLD, MDVN, MWA, S, COH

Wall StreetVerso Paper Corp. (NYSE:VRS) is rallying 89.34% in midday trading at $2.31. Verso has seen heavy volume so far today and is trading nearly 10 times its average volume. The company announced late yesterday a proposed $345 million debt offering and commitments from lenders for new credit facilities. The company has a market cap of 122.31 million.

Motricity, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOTR) is up 14.02% today at $1.22. MOTR has traded 1.2 million shares so far today and trades 1.8 million shares on average. MOTR shares have jumped close to $0.25 over the past couple of days. The company has a market cap of 56.53 million. [Read more...]

Futures Propped Up By Greek Optimism. Stocks to Watch: KOG, AVID, S, CEDC, RENN, AMZN, VMED

In the long-running Greek saga it seems we are back to optimism today. Investors are hopeful that Greece will strike a deal over its debt today. This would give the country access to the second round of bailout funds. Dow futures are up 21 points to 12,852. The Nasdaq 100 futures are adding 4.25 points, and the S&P 500 is rounding out the positive moves, up one point to 1,345.

The Greek Prime Minister is schedule to meet with coalition leaders on Wednesday. It is hoped that this will clear the way for passage of new measures to secure bailout funds. Without the bailout funds, Greece is almost certainly heading for default in March. The ECB gave ground earlier, agreeing to swap its Greek holding s for less than face value.

At this point, market moves are being dictated by Greece. Any deal should continue the market rally in the short-term. A default would increase the worry about contagion. Of course the bailout does create a sense of moral hazard, because there are other countries that will be in line to get bailed out next. See Portugal.

Prospects for a Greek bailout and a temporary resolution to the crisis is sending both the Asian and European markets higher.

Domestically, earnings season continues today. Shares of Time Warner Inc are up over 3% in pre-market trading after the company topped expectations. They also announced a stock buy-back program and increased their dividend by 11%.

Shares of Walt Disney Co. are down slightly this morning after the company had a slight miss in their first quarter. Revenues came in at 10.78 billion versus expectations 11.19 billion.

Stocks to watch today include Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp (NYSE:KOG), Avid Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:AVID), Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S), Central European Distribution Corp. (NASDAQ:CEDC), Renren Inc. (NYSE:RENN), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Virgin Media Inc. (NASDAQ:VMED)

Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp (NYSE:KOG) is up 1.78% in pre market trading at $9.13. KOG typically trades 6.5 million shares a day on average. Kodiak reported yesterday that they assumed its sixth operated rig and all of KOG’s rigs are drilling on wells in North Dakota. The company has a market cap of 1.88 billion.

Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVID) is up 16.63% in pre market trading at $11.64. AVID shares are jumping this morning after the company reported good quarterly results yesterday. Avid Technology beat EPS estimates by $0.23 a share and also beat revenue estimates. The company has a market cap of 385.28 million.

Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) is up 2.86% in pre market trading at $2.52. Sprint posted a net loss this morning for the previous quarter, but saw revenue gain from the iPhone. The CEO also said he sees the iPhone bring significant value over the long term. The company has a market cap of 7.34 billion.

Central European Distribution Corp. (NASDAQ:CEDC) is up 7.91% in pre market trading at $6.00. CEDC shares are up 50% in the past week following news that Russian Standard will increase stake in the company. The company has a market cap of 403.06 million.

Renren Inc. (NYSE:RENN) is up 3.63% in pre market trading at $5.23. RENN shares have seen a lot of volatility lately due to the Facebook IPO news. RENN jumped more than 50% last month, but has since fallen some and has been whipsawing between $5 and $5.50 every day. The company has a market cap of 2.05 billion.

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is up 0.48% in pre market trading at $185.07. AMZN shares are up about $15 a share since last Wednesday. Amazon and Viacom are close to a web video deal according to reports yesterday. The company has a market cap of 83.82 billion.

Virgin Media Inc. (NASDAQ:VMED) is up 3.83% in pre market trading at $25.21. VMED shares are up after the company reported fourth quarter results. TiVo and broadband helped boost Virgin Media in the fourth quarter. The company also saw a rise in customers. The company has a market cap of 7.31 billion.

Futures on Edge As Greek Talks Stall. Stocks to Watch: CSTR, S, BPAX, BAC, YUM, BMTI, HGSI

Another day, more Greek talks. In what has become more annoying than a pop song playing endlessly on the radio, Greek debt talks are continuing today. If the past is any indication for the future here’s how it will play out: First, an unfounded rumor that there might be a deal. Second, an actual fact based report that yep, still no deal. Rinse and repeat. Until they figure out this is completely unsustainable and Greece exits the EU.

Futures are edging lower on this long running saga. Dow futures are currently off 17 points to 12,759. The Nasdaq 100 futures are following that lead, down 7.50 points to 2,518. S&P 500 futures are rounding out the slight decline, off 3.50 points to 1,335.50.

In episode 835 of the Greek soap opera, you have the Greek officials pushing back against austerity measures. Their fear is that anymore cuts will lead to further social unrest. On the other side you have the IMF and EU demanding further budgetary action for the second round of bailout money. This all leads to the drop-dead point in march in which Greece will default without the money.

The fear with a Greece default is that somehow this has been priced into the market and will not act as a contagion. Of course that ignores systemic budgetary issues across the whole of Europe and more than likely is way too rosy of prediction.

Domestically all eyes will be on the Bernanke testimony in front of the Senate Budgetary Committee. Expect the normal grandstanding by the Senators mixed with Bernanke saying the same thing he said last week. CNBC will be on hand to tell you what he meant by ‘is’ so it should be a fun watch.

In commodities oil continues its slow fall. Nymex futures are off another 63 cents today down to the $96 level.

Stocks to watch today include Coinstar Inc. (NASDAQ:CSTR), Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S), BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:BPAX), Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMTI) and Human Genome Sciences (NASDAQ:HGSI).

Coinstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSTR) is up 17.54% in pre market trading at $59.52. CSTR shares are rallying after the company announced fourth quarter earnings. Coinstar reported EPS of $1 a share on $520 million in revenue, estimates were $0.65 a share on $498 million in revenue. Verizon and Redbox are also teaming up for a joint DVD, streaming service to take on Netflix. The company has a market cap of 1.53 billion.

Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) is up 3.66% in pre market trading at $2.55. Sprint announced this morning it is partnering with Orange Business Services to provide Sprint with global machine to machine connectivity outside the U.S. S shares are up $0.40 a share since last Wednesday. The company has a market cap of 7.37 billion.

BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:BPAX) is up 10.48% in pre market trading at $1.16. BPAX shares have been trending higher since mid December when shares fell from $2.50 to $0.50 after an after hours announcement of the company’s disappointing LibiGel phase III results. The company has a market cap of 115.51 million.

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) is down 0.25% in pre market trading. BAC shares are slightly lower this morning as the market is set to open a little lower on Greek fears. BAC will remain in a bit of a holding pattern until something in the market happens. Whether in Greece, or news closer to home. The company has a market cap of 83.97 billion.

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) is up 2.23% in pre market trading at $64.60. YUM shares are up this morning after posting strong fourth quarter profit yesterday. EPS came in at $0.75, beating estimates of $0.74. The big gains for Yum come thanks to China growth beating expectations. The company has a market cap of 29.10 billion.

BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMTI) is up 10.24% at $2.26. BioMimetic announced yesterday the results of its Canadian augment rotator cuff graft clinical trial. They said the product “achieved its primary safety endpoint.” The company has a market cap of 57.51 million.

Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:HGSI) is up 2.88% in pre market trading at $11.08. HGSI shares are up more than $1 since Friday. The stock has traded 50 thousand shares this morning and trades 6.3 million shares a day on average. The company has a market cap of 2.14 billion.

Early Morning Movers: CHUX, S, MOTR, SOHU, SINA, MU

The markets are looking a little weaker this morning after a five-week rally on Greek concerns. There is still on deal done in Greece for them to get a second bailout package. With no economic data out today, all focus has shifted back to Europe and investors don’t like what they see. The major indexes are down 0.5% this morning.

O’Charley’s Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUX) is up 41.91% this morning at $9.82. CHUX has traded 10.3 million shares so far today, way above its daily average of 87 thousand shares. CHUX shares are up today after the company agreed to be acquired by Fidelity National. The deal is valued at $221 million. O’Charley’s also posted its fourth quarter results today. The company missed on EPS by $0.16. News of the buyout overshadowed their poor fourth quarter earnings. The company has a market cap of 216.17 million.

Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) is up 3.45% today at $2.41. Sprint has traded 26.5 million shares already today and trades 35.7 million shares a day on average. S is up more than $0.30 over the past few days. The company has a market cap of 7.22 billion.

Motricity, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOTR) is up 25.16% this morning at $1.6010. MOTR has traded 5.2 million shares so far today, nearly 5 times the stock’s daily average volume. MOTR shares have jumped 100% since last Thursday. Motricity is bouncing back some after being in a distinct downtrend for more than a year. The company has a market cap of 73.17 million.

Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU) is down 15.05% today at $53.50. SOHU has traded 4.1 million shares today, up from its daily average of 1.2 million shares. Sohu released fourth quarter results this morning and while it beat estimates for fourth quarter, its first quarter forecast was below estimates. Net income fell to $26.9 million from $44 million a year ago. Revenue jumped 42.2% to $246.2 million. The company has a market cap of 2.03 billion.

Sina Corporation (NASDAQ:SINA) is down 5.40% this morning at $71.00. SINA has traded nearly 3 million shares this morning and trades 5.3 million shares a day on average. SINA shares are pulling back slightly after rising about $8 a share since last Tuesday. The company has a market cap of 4.66 billion.

Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) is down 2.33% today at $7.76. MU has traded 15.6 million shares today and trades 31.2 million shares a day on average. Micron promoted Mark Durcan from COO to serve as CEO following the death of Steve Appleton in a small plane crash on Friday. Tech stocks retreated across the board as investors worry about Greece’s debt. The company has a market cap of 7.66 billion.

End of Day Stock Movers: BAC, F, SIRI, S, GILD, GNW

Stocks have held their early gains throughout the day today. A strong jobs report sent the major stock indexes up more than 1% this morning and they have stayed their much of the day. The Dow has gained 140 points today, the Nasdaq is up 44 points and the S&P 500 is up 17 points.

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) is up 4.30% this afternoon at $7.76. BAC has traded 302 million shares so far today and trades 268 million shares a day on average. BAC shares climbed alongside the overall market today following good jobs numbers this morning. The company has a market cap of 82.16 billion.

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is up 4.08% today at $12.77. F has traded 65 million shares today, 10 million more shares than it typically trades everyday. F shares also climbed after the unemployment fell last month to 8.3%. The company has a market cap of 48.60 billion.

Sirius XM Radio Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI) is up 1.18% this afternoon at $2.14. SIRI has traded 52 million shares so far today and trades 55 million shares a day on average. Sirius announced today that 5-time Grammy winning musician Ziggy Marley will host a new show on Sirius XM. The company has a market cap of 8.04 billion.

Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) is up 4.07% today at $2.30. S has traded 41.7 million shares today, 5 million shares more than its daily average. S shares have rallied more than $0.20 over the past three trading days. The company has a market cap of 6.88 billion.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) is up 10.79% this afternoon at $54.67. GILD has traded 33 million shares so far today, well above its daily average of 9.4 million shares. GILD shares rose today after positive results from its Hepatitis C drug trial. The company has a market cap of 40.97 billion.

Genworth Financial Inc. (NYSE:GNW) is up 13.81% today at $9.14. GNW has traded 26.3 million shares today, nearly triple the stock’s daily average volume. GNW shares are up today after posting strong fourth quarter results and saw its mortgage business improve. The company has a market cap of 4.48 billion.

Active Stocks Near Market Close: AMZN, BAC, S, RENN, MS, GLW

Stocks are looking to end the day relatively flat as the market has recovered most of its early losses. Banking stocks helped lead the market up from its lows, but some disappointing economic data still weighed on stocks. Despite today’s shaky trading, the Dow and S&P are on track to have their best January since 1997. With about 30 minutes left in the trading day the Dow is down 25 points, the Nasdaq is up 2 points and the S&P is down 1 point.

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is up 0.78% in late trading at $193.90. AMZN has traded 7 million shares so far today, a million more than its daily average. Amazon is slated to announce its latest earnings after market close today. The company has a market cap of 87.64 billion. Jason Bond’s strategy has made over $156,000 in 10 months, isn’t it time you join him?

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) is up 0.84% today at $7.13. BAC is up on light volume today with 179 million shares traded. BAC typically trades 270 million shares a day on average. Bank of America won a $715 million Washington debt sale and included 10 year bonds to yield 1.9%. The company has a market cap of 75.04 billion.

Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE:S) is down 1.62% today at $2.123. S has traded nearly 51 million shares today, 15 million shares more than it trades daily. S shares are taking a slight hit today after Radioshack blamed Sprint for its poor earnings forecast. The company has a market cap of 6.37 billion.

Renren Inc. (NYSE:RENN) is down 10.30% this afternoon at $5.65. RENN has traded 34.2 million shares so far today, 7 times its daily average. RENN shares are dropping today following a big run up the past few trading days on the shoulders of Facebook IPO reports. The company has a market cap of 2.21 billion. Jason Bond’s strategy has made over $156,000 in 10 months, isn’t it time you join him?

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is up 2.42% today at $18.65. MS has traded 22.4 million shares so far today and trades 30.3 million shares a day on average. Financial stocks showed strength today and helped the market recover from big losses this morning. The company has a market cap of 35.86 billion.

Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW) is up 1.98% today at $12.86. GLW has traded 21.5 million shares so far today, above its daily average of 20.8 million shares. GLW are trending slightly higher after falling about $1 last week. The company has a market cap of 19.37 billion.

RadioShack Tanks After Disappointing Fourth-Quarter Earnings Forecast

RadioShack (NYSE:RSH) is tanking today and is down nearly 30% right now after forecasting fourth quarter earnings of $0.11-0.13. Wall Street was expecting around $0.37 a share.

RadioShack blamed Sprint (NYSE:S) for its weak forecast saying weakness in Sprint’s business offset sales growth from its partnership with Verizon Wireless. “We are disappointed that these positives were overshadowed by significant declines in our Sprint business,” said President and Chief Executive Jim Gooch.

Sprint has been dealing with huge costs after getting Apple’s iPhone 4S and trying to keep customers. Some analysts are saying that Sprint is getting stricter about consumer’s credit scores needed to apply or its wireless plans. Margins from wireless revenue are lower than RadioShack’s primary business. Anthony Chukumba, an analyst with BB&T Capital Markets likened wireless to a “double-edged sword.”

RadioShack’s decline started in after hours trading yesterday immediately after the company announced their dismal forecast. Currently, RSH shares are down more than 28% at $7.299. The stock has traded 28.5 million shares today, more than 10 times its daily average volume.

Futures Turn Red as JPMorgan Reports. Stocks to Watch: DMND, JPM, BAC, AAPL, RIMM, MS, S

It looks to be another volatile day on Wall Street as JPMorgan reported that its profit numbers had dropped to $3.7 Billion from $4.8 Billion. Revenue also saw a decline to $22.19 Billion. Dow futures are currently off 10 points to 12,403. Nasdaq 100 futures are nearly flat, down 1.50 points to 2,377. S&P 500 futures are following suit, down 1.60 to 1,288.70.

The economic data calendar is also crowded for a Friday. At 8:30am EST, the December trade deficit report and the November import prices will be released. The at 9:55am EST the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment numbers are set to be released. The consensus expectations for the sentiment numbers is a modest rise from the 69.9 level to 73.

Good news finally emerged out of Europe after a closely watched Italian debt auction went off with positive yield movement to the downside. This was on the heels of the two successful auctions in Spain and Italy the day before. This has sent the broader European markets higher this morning with the banking heave Stoxx 600 Index up over half a percent.

Asian markets also climbed overnight after the fears over Europe’s sovereign debt crisis began to ease. Mainland China stocks, however, were hit after data showed a sizable drop in forth quarter foreign exchange reserves.

Commodity markets are mostly flat this morning after oil was sent under $100 after the Europe can-kicking announcement of the Iranian oil embargo. Right now Nymex crude futures are down five cents to $99.05. Gold prices are also giving back some of their gains for the week, down $7 to $1640 an ounce.

Stocks to watch today include Diamond Foods Inc. (NASDAQ:DMND), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S)

Diamond Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:DMND) is down 11.05% in pre market trading at $29.47. DMND shares are down this morning on news that Federal Prosecutors have joined the SEC in its investigation of how the company paid walnut suppliers. DMND trades 2.4 million shares a day on average and is worth 730.48 million.

JP Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is down 2.71% in pre market trading at $36.85. JPM is trading heavy volume already today with 289 thousand shares traded. The stock trades 41.1 million shares a day on average. JPM shares are down after the company reported net earnings falling 23%. They did meet expectations though so it’s not really bad news. The company has a market cap of 139.94 billion.

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) is down 2.95% today at $6.58. BAC has traded 876 thousand shares already in pre market and trades 266.3 million shares a day on average. BAC is following JPM down this morning after JPM reported a dip in earnings. The company has a market cap of 68.82 billion.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is down 0.17% in pre market trading at $420.69. AAPL trades 14.1 million shares a day on average. Apple suspended iPhone 4S sales in mainland China after a crowd threw eggs at their flagship store when it failed to open as promised. The company has a market cap of 391.64 billion.

Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM) is up 1.52% in pre market trading at $16.69. RIMM trades 21.6 million shares a day on average. RIMM shares are bouncing this morning on rumors the company may be looking to be acquired. According to Reuters, Research In Motion hired Goldman Sachs to explore its strategic options. The company has a market cap of 8.48 billion.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is down 2.15% this morning at $16.80. MS shares are down as many bank stocks take a hit following JP Morgan’s report that net earnings fell 23%. MS trades 32.2 million shares a day on average and has a market cap of 33.09 billion.

Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) is down 4.31% in pre market trading at $2.22. S has jumped up about $0.15 over the past couple of days and averages 42.1 million shares daily. Some analysts are saying that Sprint’s iPhone deal may get a lot better and could include a Sprint-exclusive iPhone. “Given our belief that the Sprint purchase commitment is unique … we think it is possible that Apple may have extended certain benefits to Sprint in return,” Shing Yin of Guggenheim Partners LLC wrote in an analyst’s note Thursday. “For example, if Apple were inclined to offer limited exclusivity on a future iPhone (as many other handset makers still do), we think Sprint could be chosen as an initial launch partner, especially since we think Apple may be less than happy with some of its other carrier partners. Any such iPhone-related benefit would likely be viewed by investors as a significant positive for Sprint, in our view.” The company has a market cap of 6.95 billion.

After Hours Losers: CMM, SSN, FIO, S, NSU

China Mass Media (NYSE:CMM) is down 5.70% in after hours trading at $5.46. CMM finished the day slightly positive with 463 thousand shares traded. The company has a market cap of 14.48 million. Take Advantage of Short Squeezes With Buy In Alerts

Samson Oil & Gas Limited (AMEX:SSN) is trading down 2.33% in after hours trading at $2.10. SSN traded 1.3 million shares today, more than double its daily average. The stock finished down 2.27%. The company has a market cap of 188.14 million.

Fusion-io, Inc. (NYSE:FIO) is down 1.81% in after hours trading at $25.00. FIO closed the day down 4.36 on below average volume with 1.3 million shares traded. The company has a market cap of 2.12 billion.

Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) is down 1.32% in after hours trading at $2.25. S closed the day down 1.72% on light volume with only 19.9 million shares traded, less than half its daily average volume of 57 million shares. The company has a market cap of 6.83 billion. Take Advantage of Short Squeezes With Buy In Alerts

Nevsun Resources (AMEX:NSU) is down 2.26% in after hours at $5.20. NSU closed down 1.66% today on below average volume. NSU traded 338 thousand shares on the day, below its average of 562 thousand shares. The company has a market cap of 1.07 billion.

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