DISH Networks Wins Blockbuster Auction

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DISH buys Blockbuster VideoTroubled movie renter Blockbuster has been looking for a buyer, and we learn today that DISH Network (DISH) has won the auction for the company, with a deal valued at $228 million in cash.

Blockbuster was once the biggest name in video rentals, but it has been unable to keep up with changes in the market created by companies such as Netflix (NFLX) and Redbox.

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DISH Networks Wins Blockbuster Auction

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DISH buys Blockbuster VideoTroubled movie renter Blockbuster has been looking for a buyer, and we learn today that DISH Network (DISH) has won the auction for the company, with a deal valued at $228 million in cash.

Blockbuster was once the biggest name in video rentals, but it has been unable to keep up with changes in the market created by companies such as Netflix (NFLX) and Redbox.

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DISH Networks Wins Blockbuster Auction

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DISH buys Blockbuster VideoTroubled movie renter Blockbuster has been looking for a buyer, and we learn today that DISH Network (DISH) has won the auction for the company, with a deal valued at $228 million in cash.

Blockbuster was once the biggest name in video rentals, but it has been unable to keep up with changes in the market created by companies such as Netflix (NFLX) and Redbox.

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DISH buys Blockbuster VideoTroubled movie renter Blockbuster has been looking for a buyer, and we learn today that DISH Network (DISH) has won the auction for the company, with a deal valued at $228 million in cash.

Blockbuster was once the biggest name in video rentals, but it has been unable to keep up with changes in the market created by companies such as Netflix (NFLX) and Redbox.

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What Will Pringles Do for Diamond Foods?

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Diamond Foods (DMND) logoDiamond Foods (DMND) acquired the Pringle brand product from Proctor & Gamble (PG) for $2.35 billion, as reported in Dealbook.

When we think of Diamond Foods we think of nuts, edible nuts. Diamond's two main brands are Diamond and Emerald. It produces all kinds of nut products for cooking and eating. Among them are almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts and peanuts. The product line also includes microwave popcorn and potato chips.

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What Will Pringles Do for Diamond Foods?

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Diamond Foods (DMND) logoDiamond Foods (DMND) acquired the Pringle brand product from Proctor & Gamble (PG) for $2.35 billion, as reported in Dealbook.

When we think of Diamond Foods we think of nuts, edible nuts. Diamond's two main brands are Diamond and Emerald. It produces all kinds of nut products for cooking and eating. Among them are almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts and peanuts. The product line also includes microwave popcorn and potato chips.

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NYSE Looks at Selling Stakes in Amex Exchange to Drive Volumes

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NYSE Euronext (NYX) acquired American Stock Exchange (Amex) in 2008 to expand its equities, options and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) trading business. Recently NYSE announced plans to sell the majority of its stake in the Amex stock options market to seven companies -- including top banks, trading houses and brokerages. With this move, the company hopes to increase its trading volumes by giving major brokerages an incentive to bring their business to Amex. Major competitors are Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), CME Group (CME), BATS Global and Direct Edge.

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The Bumpy Ride Continues with Whirlpool

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Place Whirlpool Corporation (WHR), first discussed here on March 13, 2009, at a price of $34.47, in the not-for-squeamish-investors category.

Appliance manufacturer extraordinaire Whirlpool's stock over-corrected last summer, formed a bear-hug, bottomed at/near $69.50, then recovered to about $90 during the winter -- before recently sliding back to $84. Translation: a roller-coaster -- something that one generally does not see with an industrial player. Even so, I still like WHR here. But hold on to your hat if you own the shares -- the bumpiness could continue in 2011.

And if you haven't already, consider taking some provides off the table with WHR, if you're in at/near $34.50.

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America Movil to Expand Growth with Pre-Paid Data Plans

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Carlos Slim, America Movil's (AMX) largest shareholder, became the world's richest man in part from his investments in wireless phone service. His empire spans 18 countries and has 200 million subscribers.

Let's look at America Movil's spectacular growth. The company's markets are primarily in Latin America. American Movil controls 74% of wireless service in Mexico under its Telcel brand, which has 60 million subscribers. Brazil is second with 45 million subscribers. It also is the largest provider in the Caribbean with four million users.

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Options Update: Texas Instruments Volatility Flat into National Semi Purchase

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Texas Instruments (TXN) agreed to buy National Semiconductor (NSM) for $25 per share. Texas Instruments overall implied volatility of 26 is near its 26-week average, according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.

Diamond Foods (DMND) and Procter & Gamble (PG) announced a definitive agreement to merge the Pringles business into Diamond Foods -- in a transaction valued at $2.35 billion. Overall option implied volatility of 32 is below its 26-week average of 36, according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.

Update is by Stock Specialist Paul Foster of theflyonthewall.com

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Store Expansion and DIY Activity Will Benefit Lowe’s

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Lowe's (LOW) is the world's second largest retailer of home improvement products after Home Depot (HD). Walmart (WMT) and Target (TGT) also cater the home improvements market. Lowe's offers a wide range of home improvement products and installation services to individual home owners as well as professional builders. In addition to the physical stores, consumers can buy products through the company's dedicated website. Lowe's business is vulnerable to the housing market swings and the recent slowdown has affected its sales to a great extent in the past few years.

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Schwab Acquisition Gives Customers More Options

Charles Schwab Corporation(SCHW) recently announced its decision to acquire optionsXpress in a friendly all-stock deal, as the company takes aim at the growing foreign exchange market. The move adds to Schwab's arsenal as it competes with firms like E-Trade(ETFC), Ameritrade(AMTD), Fidelity and Bank of America(BAC).

Our $19.74 price estimate for Charles Schwab implies a roughly 10% premium to the stock's market price.

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Expedia Resumes American Airlines Relationship

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EXPE logoExpedia (EXPE - option chain) shares are rising today after AMR Corp. (AMR) said it has reached an agreement with EXPE that will allow Expedia to offer American Airlines and American Eagle flights on its website. Expedia had pulled AMR fares from its site in December after AMR began pushing the use of direct links to its own sites. If you think that the stock won't fall by too much in the coming months, then now could be a good time to look at a bullish hedged trade on EXPE.

EXPE opened this morning at $23.50. So far today the stock has hit a low of $22.74 and a high of $23.55. As of 12:05, EXPE is trading at $23.11 up 0.68 (3.0%). The chart for EXPE looks bullish and S&P gives EXPE a positive 5 STARS (out of 5) strong buy ranking.

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Supply Concerns Send Corn Prices to a Record High

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Here's an interesting story, which speaks volumes about the psychological dynamic of the markets. On Friday the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will report on end-of-season inventories, often called 'ending stocks.' Traders are getting word the report may show inventories are lower-than-usual. Against that backdrop, as a trader you certainly don't want to take a short position. So what to do? You buy, of course.

Monday's buying drove corn prices to a record high of $7.6025 per bushel, up 24.25 cents, as reported in the Wall Street Journal. Country Hedging, a brokerage firm, said: "Federal forecasters could drop the projection to less than 500 million bushels from last month's 675 million. This is a 15 year low."

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Options Update: Southwest Volatility Low into Inspection of Planes

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Southwest Airlines (LUV) canceled 300 flights on Sunday, to inspect 79 Boeing (BA) 737-300 planes to address possible "skin fatigue". Overall option implied volatility of 29 is below its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.

KB Home (KBH) April put option implied volatility is at 52, May is at 45; compared to its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into its expected release of Q1 results on April 5.

Update is by Stock Specialist Paul Foster of theflyonthewall.com

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Juniper’s QFabric Could Expand Its Switching Market Share

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Juniper Networks (JNPR) logoJuniper's (JNPR) shares have risen significantly since the company's previous earnings release unlike Cisco (CSCO), which have trended in the opposite direction. This could imply that investors are more excited about Juniper's upcoming products relative to Cisco's. One of these is its new data center technology previously called Project Stratus, which is now being branded QFabric. Besides Cisco, Juniper also competes with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) and Huawei-3Com in the network equipment business.

Our price estimate for Juniper's stock stands at $32.59, which is roughly 23% below the current market price.

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Brent Crude Oil Explodes to $120 Per Barrel

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The Wall Street Journal posted oil production numbers for March that disclose the shortfall from the Libyan conflict. When the news hit the tape, Brent Crude exploded to the upside trading at $120.17 per barrel, up $1.47 (12:45 EDT.)

Here are the stats:
  • OPEC production fell 411,000 barrels per day to 29,343 million bpd.
  • Libya's production fell 343,000 barrels per day, from 1,396,000 bpd.
  • Nigeria fell 107,000 barrels per day due to Royal Dutch (RDS) Oil maintenance.
To make up for the shortfall, Saudi Arabia increased production by 500,000 barrels per day to 9.05 million bpd. Kuwait upped production by 37,000 barrels per day. Arab Emirates increased their production by 90,000 barrels per day.

Here's the real kicker. OPEC's seaborne exports are expected to fall by 530,000 barrels per day in the next four weeks.

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What the Final Harry Potter Film Means to Time Warner

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Time Warner (TWX) logoWarner Brothers, Time Warner's (TWX) movie entertainment arm, is going to launch part 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows in 3D during 2011. We take this opportunity to estimate the value of such movies from Time Warner's perspective. Time Warner competes with Viacom (VIA), News Corp. (NWS), CBS (CBS) and Disney (DIS) in the media and entertainment business.

Our price estimate for Time Warner's stock stands at $35.51, in line with market price.

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Salesforce.com and Intuit Join Forces to Capture Small Business Clients

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small businessSalesforce.com (CRM) provides applications that manage customer information for sales, marketing and customer support. It has a customer base of approximately 85,000 clients. Its service provides sales leads, maintaining customer information and tracking customer interactions.

Intuit (INTU) caters to small businesses with its QuickBooks and TurboTax software. As well, it provides payroll and financial software for small businesses. The company has about 50 million users of its products.

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McDonald’s Invests in Russian Growth as Part of EM Focus

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McDonald's (MCD) logoMcDonald's (MCD) is looking to expand its footprint in Russia by increasing its store count by 15%, or about 40 new locations, in an effort to tap the growing demand for fast food. McDonald's competes with Wendy's (WEN), Subway, Burger King (BKC), and Yum! Brands (YUM) in the fast-food market and is the market leader with about 19% share. The company also competes with Starbucks (SBUX) in the specialty coffee market.

We have $78.40 price estimate for McDonald's stock, which is slightly ahead of market price.

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