Month: <span>February 2011</span>

China’s official purchasing managers’ index slipped to 52.2 in February from 52.9 in January, suggesting manufacturing activity on the mainland continued to soften, even as inflationary pressures...
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When China overtook the U.S. in 2009 as the world’s leading car market, pundits considered it yet another sign of the growing might of the world’s most populous nation.  The Washington Post even...
Earnings season may be winding down but there are still sector-moving companies due to report earnings this week.  We will be watching earnings for AutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO), Tech Data Corporation...
Gold has seen a major run-up even before the Middle East and North Africa strife.  This has lent support to many gold mining stocks and gold royalty players as well along with the growing number of...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted last year will change almost every aspect of health care in the US. While changes to health insurance programs and to Medicaid and Medicare...
Almost all indicators in the housing market are starting to point downward.The National Association of Realtors reports thatThe Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator, declined 2.8...
Itron (NASDAQ: ITRI), the water and energy service provider, missed earnings last week and was hit with a wave of class action suits. This moved it to the top of the Flame Index of negative press....
Just as passenger and freight traffic have begun to improve for the world’s airlines, rising crude oil prices have thrown a monkey wrench into the airlines’ hopes of profitability in 2011. The...
Americans think that housing prices in 2011 will remain stable though they increasingly consider real estate to be a bad investment. That’s the not-too-surprising findings of a study released...
The short sellers seem to be increasing bets in some sectors while decreasing their bets elsewhere.  We are again seeing a record low in the short interest while others are seeing steady gains. ...
Active traders and day traders have many stocks to choose from this Monday morning.  We are tracking news and moves in shares of Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU), 51 Job, Inc. (NASDAQ: JOBS),...
This is the Twitter-24/7 Wall St. market report for February 28, 2011.These tweets are a sign of which companies the Twitter universe is interested in. Is there there is wisdom in crowds?
The Commerce Department has some slightly concerning data on income and spending as it pertains to growth and GDP as 2011 gets off to a start.  Personal income rose by 1.0% and spending was up by...
Updated throughout the day.Blackstone (NYSE: BX) will buy the American assets of Centro (Reuters)JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM) may invest $450 million in Twitter (WSJ)A US tax evasion probe not includes...