Nine Valentine's Day Stocks to Sweeten Your Portfolio

Spending for the lovers' holiday this year is expected to climb 5.8% over 2009, and that spells opportunity for investors. Here are some greeting card, candy, jewelry, flower and restaurant stocks that could get a lift from sweethearts looking for that special something.

A Heartwarming Valentine's Day Sales Forecast

Valentine's Day sales should thrill the hearts of retailers this year: Spending for the day is forecast to top $18.6 billion, a 5.8% jump in spending over 2010. That amounts to about $125 per person taking part in the holiday for lovers.

Zale Considers Sale of Piercing Pagoda

Zale Corp (ZLC), the third-largest jeweler in the United States, is considering selling its Piercing Pagoda kiosk business, Bloomberg News reported. Zale is considering selling the business in order to focus on its fine jewelry operations, Bloomberg News said without naming its sources.

Three Companies That Will...Soar on Holiday Sales

Hilary Kramer, editor of, talks about three consumer companies that she says are set "to do very well this holiday season and see their stocks soar." She's full of good cheer about Sirius XM Radio, Zales and Ruth's Chris Steak House.

A Record Year for Corporate Defaults

Global corporate defaults totaled 265 in 2009, reaching their highest levels ever. A report issued Friday by Standard & Poor%u2019s confirmed the highest ever corporate default total for the US, and forecasts significantly improved levels of default risk for 2010.