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What Makes a Perfect Stock?

Yet while few stocks have everything one might want in an investment, knowing the most desirable traits of great stocks can guide you in making choices for your own portfolio.

7 Retailers That May Become Household Names in 2012

Their brands aren't household names in the U.S. yet, but experts suggest you keep an eye on these seven emerging retailers with hot store concepts that are ripe for expansion. They could soon be headed to a mall near you.

Five Restaurant Stocks Worth Sampling Now

Legendary investor Peter Lynch espoused the philosophy "Buy what you know." Well, who doesn't know restaurants? We know where the crowds are, and we know what we like to eat. Here are five chains that managed to grow during the market lull, positioning themselves perfectly for the future.

Earnings Season: Harbinger to Next Round of Layoffs?

Wall Street will watch second quarter earnings for telltale signs that the economy has slowed or that corporate margins are even tighter than is feared. But the ones reporting negative outlooks are likely to go back to the same old solution they used so often in recent years: layoffs.

Norton Everywhere May Be Symantec's Mobile Moneymaker

Symantec is the global leader in the security software market, but its share of that market has been declining. Can its Norton Everywhere initiative leverage the companies strength in the PC world into the domain of smartphones and tablets?

Lowe's Incentive Program May Boost Its Market Share

As the competition between home improvement heavyweights Lowe's and Home Depot intensifies, customer service is emerging as one of the key features on which they will need to innovate. Lowe's latest attempt is a new incentive program for customers paying with the store's credit card.

Why $4 a Gallon Gas Wouldn't Last Long

Not long ago, everyone knew gas was sure to reach $4 a gallon for regular on a nationwide basis soon. Now, though, that sure thing is looking iffy: Gas prices are wavering, and a number of factors at home and abroad are about to come together to push demand -- and prices -- lower.

Stock Buybacks:
A Warning Sign for Smart Investors

Last year saw a surge in stock repurchases -- companies like ExxonMobil, Walmart and Microsoft bought back shares at record levels. Buybacks can be seen as a cash giveaway to investors, and they boost earnings per share. But there's a strong reason to be wary of companies that do buybacks.

Where You Should Invest in the Latest Tech IPO Wave

A new crop of tech IPOs are en route to the market, among them vacation rental website HomeAway, online radio site Pandora and business networking site LinkedIn. But how can you tell if these startups are worthy of your cash? Here are the four questions to ask before buying into an IPO.

In Construction, a Year of Flat Growth Would Be Welcome

If you want to see how the construction industry will do in 2011, look at how the architects did in 2010. By that gauge, last year's thin uptick in spending on building design and engineering services foretells a similar small gain ahead for builders -- and after two years of steep declines, any growth at all is welcome news.

A More Bullish Forecast From Deutsche Bank

The bank now say positive trends developing in consumer spending, employment and the stock market will likely boost U.S. economic growth higher than the 3% most analysts had previously predicted. Deutsche's chief equity strategist is predicting a 23% rise in the stock market for 2011.

Job No. 1 for Larry Page: Halt Google's Brain Drain

When Google co-founder Larry Page replaces Eric Schmidt as CEO, he'll have a host of things to worry about: ad revenues, growth, Facebook, privacy concerns and just how to get the company's rebel groove back. But first on his agenda will have to be reversing the flow of top employees out the door.

Quora: Finally, a Killer Online Q&A Service Comes Together

Under the radar, a little company called Quora has started to go ballistic. It aims to create a social watering hole where interesting, sophisticated questions are asked, and intelligent answers are provided, without spam, trolls, stupidity or flame wars.

Intel Will Have to Prove Itself All Over Again in 2011

2010 hasn't been a happy year for Intel. Its stock is up just 2% compared to the Nasdaq's 17% rise, and there's a growing sense that the explosive growth of smartphones and tablets will shrink the market for the PC chips that produce three-quarters of Intel's revenue. But the chip giant has a plan.

New Year Hurdles: Top 10 Challenges for CEOs in 2011

With the recession over -- in a sense, anyway -- some CEOs are just happy to still be standing. After three years of turmoil, there's even cautious optimism about the year ahead. But for those whose job is to steer a company to profits and growth, there are plenty of worries ahead. Here's our list of top CEO challenges for 2011.

U.S. Economy to Remain Weak in 2011, Survey Says

The U.S. economy will remain weak in 2011 as companies limit hiring and consumers restrict spending, according to a survey of economists. GDP will grow by 2.6% in 2011 after increasing by 2.7% this year, according to the median forecast of 51 economist surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics.

ING Forecasts Market Growth of 8% to 12% in 2011

ING Investment Management forecasts that stock markets will rise between 8% and 12% in 2011, thanks to a low-inflation, low-interest environment supported by the Fed, despite weak GDP growth. And for those looking for to increase their investment yields, they have a few suggestions.

Asian Economies to Grow by 8.2% in 2010

Asian economies will grow by 8.2% in 2010, according to a new report. "Strong export recovery, robust private demand, and the sustained effects of stimulus policies allowed the region to experience solid growth in the first half of 2010," The Asian Development Bank said. "This improved performance is broad-based and is projected to carry on for the rest of the year."

Economists Cut U.S. Growth Forecast for Third Straight Month

A panel of economists cut its forecast for U.S. economic growth for the rest of 2010 for the third month in a row. The latest Blue Chip Economic Indicators report said that lower-than-expected consumer spending, business investment and private construction would dampen economic growth, Reuters said.

India's Economy Grows Most Since 2007

India%u2019s economy grew at the fastest rate in two and a half years in the second quarter, driven by rising wages and consumer spending. Gross domestic product increased at an annual pace of 8.8 % in the three months through June, Bloomberg News reported. In the first quarter, the economy grew by 8.6%.

Survey: Recovery Continues, but at Slower Pace

With so much talk about the possibility that the nation is slipping into a double-dip recession, a new economic survey by the National Association of Business Economics shows the U.S. recovery continued through the second quarter, although at a slower pace than earlier in the year.

Greenspan Says Congress Should Let Bush Tax Cuts Expire

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Congress should let the Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of this year in order to boost revenue and narrow the federal deficit. "They should follow the law and let them lapse," Greenspan said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

No Jobs Yet: Execs See Little Hiring Until Next Year

Chief financial officers at U.S. companies are increasingly pessimistic about the job market over the next six to 12 months: Results from two independent surveys say most firms don%u2019t plan to do any significant hiring until 2011 or beyond.

U.S. Trade Deficit Unexpectedly Rises in May

May%u2019s unexpected rise in the U.S. trade deficit to $42.3 billion isn%u2019t likely to resolve the tug-of-war between the economic bulls and bears. Imports and exports both grew, but imports grew marginally faster.

Sonic Taps a New Marketing Chief as Sales Slow

Sonic fell short of earnings expectations for the third quarter as its drive-in restaurant model is starting to fray around the edges. However, it could taste new success if the new marketing chief, Danielle Vona, lives up to her record at PepsiCo.

Where the jobs and housing are

If you're looking for cities where the population, jobs and household income are growing -- imagine that -- then head for Texas. Or Tennessee, North...

A Big Increase in Industrial Output

Production at U.S. factories, mines and utilities rose 0.8 percent in November -- the biggest gain in three months. Further, it was broad-based, with all groups and sectors, except for utilities, registering increases.