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5 Surprising Stocks Hitting New Lows

The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a new all-time high last week, but not every stock went along for the ride. In fact, a whopping 221 stocks hit fresh 52-week lows on the NYSE and Nasdaq exchanges. Let's go over some of the surprising names on the list of underachievers.

Warren Buffett's 5 Favorite Stocks

Everyone wants to know what Warren Buffett is buying, but what about what he already owns? We take a look at Berkshire's portfolio of stocks to find out which stocks he's sunk the most money into -- and which he's likely to hold onto in the near future.

Green Mountain Coffee Earnings Brewed Up Strong

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the company behind the Keurig single-cup brewer and the K-Cup, posted piping hot quarterly results after Tuesday's market close, blowing away analysts' lukewarm expectations of flat earnings.

Wall Street Watch Tuesday: Signs of Life at Hillenbrand

Death care may not be a very attractive topic, but it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that Hillenbrand, a company selling caskets, urns, and other funeral service products is generating steady financial results.

Wall Street Watch Friday: Starbucks Earnings, Hot and Sweet

Starbucks posted strong quarterly results after Thursday's market close. Revenue climbed 11% for the premium coffee house chain to $3.36 billion, with earnings of 46 cents a share. It's a far cry from a few years ago, when the chain was on the retreat due to the recession.

Apple Earnings Fall Short, and Amazon's Miss Too

Apple can no longer be counted on to beat Wall Street's profit targets. The world's most valuable tech company posted mixed quarterly results after Thursday's market close. Though net sales soared 27%, this marked the third miss in the five quarters that CEO Tim Cook has been at the helm.

Crocs Earnings Lack Bite, but Its Ugly Shoes Still Have Legs

Oh, no. Things are getting ugly for Crocs again. The footwear maker is still growing, but not as quickly as the market would like. The company saw revenue in the third quarter climb 8% to $295.6 million, short of the $302.4 million that analysts were targeting.

Wall Street Watch Thursday: Hewlett-Packard Drops the Box

No one was expecting good news out of Hewlett-Packard's analyst day on Wednesday, but few imagined the leading PC maker would dramatically slash its near-term guidance. CEO Meg Whitman stunned investors, forecasting profitability to drop in the fiscal year that begins next month.

Wall Street Watch this Week: Harvesting a New Quarter

After nine generally buoyant months, the final quarter of 2012 kicks off this week. Not many companies stepping up to report their results this week, but anyone interested in agriculture will be looking forward to hearing from Mosaic and Monsanto.

How to Profit From the Decline of DVDs: 3 Stocks and 1 Idea

Disney just released this summer's blockbuster "The Avengers" for the home market, and it's likely to sell a ton of DVDs. But if it does, it'll be a rarity: DVD sales have been slowing for years now. That's bad for Hollywood, but it could be financially good for you.

Fun and Profit: Amusement Parks are Riding High

Amusement park companies are climbing up the coaster hill, and investors are enjoying the ride. This summer, Six Flags stock hit a new all-time high. Shares of regional amusement park operator Cedar Fair hit a seven-year high on Wednesday. And Disney hit an all-time high on Thursday.

Wall Street Watch Friday: Zumiez Wipes Out

Skateboarding is all about keeping your balance and avoiding the always-embarrassing face-plant. But that's exactly what edgy teen apparel retailer Zumiez failed to do with Thursday afternoon's earnings report.

Wall Street Watch Friday:

A Turbulent Ride for Aeropostale

Business appears to be grounded at Aeropostale. The once trendy mall retailer posted uninspiring quarterly results on Thursday after the market close, and the back-to-school shopping season is shaping up to be an even bigger disappointment.

Wall Street this Week: Surprises in Store for Retailers

It's going to be a busy week for retailers as more than a dozen publicly traded chains offer up their latest quarterly financials. But regardless of how popular a diversion shopping is, don't assume that crowded malls are translating into blowout results for major retailers.

Stocks to Watch Friday: 'Hunger Games' Stifles Lions Gate's Roar

"The Hunger Games" may have been a springtime smash at the box office, but it wasn't enough to get Lions Gate Films' profits roaring. The film distributor posted a surprising quarterly loss on Thursday night, after marketing costs ate up the period's potential profitability.

Should You Take a Bite of the Latest Restaurant IPOs?

The IPO market is finally starting to heat up again: Seven companies went public last week, and one of the more notable names on that list was upscale steakhouse operator Del Frisco's. But are investors really hungry for its stock?

Why CafePress Will Never Be Great Again

This should be a great time to be CafePress. The one-off printing specialist should be raking it in as its millions of shop owners crank out politically charged merchandise for the upcoming election. Instead, its profits are weak and getting weaker. Here's why:

Why Zynga Investors Are Losing Their Shirts

Social gaming giant Zynga has a new game for investors: DudsVille. The company behind Words With Friends and FarmVille opened 40% lower on Thursday after posting very disappointing quarterly results.