Stocks For 2012: Top 10 “Buy” Blue-Chips

Listed below are the top 10 stocks for 2012:

10.  Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL):  Provides electric and natural gas services. The company offers a variety of energy-related services, including generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity and natural gas throughout the United States. Xcel utilities serve customers in portions of Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.  Shares are up over 10% year-to-date.

9.  Altria (NYSE:MO):  The company, through subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products, including cigars and pipe tobacco.  ...

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Stocks of Note: Upgrades, Downgrades and New Coverages

In the stock market today, many are doing a touchdown dance in celebration.

The NFL’s Green Bay Packers, whose Wisconsin hometown is the smallest of any club in big-league professional sports, have offered an initial 250,000 shares to raise funds for redevelopment of its Lambeau Field. Each share is priced at $250.

The sale is limited to 200 shares per person, an amount that includes shares bought in the team’s last stock offering, launched in 1997.

Also in the stock market today, AMWI is at ...

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Stocks Of Note: Upgrades, Downgrades and New Coverages

Analyst Ratings Changes in the Stock Market Today:

Upgrades

American Eagle (NYSE: AEO) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating. The analysts now have a $15.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $11.00. AEO also was upgraded by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating. The analysts now have a $18.00 price target on the stock.
Ariba, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARBA) was upgraded by ...

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10 Tech Companies with Significant Buying by Insiders

In the stock market today, the following companies in the Tech Sector have seen the most significant buying from corporate insiders in the past few months:

Bitstream Inc. (BITS) has lost 25.03% over the last year.
BITS, software development company, provides mobile browsing, fonts and font rendering, and automated marketing communication and print production solutions. BITS market cap as of 12:00 noon, Friday December 2, is ...

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Stocks of Note: Upgrades, Downgrades & New Coverages

Stock market is edging higher today in the best weekly rally of equities worldwide since 2008. The Analyst Ratings changes in the Stock Market Today:

Upgrades

Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) was upgraded by analysts at Sterne Agee from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating. The analysts now have a $42.00 price target on the stock.
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALEX) was upgraded by analysts at KBW to an “outperform” rating. ALEX was  also upgraded by analysts at Keefe, ...

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What Is Swing Trading?

When people mention the word “swing,” it brings a sense of happiness to our subconscious. Swing Dancing for those baby-boomers who love to “cut a rug.” Swing as in swinging on the playground or in the backyard as a child on a warm summer day (unless you got smacked in the head with one). Swinging the lifestyle for those adults who engage in it that are purely seeking pleasure. But ...

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Stocks Of Note: Upgrades, Downgrades & New Coverages

Analyst Ratings changes in the stock market today:

Upgrades

American Eagle (NYSE: AEO) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet to a “buy” rating.
Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN) was upgraded by analysts at Argus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. The analysts now have a $95.00 price target on the stock.
AOL (NYSE: AOL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating.
Alpha and Omega Semi (NASDAQ: AOSL) was upgraded by analysts at ...

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Make Money 101: Believe the Hype, You Can Still Retire Early

2011 is quickly coming to an end. With only 6 weeks left and the holidays in full swing, it’s a good time to review how your YTD investments performed and what opportunities were missed. Was it a “money flowing like champagne” year for you or were you cutting coupons to save a few pennies?

Most people don’t want to check their monthly statements or even check the value of their online ...

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