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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- We all have our favorite holiday movie, but which are truly the best? And how much did they make at the box office? The answers could surprise you. Believe it or not, the contemporary holiday movie that critics liked best was Tim Burton's 1993 film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is according to movie review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, which provided TheStreet with a list of its top-rated holiday movies. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the movies based on their "Tomatometer" score, which represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or show, adjusted for number of reviews and year of release. TheStreet's list excludes foreign films or those that were released before 1984 -- with two exceptions, 1983's A Christmas Story and 1983's Trading Places. That's because movie studios did not consistently distribute box office sales numbers before 1984, says Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for Rentrak , a media measurement firm that tracks sales and viewership across platforms. "Before that it was hit or miss," Dergarabedian said. While holiday classics like Miracle on 34th Street, which came out in 1947, or It's a Wonderful Life, released in 1946, are some of the top-rated films according to Rotten Tomatoes, there is little data available to shed light on each of their box office sales and so they aren't included in this list. In addition to critics, moviegoers were also charmed by the surreal Tim Burton classic, as the film grossed $123 million in inflation-adjusted box office sales. Click through to see how much other top-rated Christmas movies made. 13. Bad Santa (2003) Rotten Tomatoes said: A gloriously rude and gleefully offensive black comedy, Bad Santa isn't for everyone, but grinches will find it uproariously funny. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 83% Distributor: Miramax Films Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $77.5 million 12. Batman Returns (1992) Rotten Tomatoes said: Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 84% Distributor: Warner Bros. Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $275.5 million Must Read: 10 Best Cocktails to Try This Season to Savor the Holiday 11. A Midnight Clear (1992) Rotten Tomatoes said: Beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted, A Midnight Clear is a holiday war film in search of a wider audience. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 87% Distributor: Interstar Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $2.5 million Must Read: 10 Highest-Grossing Christmas Day Blockbuster Movies of All Time 10. Lethal Weapon (1987) Rotten Tomatoes said: The most successful installment in a phenomenally successful series, Lethal Weapon helped redefine action movies for the 1980s and 1990s. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 87% Distributor: Warner Bros. Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $136.2 million Must Read: 14 Expensive Restaurants You Can't Afford to Eat at Unless You're Rich 9. Elf (2003) Rotten Tomatoes said: A movie full of Yuletide cheer, Elf is a spirited, good-natured family comedy, and it benefits greatly from Will Ferrell's funny and charming performance as one of Santa's biggest helpers. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 88% Distributor: New Line Cinema Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $223.7 million 8. Gremlins (1984) Rotten Tomatoes said: Whether you choose to see it as a statement on consumer culture or simply a special effects-heavy popcorn flick, Gremlins is a minor classic. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 89% Distributor: Warner Bros. Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $338.7 million Must Read: 5 Money Lessons You Can Learn From Watching Your Favorite Holiday Movies 7. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) Rotten Tomatoes said: Tongue-in-cheek satire blends well with entertaining action and spot-on performances in this dark, eclectic neo-noir homage. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 90% Distributor: Warner Bros. Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $5.2 million 6. In Bruges (2008) Rotten Tomatoes said: Featuring witty dialogue and deft performances, In Bruges is an effective mix of dark comedy and crime thriller elements. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 90% Distributor: Focus Features Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $8.6 million 5. Trading Places (1983) Rotten Tomatoes said: Featuring deft interplay between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is an immensely appealing social satire. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 91% Distributor: Paramount Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $215.5 million 4. A Christmas Story (1983) Rotten Tomatoes said: Both warmly nostalgic and darkly humorous, A Christmas Story deserves its status as a holiday perennial. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 93% Distributor: MGM Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $46 million Must Read: 10 Technology Trends That Will Affect the Markets in 2015 3. Arthur Christmas (2011) Rotten Tomatoes said: Aardman Animations broadens their humor a bit for Arthur Christmas, a clever and earnest holiday film with surprising emotional strength. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 96% Distributor: Sony Pictures Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $49 million 2. Die Hard (1988) Rotten Tomatoes said: Its many imitators (and sequels) have never come close to matching the taut thrills of the definitive holiday action classic. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 97% Distributor: 20th Century Fox Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $163.4 million Must Read: 20 Best-Selling Books on Amazon in 2014 1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Rotten Tomatoes said: The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stunningly original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation. Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 100% Distributor: Walt Disney Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $123.4 million Must Read: 10 Best Ads of 2014, Including a Super Bowl Ad That Wasn't a Super Bowl Ad

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Looking for a last-minute gift this week? A book from this week's new business book releases could be the perfect solution. Learn how to create a winning formula for innovation with Pearson's paperback release of Predictable Magic: Unleash the Power of Design Strategy to Transform Your Business. Interested in reading more about the inner workings of emerging pharmaceuticals companies? Simon & Schuster's The Antidote: Inside the World of New Pharma is a good bet. The titles were chosen by TheStreet staff from among all the business books coming out this week listed by Barnes & Noble and Amazon. They are both new hardcovers and the first issue of paperback titles. TheStreet has selected the releases with the widest appeal. Be sure to see last week's books as well as the books you should look out for this week. Title: Predictable Magic: Unleash the Power of Design Strategy to Transform Your Business (paperback) Author: Deepa Prahalad, Ravi Sawhney Publisher: Pearson FT Press Why You Should Read It: How do you make innovation magic happen at your company? Predictable Magic is a step by step approach to "psycho-aesthetics," the theory behind creating deep emotional connections between consumers and brands. From research to strategy to implementation to consumer experience, the book is a step by step approach on how to make that happen. Release Date: Dec. 21 Price: $29.99 Title: The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters, and the Occasional Spectacular Failure Author: Deborah Perry Piscione Publisher: St. Martin's Press Why You Should Read It: Great business icons like Richard Branson, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk have something in common - they took risks to achieve greatness and success. Too many companies are playing it safe today, Perry Piscione argues. They need to get back into the risk-taking game. Release Date: Dec. 23 Price: $27 Must Read: Drones Are Coming, Facebook Makes Changes: 5 More Tech Predictions for 2015 Title: The Antidote: Inside the World of New Pharma (paperback) Author: Barry Werth Publisher: Simon & Schuster Why You Should Read It: Want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of pharmaceutical research and development? Werth's book takes readers into the world of Vertex, the highs and lows as the company tries to develop drugs for HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis C, and cystic fibrosis, as well as its corporate culture. Release Date: Dec. 23 Price: $17 Must Read: 10 Best Cocktails to Try This Season to Savor the Holidays Title: Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career Author: Carla A. Harris Publisher: Hudson Street Press Why You Should Read It: The working world isn't what it used to be and that goes for new to the job market workers, second-career strivers or those just looking to get ahead at their current firm. So how can you succeed? Harris' tools can help career-minded folk get "unstuck" from bad situations, redirect their momentum and position themselves to successfully manage their careers. Release Date: Dec. 26 Price: $25.95 Must Read: 10 Best Ads of 2014, Including a Super Bowl Ad That Wasn't a Super Bowl Ad


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A sweet, wriggly puppy is on many children's wish lists, but parents who aren't ready to make the leap just yet are looking to pet-like toys as the next best thing. They are affordable and guaranteed to keep the sofa scratch free. Experts at Toys "R" Us have identified play pets as the leading holiday toys of 2014. "Pet Shop" boutiques have been set up in front of Toys "R" Us stores nationwide, making it easier for gift-givers and last-minute shoppers to find lifelike pups, fluttering butterflies or chirping birds. "Overall, the pet trend this year has been especially popular," says Toys "R" Us spokesperson Bjorn Trowery. "Children love the ability to care and nurture a pet as their own, and parents love the lack of cleanup." According to Amazon's Eva Lorenz, category leader for toys and games, the online store has seen a triple-digit increase in year-to-date sales of FurReal Friends products. These are the life-like pets that many parents consider as perfect starting points for their kids who will eventually be having real pets. "A four-year-old may someday be allowed to own a real dog, but for now, something like the FurReal Friends Go Go My Walkin' Pup is a good training toy," says Jim Silver, CEO of TTPM, a consumer review site for toys. Pet-like toys have been around for years -- from Pet Rocks in the '70s to Pound Puppies in the '80s to virtual pets like Tamagotchi in the '90s. The Pound Puppies from Funrise are making a comeback this year, competing against Hasbro's FurReal Friends and Moose Toys' Little Live Pets. "Pretend pets will always have a market because in the eyes of parents, they can be considered perfect pets," says toy historian Todd Coopee. "They provide some of the entertainment value of real animals without the commitment of needing to be fed, walked or groomed." Some toymakers have been able to offer kids the best of both worlds -- the appeal of a stuffed animal coupled with a real pet. This year, Telebrands introduced the Teddy Tank, a furry friend and fish tank rolled into one. Click through to see this year's top holiday toys for pet-loving kids. FurReal Friends Get Up and Go Go My Walkin' Pup (Hasbro. Ages 4 years and up. Approximate retail price: $59.99) Get Up and Go Go My Walkin' Pup brings lifelike puppy play to children. She sits and speaks on command, and even reacts when other FurReal Friends pets are near, such as the Pom Pom, My Baby Panda pet (sold separately). Kids can also download the free FurReal Friends app to virtually care for their pet and meet other virtual FurReal Friends pets. Must Read: Holiday Toys for Girls: What Parents Are Buying Zoomer Dino (Spin Master. Ages 5 years and up. Approximate retail price: $79.99) The Zoomer Dino follows in the footsteps of the first Zoomer dog, which first came to market in 2013. This new animatronic toy features a special onyx finish and comes with a tin collector case. Children will have a blast as they teach this prehistoric pal different tricks and watch him follow voice-activated commands. The Zoomer Dino will become agitated when his tail is pulled, so kids should look out for his roars and chomps. Must Read: Holiday Toys for Boys: What Parents Are Buying Little Live Pets Bird Cage Love Birds (Moose Toys. Ages 5 years and up. Approximate retail price: $34.99) This bird cage gives two tweeting pets their own portable home. The interactive love birds respond to noise and touch by chirping away. Kids can press the button on the birds' chests to record up to 10 seconds of sound that the birds will repeat back in a sing-song fashion. Also popular are the Little Live Pets electronic butterflies, featuring life-like antennae and a realistic wing-flapping pattern. Must Read: Financial Presents We Need for 2015 Teddy Tank (Telebrands. Ages 6 years and up. Approximate retail price: $19.99) The Teddy Tank doubles as a furry friend and a fish tank. It features a tank in the belly that can hold real fish. Kids can feed their furry friend and their pet fish at the same time, as food that goes into Teddy Tank's mouth drops down into its fish tank belly. There are twelve different characters to choose from, including Cute Doggie, Charming Penguin, Playful Monkey and Magical Unicorn. Must Read: Retail Outlook: 3 Headline-Grabbing Surprises to Look for in 2015 Pound Puppies (Funrise. Ages 3 years and up. Approximate retail price: $5.99 - $19.99) The Pound Puppies are back. Each puppy comes with its own breed-specific fun fact card and heart-shaped dog tag. Kids can write their puppy's name on the tag and register the puppy online to get a printable adoption certificate. The toys are available in three sizes and four varieties: Beagle, Labrador, Bulldog and Poodle. 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Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are some of the hot stocks Jim Cramer talked about on Friday's Mad Money on CNBC: DIS data by YCharts Walt Disney : Cramer said every parent and grandparent should buy one share of Disney for each of their children as a way to teach them the joys of stock ownership. RHT data by YCharts Red Hat : Red Hat continues to deliver for its shareholders with big wins in its open source software offerings. NKE data by YCharts Nike , Deckers Brands and Skechers : Cramer said these three stocks have not participated in the market's rally and he'd be a buyer on weakness. PAYX data by YCharts Paychex : With employment improving and interest rates set to rise soon, things are looking pretty rosy at Paychex. To read a full recap of "Mad Money" on CNBC, click here. To watch replays of Cramer's video segments, visit the Mad Money page on CNBC. To sign up for Jim Cramer's free Booyah! newsletter with all of his latest articles and videos please click here. -- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C. To email Scott about this article, click here: Scott Rutt Follow Scott on Twitter @ScottRutt or get updates on Facebook, ScottRuttDC

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- West Texas Intermediate climbed 4.5% on Friday, adding fuel to the energy sector's near-10% rally since Tuesday. However, we don't quite have the "all clear" yet, Pete Najarian, co-founder of optionmonster.com and trademonster.com, said on CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show. However, it's encouraging large-cap technology stocks including Hewlett-Packard and Western Digital have lead the rally, as have financial stocks. Turning to cyber security, Najarian likes Intel and F5 Networks . Must Read: Jim Cramer's 11 Best Stock Picks in the Technology Sector A more pure play on cyber security would be FireEye and Palo Alto Networks , said Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com. The stabilization of the Russian ruble and crude prices have helped fuel the S&P 500's rally, he added. In the near term, investors should consider taking some profits and selling stocks on Monday, according to Tim Seymour, managing partner of Triogem Asset Management. There aren't any catalysts to push stocks higher into year's end but plenty of questions about the state of the market's rally do exist, he said. "I would be skeptical of this rally," said Brian Kelly, founder of Brian Kelly Capital. There's no reason stocks can't resume the selloff. He is a seller of high-yield bonds. The traders turned their attention to 2015 and provided their top picks going into next year. Kelly said he's a buyer of BlackBerry . Management has done a great job so far and "this is what I would buy with both hands on Monday," he said. All of a sudden, Facebook is back within a stone's throw of its all-time high, said Adami. He expects the company's earnings report in January to propel the stock higher. "I'm pretty bullish on Europe," said Seymour. The declining euro will be a tailwind for the European economy and for exporting countries. The European Central Bank is likely to initiate some form of quantitative easing next year. Must Read: Five Stages of Selling: How Oil and Energy Stocks Collapsed Nike and Under Armour seem likely to go higher in 2015, said Najarian. Nike's earnings report was "incredibly solid," he added. Neil Doshi, managing director and co-head of technology and media at CRT Capital Group, has a buy rating on Google with a $620 price target. Google is his number two pick behind Facebook. Advertising dollars are staying with Google, Doshi reasoned, addressing investors' fears that its customers may be turning to Amazon and other outlets for their ad exposure. Antitrust concerns in Europe can be resolved, just as Google's antitrust case with the U.S. was handled in the past, he said. "I'm long Google" but not adding to the position because there aren't any near-term catalysts, Seymour explained. The company should consider returning some of its cash to shareholders. Najarian said he's a buyer of Alibaba over Google. Alibaba is a long-term position and seems likely to go through $120 per share and beyond. For their final trades, Najarian is buying Chevron and Seymour is a buyer of the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 Index ETF . Kelly is a seller of the iShares High Yield Corporate Bond ETF and Adami said to buy Spirit Airlines . -- Written by Bret Kenwell Must Read: 5 Stocks Poised for Breakouts: RetailMeNot, Repros and More Follow @BretKenwell Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

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SAN FRANCISCO ( TheStreet) -- Staples announced Friday that cyber thieves may have compromised the credit cards of 1.16 million of its customers, a disclosure that comes on the eve of the last shopping weekend before Christmas. Whether the timing of this news puts a dent in customers' shopping behavior at such a critical time has yet to be seen. Back in October, Staples acknowledged it was investigating a potential malicious security breach of its cash registers. But at the time it didn't release the extent of the attack. Must Read: Jingle Bell Debt: Are You Still Paying for Last Year's Christmas Gifts? On Friday it released greater detail. The office supply retailer announced that malicious software was put on its point-of-sale systems at 115 of its U.S. retail stores. With this hack attack, cyber thieves were able to access information on credit card transactions and put that knowledge to use. Staples, in its FAQ, stated: For 113 of the 115 affected stores, transaction data may have been accessed for payment cards used from August 10 through September 16, 2014. For the remaining two stores, transactions from July 20 through September 16, 2014 may have been accessed. Additionally, during our investigation we received reports of fraudulent payment card use related to four stores in Manhattan, New York at various times from April through September 2014. Staples is not the only major retailer to be hit with a security breach. Earlier this year Home Depot reported that its cyber security breach lead to the theft of upwards of nearly 60 million credit card numbers and personal information of consumers. Also, last year big box retailer Target reported its hack attack led to 40 million credit card numbers being compromised. Staples released its updated information after the markets closed. In after-hours trading, the stock dipped 0.11% to $17.53. It closed down 0.51% to $17.55 during the regular session. After a security breach, 12% of shoppers tend to avoid the retailer that was hit, according to a report by Interactions. Additionally, 79% of shoppers who continue to use the affected retailer prefer to use cash rather than their debit or credit cards. With retail sales coming down to the wire this holiday season on whether it will be a boom or bust, retailers can’t afford to lose any customers this holiday season. Must Read: Looking to Score Cheaper Plane Tickets? Try A Fake Location

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Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- In this market, no news is fabulous news, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Friday. Fortunately, there's not a lot of news in next week's game plan. On Monday, Cramer said the only news he'll be watching are the existing home sales. But while sales will most likely disappoint investors, the markets probably won't pay much attention. Must Read: 5 REITS to Trade for Gains in December: Select Income REIT and More Then, on Tuesday, the latest durable goods numbers will be released, but Cramer said these numbers won't be a game changer for the stock market either. Additionally on Tuesday, earnings from Walgreen's . Cramer said he's not expecting any surprises here. Continuing the ho-hum news on Wednesday will be the initial jobless claims. Cramer said the Federal Reserve has already told us it's keeping an eye on this data. Thursday is Christmas, and Cramer made his annual plea for all parents and grandparents to buy one share of Walt Disney for each of their children. Disney is not only a terrific investment but also an opportunity to teach kids early about the power of investing and the joys of stock ownership. Finally, on Friday, the retail outlooks for this holiday season will begin pouring in. Cramer said he's reminded that Blackhawk is the leader in the gift card space and Verifone will be kicking off a huge credit card terminal upgrade cycle for 2015. Cramer also gave the nod to a recent initial public offering, Juno Therapeutics , just one of many biotechs he hopes will end up in investors' stockings this year. Executive Decision: Jim Whitehurst For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat , the open source software provider that just posted a 2-cents-a-share earnings beat on a 15% rise in year-over-year revenuesand raised its 2015 guidance. Shares of Red Hat are up 28% since Cramer checked in back in June. Whitehurst said that while Red Hat is best known for its Linux operating systems, this quarter saw strong, 48% growth in its non-Linux offerings. He said customers are more and more preferring the Red Hat model, which offers free software but robust support and maintenance services. When asked about the recent cyber attacks at Sony , Whitehurst said one of the many benefits of Red Hat is having quick access to security updates and patches. Some of the vulnerabilities found recently were fixed by Red Hat within an hour, he noted. Continuing on the security topic, Whitehurst explained that security remains a major problem and every company is at risk. He said security is a lot more than just software. Companies must review their processes, training and many other human factors as well. Finally, when asked for a big win this quarter, Whitehurst called out Adobe Systems , which is increasingly using Red Hat as it move its software to a cloud-based subscription model. Must Read: 5 Stocks Poised for Breakouts: RetailMeNot, Repros and More Timing Your Move With the markets up a quick 4% in a short period of time, Cramer said many investors are asking, "What should I buy?" and "Have I missed the rally?" Cramer said he learned a long time ago that the way to win in the markets is to have consistency and discipline, and part of that discipline is admitting that you may have missed the move. When stocks move up big and you are caught sitting on the sidelines, Cramer said 90% of the time it's better to wait than to chase stocks higher. If you miss it, you need to own it and pay the price, Cramer said, or look for stocks that have pulled back or didn't participate in the move. In today's market, Cramer said he'd look at stocks such as Nike , which performed badly despite the company doing quite well. Both Deckers Brands and Skechers were down in sympathy with Nike and Cramer said he likes all three. He advised staying away from Finish Line , however, as that quarter was not up to par. Off the Tape In his "Off The Tape" segment, Cramer sat down with Neil Clark Warren, founder, chairman and CEO of the privately held eHarmony, the Web site best known for online dating but now expanding into employment matchmaking. Warren touted the many successes of eHarmony in the dating world, including some 10 million matches that have resulted in over one million marriages. He also said his company has kept statistics on divorce rates, just 3.8%, as compared to 40% nationally. When asked about the new employment matching service, Warren explained that eHarmony is looking to match employees with jobs that offer a culture match, one where they have all the correct tools to do the job and one where their personality fits with the prospective bosses. Turning to the issue of possibly becoming a public company, Warren said that while he's been leery in past, the company ise moving in the direction of a possible IPO in future. Must Read: Five Stages of Selling: How Oil and Energy Stocks Collapsed Lightning Round In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Exxon Mobil , KeyCorp , Kinder Morgan , Lithia Motors , Diebold , Costco and Henry Schein . Cramer was bearish on Atlas Pipeline Partners and PriceSmart . Executive Decision: Marty Mucci In his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Marty Mucci, president and CEO of Paychex , which just reported a 1-cent-a-share earnings beat. Shares of Paychex currently yield 3.3%. Mucci painted a mixed picture for the U.S. economy, noting that while hiring is up, new business formation remains sluggish. He also said the Affordable Care Act, which kicks into high gear in 2015, may be holding back both hiring and new businesses as entrepreneurs assess the new requirements. But despite some headwinds, Mucci noted that hiring related to energy in North Dakota, Texas and other shale regions remains strong, even with the decline in oil prices. He also touted successes in Paychex human resource offerings and its 401(k) services for small businesses. Cramer said with interest rates set to rise next year and, he hopes, hiring remaining strong, there's a lot to like at Paychex. Must Read: With Increased Dividend, Is Samsung the New Apple for Investors? To watch replays of Cramer's video segments, visit the Mad Money page on CNBC. To sign up for Jim Cramer's free Booyah! newsletter with all of his latest articles and videos please click here. -- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C. To email Scott about this article, click here: Scott Rutt Follow Scott on Twitter @ScottRutt or get updates on Facebook, ScottRuttDC

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Ram Subramaniam, president of Fidelity Brokerage Services, says retail investors, particularly those of the Millennial generation, are continuing to get more involved with the stock market. The company's research site has seen its traffic climb 30% year overyear, he told TheStreet TV Friday, including mobile use. Mobile check deposits have grown 50% over the past two years. Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling in 2014 According to Subramaniam, 40% of the tech-savvy Millennials are "concerned" about their financial future, which is likely why up to 50% of them have starting saving for retirement. He called Millennials the "big emerging market of the future." Millennials will continue to push brokerage firms to innovate and provide great service, he added. This generation prefers exchange-traded funds over mutual funds, Fidelity found although 82% of Fidelity's customers as a whole think it important to own both investment instruments. S&P 500 ETF SPY data by YCharts Subramaniam said investors also appears to be feeling more optimistic, with Fidelity's buy/sell indicator showing investors have been net buyers over the past two quarters. Must Read: With Increased Dividend, Is Samsung the New Apple for Investors? - Written by Bret Kenwell Follow @BretKenwell

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The stock indexes completed trading on Friday up slightly after a wild week. The DJIA was higher by 26.65 points on Friday to close at 17,804.80, gaining 735.93 points since Wednesday. The S&P 500 gained 9.42 on Friday to close at 2,070.65, gaining an incredible 97.91 points since Wednesday. The Nasdaq was higher by 16.98 on Friday to close at 4,765.38, up 217.55 points since Wednesday, and the Russell 2000 was higher by 3.80 Friday to finish at 1,195.96, gaining 56.58 points since Wednesday. Must Read: Jim Cramer’s Five Best Stock Picks for the Auto Parts Sector It appears Fed Chair Janet Yellen was able to deliver what the market needed to keep the market climbing higher. The bulls can salivate as the stock indexes flirt with new all-time highs again. Technical indicators suggest caution should still be in order, however. To put this week's up move in proper context, the three major stock indexes actually finished lower on the week versus the week prior. The DJIA, S&P 500 and Nasdaq were lower while the Russell 2000 was slightly higher. Things may not be as bullish as they appear on the surface. Also, it is not unusual to have fast, steep moves such as what we have experienced this week. These moves are more reminiscent of strong bearish market rallies. The last times we had a two-day increase such as what was experienced this week were in 2011, 2009, 2008, 2002, 2000, 1998 and 1997. Those periods were all within a bearish market. Must Read: 5 Stocks Poised for Breakouts: RetailMeNot, Repros and More


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Western sanctions, declining oil prices and a collapse in currency have all acted as contributing factors in the approximate 40% decline in Russian equities. And while TheStreet TV's Jack Mohr acknowledges that this market is not on his buy list, one stock in particular is. In his quest to find the top five European investments for 2015, Mohr looked at Bank of Ireland at No. 5, Transocean at No. 4, ArcelorMittal at No. 3 and Tesco at No. 2. Must Read: Jim Cramer's Four Best Stock Picks for the Defense Sector For his top pick, Mohr settled on CTC Media , the $745 million market cap Russian television broadcaster. Shares declined 55% in the past six months amid the issues currently plaguing Russia. CTC Media CTCM data by YCharts However, the magnitude of this sell-off is "preposterous," according to Mohr. Television is still the leading form of advertisement in Russia and CTC Media's clients come from highly stable industries. These companies will continue to "pay the bills" despite a wilting economy, he reasoned. Beyond the company's strong base clientele base, CTC Media also has a strong financial position, with no debt and $150 million in cash. It also has impressive cash flow, a large share repurchase program and a 14.5% dividend yield. Based on the past 12 months of operating income, the company deserves a market cap of $1.5 billion -- nearly double its current size. "CTC Media will be the comeback king in 2015," he concluded. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 -- Written by Bret Kenwell Follow @BretKenwell

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Juno Therapeutics shares soared on its first day of trading, climbing by 50% on Friday. The company initially priced 11.02 million shares at $24 per share, above the expected range of $21 to $23. The range was already boosted once, with shares initially expected to price between $15 and $18. Must Read: Jim Cramer's Five Best Stock Picks for the Biotech Sector CEO Hans Bishop says the company is focused on improving cancer treatments used on patients. Specifically, Juno Therapeutics is working on a process that "reprograms" the immune system, and in particular the body's T-cells, to recognize and attack cancer cells. In general, there's a lot of excitement about the treatments that can be used with immune systems to fight certain diseases, he said. Juno Therapeutics JUNO data by YCharts The clinical studies data have only been tested to battle against a few different blood cancers, so it's still early to be thinking about other cancers this type of treatment could help with, said Bishop. But it's promising that in the future different cancers can be treated with the reprogramming process of immune systems. The company is also focused on building its own manufacturing facility and boosting its pipeline, with 10 different cell products moving into the clinic. The proceeds from the IPO will be used to fuel the company's future growth, boost research, and hire exceptional talent to deliver even more treatments, he concluded. Must Read: Jim Cramer's 4 Best Stock Picks for the Health Care Sector -- Written by Bret Kenwell Follow @BretKenwell

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Laredo Petroleum shares closed trading up 11.98% to $10 in trading on Friday as the independent oil and gas developer benefited from rising oil prices. The price of a barrel of industry standard Brent crude was up 5.42% in trading on Friday while the price of WTI crude is also up, 4.45% to $56.52, its largest one day increase since May 2009. Oil has been slowly been recovering from the dramatic drop in prices this month. Oil has steadily fallen since OPEC announced last month that it would not cut production despite the large supply that was already on the market as a way to improve market share in light of the recent U.S. oil shale boom. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. TheStreet Ratings team rates LAREDO PETROLEUM INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate LAREDO PETROLEUM INC (LPI) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.16 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, LPI has a quick ratio of 0.50, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs. LPI's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 69.33%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy. The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, LAREDO PETROLEUM INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500. The gross profit margin for LAREDO PETROLEUM INC is currently very high, coming in at 80.22%. Regardless of LPI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LPI's net profit margin of 41.65% significantly outperformed against the industry. Net operating cash flow has increased to $136.24 million or 40.23% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -1.58%. You can view the full analysis from the report here: LPI Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of oil and gas services company Basic Energy Services closed up 25.47% to $7.98 on Friday as oil prices climbed. Brent crude fell to a five-year low of $58.50 earlier this week, but the benchmark was up 5.65% to $62.62 at 4:05 p.m. WTI Crude was up 4.45% to $56.52. Oil prices have plummeted nearly 50% since the summer amid a global oversupply. Oil producers are continuing to increase production despite the supply glut and weakening demand, and OPEC decided to maintain its production levels at a meeting last month. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. More than 8 million shares changed hands Friday, compared to the daily average volume of 3,174,890. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates BASIC ENERGY SERVICES INC as a "hold" with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate BASIC ENERGY SERVICES INC (BAS) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: BAS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 15.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income increased by 242.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$6.96 million to $9.93 million. BASIC ENERGY SERVICES INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BASIC ENERGY SERVICES INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.89 versus $0.45 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.55 versus -$0.89). Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $37.77 million or 2.60% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower. BAS's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 63.93%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry. You can view the full analysis from the report here: BAS Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Federal Reserve brought some much-needed holiday cheer midweek, triggering a three-day rally which saw major indexes jump more than 3% over the past five sessions. The market gains were broad and plentiful after Fed Chair Janet Yellen pledged patience in raising interest rates next year. The S&P 500 added 0.45%, mere points below its all-time closing high of 2,075 reached early December. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 28 points, and the Nasdaq jumped 0.36%. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Energy shares were the star of Friday trading, bouncing back from weeks of losses as oil prices rebounded off of five-year lows. West Texas Intermediate crude gained 4.5% to $56.52 a barrel. "It's just a reaction to perceptions that economic activity is not as weak as expected," said James Abate, CIO of Centre Funds, in a call. "It's silly to look into things from an intraday or day-to-day basis without looking at a longer trend and the trend is clearly down." The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF climbed 3.2% with major oilers and oil services companies pulling the sector higher. Chevron added 3.5%, Schlumberger gained 3.9%, and Kinder Morgan jumped 2.5%. Trading volume was higher than normal Friday on account of the quadruple-witching session, one of four days of the year in which futures and options contracts expire at once. By market close, volume on domestic stock exchanges had exceeded the average 766 million shares traded over the previous four days. Among other market movers Friday, veterinary drug developer Aratana Therapeutics rocketed 25.7% higher after announcing that its canine osteoarthritis pain drug had performed better in drug trials than a placebo. In earnings Friday, CarMax added 11.2% as third-quarter profit beat forecasts and revenue jumped 16%. Nike , though it beat quarterly earnings forecasts, caused concern when it reported the slowest growth rate of future orders in four quarters. Shares were 2.3% lower. Red Hat spiked more than 10% as third-quarter revenue jumped 15% and the company provided positive guidance for its fourth quarter. Finish Line tumbled 19.2% as 2015 profit guidance of $1.67 a share missed consensus by 11 cents. Friday's higher-than-normal trading volume won't likely carry over into the final two holiday-shortened weeks of the year, though. The next two Fridays follow a public holiday so market activity is expected to be even quieter than usual. "It looks like anybody who wants to put on long-equity exposure into the end of the year has probably done it this morning and is now thinking about their train or airplane," said Abate. "Because of the nature of how the holiday falls this year, volumes are expected to be even lighter than they normally are." Even if traders have other plans, the economic calendar rolls on uninterrupted next week with key points of data due including housing and domestic growth data. Existing home sales data is slated for Monday with economists expecting strength in October to have continued through to November with sales at an annualized pace of 5.17 million. Personal income, due out Tuesday, is anticipated to have improved upon the 0.2% gain in October to 0.5% in November. "If the employment report is any indication, incomes should have posted a sizable increase in the month," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a report. The Fed has shown concern as wage growth lagged the overall tightening labor market. A final third-quarter GDP figure will be released Tuesday morning, alongside durable goods orders which are expected to spike 3.1% in November from 0.3% a month earlier. New home sales for November will also be released with market consensus at an increase of 460,000 from 458,000 in October. Christmas Eve will be a shortened market session and all markets will be closed on Thursday for the Christmas Day public holiday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. --Written by Keris Alison Lahiff in New York.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Hasbro tumbled to close lower by 6.36% to $54.65 on Friday, after analysts at BMO Capital said toy sales appear weaker this holiday season and lowered its price target on shares to $55 from $57. The firm maintained its "market perform" rating on the toy maker, and said that it believes industry sales appear to be soft for the holiday period. Analysts at the firm added that the domestic toy industry has "taken a turn for the worse in the fourth quarter declining about 2% after being up nearly 4% over the first nine months." Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. BMO Capital added that it thinks Hasbro will end up with high levels of unsold inventory which could increase risk of lower margins. Similarly, the firm also cut its price target on shares of competing company Mattel to $28 from its previous $30. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates HASBRO INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate HASBRO INC (HAS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: HAS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Leisure Equipment & Products industry. The net income increased by 42.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $126.57 million to $180.46 million. Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 67.13% to -$82.44 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, HASBRO INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 16.31%. Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. In comparison to other companies in the Leisure Equipment & Products industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, HASBRO INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500. Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year. You can view the full analysis from the report here: HAS Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- eBay shares are down 0.7% to $57.13 in trading on Friday after an SEC filing revealed that the online retailer was paying outgoing CEO John Donahoe a $23 million package not to leave the company before it's planned spin off of PayPal. Four of the company's other top executives will also leave the company once the spin off is complete, with a total compensation package for all of the executives reaching as much as $35 million. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. "John's transition package is closely tied to the performance of the company during the separation period and the company's stock price at the time of separation," spokeswoman Amanda Miller said in a statement. Also, the company announced that it severing its partnership with ALEC, a conservative political group that has come under fire recently for its stance on climate change. "After our annual review of eBay Inc's memberships in trade associations and third party organizations we've decided not to renew our membership with American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)," the company said in a statement. eBay joins Microsoft , Yahoo , Facebook and Yelp as companies who have severed ties with the group this year, according to the San Jose Mercury News. TheStreet Ratings team rates EBAY INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate EBAY INC (EBAY) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year. EBAY's revenue growth trails the industry average of 28.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. EBAY INC's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, EBAY INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.18 versus $1.99 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.95 versus $2.18). Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $1,368.00 million or 2.54% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, EBAY INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 26.28%. The gross profit margin for EBAY INC is currently very high, coming in at 75.14%. Regardless of EBAY's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 15.46% trails the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: EBAY Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of California Resources Corp. rose 6.37% to $6.18 in late afternoon trading Friday as oil prices climbed. Brent crude fell to a five-year low of $58.50 earlier this week, but the benchmark was up 4.99% to $62.23 at 3:52 p.m. WTI Crude was up 4.45% to $56.52. Oil prices have plummeted nearly 50% since the summer amid a global oversupply. Oil producers are continuing to increase production despite the supply glut and weakening demand, and OPEC decided to maintain its production levels at a meeting last month. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. More than 8.1 million shares had changed hands as of 3:52 p.m., compared to the daily average volume of 13,081,100. CRC data by YCharts STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of oil and gas exploration company Magnum Hunter Resources rose 9.29% to $3.53 in late afternoon trading Friday as oil prices climbed. Brent crude fell to a five-year low of $58.50 earlier this week, but the benchmark was up 5.2% to $62.35 at 3:41 p.m. WTI Crude was up 4.45% to $56.52. Oil prices have plummeted nearly 50% since the summer amid a global oversupply. Oil producers are continuing to increase production despite the supply glut and weakening demand, and OPEC decided to maintain its production levels at a meeting last month. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. More than 6.8 million shares had changed hands as of 3:41 p.m., compared to the daily average volume of 7,195,610. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates MAGNUM HUNTER RESOURCES CORP as a "sell" with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate MAGNUM HUNTER RESOURCES CORP (MHR) a SELL. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.58 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.36, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs. Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, MAGNUM HUNTER RESOURCES CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$5.19 million or 197.42% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower. The gross profit margin for MAGNUM HUNTER RESOURCES CORP is rather low; currently it is at 21.75%. Regardless of MHR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MHR's net profit margin of -151.47% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average. MHR's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 43.28%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now. You can view the full analysis from the report here: MHR Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of AT&T are slightly lower this afternoon, trading with heavy volume after its board of directors approved a 2.2% increase in the company's quarterly dividend. The quarterly dividend rate was increased to 47 cents from 46 cents a share on a quarterly basis, or an increase to $1.88 from $1.84 per share on an annualized basis. The dividend will be payable on February, 2, 2015 to common stockholders of record on January 9, 2015. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Separately, investors are watching the government's auction for wireless airwaves closely and may be betting that AT&T will take on more debt than initially expected, which looks risky as competition weighs on industry margins, the Wall Street Journal reported. About 26.6 million shares changed hands by 3:38 p.m. in New York, compared to the average of 24.43 million shares. TheStreet Ratings team rates AT&T INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AT&T INC (T) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: T's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share. The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.82, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.40 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations. Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Diversified Telecommunication Services industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, AT&T INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500. The gross profit margin for AT&T INC is rather high; currently it is at 55.88%. Regardless of T's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 9.10% trails the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: T Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of oil and gas exploration company Denbury Resources rose 5.05% to $7.69 in afternoon trading Friday as oil prices climbed. Brent crude fell to a five-year low of $58.50 earlier this week, but the benchmark was up 3.27% to $62.21 at 2:27 p.m. WTI Crude was up 4.27% to $56.42. Oil prices have plummeted nearly 50% since the summer amid a global oversupply. Oil producers are continuing to increase production despite the supply glut and weakening demand, and OPEC decided to maintain its production levels at a meeting last month. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. More than 9.8 million shares had changed hands as of 2:27 p.m., compared to the daily average volume of 10,640,200. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DENBURY RESOURCES INC as a "hold" with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate DENBURY RESOURCES INC (DNR) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 163.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $102.05 million to $268.75 million. The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.67, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Despite the fact that DNR's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.66, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs. DNR's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 58.73%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now. The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, DENBURY RESOURCES INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500. You can view the full analysis from the report here: DNR Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The stock market has rallied strongly after last week's disaster, and TheStreet's Jim Cramer says it's now about waiting. Cramer says when you have a rally like this, you're really chasing if you come in now. He says some people might complain that he's keeping them out of the rally, but he explains that investors must wait for consolidation with a rally this big. Cramer says he often hears neophytes in the business say they want to get in during the rally, but he explains that the time to get in was last week when people were panicking and analysts and experts were saying the decline wasn't that bad. Must Watch: Jim Cramer: Don't Chase the Stock Market Rally, Wait for Better Entry Point STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. So Cramer says now investors have to pay the price of waiting for the market to come down and if it doesn't, then you've simply missed your chance. SPY data by YCharts STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Shares of Encana Corp. are higher by 5% to $14.08 in late afternoon trading on Friday, as oil and energy stocks gain along with the price of oil. Crude oil for January deliver is advancing by 5.05% to $56.84 this afternoon on the NYMEX. So far today, 7.49 million shares of Encana have exchanged hands, as compared to its average daily volume of 6.93 million shares. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks For 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Since the summer oil prices have fallen almost 50% due to a global oversupply. OPEC recently announced it has no plans to cut its production rate despite the supply gut and a softening of demand. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ENCANA CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ENCANA CORP (ECA) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: ECA's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 64.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.69, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ENCANA CORP's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500. The gross profit margin for ENCANA CORP is rather high; currently it is at 54.00%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 122.84% significantly outperformed against the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: ECA Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Canadian Natural Resources were gaining 4.5% to $31.54 Friday as oil futures increased, rebounding from recent five-year lows. Brent crude oil for February delivery gained 4.4% to $61.90 a barrel Friday afternoon, after hitting a five-year low of $58.50 earlier in the week. WTI crude oil for January delivery gained 4.5% to $56.52 a barrel. Despite the slight recovery oil prices were still on track for a fourth week of declines after OPEC decided to not reduce its production rate, according to Reuters. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. "Following the long and steep decline in oil prices, we have seen some buying interest in recent days," Newedge commodity sales manager Ken Hasegawa told Reuters. "But there is still a lot of selling pressure." TheStreet Ratings team rates CANADIAN NATURAL RESOURCES as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate CANADIAN NATURAL RESOURCES (CNQ) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: CNQ's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.1%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share. The gross profit margin for CANADIAN NATURAL RESOURCES is rather high; currently it is at 59.85%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 22.05% significantly outperformed against the industry average. Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $2,331.00 million or 9.28% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -1.58%. The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.49, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.34 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations. You can view the full analysis from the report here: CNQ Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- "You get what you pay for," that popular axiom for consumers, was also a stark reminder to investors in for-profit education companies, an industry under constant government scrutiny. In 2014, investors who bet on names like Strayer Education (up 109.81%) and DeVry Education Group (up 34.79%) made tons of money. Must Read: Why the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Stay Poor: We're Born That Way Likewise, University of Phoenix operator Apollo Education Group (up 22%) and Capella Education (up 12%) have done well, beating the 11.7% gain in the S&P 500 and the 7.20% gain in the Dow Jones Industrial Average . Others weren't so lucky, however. Take a look at the chart below, courtesy of YCharts. COCO data by YCharts The industry's biggest loser, Education Management Corporation lost more than 97% of its value. Corinthian Colleges lost 96% and shares now trade for less than 10 cents. Then there's ITT Educational Services , which lost more than 72% of its value. And the reason is clear. Over the past several years, these so-called "private institutions" have marketed themselves by offering a quality education and a better way of life. But as their profits grew, their students were left with mounds of debt, drawing the attention of U.S. lawmakers. The Institute for Higher Education Policy conducted a study, revealing a link between poverty and high-enrollment numbers at for-profit institutions. IHEP said for-profit education schools profited mostly on low-income students between ages 18 and 26 and whose total household income was near or below the federal poverty level. Now due to stricter government regulations, aimed at reducing poor student loan repayment rates (among other things), for-profit education companies have suffered ever since the industry peaked in 2009. This was at a time when the economy tanked and people went back to school to acquire more skills. Conversely, as the job market improved students relied less on these services. Heading into 2015, investors must ask to what extent can the business economics of this industry work, given the impact of the Gainful Employment act, which seeks to protect students from (among other things) predatory lending practices. More importantly, is it worth the risk? Must Read: 5 Money Lessons You Can Learn From Watching Your Favorite Holiday Movies Consider, while companies like Strayer and Apollo have performed well in 2014, their stocks are still under water over the past three and five years. Strayer is still down 26% and 65% in the past three years and five years, respectively. Apollo, meanwhile is down 38% and 43% during that same span. And the enrollment pool, which funds their growth is drying up. Earlier this year, Terra M. Kennedy, a high school principal in North Carolina, said in a phone interview she would not encourage her students to attend these schools, calling them, "the last resort." Adding, "they're too expensive and deserve business detention." Boston University conducted a study and found that students that graduate from for-profit institution are less likely to get a job than those that graduate from a non-profit school. The study also found that in the cases where for-profit graduates do get a job, they are paid far less than their traditional counterparts. In other words, this isn't an industry that is worth investing in. Instead, now is the best time to get out, especially after some of these companies have strongly outperformed the stock market. The likelihood there will be a repeat performance in 2015 is slim. For an industry that prides itself on learning, investors should protect themselves by learning from their own mistakes. Must Read: The Best Cities for Under-35 Adults to Live: Based on Jobs, Housing and Fun Follow @Richard_WSPB // 0;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); // ]]> TheStreet Ratings team rates STRAYER EDUCATION INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate STRAYER EDUCATION INC (STRA) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity." You can view the full analysis from the report here: STRA Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- TheStreet's Jim Cramer says linerboard and paper company KapStone Paper & Packaging could be a smart play for 2015. Cramer explains that linerboard, which he calls "one of the truest tests of an economy," takes off in pricing when an economy improves. When this price increase happens, many more typically follow. These are fixed-cost plants, which means the companies make a lot of money. Cramer highlights KapStone because plants in the late 1980s cost hundreds of millions but now cost billions. He says what would happen back then is companies would expand and put up new plants when linerboard prices went up, and it would wreck the pricing. But this does not happen today because the plants cost too much and there are lots of environmental restrictions in place on building new plants. Must Watch: Jim Cramer Says Watch KapStone, Could Be a Great Play for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Therefore, he suggests investors keep an eye on KapStone because it could be a great play for 2015. TheStreet Ratings team also rates Kapstone Paper & Packaging as a "buy" with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate KAPSTONE PAPER & PACKAGING (KS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." You can view the full analysis from the report here: KS Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks moved to session highs Friday in a heavy-volume quadruple-witching session following a two-day rally that was triggered by the Federal Reserve's promise to be "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates. The S&P 500 was up 0.7%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 83 points, and the Nasdaq rose 0.58%. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Trading volume on domestic stock exchanges had exceeded the average 766 million shares traded over the previous four days. The high volume was due to Friday being a quadruple-witching session, one of four days of the year in which futures and options contracts expire at once. Oil prices rebounded on Friday with West Texas Intermediate crude up 4.3% to $56.45 a barrel. Prices have been more volatile than usual over the past 24 hours after Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, said OPEC wouldn't be able to stabilize oil prices alone lest it lose market share. "It's just a reaction to perceptions that economic activity is not as weak as expected," said James Abate, CIO of Centre Funds, in a call. "It's silly to look into things from an intraday or day-to-day basis without looking at a longer trend and the trend is clearly down." Energy shares were among the best performers of the market with the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF up 1.8%. Major oilers and oil services companies pulled the sector higher with Chevron climbing 2.5%, Schlumberger gaining 2.8%, and Kinder Morgan jumping 2.7%. Veterinary drug developer Aratana Therapeutics announced that its canine osteoarthritis pain drug had performed better in drug trials than a placebo. Shares rocketed 20% higher. American Apparel was reportedly approached by Irving Place Capital to discuss a possible takeover, according to The Wall Street Journal. Shares were up 9%, adding to an increase of more than 80% this week following the official termination of former CEO Dov Charney. ImmunoGen plummeted more than 35% on news Roche's clinical trials for a breast cancer treatment had failed to significantly improve patients' conditions. The treatment had been developed based on ImmunoGen technology. Teekay Tankers fell 13% after UBS downgraded the stock to "neutral" on valuation. In earnings Friday, BlackBerry was diving 1.6% after revenue dropped by a third in its fiscal third quarter. Adjusted earnings of a penny beat expectations for a loss of 5 cents a share. CarMax added 10% as third-quarter profit beat forecasts and revenue jumped 16%. Finish Line tumbled 18% as 2015 profit guidance of $1.67 a share missed consensus by 11 cents. Nike , though it beat quarterly earnings forecasts, caused concern when it reported the slowest growth rate of future orders in four quarters. Shares were 1.8% lower. Red Hat spiked more than 10% as third-quarter revenue jumped 15% and the company provided positive guidance for its fourth quarter. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. --Written by Keris Alison Lahiff in New York.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Sony Corp. are lower by 2.55% to $20.60 in mid-afternoon trading on Friday, as CNBC.com reports that the FBI has said North Korea is responsible for the hack against the movie studio. The FBI said that they have gathered enough information and are able to conclude that North Korea was behind the security breach. North Korea's hack was likely in response to the company's film, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as journalists hired by the CIA to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un, during an interview. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks For 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Sony has canceled the release of "The Interview". President Obama called the move "a mistake" today during his year end address, CNBC.com added. The president said that he wished Sony had come to him before making the decision to pull the movie. "Sony's a corporation that suffered significant damage, there were threats against its employees," Obama said, CNBC.com noted. "I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced, but having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake." Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SONY CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SONY CORP (SNE) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market. The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.43, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that SNE's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.59, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs. SNE, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 10.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. SONY CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SONY CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$1.22 versus $0.30 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 27.0% in earnings (-$1.55 versus -$1.22). The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Household Durables industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 531.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$199.43 million to -$1,260.14 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: SNE Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Homebuilder stocks set trading range lows in mid-October. After gains of 23% to 35% into the week of Thanksgiving, housing data show the market for new single-family homes appears to have stalled at 60% of potential. Continue to trade the ranges in homebuilder stocks. Here's the backdrop. Within an uneven environment DR Horton reported quarterly results on Dec. 16 and beat analysts estimates by one cent with earnings of 28 cents per share. Even with an earnings beat the stock declined to a test but held its 50-day simple moving average at $23.34 on Dec. 16. Must Read: 12 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves in 2014 Earlier in the month, Toll Brothers reported quarterly results on Dec. 10 and missed analysts estimates by a penny with earnings of 71 cents per share. The stock traded to the high end of its trading range at $35.46 then plunged to as low as $30.81 into Dec.16 before rebounding towards its 50-day simple moving average at $32.72 on Thursday. Clearly, strength into the end of November was an opportunity to book gains on shares purchased at the low end of the trading ranges in October. Before updating the trading ranges for six homebuilders, let's look at the graph that shows how the market for new single-family homes continues to stall at 60% of potential. The National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (in blue above with scale on the left) dipped a point to 57 in December, still above the neutral reading of 50. The NAHB gave this survey a positive spin continuing to expect single-family home construction to rise in 2015. Must Read: Jim Cramer’s Eight Best Stock Picks in the Housing Sector Not shown in the above graph is single-family housing starts (in red above with scale at the right) slumped 5.4% in Nov. to an annual rate of 677,000 units, down from 696,000 units in Oct. Single-family starts remain well below the normal rate of 1.1 million to 1.2 million units. Here's the current trading ranges. DR Horton ($24.70) has a trading range between its Oct. 13 low at $19.29 to a high of $25.94 set on Nov. 21 and is currently above its 200-day simple moving average at $22.61. Between the low and high was a gain 34%. The prior high was $27.74 set on May 15, 2013. This stock is up 10.7% year to date. The weekly chart is positive but overbought with its key weekly moving average at $24 and 200-week simple moving average at $18.46. KB Home ($16.08) has a trading range between its Oct. 13 low at $13.75 to a high of $18.10 set on Nov. 24 and is currently below its 200-day SMA at $16.75 with its July 2 high at $18.98. Between the low and high the gain was 32%. This stock is down 12% year to date. The weekly chart is negative with its key weekly moving average at $16.40 and 200-week SMA at $14.28. Lennar ($43.45) has a trading range between its Aug. 1 low at $35.74 to a high of $48.00 set on Nov. 25 and is currently above its 200-day SMA at $40.61. Between the low and high the gain was 34%. This stock is up nearly 10% year to date. The weekly chart is negative with its key weekly moving average at $43.97 and 200-week SMA at $31.90. Pulte Group ($20.96) has a trading range between its Oct. 13 low at $16.56 to a high of $22.03 set on Dec. 3 and is currently above its 200-day SMA at $19.26. Between the low and high the gain was 33%. This stock is up 2.9% year to date. The weekly chart is positive but overbought with its key weekly moving average at $20.49 and 200-week SMA at $14.40. Ryland Group ($37.17) has a trading range between its Oct. 13 low at $30.33 to a high of $39.54 set on Nov. 25 and is currently above its 200-day SMA at $37.27. Between the low and high the gain was 30%. This stock is down over 14% year to date. The weekly chart is positive but overbought with its key weekly moving average at $37.08 and 200-week SMA at $30.11. Toll Brothers ($32.56) has a trading range between its Oct. 13 low at $28.92 to a high of $35.48 set on Nov. 24 and is currently below its 200-day SMA at $34.35. Between the low and high the gain was 23%. This stock is down 12% year to date. The weekly chart is negative with its key weekly moving average at $33.14 and 200-week SMA at $29.31. Must Read: Five Stages of Selling: How Oil and Energy Stocks Collapsed Follow @Suttmeier

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- President Obama weighed in on the Sony hacking controversy on Friday, saying that the company shouldn't have pulled its film The Interview despite terrorist threats from a group affiliated with North Korea. In his final press conference of the year, Obama said Sony sent the wrong message by giving in to fears that theaters showing the satirical film would be subject to attack. "If somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary they don't like, or news reports they don't like," Obama said. "Or even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others started engaging in self-censorship because they don't want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended. That's not who we are. That's not what America's about." Must Read: Sony Pulls 'The Interview' From Theaters Amid Safety Concerns Sony on Wednesday called off its planned Dec. 25 release of the film following an extensive hacking of the film studios computer network saying that "we respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers." The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures has roiled the studio as sometimes embarrassing emails between top executives and others with rival studios and Hollywood personalities were made public. Sony officials didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Sony's decision not to move forward with the film came after five major U.S. theater chains declined to show the The Interview, citing concerns about the safety of moviegoers and employees. Carmike Cinemas , Regal Entertainment , AMC Entertainment Holdings , Cinemark Holdings and Cineplex Entertainment all said that they wouldn't show the James Franco and Seth Rogan comedy about a TV crew hired to assassinate current ruler of North Korea ruler Kim Jung Un. While acknowledging that Sony is a private corporation that "suffered significant damage," Obama said company officials should have contacted the White House rather than called off showing the film. "There were threats against its employees," Obama said. "I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake." Obama said the North Korean government was behind the cyber-attack and that U.S. intelligence reports show that it didn't work with another country in hacking Sony's computers. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 Written by Leon Lazaroff in New York. Contact by Email. Follow @LeonLazaroff // 0;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); // ]]>

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Energy XXI were gaining 7.1% to $3.31 Friday as oil prices rebounded after hitting five-year lows. Brent crude oil for February delivery gained 3.1% to $61.13 a barrel Friday afternoon, after hitting a five-year low of$58.50 earlier in the week. WTI crude oil for January delivery gained 4.5% to $56.56 a barrel. Despite the slight recovery oil prices were still on track for a fourth week of declines after OPEC decided to not reduce its production rate, according to Reuters. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. "Following the long and steep decline in oil prices, we have seen some buying interest in recent days," Newedge commodity sales manager Ken Hasegawa told Reuters. "But there is still a lot of selling pressure." TheStreet Ratings team rates ENERGY XXI LTD as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ENERGY XXI LTD (EXXI) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.11 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.41, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs. Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ENERGY XXI LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. ENERGY XXI LTD has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ENERGY XXI LTD reported lower earnings of $0.61 versus $1.84 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 123.0% in earnings (-$0.14 versus $0.61). The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 114.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $43.14 million to -$6.40 million. The gross profit margin for ENERGY XXI LTD is rather high; currently it is at 62.41%. Regardless of EXXI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -1.58% trails the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: EXXI Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Exxon Mobil are up 1.8% to $92.80 on heavy volume in afternoon trading Friday, as oil stocks are being helped by rallying U.S. crude oil futures, ahead of the expiry of the front-month January contract and pre-holiday short-covering, Reuters reports. Brent crude plunged to a five-year low of $58.50 per barrel earlier this week, but Brent futures for January delivery are higher by 3.15% to $61.14 a barrel as of 2:25 p.m. ET today, while WTI Crude traded higher by 4.45% to $56.52 per barrel. Oil prices have fallen nearly 50% since the summer due to a global oversupply. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. About 4.39 million shares of Amazon have traded hands as of 1:30 p.m. today, compared to its average trading volume of about 3.92 million shares a day. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates EXXON MOBIL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate EXXON MOBIL CORP (XOM) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: EXXON MOBIL CORP has improved earnings per share by 5.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, EXXON MOBIL CORP reported lower earnings of $7.37 versus $9.70 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.63 versus $7.37). The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 2.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $7,870.00 million to $8,070.00 million. XOM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.12 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that XOM's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.55, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs. Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 6.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share. You can view the full analysis from the report here: XOM Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (TheStreet) -- The law of truly large numbers seems to apply to Facebook -owned photo social network Instagram, which announced last week that it has 300 million active users. The milestone member number makes Instagram worth -- wait for it -- $35 billion, according to Citi Research. "Using what we believe to be conservative assumptions around user growth and monetization, we believe Instagram is worth $35 billion -- up from the $19 billion we had previously estimated due to faster growth in its audience as well as continued monetization gains by social media properties," Citi analyst Mark May wrote in the firm's Friday note on Facebook. "As such, we are increasing our price target for FB from $86 to $91." Must Read: Do Twitter and Facebook Have to Fear Justin Bieber-Backed Shots? News that Instagram is now bigger than Twitter , which closed the September quarter with 284 million active users, has been reverberating through tech and finance circles since the Dec. 10 announcement, climaxing on Friday with Citi's $35 billion conclusion. May believes Instagram could contribute $2 billion in high-margin revenue to Facebook if the social network was to boost its advertising efforts to full capacity. Instagram has been running ads for a little more than a year, though it takes a completely hands-on approach and still works with a select base of customers. Facebook shares were trading up 1.5% at $79.56 on Friday afternoon thanks to the bullish report. Twitter shares, around even for the day at $36.72 by Friday afternoon, were unscathed by the rather unflattering comparison -- Twitter's market cap is hovering around $23 billion -- but the stock is on a trajectory to finish down more than 3.5% for the week. Citi's jaw-dropping valuation for Instagram is based, in part, by using Twitter as a proxy. "Not only is Instagram's audience now larger than Twitter, but its users are ~1.8x more engaged, and user growth has been greater," May said. May calculates that if Instagram grows to 420 million active users by the end of 2015, and the app sees 12.6 feed views, on average, from users on a daily basis, then Instagram would generate $2.7 billion in revenue in 2015. The equation assumes $1.48 per 1,000 feed views, a similar metric used by Twitter to calculate the value of timeline views. "Given the network effects present in social companies such as Instagram, we believe that Instagram can continue to rapidly add users and expect that the gap in total users between Instagram and Twitter will continue to widen, and forecast Instagram and Twitter users to reach 420 million and 319 million users by the end of CY15," May wrote. The firm's rosy outlook on Instagram makes it seem like Facebook got the deal of the decade for its April 2012 buyout of Instagram, which was valued at $1 billion in cash and stock at the time. Prior to the Facebook deal, Twitter tried and failed to buy the photo social network, an outcome that appears tragic in the rear-view mirror. Citi's Facebook price target raise to $91 also reflects a belief that 2015 will be the year that, in addition to Instagram, Facebook's advertising network and its acquired messaging service WhatsApp will develop into "meaningful" revenue streams. Must Read: Are Facebook and Twitter Your Next Impulse Shopping Destination? --Written by Jennifer Van Grove in San Diego, Calif. >Contact by Email. Follow @jbruin

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average is less than 2% from the 18,000 mark. The momentum in the stock market from the past two sessions cannot continue, said Stephen Weiss, founder and managing partner of Short Hills Capital Partners LLC, on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime" show. However, he sees a slower-paced rally that could ensue into year's end. The market rose initially on Wednesday's Federal Reserve comments, Weiss said. But the rally's continuation is on the expectation the European Central Bank will initiate some form of quantitative easing on Jan. 22. Must Read: 12 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves in 2014 The S&P 500 is up roughly 4.5% in the past two days, a huge move for the index, according to Josh Brown, CEO and co-founder of Ritholtz Wealth Management. The rally has undoubtedly been helped higher by crude oil, which appears to have stabilized near $55 per barrel, and by energy stocks, which are up some 9% from the lows on Tuesday. Brown pointed out the Russell 2000 appears to be on the verge of a breakout. The index has continually found stiff resistance near 1,200. However, the small cap index has been consolidating all year long and a breakout would be a bullish sign for the broader stock market in 2015. Jon Najarian, co-founder of optionmonster.com and trademonster.com, continued to stress that lower oil prices are "unambiguously bullish" for the U.S. economy because consumers and businesses will have lower energy costs. However, the effect isn't felt immediately and will take some time to show its positive impact. The stock market is benefiting from the stabilization in oil prices. The snapback in the stock market has been very intense, said Pete Najarian, co-founder of optionmonster.com and trademonster.com. He pointed out the financial sector is outperforming, being led higher by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley , which hit a 52-week high on Friday. Large cap technology stocks continue to move higher as well, Pete Najarian added. However, investors would be wise - not just in large cap tech but more broadly speaking - to take some profits after the big two day move in the market. Must Read: Five Stages of Selling: How Oil and Energy Stocks Collapsed "I'm pretty cautious here and I'd take my chips off the table," said Paul Richards, managing director and head of FX, rates and credit distribution North America at UBS. In the short term, the market faces downside risk as it is "almost" priced for perfection, he said. Investors now expect some form of stimulus from the ECB in January. The conversation shifted to social media stocks. Brown said he would rather be long LinkedIn going into 2015 than Facebook and Twitter . Twitter's management needs to make some improvements in 2015 if it wants to the share price to go higher, Jon Najarian said. Weiss agreed, saying he would rather be short Twitter than long the stock near current levels. Weiss added that he bought shares of Facebook on Thursday. The stock has been consolidating in the $70s and appears poised to move higher. Pete Najarian is also a buyer of Facebook, saying the stock seems likely to appreciate. Weiss and Najarian liked Facebook on the long side so much, they made it their final trade, while Brown said to take some profits in the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF . Must Read: 5 Stocks Poised for Breakouts: RetailMeNot, Repros and More -- Written by Bret Kenwell Follow @BretKenwell

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Key Energy Services Inc. are higher by 2.50% to $1.64 on heavy volume in mid-afternoon trading on Friday, as oil and energy stocks get a boost today from the rise in oil prices. Crude oil for January delivery is higher by 4.51% to $56.56 in afternoon trading on the NYMEX. So far today, 6.13 million shares of Key Energy Services have exchanged hands, as compared to its average daily volume of 4.25 million shares. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks For 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Since the summer oil prices have fallen almost 50% due to a global oversupply. OPEC recently announced it has no plans to cut its production rate despite the supply gut and a softening of demand. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates KEY ENERGY SERVICES INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate KEY ENERGY SERVICES INC (KEG) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: KEY ENERGY SERVICES INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, KEY ENERGY SERVICES INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.14 versus $0.68 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 157.1% in earnings (-$0.36 versus -$0.14). The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1183.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$4.85 million to -$62.23 million. Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, KEY ENERGY SERVICES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. The gross profit margin for KEY ENERGY SERVICES INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 25.65%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -17.01% is significantly below that of the industry average. Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $18.82 million or 82.94% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower. You can view the full analysis from the report here: KEG Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Oasis Petroleum rose 3.69% to $16.85 in afternoon trading Friday as oil prices climbed. Brent crude fell to a five-year low of $58.50 earlier this week, but the benchmark was up 3% to $61.05 at 2:16 p.m. WTI Crude was up 4.4% to $56.49. Oil prices have plummeted nearly 50% since the summer amid a global oversupply. Oil producers are continuing to increase production despite the supply glut and weakening demand, and OPEC decided to maintain its production levels at a meeting last month. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer’s Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. More than 5.9 million shares had changed hands as of 2:17 p.m., compared to the daily average volume of 5,449,500. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates OASIS PETROLEUM INC as a "hold" with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate OASIS PETROLEUM INC (OAS) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, OASIS PETROLEUM INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. The gross profit margin for OASIS PETROLEUM INC is currently very high, coming in at 72.56%. Regardless of OAS's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, OAS's net profit margin of 32.98% significantly outperformed against the industry. OAS's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 74.47%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy. Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.51 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. To add to this, OAS has a quick ratio of 0.68, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs. You can view the full analysis from the report here: OAS Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Weatherford International were gaining 4.9% to $12.27 Friday as oil prices rebounded from near five-year lows. Brent crude oil for February delivery was gaining 3.2% to $61.15 a barrel Friday afternoon, and WTI crude oil for January delivery was gaining 4.8% to $56.69 a barrel. Despite the slight recovery oil prices were still on track for a fourth week of declines after OPEC decided to not reduce its production rate, according to Reuters. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. "Following the long and steep decline in oil prices, we have seen some buying interest in recent days," Newedge commodity sales manager Ken Hasegawa told Reuters. "But there is still a lot of selling pressure." TheStreet Ratings team rates WEATHERFORD INTL PLC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate WEATHERFORD INTL PLC (WFT) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: WEATHERFORD INTL PLC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, WEATHERFORD INTL PLC continued to lose money by earning -$0.44 versus -$1.02 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.06 versus -$0.44). The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income increased by 250.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $22.00 million to $77.00 million. Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $350.00 million or 7.36% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, WEATHERFORD INTL PLC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 17.57%. The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, WFT maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.80, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems. The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, WEATHERFORD INTL PLC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. You can view the full analysis from the report here: WFT Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Now that Amazon has swept away its competition in the $3 billion U.S. e-book business through years of aggressive discounting, it's starting to make peace with publishers, which should mean more profits at the world's largest bookseller. In recent months, Amazon has signed new contracts with three of the world's five largest publishers: Legardere's Hachette, CBS's Simon & Schuster and most recently, Macmillan. Those contracts return much of the pricing control of e-books back to the publishers. Not long ago, Amazon fought hard for that control. Must Read: Looking to Score Cheaper Plane Tickets? Try A Fake Location So what's changed? Amazon has solidified its already strong strong market share position since the 2012 federal court ruling that mandated major publishers allow discounting on e-books by Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook, Apple's iBooks and other e-book retailers. "This is a big win for Kindle owners, and we look forward to being allowed to lower prices on more Kindle books," said an Amazon spokesperson at the time of the settlement. And discount Amazon did, causing prices for best-selling e-books to fall by more than 50% in under two years. Nook had been Amazon's most serious competitor during the years when the e-book price-fixing trial was playing out in court. Back then, Nook often matched Amazon's discounts, resulting in big losses. These days, Nook is much diminished. Under the previous pricing agreements, publishers and booksellers shared the proceeds of e-book sales, with 70% going to the publisher and 30% going to the retailer -- so-called agency pricing. Under the court-mandated pricing agreements, publishers sold e-books to retailers, which in turn set their own prices; heavily discounted e-books were often sold at a loss. "Amazon holds a 64% market share of Macmillan's e-book business," said Macmillan CEO John Sargent in a letter to authors and readers discussing the company's new deal with Amazon. That number is likely higher for other major publishers, as Macmillan sells e-books directly to readers, unlike some of the others. Must Read: Retail Stocks: The Year in Review and What to Shop for in 2015 In 2013, e-books were a $3 billion business, according to the BookStats report. Amazon is thought to control more than two-thirds of it. The company does not break out in its earnings reports how much money it makes from e-books. Amazon has famously absorbed losses on deeply discounted merchandise to put pressure on competitors. In this case the strategy has worked. But now the company is under pressure itself from shareholders to book a profit. This pressure has played out across other Amazon businesses, even the physical book business, where the company doesn't seem to be offering the same deals it used to. E-books are no different. With agency pricing agreements in place and a solid lock on the biggest markets in the world, Amazon is poised to address its slim margins. Amazon reportedly has a 90% market share in the U.K., the world's second-largest e-book market. A little over a year ago, locked in a discounting battle with competitors, Amazon was briefly selling the e-book edition of a mega-bestseller, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch (Hachette), for $1.79. With a wholesale price thought to be near $10, Amazon was losing more than $8 for every copy it sold. The Goldfinch was the No. 3 e-book best-seller that week, meaning it likely sold thousands of copies a day. Under agency pricing agreements, the e-book will now be sold at whatever price the publisher sets and Amazon will take a set cut. The e-book edition of The Goldfinch is currently for sale on Amazon for $6.99. When reached for comment, an Amazon spokesperson said via email, "We are happy with this agreement, as it allows us to grow our business together with Macmillan and their authors. Importantly, the agreement specifically creates a financial incentive for Macmillan to deliver lower prices for readers." The company declined to comment further. A Barnes & Noble spokesperson declined to comment. Must Read: 6 No-Brainer Tax Moves You Absolutely Want to Make by Dec. 31

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Millions of smartphone owners are unknowingly leaving themselves vulnerable to hackers and malware attacks leading to the loss of sensitive data and money, even when the solution to keeping a phone secure is relatively simple. Kaspersky Labs reports that 295,000 new mobile malicious programs were detected in 2014, almost three times the number found the year before, and that its security software had fended off about 1.4 million attacks on smartphones. McAfee, which is owned by Intel , said it had detected four million such attacks so far this year and expects that number to grow exponentially in the coming years as cyber criminals begin using ready-to-use hacker kits designed to make stealing data even simpler. Must Read: 12 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves in 2014 While criminal enterprises are the primary force behind the attacks, the real reason for the expected growth is consumer apathy. Most smartphone owners do not take the time to implement a few basic steps that would help secure their phone and, in fact many, unknowingly leave the door wide open and invite in the hackers. "We have found that while consumers say they worry about device and data security, ironically most are willing to allow apps access to personal information. A recent Symantec survey found that nearly two in five (37%) do not worry at all about getting a virus on their smartphone," said David Lee, senior manager, mobile product management at Symantec , maker of the Norton brand of Internet security software. Today the main threat is coming from the huge number of apps, mainly Android, being downloaded onto phones and tablets. Lee said hackers are using apps as a Trojan horse to sneak into phones. The main reason they are able to gain such easy entry is people pay little attention to what permissions they are giving the app when it's downloaded. "App users think they understand what they agree to when downloading the app, but in reality have little understanding of common app permission practices and behaviors," Lee said, adding to make matters worse a recent Symantec survey found concluded that 66 percent of people will willingly trade their privacy for a free app. In many cases phone owners are their own worst enemy when they do not read what private data to which they are giving the app access. Must Read: With Increased Dividend, Is Samsung the New Apple for Investors? Once the hacker has access, the primary danger faced is losing sensitive data. This could lead to identity theft or having money stolen as hackers are now paying particular attention to financial apps. Kaspersky Labs found 12,100 mobile banking Trojans were detected in 2014, nine times as many as last year, while Symantec found about three million apps are malicious of more than 15 million scanned. Another threat is ransomware. This malware locks out a person from their device. Then they receive a message saying they have to pay a certain amount of money to regain access. While the dangers are very real, enabling basic protection on a phone or tablet is relatively simple. Gary Davis, McAfee's chief consumer security evangelist, pointed out that everyone should password or PIN protect their phone and enable its lock and locate capabilities. Many problems occur when a phone is lost and ends up in the wrong hands. People also need to be aware they are particularly vulnerable when using a public Wi-Fi hotspot, but this can be fixed by installing security software. Davis said McAfee's software will warn a user if the hotspot is unsecured, meaning a bad guy could be at a nearby table sipping coffee while he busily swipes your data. Most important, security software will scan an app as it is being downloaded and will discover anything malicious before it is installed. Another way to help secure a phone during a financial transaction is to use one of the new digital payment systems such as Apple's Apple Pay or Google's Wallet. Davis said these avoid interacting with a retailer's computer, eliminating the possibility of being attacked by a hacked company system -- such as what happened with Target , Home Depot and other retailers last year. Must Read: Five Stages of Selling: How Oil and Energy Stocks Collapsed

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- ConocoPhillips shares are up 0.44% to $70.06 after experiencing a sharp dip earlier in trading on Friday as rising oil prices have helped the Houston, TX-based oil company gain today. The price of a barrel of industry standard Brent crude is up 2.38% to $60.68 in trading on Friday while the price of WTI crude is also up, 3.73% to $56.13. Oil has been slowly been recovering from the dramatic drop in prices this month. Oil has steadily fallen since OPEC announced last month that it would not cut production despite the large supply that was already on the market as a way to improve market share in light of the recent U.S. oil shale boom. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. TheStreet Ratings team rates CONOCOPHILLIPS as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate CONOCOPHILLIPS (COP) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income increased by 9.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $2,480.00 million to $2,704.00 million. 40.09% is the gross profit margin for CONOCOPHILLIPS which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 22.38% significantly outperformed against the industry average. Net operating cash flow has increased to $4,180.00 million or 12.82% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -1.58%. The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.38, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.94 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems. You can view the full analysis from the report here: COP Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Don't let yesterday's whopping 2.4% rally in the S&P 500 fool you -- there's still a whole lot of risk baked into the stock market right now. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks In the last two trading sessions, the S&P 500 has reclaimed all but 87 basis points of its early-December correction. That means shares are within grabbing distance of all-time highs again to end the year, thanks primarily to the Fed's interest rate comments on Wednesday. But the VIX Volatility Index remains on the high-end of its 3-year range this week. More importantly, Average True Range, a statistical measure of volatility in the market, is racing up to test new post-2011 highs this month. Translation: risk is on the rise again. And that means that you need to cut ties with the stocks that look "toxic" here. That's why we're taking a technical look at five toxic stocks you should sell (or short) in December… Just to be clear, the companies I'm talking about today aren't exactly junk. By that, I mean they're not next up in line at bankruptcy court. But that's frankly irrelevant; from a technical analysis standpoint, sellers are shoving around these toxic stocks right now. For that reason, fundamental investors need to decide how long they're willing to take the pain if they want to hold onto these firms in the weeks and months ahead. And for investors looking to buy one of these positions, it makes sense to wait for more favorable technical conditions (and a lower share price) before piling in. For the unfamiliar, technical analysis is a way for investors to quantify qualitative factors, such as investor psychology, based on a stock's price action and trends. Once the domain of cloistered trading teams on Wall Street, technicals can help top traders make consistently profitable trades and can aid fundamental investors in better So, without further ado, let's take a look at five "toxic stocks" you should be unloading. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves Inter Parfums Up first is small-cap fragrance stock Inter Parfums , a name that's been no stranger to downside risk in 2014: shares of the New York-based perfume company have tumbled 23.4% year-to-date, underperforming the S&P 500 by more than 34% since the calendar flipped to January. Put simply, IPAR has been stinking up investors' performance this year. And it could be about to get worse… That's because IPAR is currently forming a descending triangle pattern, a bearish technical setup that's formed by horizontal support below shares (at $25.50 in Inter Parfums' case), and downtrending resistance to the upside. Basically, as IPAR bounces in between those two technically important price levels, it's been getting squeezed closer to a breakdown below that $25.50 price floor. If that line in the sand gets violated, then we've got a new sell signal in IPAR. Momentum is the side-indicator to watch in IPAR. 14-day RSI, our momentum gauge, has been slowly bleeding lower long-term, an indication that buying pressure is continuing to wane in IPAR. If $25.50 gets violated, look out below. Must Read: 11 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves Nokia We're seeing a very similar setup in shares of high-profile technology stock Nokia (NOK). While NOK has spent much of the year in rally mode, climbing more than 20% from its February lows, shares broke their uptrend at the start of December. Now, Nokia is forming a descending triangle of its own, and the breakdown level to watch is $7.60… Why all of the significance at $7.60? It's not magic. Whenever you're looking at any technical price pattern, it's critical to keep buyers and sellers in mind. Patterns like the descending triangle are a good way to quickly describe what's going on in a stock, but they're not the reason it's tradable -- instead, it all comes down to supply and demand for NOK's shares. That $7.60 level in NOK is the spot where there's previously been an excess of demand for shares; in other words, it's a price where buyers have been more eager to step in and buy shares at a lower price than sellers were to sell. That's what makes a breakdown below support so significant -- the move means that sellers are finally strong enough to absorb all of the excess demand at the at price level. A violation of $7.60 means that a whole lot of downside risk just opened up in Nokia. Must Read: 5 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling Rice Energy Energy stocks have gotten a pretty noticeable break from selling this week, but don't mistake that for a change in trend. In fact, the downtrend is alive and well in many energy names this month, including mid-cap E&P stock Rice Energy . You don't need to be an expert technical analyst to spot the well-defined downtrend in shares of RICE, and as shares test resistance for a sixth time this year, it makes sense to sell the next bounce lower. Waiting for that bounce lower before clicking "sell" is a critical part of risk management for two big reasons: it's the spot where prices are the highest within the channel, and alternatively it's the spot where you'll get the first indication that the downtrend is ending. Remember, all trend lines do eventually break, but by actually waiting for the bounce to happen first, you're confirming that sellers are still in control before you unload shares of RICE. Relative strength adds another red flag to the setup in RICE. This stock's relative strength line has been trending lower since the summer (just like price), telling us that RICE is underperforming the broad market here. As long as the downtrend in relative strength remains intact, Rice Energy's underperformance should continue. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying E-House Holdings Chinese stocks have been under pressure for much of 2014, and Chinese real estate services stock E-House Holdings has been no exception. Since the start of the year, shares have capitulated to the tune of 51%. That's huge underperformance in a market environment that's up double-digits. And with a recent violation of a key level this week, shares look ready to kick off another leg down. EJ is currently forming a head and shoulders top, a setup that indicates exhaustion among buyers. The pattern is formed by two swing highs that top out at approximately the same level (the shoulders), separated by a higher high (the head). The sell signal came on a move through E-House's neckline at $9. Even though EJ's head and shoulders isn't "textbook" (because it shows up at the bottom of this stock's recent range, not the top), the trading implications are exactly the same here. Based on the minimum measuring objective in EJ, shares could move down to $6 before this stock can catch a bid again. If you decide to go short here, it makes sense to park a protective stop at the 50-day moving average. Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves CSX Corp. Last up on our list of potentially toxic names is CSX Corp. , a railroad operator that's been chugging higher for most of 2014: shares are up more than 25% since the beginning of January. But after a lengthy move higher, investors might want to think about taking gains here. That's because CSX is another stock that's showing signs of a classic head and shoulders top in shares. The top in CSX isn't quite as far along as the one in EJ -- the sell signal triggers on a violation of CSX's neckline level down at $34.50. Lest you think that the head and shoulders is too well known to be worth trading, the research suggests otherwise: a recent academic study conducted by the Federal Reserve Board of New York found that the results of 10,000 computer-simulated head-and-shoulders trades resulted in "profits [that] would have been both statistically and economically significant." That's good reason to keep an eye on the downside risk in EJ and CSX this week. -- Written by Jonas Elmerraji in Baltimore. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Follow Stockpickr on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned. Jonas Elmerraji, CMT, is a senior market analyst at Agora Financial in Baltimore and a contributor to TheStreet. 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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Freeport-McMoRan are up 0.53% to $22.94 after declaring a quarterly cash dividend of 31.25 cents per share payable on February 2, 2015 to holders of record as of January 15, 2015 for its common stock. Freeport-McMoRan, the world's largest publicly traded copper producer, continues to climb on news that BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto , two of the world's largest iron ore producers, are stockpiling massive copper supplies in order to take a piece of the $140 billion global copper market. The two companies plan, in separate and joint ventures, to mine millions of additional tons of copper despite the expectations of an oversupplied market in the next few years, according to Reuters. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. This move could be an attempt to push out high-cost producers, a strategy the two companies employed previously in the iron ore market, Reuters added. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates FREEPORT-MCMORAN INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate FREEPORT-MCMORAN INC (FCX) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $1,926.00 million or 2.55% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -29.96%. 39.80% is the gross profit margin for FREEPORT-MCMORAN INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of FCX's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 9.69% trails the industry average. FREEPORT-MCMORAN INC's earnings per share declined by 32.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FREEPORT-MCMORAN INC reported lower earnings of $2.64 versus $3.18 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 18.2% in earnings ($2.16 versus $2.64). The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 32.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $821.00 million to $552.00 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: FCX Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Walmart Stores are down 0.54% to $85.48 after the company was accused by investors of allegedly ignoring a court order to turn over more internal files on what directors knew about claims that officials doled out bribes to facilitate Mexican real estate deals in an effort to expand the chain's presence in the country, Bloomberg reports. Walmart should be ordered to pay more than $1 million in sanctions for allegedly ignoring the Delaware Chancery Court judge's order, according to an Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW, which contends Walmart directors did not properly oversee company operations, Bloomberg said. Walmart said it has spent the past two years investigating allegations of bribery and corruption in Mexico and other countries, and is cooperating with a federal probe into those claims, according to Bloomberg. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. In April, it said it had racked up legal fees and compliance costs of more than $400 million so far, and estimated it could spend as much as $240 million this year, Bloomberg added. Separately, Enrique Ostalé will assume the CEO role at Walmart's Mexican and Central American operation, Walmart de Mexico, in January, which accounts for about 6% of Walmart's annual sales, the Wall Street Journal reports. TheStreet Ratings team rates WAL-MART STORES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate WAL-MART STORES INC (WMT) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: WMT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 72.54% to $3,570.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 31.91%. The stock price has risen over the past year, but, despite its earnings growth and some other positive factors, it has underperformed the S&P 500 so far. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year. WAL-MART STORES INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, WAL-MART STORES INC reported lower earnings of $4.86 versus $5.01 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.00 versus $4.86). You can view the full analysis from the report here: WMT Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Amazon.com are higher by 0.76% to $300.01 on heavy volume in afternoon trading Friday, after the online retail giant agreed to a multiyear deal for print and electronic books with Macmillan Publishers today, the Associated Press reports. Amazon and Macmillan CEO John Sargent confirmed that they had agreed to terms for both print and electronic books, allowing Macmillan to set prices for e-books, the AP added. The arrangement known as the "agency model," is similar to other agreements Amazon has reached in the past two months with publishers Hachette Book Group and Simon & Schuster, the AP noted. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. In 2010, Macmillan and Amazon had a public feud, when Amazon briefly removed "buy" buttons for all Macmillan releases. About 4.39 million shares of Amazon have traded hands as of 1:30 p.m. today, compared to its average trading volume of about 3.92 million shares a day. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates AMAZON.COM INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AMAZON.COM INC (AMZN) a SELL. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 965.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$41.00 million to -$437.00 million. The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, AMAZON.COM INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. The share price of AMAZON.COM INC has not done very well: it is down 19.58% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy. The gross profit margin for AMAZON.COM INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.98%. Regardless of AMZN's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.12% trails the industry average. AMAZON.COM INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AMAZON.COM INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.58 versus -$0.10 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 225.9% in earnings (-$0.73 versus $0.58). You can view the full analysis from the report here: AMZN Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- Trading stocks that trigger major breakouts can lead to massive profits. Once a stock trends to a new high or takes out a prior overhead resistance point, then it's free to find new buyers and momentum players who can ultimately push the stock significantly higher. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Breakout candidates are something that I tweet about on a daily basis. I frequently tweet out high-probability setups, breakout plays and stocks that are acting technically bullish. These are the stocks that often go on to make monster moves to the upside. What's great about breakout trading is that you focus on trend, price and volume. You don't have to concern yourself with anything else. The charts do all the talking. Trading breakouts is not a new game on Wall Street. This strategy has been mastered by legendary traders such as William O'Neal, Stan Weinstein and Nicolas Darvas. These pros know that once a stock starts to break out above past resistance levels and hold above those breakout prices, then it can easily trend significantly higher. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves Blonder Tongue Laboratories One communication equipment player that's quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade is Blonder Tongue Laboratories , which operates as a technology development and manufacturing company in the U.S. This stock has been on fire in 2014, with shares up by 153%. If you take a look at the chart for Blonder Tongue Laboratories, you'll notice that this stock has been uptrending strong for the last two months, with shares ripping higher from its low of $1 a share to its recent high of $2.88 a share. During that uptrend, shares of BDR have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. Shares of BDR briefly broke out on Thursday above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.58 to $2.60 a share, before it closed just below those levels at $2.44 a share with strong upside volume flows. That move is now quickly pushing shares of BDR within range of triggering a much bigger breakout trade. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BDR if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at Thursday's intraday high of $2.63 a share and then above $2.80 and its 52-week high of $2.88 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 278,972 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then BDR will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory above $2.88 a share, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $3.50 to $4 a share, or even $4.50 a share. Traders can look to buy BDR off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some near-term support levels at $2.13 to $1.95 a share. One can also buy BDR off strength once it starts to take out those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point. Must Read: 11 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves RetailMeNot A marketing services player that's starting to move within range of triggering a big breakout trade is RetailMeNot , which operates a digital coupon marketplace. Its marketplace connects consumers with retailers and brands. This stock has been under heavy selling pressure in 2014, with shares off dramatically by 48%. If you take a glance at the chart for RetailMeNot, you'll notice that this stock has been consolidating and trending sideways for the last two months, with shares moving between $13.29 on the downside and just over $16 a share on the upside. Shares of SALE jumped higher on Thursday and broke out above some near-term overhead resistance at $14.39 a share. That move is now quickly pushing shares of SALE within range of triggering a much bigger breakout trade above some key near-term overhead resistance levels. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SALE if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $15.03 to $15.34 a share and then above its 50-day moving average of $15.75 a share and over its gap-down-day high from November at $16.23 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that registers near or above its three-month average action of 1.12 million shares. If that breakout materializes soon, then SALE will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone from early November that started above $21 a share. Traders can look to buy SALE off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its new 52-week low of $13.29 a share. One could also buy SALE off strength once it starts to clear those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying QEP Midstream Partners Another energy player that's starting to trend within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade is QEP Midstream Partners , which is engaged in the ownership, operation, acquisition, and development of midstream energy assets in the U.S. This stock has been hammered lower by the sellers over the last six months, with shares down sharply by 34%. If you take a glance at the chart for QEP Midstream Partners, you'll see that this stock has been consolidating and trending sideways for the last two months and change, with shares moving between $14.27 on the downside and $16.95 on the upside. Shares of QEPM have now started to spike higher off its recent low of $14.27 a share with strong upside volume flows. That spike is quickly pushing shares of QEPM within range of triggering a breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent sideways trading chart pattern. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in QEPM if it manages to break out above its 50-day moving average of $16.47 a share and then above more key near-term overhead resistance levels at $16.82 to $16.95 a share with high volume. Watch for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 210,125 shares. If that breakout develops soon, then QEPM will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $21 to its 200-day moving average of $21.76 a share. Traders can look to buy QEPM off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support levels at $14.27 a share or around its 52-week low of $14.08 a share. One can also buy QEPM off strength once it starts to bust above those breakout levels share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point. Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves Repros Therapeutics Another development stage biopharmaceutical player that's starting to move within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade is Repros Therapeutics , which focuses on the development of new drugs to treat hormonal and reproductive system disorders in the U.S. This stock has been hit hard by the sellers in 2014, with shares off sharply by 51%. If you take a glance at the chart for RPRX, you'll notice that this stock has recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $7.96 to $8.04 a share. Since finding some buying interest at those levels, shares of RPRX have now started to trend back above its 50-day moving average of $8.21 a share. That trend is quickly pushing shares of RPRX within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade above some key overhead resistance levels. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in RPRX if it manages to break out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $9.25 to around $9.50 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that registers near or above its three-month average volume of 1.22 million shares. If that breakout begins soon, then RPRX will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $10.72 to $11.21 a share, or even $12 to $13 a share. Traders can look to buy RPRX off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below those recent double bottom support levels. One can also buy RPRX off strength once it starts to bust above those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point. Must Read: 5 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling Cyber-Ark Software My final breakout trading prospect is technology player Cyber-Ark Software , which develops, markets and sells IT security solutions that protect organizations from cyber attacks in the U.S. and internationally. This stock has been red hot in 2014, with shares up sharply by 35%. If you look at the chart for Cyber-Ark Software, you'll notice that this stock recently pulled back off its all-time high of $47.01 to its low of $36 a share. That pull back took shares of CYBR right to its 50-day moving average, which has so far held as a key area of support. Shares of CYBR have now started to spike higher off its 50-day and it's quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade above some key overhead resistance levels. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CYBR if it manages to break out above Thursday's intraday high of $41.60 a share to some more resistance at $43.25 share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that registers near or above its three-month average action of 2.47 million shares. If that breakout develops soon, then CYBR will set up to re-test or possibly take out its all-time high at $47.01 a share. Any high-volume move above that level will then give CYBR a chance to tag or trend north of $50 a share. Traders can look to buy CYBR off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 50-day moving average of $36.60 a share or around more near-term support at $36 a share. One can also buy CYBR off strength once it starts to clear those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a conformable percentage from your entry point. -- Written by Roberto Pedone in Delafield, Wis. 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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With 2014 almost in the books, many investors are on the lookout for the top dividend plays in 2015. TheStreet's David Peltier says one of his top picks is Tompkins Financial . Shares of Tompkins Financial are essentially flat on the year, up just 1%. The New York-based regional bank pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share, giving it a yield of 3.25%. Tompkins Financial TMP data by YCharts Peltier pointed out that the company's 3.25% dividend yield becomes even more attractive when investors consider it's one of the highest payouts in the financial industry. Even more impressive is the fact that Tompkins Financial was able to maintain its dividend throughout the financial crisis several years ago. The event caused immense stress on many banks' balance sheets and put many out of business. The general consensus is that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in 2015, likely sometime in the summer. How do rising rates affect Tompkins Financial? According to Peltier, regional banks are "very leveraged" to rising interest rates. So, along with a healthy dividend yield, investors can look for rising rates to drive higher profits at Tompkins Financial in 2015. -- Written by Bret Kenwell Follow @BretKenwell

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Super Saturday could turn out to be the busiest shopping day of this year's holiday season. For struggling retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch , Sears and Wal-Mart it may be the most important day of the whole year. Dubbed "Super Saturday" as it represents the final major weekend day of the holidays to grab discounted merchandise in stores, research firm ShopperTrak estimates U.S. retailers will haul in $10.1 billion. If so, the day would top the unexpectedly low $9.1 billion retailers brought in from consumers on Black Friday. Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling in 2014 Execs at Wal-Mart, Abercrombie & Fitch and Sears are hoping that armed with savings from the gas pump, consumers shop until they drop on Super Saturday. TheStreet takes a look at some of the companies nervously entering the final weekend of shopping hoopla. Must Read: Whole Foods CEO on How it will Beat Rivals in 2015 1. It's crunch time for Abercrombie & Fitch. On Dec. 9, just 11 days until Super Saturday, Abercrombie & Fitch shocked Wall Street by announcing that its controversial, long-time CEO of 22 years Mike Jeffries was retiring. In an interview with TheStreet on Dec. 12, a company spokesman said "this conversation with Mike has been going on for a while, it's that publicly we couldn't talk about it." The surprising timing of the event -- smack in the middle of the holiday season -- suggested Abercrombie & Fitch's same-store sales continue to be under major pressure due to fierce competition from fast-fashion chains Forever 21 and H&M. This may force Abercrombie & Fitch to become especially promotional on Super Saturday to clear through slow-moving inventory, which would come at the expense of profits. Already, the company is running a "50% off the entire store and online" sale at both its namesake business and its Hollister division. Same-store sales for Abercrombie & Fitch declined 7% in the 39-weeks ended Nov. 1, following a 13% fall a year ago. The company expects trendier fashions for teens under the leadership of its new division presidents for Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister to begin appearing in stores late in the first-quarter, and become more apparent in the second-quarter of 2015. Since Black Friday on Nov. 28, Abercrombie & Fitch's shares have fallen 3.9% vs. the 0.3% drop for the S&P 500. Must Read: How Clorox's New CEO Hopes to Wipe Away Competitors in 2015 2. Sears needs cash -- now. As TheStreet noted on Black Friday, the holiday shopping season for Sears and Kmart did not start on a festive note, with too few shoppers and too much inventory. "I thought it would be busier," said a Kmart cashier at the time who requested anonymity. Since then, the reads on Sears' holiday season have not gotten any better. On Dec. 4, Sears announced that third-quarter same-store sales at its Sears domestic business declined by 0.7%, worse than the 0.1% fall last year, paced by lackluster sales of consumer electronics, apparel and auto services. Kmart's same-store sales rose a meager 0.5% vs. a 2.1% decline a year ago. The improvement came from greater demand for apparel. Unlike competitors such as Wal-Mart, Target and J.C. Penney that gave updates on Black Friday sales after their Thanksgiving Day openings, Sears did not break out any sales figures. For Sears, Super Saturday is one final important day to raise badly needed cash before a possible high-yield debt raise in early 2015. So far this year, Sears has logged an alarming $833 million in losses in adjusted earnings before, interest, taxes and depreciation (Ebitda). In 2013, Ebitda losses excluding one-time items such as impairments related to store closures tallied $337 million. With losses from the very core of the business mounting, Sears was forced to use $1.9 billion in cash to fund its operations in 2014 as of Nov 1. A year ago at the same time, it had used $1.6 billion in cash. Total cash declined to $326 million in the third-quarter vs. $599 million a year earlier. "Over the next six to nine months, we intend to work with our lenders and others to evaluate our capital structure with a goal of achieving more long-term flexibility, as we have previously stated, and may take action sooner if appropriate," cautioned Sears CFO Rob Schriesheim on the third-quarter earnings call. Shares of Sears have shed 7.7% from Black Friday, trailing the 0.5% gain for Target and 1.7% decline for Wal-Mart. Must Read: Macy's CEO: Big Things are in the Works 3. Wal-Mart's inventory problem The world's largest retailer made a huge wager that economically sensitive households would spend more freely this holiday season on TVs and Disney's Frozen gear. On Oct. 31, Wal-Mart announced it would be selling its "broadest assortment ever" for the upcoming holiday season. Furthermore, Wal-Mart said it had expanded its range of online offerings to 7 million items, up 1 million from last holiday season. Now with Super Saturday here, it will be critical that Wal-Mart sells through its remaining holiday inventory. If not, it will only perpetuate an issue of bloated inventory levels in its U.S. stores pressuring the segment's profits. In the third-quarter alone, inventory at Wal-Mart U.S. increased 5.2% year-over-year, while net sales for the division only rose 3.4%. Gross profit margins fell 22 basis points year-over-year. "We've taken recent actions with respect to reducing inventory, but it's too early to see any significant impact," noted Greg Foran, president and CEO of Wal-Mart U.S. on the Nov. 13 earnings call, adding that "however, we're reasonably confident that we'll see an improvement in inventory levels over the next year." If inventory is not sold through at pre-planned discounts, it could lead to disappointing EPS guidance when Wal-Mart reports its holiday numbers on Feb. 19, 2015. Shares of Wal-Mart have declined 1.8% since Black Friday vs. the 0.3% dip of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Must Read: CSX CEO Explains How His Company is Powering the Economy

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Walgreen reports its quarterly earnings next week, and TheStreet's Jim Cramer says this will be a key item to watch. Cramer notes CVS and Rite Aid both reported great quarters, but says Walgreen has yet to report the kind of quarter that those two companies have. Cramer says if Walgreen doesn't make a blowout quarter like its two peer companies, then the stock could sell off and that would be investors' chance to buy it. Cramer says Walgreen will become international in 2015, as it will have less costs and will be less of a hostage to the "drugstore wars" in the U.S. He expects a lot of green field expansion when Walgreen merges with Alliance Boots. Must Watch: Cramer: If Walgreen Sells Off on Earnings, That's a Chance to Buy STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Walgreen President and CEO Greg Wasson will be leaving and while Cramer likes him, he notes many people believe a leader with a more global perspective will be able to take the company higher. Cramer encourages investors to use any weakness in Walgreen to buy the stock. He also says a pullback in CVS is not likely to happen, but he calls the stock "fabulous" and likes it in the case of a market-wide pullback. WAG data by YCharts STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Shares of Mattel Inc. are lower by 4.78% to $29.70 in early afternoon trading on Friday, as BMO Capital expresses concerns that the toy company is losing share to competitors, the Associated Press reports. Earlier today BMO Capital issued an analyst note lowering its price target on Mattel to $28 from $30, as well as Hasbro to $55 from $57 as the research firm believes "domestic toy industry appears to have taken a turn for the worse in the fourth quarter declining about 2% after being up nearly 4% over the first nine months." "Furthermore, we believe Mattel has been losing share to competitors, most of them privately held, and has seen domestic retail slide by 12% so far in the quarter," BMO added. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks For 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Other toy maker stocks falling today include Hasbro, lower by 5.28% to $55.28, Leap Frog Enterprises , down by 3.26% to $4.74, and Build-A-Bear Workshop , lower by 4.19% to $18.97. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates MATTEL INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate MATTEL INC (MAT) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: MAT's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Despite the fact that MAT's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.61 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity. The gross profit margin for MATTEL INC is rather high; currently it is at 53.21%. Regardless of MAT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MAT's net profit margin of 16.41% compares favorably to the industry average. MAT, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 4.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. MATTEL INC's earnings per share declined by 19.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MATTEL INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.60 versus $2.21 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 24.2% in earnings ($1.97 versus $2.60). Looking at the price performance of MAT's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 31.44%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp decline over the past year may have been what was needed in order to bring its value into alignment with its fundamentals and others in its industry. You can view the full analysis from the report here: MAT Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of T-Mobile were gaining 1.2% to $26.22 Friday after the wireless carrier settled a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission in which the wireless carrier was accused of charging customers for unwanted services. T-Mobile agreed to pay up to $90 million in refunds to its customers over the "cramming" practice, according to Re/code. The wireless carrier will also pay a total of $22.5 million in fines to the states and the FTC under the settlement. The company is required to contact all current and former customers who paid unauthorized charges such as subscription text services that charged them monthly, to let them know about the refund program. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. TheStreet Ratings team rates T-MOBILE US INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate T-MOBILE US INC (TMUS) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 58.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share. Net operating cash flow has increased to $1,062.00 million or 28.57% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -13.59%. Compared to other companies in the Wireless Telecommunication Services industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, T-MOBILE US INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500. The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Wireless Telecommunication Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 161.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$36.00 million to -$94.00 million. In its most recent trading session, TMUS has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry. You can view the full analysis from the report here: TMUS Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Transocean shares are up 4.76% to $19.13 on Friday after the international offshore contract drilling services provider released its fleet status update after the closing bell yesterday. Also influencing the stock today is rising oil prices. The company reported today that the total value of new contracts since its last fleet status update a month ago is approximately $453 million including contracts awarded to two rigs that had previously been idle. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Analysts at Cowen do not see the fleet report as being positive and lowered the company's price target as a result, saying, "We believe that Transocean's December Fleet Status Report has negative implications for the stock. While the company secured one attractive contract this month it is not enough to fill much needed UDW floater availability. We maintain our Market Perform rating on the stock and lower our price target to $17 from $20." Despite the disappointed analyst outlook, the stock is being helped by rising oil prices as WTI Crude and Brent Crude are up 1.93% and 1.33% respectively in trading today. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates TRANSOCEAN LTD as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate TRANSOCEAN LTD (RIG) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 506.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $546.00 million to -$2,217.00 million. Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, TRANSOCEAN LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 64.95%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 513.51% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now. RIG, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 15.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. RIG's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.42 is sturdy. You can view the full analysis from the report here: RIG Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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