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Composite Portfolio Midday Report (4/11/13)

|Includes: AAPL, Ditech Holding Corporation (DHCP), EXD, FRO, HLF, KLAC, LAD, MO, MSFT, TJX

Dow Jones Industrial Average +0.52%
S&P 500 +0.49%
Russell 2000 +0.33%
NASDAQ Composite +0.12%
Pretty Girls and Railroads +0.72%
Climbers and Dogs +0.34%
Widows and Orphans +0.21%
Cumulative +0.36%
  • Samsung takes aim at the mini market
    Apr 11 2013 17:40 BST
    Samsung has outstripped Apple in smartphones but still lags behind in tablets. The Galaxy Note 8, a supersized version of its "phablet" is the South Korean company's latest attempt to change that, a direct challenge to the iPad mini. Meanwhile, HP's latest ink-jet printer looks overweight, but proves speedy. Samsung...
  • The small car as an object of desire
    Apr 11 2013 17:40 BST
    The new Renault Twin'z was launched this week to a burst of flash bulbs. But not at a car show. It was launched at the Milan Design Triennale. If this were a chair or a lamp there would be nothing unusual in this - Milan is the natural habitat for...
  • GlobalFoundries challenges Taiwan in contract chipmaking
    Apr 11 2013 17:25 BST
    For years, the contract chipmaking industry has been dominated by two Taiwanese companies, TSMC and the smaller UMC, which together held nearly two-thirds of the market. Now, those publicly listed companies are beginning to feel the heat from the rise of a state-backed rival, GlobalFoundries, owned by an Abu Dhabi...
  • French minister riled by Apple ban on app
    Apr 11 2013 16:47 BST
    France's digital industry minister has become embroiled in a dispute between Apple and a French start-up, as she accused the US technology giant of being "extremely brutal" for banning the smaller company's service from its App Store. In a sign of the increasing willingness of Paris to challenge the business...
  • Microsoft losses slow Wall St progress
    Apr 11 2013 15:21 BST
    Microsoft tumbled in early activity on Thursday as investors reacted to a report that said the PC market shrank nearly 14 per cent in the first quarter partly due to the failure of the company's latest operating system to reboot the market. Shares in Microsoft, which received downgrades from analysts...


Portfolio Movers


Gainers Today's Market Change
Walter Investment Management Corp
Herbalife Ltd
Lithia Motors Inc
Frontline Ltd
TJX Companies Inc
Losers Today's Market Change
Microsoft Corp
KLA-Tencor Corp
Apple Inc
Eaton Vance Tax-Advantaged Bond and Options Strategies Fund
Altria Group Inc

Disclosure: I am long WAC, HLF, LAD, FRO, TJX, MSFT, KLAC, AAPL, EXD, MO.