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3 Biotech 2010 IPOs Worthy of a Look

The biotech IPO window finally opened fully in 2010, but investors weren't that interested in what companies had to offer. Many companies priced their IPOs below their proposed range, and the number of biotechs trading under their IPO price is rather astounding.

The Best Way to Play the Rare Earth Run-up

Earlier this week, I noted that high-flying rare-earth minerMolycorp (NYSE: MCP) looked overvalued, and more likely to decline in price than Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), another stock sitting atop its current 52-week high. Profitless where Exxon is wildly profitable, dividend-less where Exxon pays 2.4%, and priced at a book value three times that of the oil giant, I saw little hope that Molycorp would continue to outperform the market going forward.

Profit on a Flat Stock

Since its bottom on March 6, 2009, the S&P 500 has made a historic rally -- over 80% -- rivaling what we saw coming out of the Great Depression in 1938. However, if you take a gander at the years following 1938, you see -- after that big market rebound -- that stocks were relatively flat for a handful of years, including about 10% declines in both 1940 and 1941.

TPC Group Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

Black Swan Hunting for 2011

This article has been adapted from our sister site across the pond, Fool U.K.

The entire point of author Nassim Taleb's ironically now ubiquitous "Black Swan" metaphor was that nobody in the white swan-strewn Old World foresaw the black version of the bird until they encountered Australia, where millions of black swans were waddling about their business.

7 Reasons to Worry About Next Week

 We may be heading into a holiday-abridged trading week, but it doesn't mean that corporate earnings are going home for the holidays. In fact, stick around and you're find that more than a few companies are about to leave some serious lumps of coal in the stockings of shareholders.


Is Warren Buffett a Grinch?

Tis the season for partisan bickering. Or at least, that's what'll likely be on the schedule as the House prepares to vote on the tax compromise that President Obama reached with Republicans.

Can Motricity Regain Its Multibagger Momentum?

 For most of 2010, investors have loved Motricity (Nasdaq:MOTR). And why not? It's an intriguing stock story.

AT&T (NYSE: T)Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S), and Verizon(NYSE: VZ) are all under pressure to deliver higher-margin value-added services. Motricity offers that via custom content. Users pay to get data delivered that's tailored to their specified interests.


Gold and dollar little changed Thursday

New York -- Gold prices held steady Thursday in New York as equities were mixed and the dollar turned flat after three days of increases.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 2.42 points or 0.02 percent. The Standard & Poor's index climbed modestly, adding 4.72 points or 0.38 percent to 1,233.00.

The dollar index rose 0.08 percent, a relatively flat performance, but one that comes after gains of 0.5 percent Tuesday and 0.17 percent Wednesday.

On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange gold added $3.10 to $1,386.30 per troy ounce. Crude oil prices for January delivery added 17 cents to $88.45 per barrel.

U.S. markets open flat Wednesday

New York -- U.S. markets opened flat Wednesday with the dollar index extending its gains into the second trading session, rising 0.22 percent to 80.03.

The dollar's gain weighed on commodities and U.S. firms that rely on exports. With no major reports on the U.S. economic calendar, Germany reported its trade surplus grew from $16.5 billion in October 2009 to $18.8 billion for October 2010.

The surplus is a reminder of the struggles of the euro, which is shared by countries with economies in decline, such as Greece and Ireland, and countries where an economic recovery has found traction, such as Germany and France.