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In case you missed them, here are the 10 most popular videos on MarketWatch for the week of Feb. 7-11:
Apple's new iPad on the way
has started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer
with a built-in camera and faster processor. Yukari Kane joins Stacey
Delo to discuss. Watch Video Report.
H-P looks to make a splash with touchpad tablet
is no longer about PCs, but about what people do with the technology
and how they "stay connected," according to H-P VP Page Murray, who says
there's a big opportunity in linking a range of devices, from tablets
to printers. Ben Pimentel reports. Watch Video Report.
Best and worst tech ads in the Super Bowl
In addition to the usual fan favorites like GoDaddy.com
and the E-trade talking baby, some new tech-related ads made their way
into the Super Bowl breaks this year — and one in particular seems to be
getting the unanimous thumbs down. Watch Video Report.
Did you miss the bull market?
S&P500 index is up 98% from March 2009. But if you didn't
capitalize on the gains, don't feel bad, Evan Newmark says. He talks
with Dennis Berman about weathering the storm. Watch Video Report.
Verizon iPhone: Where are the crowds?
iPhone finally hit Verizon stores but in many locations thin crowds
greeted the smartphone's arrival. Lauren Goode and Stacey Delo report. Watch Video Report.
Toyota cleared of electronic flaws
lengthy investigation by the federal government into last year's Toyota
recalls found that engine electronics played no role in incidents of
sudden, unintended acceleration of its cars. Joe White has details. Watch Video Report.
Ads that fumbled during the Super Bowl
A video montage of some of the Super Bowl commercials that ad executives say missed the mark. Watch Video Report.
Mossberg: There are benefits to the Verizon iPhone
Mossberg compares the new Verizon iPhone 4 to an AT&T iPhone 4, and
finds that they aren't interchangeable. The Verizon has much better
voice calls, he says, but there's a trade off in data speed. Watch Video Report.
Wine 101: The art of decanting
is essentially just pouring wine from one container into another. But
sommelier Sam Chong explains why it's a step worth doing, and
demonstrates how the pros decant properly. Watch Video Report.
Ford on path to profit growth, CEO Mulally says
recent quarter was unique, in that it invested in new products and
didn't chase market share in Europe, yet the company is focused on its
long-term plan and paying down debt, according to CEO Alan Mulally, who
also says Ford will make hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars on
the same assembly line. Stacey Delo reports. Watch Video Report.
FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — It was not a week when stock trading was near
the top of most of the world's agenda. Instead the continuing drama in
Egypt that culminated on Friday with the resignation of President Hosni
Mubarak and the handing over of power to the Egyptian military got most
of the attention.
But stock trading,
and trading in other assets, was never too far from people's minds.
After all, what happens in Egypt now will affect oil prices, wheat
prices, the future of Israel, the shape of the Middle East and maybe
even the world.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) rose
43.97 points, or 0.4%, on Friday to close at 12,273.26. For the week
the blue-chip index gained 1.5%. The Nasdaq Composite Index (COMP) added 18.99 points, or 0.7%, to close at 2,809.44 for a weekly gain of 1.5%. The benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 Index (SPX) rose 7.28 points, or 0.6%, on Friday to end at 1,329.15. For the week it added 1.4%.
visit MarketWatch over the weekend for all the news you need. Our
weekend investor will provide a guide to when you might consider
investing in Egypt and other regional markets. Meanwhile, please take a
moment to watch our Week Ahead videos.
the wake of Hosni Mubarak's resignation as Egypt's longtime president,
investors might be wondering whether it's prudent to put money in the
region. Protests and political shake-ups are smothering investing
prospects for countries that were already struggling with rising
inflation and interest rates. But such risk could also present an
opportunity for investors looking to buy emerging-market assets on the
cheap — if they look in the right places. Read more about emerging-markets investing .
Combating inflation in China
the third time since October, China's central bank raised its key
interest rates in an effort to cool rising inflation pressures.
Economists have noted increasing worries about the country's ability to
rein in growth and stifle inflationary pressures without triggering a
hard landing that could derail a fragile global recovery. Read more about China's rate hike .
Succession at ECB
race to succeed European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet was
thrown into confusion this week on news that German central-bank chief
Axel Weber had dropped out of the running. Weber had been viewed as the
front runner for the post, which Trichet will leave when his eight-year
term ends in October. Read more about the ECB shake-up .
Finding your lost funds
the computer systems of state treasurers, controllers and tax officials
sits the pocket lint of the U.S. economy. Utility refunds, credit
balances, custodial accounts, dividend checks, insurance payments,
paychecks and financial instruments of all kinds lie abandoned and
unloved. Some of it belongs to celebrities and billionaires — but some
of it probably belongs to you. Read about America's dead money .
Homes hold less appeal
share of Americans who own their home dropped again last year, but
that's not because of foreclosures pushing people out of the real-estate
market. Instead, more people appear to be rejecting the idea of a home
as an investment. Read more about people choosing to rent .
The great muni panic
municipal-bond issuers are in deep trouble; some could default.
Agencies also have been loading up on bond debt, issuing a record $430.1
billion in 2010. But be reasonable, says David Weidner. To suggest that
50 to 100 muni-bond issuers will default, as analyst Meredith Whitney
has suggested, is irresponsible. It's not surprising: Many of her calls
have been sensational. The hysterical crowd worrying over munis are the
real danger here. Read David Weidner's column about muni bonds .
A shrinking Fannie and Freddie
A large portion of Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC)
should be wound down over time, and the fees that the troubled
mortgage-refinance giants charge for guaranteeing home loans sold to
investors should be increased to ease the private sector back into the
housing market, the Treasury Department proposed this week. Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner told reporters that the reform plan would
spell modestly higher mortgage costs for average homeowners over the
long term. Read about plans for Fannie and Freddie .
Big changes at Nokia
Shares of Nokia Corp. (NOK) sank after the Finnish company unveiled sweeping changes, including plans to use Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) mobile operating system in its smartphones, in a last-ditch effort to take on Google Inc. (GOOG) and Apple Inc. (AAPL). Nokia also reorganized its leadership team and revamped its structure by creating two distinct units. Read more about changes at Nokia.
Cisco takes a hit
Some analysts took a hatchet to their ratings on Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO)
this week, downgrading the stock on concerns about higher competition
and lower margins. After Wednesday's closing bell, Cisco reported a
small decline in second-quarter earnings in line with its previous
guidance, and issued a revenue forecast for the next two periods at the
high end of Wall Street's estimates. Read about worries surrounding Cisco.
Launch time for H-P
Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ)
lifted the wraps on a new tablet and smartphones based on the webOS
operating system, which the company inherited with last year's
acquisition of Palm Inc. for $1.2 billion. At an event in San Francisco,
H-P announced the TouchPad tablet, as well as the Pre3 and Veer
smartphones. But the TouchPad, which is expected to ship sometime this
summer; will have to fight an uphill battle against Apple's popular
iPad. Read more about new products from H-P .
Mubarak steps down, prompting jubilation in Cairo streets CAIRO
- The popular uprising in Egypt triumphed Friday as President Hosni
Mubarak surrendered to the will of a leaderless revolution and stepped
down after 30 years of autocratic rule over the Arab world's most
populous nation. (By Craig Whitlock, The Washington Post)