Stock Analysis Recap: Here’s Why These Stocks Were Heavily Traded This Week

Here are the hottest stocks of the week from February 28th to March 4th.

Monday

1) Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL): Dell Inc. offers a wide range of computers and related products. The Company sells personal computers, servers and networking products, storage systems, mobility products, software and peripherals, and services. Shares of Dell are up over 3.5% to $15.67 per share today. Analysts seeing the tablet market reaching $35 Billion and Dell is planning to once again compete as the low-cost alternative to the Apple iPad. Almost 16 million shares have traded hands today, close to the daily trading volume average.

2) Nationwide Health Properties (NYSE:NHP): Nationwide Health Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust which invests primarily in health care related facilities and provides financing to health care providers. The Company has investments in long-term health care facilities, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation hospitals. Shares are up almost 9.5% to $42.65 per share. Ventas (NYSE:VTR) said it will buy Nationwide Health for about $5.7 billion, creating the largest healthcare real estate investment trust in the United States.

3) Pfizer (NYSE:PFE): Pfizer Inc. is a research-based, global pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets medicines for humans and animals. Shares are trading 1.7% higher to $19.17 per share today. Healthcare M&A is picking up and the overall sector is displaying leadership among the stock market today. Pfizer has traded over 23 million shares today.

4) Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO): Valero Energy Corporation is an independent petroleum refining and marketing company that owns and operates refineries in the United States, Canada, and Aruba. The Company produces conventional gasolines, distillates, jet fuel, asphalt, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other refined products as well as diesel fuel, low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, and oxygenates. Valero is trading down 1.84% to $28.04 per share today following negative news that one of its refineries experienced flaring in Corpus Christi, Texas. Fearful investors are selling shares at the moment.

5) Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM): Salesforce.com, Inc. provides software on demand. The Company supplies a customer relationship management service to businesses worldwide providing a technology platform for customers and developers to build and run business applications. Shares are down 5.94% to $130.72 per share today. Salesforce is the worst performing stock in the S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) today after a long success streak of 94% stock appreciation over the past year. 2.8 million shares have traded hands today.

6) Edison International (NYSE:EIX): Edison International, through its subsidiaries, develops, acquires, owns, and operates electric power generation facilities worldwide. The Company also provides capital and financial services for energy and infrastructure projects, as well as manages and sells real estate projects. Shares are up 2.89% to $37.05 per share today. The company reported earnings of $0.58 per share, excluding non-recurring items, lower than the Thomson Reuters consensus of $0.60. Also, Edison issued lower guidance for 2011, hoping to achieve earnings per share of $2.60-2.90 vs. $3.00.

7) PDL BioPharma (NASDAQ:PDLI): PDL BioPharma Inc. discovers, develops, and markets therapies for serious or life-threatening illnesses, commercially focused on the acute care, hospital setting. Shares are up over 16% to $5.66 per share today after settling a legal battle with Novartis. PDLI will pay the Swiss drugmaker an amount based on the net sales of the eye drug Lucentis made by Novartis this year and beyond. PDLI is set to announce earnings after-the-bell today. Analysts are expecting $.21 per share on $74.14 million in revenue.

8) Endo Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ENDP): Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company with products that provide pain management. The Company researches, develops, produces, and markets both branded and generic pharmaceuticals. Endo’s products include Percocet, Percodan, and Lidoderm. Shares are up 4.92% to $36.02 per share following the company’s latest quarterly report today. The company reported a net income of$93 million, or $.77 cents a share, compared with $147.8 million, or $1.25 a share, a year ago. Endo beat Wall Street analyst expectations and the shares are higher because of it.

9) Quicksilver Resources, Inc. (NYSE:KWK): Quicksilver Resources Inc. is involved in the acquisition, development, exploration, production, and sale of natural gas and crude oil. The Company also conducts operations in the gathering, processing, and transmission of natural gas. Quicksilver owns properties in Michigan, Wyoming, and Montana in the United States, and in Canada. Shares are down .45% to $15.60 per share today. The company reported earnings of $318.3 million, or $1.77 per share, for the quarter. That compares to $32.5 million, or $.19 cents per share, in the same part of 2009. Revenue rose 2%to $239.9 million.

10) Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation (NYSE:CDE): Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation, through its subsidiaries, explores, develops, operates, and/or owns silver and gold mining properties and companies. The Company’s properties are located primarily in the United States, Australia, and South America. Shares are up 14.21% today to $31.60 per share. The company reported a rock solid earnings report due to the strength in precious metals over the past year. Adjusted earnigns rose to $49.9 million, or $.56 cents per share, from $2.5 million a year earlier. Metals sales rose 75% to $208 million as the price of gold rose 10% and the price of silver jumped 42% in the company’s latest quarterly report.

Tuesday

1) Sonus Networks (NASDAQ:SONS): Sonus Networks, Inc. provides voice infrastructure products. The Company’s hardware and software enables customers to deploy an integrated, packet-based network carrying both voice and data traffic. Sonus markets and sells its products to service providers, including long distance carriers, wholesale carriers, Internet service providers, and cable operators. The stock is up 35% to $4.09 per share today following the company’s earnings report. The company’s net income for the quarter remained at $11.4 million, up from $10.3 million it earned during the corresponding time period of the last year. The company reported its earnings at $.04 cents per share, the same as last year’s quarter. The analysts’ expectations for the earnings were pegged at $.03 cents per share. Sonus Networks reported 21% increase in its revenue. Almost 25 million shares have already traded today.

2) Allied Nevada Gold Corp. (AMEX:ANV): Allied Nevada Gold Corporation evaluates, acquires, explores, and advances gold exploration and potential development projects. The Company’s holdings include projects in Nevada, California, Idaho and Colorado in the United States, as well as Bolivia, Mexico, Indonesia and Australia. Shares are up over 12% to $34.21 per share today. Revenue from gold and silver sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 was $31.5 million compared with $16.2 million in the same period last year. Allied Nevada achieved net income of $6.6 million, or $0.07 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2010 and $34.1 million, or $0.41 per share, for the year, compared with net income of $17.8 million, 0r $0.24 per share, and $8.5 million, or $0.13 per share, for the same periods in 2009. The precious metals bull market continues>>

3) Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ): Domino’s Pizza, Inc. operates a network of Company-owned and franchise Domino’s Pizza stores, located throughout the United States and in other countries. The Company also operates regional dough manufacturing and distribution centers in the contiguous United States and outside the United States. Shares are down 4.77% to $16.10 per share today. Quarterly net income rose 2% to $24.2 million, or $.39 cents per share, from $23.6 million, or $.41 cents per share, in the prior year period. Revenue rose 4% to $480 million from $462.9 million. Analysts expected $485.6 million. Domino’s expects revenue in restaurants open at least one year to rise 1-3% in the U.S. and 3 percent to 5 percent internationally. Will rising food costs pinch their margins?

4) Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX): Novavax, Inc. is a clinical stage biotechnology company. The Company creates novel vaccines to address a broad range of infectious diseases worldwide using proprietary virus-like particle (VLP) technology. Shares are higher 14.62% to $2.98 per share. Novavax announced that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, decided to award a contract worth as much as $179 million to Novavax to help the company develop and manufacture vaccines for seasonal and pandemic influenza.

5) Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS): Las Vegas Sands Corp. owns and operates casino resorts and convention centers. The Company operates in United States, Macau and Singapore. Las Vegas Sand Corp’s casino’s offer a wide range of gaming activities and entertainment as well as overnight accomodations, while its expo centers host a wide range of entertainment shows, expositions, and other activities. The stock is down 7.46% o $43.18 per share today. The company is under investigation by U.S. authorities due to possible violation of antibribery laws in its growing Macau businesses.

6) CenterPoint Energy (NYSE:CNP): CenterPoint Energy, Inc. is a public utility holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, conducts activities in electricity transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution and sales, interstate pipeline and gathering operations, and power generation. Shares are down .13% to $15.84 per share on 3.55 million shares trading hands today. The company missed analysts expectations and projected an outlook below prior estimates.

7) Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX): Boston Scientific Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets minimally invasive medical devices. The Company’s products are used in interventional cardiology, cardiac rhythm management, peripheral interventions, electrophysiology, neurovascular intervention, endoscopy, urology, gynecology and neuromodulation. Shares are up over 5.87% to %7.58 per share. The stock was upgraded by RBC’s Glenn Novarro to ‘outperform’ due to a product catalyst and margin growth.

8) Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG): Walgreen Company operates retail drugstores that offer a wide variety of prescription and non-prescription drugs as well as general goods. The Company operates stores in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Walgreen’s also offers health services, including primary and acute care, wellness, pharmacy and disease management services and health and fitness. Over 8 million shares have traded hands today. The stock is down slightly to $43.27 per share. The company is increasing supplies of the liquid form of Tamiflu due to the intense demand for anti-viral flu medication. Walgreen said demand for liquid Tamiflu spiked in February, leading to a product shortage on shelves.

9) Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers and related personal computing and mobile communication devices along with a variety of related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. Over 10 million shares have traded today. The stock is down 1% to just under $350 per share. It is the eve of the Apple iPad 2 debut, Steve Jobs is on the sidelines and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) still thinks Apple is a $450 stock based on their projections.

10) Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM): Humana Inc. is a managed health care company with medical members located in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Company offers coordinated health care through health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, point-of-service plans, and administrative services products. Humana offers its products to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and individuals. Shares are down 1.8% to $63.86 today. Another Humana executive has recently sold shares and the health overhaul is causing major concern for shareholders who are uneasy with the current state of affairs.

Wednesday

1) Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCBK): Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company, through its banking subsidiary, is a federally chartered stock savings bank that offers traditional deposit products, residential real estate mortgage loans and consumer loans. Hudson also purchase mortgages and mortgage-backed securities and other securities issued by U.S. government-sponsored enterprises. Shares are down over 8% to just under $10 per share today following banking regulatory concerns. The bank, based in Paramus, New Jersey, has $61 billion in total assets and is one of the largest U.S. thrifts to survive the 2008 financial crisis. Their conservative lending practices have been praised by critics of the financial crisis. Today’s sell-off to a 52-week low might just be the buying opportunity of a lifetime for a company who pays a 5%+ annual dividend too.

2) Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS): Staples, Inc. retails office supplies, furniture, and technology. The Company’s customers include consumers and businesses in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Staples serves its customers through office superstores, mail order catalogs, the Internet, and a contract business. Shares are flat at $20.84 per share on over 14 million shares traded today. Net income rose 18% to $274.7 million, or $.38 cents per share. That compares with $233.9 million, or $.32 cents per share, in the same period last year. Revenue rose less than 1% to $6.42 billion. Analysts expected $6.46 billion.

3) Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST): Costco Wholesale Corporation operates wholesale membership warehouses in multiple countries. The Company sells all kinds of food, automotive supplies, toys, hardware, sporting goods, jewelry, electronics, apparel, health and beauty aids, as well as other goods. Shares are down almost 3% to $71.43 per share today following the release of the company’s earnings report. Earnings rose to $348 million, or $.79 cents a share, from $299 million or $.67 cents a share in the year-earlier quarter. Net Net rose 11% to $20.45 billion. The CFO stated the company will be passing costs along to the consumer. Inflation coming anyone?

4) Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE): Pfizer Inc. is a research-based, global pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets medicines for humans and animals. The Company’s products include prescription pharmaceuticals, non-prescription self-medications, and animal health products such as anti-infective medicines and vaccines. Shares are down almost 1% to $19 per share today. Over 23 million shares have traded hands today. Pfizer’s Dimetapp Elixir and Extentab tablets and Phenergan Expectorant will be subject to seizure, injunction or other legal action by the FDA today. Three decades of FDA work will now enforce action upon unapproved prescription cold and allergy medicines.

5) W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:WTI): W&T Offshore, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company focused primarily on the Gulf of Mexico area in the United States. Shares are down over 14% to $21.12 per share today following a disappointing release of the company’s earnings report. W&T’s revenue rose 6% to $187 million, compared with analysts’ estimates of $190.9 million.

6) Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ:GAME): Shanda Games Ltd. develops, sources and operates Internet games in China. Shares are up over 15% to $6.62 per share today. The company earned 366.6 million yuan ( or $55.4 million), or $.20 cents per American depositary share, versus 415.2 million yuan in the year-ago period. Revenue fell 14% to 1.15 billion yuan (or $174.0 million).

7) Weatherford International Ltd. (NYSE:WFT): Weatherford International Ltd. provides equipment and services used for the drilling, completion, and production of oil and natural gas wells. The Company offers drilling and intervention services, completion systems, artificial lift systems, and compression services. Weatherford conducts operations in substantially all of the oil and natural gas producing regions in the world. Shares are down over 9% to $21.37 per share today. The company said it would have to restate its financial statements and delay its annual report because of accounting problems. Another negative for the company is 3% of the company’s revenue comes from operations in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Bahrain and Yemen. We all know the turmoil and problems occurring in that region right now. For better opportunities,look no further than list of the Top 10 Oil ETFs>>

8) Biogen Idec Inc. (NASDAQ:BIIB): Biogen Idec Inc. develops, manufactures, and commercializes therapies, focusing on neurology, oncology, and immunology. The Company’s products addresses diseases such as multiple sclerosis, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, rheumatoid arthritis, crohn’s disease, and psoriasis. Shares are flat to $70 per share today. Biotech M&A has been heating up lately and Biogen is on many companies’ acquisition target lists. Keep an eye on this stock.

9) Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN): Wynn Resorts Limited owns and operates luxury hotels and destination casino resorts in Las Vegas, Nevada and in Macau, China. The resorts features guest rooms and suits, restaurants, golf courses, and on-site luxury automotive dealerships. Shares are down a little bit today to $125.50 per share. Macau gambling revenue jumped 48% in February as Wynn stands to benefit in its next quarterly release of Macau results.

10) IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI): IAC/InterActiveCorp operates Internet businesses. The Company’s websites offer search, gaming, dating, directory, footwear retailing, and campsite reservation services. Shares are up almost 2% to $31.10 per share today. The company continues to unlock shareholder value with Wall Street investors now that long despised Barry Diller has been out as CEO for over 2 months now. Diller is still buying shares of the company on his own.

Thursday

1) MetLife (NYSE:MET): MetLife, Inc. provides individual insurance, employee benefits and financial services with operations throughout the United States and the regions of Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. The Company’s products include life insurance, annuities, automobile and homeowners insurance, retail banking and other financial services to individuals as well as group insurance. Shares are up over 3% today to $45 per share. American International Group (NYSE:AIG) sold its stake in the rival insurer. A.I.G. reaped some $9.6 billion from the sale of its common and preferred shares as well as equity units late Wednesday. MetLife sold around 68.6 million shares of common stock to buy back A.I.G.’s convertible preferred shares.

2) Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMLN): Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines for diabetes and obesity. The Company’s marketed products include treatments for adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Shares are down over 24% to $11.40 per share today. The company’s potential diabetes treatment Bydureon proved inferior to Novo Nordisk’s Victoza, according to initial results from a late-stage study comparing the drugs. The Food and Drug Administration declined to approve Bydureon in October and asked the companies for more data about the drug. The companies plan to respond in the second half of this year.

3) Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL): Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers and related personal computing and mobile communication devices along with a variety of related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. Shares are up almost 2% to $358.40 per share. In addition to Apple’s retail stores, Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) will sell the iPad 2 on the launch date of March 11th. Walmart (NYSE:WMT) will also sell the iPad 2, but has not confirmed a date yet. The mass retailing bodes very well for Apple’s next generation tablet.. 

4) CVR Energy, Inc. (CVI): CVR Energy, Inc. is an independent refiner and marketer of transportation fuels. The Company, also through a limited partnership produces ammonia and urea ammonia nitrate, or UAN, fertilizers. Shares are up over 9% to $20.67 per share today. The oil refiner reported strong quarterly results. The company reported net income of $14.3 million for the full year of 2010, or $.16 cents per fully diluted share, and net income of $2.3 million for the fourth quarter 2010, or $.03 cents per fully diluted share.

5) The Kroger Company (NYSE:KR): The Kroger Co. operates supermarkets and convenience stores in the United States. The Company also manufactures and processes some of the foods that its supermarkets sell. The stock is up over 2% to $23.05 per share today. The company said net income was $278.8 million, or $.44 cents per share, compared with $255.4 million and $.39 cents per share a year earlier, over a 9% rise. Kroger’s quarterly revenue rose 7.4% to $19.9 billion.

6) Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (NYSE:BUD): Anheuser-Busch InBev NV brews beer. The Company manufactures ale, lager, stout, and bitter beer. Anheuser-Busch InBev owns brands that are both nationally and internationally prominent. Shares are up over 2% to $57.40 per share today. BUD reported Thursday that its net profit fell to $968 million from $1.28 billion a year earlier. The company’s revenues rose to $9.47 billion from $9.30 billion. Higher taxes were the reason for the decline in profits.

7) Limited Brands Inc. (NYSE:LTD): Limited Brands, Inc. owns and operates specialty stores throughout the United States. The Company, through its retail stores, offer a wide range of products, including women’s apparel, women’s lingerie, beauty products and accessories, personal care, and home fragrance products. The Company’s stores also offer products via the Internet. Shares are down over 1% to $31.69 per share today. LTD said sales jumped 12%, beating the 8.5% consensus estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Revenues at the Victoria’s Secret chain surged 15%, while sales at its Bath & Body Works division climbed 10%.

8) H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE:HNZ): H.J. Heinz Company manufactures and markets processed food products throughout the world. The Company’s principal products include ketchup, condiments and sauces, frozen food, soups, beans and pasta meals, infant nutrition and other processed food products. Shares are up a little to $49.10 per share following the company’s earnings release today. Heinz earned $273.8 million, or $.84 cents per share, for the quarter. That’s up from $228.5 million, or $.72 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.Revenue rose nearly 2% to $2.72 billion, in-line with estimates.

9) Saks Inc. (NYSE:SKS): Saks, Inc. operates department stores in the United States. The stores offer a wide variety of branded and private label merchandise including luxury apparel, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, and decorative home furnishings. Shares are up over 5% to $12.38 per share today. The high-end retailer’s sales surged 15.3%, beating the 4.9% Wall Street estimates. After deep cost-cutting measures, shareholders are once again happy with Saks’ results.

10) Sprint Nextel Corp (NYSE:S): Sprint Nextel Corporation offers a range of wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, and government customers. Shares are up almost 2.5% to $4.36 per share today. The company has traded over 31 million shares today. Sprint continues to focus on full deployment of 4G for the long term by 2013. Meanwhile, Sprint and Clearwire are on the brink of settling a major pricing dispute. Stay tuned…

Friday

1) Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU): Alcatel-Lucent manufactures telecommunications equipment, and offers telecommunications services. Shares are up over .5% to $5.40 per share on a day when most stocks are down. Almost 30 million shares have traded hands today. There are rumors the company is in-play as an acquisition candidate. Investors and traders are bidding up shares in hopes of a potential buyout by a Chinese company. Speculation value is on the rise.

2) Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Ford Motor Company designs, manufactures, and services cars and trucks. Shares are down over 1.5% to $14.53 per share today. The rising oil markets are hitting the auto sector head-on. Also, the Brazil February car sales report was released today and Ford was the only car company to report a yearly percentage decline of 1.8%.

3) Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL): Marvell Technology Group Ltd. designs, develops, and markets integrated circuits for communications-related markets. The stock is down over 9% today to $16.44 per share. Almost 40 million shares have traded hands today. The tech company said it earned $222.9 million, or $.33 cents a share, in the quarter ended January 29, compared with a profit of $204.8 million, or $.31 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenues increased 6.9% to $900.5 million, missing the Street’s view of $923.9 million.

4) Royale Energy (NASDAQ:ROYL): Royale Energy, Inc. produces and sells natural gas, acquires oil and gas lease interests and proved reserves, drills both exploratory and development wells, and sells fractional working interests in wells to be drilled. Shares are up over 7% to $7.57 per share today. Over 4.5 million shares have traded hands today, above the average of 2.94 million per day. The company is focused on development, acquisition, exploration, and production of natural gas and oil in California, Texas and the Rocky Mountains. No exposure to the Middle East or Libya and more investor interest is coming Royale Energy’s way.

5) Wendy’s Arby’s Group (NYSE:WEN): Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the Company owns, operates, and franchises fast-food restaurants in the United States. Shares are down almost 3% today to $4.95 per share. Wendy’s Arby’s loss narrowed to $10.8 million, or $.03 cents a share, in the fourth quarter from a loss of $13.6 million, or $.03 cents, a year earlier. Revenue declined 6.7% to $840.7 million.

6) Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPRD): Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops, and markets baseband processor solutions for the wireless communications market. Shares are up over 6% to $22.97 per share today. Spreadtrum said it earned $30 million, or $.56 cents per share, compared with $1.4 million, or $.03 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 2009. Revenue tripled to $126.5 million from $42.3 million in the same quarter in 2009, beating analysts’ estimates for $123.5 million in revenue.

7) Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO): Valero Energy Corporation is an independent petroleum refining and marketing company that owns and operates refineries in the United States, Canada, and Aruba. The Company produces conventional gasolines, distillates, jet fuel, asphalt, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other refined products as well as diesel fuel, low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, and oxygenates. Shares are down 1% to $28.70 per share today.The energy company forecasts first quarter earnings of between $.15 to $.30 cents per share. Today’s oil market rise is weighing on the shares.

8) JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ:JDSU): JDS Uniphase Corporation provides communications test & measurement solutions and optical products for telecommunications service providers, cable operators, and network equipment manufacturers. Shares are up over 7% to $26.92 per share today. Over 15 million shares have traded hands today. Lately, the fiber optics sector has been receiving a major momentum boost on a bright outlook for the industry.

9) Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW): Monster Worldwide, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers help wanted advertisements over the Internet. Shares are down over 6% to $15.89 per share today. Analysts from William Blair & Co. LLC downgraded Monster to “market perform” from “outperform” Friday, saying the company’s post-recession recovery might be limited by the sluggish pace of hiring and competition from sites such as CareerBuilder and LinkedIn.

10) Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI): Sirius XM Radio Inc. broadcasts various channels of audio from its satellites. The Company provides its services throughout the continental United States for a monthly subscription fee. Sirius delivers various streams of commercial-free music in every genre, as well as streams of news, sports, weather, talk, comedy, and public radio.Shares of Sirius are up slightly to $1.83 per share today. The satellite radio company has created “Tiger Blood Radio,” a 24-hour limited run channel that will explore the breaking news, facts, fallout and career implications of the Charlie Sheen controversy. “Tiger Blood Radio” will air from March 5 at 6:00 am ET to March 6 at 6:00 am ET on Sirius channel 108 and XM channel 139. Meanwhile, in more sane news, Howard Stern continued to make his late night TV interview rounds. Last night, he made an appearance on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, another PR plug for SIRI.

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