Market Wrap-Up for Nov.22 (ADI, HPQ, HRL, CBRL, MDT, YUM, more)

If history is any guide, we should see market volume begin to taper off the rest of the week as investors take care of last-minute Thanksgiving plans. This trend should carry through to tomorrow’s session, as well as Friday’s half-day session.

Today’s early market spike was not able to hold, with sellers making an appearance once again. Earnings results did not help sentiment much, with stocks like Cracker Barrel (CBRL), Analog Devices (ADI), and Campbell Soup (CPB) closing lower following their reports. On the flipside, shares of Medtronic (MDT) gained on their numbers. Hormel Foods (HRL), was up early on but saw most of its gains fade by the close. The company did announce a dividend hike. Tech giant Hewlett Packard (HPQ) managed to close off the lows, but still finished in the red after the company reported results along with a cautious 2012 outlook.

As always, you can find our coverage of these latest earnings reports on The Dividend Daily.

Meanwhile, positive Wall Street commentary helped lift shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), while shares of Marriott International (MAR) moved lower on negative Wall Street chatter.

When Will Your Job Become Obsolete?

I was recently reading a story about Foxconn, one of the world’s largest tech manufacturers. The company produces plenty of products for major companies such as Apple (AAPL) and Sony (SNE). Foxconn is said to be undergoing a 3-year initiative to replace 500,000 workers in China with industrial robots.

This development made me think about what’s going on in the job market here in our own country. Corporate America is doing more with less, and scores of Venture Capitalists and Private Equity Investors from Silicon Valley and beyond continue to make it their business to invest in new companies that can shake up many existing industries. Whether we like the shift occurring or not, the wheels have been in motion and will continue to remain so as far as I can tell.

If you’re still of working age, make it a point to find out everything you can about your particular industry. Keep acquiring new skills that are coming in demand. That’ll help you keep as firm a grip as you can on your job.

Don’t get blindsided by industry trend shifts that can leave you vulnerable as you approach your key earning years!

Holidays Coming — Earplug Alert or Investing Angle Opportunity?

The holiday season begins this week and continues throughout next month. These are fun times where we all catch up with loved ones, and everyone seems to have plenty to say. Whether chatter is about next year’s election, the economy, one’s career, investment ideas, or business plans, it could pay to have your proverbial earplugs nearby.

It will be tempting to hold your relatives accountable for some of their past investing “ideas” that didn’t pan out so well. I urge you to avoid these kinds of conflicts (your spouse might remind you as well, sometimes with a swift elbow or a kick to the shin under the table).

I’ve always found that watching sports on television during the holidays is the easiest way to avoid some of my relatives’ rants, which usually include very little facts to support them. Joking aside, it is actually a great time for me to hear my loved ones’ thoughts about the state of their finances. I always like to learn how others (who may not be so market-focused as I am) see things shaping up.

Do yourself a favor this holiday season and listen more than you may usually do. Think of it as a focus group in a sense, and you will get even more out of your gathering than you think. Sentiment can be very indicative of how soon the economy can begin to make a turn back up.

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