Stocks LDK Solar Co Ltd

  • A Chinese worker walks near the solar modules of a newly installed 100MW photovoltaic on-grid power project in Dunhuang of China's northwest Gansu Province.

    LDK Solar lowered the top end of its previous fourth-quarter sales forecast, citing lower-than-expected shipments of solar wafers, cells, and modules.

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    The Street is enamored with the old "sell in May and go away" philosophy; everyone seems poised for a sell-off, or at least a consolidation. Never mind that many of those spouting these clichés have lost a ton keeping their short positions on for the last couple months: The economy is just not improving the way everyone keeps saying, they insist, and dammit I am going to be right — at some point.

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    Take a look at some of Monday morning’s early movers:

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    Prospective bank buyers are outweighing sellers, signaling that after a big lull in U.S. bank M&A last year, the market may revive in 2012.

  • A worker cleans solar panels at a solar photovoltaic power station under construction in Xining of Qinghai Province, China.

    Prospects for the already battered solar stocks are getting darker as analysts anticipate another round of price declines due to virtual end of subsidies to the sector.

  • Electricity pylon pass the Ffos-Y-Fran opencast coal mine in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.

    There's a cynical stock market adage that bad companies make for good trades. It's a bit of trading knowledge that can help investors identify stocks where even if the long-term outlook is promising, short-term management mistakes offer trading opportunities.

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    Everyone loves triumph in the face of adversity (as evidenced by the "Lin-sanity" currently gripping the nation) so it's hardly surprising that investors are enjoying the tech sector's rebound after a moribund 2011.

  • Bank of America just saw the heat turned up again in its multipronged, multibillion-dollar legal battle over problem mortgages, according to an analyst report.

  • Facebook, which filed for its hotly anticipated IPO after the stock market close Wednesday, unveiled some surprises in its hefty 202-page regulatory document.

  • Doing the required research to determine which dividend-yielding stocks should be in your portfolio is a daunting task. Consider investing in dividend exchange-traded funds instead.

  • Solar Panels on a residential roof.

    Is the solar stock rally merited, in a sector where supply is still running ahead of demand, and profitability — even for the best-run manufacturing operations — could be slim to none in 2012?

  • Gadgets and cars are two products that seem to be growing in every country of the world, making earnings reports from Apple and Ford Motor critical to watch in the coming week.

  • Solar panels at a solar photovoltaic power station under construction in Xining of Qinghai Province, China.

    In 2011, Warren Buffett's adherence to this belief drove him to invest in some of the most disliked and troublesome companies and industries out there — that includes the solar industry.

  • Huntington Bancshares and BB&T on Thursday both reported strong fourth-quarter loan growth, but suffered major declines in fee income following the Federal Reserve's implementation of the Durbin Amendment on Oct. 1.

  • When investors think banks and technology, they think Bank of America and Google. With 43 constituents of the Standard & Poor's 500 reporting quarterly results in the coming week, most of them financial and technology companies, Bank of America and Google could end up being the most important earnings reports to watch on Thursday.

  • Goldman Sachs analysts shook up its "conviction buy" list on Monday, adding Dow component Travelers Cos., apparel maker Ralph Lauren, and hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management as their best investment ideas.

  • After underperforming the sector and the markets in 2011, will large-cap banks make a comeback in 2012?

  • Is a hidden gem getting lost amid Google's dominating position in Web search and advertising and the tech giant's rising position with its Android software?

  • Energy deals may stay hot in 2012 as foreign companies cut U.S. deals to bolster their reserves and build new drilling skills.

  • New home sales drop.

    Homebuilder stocks have jumped as much as 45 percent over the past three months. But the question remains whether it's a fragile rally based on overly optimistic expectations for the economy or an early sign that a sustained real estate recovery is in the offing.