If you're up to your chin in negative news this week, take my hand as we go over some of the more uplifting headlines of the week. There was more in the news than just layoffs, missed earnings, and guidance knockdowns this week -- no, really!
1. No more buyout tears
Maybe holiday shoppers aren't buying much this season, but companies aren't forgetting the pocketbook. Pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson
The $438 million deal connects J&J with a partner it already knows well. After all, it already markets a pair of Omrix drugs that help patients stop bleeding during surgical procedures. Ahh, if only Omrix can market a drug to make the market stop hemorrhaging.
The moral of the story is that deals are still getting done.
2. The monogrammed towels read CFO
What does a diaper change and Tuesday's trading in China Finance Online
What happened exactly? The report itself was pretty grim, with the company pointing to premium subscription weakness since September, a trend that may linger for several quarters. However, the stock also found itself opening somewhat near its $3.60 a share cash balance. As a profitable, high-margin company that should bounce back quickly when Chinese investors are back to gain an investing edge with premium research, there was no reason for the stock to be trading for a nearly immaterial enterprise value.
The stock bounced back, even on bad news, and that itself is good news for those looking for a bottom (with or without baby powder in hand).
3. Fool for the Citi
I'm no fan of the bailouts. Few people are. However, lifelines being extended and iconic institutions being spared are clearly enough to boost the market's confidence in the near-term.
4. I think Icahn
I'm not the only one who believes in Yahoo!
He now owns 75.6 million shares of the company, with most of that at substantially higher prices. Icahn's track record has been iffy lately, but it's worth heeding now that he also sits on the Yahoo! board. Until we stop referring to Icahn as a "billionaire investor" and start going with "millionaire investor" I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Insider buying at Yahoo! is a good thing, anyway you slice it.
5. Vampires at the multiplex
Who says that the multiplex is dead? Exhibitors delivered their best pre-Thanksgiving weekend since 2005 this past weekend, fueled by Twilight's success. It couldn't have been all giddy teenage girls ringing up $69.6 million in ticket sales.
This naturally bodes well for movie house chains like Regal
6. Save the date, or steal it
Finally, the market has risen every single trading day this week. We'll see where Friday leaves us, but the market is working on a winning streak four trading days long if you reach to last Friday. In these volatile times, it doesn't get any better than that in the quest for good news.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is an optimist at every turn. He's the inspiration for The Killers' "Mr. Brightside" song. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this story. He is also a member of the Rule Breakers analytical team, seeking out the next great growth stock early in its defiance. The Fool has a disclosure policy.