If you're feeling good about the market, you're not alone. Take my hand as we go over some of this week's more uplifting headlines.
1. Knights of the found table
The Web-based dining reservations specialist is also making a push to shore up its international presence, buying overseas rival TopTable.com. The U.K. company seats an average of 3 million diners annually, a big increase over OpenTable's business internationally in terms of seated patrons.
OpenTable has also historically posted losses outside of North America, so this is the kind of deal that should help the fast-growing online service provider achieve the economies of scale to finally turn a profit outside of its lucrative domestic business.
2. No one puts baby in a corner
After several months of timeout, the E*TRADE baby is back! The discount broker finally rolled out a new televised spot starring the chatty toddler. E*TRADE
The discount brokerage space is filled with plenty of cutthroat competitors putting out the same message of cheap trades, speedy executions, and access to mutual fund marketplaces with no transaction fees. E*TRADE and its rivals used to be able to promote chunky yields on cash balances through their online banking products, but that has dried up in this low interest rate environment.
So why not stand out in a crowd with a little levity? Most people probably remember seeing Sam Waterston in an ad for a financial services company, but they may not remember that it's a spot for rival TD AMERITRADE
Welcome back, E*TRADE baby.
3. There's a panda in your iPad
The world's most populous nation woke up to iPad availability this morning. Apple
Are 1.3 billion people lining up for Apple's latest gadgetry? Of course not. China is still a developing economy, and the market for those who can afford the tablet is limited. There are only two Apple retail locations -- in Shanghai and Beijing -- though the iPad will also be available through a few authorized resellers.
It will be many years before the iPad has a chance to be a mainstream success. However, you have to start somewhere -- and having a presence in China is better than not having a presence there.
4. Karma and Zen
Shares of Sirius XM Radio
There may not have been any concrete news about the status of Howard Stern after his five-year deal expires, but Karmazin was still able to soothe investors by reiterating last month's guidance.
It's also comforting to hear that Sirius XM 2.0 -- the platform's upgrade slated to hit new receivers in time for next year's holiday season -- is still on track. There isn't a lot of confirmed information on the upgrade, other than that it will allow subscribers to tap into more content and experience greater gadget functionality.
5. A market for Canadian coffee
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
This week's buy is the Canadian parent behind Van Houtte, maker of tantalizing single-served brews with exotic flavors including chocolate raspberry truffle and spicy Mayan chocolate.
We don't know Van Houtte's bottom line, but the $890 million price tag implies a multiple of just more than two times sales during the past 12 months. Green Mountain is fetching a larger multiple. More importantly, this move positions Green Mountain perfectly in case its Keurig-related patents expire in a couple of years.
Watching over as many K-Cup makers as possible gives Green Mountain a steadier outlook if licensing revenues transfer over into chunkier margins on the refills.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is an optimist at every turn. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this story. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.