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The Best Stocks for 2011: Thompson Creek Metals


This article is part of our "Best Stocks for 2011" series where our Foolish writers pick their top stocks ideas for the year ahead. Click here to see a review of last year's picks and our 12 recommendations for the year ahead.

Maybe I Was Wrong About Tesla

 I don't like to do it, but I am willing to admit when my investment thesis about a company is wrong. Lately, the thesis I've been reconsidering is that of Tesla Motors(Nasdaq: TSLA). More than a month ago, I said delays, competition, and an absurd valuation could derail Tesla's stock over the next few years. But later when I wrote about disruptive technologies, Tesla was on the top of my list. And just last week I thought Elon Musk had the vision I like to see in a CEO (although plenty of people thought Musk leaves something to be desired). So maybe I was wrong.


4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Deere

 Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, farm equipment maker Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE)has earned a respected four-star ranking.


Should You Sell Hewlett-Packard Right Now?

 Should you sell Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) today? The decision to sell a stock you've researched and followed for months or years is never easy. If you fall in love with your stock holdings, you risk becoming vulnerable to confirmation bias -- listening only to information that supports your theories, and rejecting any contradictions.


Company makes panties for 600-pound women

Penryn, England -- A British company known for making the world's largest panties announced the new "super-super size" range, for women with waistlines up to 105 inches.

Dianne and Laura Mannering, the mother and daughter team behind the Big Bloomers Co. in Penryn, England, said they began selling size XXXXXXXXL underwear, catering to women weighing up to 490 pounds, earlier this year and expanded the range to include XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXL sizes for women weighing up to 630 pounds, The Sun reported Wednesday.

Dianne Mannering said they have sold about 100 pairs in the new sizes, including many orders from Australia, New Zealand and France.

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Indonesia building satellite launcher

Jakarta -- Indonesia has announced it is building a rocket with a range of 125 miles as the first step toward a rocket capable of putting a satellite in orbit.

The country's National Aeronautics and Space Agency, or LAPAN, said Thursday the RX-550 rocket would undergo a static test in December and a flight test in 2012, Indonesia's official news agency ANTARA reported.

"This one, which will consist of four stages, will be part of an RPS-01 rocket to put a satellite in orbit," LAPAN spokesman Soewarto Hardhienata said.

LAPAN has successfully tested the RX-320 and RX-420 rockets whose components would be used to build the multistage RPS-01 rocket, he said.