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I am a market enthusiast and part-time trader. I started writing for Seeking Alpha in 2011, and it has been a tremendous opportunity and learning experience. I have been interested in the markets since elementary school, and hope to pursue a career in the investment management industry. I have... More
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  • For All Followers - Get Real-Time Author Alerts!

    A couple of months ago, I passed 4,000 followers on Seeking Alpha, and I would like to thank all that have taken the time to read my articles, comment on them, and discuss the many stocks that I cover on the site. Recently, Seeking Alpha announced a new feature that will allow you to receive real-time alerts on your five favorite authors. You can see all of the details here, but let me briefly quote the important parts.

    Until now, we (Seeking Alpha) allowed readers to follow authors and offered a daily digest comprised of new articles by those authors. Now, we are expanding this service to offer real-time alerts on up to five of those authors, while all your authors will still be included in your daily digest.

    The new feature of real-time author alerts facilitates this exchange of ideas between people, and will enable you to discover new investing opportunities from authors you trust, in addition to reading about stocks that you already follow.

    Going forward, you'll be shown a popup each time you opt to get alerts on an author so you can easily manage all the authors you follow and select which five on whom to get real-time alerts. You can also adjust and manage your preferences on this page, accessible from the email alerts page and from the emails themselves.

    Also, don't worry about double subscriptions; if you happen to be subscribed to real-time alerts on both the author and the ticker of a particular article, we'll only send you one email.

    This is a great new feature that I hope everyone will take advantage of. For those that read my articles, you know that most of my articles are published overnight, with a lot of my most recent ones being published between midnight and 1 AM Eastern time. With this new service, you should be able to get my articles a lot faster, as compared to just constantly checking the site.

    Jun 27 10:14 AM | Link | 1 Comment
  • Apple Q3 Estimates Starting To Fall

    For those that have followed my writing on Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), you know that recently I have discussed how Apple's fiscal Q3 estimates, for the June ending quarter, may be too high. Well, recently, we've seen those estimates start to trickle down. Here were my three latest Apple articles that discussed this issue:

    With major product launches not expected to come until August or September at the earliest, the June ending quarter is at risk. The following table shows how Q3 estimates have come down lately. You can see current estimates here.

    So what's the takeaway here today? Well, for those that are long Apple, it's probably a good thing that estimates are coming down. The lower estimates are, the better chance Apple has of meeting them with its Q3 guidance. Also, if Apple issues weak guidance, falling estimates mean guidance won't miss as much. It would not surprise me if Apple's guidance misses for Q3, and if that sends the stock down, it might be a good opportunity to buy. Just like most years, the second half of the calendar year is when investors get excited about Apple. I'll be back early next week with my official Apple earnings preview article.

    Apr 15 9:56 AM | Link | 2 Comments
  • Who's In Your Bracket?

    Okay people, March Madness time again. Let's take a few minutes away from the markets to have some fun. I want to see what everyone thinks for the tournament, so share your thoughts below. Fill in the teams you have for the questions below. Do this only once, and do it based on your MAIN bracket. Yes, everyone usually does multiple brackets, so do it on the one either you have the most faith in, or the one you have the most riding on. Post by Thursday at 12 noon Eastern, and I'll have mine in by then as well.

    Questions - just leave a team name:

    1. Who is your lowest seeded Final Four team (if you have two or more with the same seed, pick the one you have least faith in)?

    2. Who is your biggest sleeper (i.e. they would have the most upsets over a higher seeded team)?

    3. Who is your least confident Elite Eight pick?

    4. Who do you have losing the National Championship game?

    5. Who is your first #1 or #2 seed to lose, and who do they lose to?

    Mar 17 11:00 AM | Link | 1 Comment
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  • $AMD guidance not impressive.and Q2 revs lower than reduced analyst estimates. Expect analysts to bring out the hacksaws again.
    Jul 16, 2015
  • The problem with $AAPL in the Dow. It rolls over and takes the entire market with it.
    Jul 9, 2015
  • I'll write up my thoughts on $TSLA this weekend. Should have an article out Monday if all goes well.
    Jul 2, 2015
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