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  • Still Upside Ahead For Micron
    Mon, Jul. 7 MU 43 Comments

    Summary

    • The shares of Micron Technology have run up some 6% since the company posted a very solid quarterly earnings report two weeks ago.
    • However, this rise has run behind upward earnings revisions since those quarterly results were posted.
    • Even with the huge rise in the shares over the past year, the shares are cheap given its earnings power and the positive changes in the DRAM space.
  • Bailing Out Of Brazil - Part 2
    Mon, Jul. 7 EWW, MELI, EWZ 44 Comments

    Summary

    • Brazil is the focus of much of the globe right now as it hosts the World Cup.
    • The main equity index in the country has rallied in line with our market this year in the run-up to this event.
    • However, there are several economic and other concerns that should keep investors from believing the rally is sustainable.
  • Coach: An 'Accidental High Yielder'
    Fri, Jul. 4 COH 84 Comments

    Summary

    • Retailer Coach has seen its stock decline some 40% recently and the shares now yield near four percent.
    • Sentiment seems to be improving on other retailers on stronger economic and job growth recently.
    • Coach may be forming a bottom here and offering an attractive entry point. This is the way I am actioning this possible turnaround.
  • Bank Of America: A Red, White And Blue Pick
    Thu, Jul. 3 BAC 177 Comments

    Summary

    • Bank of America has significantly underperformed the market in the first half of 2014.
    • However, the shares have rebounded lately and the company should benefit from an improving economy and rising interest rates.
    • There are also other positive factors that should bolster the stock in the last six months of the year.
  • $4 Or Less: 2 Small Biotechs Moving On News
    Wed, Jul. 2 AGEN, CTIC 18 Comments

    Summary

    • The small cap biotech sector is one of the most volatile in the market and calls for a different investment strategy.
    • Investors should spread their bets by taking much smaller positions in a variety of promising concerns to diversify risk.
    • Below are two speculative but potentially attractive small biotech plays that have been moving up on positive news recently.
  • BlackBerry: $10 In Rearview Mirror. $15 Up Ahead?
    Wed, Jul. 2 BBRY 16 Comments

    Summary

    • BlackBerry shares are up some 25% since its last earnings report in June.
    • Bankruptcy has been taken off the table and the company is rapidly improving its business performance under new leadership.
    • The rally could be in the early innings as historically successful turnarounds in the technology sector can achieve spectacular returns.
  • Linn Energy: Where Are The Naysayers Now?
    Wed, Jul. 2 LINE, LNCO 193 Comments

    Summary

    • The stock of high yielding Linn Energy has rallied substantially since a couple of negative pieces ran in Barron's on it last summer.
    • The energy partnership recently made a huge and transformative purchase from Devon Energy.
    • Although not the screaming buy they were after the decline last summer, the shares of Linn are still a solid investment for investors seeking yield.
  • Callon Petroleum: A Half Dozen Reasons To Buy This $12 Energy Stock
    Tue, Jul. 1 CPE 18 Comments

    Summary

    • Small exploration and production concerns have been some of the best performers in my portfolio over the past several years.
    • I have scored multi-baggers in myriad E&P plays on the back of the continued domestic energy production boom.
    • Callon Petroleum is my latest pick up in this space. This fast growing Permian play has several factors that should drive the stock higher.
  • 2 Attractive High Yield Energy Plays
    Tue, Jul. 1 KNOP, EROC 14 Comments

    Summary

    • High yield sectors like real estate investment trusts have outperformed the market in the first half of 2014 as interest rates have declined.
    • The probability that interest rates rise in the second half of the year on faster economic growth is high and it is time to lighten up in these sectors.
    • High yield energy partnerships are an exception to this strategy given the amount of demand in the sector. Here are two high income plays that are still attractive.
  • Finally Time For Freeport McMoRan
    Mon, Jun. 30 FCX 41 Comments

    Summary

    • The market has staged a huge rally over the past five years, both in equities and real estate.
    • One of the few stocks that has not participated in the impressive rise in the markets is the huge miner Freeport-McMoRan.
    • However, there are myriad reasons to believe that the miner's recent rally will continue and the shares will make up for lost time over the next few years.
  • Why Gilead Is My Next Apple
    Mon, Jun. 30 GILD 250 Comments

    Summary

    • Gilead Sciences is the biggest position in my portfolio much like Apple was at this time last year just before its huge rally.
    • Gilead's value is misunderstood by most of the market just like Apple's was just 12 months ago.
    • However, there are reasons the shares should deliver the same type of outperformance over the next 12 months as Apple has delivered over the last year.
  • Boeing: A Solid Second Half Play
    Mon, Jun. 30 BA 19 Comments

    Summary

    • Industrials like Boeing have underperformed the S&P 500 at the halfway point in the market for 2014.
    • This should change in the second half of the year, as the global economy accelerates.
    • Boeing is a solid value here. Earnings and production are ramping up, the stock pays a solid dividend and the shares are a good proxy on emerging market growth.
  • KBH Home: Significant Upside From Here
    Fri, Jun. 27 KBH 14 Comments

    Summary

    • Homebuilders are posting some very solid results this quarter.
    • Housing activity looks set to increase in the quarters ahead implying tailwinds for the industry.
    • KB Homes appears to be ready to post substantial earnings increases in the years ahead and significant upside for the stock could be on the horizon.
  • $7 Or Less: 2 Attractive, Speculative Plays In Energy
    Thu, Jun. 26 MILL, HK 18 Comments

    Summary

    • Myriad small and mid-cap E&P plays have been big winners in the market over the past few years thanks to the continued domestic energy boom.
    • My own portfolio has seen several stakes in the sector double or triple over the past two to three years and I am always on lookout for new positions.
    • Below are outlined two current speculative but attractive plays within the E&P space.
  • Valero: Buy The Dip
    Wed, Jun. 25 VLO 127 Comments

    Summary

    • The refinery sector is getting hammered Wednesday as regulators have decided to allow some exports of ultralight oil.
    • This is a huge over reaction for a variety of reasons outlined below and is a great entry point for longer term value investors.
    • Valero is a great buy here due to its valuation and is already getting a significant amount of sales from exports.
  • The 4 Most Dangerous Words In The English Language
    Wed, Jun. 25 SPY, DIA 52 Comments

    Summary

    • Even with yesterday's decline, the S&P 500 and the DJIA are right at all-time highs.
    • However, there are signs of increasing risk in the market that should be watched carefully.
    • Why skepticism is a needed skillset for investors, and why "It's different this time" are the four most dangerous words in the English language.
  • Micron: The Train Is Leaving The Station
    Tue, Jun. 24 MU 42 Comments

    Summary

    • Micron Technologies once again delivered solid earnings results and guidance after the bell on Monday.
    • Analysts are coming around to realizing how the fundamentals of this sector have changed over the years and see much higher upside ahead.
    • Even after rallying by a third so far in 2014, the shares are still very cheap compared to the overall market.
  • $2 Or Less: 2 Speculative Biotechs Moving Up
    Mon, Jun. 23 CRIS, DVAX 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Small biotech concerns continue to recover from a steep two month decline that initiated at the start of March.
    • Even with their recent rally, the sector has many stocks selling much lower than when that pullback began.
    • Profiled are two attractive, but speculative, concerns that could have further upside and that are way below their median analyst price targets.
  • $10 Or Less: 2 Small Caps Poised To Continue Their Rebound
    Mon, Jun. 23 HIMX, RGDO 22 Comments

    Summary

    • The S&P 500 and DJIA are at all-time highs. The Russell 2000 is rallying but has not hit an all-time record quite yet.
    • I have been picking up some of the small cap names that are still way below their levels they held before the small cap sell-off triggered in March.
    • Below are two small cap stocks that looked like they have bottomed and are heading higher from here.
  • BlackBerry: Back From The Brink?
    Sat, Jun. 21 BBRY 39 Comments

    Summary

    • Long-suffering BlackBerry shareholders had one of their best weeks in years last week on back of better than expected earnings.
    • The company's new CEO seems to have made great progress over the past seven months righting this once iconic name in technology.
    • The bottom on this stock feels like is in. Significant upside could lie ahead if the company continues to make progress on its transformation.
  • Las Vegas Sands Should Continue To Rebound
    Fri, Jun. 20 LVS 28 Comments

    Summary

    • Las Vegas Sands is starting to rebound after an almost 20% decline in the stock.
    • The gaming company is starting to gain some positive mentions by analysts as well.
    • This looks like a good long term entry point as growth drivers remain in place and the stock has technical support at just below current levels.
  • 2 Speculative Biotech Stocks To Consider
    Thu, Jun. 19 SNTA, TTPH 13 Comments

    Summary

    • The small cap biotech/biopharma sectors are starting to bounce back after a big two-month sell-off starting in early March.
    • I have added to my allocation to this space, while using option strategies to mitigate some risk in this inherently volatile area of the market.
    • Below are two attractive but speculative concerns in this area I have recently initiated stakes in.
  • Don't Fall Asleep!
    Thu, Jun. 19 SPY, DIA, QQQ 35 Comments

    Summary

    • After yesterday's rally, the S&P 500 is at all-time highs as we approach the mid-year point.
    • However, as the volatility index moves to seven-year lows and stock volume is drying up, the market is feeling much too complacent at these levels.
    • There are also other danger signs for the market as we head into the second half of 2014. Caution is the watch word in the months ahead.
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron: Buy The Dip
    Wed, Jun. 18 CBI 54 Comments

    Summary

    • The stock of Chicago Bridge & Iron have slid just under 20% over the past few weeks, and the shares are now undervalued.
    • Part of the decline was triggered by a piece that questioned some of the company's accounting practices.
    • Management and another analyst firm are pushing back against these allegations, and this appears to be a significant buying opportunity for value investors.
  • $10 Or Less: 2 Small Cash-Rich And Undervalued Tech Stocks
    Wed, Jun. 18 RFIL, PKT 14 Comments

    Summary

    • The market feels overvalued after a ~40% rally over the past year and a half that has not been accompanied by corresponding earnings growth.
    • However, bargains can still be had if one is willing to do the research on stocks that get overlooked by most investors.
    • Below are two cash-rich and under-the-radar tech stocks that have been on the move recently and feel like they can go higher still.
  • $5 Or Less: 3 Small, Speculative Biotechs On The Move
    Tue, Jun. 17 AVEO, PGNX 6 Comments

    Summary

    • One of the keys in making money in small cap stocks is to be aware when these often overlooked companies have mounting positive catalysts accruing.
    • These positive catalysts can consist of recent insider buying, technical support, analyst upgrades and improvement in sentiment.
    • Below are two speculative biotechs selling at less than $5 a share, where sentiment seems to be on the upswing recently.
  • 2 Cash-Rich Small Caps With Recent Insider Buying
    Mon, Jun. 16 FCSC, RLOC 26 Comments

    Summary

    • I have found a strong correlation between insider buying in small cap stocks and subsequent stock performance over the next 12 months throughout my investing experience.
    • This makes sense as most stocks in the sector receive scant analyst coverage and insiders can have awareness of upcoming positive catalysts not reflected in the market yet.
    • Here are two interesting cash-rich small cap stocks that have seen recent insider buying.
  • Memorial Production Partners: 10% Yield Play With Insider Buying
    Sun, Jun. 15 MEMP 21 Comments

    Summary

    • Memorial Productions Partners is one of the best yield plays within the energy master limited partnership space.
    • The entity offers a history of resource, production and distribution payout growth.
    • This partnership also offers a compelling valuation and has picked up some recent insider buying as well.
  • Why Bears Missed Apple's Huge Rally
    Fri, Jun. 13 AAPL 64 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple shares have had an approximate 65% rally since their lows last summer.
    • Bears have been consistently wrong on Apple for myriad reasons, and continue to be so.
    • What investors can learn from the bears and what it means for the outlook on Apple are highlighted below.
  • What Is Next For The Hepatitis C Space?
    Fri, Jun. 13 CNAT, GILD 29 Comments

    Summary

    • Hepatis C infects 150mm to 200mm worldwide and is becoming a huge focus area for big pharma.
    • The space has already spawn what will go down as the most successful drug launch in history and a major buyout this week.
    • Outline below are two ways to play this attractive space.
  • Micron Is In The Middle Of An Explosive Move
    Thu, Jun. 12 MU 42 Comments

    Summary

    • Micron Technology has been a market standout so far in 2014, rising about a third from where the stock began the year.
    • The shares are starting to get a lot of love from analysts and even Jim Cramer.
    • Even with the stock's recent run, the shares are attractively valued given the improving fundamentals in its core business.
  • 2 Small Biotech Plays Moving Up On Positive News
    Wed, Jun. 11 NAVB, RGDO 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Small biotech and biopharma stocks have started to recover from the steep two month decline they had starting in early March.
    • The move could have legs if sentiment continues to improve on the space.
    • Below are two attractive, speculative names in the area that are moving up strongly on positive events.