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  • Gilead: The Cheapest Large Cap Growth Story In The Market
    Tue, May. 13 GILD 103 Comments

    Summary

    • Gilead Sciences is the largest position in my portfolio, as it is the best large cap growth story in the market, in my opinion, right now.
    • Even though the company just crushed expectations on its last earnings report, investors are slow to realize its growth potential.
    • The stock is significantly undervalued compared to its big biotech brethren, as well as the overall market. Substantial upside lies ahead.
  • Goldman Sachs Is A Buy Here
    Mon, May. 12 GS 17 Comments

    Summary

    • Goldman Sachs is down more than 10% since the first of the year on the back of increasing scrutiny from regulatory bodies.
    • The shares are cheap after the recent decline and look to be offering investors an attractive entry point at current levels.
    • The stock is selling at a 20% discount to competitor Morgan Stanley and should bounce back as soon as these temporary issues pass.
  • Calumet: High-Yielding Refiner Continues To Deliver
    Fri, May. 9 CLMT 24 Comments

    Summary

    • High yielding refiner Calumet Specialty Product Partners continues to deliver stellar results and recently blew through quarterly earnings expectations.
    • The latest earnings beat has resulted in analyst upgrades and a nice rise in the stock of this limited partnership.
    • The refiner also has other catalysts that should substantially boost earnings and distributable cash flow in the years ahead.
  • Buying Yahoo Here Is A No-Brainer
    Thu, May. 8 YHOO 60 Comments

    Summary

    • High price earnings ratio stocks and momentum sectors have continued their deep declines this week within a pullback that began in early March.
    • Partly as a result of the negative sentiment in some parts of the technology space, Yahoo has sold off 15% from its recent highs.
    • This looks like a good buying opportunity as the market is undervaluing the company's assets especially its huge stake in Alibaba.
  • 2 Attractive Small Caps With Insider Buying
    Thu, May. 8 JMP, SONS 6 Comments

    Summary

    • Looking at Barron's top insider buy and sells list this weekend shows insider selling continues to swamp insider buying right now.
    • What insider buying there is in the market was concentrated in the small cap universe this week.
    • Two attractive small caps stand out for recent insider buying as well as their potential for appreciation in the market.
  • Devon Energy Delivers Once Again
    Wed, May. 7 DVN 11 Comments

    Summary

    • Devon Energy once again reported quarterly results that easily beat expectations.
    • The company continues to be my favorite play among the mid-majors as its transforms itself into more of a pure play U.S.-based E&P Play.
    • Even after rising more than 40% over the last year, the stock is still reasonably cheap given its growth prospects.
  • Chesapeake Energy: Turnaround Is In Full Swing
    Wed, May. 7 CHK 11 Comments

    Summary

    • Chesapeake Energy posted exceedingly good earnings results before the bell this morning.
    • It appears the company's turnaround is ahead of schedule and the company raised guidance in addition to posting stellar results.
    • Despite the stock being at a 52 week it is still cheap based on its growth prospects and strong momentum.
  • Avanir Pharmaceuticals: Shares Could Have Significant Upside Ahead
    Tue, May. 6 AVNR 29 Comments

    Summary

    • Avanir Pharmaceuticals won a huge court victory in the District of Delaware last week.
    • Several analysts immediately upgraded this stock and the company is participating in two big investor conferences in the next two weeks.
    • In addition to these catalysts the company could make sense as a buyout candidate for a substantial premium given its growth prospects and legal clarity around its main drug.
  • Apple Moves Through The $600 A Share Level. Is $650 Up Next?
    Tue, May. 6 AAPL 52 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple stock is up some 50% from its lows in late June of 2013.
    • Yesterday the shares closed at over $600 a share for the first time since October of 2012.
    • Despite the stock's recent rise, it is still undervalued compared to the overall market. It also has upcoming catalysts that should power the stock higher still.
  • Oasis Petroleum: Cheap Bakken Growth Play And Possible Buyout Candidate
    Mon, May. 5 OAS 27 Comments

    Summary

    • Oasis Petroleum is down some 15% from its highs late last year on a weather-related earnings disappointment.
    • This is a good entry point to accumulate shares, as the company is fairly cheap given its growth prospects.
    • Oasis has been also rumored to be a buyout candidate, could soon join the S&P 500, and reports earnings after the bell today.
  • ConocoPhillips: Still 'Best Of Breed'
    Mon, May. 5 COP 29 Comments

    Summary

    • The majority of earnings reports from the S&P 500 have come in for the quarter.
    • Of the big three domestic energy concerns, ConocoPhillips easily had the best results.
    • I believe this energy giant continues to be "Best of Breed" and will continue to outperform its larger brethren over the long term.
  • 2 Attractive High-Yield Plays To Check Into
    Sun, May. 4 FCH, HPT, INN 9 Comments

    Summary

    • Lodging stocks and REITs are posting strong results this quarter.
    • Earnings and revenues are being bolstered by a supply/demand imbalance that should bolster the industry for years to come.
    • Below are a couple of attractive high-yield plays in the sector that income investors should check into.
  • Macau Continues To Roll Sevens For Las Vegas Sands
    Fri, May. 2 LVS 10 Comments

    Summary

    • The explosive growth in the gambling enclave of Macau continues unabated.
    • Las Vegas Sands continues to be one of the best plays on this secular growth trend.
    • The company recently reported good earnings results highlighting how well positioned it is to continue to capitalize on Macau and the stock is a solid long-term growth play.
  • High-Yield Refiners Are Killing It
    Thu, May. 1 CVRR, CLMT 21 Comments

    Summary

    • Refiners have delivered extremely solid results this quarter, and as a whole, are in rally mode.
    • Especially strong have been several refinery plays with high yields in addition to good earnings results.
    • Despite a rally, these stocks have very reasonable valuations, solid tailwinds and remain good positions for income portfolios.
  • General Electric Bets Big On Europe
    Thu, May. 1 GE 17 Comments

    Summary

    • Blue chip American manufacturer General Electric is on its way to making a major acquisition in Europe, which should have multiple benefits.
    • Recent moves continue to push this American icon down the path of being a pure play industrial concern, which should be rewarded in the market.
    • The shares have a robust and growing dividend stream, and remains a good core position for investors' core conservative income portfolios.
  • Apple Officially Breaks Out
    Wed, Apr. 30 AAPL 70 Comments

    Summary

    • With all the recent attention being given to the collapsing momentum stocks, Apple's recent big move seems to be overlooked by the market.
    • The shares have impressively broken out of a narrow 2014 trading range in a decisive manner this week.
    • Despite the recent rally, the stock is still cheap compared to the overall market in front of the iPhone 6 rollout later this year.
  • PBF Energy: High-Yield Refiner Delivers The Goods
    Wed, Apr. 30 PBF 13 Comments

    Summary

    • Refiners like Valero and Phillips 66 are delivering very good earnings results this week.
    • PBF Energy is a lesser-known name in the sector that might have provided the best earnings report so far in the sector this quarter.
    • The shares are still cheap given its growth prospects and high yield.
  • Kulicke & Soffa: Cheap Tech Stock On The Move
    Tue, Apr. 29 KLIC 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Kulicke & Soffa has moved up some 15% over the past five weeks.
    • The company revised guidance upward today and has also attracted the attention of an activist investor.
    • This cheap tech stock has a huge cash balance, improving business fundamentals and looks to be heading higher still.
  • Cheap Ford Gets Key Upgrade
    Tue, Apr. 29 F 48 Comments

    Summary

    • Ford has been a poor performer recently as last week's earnings report disappointed.
    • However, the earnings report was not as bad as it first appeared and the shares picked up a key analyst upgrade today.
    • The stock is cheap, pays a solid dividend and has several catalysts that should move the shares higher in the second half of the year.
  • Energy XXI Limited: A Fiscal 2015 Story To Buy Now
    Tue, Apr. 29 EXXI 37 Comments

    Summary

    • The energy sector continues to be an overweight position in my portfolio due to a variety of factors including the ongoing domestic energy boom.
    • With oil over $100 a barrel and natural gas prices near four-year highs, exploration & production concerns have some solid tailwinds.
    • Energy XXI has been unfairly punished due to a recent proposed merger, but looks significantly undervalued for patient value investors.
  • Hornbeck: Another Undervalued Offshore Play
    Tue, Apr. 29 HOS 20 Comments

    Summary

    • After pulling back 25% to 35% from their highs late last year, myriad offshore plays look like they have bottomed.
    • Sentiment is improving on the sector, companies are reporting better-than-expected numbers and some are garnering analyst upgrades as well.
    • Hornbeck Offshore Services is another offshore play that seems to on the mend and is cheap based on its longer term growth prospects.
  • 2 High-Yield Plays Energy Insiders Are Buying
    Mon, Apr. 28 ARP, VNR 10 Comments

    Summary

    • Every week, Barron's provides a top 20 list of top insider buys. I find it a good starting place to research buy ideas.
    • This week, a couple of high-yield energy plays made the top 15 on this list and look worthy of consideration for income investors.
    • These two high-yielding energy partnerships with insider buying are profiled below.
  • Barron's Calls Out These Large Cap Names For Significant Further Upside
    Mon, Apr. 28 AAPL, AIG 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Barron's had a very good magazine edition this week profiling a "tired" bull market.
    • According to its survey of money managers, large cap value stocks will continue to outperform high momentum stocks like they have done so far in 2014.
    • Barron's goes on to profile two large cap value stocks it believes still have significant upside.
  • Microsoft: Transforming Into Emerging Cloud Play
    Fri, Apr. 25 MSFT 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Microsoft delivered solid earnings results and continues to deliver under its new CEO.
    • It two cloud businesses are showing explosive growth that does not seem to be properly appreciated by the market.
    • The shares represent a compelling long-term value at these levels and the company seems to be moving in a good direction under new leadership.
  • Positives Are Mounting For Apple
    Thu, Apr. 24 AAPL 61 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple is shooting higher in trading Thursday on a stellar earning report.
    • In addition to solid earnings the tech giant is increasing its dividend and its stock buyback authorization.
    • Even with its rise today, the shares remain a compelling value and additional positive catalysts should buoy the stock further in the second half of the year.
  • Profiting From Macau's Explosive Growth
    Wed, Apr. 23 LVS, MPEL 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Macau is a much bigger gaming destination than Las Vegas and it is growing much faster as well.
    • CLSA believes revenues from this former Portuguese enclave will double by 2018.
    • These tailwinds should buoy these two attractive Macau plays that have pulled back significantly recently over the long term.
  • Big Biotech Is On The Move
    Wed, Apr. 23 BIIB, GILD 12 Comments

    Summary

    • After a big ~6 week sell-off, it appears the biotech sector might have bottomed last week.
    • Several big biotechs have bounced nicely from their recent lows but are still significantly below their pre-pullback highs.
    • Below are two of these attractive big biotech plays that have delivered solid earnings reports this week.
  • Neonode: 6 Reasons To Buy This $6 Stock
    Tue, Apr. 22 NEON 73 Comments

    Summary

    • "Risk-On" investors are starting to come back into the market after a deep decline in some of the more speculative sectors that commenced in March.
    • I am adding to my small cap allocation, trying to pick some bargains that did not deserve to sell off.
    • One of these new positions is in Neonode, which has explosive growth ahead of it, as well as recent insider buying.
  • 2 High-Yield Plays On My Radar
    Mon, Apr. 21 AYR, BX 29 Comments

    Summary

    • High-yield stocks and sectors have outperformed the overall market in 2014, as equities have been become more volatile.
    • These high-dividend stocks still look like good plays given their reasonable valuations and a less robust market environment in 2014.
    • Below are two high-yield plays that have been in the news recently and look attractive at current levels.
  • Pacific Drilling: An Attractive, Contrarian Drilling Play
    Mon, Apr. 21 PACD 13 Comments

    Summary

    • North American land drilling activity continues to be strong bolstering the fortunes of land drillers such as Halliburton.
    • In contrast, offshore drilling plays have been hit hard in the market over the past six months.
    • Pacific Drilling is one of those beaten down names that looks ripe for investment by patient contrarian investors.
  • Speculative But Attractive Biotechs Insiders Are Buying
    Mon, Apr. 21 SNTA, GILD, LJPC 30 Comments

    Summary

    • The biotech sector has been hit hard over the last 6-8 weeks as money has migrated out of the space.
    • The bigger biotech names have started to behave better over the last week which might bode well for some smaller names in the weeks ahead.
    • Below are two small speculative biotech plays that have posted deep declines recently but in which insiders have been stepping up to buy lately.
  • Coca-Cola Or Microsoft?
    Sun, Apr. 20 KO, MSFT 61 Comments

    Summary

    • Good investing consists of looking at a variety of alternatives and picking the right ones for your strategy.
    • High-yield stocks with reasonable valuations are outperforming the overall market. This is likely to continue.
    • An income investor must look at a variety of variables before selecting the right choice for their income portfolios.