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  • 2 Drilling Plays In The Spotlight
    Fri, Apr. 18 HAL, PDS 33 Comments

    Summary

    • The energy sector has outperformed the overall market in 2014. With high energy prices this should continue.
    • Land drilling plays are reporting good results and receiving upgrades.
    • Two of those stocks were in the spotlight this week and are highlighted below.
  • Buying More Google On The Pullback
    Thu, Apr. 17 GOOG, GOOGL 28 Comments

    Summary

    • Google is down more some 4% today on some disappointment around its earnings results.
    • This is presenting a good buying opportunity as long term growth story remains intact.
    • Tech giant will remain market leader in its space and it is cheap looking at its growth in earnings & revenues compared with overall market.
  • General Electric: The Beginning Of The Industrial Breakout
    Thu, Apr. 17 GE 25 Comments

    Summary

    • General Electric posted solid earnings results this morning driven by its industrial businesses.
    • The company continues to transition to a pure play industrial concern which should be awarded by a slightly higher multiple by the market.
    • General Electric continues to be a core part of my income portfolio due to its solid dividend yield and reasonable valuation.
  • Moving Into Financials
    Thu, Apr. 17 BX, GS, MS 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Financials are posting some solid results in the first quarter.
    • Rising interest rates and a robust IPO market should act as tailwinds to the sector.
    • The sector remains attractive on a valuation basis and I'm upping the allocation to the sector in my own portfolio.
  • Las Vegas Sands: Attractive Again On Recent Dip
    Tue, Apr. 15 LVS 33 Comments

    Summary

    • Las Vegas Sands has fallen some 15% in the market downturn over the past month.
    • The company is well-positioned to take advantage of the exploding gaming growth going on in Asia.
    • The shares look undervalued given growth prospects, and the stock also pays a nice yield.
  • High-Yield Offshore Plays For Patient Long-Term Investors
    Tue, Apr. 15 ESV, NE, RIG 16 Comments

    Summary

    • The offshore sector has been one of the poorest performing areas in the market over the past six months, which should appeal to patient contrarian investors.
    • In addition, most plays pay an over 5% dividend yield, which should be attractive to income investors.
    • Below are several high-yield offshore plays with attractive valuations that patient long-term investors should consider.
  • BP: Solid High-Yield Play Gets Upgraded
    Mon, Apr. 14 BP 34 Comments

    Summary

    • Energy giant BP Plc. got a nice upgrade at Canaccord today which went to a "Buy" on the shares.
    • The stock pays an almost 5% yield and is a core position in my income portfolio.
    • The shares have reasonable valuations and potential positive catalysts to boost the stock in the year ahead.
  • Citigroup Might Have Bottomed
    Mon, Apr. 14 C 12 Comments

    Summary

    • Citigroup finally delivered some good news for its investors after a dismal month.
    • Better times look likely in the near future as business fundamentals improve.
    • The shares are the cheapest among the major banks based on book value and the stock looks like it has bottomed.
  • Why ConocoPhillips Is Holding Up Well Despite The Carnage In The Market
    Sun, Apr. 13 COP 37 Comments

    Summary

    • The market has seen one of the biggest rotations in recent years over the past month.
    • High yield blue chips have held up extraordinarily well despite the turmoil in the market.
    • ConocoPhillips is one of those blue chips that has managed to post gains in the last month and continues to be a safe dividend play in the market.
  • Devon Energy: Why The Shares Are Rallying In 2014
    Sun, Apr. 13 DVN 22 Comments

    Summary

    • Devon Energy has been a strong performer in 2014 after underperforming in 2013.
    • The company continues to transform into a fast growing oil play.
    • Given its growth trajectory, the shares are still undervalued.
  • Microsoft: A Rock In An Increasingly Turbulent Storm
    Sat, Apr. 12 MSFT 15 Comments

    Summary

    • Markets look like they are in legitimate correction mode for the first time since the summer of 2011.
    • One stock that has bucked the recent downdraft is Microsoft, which has performed strongly in 2014.
    • This outperformance should continue given the stock's fortress balance sheet, valuation and other factors.
  • Ford: A Second Half Story To Buy Now
    Fri, Apr. 11 F 52 Comments

    Summary

    • The recent decline in the market has made some good stocks a bit cheaper.
    • One of those, Ford, received a nice upgrade from Deutsche Bank today. The stock also has a nice second half story.
    • The shares are cheap given the company's growth prospects, an over 3% yield and better sales ahead in some of its core markets.
  • 'Sell In May And Go Away' Arrives Early In 2014
    Fri, Apr. 11 GM, DIA, SPY 56 Comments

    Summary

    • The recent sell-off in the market accelerated in Thursday's trading, with indices posting major declines.
    • This market pullback could continue for awhile as valuations got overextended and as the Federal Reserve slowly curtails QE3.
    • Investors should have a game plan to deploy new capital into the market at lower entry points.
  • 2 More Attractive High Yield Plays In Energy
    Thu, Apr. 10 EROC, PDH 15 Comments

    Summary

    • I am tilting my portfolio away from growth plays that have run up into more income-orientated investments.
    • I continue to find attractive yield opportunities in the energy sector as the domestic production boom continues.
    • Profiled below are two high yield plays that are in different parts of the energy sector.
  • Hecla Mining: Significant Upside Ahead
    Thu, Apr. 10 HL 55 Comments

    Summary

    • Gold & Silver mining stocks had a hot start in 2014 but have pulled back a good bit recently.
    • This might be a good entry point for speculative investors into the space.
    • Hecla Mining just reported robust production and could be a solid if speculative turnaround story going forward.
  • Samsung's Recent Foibles Should Be Good For Apple
    Tue, Apr. 8 AAPL, SSNLF 102 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple's main competitor, Samsung, is struggling of late.
    • This is a minor positive as shareholders await quarterly earnings as well as a dividend hike later in the month.
    • The stock also looks set up for a similar rally in the second half of the year like the one that occurred in 2013.
  • Dipping My Toe Into Small Cap Technology
    Tue, Apr. 8 CKP, WWWW 13 Comments

    Summary

    • The stock is trying to stage a rally at midday Tuesday after three straight days of deep declines.
    • It is too early to get back in the momentum names, but some small caps are starting to look more attractive after recent pull backs.
    • Profiled below are two small cap tech stocks that look appealing on a longer term basis given their growth prospects.
  • Nothing Wrong With Getting A 10% Yield In Energy
    Tue, Apr. 8 BBEP, CLMT 17 Comments

    Summary

    • The rotation from momentum names into value names continues in the market.
    • High yield plays with reasonable valuations have held up extremely well while highflying stocks and sectors have cratered.
    • This migration could very well continue for some time. Profiled below are two attractive high yield plays in energy.
  • Boring Is Back And Beautiful
    Mon, Apr. 7 IRT 22 Comments

    Summary

    • The market continues with a deep sell-off that accelerated on Friday.
    • Momentum stocks are getting crushed while high yield value names with reasonable valuations are holding up well.
    • This "Great Rotation" is likely to last a while. Embracing boring low beta plays with high yields should continue to outperform in this market.
  • Zynga Could Still Zoom
    Mon, Apr. 7 ZNGA 13 Comments

    Summary

    • Social gaming concern Zynga has declined some 20% over the past month.
    • The carnage in momentum names and an IPO of a competitor have hurt the shares.
    • However, the shares could still be a good speculative play as the company looks to be in the middle of a turnaround.
  • Old Tech Shines In 2014
    Mon, Apr. 7 CRM, HPQ, INTC 12 Comments

    Summary

    • A great rotation is happening in the market from the momentum stocks that perform so well in 2013 into the value names.
    • This is playing out in the Technology sector as well as former highflyers are getting crushed and money is moving into "Old Tech."
    • Profiled below are stocks that money is abandoning and the value plays it is moving to.
  • Big Biotech Gets Thrown Out With The Bathwater
    Mon, Apr. 7 BIIB, GILD 10 Comments

    Summary

    • Momentum stocks and sectors have crumbled over the past month.
    • One of these sectors is biotech where carnage has occurred in the small and large cap space.
    • A couple of large cap biotech stocks that should be the first to bounce back are profiled below.
  • The Great Rotation Begins - Carnage In Social Media Space Accelerates
    Sun, Apr. 6 FB, GRPN, LNKD 23 Comments

    Summary

    • Friday was the worst one day sell-off in the NASDAQ since 2011.
    • It feels like a "Great Rotation" is under way as investors abandon momentum stocks and sectors that led the market higher in 2013.
    • In the first of a two part series, we look at the carnage and outlook for the social media space.
  • Jim Cramer Goes Cautious On The Market
    Fri, Apr. 4 AMZN, GRUB, NFLX 130 Comments

    Summary

    • After being a "Bull" through most of the past five years, Jim Cramer is starting to sound cautious on the market.
    • I am in agreement with several of his concerns about equities right now.
    • Some of the momentum stocks and sectors are starting to turn over which could be foreshadowing future declines in the overall market.
  • Halliburton Hits All-Time Highs, But Still Has Upside
    Fri, Apr. 4 HAL 7 Comments

    Summary

    • Halliburton has posted huge gains over the past year and hit an all-time in trading yesterday.
    • The shares are still going for a lower valuation than the overall market.
    • The stock could have future upside due to catalysts and earnings growth.
  • AIG: 'Double' From Here Debatable, But Good Upside Remains
    Thu, Apr. 3 AIG 20 Comments

    Summary

    • Sanford Bernstein came out with comments today that American International can double over time.
    • The shares are undervalued compared with peers, and sport an attractive valuation.
    • The company has several catalysts that could boost the stock price nicely over the next 1-2 years.
  • Cypress Semiconductor: Time To Buy This Hidden Yield Play
    Thu, Apr. 3 CY 15 Comments

    Summary

    • Cypress Semiconductor announced improved Q1 guidance this morning.
    • The shares have one of the highest yields in the Technology sector and the company has an improving earnings trajectory as well.
    • The stock is down significantly from 52 week highs and Cypress seems a good bet to provide a solid overall return in 2014.
  • Seadrill: Now An Attractive 11% Yielder
    Wed, Apr. 2 SDRL 150 Comments

    Summary

    • The offshore drilling space has acted better recently after deep sell-offs.
    • Seadrill is one of my favorite plays in the space given its growth prospects, contracts in place and valuation.
    • The shares yield a robust 11%, and should reward long-term value & income investors.
  • Key Analyst Says Little Downside For Apple
    Wed, Apr. 2 AAPL 37 Comments

    Summary

    • Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray came out with positive comments on Apple this morning.
    • His reasoned analysis points out some upcoming positive catalysts for the shares.
    • The shares continue to have one of the lowest valuations for a large cap in the overall market. The stock seems closer to a floor than a ceiling.
  • 2 High-Yield Real Estate Plays
    Wed, Apr. 2 EPR, HTA 10 Comments

    Summary

    • According to a recent survey, the outlook for the commercial real estate market should be favorable for several years.
    • Real estate investment trusts look like a good place to find yield, especially as interest rates remain stable.
    • Below are two of my core positions in this space that are reasonably priced and provide solid yields.
  • Insiders Are Buying These Big Energy Concerns
    Tue, Apr. 1 CHK, OXY 4 Comments

    Summary

    • The energy sector continues to be an overweight allocation in my portfolio for a variety of reasons outlined below.
    • Two of my core holdings have had significant insider buying recently.
    • Both of these energy concerns are transforming their business models and are reasonably valued. They work well for long-term investors.
  • Ford: Finally Gaining Traction Again
    Tue, Apr. 1 F 21 Comments

    Summary

    • Ford stock has significantly underperformed the market over the past six months.
    • The shares are starting to move up again on positive developments.
    • The shares are cheap, pay a good dividend and look headed back to earlier highs.