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  • 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.
  • 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.