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  • Finding The Next Home Run Stock

    There is a slew of investing picks for Premium Research subscribers this summer, but the market is getting trickier by the day. There are frothy sectors everywhere. See the biotech or tech sector.

    Conversely, the energy sector is approaching yearly lows again. Cenovus (NYSE:CVE) and Chesapeake (NYSE:CHK) have yet to rebound.

    Finding alpha takes time, patience*, and discipline. This justifies raising the monthly subscription after reaching a maximum (but rewarding early subscribers the fixed, introductory rate).

    This is what patience looks like for one of the stock picks: a ~75% rebound from irrational lows:

    Future topics - Value Stocks for Do-it Yourself Investors:

    • How to break-even from a losing situation
    • Reading a balance sheet in three minutes
    • Managing the invisible elephant in the room: risk
    • Knowing when having too much cash a good thing
    • The next big home run stock is no mystery, because you already watch it
    Tags: SPY
    Jun 14 3:45 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Top Picks And Why BlackBerry Is Next

    Top plays take time to play out. Valeant (Biovaile) (NYSE:VRX) took four years to play out, and is still moving up. Gilead (NASDAQ:GILD) will probably continue its path upwards. The TAM for Hep treatment is massive.

    In the components space, Synaptics (NASDAQ:SYNA) returned 195 percent. Its success is one of many reasons companies like Himax (NASDAQ:HIMX), InvenSense (NYSE:INVN), and STMicro (NYSE:STM) are on the research list of stocks.

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    Raxspace (NYSE:RAX) was an easy call. Its focus on customer care and support gave the firm an edge. This is where (NYSE:IBM) wants to be in the cloud computing space.

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    In the mobile space, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) was an aging mobile play. Then Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) bought the smart phone devices division. That acquisition was lucky for Nokia and for the "buy" call. It was really only a matter of time that the partner would take over the unit.

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    Nokia is not a premium research pick at this time. There are more gains, but there are better buy ideas that should beat Nokia in 2015 and 2016.

    BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) is still an underperformer. Like the picks above, the "buy" call will take some time to play out. Traders who stay bearish should exercise caution. Years feel like decades. Months feel like years. If this research call plays out correctly, my ranking may go up, but it's not about that. It's about making money while your friends wonder why you own or use BlackBerry.

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    -15.6% is the buy/sell return. Premium research subscribers will view the actual buy/sell activity between 2011/2 - 2015: BBRY was a buy AND sell play, and is NOT top three holding. There are better ideas for members that will beat BBRY.

    The return spread between the freely available calls and premium subscription is a positive 10-12 percent. Win-win for subscribers and +Followers.

    As BBRY plays out its niche moat enterprise strategy, expect the company to make headlines in a good way.

    Subscribers receive the narrative and real-time access to the model portfolio's top 15 holdings.

    Tags: BBRY, NOK
    May 23 11:13 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Good Daily Return

    Daily Return

    Watching the portfolio move up strongly for one day does not meant much, but it is still fun to do so.

    The majority of the picks in an article sent to premium subscribers is green. The Dow is down today, Nasdaq up slightly. I expect a major turn of events to the downside. The big question is when.

    Thanks (NASDAQ:BBRY). Six other picks helped today too.

    The cash level means the portfolio is only 65 percent invested.

    Quarterly Return:
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    TitleSymbolLong/Date of3m from
    4 Reasons Pain For Freeport-McMoRan Is EndingFCXLong2/2/201525.00%
    5 Reasons BP Is A Buy Ahead Of Quarterly ResultsBPLong1/25/201510.50%
    4 Things To Consider For Linn Energy As Uncertainty RisesLINELong1/20/201548.10%

    Sign up above and note excellent refund policy. BBRY was not the biggest winner today. Here is a portfolio view (preview only) for 15 stock holdings.

    Tags: BBRY
    May 11 12:22 PM | Link | 2 Comments
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