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  • Investors Should Book An Upcoming Short Opportunity For The June 10 Lockup Expiration At Hilton
    Tue, Jun. 3 HLT 2 Comments

    Summary

    • The 180-day lockup period on HLT will conclude on June 10.
    • At this time, major pre-IPO shareholders will be able to sell their outstanding shares in the iconic hotel chain, likely affecting a supply shock and temporarily depressing the stock price.
    • Given HLT’s recent strong results, we suggest this as a temporary short window, followed by a buying opportunity.
  • Energetic Moves For Google
    Tue, Jun. 3 GOOGL, GOOG 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Google is positioning itself to enter the utilities industry as an energy provider.
    • Potential is enormous with ~$400 billion in annual revenue generated by the retail power industry and changing regulations leaning in support of energy efficient solutions.
    • Despite lower than expected results from Google YTD, we suggest investors stay positive on the stock, given this 'energetic' development.
  • Bogey For Carl Icahn? Insider Trading Probe Slows Course Of His Success
    Mon, Jun. 2 IEP 7 Comments

    Summary

    • The FBI and the SEC are probing the trading activities of Carl Icahn for possibly providing insider information to Phil Mickelson, the legendary golfer, and William Walters, the Las Vegas gambler.
    • If accused and/or found guilty, this could complicate Icahn’s long and successful career and hinder his weight when speaking out for or against corporations.
    • Investors should consider taking profits in Icahn’s holding company, IEP, as growth could slow on this news.
  • BNP Paribas May Be Fined $10 Billion For Sanctions Violation, Stock Plummets, Heads Need To Roll
    Mon, Jun. 2 BNPQY 4 Comments

    Summary

    • BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, is facing a potential $10 billion penalty for sanctions violations.
    • This has raised concerns that the bank would need to be re-capitalized post-settlement, and that customers could begin to take their money elsewhere.
    • We recommend investors sell BNP, given the uncertain outlook and stock decrease.
  • Wal-Mart Slammed By Institutional Shareholders Services, Time To Sell
    Mon, Jun. 2 WMT 24 Comments

    Summary

    • The ISS, advisors to institutional investors, opposes Wal-Mart CEO's re-election and criticizes board for doing little to rectify possible violations of foreign bribery probes in Mexico.
    • In addition to strong negative press, sales have declined consistently.
    • We recommend investors sell Wal-Mart and look for more profitable and ethical retailers.
  • Peabody Coal Already Hit By Obama's New Emissions Standards
    Mon, Jun. 2 BTU 15 Comments

    Summary

    • The US EPA is planning to set comprehensive limits on emissions for each state.
    • The stock of the biggest emitters, like Peabody Energy, have already declined on the news.
    • Although ramping up operations in China could compensate for Peabody’s limits domestically, we suggest investors short BTU before the decline accelerates.
  • General Motors' Ignition Switch Victims Speak Louder From The Grave Than The Company
    Mon, Jun. 2 GM 52 Comments

    Summary

    • GM's questionable response to the deaths caused by its faulty ignition switches has amplified the damages to the company.
    • GM has refused to disclose information about the accidents in question and have shown reluctance to talk to accident survivors and relatives.
    • As GM's competitors continue to grow and innovate, GM is mired in negative publicity and legal battles; we suggest investors take profits now.
  • Thai Stocks Shine Despite Turmoil Caused By Military Takeover
    Mon, Jun. 2 THD 2 Comments

    Summary

    • On May 28, the Stock Exchange of Thailand rose by nearly 1 percent, despite a military takeover.
    • Standout stocks include the iShares MSCI Thailand Capped ETF and Bumrungrad Hospital.
    • We believe investors should stay confident in this fast-growing country and consider taking positions in the above-mentioned stocks, given their consistent strength.
  • General Electric Not Giving Up On Shareholders As Alstom Deal Comes Within Reach
    Fri, May. 30 SIEGY, GE 33 Comments

    Summary

    • The French government has laid out three specific stipulations for GE if it acquires Alstom, a clear signal that the French are softening to the bid.
    • Rival Siemens has not yet announced an official takeover offer, leaving GE as the sole bidder.
    • GE has recovered well from past failed acquisitions, and given already strong growth indicators, we recommend investors take a piece of GE with or without Alstom.
  • Bank Of America Is Now Worse Off Because Of Macro Trends And Internal Struggles
    Fri, May. 30 BAC 102 Comments

    Summary

    • A tough, correlated lending and trading environment has made it even more difficult for BAC to recover YTD.
    • BAC also faces billions in fines in the National Mortgage Settlement and a sullied public image.
    • We reiterate our stance that investors should sell BAC.
  • Chinese Online Cosmetics Companies Looking Glam In 2014
    Fri, May. 30 VIPS, JMEI 5 Comments

    Summary

    • China's beauty-products industry has grown steadily in the last couple of years.
    • JMEI and VIPS both show growing users and significant stock appreciation.
    • A growing middle class, more women in the Chinese workforce, and an enormous internet community combine to suggest the industry will only continue to grow in 2014.
  • Alibaba Acquires Stake In Singapore Post, Run-Up Continues Pre-IPO - A Positive For Yahoo
    Fri, May. 30 AMZN, BABA 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Alibaba recently purchased a 10.35% stake in the Singapore Post.
    • The share will allow Alibaba more reach and flexibility as it ramps up to compete with e-commerce giant Amazon.
    • Despite concerns about Alibaba being too big to work efficiently, the company’s string of strategic acquisitions suggests otherwise; this is positive for Alibaba and Yahoo stock.
  • Investors Should Steer Clear Of Lockup Expiration For Cheniere Energy Partners
    Fri, May. 30 CQP, LNG, CQH 5 Comments

    Summary

    • The 180-day lockup period for CQH will conclude on June 11, allowing its parent company and major shareholder LNG to sell some or all of its holdings.
    • At CQH’s IPO, LNG stated it would avoid selling its shares, rending the usual supply shock and share price decrease unlikely.
    • We recommend investors avoid CQH—at the lockup and other times.
  • A New Route For Goldman Sachs' Dark Pool Activities
    Fri, May. 30 GS Comment!

    Summary

    • Goldman Sachs is now using IEX, a trading platform designed to eliminate the problems associated with high-tech investing.
    • IEX is seeking capital to build itself into a full-fledged stock exchange.
    • IEX could be a profitable alternative as Goldman seeks to mitigate trading losses in 2014.
  • TrueCar's IPO Quiet Period Expiration Creates Buying Opportunity For A Stock Nearly Running On Empty
    Thu, May. 29 TRUE 12 Comments

    Summary

    • The 25-day SEC-enforced "quiet period" for TRUE expires on June 10th.
    • At this time, TRUE's strong underwriters will attempt to lift its struggling stock with positive research reports.
    • The quiet period expiration could open a temporary buying opportunity for investors.
  • AMC: June 15th Lockup Expiration From IPO Could Be A Preview To A Larger Short Play In December
    Thu, May. 29 AMC 1 Comment

    Summary

    • AMC’s 180-day lockup period will come to an end on June 15th, freeing up 361,348 shares, held by the firm’s directors and officers.
    • An additional 77.8 million shares of AMC stock held by Wanda America will remain bound by lockup agreements until December 17, 2014.
    • While the larger short opportunity for AMC could be in December, the impending June lockup expiration could provide a small window for a short play as well.
  • Quiet Period Expiration For Jumei International IPO Could Be Quite Glamorous For Investors
    Thu, May. 29 JMEI 2 Comments

    Summary

    • June 10 marks the expiration of 25-day SEC-enforced quiet period for JMEI.
    • Post-IPO, JMEI has fared decently; however, its strong underwriters will likely attempt to boost JMEI stock with positive reports on June 10.
    • We recommend this event as a buying opportunity, given JMEI's powerful underwriters and promising business.
  • Tide Could Keep Rising For Dorian LPG Ltd. IPO At Quiet Period Expiration
    Thu, May. 29 LPG 2 Comments

    Summary

    • June 1 marks the expiration of the 25-day SEC-enforced quiet period for LPG.
    • At this time, LPG’s underwriters will likely attempt to lift an already rising stock with positive reports on the company.
    • We recommend LPG's quiet period expiration as a buying opportunity, given the likely impending boost to shares, along with LPG’s profitability.
  • Lenovo Group: Innovation And Efficiency Propels Global Competition
    Thu, May. 29 LNVGF 9 Comments

    Summary

    • Lenovo recently outperformed Hewlett-Packard, and is edging closer to rivals Apple, IBM, and Samsung in the international, innovative mobile market.
    • Lenovo posted very strong results recently, showing a 14 percent increase in revenues than the prior year.
    • We recommend Lenovo as a buy in 2014.
  • What's Happening To Hewlett-Packard?
    Thu, May. 29 HPQ 20 Comments

    Summary

    • HPQ has struggled over the past few years with re-structuring its operations in face of growing competition from other brands.
    • Cash flow in Q2 2014 was down 16% from the same time last year.
    • We recommend investors take profits in HPQ as it apparently continues to fall behind in an increasingly mobile marketplace.
  • Will Apple's Jealousy Hurt Samsung In 2014?
    Wed, May. 28 SSNLF, AAPL 13 Comments

    Summary

    • SSNLF was recently ordered to pay Apple $120 million for patent infringement on three of its patents.
    • Apple is continuing to pressure Samsung to bar another nine of its devices.
    • Although Apple is more flexible to fight Samsung, after recently resolving issues with Google, Samsung's strength YTD will likely not be strongly affected.
  • Quiet Period Expiration For Zendesk IPO Could Send Investors To Nirvana
    Wed, May. 28 ZEN 1 Comment

    Summary

    • The 25-day SEC-enforced "quiet period" on the ZEN IPO comes to an end on June 8th.
    • ZEN provides an SaaS customer service platform, competing with salesforce.com and Freshdesk.
    • ZEN's strong underwriters will likely attempt to push ZEN's already strong market performance even higher with the release of positive research reports on June 8th, creating a buying opportunity.
  • Ford Proclaims Its Love For Tesla, Shares Continue To Soar
    Wed, May. 28 TSLA 227 Comments

    Summary

    • Ford CMO, Jim Farley recently praised Tesla's technical fluency and distribution models.
    • Despite other brands' strong share of the electric vehicle market, Tesla's influence and stock continue to top competitors.
    • We reiterate our positive stance on Tesla in 2014, as the stock has proved consistently strong.
  • Lockup Expiration For Nimble Storage IPO Could Manufacture A Short Opportunity For Aggressive Investors
    Wed, May. 28 NMBL 9 Comments

    Summary

    • June 11 marks the IPO lockup expiration for NMBL, a hybrid flash/disk storage manufacturer.
    • NMBL has had early market successes, followed by a decline into early May.
    • NBML’s major shareholders will likely try to sell some or all of their holdings at this time, opening a potential short window for aggressive investors.
  • JPMorgan's Curious Case Of Fang Fang Continues, Along With Bad News For JPM Shareholders
    Wed, May. 28 JPM 12 Comments

    Summary

    • In a continued nightmarish story for JPM, the SEC sent a second letter asking for specifics on its hiring practices in Asia.
    • Possible violation of the FCPA is just one of many negative headlines against the mega-bank, along with increasingly negative results YTD.
    • We suggest investors take profits in JPM.
  • Autohome's IPO Lockup Expiration Provides Investors With Shorting Opportunity
    Wed, May. 28 ATHM Comment!

    Summary

    • June 10 marks the expiration of the lockup period for ATHM, the online Chinese automotive resource.
    • ATHM has seen market declines lately although strong Q1 results suggest the company is picking up steam.
    • Given that some ~88 million shares could be unloaded over time by major pre-IPO shareholders, depressing share price, aggressive investors might consider ATHM’s lockup expiration a temporary short opportunity.
  • Pfizer Couldn't Get Its Bid Up, Shareholders Should Take Profits
    Wed, May. 28 AZN, PFE 33 Comments

    Summary

    • AstraZeneca recently refused Pfizer’s takeover offer of $120 billion and Pfizer walked away.
    • The move would have garnered Pfizer a favorable tax position, and helped elevate its status and portfolio across continents.
    • Investor confidence in Pfizer seems to be growing shaky, along with some of Pfizer’s results, and we suggest investors consider taking some profits.
  • IPO For First Foundation Inc. Shows Strong Base
    Tue, May. 27 FFWM Comment!

    Summary

    • FFWM, a commercial bank and wealth manager, plans to raise $50.0 million in its upcoming IPO.
    • FFWM has grown its client base and assets under management over the past decade and is currently turning a profit.
    • We are optimistic on this IPO, despite mega-bank competitors WFC, JPM, and BAC.
  • Europe Tries To Censor Google
    Tue, May. 27 GOOG, GOOGL 27 Comments

    Summary

    • A public legal battle between an embarrassed Spanish citizen and Google has led to the EU Commission's ruling Google must comply with requests to take down personal data.
    • Google could be flooded with these requests—too many to handle at present.
    • Given lackluster results YTD, along with expensive acquisitions, investors should consider taking some profits if Q2 results continue the tough trend.
  • High Time For Investors To Buy Into Samsung
    Sun, May. 25 AAPL, GOOG, MSFT 22 Comments

    Summary

    • In Q1, Samsung shipped more than half a million of its Galaxy Gear smartwatches.
    • Samsung is moving efficiently in relation to competitors Apple, Google, and Microsoft in the smartwatch market.
    • Given Samsung’s success—not only in this market, but overall—we suggest it’s high time investors buy into this growing company.
  • Quiet Period Expiration For PBF Logistics Could Open A Good Buying Opportunity
    Fri, May. 23 PBFX 4 Comments

    Summary

    • SEC-enforced quiet period for PBFX ends on June 3.
    • Strong underwriters, including Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup, will attempt to push PBFX share price higher with positive research reports.
    • Despite PBFX’s long-term success highly correlated with that of PBF Energy, we believe this event is a good opportunity for a short-term gain.
  • Twitter Speaks Up But We Say Sell Twitter
    Fri, May. 23 TWTR 59 Comments

    Summary

    • Led by star attorney Vijaya Gadde, Twitter is pushing back against Turkey's increasingly serious attempts at censorship and control.
    • Twitter's prominence in the public sphere is a bright spot amid a poor market performance YTD.
    • We recommend investors sell Twitter and watch for signals of the company's diversification and development in Q2 before establishing a new position, despite the company's positive image in the public sphere.