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Harris Roen is a financial writer with a passion for understanding the economic activity of our interconnected world. His previous experience of over 15 years as a professional portfolio manager helps him ground-truth the hype through independent research and analysis, providing valuable... More
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  • Stock Alert: STRI

    Today's Alert: STR Holdings, Inc (NYSE:STRI)

    A solar microcap stock gets a lift.

    STR Holdings, Inc (STRI)More Info
    Penny stock STR Holdings gets investor attention after an analyst upgrade. STRI gains 5% on extremely large one-day volume, and has gained 27% from its lows in July.WKRB News

    Disclosure: The author has no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Tags: STRI
    Sep 17 8:45 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Bull Market In Alternative Energy Mutual Funds And ETFs

    Alternative Energy Mutual Fund Returns

    Robust Alternative Energy Mutual Fund Returns

    Alternative energy mutual funds remain a strong investment sector, showing extremely robust returns in June. On average, MFs gained 28.1% for the year, and every fund posted double digit returns. Also without exception, all funds are up for the past three months.

    More importantly, long-term returns for alternative energy mutual funds have greatly improved in the past year. In June 2013, the average three-year return was 3.0%, with three out of 10 funds showing losses… [Read More]

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    Green ETFs Increase Gains

    Green ETFs have significantly increased their gains since May, up 37.6% on average for the year. This is substantial improvement compared to the 25.7% average annual gain a month ago.

    There is only one fund showing a loss for the year, Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals (NYSEARCA:REMX). Otherwise all ETs have returned near 20% or better for the year. The two solar ETFs, Guggenheim Solar (NYSEARCA:TAN) and Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEARCA:KWT) show the greatest gains by far… [Read More]

    Disclosure: The author has no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Jul 01 3:46 PM | Link | Comment!
  • New Company Added To Select Alternative Energy Portfolio

    The Roen Financial Report Paradigm Portfolio is a select group of alternative energy stocks. These companies are considered best positioned to benefit from the economic paradigm toward cleaner energy alternatives shift and away from foreign oil and polluting coal.

    The portfolio has maintained excellent returns, up 44% since inception after accounting for additions, removals, and rebalancing*. One profitable recycling company has been added to the portfolio, and manufacturer in efficiency products is being removed.

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    The Paradigm Portfolio remains ahead of the S&P 500 and NASDAQ indices, as shown in the chart above. The portfolio is up 44.2% since its inception on January 1, 2013. This compares to a gain of 35.0% in the S&P 500 and 37.1% in the NASDAQ over the same time period.

    The rise in alternative energy stocks has been broad, with 33 out of 38 companies showing gains. SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) enjoys the best returns, up a stunning 208% after rebalancing. Even the five stocks that are down have only dropped an average of 4.2%.

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    Portfolio Update

    LKQ Corp (NASDAQ:LKQ), the newest addition to the Paradigm Portfolio, is a Chicago-based auto parts dealer that has a large recycling business. For example, LKQ has a tire recycling program that processes over 4,000,000 tires each year. This profitable Chicago-based company has more than 23,000 employees and over $5 billion in annual sales. Its revenues and earnings per share have grown every year since 2007, and the company has a very healthy cash flow. Even though the stock is considered above fair value, we see much upside potential from here for the long-term investor.

    VECO)" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Veeco Instruments Inc. (VECO), which sells equipment used in the production of light emitting diodes (LEDs), solar panels and other devices, is being removed from the portfolio. The stock shows poor fundamentals so has not fared well in our stock screening process. The Roen Financial Report sees the stock as overvalued at current levels, trading above its fair price channel. We feel it is best to lock in any gains made on this stock when it is above the 30.42 purchase price. CREE)" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">CREE Inc. (CREE) remains in the Paradigm Portfolio as a better investment opportunity in the LED lighting industry.

    *Hypothetical gain from portfolio recommendations. It should not be assumed that recommendations made in the future will be profitable or will equal the performance of the securities on this list. For an explanation of how hypothetical returns are calculated, please see the Returns section under How Investments are Picked in the Roen Financial Report User Guide.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Jun 05 2:35 PM | Link | Comment!
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