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  • Is It Time To Buy These Dividend Stocks With High Cash Flows?
    Thu, Jun. 26 AXS, FITB, FULT 3 Comments

    Summary

    • An expected increase in Treasury bond yields could lead investors to ditch dividend stocks for bonds.
    • When that happens, investors will replace dividend stocks, which are currently popular as the investment with the highest return, with bonds.
    • Higher interest rates may make it harder for some companies to increase or continue paying dividends.
    • However, companies with strong cash flows are better equipped to handle the higher rates while sustaining dividend payments.
  • Will These U.S. Retail Stocks See More Rising Profits As E-Commerce Sales Grow?
    Thu, Jun. 26 ANN, EPS, JWN Comment!

    Summary

    • H&M is adding more online stores to meet the global demand for e-commerce.
    • Global e-commerce sales are projected to jump 20.1% this year to $1.5 trillion.
    • In the US, e-commerce sales totaled $263.3 billion in 2013.
  • 4 Stocks On Winning Streaks Have Outperformed The S&P 500 Over The Last Month
    Tue, Jun. 24 AREX, GMK, MU 2 Comments

    Summary

    • The S&P 500 closed at a record high last Wednesday.
    • We looked for stocks on winning streaks, which have outperformed the S&P 500 in 2014.
    • We narrowed our search by looking for stocks that are undervalued relative to earnings growth, with a price/earnings to growth ratio below 1.
  • Rallying Emerging Market Stocks Keep The EM Rally Alive
    Tue, Jun. 24 CIG, ICA, TNP Comment!

    Summary

    • The markets reacted positively to the news that the Federal Reserve announced that it would continue to keep interest rates low until 2015.
    • J.P. Morgan expects emerging market stocks to continue to advance through the remainder of the year.
    • Analysts cited the Fed's tapering, stabilization in China, and an expected pickup in earnings growth in 2015 among the reasons for a continued bull market within emerging markets.
  • Tax Inversion May Lead To Greater Profits For These High-Growth Stocks
    Thu, Jun. 19 AON, COV, MDT Comment!

    Summary

    • Tax inversion is a strategy corporations use to avoid US taxes by moving overseas.
    • Some companies claim that tax inversion will enable them to increase profits, since they'll be paying less in taxes.
    • We screened for companies involved with tax inversion to see if the numbers bear out this strategy.
  • Does A 5-Day Slide Make These Undervalued Emerging Market Stocks Attractive?
    Thu, Jun. 19 AUO, ICA, PBR Comment!

    Summary

    • The MSCI Emerging Markets Index has fallen for 5 straight days.
    • Better-than-expected data from the US will pressure the Federal Reserve to taper its asset purchasing.
    • Emerging market equities and bonds will suffer, which may create buying opportunities for value investors.
  • 3 Small Caps With Insider Buying And Exceptional Return On Equity
    Wed, Jun. 18 CMLS, QTM, VHI Comment!

    Summary

    • Reports of the death of growth stocks have been highly exaggerated.
    • Companies with high return on equity (ROE) outperform in terms of efficiently deploying equity to generate profits.
    • Insider buying is also an indication that management thinks company shares have room to grow.
  • Hepatitis C May Give A Big Boost To These Drug Stocks - If The FDA Approves
    Tue, Jun. 17 ACHN, CNAT, GILD 10 Comments

    Summary

    • Hepatitis C is a liver virus affecting roughly 3.2 million people in the US.
    • The virus is particularly prevalent among baby boomers, with over 2 million sufferers.
    • If Bristol-Myers wins approval for 2 hep-C drugs, the company could see a huge uptick in sales, since the drugs are used in tandem.
  • The Most Liked Companies On Facebook: Does Popularity Equal Profit?
    Sun, Jun. 15 DIS, FB, KO 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Since Facebook's launch in 2004, social media has become a major component of companies' marketing strategies.
    • Not all of the top companies in terms of Facebook likes are the companies with the largest quarterly sales.
    • Though it appears intuitive that popularity on Facebook equals profit, that is not always the case.
  • Do Deutsche Bank's World Cup Bets Shed Light On Their Stock Picks?
    Fri, Jun. 13 ASGN, BLDR, DE Comment!

    Summary

    • Analysts at Deutsche Bank used a proprietary quantitative model to predict England will win the World Cup.
    • Deutsche Bank uses similar models to pick stock winners.
    • We screened for Deutsche Bank picks that usually surprise to the upside and appear undervalued with respect to their price-to-sales ratio.
  • These NHL Sponsors May Have Scored Big With The Stanley Cup Finals
    Fri, Jun. 13 BCE, BNS, CZR Comment!

    Summary

    • This year's Stanley Cup Finals are generating big ratings numbers.
    • Sporting sponsorships are big advertising opportunities for corporations.
    • NHL sponsors may see a boost from the high profile nature of this year's event.
  • Deal Or No Deal: 5 Undervalued Stocks Under $10 To Buy On Rallies
    Tue, Jun. 10 AFFX, CVGI, FORM 6 Comments

    Summary

    • The S&P 500 is hovering around record highs.
    • Opinion among analysts is divided as to whether we are due for a market correction.
    • Many companies with beaten-down share prices have sound fundamentals within the context of a recovering economy.
    • Undervalued companies in this scenario may be good buys when the market dips.
  • 6 Stocks With High Days-To-Cover Ratios That Could Trap The Bears
    Tue, Jun. 10 ABMD, BCO, CRAY Comment!

    Summary

    • Short sellers have been burned as the S&P reaches new, record highs.
    • Short interest in the S&P 500 is at the highest levels since 2012.
    • Stocks with high days-to-cover ratios could see significant upside in a short squeeze scenario.
  • Will May's High Consumer Spending Boost These Consumer Goods Stocks?
    Sat, Jun. 7 GIII, OME, REV Comment!

    Summary

    • American consumers averaged $98 in spending in May.
    • That estimate is $10 higher than April's average and is the highest amount reported for May since 2008.
    • We screened for high sales growth quarter-over-quarter and stocks moving above their averages.
  • ISM Data Signals Expansion In The Services Sector
    Thu, Jun. 5 ADP, BRS, LUV Comment!

    Summary

    • The US services sector expanded more than expected in May.
    • We screened service sector stocks for encouraging inventory trends and positive price-to-earnings growth ratio.
    • Stocks with PEGs below 1 (undervalued) are listed below.
  • Deal Or No Deal: 6 Undervalued Dividend Stocks Trading Below Their Graham Number
    Thu, Jun. 5 AGCO, B, DF 10 Comments

    Summary

    • The news hasn't created many major moves in the stock market this week.
    • Dividend stocks, which outperformed in 2013 and the beginning of the year, have underperformed recently.
    • Dividend stocks' Graham number may offer clues to bargains in this class of equities.
  • Will Obama's New EPA Regulations Benefit Wisconsin Energy And Others?
    Wed, Jun. 4 LNT, TEG, XEL 1 Comment

    Summary

    • President Obama announced the EPA is empowered by existing legislation to reduce carbon emissions by 30% from now till 2030.
    • The costs of implementation will fall on energy producers.
    • Utilities that have already invested in clear air technology or that have money for capex will fare better than others.
  • Deal Or No Deal: 3 Undervalued Stocks Under $5 With EPS Growth
    Sun, Jun. 1 HMY, IAG, TNK 1 Comment

    Summary

    • The drop in gold prices has puzzled gold investors.
    • Gold related companies' share prices have taken a hit as a result.
    • Some companies' stock may be undervalued in relation to their earnings.
  • Look To Florida For Index Of Tourism Industry Stocks' Health
    Fri, May. 30 CMCSA, DIS, HTZ 2 Comments

    Summary

    • While the economy shrank during the Great Recession, tourism companies built up their product offerings.
    • The rebound in consumer spending has boosted companies that operate theme parks.
    • The result has been good for both the economy - like Florida's job growth - and for these stocks.
  • The Highest-Paid CEOs Are Making Millions, But What's Happening With Their Companies' Stock?
    Thu, May. 29 AET, ANF, DFS 15 Comments

    Summary

    • CEO compensation reached a milestone in 2013, despite investor backlash over high-priced CEO pay.
    • Much compensation has shifted to stock instead of cash.
    • A handful of companies give investors return on investment that justifies their CEOs' high pay packages.
  • Analyst Trendwatch: 3 Undervalued Stocks With Buy Ratings From Deustche Bank
    Thu, May. 29 BX, HW, MCHX 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Professional stock analysts have better quality information than your average investor.
    • Stocks trading at a discount to their lowest analyst target price are potentially undervalued.
    • Deutsche Bank buy ratings are also a good indicator of value.
  • Will These 3 Companies Get Caught In M&A Fever?
    Tue, May. 27 ARO, BIOS, MCP Comment!

    Summary

    • Three companies' stock prices have hit record lows in the last week.
    • All three companies show insider buying and a large share of their stock float is short.
    • Volatility and low market valuations may make these companies takeover targets.
  • Will Vanishing Oil Provide A Boost For These Oil Machinery Suppliers?
    Thu, May. 22 CVX, NOV, BP 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Peak oil has changed energy extraction over the last two decades.
    • Difficulty of extraction means increased capital spending by energy giants.
    • Extraction machinery suppliers have seen an increase in orders 25% year-over-year.
  • Bright Future Ahead? 2 Eurozone Stocks With Encouraging Sales Trends
    Tue, May. 20 CLB, NXPI Comment!

    Summary

    • The eurozone is expected to see increased growth for 2014.
    • French and German economies are expected to remain flat, however.
    • Looking for companies with faster revenue growth than inventory growth may be a clue to outperforming profitability.
  • Are These Undervalued, Cash-Rich Dividend Stocks A Bargain?
    Tue, May. 20 CSCO, IP, JNS Comment!

    Summary

    • Dividend increases reached a record-high of $17.8 billion in the first quarter of 2014.
    • 102 companies reduced or curtailed dividends in the same period.
    • Comparing cash to operating expense and levered free cash flow to enterprise value can reveal undervalued dividend plays.
  • Analysts Raised EPS Estimates On These 3 Undervalued Profitable Stocks
    Sun, May. 18 AZPN, GRC, SYNA 2 Comments

    Summary

    • If a company's P/E ratio is equal to a constant k, an increase in a stock's EPS estimate should be matched by a proportional increase in share price.
    • When the increase in EPS is greater than the increase in price, the stock may be undervalued.
    • Aspen Technology, Gorman-Rupp Co., and Synaptics Inc. bear closer scrutiny on these grounds.
  • Will The Alibaba IPO Live Up To Its Lofty Expectations?
    Fri, May. 16 ATHM, QUNR, WBAI 9 Comments
  • How Non-Billionaires Can Get A Piece Of The Luxury Housing Boom
    Fri, May. 16 KRC, BID, ESRT 2 Comments
  • 3 Potential Takeover Targets For Value Investors
    Wed, Apr. 30 LF, REGI, TIVO 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Small caps have a better chance of being passed over by analysts and keep them from being too large for other companies to consider buying.
    • A stock with plenty of cash flow means there's plenty of room to finance operations and make capital investments.
    • Companies with small overheads will be more attractive to buyers.
  • 2 Restaurant Stocks With Value And Solid Returns
    Wed, Apr. 30 BH, BWLD 4 Comments

    Summary

    • The restaurant industry, responsible for employing almost 30% of working American’s, should be market leaders for at least the next 12 months, if not longer.
    • Historically high levels of pent-up demand among consumers should result in record high sales figures for the restaurant industry in 2014 to $683.4 billion.
    • 2 restaurant stocks are positioned to benefit from higher consumer spending.
  • Data Storage Sector Offers Investors Long-Term Growth
    Tue, Apr. 29 BRCD, FIO, STX 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Data production will reach 40 trillion gigabytes by the end of the decade.
    • Not all data storage for IT will be outsourced to the cloud.
    • Data storage companies will benefit from increased demand.
  • 2 Specialty Retailers That May Be In Value Territory
    Sat, Apr. 26 FLWS, VSI 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Retail sales are set to increase to 4.1% this year from 3.7% last year.
    • Specialty retailers have performed poorly relative to the S&P 500.
    • Two specialty retailers may be bargains for value investors.