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  • Oceaneering International Is Leading In The Earnings Space Race
    Jul. 8, 2014 OII 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Boeing’s new contract with NASA brings the Orion spacecraft closer to embarking on its maiden voyage.
    • Oceaneering International is making the space suits for the astronauts on Orion, and NASA has the option to extend the six-year contract for another five years.
    • Back on Earth, Oceaneering is gearing up to report its second-quarter earnings, which could possibly extend its four-quarter streak of positive earnings surprises.
  • Deal Or No Deal: 6 Outperforming Stocks Under $10
    Jul. 2, 2014 BRCD, EXK, GAIA 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Stock market volume is at its lowest point in 6 years.
    • The latest readings for GDP and consumer confidence were disappointing.
    • Stocks that are rallying in these conditions have a tendency to outperform.
  • Rising Global M&A Activity Makes Undervalued Media Stocks Takeover Targets
    Jul. 1, 2014 AHC, DWA, MSO Comment!

    Summary

    • 2014 has been a year of aggressive mergers and acquisitions.
    • Low interest rates, high cash levels and strong balance sheets have driven this trend.
    • Media and entertainment companies in this screen had the second largest number of mergers and acquisitions this year.
  • 4 Emerging Markets Stocks On Winning Streaks
    Jul. 1, 2014 ACTS, CO, EDN 1 Comment

    Summary

    • The MSCI Emerging Markets Index had its fifth consecutive monthly advance in June.
    • Lackluster GDP growth in the US and the belief that interest rates won't rise soon have boosted emerging markets.
    • World economic growth appears to be finally stabilizing, after the global financial shock of the Great Recession.
  • 3 Companies Poised To Benefit From The Switch To Solar
    Jun. 27, 2014 AEIS, AMSC, ENOC 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Within the next five years, 57% of global energy consumers would be interested in solar panel or connected-home solution installation as more people seek to lower their energy bills.
    • Seven percent of energy consumers worldwide are currently interested in solar panel installation options.
    • In addition to mounting consumer interest in solar solutions, domestic demand for a smart grid is growing because the aging U.S. electrical grid is increasingly limited in its capabilities.
  • Will Weak Consumer Spending Hurt These Profitable Consumer Goods Stocks?
    Jun. 27, 2014 BMS, DPS, ECL Comment!

    Summary

    • The Commerce Department released May consumer spending figures Thursday morning, and the report showed that spending grew 0.2% last month.
    • May's rise in spending was significantly lower than the 0.8% surge reported in March.
    • Profitable companies that have increased their net income via higher net profit margin and/or asset turnover are viewed favorably, as those are considered positive sources of growth.
    • However, if a company's profitability stems from an increase is leverage ratio, that's viewed negatively.
  • These Stocks With High ROE Lead Their Industries In Profitability
    Jun. 27, 2014 COH, CTCM, FFIV Comment!

    Summary

    • Analyzing present performance and comparing it to how a company did in the past is one way investors can gain a better picture of a company's trajectory.
    • ROE shows investors the amount of profit (expressed in a percentage) that a company has generated from shareholder investment.
    • When firms have higher margins than their industry averages, it indicates that they are operating more efficiently than their peers.
  • These 3 Durable Goods Stocks Have Encouraging Inventory Trends
    Jun. 27, 2014 CVCO, GM, MOV Comment!

    Summary

    • US GDP growth released Wednesday showed a 2.7% contraction, its poorest quarter since the 2009 recession.
    • Durable goods orders fell off 1%; however, outside of military spending, orders rose.
    • Part of the drop-off also had to do with reduced healthcare spending.
  • A Long-Term Approach: Christopher Tsai On Investing In Asia
    Jun. 26, 2014 JMHLY, PAH, CL 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Christopher Tsai focuses heavily on multinationals with lots of exposure to Asian markets.
    • Mr Tsai sees Asian markets as one of the most attractive long-term opportunities in 2014.
    • China’s middle class is expected to grow from 525 million to about 3.3 billion by 2030.
    • Portfolios with with exposure to that new purchasing power will outperform.
  • Is It Time To Buy These Dividend Stocks With High Cash Flows?
    Jun. 26, 2014 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?
    Jun. 26, 2014 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
    Jun. 24, 2014 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
    Jun. 24, 2014 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
    Jun. 19, 2014 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?
    Jun. 19, 2014 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
    Jun. 18, 2014 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
    Jun. 17, 2014 BMY 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?
    Jun. 15, 2014 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?
    Jun. 13, 2014 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
    Jun. 13, 2014 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
    Jun. 10, 2014 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
    Jun. 10, 2014 ABMD, BCO, CRAY 1 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?
    Jun. 7, 2014 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
    Jun. 5, 2014 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
    Jun. 5, 2014 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?
    Jun. 4, 2014 WEC 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
    Jun. 1, 2014 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
    May. 30, 2014 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?
    May. 29, 2014 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
    May. 29, 2014 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?
    May. 27, 2014 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?
    May. 22, 2014 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.