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  • Bright Future Ahead? 2 Eurozone Stocks With Encouraging Sales Trends
    May. 20, 2014 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?
    May. 20, 2014 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
    May. 18, 2014 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?
    May. 16, 2014 BABA 9 Comments
  • How Non-Billionaires Can Get A Piece Of The Luxury Housing Boom
    May. 16, 2014 KRC, BID, ESRT 2 Comments
  • 3 Potential Takeover Targets For Value Investors
    Apr. 30, 2014 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
    Apr. 30, 2014 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
    Apr. 29, 2014 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
    Apr. 26, 2014 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.
  • 3 Stocks Under $10 With Dividend Yields Above 11%
    Apr. 24, 2014 BKCC, TICC, WIN 4 Comments

    Summary

    • High dividend yields are sometimes a cover for fundamental problems.
    • Income investors may prefer cash dividends to equity growth.
    • In a period of market uncertainty, fluctuating returns on equity may be hedged by income plays.
  • Lumber Stocks Could Provide Value Investors With Steady Returns
    Apr. 24, 2014 CUT, WOOD, RYN Comment!

    Summary

    • The lumber industry took a hit with the collapse of the housing market in 2008.
    • Housing starts are projected to increase by 26% this year.
    • US lumber mills have low costs and are globally competitive.
  • 2 Toy Stocks Present A Gift For Mature Investors
    Apr. 22, 2014 JAKK, HAS Comment!

    Summary

    • Hasbro shares rallied following the company’s first quarter earnings release, which revealed a roughly $40 million increase in profit from 2013.
    • Competitor JAKKS Pacific is also rallying, and will release its first quarter earnings on Wednesday.
    • Institutional investors and insiders purchased significant shares of JAKKS in the fourth quarter.
    • JAKKS’ industry-leading inventory turnover ratio combined with licenses for high-profile films could bode well for sales throughout the rest of the year.
  • Farm And Machinery Stocks Nicely Supplement Growth In Agriculture
    Apr. 22, 2014 CMCO, AGCO Comment!

    Summary

    • Agriculture will see higher margins as world food demand soars.
    • Institutional investors haven't been interested in this sector, but that may be about to change.
    • Agricultural support industries offer both value and growth.
  • 5 Food Stocks Prepping For BBQ Season
    Apr. 16, 2014 ALCO, LUK, PPC 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Drought conditions have contributed to one of the lowest cattle inventories in decades.
    • Low cattle inventory leads to rising wholesale and retail prices, and have driven beef prices to record highs ahead of grilling season.
    • Consumers are expected to turn to poultry and pork during grilling season as more affordable alternatives to beef.
    • Tyson Foods’ encouraging inventory trends, DuPont analysis, and record operating income from its chicken segment suggest that the company is well-positioned to capitalize on poultry demand this summer.
  • 3 Basic Materials Plays With Large Short Positions And Insider Buying
    Apr. 10, 2014 CLF, UPL, X 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Macro conditions in China and elsewhere have excited short sellers in basic materials stocks.
    • Fundamental strength in these stocks may be indicated by insider buying.
    • If fundamentals win out over macroeconomic pessimism, stock values may benefit from a short squeeze.
  • Critical Shortage Of Injectables Create Opportunity For Drugmakers
    Apr. 9, 2014 BAX 2 Comments

    Summary

    • There are over 60 different cases of drug shortages in the US, and most are generic sterile injectables.
    • Generic sterile injectables is a $20 billion industry projected to grow by $10 billion by 2018.
    • Low profit margin, strict regulation, and costly investments are turning companies away from the industry, leaving profitable opportunities for firms that remain.
  • These 3 Communications Companies See Upside From FCC, Supreme Court Ruling
    Apr. 9, 2014 EVC, NXST, SBGI 1 Comment

    Summary

    • FCC issued ban to local television stations, prohibiting joint sales agreements (JSAs) between television stations.
    • The JSA ruling will lead to less revenue for stations that take over ad sales for their market competitors.
    • Spanish-language media company Entravision Communications only has seven JSAs, considerably fewer than peers Sinclair Broadcast Group and Nexstar Broadcasting Group, leaving it less affected by the loss of revenue.
    • Midterm elections and recent Supreme Court decision lifting aggregate federal campaign contribution limits could lead to greater revenue for Entravision.
  • Chilean Economy Could Hold Some Value For Stocks
    Apr. 5, 2014 CCU, ECH, SQM 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Growth in emerging economies has cooled in the last two quarters.
    • BRIC countries are particularly weak due to economic and political factors.
    • Chile, on the other hand, continues to show robust growth.
  • Coffee Wars Heat Up As Profits Rise On Global Expansion
    Apr. 3, 2014 SBUX, DNKN 14 Comments

    Summary

    • Coffee is a $30-$32 billion industry in the US, the world’s top consumer of the beverage.
    • Cafes, e.g., Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, are the fastest growing segment within the fast food industry as 32% of Americans get coffee outside the home.
    • DuPont analysis reveals that profit margin and asset turnover are driving Dunkin’ Donuts’ return on equity.
  • Energize Your Portfolio With NRG And Exelon
    Apr. 1, 2014 D, DO, EXC 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Oil drillers profits have been high, but they are set to shrink.
    • Future industry weakness may create low P/E for off-shore drillers, which creates value trap for investors.
    • Clean energy producers continue to grow.
  • The Coming m-Commerce Tsunami: Who Will Ride The Wave And Who Will Be Sunk?
    Apr. 1, 2014 EBAY, GOOG, ORAN 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Mobile commerce (m-commerce) will become the largest share of e-commerce soon.
    • m-commerce will be in excess of $200 billion this year, and that number will triple by 2017.
    • Three industries are vying for dominance in this emerging market.
  • 5 Utility Stocks Paying A Dividend Of 5% Or Higher
    Mar. 31, 2014 APU, EGAS, NKA 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Dividends can generate growth, but usually dividend seekers are looking for safety.
    • Utility stocks are classic defensive dividend plays.
    • The careful investor will look at a utility's weighted average cost of capital as well as dividend yield.
  • These Value Stocks Have The Right Chemistry For Your Portfolio
    Mar. 28, 2014 CE, DOW, XLB Comment!

    Summary

    • The chemicals sector will grow faster than the economy for the foreseeable future.
    • Chemical exports are also expected to grow.
    • Two American chemical firms are poised to outperform along with these macro trends.
  • A Toast To Profits: Top Brewer Stocks
    Mar. 27, 2014 BREW, BWLD, SAM 1 Comment

    Summary

    • "Sin" stocks are good for growth and revenue.
    • Beer producers have gained market share for several years.
    • "Session" beers are popular and allow a consumer to have more without getting too dunk.
  • Increased Demand For Tires Could Inflate Goodyear's Stock Price
    Mar. 25, 2014 GT 6 Comments

    Summary

    • China's appetite for synthetic rubber is $7.8B per year.
    • Goodyear Tire and Rubber is well positioned to benefit from secular rise in rubber consumption.
    • Goodyear is also profitable, well-run company with solid financials.
  • Which 5 Companies Will Profit From The Internet Of Things?
    Mar. 18, 2014 ABB, CSCO, GE 9 Comments

    Summary

    • The Internet of Things will grow 347% in the next four years.
    • The growth of the IoT will eclipse the human use internet before the end of the decade.
    • The Internet of Things winners may not be your typical tech companies.
  • Cruise Into Profits With Royal Caribbean
    Mar. 12, 2014 RCL 1 Comment

    Summary

    • 81 million people will soon retire.
    • Improved health care means seniors are healthier and more active.
    • Retirees like to travel.
  • Inverse ETFs Are The Best Play For A Falling Market
    Mar. 12, 2014 IGHG, SH, YCS 5 Comments

    Summary

    • The market may be reaching a top.
    • Shorting individual stocks is risky.
    • Short ETFs allow investors to hedge with more security.
  • Is There A Safe Way To Play The Crisis In Ukraine?
    Mar. 5, 2014 BA, BP, CVX 5 Comments

    Summary

    • The tensions in Ukraine present a potential "black swan" for markets.
    • Market reaction to the upside or downside depends on both the speed at which the crisis is resolved and whether Ukraine remains autonomous.
    • Stocks in different sectors with exposure to Russia and Central Europe will react differently to different outcomes. We advise a cautious strategy for investors.
  • Discount Retailers For The Winter Win
    Feb. 28, 2014 TJX, ROST, XRT Comment!
  • 3 Security Stocks To Play Stop And Frisk Reforms
    Feb. 26, 2014 LLL Comment!
  • 3 Defensive Dividend Payers That Fit Into Any Portfolio
    Feb. 21, 2014 DPS, GE, KRFT 3 Comments