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  • 3 Stocks Under $10 With Dividend Yields Above 11%
    Thu, Apr. 24 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
    Thu, Apr. 24 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
    Tue, Apr. 22 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
    Tue, Apr. 22 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
    Wed, Apr. 16 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
    Thu, Apr. 10 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
    Wed, Apr. 9 HSP, MYL, AZN 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
    Wed, Apr. 9 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
    Sat, Apr. 5 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
    Thu, Apr. 3 MCD, YUM, SBUX 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
    Tue, Apr. 1 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?
    Tue, Apr. 1 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
    Mon, Mar. 31 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
    Fri, Mar. 28 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
    Thu, Mar. 27 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
    Tue, Mar. 25 CTB, 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?
    Tue, Mar. 18 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
    Wed, Mar. 12 CCL, 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
    Wed, Mar. 12 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?
    Wed, Mar. 5 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
    Fri, Feb. 28 TJX, ROST, XRT Comment!
  • 3 Security Stocks To Play Stop And Frisk Reforms
    Wed, Feb. 26 DGLY, TASR, LLL Comment!
  • 3 Defensive Dividend Payers That Fit Into Any Portfolio
    Fri, Feb. 21 DPS, GE, KRFT 3 Comments
  • Insiders Are Buying These Value Stocks
    Sun, Feb. 16 FCX, HERO, MUR 2 Comments
  • Growth In Cyber Security Spending Looks Positive For Security Stocks
    Sat, Feb. 15 CHKP, CSCO, FEYE 1 Comment
  • A Value Case For CACI International
    Thu, Feb. 13 KEYW, CACI Comment!
  • Screen Carmike Cinemas For Growth Opportunities
    Thu, Feb. 13 CKEC Comment!
  • Avnet's Case For A Bull Market
    Thu, Feb. 13 AVT 2 Comments
  • The Resurgence Of The REITs
    Mon, Feb. 10 VNQ, BXP, HME 4 Comments
  • Pick Up These Value Stocks While They're On Sale
    Sun, Feb. 9 ACAT, BWC, MGA 8 Comments
  • Putin And Potash: A Potentially Explosive Combo
    Fri, Jan. 31 AGU, BUD, CMP 4 Comments
  • Asian Stocks To Watch Amid Growth Expectations For 2014
    Thu, Jan. 30 LFC, MITSY, TTM 1 Comment