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  • Sears Holdings: Cost Burdens Weigh On The Stock
    Yesterday, 7:36 AM SHLD 21 Comments

    Summary

    • Another quarter, another disappointment from Sears Holdings.
    • Cost pressures drove losses higher.
    • Some silver linings existed in the details of the Q2 numbers that provide opportunities for the future.
  • Seadrill: Riding The Long-Term Wave
    Sun, Aug. 31 SDRL 38 Comments

    Summary

    • Jack-up market fears overblown.
    • Consistent dividend increases provide for stable income.
    • Seadrill investors should sit back and enjoy the large dividend while waiting on capital gains.
  • Chesapeake Energy: Realizing A Nightmare
    Sun, Aug. 31 CHK 26 Comments

    Summary

    • Chesapeake Energy has failed to shift production towards oil.
    • The large natural gas producer still struggles to realize market prices.
    • Valuation gap with other E&P firms is attractive, but the company is too trapped with natural gas focus.
  • Deutsche Telekom Wants Out Of T-Mobile And Now
    Sun, Aug. 31 TMUS 7 Comments

    Summary

    • Deutsche Telekom lowered the hurdle for buying T-Mobile.
    • The potential acquirers face debt concerns, especially if Deutsche Telekom still wants mostly cash.
    • Domestic wireless war is likely pressuring Deutsche Telekom to exit via a lower offer.
  • WPX Energy: Finally Sloshing Around With Oil
    Sat, Aug. 30 WPX Comment!

    Summary

    • WPX Energy saw a significant ramp in oil production during Q214.
    • The new Gallup play has significant upside potential.
    • Analyst earnings estimates are rapidly rising for 2015.
  • Freeport-McMoRan Expansion Numbers You Shouldn't Miss
    Thu, Aug. 28 FCX 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Expansion plans in both copper and oil that have attractive fundamentals.
    • Attractively valued based on strong earnings profile and growth plans.
    • Expects to sell onshore energy assets to reduce debt to acceptable levels.
  • Sobering News For Clean Energy Fuels
    Thu, Aug. 28 CLNE 30 Comments

    Summary

    • More evidence of a slow shift to natural gas as a transportation fuel for trucks.
    • WSJ uncovered some unexpected roadblocks to the switch to natural gas.
    • Clean Energy Fuels continues to face an uphill climb.
  • Halcon Resources: Where Did The Growth Go?
    Thu, Aug. 28 HK 18 Comments

    Summary

    • Stalled production growth at Halcon Resources is a major concern.
    • Data suggests investors still follow the company based on CEO hype.
    • High debt levels continue to restrict Halcon.
  • Update: TiVo Q2 '15 Earnings
    Thu, Aug. 28 TIVO 1 Comment

    Summary

    • TiVo released Q215 earnings that generally met analyst estimates.
    • The stock remains cheap and a definite buy on a breakout above $14.
    • In the original investment thesis, it was anticipated that investors would only buy the stock once it traded above $14.
  • Weatherford Makes Big Steps Towards Financial Objectives
    Wed, Aug. 27 WFT 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Despite recent gains, Weatherford has massively underperformed the sector in the last five years.
    • Investors need to focus on margin expansion and ignore revenue growth in the short-term.
    • The stock is cheap based on earnings expectations reaching $2 by 2015.
  • Seventy Seven Energy: Making Progress Towards Value
     • Wed, Aug. 27 SSE 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Recent oilfield services spin-off from Chesapeake hasn't performed well.
    • High reliance on former parent is a quickly subsiding concern.
    • Back recent analyst recommendation of at least 50% upside potential.
  • Halliburton: North America Advantage
    Tue, Aug. 26 HAL Comment!

    Summary

    • Halliburton leads the domestic rebound in oilfield services.
    • Stock is attractively valued.
    • Tightening capacity should aide a rebound in pricing.
  • The Tasty Yields Of Lowe's
    Tue, Aug. 26 LOW 4 Comments

    Summary

    • The share buyback continues strong during Q2 at $1.1 billion.
    • Lowe's trades at all-time highs following breakout.
    • The Net Payout Yield is attractive, but declining.
  • Does Angie's List Have A Credible Evolution Plan?
    Tue, Aug. 26 ANGI 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Angie's List is evolving the marketing strategy.
    • Moving away from growth at all costs sets up opportunity.
    • Investors should keep the stock on the radar to watch for a turnaround.
  • Visa: 'V' Does Not Stand For Value
    Mon, Aug. 25 V 64 Comments

    Summary

    • The market is gunning for the high profit margins of the payment processors.
    • Visa offers limited growth for the earnings multiple.
    • Potential to lose market share or margins is a high probability going forward.
  • Update: The Fresh Market Q2 Earnings
    Sun, Aug. 24 TFM 10 Comments

    Summary

    • The Fresh Market reported Q2 '14 earnings that beat expectations.
    • Previous avoid recommendation is removed.
    • The stock was anticipated to struggle over the last year due to margin compression and low comps.
  • Ocean Rig: Primed For Growth When Deepwater Market Rebounds
    Sat, Aug. 23 ORIG 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Contract weakness in the deepwater drilling market provides opportunities.
    • Bifurcation of the rig market and long-term demand suggest a better environment by 2016.
    • Ocean Rig is extremely cheap based on forecasted growth.
  • Why Under Armour Needs Kevin Durant
    Fri, Aug. 22 UA 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Footwear and International are important categories where UA has limited penetration.
    • Deal with Durant seems expensive but the upside in those categories are enormous.
    • The recently run in UA makes the stock one to buy on dips instead of chasing from these levels.
  • Update: SandRidge Energy Announces Departure Of The COO
    Fri, Aug. 22 SD 17 Comments

    Summary

    • SandRidge Energy announces executive changes.
    • Investors should continue avoiding the stock.
    • Investors were warned to avoid this stock with the constant shakeups in assets and leadership leading to disruptions in operations.
  • Vodafone: Ready To Shine With 4G
    Thu, Aug. 21 VOD 6 Comments

    Summary

    • The 3G wireless hangover in Europe now provides opportunity.
    • Capital spending on 4G to benefit Vodafone.
    • Vodafone not cheap on standard metrics.
  • Apache Corp: Shifting To Onshore Production For Good Reason
    Thu, Aug. 21 APA 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Market doesn't favor E&P firms that shift assets.
    • Apache has underperformed the market leaders in the last 3 years.
    • Apache's Permian and Central Basin assets have enormous resource potential.
  • Why Twitter Is Borderline Cheap
    Thu, Aug. 21 TWTR 51 Comments

    Summary

    • Twitter valuation is better than most think.
    • Upside potential exists in growth of users and ARPU.
    • GSV Capital remains way to play Twitter and protect downside.
  • Should You Love Williams' New Dividend Plan?
    Wed, Aug. 20 WMB 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Solid growth prospects to lead to dividend hikes.
    • Benefits from Access Midstream purchase already priced into stock.
    • Dividend yield to reach 5% by 2016 absent stock gains.
  • The Tasty Yields Of IBM
    Wed, Aug. 20 IBM 24 Comments

    Summary

    • Investors need to look beyond the dividend yield.
    • IBM has traded sideways for nearly 3 years now.
    • The Net Payout Yield is too attractive to ignore.
  • Update: ChinaCache Q2 '14 Earnings
    Wed, Aug. 20 CCIH Comment!

    Summary

    • ChinaCache reported Q214 earnings.
    • Stock remains a Strong Buy despite stock gains since coverage initiation.
    • The fast growth of the last year was anticipated, but the ongoing lack of investor attention remains a frustration.
  • Whole Foods Market Investors Need To Relax, But Don't Overpay
    Tue, Aug. 19 WFM 13 Comments

    Summary

    • Whole Foods remains a relatively small grocery chain.
    • Comp sales are solid especially at new stores.
    • Valuation metrics still have room for contraction.
  • Why Investors Should Embrace Glu Mobile Again
    Tue, Aug. 19 GLUU 15 Comments

    Summary

    • Past weaknesses in Glu Mobile were opportunities to buy.
    • Dips caused by stock offerings should be embraced.
    • Initial success of "Tap Sports Baseball" provides another surprise catalyst.
  • Atwood Oceanics: Don't Fret Start-Up Problems
    Tue, Aug. 19 ATW 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Outside start-up issues, modern fleet to provide advantages going forward.
    • Revenue efficiency remains very high on established fleet.
    • Atwood Oceanics trades at an attractive valuation compared to larger competitors.
  • Sempra Energy Is Much More Than LNG Exports
    Mon, Aug. 18 SRE 6 Comments

    Summary

    • LNG export facility provides catalyst for stock.
    • Large stock gains make the valuation questionable.
    • Sempra isn't reliant on LNG exports unlike Cheniere Energy.
  • ConocoPhillips: What Would It Do Without North American Shale Growth?
    Mon, Aug. 18 COP 41 Comments

    Summary

    • Article explores shift to unconventional assets.
    • Valuation is attractive, but comps might offer better value.
    • Non-domestic shale offers long-term growth avenue.
  • The War Sprint Can't Afford
    Mon, Aug. 18 S 86 Comments

    Summary

    • Sprint ending the pursuit of the T-Mobile merger crushed the stock.
    • Management suggests disruptive pricing to hit markets next week.
    • Lack of consistent profits and a high debt load question the suggested pricing plans.
  • The Apple Enterprise Hope
    Mon, Aug. 18 AAPL 38 Comments

    Summary

    • The shift to mobile by enterprises provides material opportunity for Apple.
    • Current market share lead provides opportunity for growing the ecosystem including Mac sales.
    • Apple remains cheap especially if it can maintain leadership in the mobile enterprise segment.