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  • Why Yahoo Is In Great Hands But Alibaba Is Overhyped
    Apr. 26, 2014 YHOO 17 Comments

    Summary

    • We were once bearish on Yahoo, but the potential monetization of its Asian assets has proved us wrong.
    • We're still surprised the market is valuing Alibaba at such a lofty price, but we admit there is a ton of value in this asset.
    • We think Yahoo may have reached its peak share price range at this juncture.
  • Why Chipotle's Valuation Is Absurd
    Apr. 26, 2014 CMG 25 Comments

    Summary

    • Chipotle, the company, has some good times ahead of it, but its stock valuation is out of whack.
    • We think Chipotle is more exposed to a market correction than most.
    • The firm's Valuentum Buying Index score is not promising.
  • Why Twitter Is Irrationally Overpriced
    Apr. 25, 2014 TWTR 70 Comments

    Summary

    • Twitter's current market capitalization of $25 billion is quite ridiculous.
    • We're expecting significant downside.
    • Worst case scenario, we don't think the world is large enough for the number of social media platforms out there.
  • Why Verizon Is Dead Money
    Apr. 25, 2014 VZ 63 Comments

    Summary

    • We dislike debt.
    • Verizon will be taking on a mountain of debt as it folds in all of Verizon Wireless.
    • We expect the firm's dividend growth and credit rating to be compromised.
  • Why Google Has Upside To Nearly $650
    Apr. 25, 2014 GOOG, GOOGL 19 Comments

    Summary

    • After its fantastic run, Google still has upside potential.
    • At Valuentum, we like to look at things from a variety of perspectives.
    • Google remains one of our best ideas until it registers a poor rating on the Valuentum Buying Index.
  • Currency Headwinds Intensify At Coke And Pepsi
    Apr. 25, 2014 KO 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Currency can no longer be completely ignored at Coke and Pepsi.
    • We like both firms, but point to Coke as the better relative idea.
    • Our best ideas are included in Valuentum's Best Ideas portfolio.
  • Why IBM Continues To Lose Its Luster
    Apr. 24, 2014 IBM 23 Comments

    Summary

    • IBM may be in a lot of trouble.
    • IBM’s management is doing more to destroy shareholder capital than it is doing to generate economic value at this juncture.
    • We don’t think Warren Buffett will tolerate such activity at the helm for much longer.
  • Evaluating Booz Allen's Intrinsic Value
    Apr. 22, 2014 BAH 2 Comments

    Summary

    • We think Booz Allen's shares are worth $21 each.
    • Booz Allen posts a Valuentum Buying Index score of 6, reflecting our 'fairly valued' DCF assessment of the firm, its neutral relative valuation versus peers, and bullish technicals.
    • We like firms included in the Best Ideas portfolio.
  • Why GE May Be Doing Everything Right
    Apr. 22, 2014 GE 2 Comments

    Summary

    • GE seems to be doing everything right.
    • The company's industrial backlog notched all-time highs.
    • GE boasts a solid annual dividend yield of 3.4% at the time of this writing, and dividend growth investors should expect increases year-after-year.
  • Why We Think Intel Will Trade North Of $30 Before Year's End
    Apr. 20, 2014 INTC 21 Comments

    Summary

    • Intel is simply a cash-flow machine, and its annual dividend payout is not only safe on the basis of the Valuentum Dividend Cushion score but also is poised to grow.
    • A strong competitive position, an attractive valuation, and a safe and growing dividend are a few qualities that make Intel a Valuentum stock.
    • The company remains a holding in the actively-managed portfolios.
  • Why Johnson & Johnson's Patent Expiration Profile Is Fantastic
    Apr. 20, 2014 JNJ 10 Comments

    Summary

    • Very few firms have a more attractive investment profile than Johnson & Johnson.
    • Johnson & Johnson boasts a cash-flow-derived Valuentum Dividend Cushion score of 2.2, and we don’t see us removing it from the Dividend Growth portfolio anytime soon.
    • Let's also take a look at its patent expiration profile for a few of its large drugs.
  • How Tyson Looks Through The Eyes Of New Money
    Apr. 20, 2014 TSN 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Let's examine Tyson through the eyes of new money.
    • Tyson Foods posts a Valuentum Buying Index score of 7, reflecting our 'fairly valued' DCF assessment of the firm, its attractive relative valuation versus peers, and bullish technicals.
    • This score is good, but at any point in time, we prefer more timely ideas for consideration, ones held in the actively-managed portfolios.
  • What The New Money Thinks About FedEx
    Apr. 17, 2014 FDX Comment!

    Summary

    • We don't think the new money finds FedEx that attractive. Let's find out why.
    • FedEx posts a Valuentum Buying Index score of 4, reflecting our 'fairly valued' DCF assessment of the firm, its attractive relative valuation versus peers, and bearish technicals.
    • We prefer more timely ideas for consideration, ones with Valuentum Buying Index ratings of 9 or 10.
  • Surveying Recent Bank Performance; Needless Risk-Seeking Emerges
    Apr. 16, 2014 C, JPM, KBE Comment!

    Summary

    • JPMorgan posted earnings declines pretty much across the board.
    • Citigroup held the line, which is positive, all things considered.
    • Wells Fargo is dipping back into subprime lending.
  • Why Nokia Is Fairly Valued
    Apr. 16, 2014 NOK 48 Comments

    Summary

    • Our mission is not to make a call on every company -- that's foolish, and we don't.
    • Nokia posts a Valuentum Buying Index score of 3 on our scale, and its shares are fairly valued.
    • Firms in our Best Ideas portfolio and Dividend Growth portfolio have much more attractive attributes.
  • Intel Q1 Preview: Will A Stabilizing PC Market Drive Upside?
    Apr. 15, 2014 INTC 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Intel reports quarterly results after the market close today.
    • The company's performance has revealed a nice, covert advance.
    • The PC market's potential stabilization could provide even more upside to shares.
  • How The New Money Thinks About Southern Co.
    Apr. 15, 2014 SO 7 Comments

    Summary

    • Let's examine Southern Co. through the eyes of new money.
    • Southern Co. posts a Valuentum Buying Index score of 6, reflecting our "fairly valued" DCF assessment of the firm, its unattractive relative valuation versus peers, and bullish timeliness indicators.
    • We prefer more timely ideas for consideration, ones with Valuentum Buying Index ratings of 9 or 10.
  • Why Baidu Is Incredibly Cheap
    Apr. 15, 2014 BIDU 6 Comments

    Summary

    • China’s Internet space is booming. Baidu remains at the forefront of this trend.
    • Baidu has been a 10 on the Valuentum Buying Index. Though the near term may be rocky, we think this signal suggests superior performance in the years ahead.
    • We think Baidu is worth $227 per share, representing nearly 50% upside from today's levels based on our point fair value estimate.
  • Exelon: A Safe Haven In This Market?
    Apr. 11, 2014 EXC 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Utilities have been among the best performers so far in 2014.
    • Have all the weak holders finally exited Exelon's stock following its dividend cut?
    • The company's Valuentum Buying Index score of 5 reflects stability, which may be all that is needed for outperformance in this high-flying market.
  • Ford's Opportunity In China Is A Head-Turner
    Apr. 11, 2014 F 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Investors always think of GM or Volkswagen when they think about China.
    • Ford is gaining share fast in the country.
    • We like the fundamental momentum at Ford in China, and the company is our favorite auto maker.
  • Why New Money Thinks LinkedIn Will Get Hammered In This Market
    Apr. 11, 2014 LNKD 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Let's examine LinkedIn through the eyes of new money.
    • LinkedIn posts a Valuentum Buying Index score of 1, reflecting our 'overvalued' DCF assessment of the firm, its unattractive relative valuation versus peers, and bearish technicals.
    • We prefer more timely ideas for consideration, ones with Valuentum Buying Index ratings of 9 or 10.
  • Why Facebook May Approach Triple Digits
    Apr. 10, 2014 FB 119 Comments

    Summary

    • Our fair value estimate of Facebook is $97 per share, representing over 30% upside from today's levels.
    • Were it not for its unattractive relative valuation versus peers, Facebook would register a 9 or 10 on the Valuentum Buying Index -- one of the highest ratings.
    • Be sure to read about a speculative buzz that can send Facebook significantly higher.
  • Why We're Huge Fans Of eBay
    Apr. 10, 2014 EBAY 5 Comments

    Summary

    • eBay has become an Internet commerce powerhouse and an impressive, hard-to-duplicate payment platform.
    • PayPal could be to eBay, as Alibaba is to Yahoo.
    • We think eBay is worth nearly $80 per share at the time of this writing.
  • Meridian: A Great Dividend Find
    Apr. 10, 2014 VIVO 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Meridian may be one of the best dividend ideas you haven't heard of.
    • The company possesses a lot of qualities we look for in a dividend growth idea.
    • Meridian has a nice net cash position and no debt.
  • How The New Money Thinks About Hormel
    Apr. 9, 2014 HRL 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Hormel Foods has an excellent combination of strong free cash flow generation and low financial leverage.
    • Hormel posts a Valuentum Buying Index score of 6, reflecting our 'fairly valued' discounted cash-flow assessment of the firm, its unattractive relative valuation versus peers, and bullish technicals.
    • The new money may not find Hormel that attractive, and we think its dividend growth profile is not as attractive as other ideas in the Dividend Growth portfolio.
  • Ingersoll-Rand's Score Weighed Down By DCF Valuation
    Apr. 9, 2014 IR Comment!

    Summary

    • Ingersoll-Rand posts a Valuentum Buying Index score of 7, reflecting our 'fairly valued' DCF assessment of the firm, its attractive relative valuation versus peers, and very bullish technicals.
    • Our discounted cash flow model indicates that Ingersoll-Rand's shares are worth between $44-$72 each. We think the wider the fair value range, the wiser the investor, in many cases.
    • If Ingersoll-Rand begins to trade a steeper discount to our estimate of its intrinsic value, the company will register a higher rating on the Valuentum Buying Index.
  • Bob Evans: A Surprisingly Strong Dividend Growth Play
    Apr. 8, 2014 BOBE 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Many may know about McDonald's or Yum! Brands' dividend growth profiles, but we think Bob Evans' is better than both.
    • With roughly one-third of its restaurants located in Ohio, the company also has opportunities for continued expansion in the US.
    • The firm sports a very nice dividend yield of 2.5%.
  • How The New Money Thinks About Dover
    Apr. 7, 2014 DOV 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Let's examine Dover through the eyes of new money.
    • Dover posts a Valuentum Buying Index score of 6, reflecting our 'fairly valued' DCF assessment of the firm, its neutral relative valuation versus peers, and very bullish technicals.
    • We prefer more timely ideas for consideration, ones with Valuentum Buying Index ratings of 9 or 10.
  • How The New Money Thinks About UPS
    Apr. 5, 2014 UPS Comment!

    Summary

    • Let's examine UPS through the eyes of new money.
    • UPS posts a Valuentum Buying Index score of 3, reflecting our 'fairly valued' DCF assessment of the firm, its neutral relative valuation versus peers, and bearish timeliness.
    • We prefer more timely ideas for consideration, ones with Valuentum Buying Index ratings of 9 or 10.
  • How New Money Thinks About Illinois Tool Works
    Apr. 4, 2014 ITW Comment!

    Summary

    • Let's examine ITW through the eyes of new money.
    • Illinois Tool Works posts a Valuentum Buying Index score of 7, reflecting our "fairly valued" DCF assessment of the firm, its attractive relative valuation versus peers, and very bullish technicals.
    • Though we prefer companies that register a 9 or 10 on the Valuentum process, this is actually a very good score.
  • Evaluating AT&T Through The Eyes Of New Money
    Apr. 3, 2014 T 13 Comments

    Summary

    • Let's examine AT&T through the eyes of new money.
    • AT&T posts a Valuentum Buying Index score of 4 on our scale, reflecting our 'fairly valued' discounted cash-flow assessment of the firm and its attractive relative valuation versus peers.
    • We prefer scores of 9 or 10 on the Valuentum Buying Index, which represent more timely ideas.
  • Evaluating Sprint's Potential Upside
    Apr. 1, 2014 S 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Value is always based on the future. And while the future is unpredictable, to a degree, we cannot ignore it just because it is so.
    • Saying a company is worth precisely this or precisely that is only going to result in being precisely wrong.
    • On a standalone basis, we value Sprint at $8 per share (our point estimate), while we could see a suitor bid as high as $12 per share.