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John Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honors and a minor in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) in 1974. He moved to Tokyo, Japan where he was employed by a medium-sized Japanese securities house. Thomas became fluent in Japanese... More
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  • Quanta Services for a "Smart Grid" Play 0 comments
    Apr 22, 2009 11:12 AM | about stocks: PWR

    For those out there still looking for an Obama play, take a look at Quanta Services (NYSE:PWR). The Houston based company offers design, construction, and maintenance of power infrastructure networks. At a 17 multiple of next year’s earnings it is not cheap, and the shares have already posted a double since the March 9 low, so the action is definitely there. But when the full force of Obama’s stimulus plan hits, the 30% earnings growth that is the current consensus forecast may look a tad low. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has already announced $10 billion in programs, and “smart grids” are one of the few places in the energy space where the government can spend money and generate an immediate result. Up to 10% of America’s electric power supply is thought to be lost through resistance from decrepit power lines and inefficient distribution. That works out to a lot of tankers from the Middle East or train loads of coal from Appalachia. Never underestimate the power of a buzz word to boost earnings. Buy on the innevitable dip.

    Stocks: PWR
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