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  • Retailers Post Quarterly Results; Should We Buy?

    By Ash Anderson - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, GPS, SHLD

    The week of May 20 was an interesting one for the retail world. Three pretty big names actually released earnings, and I took a look into what the results could mean for the companies. 

    I’m sure that many of you by now have seen that Gap (NYSE: GPS) is making something of a comeback. Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) also reported on May 20; the market didn’t seem too more »

  • Yahoo! Buys Tumblr - Remind You of Anything?

    By Ash Anderson - May 27, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, YHOO

    It was announced late Sunday that Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) would be acquiring Tumblr, a large online blogging community. Want to know the price on that acquisition? An incredible $1.1 billion in cash, straight from the Yahoo! coffers.

    Initially the deal made me wonder what on earth was going on in the minds of the Yahoo! board. I eventually remembered that twice in the last decade I have asked a more »

  • The Servers That Power Our Data

    By Ash Anderson - May 27, 2013 | Tickers: CONE, EMC, HPQ

    A couple of days ago I got a tour of a CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) data center. While I’ve always been interested in technology, this was the first time I had seen anything of this grandeur.

    What Does CyrusOne Do?

    The company operates multiple datacenters that are primarily located in Texas. These datacenters are humongous, and they’re probably some of the most secure facilities I have ever stepped into more »

  • A Market for Video Games

    By Ash Anderson - May 21, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, MSFT

    Recent news in the video game world has prompted me to ask whether or not there is money to be made here.

    There are new consoles coming from Sony and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) later on in the year, and there are bound to be countless numbers of games from publishers Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA).

    In the news

    Activision and EA have been in the press more »

  • An International Big Yielding Portfolio

    By Ash Anderson - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: LO, RDS-B, VIP

    Searching for high yielding stocks? Oh boy! I have the perfect candidates for you. These three stocks have a dividend yield exceeding 5%, and they’re all worth more than $1 billion on the market. There really weren't that many requirements.

    What makes this set of companies even better is that they represent three totally different countries. That’s right; you’re getting a high yielding international portfolio. Representing more »

  • Collecting Beer Money Before the Summer

    By Ash Anderson - May 16, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, BREW

    The summer months are almost upon us, which means those beer sales are about to kick into high gear. Between holidays and hot months, you’ve got yourself a nice looking trend.

    We’re not the first
    Sorry everybody, we’re not the first to spot this trend. That doesn’t mean we should move on, though. The question we should be asking is, “How do we capitalize on these more »

  • Fergie Is Leaving United - Time to Buy?

    By Ash Anderson - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: LMCA, MSG, MANU

    Sir Alex Ferguson has been at the helm of one of the world’s most well-known sports teams for 26 years. In that time, Ferguson and Manchester United (NYSE: MANU) won thirteen premier league titles, five FA Cups, and two UEFA Champions League titles, and that’s just naming the top tier titles.

    The legendary manager announced his retirement from the game last week, and that may not play well more »

  • Midsize Market Money Making: Auto Manufacturers

    By Ash Anderson - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: F, GM, HMC, TM

    There have been articles covering major press publications over the past couple of days on how the Japanese car manufacturers are losing their edge. Could it really be that Ford (NYSE: F) and General Motors (NYSE: GM) are stealing the market from Honda Motor (NYSE: HMC) and Toyota Motor (NYSE: TM)?

    The facts

    Autodata compiled the statistics on midsize vehicle sales in the United States. You’re no doubt familiar more »

  • Making Money at the Movies

    By Ash Anderson - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: TWX, VIA, DIS

    Word came out this past Sunday that Walt Disney’s (NYSE: DIS)  Iron Man 3 made a staggering $175.3 million in the domestic market, making the movie the second highest opener of all time, right behind last year’s Avengers.

    If you’re a Disney investor, you’ll no doubt love it that this company is pulling in the big bucks with its blockbuster movies. And if you factor more »

  • Facebook Performs Well in Mobile: Time to Buy?

    By Ash Anderson - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GRPN, YELP

    Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) wowed the markets after close on Wednesday when the company announced that their mobile strategies were looking successful.

    The announcement came in as quite a shock to investors when they learned that close to one-third of Facebook advertising revenue now comes from smartphones and tablets.

    The Earnings

    The announcement came as part of a quarterly earnings report from the social giant. Mobile revenue was not the only more »

  • Kroger Has New Technology - What About Its Competitors?

    By Ash Anderson - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: TGT, KR, WMT

    Have you been into a Kroger (NYSE: KR) lately? If not, you might want to consider going. Like many of the big box retailers and grocery superstores out there, Kroger is looking to reduce wait times in its checkout lines.

    Reducing time wasted

    It may not seem like much, but think about it. You’ve likely been grocery shopping before. After you’ve picked everything out you go looking for more »

  • Can Renewables Renew the Life of Your Portfolio?

    By Ash Anderson - May 7, 2013 | Tickers: FSLR, GPRE, SPWR

    How do you get power to your house? I know it comes to mine through a combination of coal, wind, and solar. There may be some people reading this who are 100% renewable, and then there’s likely others who are the polar opposites. The question that we’re here to answer, though, is whether or not we can make money from the companies powering renewable energy.

    Finding the companies more »

  • Some Newspapers Are Growing!

    By Ash Anderson - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: GCI, NYT, NWSA

    This past weekend was the famed Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting. One thing that Berkshire has been buying like crazy over the past couple of years is newspapers. Some have criticized the Oracle for this but could there be more to it?

    The latest figures from the Alliance for Audited Media were just released, and it really made me take a second look at this newspaper market, especially those at the more »

  • Family-Style Dining, Beer on the Side

    By Ash Anderson - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: BJRI, BWLD, DRI

    If you have yet to eat lunch, I’d definitely recommend you do so. This article will leave you feeling hungry for food and hungry for investment. We’re going to be taking a look at three beloved restaurant chains that layer the contiguous United States.

    On deck, we have one of my favorite places to go and relax, Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD). We’ll follow up the chicken more »

  • Wake up, Grab Some Coffee, and Invest in It

    By Ash Anderson - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: GMCR, SBUX, THI

    Human beings drink a whole lot of coffee. In the United States alone, consumption is around 4.2kg of the bean per person, per year. That means big business for companies like Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR) which get this commodity into the hands of consumers.

    Not to be outdone by the United States, Canada actually consumes even more coffee on a per capita basis more »

  • Tech Companies Pay Dividends Too

    By Ash Anderson - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: JCOM, MSFT, QCOM

    The technology sector is typically considered an area of high growth. It’s for that reason that we sometimes have great difficulty finding dividend-payers in the sector. I’ve done some searching though, and I’ve found three companies from three distinct technological realms to help diversify that dividend portfolio.

    Application software

    You had to know that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) would make an appearance in this article, right? Well, here more »

  • Collecting Dividends From the Healthcare Sector

    By Ash Anderson - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: BAX, PFE, DGX

    Continuing on with the dividend trend that my recent articles have been focusing upon, I’d like to now take a look at some solid healthcare companies. These companies must meet two strict criteria in that they must be profitable, and they must pay a dividend. That’s not too harsh, right? Well, away we go into the wild world of healthcare!

    Major drug manufacturers

    You had to guess that more »

  • Three Banks From Three Different Banking Sectors

    By Ash Anderson - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, TD, WFC

    In order to best situate yourself in the market, you should have exposure to a variety of sectors. The financial sector is an area that you can diversify into quite a lot. Within this sector, there are banks from around the globe, both big and small.

    I bring to you my three favorite banks that come from three pretty distinct areas of the financial sector. From the larger side of more »

  • Comglomerates Provide the Best Diversification

    By Ash Anderson - April 26, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, BRK-B, BRK-A, UTX

    How do you get the most bang for your buck in the stock market? You buy conglomerates. These mega-firms encompass multiple organizations all striving to achieve in different areas of business.

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B)

    How could you truly expect me to get through this article without a mention of Warren Buffett’s famed Berkshire Hathaway?

    The company is engaged in so many different areas of business; it actually becomes more »

  • The British Are Coming, With Dividends!

    By Ash Anderson - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: BT, DEO, UL

    Did you know that there are foreign companies out there that sit upon the American stock exchanges in some form just waiting for you to buy them? If not, you’re going to be looking into a whole new world of investing.

    As you could probably tell by the title, we’re about to take a look at some British dividend payers. These companies are listed on the NYSE using more »

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