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  • Three Latest Stock Picks by Cramer

    By Cagdas Ozcan - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: DOV, MCD, SNTS

    Although I always tend to be on the bullish side, I have to concur that the European economy got a punch in the stomach quite hard for the last couple years as the inconsistency always kept itself alive for years. It did not give a breather to investors, preventing people from gaining a positive outlook and eventually leading them to hopelessness. Therefore, it is even more essential to play defensively more »

  • Three Electric Dividends Offering Excellent Dividends

    By Cagdas Ozcan - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: ETR, IDA, PPL

    Electric utilities are famous for their defensive characteristics, as well as their fat dividend offerings. Electric utility equities operating in the States offered an average dividend yield of 4.5% as of August 2010, which is quite an attractive amount for most of the investors. These types of stocks perform well in times of economic crisis, which is why they are considered defensive stocks. People always need and pay for more »

  • Is There Any Potential Left in Arena Pharmaceuticals?

    By Cagdas Ozcan - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: ARNA, VVUS

    Those who are following Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ARNA) can't help to keep an eye on Vivus (NASDAQ: VVUS). After all, Vivus made the first jump into the anti-obesity market when it first launched Qsymia. Qsymia is a breakthrough medication for chronic obesity, the first ever in the U.S. after more than a decade.

    Arena, on the other hand, is poised to launch Belviq, also an anti-obesity drug, which more »

  • What Is Going On With Ziopharm Oncology?

    By Cagdas Ozcan - April 5, 2013 | Tickers: AFFY, ZIOP

    Ziopharm Oncology (ZIOP) was badly battered in the trading floor on last week. This was due to its press release which stated the termination of the development of Palifosfamide in metastatic soft tissue sarcoma. Palifosfamide was the company's only drug candidate under phase III trials. All other drug candidates are still in their early stages of development, except for one under phase II study.

    With its only hope already more »

  • Is There Any Potential Left In Arena Pharmaceuticals?

    By Cagdas Ozcan - April 4, 2013

    Those who are following Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) can't help to keep an eye on Vivus (VVUS). After all, Vivus made the first jump into the anti-obesity market when it first launched Qsymia. Qsymia is a breakthrough medication for chronic obesity, the first ever in the U.S. after more than a decade.

    Arena, on the other hand, is poised to launch Belviq, also an anti-obesity drug, which was already more »

  • Vringo: Google's Stumbling Block ?

    By Cagdas Ozcan - March 31, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, VRNG

    Given the reputation Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) enjoys in the internet world, it's hard to believe that the giant would ever be challenged. This is perhaps why the idea of a small, Delaware-based company filing suit against them for patent infringement came as a surprise to the market. In a contest that reminds David and Goliath, the lawsuit's verdict is open to interpretation over the nature of the winner more »

  • MGM Looks For A Better Future Despite Soft Results

    By Cagdas Ozcan - March 31, 2013 | Tickers: LVS, MGM

    MGM (NYSE: MGM) looks better after the not-so-well term of previous CEO Terry Lanni, who paid for acquisitions which are funded mostly by debt. However, new CEO Jim Murren has led perhaps the most remarkable turnaround in the history of the casino industry. Murren has focused on increasing returns on invested capital, or ROIC, at existing properties. Moreover, Murren focus on expansion in China, and utilizing free cash flow to more »

  • Samsung: Old Days, New Days

    By Cagdas Ozcan - March 25, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, SSNLF

    Samsung Electronics (SSNLF.PK) has been one of the world's chief mobile phone makers for some time. It also has a global market share in memory chips. The Korean company is the world's chief vendor of smartphones since 2011. Samsung has proven a conspicuous position in the tablet computer market, with the relief of the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab.

    Samsung Mobile History

    It has the following innovations in more »

  • Shorting Sirius? Let's Go Back In Time

    By Cagdas Ozcan - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: SIRI

    Sirius XM (NASDAQ: SIRI) operates as one of the world's biggest radio channels. It broadcasts commercial-free music, news, sports, entertainment, comedy, traffic, weather and much more.

    Sirius Radio, owned by Sirius XM Radio, operates in the United States and Canada. Sirius XM Radio provides 2 radio services: Sirius Radio and XM Radio. This radio was founded on May 17, 1990 as Satellite CD Radio. On Jul. 29, 2008, it more »

  • Three Oil Companies Offering Excellent Dividends

    By Cagdas Ozcan - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: CLMT, COP, NTI

    Now that Hugo Chavez has passed away, people have begun to question the short and middle-term performances of oil prices. As you know, Venezuela is an OPEC member and known for its U.S. unfriendly politics. Although oil prices have shown a little distress shortly after Chavez's death, things are pretty normal now. There are a few factors that make Venezuela a minor figure in pricing oil. Venezuela’s more »

  • Is It Safe To Invest In General Electric ?

    By Cagdas Ozcan - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: GE

    Almost everyone is familiar with the name General Electric (NYSE: GE) and their global presence. Some know General Electric as a big company spread worldwide, but really don’t know what it does and what its business portfolio consists of.

    However, investing in a global player surely has its own advantages and risks. We can define them using SWOT analytical method, i.e. defining Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities more »

  • A Comeback For Nokia? Maybe Another Day

    By Cagdas Ozcan - March 11, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL

    Nokia (NYSE: NOK), the Finnish telecommunication giant, is a well-known company worldwide. It was undeniably the market leader in mobile phone market a couple of years before, and was one of those who constantly revolutionized the market. In recent years, Nokia's reputation fell thanks to a downfall it suffered when changes were made in management. Nokia's downfall began somewhere in late 2007 and the smartphone era had a more »

  • 4 Stocks Favored By Cramer For Solid Growth In 2013

    By Cagdas Ozcan - February 13, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GOOG, MA, V | Editor's Choice

    Despite catastrophic moments, most of the markets have shown sizeable gains in 2012. The NASDAQ has posted returns of 15% in the last year, while the S&P 500 was up by 13%. Moreover, 2013 had a fruitful start. The upwards trend is expected to continue for some more time.

    It is essential to bet on the right stocks to take advantage of the optimistic environment. If you choose the more »

  • Top Dividend Stocks For The Ultimate Retirement Portfolio

    By Cagdas Ozcan - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: AHGP, ARLP, MO, FUN, CLF, DRI, EPB, EEP, ETP, GCI, INTC, LO, MRK, NRP, NTI, PBI, RAI, TCPC, TNH, WPZ

    Each one of us dream of sitting on our seats next to the fireplace talking to our grandchildren when we are retired, while our investments are filling our pockets. That is one sweet goal of every of us, and it is never unachievable. It's all about knowing where to invest for the latter part of your life.

    For me, one of the best ways of calculating fair value estimation more »

  • Advanced Micro Devices: A Comeback Story ?

    By Cagdas Ozcan - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: AMD, INTC, NVDA

    Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) lost nearly 80% of its market value in the past year. The company also ended the year with substantial losses due to the massive structural changes in the market. Advanced Micro Devices has lagged behind its peers in adopting the most recent trends. However, it is good to see that the company is going after the market and taking new measures to cope with competition more »

  • Three Tobacco Stocks Offering Superb Dividends

    By Cagdas Ozcan - February 7, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, RAI

    The tobacco industry has been an attractive area for income-seekers. Many renowned investors make high and safe returns in the tobacco business. Investing in this industry may not be well-liked by all investors, but tobacco companies are offering some of the highest dividends around. While it is widely considered to be a “sin” industry, there are people getting the most out of this business. Thanks to its massive market size more »

  • Three Oversold Stocks To Consider Buying

    By Cagdas Ozcan - February 6, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GLW, TWC

    Several important reports were unveiled last week. The stocks are in a good shape with an optimistic jobs market report, which led to advances in all industry groups of the S&P 500, along with the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Despite the record financial and capital account deficit by China, I think U.S. stocks are getting on track now.

    Amidst this optimistic atmosphere, a number of stocks made it more »

  • Three Drug Manufacturers Offering The Best Value Today

    By Cagdas Ozcan - January 23, 2013 | Tickers: ABT, JNJ, MRK

    There are various industries which have provided very safe returns throughout history, and drug manufacturing is certainly one of them. It is one of the rare industries providing sleep-at-night investments. There will never be a peak for producing new drugs because illnesses will be on the face of the earth as long as human kind exists. New drugs with the least side effects and higher efficacy are always favored, so more »