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  • Can These 3 Social Media Giants Boost Your Portfolio?

    By Bill Edson - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: FB, LNKD, ZNGA

    It would seem that the process of turning a free worldwide social networking platform into a paying product has proved to be more challenging for Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) than anyone could have imagined. Likewise, Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) has been seeing some rough days, suffering from a lagging social media game and now a denied license for online gambling. But not all social media sites are suffering. 

    LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) is more »

  • iPhone Ban: 3 Possible Outcomes for Apple

    By Bill Edson - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, SSNLF

    The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled last month that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) had infringed on a patent owned by Samsung that involves the ability of devices to transmit multiple services simultaneously. Because of this, the ITC slapped a ban on older models of Apple's iPhone and iPad being shipped to and sold in the U.S.

    Starting Monday, it will be unable to import or sell the iPhones more »

  • Four Patent Players to Watch Closely

    By Bill Edson - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: ACTG, SPEX, VHC, VRNG

    One can invest successfully in patents and intellectual property by identifying emerging technology trends, then finding the companies that hold core intellectual property (IP) rights associated with these growing markets. As an alternative, though, one could invest in companies that do this for you. Below, I will look at four companies in the patent industry to watch closely.

    Boom or bust

    Vringo (NASDAQ: VRNG) focuses on global acquisition, licensing, and more »

  • Telecom's Big Three: Room for Growth?

    By Bill Edson - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: T, S, VZ

    The 'Big Three' of the wireless carrier world, AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Sprint (NYSE: S)have each in turn fallen from the media's graces this year. 

    Last month, Verizon customers were fuming over the recent revelation that the company was dutifully turning over customer phone records in compliance with government orders. It was also reported that AT&T's second-quarter 2013 adjusted earnings per share more »

  • Can Fantasy Sports Drive Your Portfolio Higher?

    By Bill Edson - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, TWC, YHOO

    Risk and a little uncertainty make an investment exciting. The same is true with fantasy sports. Not only is fantasy sports fun, but it can be lucrative as well. Fantasy sports is a fast-growing business. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, an estimated 35 million online users wager money on fantasy sports. The new trend in fantasy sports is allowing participants to draft a team, place a wager, and more »

  • Emerging Markets: A New Hotbed for Media Investors?

    By Bill Edson - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: OMC, TWX, NWSA

    Markets from Brazil to China have stalled since mid-May amid growing expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will likely end its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases. This amount was an important flow of easy money into emerging markets at a critical time. In addition, last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its opinion of the global economy's outlook, primarily due to lack of growth in emerging more »

  • 3 Gleaming Gold Stocks to Consider Now

    By Bill Edson - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: AU, ABX, NEM

    There seems to be a lot of talk as to if gold is the 'right investment' or if it is just a trend.

    To be fair, most investments (and there are those that argue ALL) are based on market movements, consumer need, and are thus cyclical and follow a pattern or 'trend.' However, gold is attracting bargain hunters after a sharp pullback that has erased billions in value in bullion-backed more »

  • Risk Versus Reward: 3 Diversified Financials

    By Bill Edson - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, GS, IVZ

    In addition to the thousands of traditional banks scattered across the fifty states, there are other types of financial institutions with limited or no banking functions, but with sources of income and expenses not typically found at commercial banks. I am going to look at some of those companies today, focusing on well known, high capitalization stocks.

    Steady as she goes

    American Express (NYSE: AXP) traces its roots to New more »

  • PRISM: Should Tech & Social Media Investors Brace for Impact?

    By Bill Edson - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, GOOG

    The PRISM anti-terrorism program was created to give the government access to emails, videos, social media posts and just about every other bit of data a web user could provide in order to ‘combat terrorism.’ When the story broke on June 6 in the U.K’s Guardian and The Washington Post that nine companies handed over direct access to their servers to the National Security Agency, investors started to more »

  • The House Always Wins: Can Casino Stocks Follow Suit?

    By Bill Edson - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: LVS, MGM, WYNN

    It is often said that when it comes to gambling, 'the house always wins.' However, it can be true that buying casino stocks in a down market can yield solid long-term profits. The key, as with all investments, is to do one's research and choose wisely.

    Not just in Vegas anymore

    Regional gaming has been increasing in recent years, driven by states and other governing bodies that view the more »

  • 2 Undervalued Automakers to Consider Now, 1 to Watch

    By Bill Edson - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: F, GM, TSLA, TM

    When one thinks of the companies outside the finance industry that received federal largesse under the stimulus package, one often thinks of failure, and for good reason. The failures of A123 Energy Solutions, now wholly owned by China's Wanxiang Group, and Solyndra, among others, pretty much took care of that. But there have been successes as well.

    Is there more room for Tesla to run? 

    The most spectacular success more »

  • 4 Cable and Home Entertainment Stocks to Consider Now

    By Bill Edson - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, DTV, TWC

    Many years ago, television reception was all about “rabbit ears.” Today it is about cable and satellite offerings. Many of those companies offer Internet and related add-ons as well. I am going to look at some of the country's larger cable/home entertainment companies.

    Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is the nation's largest cable television provider, reaching more than 22 million customers in 39 states and the District of Columbia more »

  • Can These 3 Stocks Jump on Cloud-Computing Trends?

    By Bill Edson - June 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, GOOG

    If one were to name the top few tech trends of 2013, cloud computing would surely be toward the top of the list. This new trend has caused a surge of start-ups in this market, as well as pushing companies to begin offering cloud data storage. Most of these services allow syncing files across several devices, and quick and easy sharing capabilities, which allows people to upload and access their more »

  • 4 Banks Making Headlines: Should You Buy In?

    By Bill Edson - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: C, FMER, HBAN, PNC

    Our economy is dependent on a healthy banking system. By many measures, especially capitalization, banks are healthier today than at any time in recent memory. But each bank sits in a unique situation relative to its particular history, culture, geography and size. I am going to look at a few leading banks today, with a focus on the Midwest.

    Adjusting to the new normal

    Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ: HBAN) is among more »

  • 4 Banks For The Long-Term

    By Bill Edson - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: ALFI, C, JPM, WFC

    In February, the nation's five largest mortgage banks, Bank of AmericaAlly Financial (NASDAQOTH: ALFI), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) and Citigroup (NYSE: C), agreed to a $25 billion settlement with the federal government (and 49 state attorney generals) on account of mortgage servicing abuses. Part of the settlement included the mandating of new servicing standards and an independent compliance monitor to enforce the remedy. With more »

  • 3 Ways to Play Fantasy Sports in 2013

    By Bill Edson - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, MGT, YHOO

    I admit it: I’m not a big sports fan (aside from the ‘big game day’ events with friends). That being said, I and every guy in my office was drawn into the addictiveness that is fantasy sports.

    A fantasy sport allows one to build his or her own virtual sports team and “own” real-life athletes to play for his/her team. The fantasy team’s performance is decided based more »

  • 3 Large Casinos to Watch in 2013

    By Bill Edson - June 7, 2013 | Tickers: LVS, MPEL, MGM

    If there's a single trend over the past ten years in the casino business, it has been internationalization. Las Vegas, it would seem, is no longer the gambling capital of the world, it has been overtaken by Macau, China. The domestic economy is still important to most large casino operators, but economic conditions in China are even more important. Let's take a look at a few of the more »

  • The Solar Industry Welcomes Growth, But Investors Beware

    By Bill Edson - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: ENPH, FSLR, SCTY, SPWR

    These are heady days for the solar power industry. Deutsche Bank was the last of three analyst groups that gave glowing reports on the industry, both near and long term. Earlier in 2013, UBS AG and Macquarie Group also had bullish views of the solar industry. The Deutsche Bank report noted in some key markets, such as India and Italy, that solar has already reached unsubsidized grid parity with fossil more »

  • Picking the Right Stocks to Benefit From Mobile Growth

    By Bill Edson - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: T, FB, MSFT, VZ

    As the majority of companies and investors know, mobile is the future. Consumers want -- or require -- all information to be accessible anytime, anywhere. This pushes companies to be more aggressive with their mobile strategies, making phones and operating systems or skins more appealing to consumers.

    There are two companies in particular that have offered such a “solution” but the true winners in the scenario, and ones investors should look to more »

  • Don't Ditch Apple, but Approach with Caution

    By Bill Edson - May 27, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, ORCL

    What is happening to Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)? Why would a company that was named "Most Valuable" last year have investors questioning whether it is still a buy? And with standards of the industry like the iPad and the highest selling phone on the planet, why does it seem that the company's culture of innovation is waning? While I have no doubt of an Apple renewal, I see other companies more »

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