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  • Buffett Increases Competition Within mREIT Market

    By Bobby Fisher - June 26, 2012 | Tickers: BRK-A, FIG, NSM

    Bloomberg Business Week recently reported on Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE: BRK-A) joint venture with Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC. This venture was created from a loan service and mortgage business Buffett purchased from Ally Financial in 2009. Berkadia is a commercial mortgage company, but it could show us what any future Berkshire residential mortgage shop would look like.

    Buffett has been trying to purchase at least some assets from Ally's more »

  • Vehicle Designs Good and Bad for GM, Competitors

    By Bobby Fisher - June 25, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, TM

    It's obvious that General Motors (NYSE: GM) management is unhappy with its vehicle design process; the company has appointed Andrew Smith as new lead designer. The company is also reportedly planning to give more autonomy and authority to ten advanced design centers throughout the world.

    This means that GM does not like the results it is getting from its current design process. The main reason why a car manufacturer more »

  • Liberty 'Interferences' Not Beneficial To Sirius At All

    By Bobby Fisher - June 25, 2012 | Tickers: CCO, P, FENG, SIRI, STRZA

    Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) is fighting hard to keep Liberty Media (NASDAQ: STRZA) from taking it over. This drama has been unfolding over the last few months. Liberty Media is the biggest shareholder for Sirius, and it has been expressing the desire to take complete control of Sirius. Liberty Media made its intentions officially known when it declared that it would buy more stocks in the company. It even more »

  • A Threat To Network Giants

    By Bobby Fisher - June 25, 2012 | Tickers: ALU, CSCO, JNPR, VZ

    Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) recently announced that it will be releasing a line of products that it's been developing for the past three years. This new line will enter Alcatel into a new market of core routers. Alcatel's new product is a revolutionary technology and it will be the most innovative and powerful product currently in the industry. The new 7950 XRS line of routers will create a variety more »

  • Why this Company is a Hot Stock

    By Bobby Fisher - June 25, 2012 | Tickers: T, GM, SIRI, VZ

    I believe Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has used its commitment to expanding its product line and improving its current services to position itself for continued future growth. The company’s first quarter earnings report also backs this belief and I expect future earnings reports to do so as well. Verizon has seen vast improvement in its financials since the first quarter of 2011, which tells me it is headed in the more »

  • Can Verizon Gain Traction With New Data Plans?

    By Bobby Fisher - June 25, 2012 | Tickers: ALU, T, CTL, FTR, VZ

    Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is all set to introduce its new data sharing plans later this month (June 28th), a situation that has sparked a lot of interest.

    The new data plans in question could be good news for families that have a number of devices that require a lot of data. The new data sharing plans allow you to split the data that you purchase between numerous devices, thereby putting more »

  • Can Microsoft Become The Leader In Tablets?

    By Bobby Fisher - June 24, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) just unveiled a new device that could make it the leader in the tablet field. The device could also significantly boost profits and stock values at the software giant. The device also shows that like Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Microsoft is becoming a hardware company as much as a software company.

    The device is the Surface, a next generation tablet that looks and operates a lot more like more »

  • Low Investor Confidence Not Helping Bank of America

    By Bobby Fisher - June 22, 2012 | Tickers: BAC, JPM

    Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) has settled a lawsuit relating to the allegations that it discriminated against a woman on the basis that she was on maternity leave.

    The history of the case is as follows: A woman in Irvine went to her Bank of America branch with a request to receive refinancing for her mortgage. The branch turned her down based on the fact that she was on maternity more »

  • Annual Meeting Highlights Long-Term Negatives for GM

    By Bobby Fisher - June 22, 2012 | Tickers: DLPH, F, GM, HMC, TM | Editor's Choice

    Despite the recent positive news, there has been some concern about General Motors (NYSE: GM), especially considering the negativity surrounding its annual shareholder meeting. Should investors closely monitor the actions of General Motors? Is the stock more vulnerable than it appears when looking at the bigger picture?

    General Motors recently received and responded to complaints at its annual shareholder meeting. Shareholders were unhappy with the low stock price and the more »

  • Is It Too Little, Too Late for BP?

    By Bobby Fisher - June 22, 2012 | Tickers: BP, CVX, RDS-A

    While many integrated oil and gas companies seem positioned for growth in the future, BP (NYSE: BP) is not one of them. Though the company is continuing to focus on expansion and increased production, there are a few occurrences that trouble me. BP's stock price is very close to the middle of its 52-week range, and it offers a great dividend yield of almost 5 percent. Investors may be more »

  • Rio Tinto Moves Forward with Koodaideri Mine

    By Bobby Fisher - June 22, 2012 | Tickers: AU, ABX, BHP, VALE, RIO

    Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO) recently proposed plans for an iron-ore mine in Koodaideri that will yield around 70 million metric tons of iron ore per year. This will benefit the company for a long time to come, as it is expected to produce this amount for a period of about three decades.

    Details about the project can be found on the environmental website of the Australian government. This has functioned more »

  • Recent Developments Reveal Serious Underlying Issues For RIM

    By Bobby Fisher - June 18, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG

    The flow of bad news from Research In Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY) continues without respite and the latest was in the form of a press release called a "business update" from the CEO of the company, Thorstein Heins. The Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone manufacturer announced that it expected to show a loss for the current quarter and attributed the poor results to the increasingly competitive smartphone market.

    This is not a one-time more »

  • Chevron in Worse Shape than Peers with Current Lawsuit

    By Bobby Fisher - June 14, 2012 | Tickers: COG, CHK, CVX, NBL

    Chevron (NYSE: CVX) is facing some serious problems, as allegations have been made against it related to environmental issues in Ecuador. This is a situation that has plagued the company for years. The accusations deal with events from over eighteen years ago, but the legal battle rages on. The actual damage was caused by a company called Texaco, and when Chevron bought Texaco, it inherited its lawsuits.

    In the most more »

  • Bank of America Looking Like A Day Trader's Stock

    By Bobby Fisher - June 14, 2012 | Tickers: BAC, WFC

    Despite being one of the largest banks in the United States with total assets of $2.34 trillion, Bank of America's (NYSE: BAC) stock price has been quite volatile lately. The stock has a beta ratio of 1.81. It seems that investors like Bank of America's low stock price (price to book ratio 0.36), but worry about its declining revenues.

    Analyzing Bank of America's future more »

  • No Reason to Panic as Agnico-Eagle Dumps Rubicon Shares

    By Bobby Fisher - June 13, 2012 | Tickers: AEM, AU, VALE, FCX, GG

    Agnico-Eagle Mines (NYSE: AEM) has reduced its shares in Rubicon Minerals (NYSE: RBY). The mining company recently informed Rubicon that it had “disposed of a significant portion of its shareholdings of Rubicon in the public markets” and that it would soon make the details of the disposal known in regulatory filings.

    More specifically, Agnico-Eagle is reducing its interest in Ontario’s Red Lake gold camp. This almost seems like a more »

  • Stobie Mine Accident Could Seriously Damage Vale

    By Bobby Fisher - June 12, 2012 | Tickers: AU, ABX, VALE, FCX, RIO

    Vale (NYSE: VALE) is facing health and safety charges related to the death of two miners. These charges are responding to an event that occurred almost exactly a year ago. The miners were buried by falling rocks at Vale's Stobie Mine.

    The company and one of its employees — a supervisor whose name has not been released — have been charged under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Mining unions, however more »

  • Pepsi Loses Dunkin, Eyes Emerging Markets

    By Bobby Fisher - June 12, 2012 | Tickers: KO, DNKN, KRFT, PEP

    Two of the most famous arch-rivals in the stock market, PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) and Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) have been at war since the 1800s. Despite very little real production differentiation, high levels of brand loyalty in a number of countries worldwide have led to the companies looking at new ways to increase their market share.

    One of the most effective ways in which this has been done is through developing more »

  • Wal-Mart: A Value For Shoppers, But What About Investors?

    By Bobby Fisher - June 11, 2012 | Tickers: DG, KSS, TGT, WMT

    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is the world’s largest retailer with sales in excess of $455 billion annually. On May 17th, 2012 Wal-Mart announced its 1st quarter performance with better than expected results.  Yet even this stalwart of U.S. and international retailing has faced scrutiny from major investment groups for recent allegations of bribery within its Mexican subsidiary Walmex (WALMEXV.MX).  Despite the negative press, Wal-Mart’s stock more »

  • Unsustainable Government Spending A Major Blow To Defense Stocks

    By Bobby Fisher - June 11, 2012 | Tickers: LMT, RTN, BA

    Though Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and many other military contractors seem like compelling dividend plays, their businesses are based largely on unsustainable government spending. Income investors would do better by finding dividends from more companies like Johnson & Johnson which are not private-sector offshoots of discretionary government spending. Investors in aerospace firms should protect themselves by screening out firms with the most business from military contracts.

    The Case for Shrinking Military more »

  • Strong Sales Gives GM Much Needed Boost

    By Bobby Fisher - June 8, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, HMC, TM

    Sales are up in the automotive industry, and this is great news for many companies. General Motors (NYSE: GM) is currently dealing with both good and bad publicity, but its strength in the market will help the stock remain strong as demand continues to grow. Its presence in China may have some negative effects for the time being, but the company is still in a good position. As a result more »

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