Chris Martin

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  • Business Service Companies Becoming Interesting

    By Chris Martin - February 7, 2013 | Tickers: DLX, PBI

    In this post I wanted to highlight two business service companies that are looking very attractive as the economy recovers and business activity begins to pick up. 

    First I would like to highlight Deluxe Corp (NYSE: DLX). The Company operates in three segments: Small Business Services, Financial Services, and Direct Checks. Its Small Business Services segment has provided products and services to over 4 million small business customers and its more »

  • Soccer on the NYSE?

    By Chris Martin - December 6, 2012 | Tickers: MANU, NWSA

    I grew up in a soccer household.  My dad is from Glasgow, so the ins and outs of football (as we know it anyway) is something I've lived with every day for a while now.  Seeing publicly traded sports teams, however, is not something that is very common over here.  Most teams are owned by eccentric billionaires or media empires.  The Glazer family changed that with the IPO of more »

  • Focus on Dividends

    By Chris Martin - November 29, 2012 | Tickers: GRMN, STX

    I almost hate that I've become rather boring when it comes to stocks.  In high school it was all micro cap, momentum chasing, technical analysis, and penny stocks.  Now, I'm focused on large cap companies that pay decent dividends and can be held for the long term.  I guess I'm getting old. 

    Given the fears around the "fiscal cliff" we've seen most stocks take a thumping more »

  • Spotlight on Biogen

    By Chris Martin - April 6, 2012 | Tickers: BIIB, NVS

    Scanning through my routine news outlets and stock screeners I came across Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB).  This is a name I had heard before a few years back and looking at it's recent performance I decided to dive a bit deeper. 

    The company, which is up about 75% this year, focuses its efforts on treating neurodegenerative diseases, hemophilia and autoimmune disorders.  When looking at the numbers the stock is definitely more »

  • Tech Fads Will Continue to Sink

    By Chris Martin - April 2, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, GRPN, NFLX, P

    Today Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) is restating it's first public earnings release (downwards).  To me this isn't much of a surprise, and I think the Groupon's best days, sadly are already behind it.  In the same boat as Groupon is Pandora (NYSE: P), and the "titan" of the group, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX).  

    It's a simple strategy, but buy what you know.  And my question is, who do more »

  • Stock Screening - Defense Names Pop Up

    By Chris Martin - March 16, 2012 | Tickers: KMB, NPK, SWHC, RGR, WHR

    One of the tactics that has allowed me to uncover some gems is using a stock screener.  I do a lot of my investing for the longer term so I like to find strong solid companies that have healthy balance sheets and are growing.  

    Using the following criteria I am going to highlight 2 picks that I've found and like, both in the defense sector.   

    Market Cap > 250 Million more »

  • Making Money from Video Games

    By Chris Martin - March 12, 2012 | Tickers: ATVI, ZNGA

    Sticking with my buy what you know theme ... my next look is towards the video game industry.  I grew up building high end PCs and playing video games and caught the wave early on stocks like AMD and NVDA, times however are changing. Consoles have established their dominance and now we have the "mini games"  such as Words with Friends and Farmville that are generating millions.  But what's the more »

  • Cheers to a Good Investment

    By Chris Martin - February 23, 2012 | Tickers: SAM, BREW, DEO, FMX

    I like to invest in what I know.  I know banking and treasury, I know retail, and I know beer.  

    Since my college days I've seen a dramatic shift in the drinking habits of those around me.  No longer is it the weird west coast hippie drinking some beer from a company I've never heard of.  Guys and girls of all ages (over 21) are drinking craft brews more »

  • Asset Managers in the Spotlight

    By Chris Martin - February 17, 2012 | Tickers: BLK, EVR, FII, LM

    For those that read the WSJ, you've been seeing the recent changes the SEC is trying to push through governing money market funds.  Both the corporate world and the investment world are vehemently opposed to them and should they pass would only further drain these funds of their assets.  

    Currently there is a little under $3T in money funds which is down from a spike of $4T several years more »

  • A Commentary on Home Depot

    By Chris Martin - February 3, 2012 | Tickers: HD

    Before we dive into my analysis, since this is my first post here, I'd like to provide a trail of who I am and where my opinions come from.  

    My name is Chris and I am a 25-year old Treasury Analyst who's been in the market for the past eight years.  I started buying stocks in high school, graduated to penny stocks and then options in college and more »