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  • Re/Max is Going Public

    By Evan Buck - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: RLGY, TRLA, Z

    The Denver, Colorado-based real estate company Re/Max Holdings Inc. has filed for a $100 million Initial Public Offering (IPO) with U.S. regulators, planning on listing its class A shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "RMAX."  Re/Max's public offering, a first for the 40-year-old company, is a sign that Re/Max wants to better ride a rising United States housing market.

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  • What does $1,000 Per Share Mean to You?

    By Evan Buck - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-A, GOOG, PCLN, SPY

    A fairly common and rather tragic misnomer is that the stock market is rigged in favor of Wall Street executives and fat cats, the quintessential "1 percenters." Individual investors supposedly have no business trying to compete with the likes of Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE: BRK-A) Warren Buffet, or George Soros, or Carl Ichan.

    However, this misnomer mistakenly pits individual investors like you and me against the "big boys" on Wall more »

  • Ralph Lauren - Bargain or Bust?

    By Evan Buck - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KORS, RL

    Shares of New York-based clothing designer Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) were walloped after the company reported weaker earnings than forecast. In the first quarter of 2013, Ralph Lauren reported net income of $181 million, or $1.94 a share, down from a year-earlier profit of $193 million, or $2.03.  Revenue for the three-month period grew 4% to $1.6 billion, up slightly from a year ago. While retail sales more »

  • Carlos Slim’s $9.6 Billion Bid

    By Evan Buck - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMX, KKPNY.PK, TEF

    Carlos Slim, the Mexican billionaire mogul who is the world’s second richest man, plans to buy out the Dutch telecommunications company Royal KPN (NASDAQOTH: KKPNY.PK) for 7.2 billion euros ($9.6 billion). Slim is ratcheting up the battle between his own telecommunications company America Movil (NYSE: AMX) and Telefonica (NYSE: TEF) in the European stage. Will Slim’s $9.6 billion wager come to fruition for shareholders of more »

  • A Public Relations Battle on the High Seas

    By Evan Buck - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, SEAS, DIS

    Pixar Animation Studios, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), has purportedly rewritten the ending to “Finding Dory,” the highly anticipated sequel to “Finding Nemo,” in response to the fracas surrounding the “Blackfish” documentary. The documentary paints a very unfavorable picture of SeaWorld's (NYSE: SEAS) treatment of orca whales and chronicles the tale of the SeaWorld orca that killed three people. The Blackfish movie makers and SeaWorld more »

  • Microsoft: Go Big or Go Home

    By Evan Buck - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    I've seen several t-shirts and bumper stickers emblazoned with a rather authoritative declaration: "GO BIG or GO HOME." This modern-day proverb advises us to either devote a lot of effort into the tasks we are given or not be a part of that effort altogether. This is good advice for Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).

    Microsoft is struggling to gain a foothold in the competitive tablet market. So far more »

  • Will T-Mobile “Jump” Over Competitors?

    By Evan Buck - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: T, S, TMUS, VZ

    T-Mobile US (NYSE: TMUS), the “un-carrier” cell phone company, has just announced an interesting temporary plan to allow qualified customers to buy a new phone with zero money down. This comes after T-Mobile rolled out the new “JUMP” (just upgrade my phone) program, which supposedly gives customers more flexibility in trading in their old phone for a new phone.

    Will T-Mobile’s unorthodox tactics make the company “JUMP” over its more »

  • Acura’s NSX -- The “Next Big Thing”

    By Evan Buck - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: HMC, NSANY.PK, POAHY.PK, POAHF

    Acura, the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Honda Motor (NYSE: HMC), has just tweeted the first teaser picture of an NSX second generation prototype. This new NSX is a hybrid-electric supercar and a revival of the first generation Acura NSX. Acura is planning on putting out the NSX to the market in 2015.

    Will this sleek new electric car turbocharge Honda and Acura moving forward, or will competitors like more »

  • Zion Oil and Gas: Good Speculative Play or Stay Away?

    By Evan Buck - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: DK, NBL, WPL, ZN

    According to geological surveys, the Middle Eastern nation of Israel has potentially game-changing reserves of petroleum and natural gas right off its shores. There are signs that even more natural gas could be in those reserves than initially thought.  Israel's natural gas is a large economic and strategic factor for the country, as well as for investors - after all, these reserves are thought to be some of the largest more »

  • Jumping Through the Hulu Hoops

    By Evan Buck - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: DTV, NFLX, YHOO

    The bidding war for the joint venture company Hulu has just ratcheted up – again. The second-largest American pay TV service, DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV), is reportedly offering upwards of $1 billion to acquire Hulu. Other companies currently jockeying for position in this war include Time Warner and Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO), among others.

    As the Hulu board deliberates over at least seven buyout offers, consider this: how will a Hulu buyout reorient more »

  • Kinks in the Under Armour?

    By Evan Buck - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: ADDYY, LULU, NKE, UA

    The sports apparel company Under Armour (NYSE: UA) has enjoyed considerable success in the United States and is rolling out new features to better compete with Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU) and arch-rivals Nike (NYSE: NKE) and Adidas (NASDAQOTH: ADDYY). But are Under Armour's profound lack of a large international presence and marketing products for women kinks in its armor?

    Under Armour is a strong growth stock and is the more »

  • Two Sides of the Lithium Coin

    By Evan Buck - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: LIT, TSLA, BA

    Mr. Market is smiling upon electric car manufacturer Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA). The company’s stock has had an incredible run-up in 2013 as Tesla has seemingly left years of losses in the dust by posting very impressive numbers in the most recent fiscal quarter.

    TSLA data by YCharts

    Some investors are most likely seeking a more secure investment that can still ride on Tesla’s success. I believe that the more »

  • Competition Heats Up in the Chinese Internet Industry

    By Evan Buck - May 16, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, QIHU, YOKU

    The largest Chinese search engine, Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU), has just announced that the company will acquire the online video business, PPStream, in a $370 million deal. The "Chinese Google" is seeking to become a competitor to the Chinese internet television company Youku Tudou (NYSE: YOKU) and is also attempting to fend off rising search engine star Qihoo 360 (NYSE: QIHU).  

    Will this acquisition help out Baidu, or is it simply more »

  • Is the LinkedIn Bubble About to Pop?

    By Evan Buck - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, FB, LNKD

    Shares of the professional business social network LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) have jumped 73% so far in 2013, but took a wallop after the company reported its first quarter 2013 sales numbers. LinkedIn was able to far exceed analyst expectations and posted very strong growth, but investors seem to be focusing on LinkedIn’s less-than-bullish outlook for the second quarter of 2013. The conflicting ideas of LinkedIn’s current success and more »

  • The Online Sales Tax Battle

    By Evan Buck - April 30, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, M

    The online auctioneer giant eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) has just joined the growing fight over a recently proposed online sales tax, coming down firmly against the proposal and trying to enlist the help of its users to fight against the bill. On the opposite side of the aisle are some traditional big-box retailers like Macy's (NYSE: M) and, ironically, fellow online retailer and eBay competitor Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN).

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  • Google’s “High Fiber” Diet

    By Evan Buck - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: T, GOOG, VZ

    The Internet monolith of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is continuing to flex its technological muscle. The Silicon Valley giant announced that Google’s high-speed Internet and video project called Google Fiber will be expanding into Austin, Texas after Fiber’s launch in Kansas City last year. Investors appear to be energized about the prospects of superfast Internet and a new way to be an official “cable-cutter” in their own locales.

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  • Google’s “High Fiber” Diet

    By Evan Buck - April 14, 2013 | Tickers: T, GOOG, VZ

    The internet monolith of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is continuing to flex its technological muscle. The Silicon Valley giant announced that Google’s high-speed internet and video project called Google Fiber will be expanding into Austin, Texas after Fiber’s launch in Kansas City last year. Investors appear to be energized about the prospects of superfast internet and a new way to be an official “cable-cutter” in their own locales.

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  • Google’s “High Fiber” Diet

    By Evan Buck - April 14, 2013 | Tickers: T, GOOG, VZ

    The Internet monolith of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is continuing to flex its technological muscle. The Silicon Valley giant announced that Google’s high-speed Internet and video project called Google Fiber will be expanding into Austin, Texas after Fiber’s launch in Kansas City last year. Investors appear to be energized about the prospects of superfast Internet and a new way to be an official “cable-cutter” in their own locales.

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  • The Benefits of Blending Up a Jamba Buyout

    By Evan Buck - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: JMBA, MCD, MNST, SBUX

    Jamba Juice (NASDAQ: JMBA) has been turning the heads of some investors lately, posting eight straight quarters of growth, and has rolled out an ambitious plan for expanding into international markets for 2013. This comes on the heels of an impressive 2012 and first couple months of 2013. As Jamba Juice continues to blend up its signature brand of smoothies, other companies might be taking a look at acquiring Jamba more »

  • With a Stock Like Smucker’s, It Has to be Good!

    By Evan Buck - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: CPB, SJM, KRFT

    The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) is still headquartered in the same small town of Orrville, Ohio, where Jerome Smucker first sold apple butter out of a horse-drawn wagon long ago in the late 1800s. The company has become a strong presence in the culinary market as the purveyor of various preserves and jams, but there is more to the company than simply delicious strawberry jelly. Overall, Smucker’s more »

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