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  • A Closer Look At Greek Shippers' Second-Quarter Results

    By Fani Kelesidou - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: DSX, DRYS, NMM

    Being born and raised in Greece, I can't help but watch the shipping industry like a hawk. After all, my country has been a maritime nation since the year one. 

    Over the past couple of months, I've written quite a few articles analyzing this industry's economic woes, as well as Greek shipping tycoons' itch for new and advanced vesselsWhile things have remained pretty much the more »

  • A New Era for The Washington Post Company?

    By Fani Kelesidou - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, WPO

    Just a couple of days ago, and out of the blue, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (himself not Amazon) took The Washington Post Company's (NYSE: WPO) namesake newspaper and Watergate-era icon off its hands, ending four generations of stewardship by the Graham family.

    What does an e-commerce pioneer like Bezos have to do with an old-media newspaper like the Post? More importantly, what does the future hold for the Washington more »

  • Is This Brewer Biting Off More Than It Can Chew?

    By Fani Kelesidou - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, HEINY, SBMRY

    For Belgians, beer it's not just a frothy drink. There's a whole culture that lies behind the nearly 500 different types of brew – many of which are served in their own, personalized glass – and the hundreds of breweries that date back centuries.

    No wonder Anheuser-Busch InBev's (NYSE: BUD) roots can be traced back to Den Horen, one of the oldest breweries in Belgium. Yet, despite its long more »

  • Does This Merger Make Telefonica A Must-Buy?

    By Fani Kelesidou - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: DT, TEF, VOD | Editor's Choice

    After months of whispers and behind-the-curtain chit-chats, Spain-based telecommunications services provider Telefonica (NYSE: TEF) shook hands on a deal with Dutch mobile operator RoyalKPN that's supposed to rock the boat of the German market by knocking Deutsche Telekom (NYSE: DT) and Vodafone (NASDAQ: VOD) out.

    Could this deal enable Telefonica to make up for its gloomy five-year revenue growth or should you just steer clear of this beaten-down stock more »

  • China's Pain Is Not Australia's Gain

    By Fani Kelesidou - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, FXA, EWA

    Double-digit growth rates for the world's second largest economy are, more or less, over. During the second quarter, China's economy expanded 7.5% over a year earlier. Most countries would kill for a performance like that. But, for a global economic powerhouse like China that delivered real annual GDP growth of nearly 10% through 2012, it's a bitter pill to swallow.

    So, what went wrong? And more more »

  • Why Is This Telecom Rounding Customers' Bills Up?

    By Fani Kelesidou - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: CSCO, VZ, VOD

    Vodafone (NASDAQ: VOD), the British telecom juggernaut, made waves with its UK customers a few days ago by changing its pay-as-you-go price structure.

    Customers are up in arms, and with good reason. Vodafone broke the news to them via a text message.“Pay as you go pricing just got simpler.” That's what the message said, but what did it actually mean?

    The red-hued network currently charges per second, but more »

  • Is This Aluminum Maker Behind the Eight Ball?

    By Fani Kelesidou - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: AA, ACH, CENX

    Alcoa (NYSE: AA) is definitely a big-time player in the aluminum business. But with global aluminum production going through the roof and aluminum prices touching rock-bottom levels, is there any room left for this 125-year-old top dog to shine?

    Alcoa's five-year stock chart is the definition of a falling knife portraying the industry's woes, as well as the uphill battles yet to be fought:

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    Should more »

  • How To Cash In On The Unfolding Shale Gas Boom

    By Fani Kelesidou - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: GTLS, NOV, TTEK

    Energy experts have been bending our ears about the unfolding natural gas revolution in the U.S., for quite some time now. Not without a reason. Technological advancements in the way natural gas is being extracted from the earth have triggered an unprecedented surge in domestic production.

    Over the past ten years, the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing – a process also known as fracking, – has allowed access to more »

  • Is This Dollar Store a Buy?

    By Fani Kelesidou - June 7, 2013 | Tickers: DG, DLTR, FDO

    Over the past couple of years, with the recession putting the squeeze on U.S. households' finances, low-price consumer goods kept selling like hotcakes. Yet, after reporting rather disappointing first-quarter results, shares of deep-discount retailer Dollar General (NYSE: DG) took a 9% nosedive.

    Does this recent slump provide an attractive entry point, or should investors just stay away from this retailer?

    The gist

    For the quarter ended May 3, r more »

  • Why You Need to Think Twice Before Investing in a Greek Dry Bulk Shipper

    By Fani Kelesidou - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: DSX, DRYS, NM

    Over the past few years, amid a global slump in demand for dry bulk commodities and a disturbing tonnage oversupply, the marine transportation business has not been on fire. The dry bulk market has a long way to go before it can exit risk territory. But the year-to-date run-up in many shipping stocks, as well as analysts' expectations for a substantial lift in Chinese iron ore imports, suggest that there more »

  • Will Bitcoin Crush America's Exorbitant Privilege?

    By Fani Kelesidou - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: BCS, DB, WU

    With great power comes great responsibility. When it comes to the country that issues the international currency, with great responsibility comes great benefit.

    For the period 1990-2010, the World Bank estimated that U.S. seigniorage income derived from the greenback's international status has averaged $15 billion per year. When foreign demand for dollar assets was factored into the equation, U.S.-based borrowers enjoyed an extra annual cost of more »

  • Is the Shipping Industry Ready for a Dynamic Comeback? No, It's Not!

    By Fani Kelesidou - May 16, 2013 | Tickers: DSX, DRYS, NMM | Editor's Choice

    Over the past couple of years, the shipping industry has been engulfed in an endless spiral of macroeconomic headwinds and slashed daily rates. Last year, the Baltic Dry Index, the barometer that gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk commodities around the globe, hit rock-bottom levels smashing every glimmer of hope for an industry recovery.

    However, Greek ship owners, who more or less hold the reins of the shipping industry more »

  • Three Mid-Cap Stocks To Keep An Eye On

    By Fani Kelesidou - May 2, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, SWKS, UTHR

    Though the S&P 500 is up nearly 12% year-to-date, keeping investors in high spirits, it's the S&P Mid-cap 400 that's really on fire. The index – which serves as a performance barometer for companies with a market capitalization in the range of $1 billion to roughly $13 billion- has been scoring eye-whopping returns for over 15 years now, bringing out the green-eyed monster in Wall Street's more »

  • Are Ugg Boots Back in Style?

    By Fani Kelesidou - May 1, 2013 | Tickers: DECK, SHOO, WWW

    Deckers Outdoor (NASDAQ: DECK), the company behind the Ugg brand, was sort of left up the creek last October when its shares reached rock-bottom levels. Everyone assumed that Uggs had gone out of style. But a cold winter, a turn lower in fleece prices, and a couple of analysts' upgrades were enough to jump-start the stock price. Deckers is up by almost 35% year-to-date. Not only that, but last Thursday more »

  • A Health Check on the Global Financial System: Can Europe Get Out of Its Jam?

    By Fani Kelesidou - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: ALU, SAN, DB

    After completing its latest health check on the global financial system, the International Monetary Fund revealed some encouraging results. Apparently, the system is in better shape than it was six months ago, showing greater resilience against macroeconomic headwinds. In the U.S., the housing market is on the comeback trail, consumer spending is picking up, and banks seem poised to increase lending.

    But, don't get your hopes up. The more »

  • Following The Motley Fool's Investing Steps For Long-Term Returns

    By Fani Kelesidou - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: DE, GGG, RAVN

    The Motley Fool co-founders Tom and David Gardner devoted themselves to helping the world invest better. They came up with a set of investing rules aiming to guide do-it-yourself investors through the Wall Street maze. All investors need to do is follow 13 simple steps to big returns. Asset allocation is the 8th--and most important--step.

    Finding a winning stock is one thing, but managing your risk tolerance is more »

  • Following The Motley Fool's Investing Steps For Long-Term Returns

    By Fani Kelesidou - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: DE, GGG, RAVN

    The Motley Fool co-founders Tom and David Gardner devoted themselves to helping the world invest better. They came up with a set of investing rules aiming to guide do-it-yourself investors through the Wall Street maze. All investors need to do is follow 13 simple steps to big returns. Asset allocation is the 8th--and most important--step.

    Finding a winning stock is one thing, but managing your risk tolerance is more »

  • Following Motley Fool's Investing Steps For Long-Term Returns

    By Fani Kelesidou - April 14, 2013 | Tickers: DE, GGG, RAVN

    Motley Fool Co-founders, Tom and David Gardner, devoted themselves to helping the world invest better. Staying committed to their goal they came up with a set of investing rules aiming to guide do-it-yourself investors through the Wall Street maze. All investors need to do is follow 13 simple steps. Asset allocation is the 8th- and most definitely of paramount importance- step.

    Finding a winning stock is one thing, but more »

  • A Silver Lining For The Shipping Industry

    By Fani Kelesidou - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: DSX, DRYS, NMM, SBLK

    Every cloud has a silver lining. For the gloomy shipping industry, this silver lining could be Navios Maritime Partners (NYSE: NMM), an international owner and operator of dry bulk carriers.

    Amidst stormy economic conditions that nearly wiped some of the biggest players in the space off the map, Navios Partners managed not only to stay afloat, but to reward its faithful shareholders with some pretty juicy dividends.

    A more »

  • A Silver Lining For The Shipping Industry

    By Fani Kelesidou - April 9, 2013 | Tickers: DSX, DRYS, NMM, SBLK

    Every cloud has a silver lining. For the gloomy shipping industry, this silver lining could be Navios Maritime Partners (NYSE: NMM), an international owner and operator of dry bulk carriers.

    Amidst stormy economic conditions that nearly wiped off the map some of the biggest players in the space, Navios Partners managed not only to stay on float, but to reward its faithful shareholders with pretty juicy dividends.

    A more »

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