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  • Harley's Not Riding off into the Sunset Yet

    By Gerelyn Terzo - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: HOG, HMC, PII

    If a company is going to celebrate its 110th anniversary, doing so in Rome, at a rally with tens of thousands of bikers, and a papal blessing, is a memorable way to do it. This is precisely how Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) decided to celebrate its first 110 years and the event is expected to continue through Labor Day in its headquarter location of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. But is there still reason more »

  • With Corn Prices in Flux, What Does It Mean for Agriculture Companies?

    By Gerelyn Terzo - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: ADM, DE, TSN

    What a difference a year can make. Last year, the U.S. was experiencing a drought that destroyed crops while the price for agricultural products skyrocketed to record levels. Today, the farming community, is bracing for a corn glut, with prices of the commodity falling to their lowest levels in almost three years, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. For instance, last year corn was more »

  • Ballooning Returns or a Bunch of Hot Air?

    By Gerelyn Terzo - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: APD, ARG, PX

    The manufacturing sector expanded in July for the second straight month, with the Purchasing Managers Index -- a gauge on manufacturing activity -- rising 4.5% from June levels to 55.4. Some argue the U.S. is on the cusp of a manufacturing renaissance, one that could rival pre-recession levels. Nonetheless, millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the past decade, and according to Bloomberg the recovery in manufacturing has more »

  • Organic Food Market Heats Up

    By Gerelyn Terzo - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: FWM, SFM, WFM

    Equities are back in favor. The pace of IPO issuance is rapidly approaching its best performance since 2007. New issues have raised some $18.7 billion in the U.S. and the IPO market hasn't seen this much activity since 2007, according to the Wall Street Journal

    Sprouting up profits

    One of those new issues has taken the markets by storm. Organic food store Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFMmore »)

  • Casinos Face Yet Another Headwind

    By Gerelyn Terzo - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: BYD, CZR, MGM

    Shares of Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ: CZR) have skyrocketed some 120% year-to-date, and online gambling, while taking shape piece by piece, hasn't even become a formalized market yet. While the wheels are in motion, and states like New Jersey and Nevada are taking the lead, the regulatory framework is still being developed, which means it's unclear which companies will take leading market-share positions. So, are investors rightly capitalizing on more »

  • Could Silicon Valley Cause a Housing Bubble?

    By Gerelyn Terzo - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: HOV, LEN, RYL

    California is one of the hottest spots for real estate now, and prices are rising at some of the highest rates in the country. It's all about psychology, said economist Robert Shiller in a recent CNBC interview. For all we know, it could be the Silicon Valley effect considering the number of tech companies located in the area. The point is there's no real explanation for it and more »

  • Warren Buffett's Not Afraid of This; Why Are So Many Other Companies?

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, KKR, SI

    Warren Buffett, who turns 83 years old in August and has been at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) for nearly five decades, isn't afraid of a little succession planning. While the company's board is keeping the identify of the successor a mystery for now, we know that there's a plan in place, which seems to be enough information to keep shareholders content. Besides, they're more »

  • Gold Is a Headwind for Pawn Shops

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: CSH, EZPW, FCFS

    Gold has been weighing on pawn shops of late. Gold is trading at about $1,330 per ounce, and despite an 8% rally in the precious metal in July, the price for the precious metal is still far from its record highs of near $2,000 set two years ago.

    Customers use gold to pawn and borrow against, while pawn shops can earn high interest and keep or sell the more »

  • A Melting Arctic Means More Shipping, Drilling for Fuel

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: COP, GRMN, GNK

    As the Earth's temperature rises as a result of global warming, one of the effects is melting ice in the Arctic Ocean. Ice in the Arctic  has long been a barrier for greater trade activity because it blocks ships from crossing the body of water. For instance, in 2010, only four ships crossed the Arctic, according to Scientific American. That number rose to 34 in 2011 and a record-breaking more »

  • Let There Be Jobs

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, PRU, TM

    With U.S. unemployment hovering at about 7.6%, all eyes are on the Federal Reserve and the inevitable taper of its quantitative easing program and change in interest rate policy. By focusing on the Fed's next move, especially with the latest employment situation report due at the end of this week, it's easy to overlook the underlying strength that's pointing the Fed toward an eventual taper more »

  • What's Going to Save Zynga Now?

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: BYI, IGT, ZNGA

    When Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) ushered in former Microsoft executive Don Mattrick to take the helm and replace outgoing Chief Executive Mark Pincus, hopes ran high. There was new blood with Xbox running through his veins, and Zynga was looking ahead. After a botched partnership with social-media giant Facebook that left the free social-gaming company jilted, Zynga had a plan to turn things around and online casino gambling was part of more »

  • Coca-Cola, Others Blame it on the Rain

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: KO, PEP, SIX

    The expectations for second-quarter earnings were never that stellar. Corporate profits were largely expected to be at their lowest levels in years amid a stronger dollar that's hurting overseas profits. In many cases, results have been surprising to the upside but there is another common theme that's surfacing among under-performing companies -- bad weather. So should investors be worried or will the storm clouds dissipate?

    Is Coke still it more »

  • Does Royal Baby Mean Royal Profits?

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: JNJ, KMB, PG

    It's impossible to watch the news without hearing the royal buzz surrounding Prince William and Kate Middleton's new baby boy. Whether you care or not, it's hard not to feel some joy at the thought of a new and healthy baby being brought into the world. And whether or not the royal news gives way to a new baby boom, you can't ignore that the world more »

  • Aviation Is Making a Comeback

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: AIRM, GE, BA

    Australia-based financial institution Macquarie Group just launched a helicopter-leasing business in response to rising demand in the energy and transportation sectors, as well as for global corporate executive transportation. An increase in executive travel is a positive note for the state of the economy and corporate profits, and this seems to be underscored by a U.S. stock market that’s been continually setting new highs of late. 

    Also gaining more »

  • Invest in Hedge Funds Without the Lofty Fees

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: FIG, OAK, OZM

    I never thought I’d see the day of hedge fund commercials, but it might not be too far away. Regulators have just lifted a multi-decade ban and cleared the way for hedge funds to begin advertising to U.S. consumers, which could catapult these mysterious investment vehicles into the mainstream. By investing in alternative investment managers, you can benefit from potentially greater asset inflows as more investors become comfortable more »

  • Can Zuckerberg Run an Opera House?

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: CZR, FB, TOL

    In the 1800s, opera houses didint' fetch the types of donations they attract today. To make it work, opera houses had to color outside the lines. According to an account on the PBS website, famous Italian composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini, an 18th century composer who orchestrated dozens of operas, turned to the most unlikely places to generate enough profits to keep a floundering opera house afloat -- casinos. 

    Rossini operated an more »

  • Energy Producers Are off the Hook

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, RDS-A, TRP

    A recent report issued by Organizational Studies suggests that global warming isn’t really an issue. Fewer than half of the geoscientists and engineers who participated in a survey maintain that global warming is a man-made phenomenon.

    What’s more is that the lion’s share of survey participants blame the earth’s warming on natural causes, suggesting that global warming isn’t posing a serious threat. And according to more »

  • Zynga's Gain Is Microsoft's Pain.

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, DIS, ZNGA

    It could be a game changer. Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) has a new chief at the helm and it could lead to a paradigm shift in the gaming market. Zynga snatched gaming veteran Don Mattrick from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), and in doing so, it breathed new life into a stock that has been on life support for months.

    The details are scant, but are expected to surface by the end of more »

  • If Only Johnson & Johnson Could Bottle This and Sell It

    By Gerelyn Terzo - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: JNJ, LULU, MW

    I was just a kid in 1982 when Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) was forced to recall its Tylenol capsules, but I remember it like it was yesterday. It wasn't unusual to have boxes of the over-the-counter pain reliever on the shelves in my home back then. And then the scare happened, and those boxes quickly disappeared. But eventually, Tylenol made its way back onto the shelves and it wasn more »

  • Why Online Gambling Will Crush the Candy

    By Gerelyn Terzo - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: BYD, LOCK, ZNGA | Editor's Choice

    If given the choice to play a game for fun or with the potential to win some reward, I would take the bet and go for the prize.

    While I enjoy a good game as much as the next person, there's a greater incentive and rush involved with winning something. Maybe it's because I have lived within miles of the Atlantic City, N.J. skyline that I have more »

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