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  • Why Disney's Still a Growth Play

    By Howard Cranford - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, FOX, DIS

    Media conglomerate Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) has become our most recognizable entertainment brand over the past several decades. Disney has been able to meet changing audience demands for 80 years with blockbuster movies, market-leading theme parks, and hit television stations. But despite this track record of success, the third-quarter earnings the company released last week showed plenty of room for further growth. 


    Studio film revenue decreased 2% from last more »

  • Is Chromecast Really a Cable Killer?

    By Howard Cranford - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, NFLX

    Last week, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) released their new device, the Chromecast, which will stream video services directly to an HDTV through WIFI. Hype has started to build around the Chromecast as a “cable killer.” But while the Chromecast won't actually have a noticeable impact on cable, it will still threaten other markets --  and bring in some nice revenue for Google.

    Why Cable Will Not Be Killed

    Stating that the more »

  • Yahoo! on a Buying Spree

    By Howard Cranford - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, YHOO

    Since its founding in 1994, Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) has become the fourth-most-visited website in the world, according to Alexa. It's acquired around 80 different companies to date, and has been making headlines with its more recent acquisition of Tumblr and their rumored buyout of Hulu. How could Yahoo! benefit from these buyouts?

    A Billion-Dollar Blog

    Yahoo! announced May 20 that it would acquire Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Shareholders more »

  • A SWOT Analysis of McDonald's

    By Howard Cranford - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, YUM

    Fast food giant McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) is one of the world's most recognizable companies. But with an unhealthy food menu, in a crowded fast food market, will McDonald's be able to stay on top? Let's examine the company's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to see how the big picture for McDonald’s looks.


    McDonald’s is the largest fast-food chain in terms of world more »

  • Apple: A SWOT Analysis

    By Howard Cranford - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG

    One of the most talked-about stories of 2013 is the “fall” of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). Falling from its 52-week high of $705 down to $400 has made people wonder about the future of Apple. You can't read or watch investing news without hearing about where Apple’s stock price could eventually end up; estimates range from below $400 to $1000. One of the best ways to cut through the more »

  • A SWOT Analysis of Apple

    By Howard Cranford - April 6, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG

    One of the most talked about stories of 2013 is the “fall” of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). Falling from their 52 week high of $705 down to $419 has got everyone talking about the future of Apple. You cannot read or watch investing news without hearing about where Apple’s stock price could eventually end up; estimates range from to below $400 to $1000. One of the best ways to cut more »

  • Best Company to Work for, Best Company to Invest in?

    By Howard Cranford - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, NATI, RVBD

    In December of 2012 Forbes released The Best Companies to Work for in 2013, which lists the companies they believe are most beneficial to their employees. The ranking was determined by surveying employees within the company based on key workplace factors. Personally, I believe that investing in a stock is investing in the company behind the ticker, and only the best companies should be in your portfolio. So I set more »

  • Three Estimate-Beating Stocks That Have Not Appreciated Yet

    By Howard Cranford - February 21, 2013 | Tickers: DE, XOM, QCOM

    With earnings season in full swing, investors are waiting every day to see how companies were able to round out the end of the year. Like most years surprises in earnings reports fill the news. This year we have seen surprises like Apple beating estimates but still slipping in stock price and losing its throne of the largest market cap for a short period of time. Apple is not alone more »

  • Should You Buy Into 3D Printing?

    By Howard Cranford - February 19, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, XONE, SSYS

    Beginning in the late 1980’s, 3D printing has been around much longer than most people think. Over the past few years advances in technology, decreased costs, and larger demand has brought 3D into the eyes of investors. 3D printing is providing lots of hype, with potential uses in many industries including aerospace, automobile, construction, and maybe even medicine. With only a handful of public companies now is a good more »

  • Three Dividend Plays for 2013

    By Howard Cranford - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: MO, AAPL, TNH

    For income investors a stable dividend paying stock is their bread and butter. These stocks, however, are not always the easiest to spot. Too small of dividends and it might not be worth investors' time, too big and investors have rights to be skeptical of the longevity of the company. These three stocks offer plays in stability, good value, and in a high-paying stock with speculation of the future.

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  • Is Coinstar Still a Buy?

    By Howard Cranford - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: DISH, NFLX, OUTR

    Coinstar (NASDAQ: OUTR), founded in 1991, started off with kiosk machines that would exchange coins for either cash or gift cards for various companies. They quickly gained the graces of the Federal Reserve for bringing coins back into the economy, and through coordination with the Fed and the US Mint more and more Coinstar machines started showing up in local grocery stores. In 2009 Coinstar purchased the remaining shares of more »

  • Will IMAX Be Able to Beat the Market?

    By Howard Cranford - February 1, 2013 | Tickers: IMAX, RGC

    In 2002, movie tickets sold reached a record breaking 1.58 billion tickets. Fast forward to 2011, and ticket sales are down to 1.30 billion, the worst year in recent movie history. 2012, however, looked to be a hopeful year in an industry that in the past decade only saw tickets sales rise twice. IMAX (NYSE: IMAX) has been able to turn a profit during this time and is more »

  • Four Dow Jones Companies to Add to Your Portfolio

    By Howard Cranford - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: AA, MO, KO, GE

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a collection of 30 of the “best” stocks throughout the market. These companies are usually well known for being large cap stock that consistently put up large revenues. Following the Dow 30 can provide good stability for your portfolio by investing in companies that have been proven to be able to withstand whatever the economy goes through. These four stocks are stable stocks that more »

  • Can Netflix Reach $300 Again?

    By Howard Cranford - January 24, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, OUTR

    Back in the summer of 2011 Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) was king, and the stock was trading above a peak of $300.  But in July Netflix announced they were going to unbundle their streaming and DVD rental service charging and would charge more to rent DVD’s. Customers responded by dropping the service in droves with over 800,000 customers unsubscribing. The story of the downfall of Netflix continued as they more »

  • Why Facebook Deserves a Spot in Your Portfolio

    By Howard Cranford - January 24, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, FB, GOOG, LNKD

    Not many stocks have divided investors as much as Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has. Those with bearish outlooks quickly point out the current limited money-making model, overvaluation, or that the EPS has declined ever since the IPO. Yet there are still strong believers in Facebook, and have been since day one. On Tuesday Facebook announced their new search engine, Graph Search, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg says is “the third pillar more »

  • Is This the End of Apple?

    By Howard Cranford - January 18, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, CMGE

    Monday's news of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) cutting production of their flagship product the iPhone 5 by half has investors concerned that the “end of Apple” is starting to rear its head. While there are maybe a few reasons to be bearish on this stock, there are far many more reasons to be bullish.

    Reasons to be bearish
    Reportedly Apple notified suppliers last month that it was cutting orders of more »

  • Why Zip Makes Avis a Good Buy

    By Howard Cranford - January 18, 2013 | Tickers: CAR, HTZ, ZIP.DL2

    As many of you Foolish investors may know, the car-sharing service Zipcar (UNKNOWN: ZIP.DL2) was bought for $511 million ($12.25 per share) by Avis Budget Group (NASDAQ: CAR) in a Dec. 21 acquisition. With this acquisition Avis is gaining more control of the car-sharing service, but can the company continue to compete in the car-rental industry?

    How the Car Rental Industry Looks.

    The acquisition of Zipcar is just the more »