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  • 3 Small-Cap Picks for Solid Gains

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: EGHT, IACI, IPAR

    Almost every major corporation started as a small unit and gradually grew into the giants they are today. Sometimes we look at these giants and wish we had been a part of these companies from the beginning, as the early investors saw their fortunes grow exponentially. Small-cap stocks are some of the most attractive investment options. However, extra care should be given when choosing these stocks, as the majority of more »

  • Should You Invest in Off-Shore Drilling Companies?

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: RDC, SDRL, RIG

    The off-shore drilling industry has prospered over the past few years as the companies look to replace depleting reserves. As a result of increased focus on off-shore drilling, the prospects for drilling companies like Seadrill (NYSE: SDRL), Transocean (NYSE: RIG), and Rowan Companies (NYSE: RDC) have become extremely bright.

    These companies have been growing at a phenomenal rate, and expected growth in the industry will help these companies maintain high more »

  • Is Frontier The Best Dividend Stock In The Telecom Sector?

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, FTR, VZ

    The telecom Industry is one of the most attractive places to invest for income investors. There are some of the best dividend payers operating in this sector. The recent trend has lead industry players to adjust their product portfolio moving towards high growth segments such as cloud computing. As a result, dividend paying capacity of these companies should be better in the future. However, strong demand brings with it tough more »

  • Should You Invest in Shipping Companies?

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: DSX, DRYS, NM

    The shipping industry is the backbone of the global trade--almost 90% of international trade is done through the industry. However, over the last few years the industry has suffered heavily due to the slowdown in the global economy and oversupply of vessels.

    Most of the shipping giants experienced more than a 70% decline in their share price. However, a fall in price does not always generate an opportunity to invest more »

  • 3 Telecom Stocks For Attractive Dividends

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: T, VZ, VOD, WIN

    Note: This article initially stated Windstream had cut their dividend, they didn't. This article has been amended.

    The telecommunication industry is a in a constant state of flux with broadband and wireless technologies radically transforming the industry dynamics. The US alone has a wireless penetration rate of 95%, with telecom companies eager to capitalize on these high growth figures. 

    In this battle of technology, three companies emerge to the more »

  • 3 Energy MLPs for Solid Gains

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: ETP, EPD, KMP

    High yielding master limited partnerships are some of the most attractive investments for dividend investors. These partnerships pay out heavy cash distributions and attract investors who want to have a regular stream of income. However, the prospect of regular income is not the sole characteristic of these MLPs. Some of these partnerships have shown considerable price appreciation.

    Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP) has gained about 14% in the last year more »

  • Cisco Is the Best Pick in the Networking Sector

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: ALU, CSCO, JNPR

    The technology sector has seen a lot of changes in the past five years, characterized by an era of cloud computing, virtualization, and smartphones. Cloud computing is among the fastest growing segments in the industry. At the moment, networking equipment manufacturers are trying to expand into the cloud and their focus has turned to software from hardware.

    Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), in my opinion, is ideally positioned to capitalize on more »

  • 3 Healthcare Stocks for Growth and Dividends

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: AZN, GSK, PFE

    The healthcare sector has been one of the best sectors for dividend hunters -- most of the companies operating in the sector generate massive cash flow and payout a large chunk in dividends. Despite tight regulations and hefty investment in new technologies, these companies have been able to generate impressive growth figures.

    GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK), Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), and AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) are some of the star performers of the industry more »

  • What Should You Expect From Arena and Vivus?

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: ARNA, VVUS

    The anti-obesity market is becoming interesting as Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ARNA) has launched its anti-obesity drug, Belviq.

    For a long time, Vivus (NASDAQ: VVUS) was operating as the only player in the anti-obesity market. However, the entry by Arena has changed the dynamics of the market, and we will now see two rivals going head-to-head for this large market in the U.S.

    How big is the market?

    Obesity has more »

  • ConocoPhillips Is a Solid Investment

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 4, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, COP, XOM

    The energy sector has seen a lot of ups and downs over the past decade – the most recent shock came with the American shale gas revolution, which resulted in extreme volatility in prices. As the market adjusts to new demands and supplies, ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has a transformational strategy to adjust to the aforementioned changes, and the company is set to benefit from the trend developing in the industry.

    Recent more »

  • Is Bank of America a Good Investment?

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, GS

    The financial crisis of 2008 still haunts investors, especially pertaining to mortgage-backed securities. However, more recently, the banking industry has experienced an upward trend with the push coming mainly from large banks. The trend seems to be global as emerging markets such as India and China follow similar trends.

    From an investor's point of view, now would be a good time to pick up banking stocks. It is always more »

  • Should You Invest In The Automobile Manufacturers?

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: F, GM, TM

    Last four years have been extremely tough for the automobile manufacturers – automobile sector and economic performance are directly linked, and the global economy has suffered heavily over the past four years. However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for automobile manufacturers. The global economy has started to make slow recovery and the automobile sector is flourishing.

    While the recovery in European markets is slow, Asian economies more »

  • Should You Invest in 3D Printing Companies?

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, XONE, SSYS

    There are few industries that have grown like the 3D printing industry.  The companies operating in this space have delivered stellar returns to investors, and that trend shouldn't change any time soon. At the moment, there are two major players in the 3D printing arena: 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) and Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) – both of which continue to outperform.

    There are also some smaller players in the market that more »

  • Three Mid-Cap Picks for Solid Gains

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: AYI, BEAV, TSN

    Mid-cap stocks offer attractive growth with a good history of income generation – stocks in the Mid-Cap segment have outperformed the stocks in the Small-Cap and Large-Cap segments. The five year annualized return for this category as per the S&P400 Mid-Cap Index amounted to 3.27%. Analysts believe that mid-cap stocks provide the best of both worlds by yielding stable returns with growth prospects.

    In my opinion, the three mid-cap more »

  • Three Tobacco Stocks For Attractive Dividends

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: PM, RAI, UVV

    The tobacco industry is characterized by stable revenue growth and impressive cash flows. Most of the companies operating in the industry are mature and generate substantial cash flows. As a result, a large chunk of these cash flows is distributed among shareholders. The tobacco industry has some of the best dividend payers in the market, and investors choose these stocks due to the stability of dividends. These stocks provide stable more »

  • Ecosystems Will Be The Next Growth Drivers For These Giants

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - May 13, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, SSNLF

    The global Smartphones market has started its journey towards maturity and it will not be long before we start to see a decline in growth rates for all the major players. Once we reach maturity, the biggest revenue driver for these companies will be the ecosystems these companies have. At the moment, ecosystems are not under focus and their value is not being shown properly. However, a deeper look reveals more »

  • Should You Buy Exelon?

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, EXC, SO

    Utility companies are known for providing stable dividends, and are some of the best dividend payers in the market. Some of these companies have been paying regular dividends for decades. Exelon (NYSE: EXC) was one such company; however, recently the company had to cut its dividend due to some unfavorable factors. Despite the dividend cut, the company is yielding above 3.5% and remains an attractive investment for income investors more »

  • Waste Management Is An Ideal Pick For Income Investors

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: RSG, WCN, WM

    Waste Management (NYSE: WM) has appreciated by more than 26% in the last six months, which is a little surprising -- not long ago, people were concerned about its stagnating revenue growth. However, its focus on growth projects have allowed the company to win over investors, and sent its shares spiking.

    Performance and Future Growth Prospects

    In the first quarter of 2013, revenue for Waste Management grew by 1.2% year more »

  • Why Questcor Is Undervalued

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: DNDN, QCOR, SRPT

    Questcor Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: QCOR) has faced the affects of bad press more than once in the past. The stock lost more than half of its value last year, after reports about its questionable marketing practices spurred a federal investigation. While that drop was extremely painful for long-term investors, it gave speculators and short-term traders an opportunity to make substantial profits, and let long-term investors add to their positions. The stock more »

  • Is Google The Most Innovative Tech Giant?

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - May 4, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, YHOO

    Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is transforming internally and in the process rediscovering the world as we see it. The technology industry is at the very forefront of future technology, and it is imperative for survival to tap into unchartered markets to fuel future growth. It is not the gross profit margin or the revenue in absolute terms; it’s the rate of change of these financial that has the most impact more »

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