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  • Reasons You Should Believe in Herbalife

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - February 28, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, HLF, NUS

    Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) is synonymous to a selling strategy called multi-level marketing (MLM,) or direct selling. Some argue that this MLM is a good way to start an entrepreneurial path with very minimum capital involved. On the other hand, some call MLM a bad idea, and may even be tagged as a form of pyramid scheme. Whatever the case, Herbalife continues to grow despite these challenges and the criticism thrown more »

  • Where Is Procter & Gamble Going?

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - February 20, 2013 | Tickers: JNJ, PG, UL

    Editor's Note: The original version contained a few inaccuracies. This version has been modified.

    The results of the second quarter of fiscal year 2013 for Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) can indeed be a source of joie de vivre, the zest for life often extolled in the advertisements and marketing campaigns of personal care products and even in the cleaning agents of P&G. In the quarter ended Dec. 31 more »

  • Companies that Outperform Judgment

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - February 19, 2013 | Tickers: FSS, OSK, TEX

    With the construction industry regaining its health and helping create demand for its downstream and upstream businesses, Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) has certainly had a good start this year. Finally, this global leader in access equipment and other specialty vehicles is on the mend after shares hit rock bottom amid the campaign of its major shareholder Carl Icahn to gain control of the company last year.

    In December the 76-year-old more »

  • Wal-Mart's Expansion in Two Worlds

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, TGT, WMT

    At its current market value, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) presents a rather enticing dividend yield of approximately 2.3%, which is why its stock has become more sought-after among income shareholders. The retail corporation holds a track record of shelling out mounting dividends for the past 38 years, and with a rate of roughly 32% in terms of its payout ratio, it is probable that its dividend stream will be more more »

  • Oil Companies Just Don't Go Down Easy

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - February 13, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, XOM, RDS-A

    The market for domestic energy has been booming fairly recently, fed by the processing and use of natural gas. Companies that provide energy have invested billions into tapping resources that sit miles below the Earth’s surface in order to offer cheaper heating, fuel for vehicles, plastics, and other needs. The industry is currently in the throes of a petrochemical renaissance, as alternative forms of energy have yet to take more »

  • Google's Search Engine Clash

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - February 12, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, GOOG, QIHU

    As the only internet search provider that has consistently shown promising growth in China, Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) is a sure hotshot in the media sector and an emerging threat to the top dogs. That is definitely a no brainer, considering its three-year period of invariable ups in terms of revenue, operating profit, and net income. In fact, in the third quarter of 2012 its revenue surged to $994.6 million more »

  • Thick Profit Margins Shore Up Netflix

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: NFLX, OUTR, VZ

    Ever since it shifted gears, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) has undeniably come a long way. From a firm engaged in DVD shipments to an online media streaming service provider with millions of subscribers worldwide, Netflix has evidently grown and given justice to its position as the king of the digital streaming industry. But while its unique selling point has been a competitive advantage for Netflix all these years, there seems to more »

  • 2013 Is The Year of Cree

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: CREE, RFMD, LEDS

    Many stock experts concluded that Cree (NASDAQ: CREE) is one of the companies that will make an impact this year.  Cree is based in the Bull city of Durham, North Carolina. The company manufactures semiconductor materials and devices. Cree is also an innovator in the lighting industry, as it is a leading organization in research in that field. One of Cree’s most notable achievements is its advancement in the more »

  • PNC Financial's Short-Lived Decline

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 28, 2013 | Tickers: SCHW, CMA, PNC

    In a report released last January 18, market analysts at BMO Capital Markets have given PNC Financial Services a reaffirmed “market perform” score.  The company has recently attained a $67 target rate on the stock, which is greater than its preceding target cost of $64.

    PNC (NYSE: PNC), a financial services corporation based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, primarily takes part in retail banking, property management, commercial and institutional banking, and residential more »

  • Confirmed Buy Rating for Enterprise Products Partners

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 28, 2013 | Tickers: ETP, EPD, KMI

    Figures seem to be stacking up right for North American provider of midstream energy services Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD). The Houston-based company, which owns and operates the natural gas liquids (NGLs) sector of Enterprise Products Company (EPCO), received a go signal from Deutsche Bank when the Germany-headquartered investment analysts issued a note to investors stating that the multinational firm has a “buy” rating. The target price increased from $60 more »

  • Fifth Third's Mutual Profit Growth

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 28, 2013 | Tickers: FITB, HBAN, PNC

    Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB), a diversified monetary services company based in Cincinnati, Ohio, currently manages 15 affiliates with 1,232 wide-ranging banking centers, 106 Bank Mart locations, and 2,213 ATMs in the states of Indiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, and North Carolina, amongst many others.  The company’s commercial banking section provides credit functions, cash management and supervision, financial services, loaning and store products, and foreign exchange more »

  • Why You Should Take Interest in Infosys

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 24, 2013 | Tickers: INFY, IBM, WIT

    India-based software group Infosys (NYSE: INFY) very recently made its debut via American Depositary Shares in the New York Stock Exchange last December. Just this month, it announced a partnership with medical company Novasom Inc towards the improved efficiency of the latter’s home tests. Infosys is also the developer of’s Meditrack, a user portal that widens the reach and enhance the effectiveness of Novasom’s diagnostic more »

  • An Enduring Market Buster Despite of Being Lackluster

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 23, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, DE, JOY

    The Great Recession of ’08-‘09 saw many industrial companies experience a significant drop in their previously sizable earnings. Now, a few years down the road, it seems the worst of the crisis is over. It doesn’t make things a walk in the park, but good figures tend to bring about a hopeful attitude among investors. So, where are your investments in the grand scale of the stock market more »

  • Will Sears be Better with Lampert at the the Helm?

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 22, 2013 | Tickers: SHLD, TGT, WMT

    Sears (NASDAQ: SHLD), a global integrated retailer located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, was established in 2005 by the union of Sears and Kmart.  IT presently has more than 2,600 full-line and specialty retail locations in Canada and the United States under Kmart, Sears, and their subordinate business partners.  Based on annual revenue, the company is the tenth biggest retailer in the United States, and some of its offerings includes more »

  • A Prominent Boost for Sirius XM

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 22, 2013 | Tickers: CLWR, SIRI, TM

    Sirius XMRadio (NASDAQ: SIRI), a broadcasting company based in New York City, is the primary source of satellite radio services in the United States.  The company airs its comedy, entertainment, news, traffic, sports, and weather programs by means of a subscription fee, which offers music and channel access over the worldwide web and mobile devices.  The subscription is offered on a yearly, semi-annual, quarterly, and monthly basis, and comes at more »

  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with The Medicines Company

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 17, 2013 | Tickers: CELG, PPHM, MDCO

    After the extravagant flair of celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year wears off, it’s common for a lot of people to pay more keen attention to their health. After all, when the guests have left and the parties are over, you tend to notice that you gained more than just a few unwanted pounds; you also increased your chances of getting sick and acquiring illnesses. In my opinion, being more »

  • Better Cancer Treatment: Partnerships and Dividends

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 17, 2013 | Tickers: AEGR, AZN, ISIS

    The quality of life that we live is determined in part by how healthy our physical being is. All of us get sick at one time or another, for which we consult a doctor who prescribes a medicine that helps us to regain our health. But as we all know, sicknesses such as cancer and other autoimmune diseases cannot be cured by over-the-counter drugs. Drugs for these kinds of ailments more »

  • Tata Motors is Right on Track

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 17, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIY, DDAIF.PK, F, TTM

    Stocks in emerging markets have been the stuff of financial legends. They can either be a boon or a bane depending on who you talk to, and can either add a fortune to your income or drag down a portfolio that isn’t diversified enough. In the case of India’s largest manufacturer of automobiles, which is the case? Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM) isn’t a company that has a more »

  • Sprint Nextel Is Still Up and Running

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MSFT, S

    Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) has recently collaborated with Microsoft  (NASDAQ: MSFT) to distribute smartphones throughout the country, utilizing the former’s network and the latter’s Windows 8 operating system. Sprint also has plans to bring out a couple of more handsets from heavy-hitting device manufacturers HTC and Sprint. The operating system, while not the most popular among mobile devices (with Android leading the pack), promises to deliver the virtual more »

  • Yum! Never Expected Being Slapped With a Rubber Chicken

    By Josef Ray Dagatan - January 15, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, YUM

    When good things happen, sometimes the bad just sinks in at the least expected moment. Though this scenario does not happen much to global-scale businesses, especially those that have planned to expand markets in larger market spheres, one just cannot fathom the application of this case with what actually happened to two of the great food companies in Mainland China. Just imagine the scenario that when things have been doing more »

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