Kyle Vaughan

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  • Why Cable Needs Netflix

    By Kyle Vaughan - February 25, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, NFLX, DIS | Editor's Choice

    Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is a media magnet and has been leaving the market in the dust lately. However, the subject matter of too many articles is "cord cutting," or consumers leaving cable-TV providers for streaming services. One doesn't need to research stocks to know that cable providers, particularly Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), are doing just fine. Although these companies are easily and often viewed as competitors, they depend on each more »

  • These Stocks Will Last Beyond February 14

    By Kyle Vaughan - February 19, 2013 | Tickers: FLWS, HSY, TIF

    Valentine's Day seems to be a divided holiday between those who love to spoil their significant others and those who feel it's become completely commercialized. Bottom line is that the day should be about love of any kind, such as the Motley Fool's love of providing investing advice. My passion is analyzing consumer markets, extracting vital information for readers, and make investing a bit simpler for everyone more »

  • More Than the Card in Your Wallet

    By Kyle Vaughan - February 8, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, COF

    The stigma of "big bad banks" may never go away in market news, but that doesn't mean large financial institutions are bad investments. In one company's celebrity heavy advertising, the punchline asks, "What's in Your Wallet?" Captial One Financial (NYSE: COF) asks that question, but I ask about my portfolio, particularly what I need to keep it balanced. Banks can be riskier than many investments, but the more »

  • The International Knockout

    By Kyle Vaughan - January 23, 2013 | Tickers: KO, KOF, DPS, PEP

    As someone highly interested in the consumer goods market, I am always investigating new products and attempt to trace them back to the source. The latest thing to flash on my radar is called "Thums Up," the most popular cola in India. Not surprising at all, the brand was bought out by the mighty Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO). The brand was introduced in 1977 following the expulsion of Coca Cola from more »

  • Rooting for your Raise

    By Kyle Vaughan - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: LTD, MTN, WFM

    At this point, just about every worker in the US has received their first 2013 paycheck. The extra chunk of taxes taken out wasn't fun for anyone, and with the price of gas rumored to increase soon, consumers aren't feeling like a million bucks. Being realistic is important, but instead of focusing on rumors, it can be beneficial to examine trends. Wages increase over time, even if it more »

  • A Tale of Turbulence

    By Kyle Vaughan - January 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, SPR, BA, UAL, LCC

    Risk will always be a part of investing. One can take large risks by diving deep into emerging markets but balance this by securing a nice stake in a blue-chip company. The common factor? Both types of investments have high profit potential. Temptation lures people to take risks, especially when you see an opportunity every time you look to the skies. The airline industry is talked about often, is a more »

  • Not Without Nintendo

    By Kyle Vaughan - January 7, 2013 | Tickers: GME, MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE | Editor's Choice

    As petty as it may sound, video games were a huge part of my childhood and adolescence. The time I spent gaming was an example of how consoles dominated the market throughout the majority of the last twenty years. Reminiscing while researching investments lead to me stumble upon GameStop (NYSE: GME). When I pulled up the Morningstar page I almost laughed: "GameStop holds approximately 80% of the used video game more »

  • Hide From That "2:30 Feeling"

    By Kyle Vaughan - December 28, 2012 | Tickers: DPS, MNST

    A wild imagination is not required to get under the covers and hide from Monster Beverage (NASDAQ: MNST) due to recent events that seem to be recurring on a regular basis. The public is becoming increasingly on edge. In a time when people don't take full responsibility for their actions (gulping down these energy drinks) combined with protective parents speaking out, it's only a matter of time before more »

  • Forget the "Cloud" for a Second

    By Kyle Vaughan - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: STX, WDC

    Technological advances of the past took decades to become fully realized, but today these steps take years or just months to cover. The trouble with tech companies is fear of obsolescence once a new innovation is created, concerning either a particular product or possibly an entire company (think Kodak). This does happen, and now all we hear about is how the "cloud" is the future, how the PC is dead more »

  • Not Your Average (Cup of) Joe

    By Kyle Vaughan - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: GMCR, NSRGY, SBUX, TEA

    Ok, that title may not be entirely true. Take an average day, a strange day, or anything in between and think about the last time you didn't consume or witness consumption of coffee. I find this task to be impossible. My family, friends, and coworkers down coffee like it is their job. People enjoy coffee as part of their daily routine, as a social drink, or as a relaxing more »

  • Finding a Niche for Need

    By Kyle Vaughan - December 3, 2012 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M, TGT, WMT

    Discussions with my elders always end up talking about the "good old days" in some form or another. I nod my head when they talk prices, knowing inflation has caused everything to increase in dollar amounts. The holidays, however, bring on talk like this: "There weren't these huge malls. The only major stores, or the anchors, had everything you needed."

    When it comes down to consumers' true needs and more »

  • Fighting for the People's

    By Kyle Vaughan - November 27, 2012 | Tickers: JPM, PBCT

    Many investors are skeptical of the financial industry because of its performance during the economic crisis. Interestingly, even skeptics can find themselves trusting the very names they swore away because of their influence over the entire market. Take it from a more conservative investor, I stay away from the big banks. I also know that there is more to the financial sector than meets the eye, such as high quality more »

  • All that Glitters is Still Gold(en)

    By Kyle Vaughan - November 19, 2012 | Tickers: CMG, MCD, YUM

    The food industry is a great indicator of producer innovation and consumer behavior. With nearly limitless choices already, there always seems to be a new player or a game changer. It's fascinating and great for the market, but as my girlfriend and I were traveling late at night down a major highway, there was only one restaurant with locations on both sides of the interstate, with packed parking lots more »