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  • The Cool Factor Versus Exclusivity: The Loss Of The Cycle

    By Mary Posey - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, LNKD, MSFT, FOX

    Some industries are cyclical, meaning that they have ever-evolving ebbs and flows.  They might falter momentarily, but with patience they will return anew.  It once was the mindset that all businesses partook in this cyclical nature.  This was also the mindset that taught us long-term investing is safe and virtually risk-free.  However, the internet bubble in the 90s and now social media companies are teaching us that the newest industries more »

  • Original Content Draws Netflix Out of the Red

    By Mary Posey - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, DISH, NFLX

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      Actual EPS Estimated EPS  Revenue
    Q1 2012 ($0.08) - $870 m
    Q1 2013 $0.31 $0.19 $1.02 b
    Q2 2013 - $0.30 -

    Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) recently reported that their earnings for the first quarter of 2013 beat analyst expectations.  This report was met with much fanfare.  This fanfare was well deserved because this means that Netflix also outperformed their first more »

  • 5 High-Yield Buys Under $10

    By Mary Posey - January 4, 2013 | Tickers: ARR, HKTV, DCIX, MNDO, SBLK

    The start of the new year is when many people go over their finances with a fine-toothed comb.  Some are focused merely on tax planning, some work it into their New Years’ resolutions, and some just want to make sure that they are on track.  Either way, people are looking at their portfolios and trying to figure out where they can add value at a good price.  Here are 5 more »

  • Retail Ends the Week with Highs and Lows

    By Mary Posey - January 4, 2013 | Tickers: LULU, ZQK, TGT, FINL, UA, URBN, WAG

    Results were mixed for retailers at the end of the week.  Quiksilver, Inc (NYSE: ZQK), Urban Outfitters Inc (NASDAQ: URBN), Under Armour Inc (NYSE: UA), and Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) all ended the week with ratings upgrades from analysts.  However, not all retailers were so lucky.  Lululemon Athletica Inc (NASDAQ: LULU), Finish Line Inc (NASDAQ: FINL), and Walgreen Company (NYSE: WAG) all ended the week on a sour note with more »

  • Will Windows 8 Save Microsoft?

    By Mary Posey - January 3, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    The rivalry between Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) has been going for years.  So far the two brands have remained as distinctive as ever.  However, with the introduction of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system it is possible that the gap could be closing.  Windows 8 closely mimics the intuitive and responsive nature of Apple’s iOS.  However, PC loyalists are not gravitating toward Windows 8 more »

  • 3 Well-Positioned Solar Power Companies

    By Mary Posey - January 3, 2013 | Tickers: FSLR, SPWR, STP

    Energy is an ever-changing industry.  Alternative energy is the new buzzword these days as more and more companies vie for a foothold in this field.  Solar panels are more recognizable throughout the nation as they can be spotted on the roofs of parking structures, office buildings, government buildings, and even some residences.  They are no longer just for hippies.  As these products become more mainstream the companies that manufacture them more »

  • 3 Banks to Embrace

    By Mary Posey - January 2, 2013 | Tickers: BBVA, SAN, RBS

    One lasting result of the recession is the way that consumers now look upon the banking industry.  There is a lot of mistrust now between consumers and the banks.  However, that has not stopped consumers from opening bank accounts or requesting new loans.  Credit did take a big hit during the recession, but that was just a temporary setback and now many banks are recovering nicely.  It is good to more »

  • 3 High-Yield REITs Under $10

    By Mary Posey - January 2, 2013 | Tickers: NCT, NRF, RSO

    Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, can be a good way to diversify any portfolio.  But especially so for the more long-term minded, conservative investor.  A REIT is not subject to federal income tax as long as at least 90% of its taxable income is distributed to its shareholders.  This causes most REITs to pay dividend yields above what one might find in the general stock market.  The real estate more »

  • PepsiCo Changing the Lineup

    By Mary Posey - August 15, 2012 | Tickers: KO, PEP

    Pepsico (NYSE: PEP) recently announced that it will be pulling its low-calorie “G Series Fit” line of Gatorade products from shelves after they failed to catch on with hardcore fitness buffs and athletes.  The line, which launched in April, included a pre-workout protein bar, protein drink, and low-calorie version of the sports drink.  The company hopes to redesign the products and packaging in 2013, hoping to have the line back more »

  • Brokerages Lose Volume

    By Mary Posey - August 14, 2012 | Tickers: SCHW, ETFC, AMTD

    E*TTRADE (NASDAQ: ETFC) recently announced that CEO Steven Freiberg is on his way out and chairman Frank Petrilli will be taking over as interim chief executive.  The board has formed a committee to oversee the process of searching for a long-term chief executive.  Raymond James analysts “believe this was a decision based on finding a different skill set at the CEO position.”  The company is searching for a new more »

  • The Effect of Slowing PC Sales

    By Mary Posey - August 14, 2012 | Tickers: AMD, INTC, NVDA

    Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) recently reported that its second quarter profit fell 21% as the chip maker logged higher operating costs, masking revenue growth.  The company actually reported revenue at the top end of its guidance for the quarter and earnings beat analysts’ expectations.  For the current quarter, the company expects revenue of $1.15 to $1.25 billion, topping average analyst estimates that predicted $1.09 billion.

    The company is more »

  • Online Travel Falls Short

    By Mary Posey - August 12, 2012 | Tickers: EXPE, OWW, PCLN, TRIP

    Priceline (NASDAQ: PCLN) recently reported a disappointing third quarter profit outlook, expecting earnings per share of between $11.10 and $12.10.  An earlier forecast had the estimate set at $12.82 per share.  The company stated that economic conditions in Europe were the main reason for its forecast.  Stifel Nicolaus analyst George Askew cut his rating on Priceline to a hold from a buy, stating the company “is transitioning more »

  • Organic Foods Take Hold

    By Mary Posey - August 10, 2012 | Tickers: BNNY, DF, HAIN

    Recent reports from Dean Foods (NYSE: DF) showed the dairy giant swinging to a profit in the second quarter.  The company also said that it would spin off a fast-growing unit that sells organic dairy products and soy milk.  Dean Foods is planning to launch an IPO for 20% of its White Wave-Alpro unit, which makes popular brands including Horizon organic milk, Silk soy almond milks, and Alpro soy foods more »

  • Newspapers Face Tough Transitions

    By Mary Posey - August 10, 2012 | Tickers: NYT, WPO, NWSA

    The New York Times (NYSE: NYT) recently announced that they will be selling About.com to Answers.com for $210 million.  The About.com unit took a nearly $200 million write-down in the second quarter while revenue declined 8.7%.  The site has had difficulty coping with changes to Google’s algorithms.  The change affected online traffic, leading to a decline in display and click advertising.  Since the New York more »

  • Schulze Makes an Offer for Best Buy

    By Mary Posey - August 10, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BBY

    Richard Schulze, the founder and former chairman of Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), recently made a purchase offer on the remaining shares of the company that he doesn’t already own.  This deal values the company at up to $8.84 billion.  The offer is worth $24 to $26 per share, representing a premium at the time of announcement of 36% to 47%.  Schulze already has a 20% ownership stake in more »

  • Electronics Adapt

    By Mary Posey - August 9, 2012 | Tickers: GLW, FLEX, NTE

    Nam Tai Electronics (NYSE: NTE) recently happily announced its second quarter results for 2012.  Net sales increased 62.8% year over year to $205.2 million.  Net income increased 213% year over year to $9.4 million.  These good results are attributed to a few main factors.  The company’s profits improved likely due to a discontinuation of certain production orders that have had low sales and poor performance for more »

  • Home Improvement Making Deals

    By Mary Posey - August 9, 2012 | Tickers: HD, LOW, USHS

    Home Depot (NYSE: HD) announced recently that they will be paying $12.50 per share to acquire US Home Systems (NASDAQ: USHS), a supplier of kitchen and bath products, representing a 38% premium for shareholders at the time.  This will allow Home Depot to boost its home service business.  The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.  US Home Systems manufactures, designs, sells, and installs custom more »

  • Accessories on the Rise

    By Mary Posey - August 9, 2012 | Tickers: COH, FOSL, KORS

    Coach (NYSE: COH) increased 5% recently after being raised to a buy rating by a Canaccord Genuity analyst.  The analyst stated that the recent drop in the upscale handbag and accessories maker’s shares makes it an attractive investment.  Analyst Laura Champine noted that the company’s shares have fallen about 10% so far this year, while shares of similar luxury retailers have risen.  Coach has a 28% share in more »

  • China Online

    By Mary Posey - August 9, 2012 | Tickers: CYOU, SOHU, TUDO, YOKU

    Youku (NYSE: YOKU), a popular Chinese online television company, has been working to clean up its reputation and offer licensed content in an attempt to draw advertising dollars from foreign and domestic companies.  The company has faced struggles with piracy lawsuits, government censorship, and the state-owned media’s web expansion.  In the most recent quarter Youku posted a significant loss due to an increase in operating expenses, but the extra more »

  • Defense Holding Their Ground

    By Mary Posey - July 31, 2012 | Tickers: HON, LMT, RTN

    Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) recently reported that their second quarter earnings rose 7.5%.  The company slated this increase as a result of lower costs and a widened profit margin.  As a result of the increase, Raytheon raised its earnings outlook for the year.  Per-share earnings of $5.70 to $5.85 are now expected, up from $5.55 to $5.70.  As Pentagon spending remains a topic for debate, Raytheon more »

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