Michael Ugulini

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  • "Bunge" Jumping to Diversify a Stock Portfolio?

    By Michael Ugulini - April 1, 2013 | Tickers: ADM, BG, CQB

    Trying something new is what makes life - and investing - interesting, and hopefully worthwhile. While I'm not into jumping off bridges and whatnot with a huge elastic band tied to my leg, I'm more apt to try new adventures (of the conservative sort) on the markets.

    With that in mind, my focus today is Bunge (NYSE: BG), a foremost international, integrated agribusiness and food enterprise. As part of the more »

  • Tinker, Tailor and Soldier Stocks

    By Michael Ugulini - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ITW, LMT

    When tracking down investment opportunities, it sometimes takes the perseverance and perceptiveness of an undercover agent, especially with the chill winds that sometimes blow across the major indices. Consider the following trio that could have you coming in from the cold and right back at your computer for further due diligence.

    Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW) makes it possible for businesses to tinker effectively, via their product offerings. The company more »

  • 2 Precious Metal Stocks That Could Drive Your Portfolio Higher

    By Michael Ugulini - March 26, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, PAAS, SLW

    Investors may want to consider making new friends with a couple of companies in the Basic Materials sector who have some history of rewarding shareholders. Of course, like making friends in your personal life, doing so as part of an investing strategy requires the same trust element.

    The following are two precious metals companies to consider. One is silver and the other is gold. One is Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLWmore »)

  • Here's the Beef

    By Michael Ugulini - March 21, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, JACK, MCD

    Some people like to bash fast-food chains – or more specifically, what they offer. It seems these people believe they're the arbiters of what everyone should eat. They have a beef with companies such as McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD), Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (BKW), Jack in the Box, Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), and others of their ilk.

    Despite all the negativity, most people will make their own choices of what more »

  • Show Biz Kids

    By Michael Ugulini - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: SNE, TWX, DIS

    While the poor people sleepin'

    All the stars come out at night

                       Steely Dan (Show Biz Kids: Countdown to Ecstasy)

    With sarcasm firmly planted, Steely Dan was in fact stating a fact that even today has investors researching successful conglomerates who operate in the entertainment industry. They're generating significant sales and gobbling up and dispensing of divisions as fast as the movie popcorn consumers munch as they watch creative more »

  • All They're Trying to Do is Act Naturally

    By Michael Ugulini - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, HAIN, K

    Today I'm focusing on The Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN) – a major player in the natural and organic products category. They participate in several natural categories with well-recognized brands that include Celestial Seasonings, Spectrum Naturals, Spectrum Essentials, Almond Dream, and a host of others.

    In February, the company reported their second quarter Fiscal Year 2013 (ended Dec. 31, 2012) results. What is significant for investors concerning The Hain Celestial more »

  • Painting the Town Red… and More

    By Michael Ugulini - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: PPG, SHW, VAL

    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is certainly enjoying their time out and about, conducting business profitably as concerns paints and coatings. Researching and analyzing the particulars of the Company can provide you the information you need to make an informed investment decision for adding some color to your portfolio.

    The Sherwin-Williams Company is a worldwide leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of coatings and related products (e.g more »

  • 3 Stocks for a Silver-Studded Portfolio

    By Michael Ugulini - March 11, 2013 | Tickers: CDE, AG, SSRI

    "Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold."

                                                                              -Maurice Setter

    Silver often plays a secondary role to its more illuminating sibling – gold – in the precious metals family. However, the potential for returns for investors exists with companies aggressively advancing their silver programs in diverse regions of the globe. The following are some silver expectations to examine from three enterprises operating in this industry:

    First Majestic Silver more »

  • A "Quick Service" Investing Trio…To-Go

    By Michael Ugulini - March 7, 2013 | Tickers: DPZ, DNKN, YUM

    Pizza, Fried Chicken, Coffee, Ice Cream, and Donuts – sounds like the kind of diet that would have Dr. Oz in a royal conniption, should he be your family doctor. Certainly some people – strike that – many, are engaging in these menu items and on a consistent basis, judging by the recent financials from Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), Dunkin' Brands Group (NASDAQ: DNKN), and Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM).

    Domino's Pizza more »

  • A Missing Ingredient in Your Investment Portfolio?

    By Michael Ugulini - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: CAG, INGR, MKC

    Ingredion (NYSE: INGR) concerns itself with missing ingredients. The company supplies ingredients that a host of businesses require for formulating an array of products for their specific markets.

    What They Do

    Ingredion is one of the world's foremost ingredient solutions providers, providing sweeteners, starches, texturants and nutritionals. They convert corn, tapioca, wheat, potatoes, and other raw materials into numerous ingredients for many sectors.

    The company operates in the Processed more »

  • A Fine Investing Afternoon: Flowers & Chocolates in a Treehouse

    By Michael Ugulini - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: FLO, HSY, THS

    It may be well past Valentine's Day, but flowers and chocolates are doing their best to woo investors their own way. The recent financial releases of Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) and The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) should make investors stop and consider what these companies have to offer as part of an investment portfolio.

    Rosy Sales

    Operating 44 bakeries, Flowers Foods is the second-largest producer and marketer of more »

  • A Tale of Two Cities

    By Michael Ugulini - March 5, 2013 | Tickers: KSU | Editor's Choice

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…"

    A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens


    Mr. Dickens could have been writing about today's current investing climate judging by the opening lines of his novel. Today, the stock markets include the best and worst of times - with wisdom and foolishness abounding side by more »

  • Home on the Range; Where Deer, Antelope and Investors Play

    By Michael Ugulini - March 5, 2013 | Tickers: GMCR, IRM, RRC

    Can you picture yourself at home on the range, with mountains towering over you, as you peruse the many online and offline investing publications looking for that extra bit of insight? If you can, than you can play right along with the rest of the wildlife, hunting for sustenance to store in your portfolio for the seasons ahead.

    Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR) is a leader in specialty coffee more »

  • Mining Their Own Business

    By Michael Ugulini - March 3, 2013 | Tickers: AEM, CDE, NEM

    He who wakes up early finds gold. ~ Hungarian Proverb 

    Those who work for Agnico-Eagle Mines (NYSE: AEM) must be rising quite early, if the company's recent numbers are any indication. Agnico-Eagle Mines is a gold producer, their objective is to continue increasing yearly gold production through building and exploring their own mines. This focus is paying off for the company. The following are a few key things for investors more »

  • Hair Raising Experiences for Investors?

    By Michael Ugulini - February 27, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, JNJ, PG

    "… the most important member of every heavy metal band is the hairdresser..."

                                              Frank Zappa (American Composer: 1940 -1993)


    Mr. Zappa was all about cutting to an issue's core. Whether you liked him and his music or not, you could count on his unique perspective on things. He recognized the penchant for puffed, fluffed hairdos in flamboyant bands whose hairstyles sometimes claim more attention than the music.

    Considering the plethora more »

  • A Spice Route for Investors?

    By Michael Ugulini - February 26, 2013 | Tickers: GE, MKC, MCD | Editor's Choice

    Readers of my blog probably realize by now that I typically consider companies (with trusted brands) that have been on the market for years. These companies and their brands could be anything from a General Electric (NYSE: GE) light bulb to a cache of fries from McDonald's (NYSE: MCD).

    Investors may want to ponder the same things when it comes to buying stocks. Consider trusted companies, in whatever industry more »

  • The Whistling of Copper Kettles

    By Michael Ugulini - February 25, 2013 | Tickers: FCX, SCCO

    If you train your ear, you can hear the sounds from copper kettles whistling their tunes to investors concerning top copper companies and the prevailing winds for the commodity this year.

    A report at Kitco News (Allen Sykora - December 27, 2012 - kitco.com) relates that the expectation is that there will be a modest surplus of copper on the market this year. However, analysts expect demand to increase somewhat as more »

  • Often Traversing an Oily Slope

    By Michael Ugulini - February 25, 2013 | Tickers: APA, BHI, CAT, HAL, PG

    Oilfield products and services suppliers ride the same waves of volatility, as does the energy industry they support. The potential for significant returns exists for these companies, and this can translate to healthy returns for those who invest in them. However, the risk factor is always there - and quite potent at times - as these corporations often traverse an oily slope. It can be a challenge for them to gain traction more »

  • Is Silver in Mint Condition?

    By Michael Ugulini - February 22, 2013 | Tickers: AG, PAAS, SLW

    Every cloud has its silver lining, but it is sometimes a little difficult to get it to the mint.

    Don Marquis (Author, 1878-1937)

    What's up with silver and silver companies for 2013 and beyond? A look at past performance, as well as forecasts already made, is giving investors some indication. Is silver in mint condition, or are there caveats to consider before taking a shine to a major silver more »

  • Lords of the Rings… and More

    By Michael Ugulini - February 21, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, JACK, MCD, SBUX

     In a land far, far away, the Chief Overlord of all things Fast Food was preparing his strategy for a deeper foray into the Hamburger, French Fries, and Onion Ring arena. With McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD) at the top of the heap, he knew the battle would be tough. Add to that the offensives being put on by Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW), Jack in the Box, Inc more »