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  • Facebook Has What it Takes to Become Wall Street’s Darling

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, ZNGA

    Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) seems to have finally shaded off its botched IPO nightmares following its recent highs. The company has already breached its IPO price of $38, slightly over 14 months since going public. As people question the sustainability of the social networking giant’s current rally, I am even more bullish than ever. I have always been bullish on Facebook, even when it traded at $17.55, nearly a more »

  • Is Zynga Fixable?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: CZR, FB, ZNGA

    Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) among other companies involved in social gaming, have struggled to make the most of the social status of human beings. At least not as effectively as Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) going by the most recent results. Facebook seems to be getting its cards right as its mobile revenues sore. However, Zynga, which seemingly had given hope on social gaming with a purported shift to real money gambling, is more »

  • Is This Company Getting Ahead of Itself?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: LLY, JNJ, NVS, PFE

    The biotechnology industry is one of the riskiest places to put your money. However, when companies get everything right, the fortunes made there are usually massive. In the most recent quarter, biotech company Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY) reported earnings that beat analyst estimates and boosted guidance for the next quarter and the current fiscal year.

    The company is counting on various products in the pipeline, which could change its outlook more »

  • Windows Phone, Not Surface Tablets, Is Microsoft's Perfect Avenue to Mobile

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    Over the years, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has relied on the success of the PC industry as it sold various software and applications. The mobile wave has cannibalized on the PC industry, however, and consequently one of Microsoft’s core business units.

    In a bid to counter this, Microsoft took it upon itself to come up with a computer tablet that could help it sell its operating software and office applications more »

  • Is Carlos Slim Now “Dumping” Cash?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: AMX, AAPL, GOOG

    The world’s second richest person Carlos Slim Helu invested $40 million in mobile audio app company Shazam. Carlos Slim is the man behind Latin America’s largest wireless carrier network, America Movil (NYSE: AMX). Shazam on the other hand, is a mobile app company, specializing on voice recognition.

    Shazam's audio app enables people to discover and share music, TV shows and ads. The app is available on Windows more »

  • Were the Buyers Aware of Hulu’s Business Risk?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, DIS

    Video streaming company Hulu is no longer on the auction block, after its current owners NBCUniversal, 21st Century Fox and Disney (NYSE: DIS) decided to inject $750 million into the business rather than sell. The owners believe that the additional capital injection will boost the company’s growth campaign, as it seeks to gain more market share from giant Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), as well as online retail giant more »

  • Why You Should Not Bet On This Stock’s Q2 Earnings

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: AA, ACH, CENX

    This season’s earnings results have impressed so far, with a majority of the companies meeting or beating analyst expectations. For some, it has been a major surprise to the investment community, while for others things came as expected. One of the main surprises came from Alcoa (NYSE: AA), the company that kicked of the second quarter earnings season after beating analyst expectation.

    Many expected Alcoa to miss expectations in more »

  • Is There a Silver Lining For Another Gold Rush?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: AU, ABX, GLD

    People have been trading gold for more than 200 years now. Gold is the one commodity that has remained attractive over the years with gradual gains. However, over the last few years, gold’s price rally reached new heights approaching the $2000 per ounce mark in August 2011. Nonetheless, this year has exhibited reverse characteristics, as gold plummeted to trade at around $1220 per ounce. Gold traded upwards of $1900 more »

  • Acquisitions Are Driving This Stock’s Rally

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: EXPE, OWW, PCLN

    You will have to go back 14 years to find a point when (NASDAQ: PCLN) traded above $900. The company experimented on selling gasoline and groceries under the "name your own price" model in the year 2000, at the height of the dot-com bubble. stock plummeted to an all time low, to trade below $10 per share, and struggled to recover up until 2006. In 2003 more »

  • Will Low Prices Save Surface RT?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    Following the continued collapse in the PC industry, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) launched its own tablets, the Surface RT powered by ARM processor. Over the years, Microsoft relied on the success of the PC industry as it sold various software and applications. However, the mobile wave has cannibalized on the PC industry, and consequently, one of Microsoft’s core business units.

    In a bid to counter this impact, Microsoft took upon more »

  • Is This Biotech About To Turn A $600B Problem Into Fortunes?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: LLY, JNJ, NVS, PFE

    The biotechnology industry is one of the most risky places to put your money. However, when companies get everything right, fortunes are usually massive. For decades, biotechnology companies struggled in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY)has been one of the companies spearheading research and development of drugs to fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

    Several attempts have lead to null results. According to reports, these more »

  • This Stock Is Worth a Look Despite Its Expensive Valuation

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: FB, LNKD, MWW

    Very few companies could offer value for money if they traded more than three times their IPO price, just a little over two years after going public. However, that is not the case for this professional networking giant, which seems to have found the magic in the department of human resource. 

    LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) has defied the odds by maintaining continuous growth since going public when compared to other tech more »

  • You Don’t Want to Buy These Stocks

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: BASFY.PK, POT, MOS

    According to the report on the 2013 outlook of the U.S. Agricultural sector published in February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects the sector to grow significantly through 2013 with the majority of that growth expected in the second half of the year. The sector is recovering following a slowdown last year, which affected several companies involved in the business. Even the manufacturers of Agricultural chemicals were not more »

  • This Auto Retailer Is Riding the Auto Industry Boom

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: AN, GPI, PAG, SAH

    The U.S. automobile industry’s recovery from the declines of four years ago promises a massive upside over the next two years. Some analysts even believe that favorable interest rates and affordable labor could sustain the current boom for several years. The industry seems to be turning the tables against Japan, which has been the benchmark over the last few years.

    For instance, Honda Motors whose majority of auto more »

  • This Drug Store’s Rally Is Far from Over

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: CVS, RAD, WAG

    Drug retailers may not score as big as the manufacturer when a certain drug passes the test. On the other hand, they carry little risk once the drug is released. This offers an alternative for risk-averse investors who seek to invest in the Pharma related industries. Walgreen (NYSE: WAG), which is one of the world’s largest drug stores, is down more than 13% from its 52-week high of $51 more »

  • A Few Reasons Why Yahoo! Is Getting Better

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: AOL, GOOG, YHOO

    In a few days, Marissa Mayer will mark her first anniversary as the president and CEO of Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO). The former Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) vice president for location and search was appointed CEO of Yahoo! on July 16, 2012, at a time when the company was experiencing some of its toughest times since inception.

    Just before Mayer’s appointment, Yahoo! had hired and fired two CEOs in less than more »

  • Barnes & Noble’s Nook Business Is Struggling, But Can it Recover?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BKS

    The shift to digital technology is affecting nearly all the industries across the board. Few would have thought that even the book-selling business could become a culprit of the advances in technology. Nonetheless, this is what is happening to Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS).

    The company has been trying to position itself for the future with its investment in Nook Media and in partnership with Microsoft and Pearson, a London-based bookseller more »

  • Pandora’s In-Car Installation Is No Danger to Sirius XM

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, P, SIRI

    The world’s largest car radio service provider, Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) could be facing a serious threat to its business following Pandora Media's (NYSE: P) latest milestone in car radio. Pandora, the leading internet radio service provider, is taking a huge step towards in-car radio integration. The company recently announced that it had reached 2.5 million car users, just weeks after Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) launched iTunes more »

  • Is This Shale Gas Giant Getting Better?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, CVX, XOM

    The quest for oil and gas in the U.S.has resulted in numerous discoveries over the last two years. Leading the oil exploration exercise is Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK), beating industry giants such as ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron (NYSE: CVX).

    Chesapeake Energy has been able to discover more shale gas deposits in the U.S. over the last two years than any of its rivals. However, this more »

  • Apple’s Inevitable Tactic Change

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, NOK, SSNLF

    The smartphone battlefield is becoming more competitive year after year, and the performance by some of the main players in the last two years can only tell the story better. Some of the companies are facing extinction from the smartphone realm, while others may have to alter their tactics in order to restore glory.

    A fast glance at the current picture will imply that the likes of Nokia (NYSE: NOKmore »)

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