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  • Living Well With This Wellness Company

    By Rhodora Dagatan - March 1, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GNC, WAG

    The need to remain healthy and strong in these days of constant stress and backbreaking workloads is a necessity that must not be taken for granted. As they say, "health is wealth”, and many people nowadays are more apt to be health conscious than take unnecessary risks to endanger their health. And one company answering this need is GNC Holdings Inc (NYSE: GNC).

    A diversified company that meets diverse deeds more »

  • Will the Surface Pro Create Wonders?

    By Rhodora Dagatan - March 1, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    Was the entry of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) into the hardware business another expensive business decision? That question is being asked in the light of the not-so-stellar sales performance of the Surface Pro tablet. Is it another aQantive déjà vu?

    Toward the end of 2012, Microsoft moved outside its core products of software and ventured into hardware by manufacturing the Microsoft Surface, riding on the growing demand for computing devices more »

  • UPS Explores a New Business Path

    By Rhodora Dagatan - February 28, 2013 | Tickers: FDX, JBHT, ODFL, UPS

    United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) is headquartered at Sandy Springs, Georgia, and is in the business of global package delivery, bringing about fifteen million packages to more than six million clients around the globe. Known for its brown trucks that mimic its brown paper packages, it operates its own airline that flies out of its Louisville, Kentucky hub.

    The company was founded as the American Messenger Company in Seattle by more »

  • Resurgent Housing Sector Favors Masco

    By Rhodora Dagatan - February 22, 2013 | Tickers: HD, HOV, MAS

    Recent rosy figures from the US housing sector bode well for Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), which is engaged in the manufacturing, distribution, and installation of home improvement and building products. Its product line, which among other items includes windows, architectural coatings, faucets, and cabinets, is distributed through multiple wholesale and retail channels. Masco also sells directly to home developers.

    One of Masco’s major retail conduits is Home Depot (NYSE: HDmore »)

  • Is There a Reason to Be Optimistic about Advance Auto Parts?

    By Rhodora Dagatan - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAP, AZO, ORLY

    On Jan. 29, the closing bell saw Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) shares drop to $74.57, a -1.80% change of $1.37. It ranged from a low of $74.49 to a high of $75.83 for that day, while the past 52 weeks saw it trade at a high point of $93.08 to a low of $60.87. In the third quarter of 2012, AAP lost more »

  • Qualcomm Benefits in the Mobile Wars

    By Rhodora Dagatan - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, ARMH, INTC, QCOM

    Wireless communication company Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), a twenty-five year old manufacturer, developer, and marketer of telecom products and services, is but one of the many companies taking advantage of the fairly recent mobile revolution. Although it might not be as well-known as Google, which stands to earn enormous gains throughout the next few years through advertising, or Apple and Samsung, which have sold millions of smartphones, mobile devices, and apps more »

  • Ericsson's Partnerships Against Hardships

    By Rhodora Dagatan - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: ALU, NOK, ERIC

    Although Swedish communications technology pioneer Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) did not have the rosiest start for 2013 as Standard and Poors revised its rating from “stable” to “negative” based on the difficulty at which the company could achieve improved profitability for this year, there have been a number of business developments and transactions that disprove this rating.

    Aside from these great achievements despite a challenged market, what else makes Ericsson generate more »

  • Is This Multinational Retailer Still Worth the Buy?

    By Rhodora Dagatan - January 28, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BBY, RSH

    Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) is currently one of the more popular stocks that has been heavily discussed to date, partly due to the buzz generated by a possible buyout courtesy of businessman Richard Schulze. However, this news is hardly encouraging for traders who own or wish to purchase stock in the company, as Best Buy may go private at a price ranging from five to six billion US dollars, which more »

  • Lululemon Prepares With a Stretch

    By Rhodora Dagatan - January 28, 2013 | Tickers: BEBE, GPS, LULU

    In the world of investments, truth be told, a company’ share price is not just dependent on the performance of the business, but more so on investors’ opinion of the stock’s value. The worth of a stock fluctuates depending on investors’ perceptions and their rational and emotional analysis.

    A Case in Point

    This earnings season, Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU), a yoga-apparel maker based in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised its more »

  • Herbalife Takes Its Stand

    By Rhodora Dagatan - January 17, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, HLF, NUS

    Direct-selling health and nutrition corporation Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) may seem to be on the defense, especially as many of their high-profile critics are looking to go to war. One of these critics, Bill Ackman, was reported to have said that he would bet upwards a billion dollars against the company, which then saw stock prices drop for few days in the last week of December. Pershing Square hedge fund manager more »

  • Citigroup Still Has the Edge Despite a New Game

    By Rhodora Dagatan - January 17, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM

    Michael Corbat, the new CEO of financial giant Citigroup (NYSE: C) is currently doing some damage control via talks with bank regulators towards the return of shareholder capital. This bit of news on Citigroup, however, should not be seen as wholly disadvantageous. Forecasts of said stock say that it will rise by 50% in the coming twenty-four months; forecasts made by Wells Fargo resulting in Citigroup shares becoming part of more »

  • Tech's Take on Simplicity for More Profitability

    By Rhodora Dagatan - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, DELL, HPQ

    Complicated procedures and smart-sounding technological jargon can come off as impressive, but they can also leave the average Joe feeling more than a tad confused. Who wants to deal with words and processes that seem as though they’re from a totally different universe, anyway? Not a lot of people, I’d imagine. Evidently, big shot names in the technology industry agree, and they’re proving that even in an more »

  • Why Green Companies are Winning Investments

    By Rhodora Dagatan - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: RSOL, SCTY, SPWR

    Our planet’s natural resources seem inexhaustible, but they are not. Even water, our most abundant resource, composing 75% of the Earth, is being depleted and is now considered the new green. Deep within the earth where fossil fuels are formed for millions of years, the supply is also running low. Replenishing them would take millions of years and millions of fossils, something that we just can’t afford to more »

  • Zynga Is Creating Ripples in the Gaming Market

    By Rhodora Dagatan - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, SYNC, ZNGA

    Back in the day, the tech investment cycle used to be predictable with the production of new technologies like TVs, processor chips, and even monitors that take some time to be introduced in the market, thus preparing competitors for the upcoming swing. However, tablets and mobile phones have changed the game, making the market movement unstable at some points. You could see that there is rise on one day and more »

  • Is Celgene All Good as a Long-Term Investment?

    By Rhodora Dagatan - January 15, 2013 | Tickers: ACHC, CELG, MDCO

    Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG), a multinational biopharmaceutical company based in Summit, New Jersey, primarily produces drug treatments for cancer and inflammatory diseases, and takes part in the detection, advancement, and commercialization of therapies intended to provide a breakthrough in the field of medicine.  Since its establishment in 1986, the company has been investing in research and progress, as well as providing products such as Thalomid (thalidomide), Revlimid (lenalidomide), Vidaza (azacitidine more »

  • Will Winter Be the Only Reason for This Company's Rise?

    By Rhodora Dagatan - January 7, 2013 | Tickers: CROX, DECK, NKE, SHOO, WWW

    Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NASDAQ: DECK) is a trusted brand of quality footwear, apparel, and accessories that has been powerfully steering the market since 1975. This California-based company is more popularly known by the six famous brands it carries: UGG Australia, Sanuk, Teva, Ahnu, Tsubo, and Mozo. Unlike other shoe companies, Deckers is favored for having a well-rounded portfolio that ranges from durable boots, casual sandals, fun flip-flops, trendy sports shoes more »