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  • The Secret Company You Should Be Buying

    By Sean Sullivan - May 7, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, STZ, SAB

    Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD) and SABMiller (LSE: SAB) are the two-biggest beer companies in the United States. But a company that doesn't currently sell beer will soon be the third-largest beer company in America.

    Beer consumption in the US, after being hammered by the recession, is beginning to grow again. Fourth-quarter shipments rose 1.5% compared to the previous year. 

    Anheuser-Busch InBev saw its profits decline in the fourth more »

  • ExxonMobil Is a Must Buy

    By Sean Sullivan - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: BP, COP, XOM

    Recently, ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) posted a slight increase in first quarter earnings. I believe its prospects and growth potential make it a much better investment choice than Chevron, ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) or BP (ADR) (NYSE: BP).  

    Overview

    The chart below shows the stock performance of ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and BP over the last four years.

    XOM data by YCharts

    In April 2009, all four companies traded at roughly the same more »

  • Wal-Mart Is the Next Big Tech Company

    By Sean Sullivan - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, WMT

    While investors haggle over whether to invest in Apple or Google, the real star of the online retail space has been streaking ahead of both companies. 

    Apple is currently the third largest online retailer, but by the end of 2013, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) will surpass Apple in online retail sales. This will make Wal-Mart the third largest online retailer -- behind only Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Staples

    By the end of more »

  • Two New Bills: Will They Affect Your Portfolio?

    By Sean Sullivan - April 28, 2013 | Tickers: BBY, BWLD, MCD, WMT

    There are two pieces of legislation currently before Congress that have the potential to have a major affect on certain companies and sectors. These two pieces of legislation will either endanger your investments or provide new opportunities. 

    #1: Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012

    The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012 seeks to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.80. This will raise the take more »

  • McDonald's Is Getting Fried

    By Sean Sullivan - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, WEN

    Get out of McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) stock. It's up more than 33% over the last two years. With info like that you might think this sizzling stock is worth owning. You would be wrong.

    Improving customer satisfaction  

    McDonald's has finally come to grips with the fact that people care about how they are treated. This was made painfully obvious in a recent meeting with franchisees where McDonald more »

  • Pepsi's Secret Billion Dollar Product

    By Sean Sullivan - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: KO, PEP

    Pepsi (NYSE: PEP) has a secret new product.

    Last year, Pepsi made a brief announcement that it was coming out with a new product, but not until this month were details made available.

    Previously, all we knew was that the product would be a protein-based drink targeted at women. In the initial announcement, Pepsi stressed that this product, “Won’t show up on a shelf the way you envision it more »

  • McDonald's is Getting Fried

    By Sean Sullivan - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, WEN

    Get out of McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) stock.

    McDonald's stock is up more than 33% over the last two years. With info like that you might think this sizzling stock is worth owning.

    You would be wrong.

    Here is an analysis of some of McDonald's opportunities and threats. 

    Opportunities

    Improving customer satisfaction: McDonald's has finally come to grips with the fact that people care about how they more »

  • The Secret Billion Dollar Product from Pepsi.

    By Sean Sullivan - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: COKE, PEP

    PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) has a secret new product.

    Last year Pepsi made a brief announcement that they were coming out with a new product. Not until this month were details of this secret product made available.

    Previously all we had known was that it would be a protein based drink targeted at women. In the initial announcement Pepsi stressed that this product, “Won’t show up on a shelf the more »

  • Do the Rumored Amazon and Facebook Phones Already Have Competition?

    By Sean Sullivan - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, CAT, FB

    With skyrocketing smartphone sales, companies just can’t keep their hands off the action. For a while now, there have been rumors of technology companies releasing their own versions of smartphones. Both Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) are a part of this rumor mill.

    There's no concrete evidence yet that they'll release smartphones, but they might be in the works. Claims regarding the possibility of an more »

  • After This March Madness, Who's Your Pick in the Automotive Industry?

    By Sean Sullivan - April 6, 2013 | Tickers: T, F, GM

    Competition, whether in sports or in business creates rivalries. 

    In sports it might be Michigan vs. Michigan State, whereas in business it might be Coke vs. Pepsi. While not as old as the rivalry between Coke and Pepsi, the rivalry between General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Ford (NYSE: F)has gone on for about a century.

    Imagine for a second, that we have a fictitious bracket of companies faced off more »

  • After This March Madness, Who's Your Pick?

    By Sean Sullivan - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: T, F, GM

    Competition, whether in sports or in business creates rivalries. 

    In sports it might be Michigan vs. Michigan State, whereas in business it might be Coke vs. Pepsi. While not as old as the rivalry between Coke and Pepsi, the rivalry between General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Ford (NYSE: F)has gone on for about a century.

    Imagine for a second, that we have a fictitious bracket of companies faced off more »

  • Do the Rumored Amazon and Facebook Phones Already Have Competition?

    By Sean Sullivan - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, CAT, FB

     With skyrocketing smartphone sales, companies just can’t keep their hands off the action.

    For a while now there have been rumors of technology companies releasing their own versions of smartphones. Both Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) are a part of this rumor mill.

    There is no concrete evidence yet they will release smartphones, but they might be in the works.

    However, what few people realize is that more »

  • Google is Beginning to Disappoint Me

    By Sean Sullivan - March 30, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG

    Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is beginning to disappoint me.

    Now I’m not saying that because Google’s stock is down $30 in the last month. I’m saying that because I’m not really sure what Google stands for anymore.

    Let me ask a simple question. What does Google do?

    If you ask that about Coca-Cola the answer is easy. They make refreshing drinks, in particular Coke.

    Ten years ago more »

  • The Next Big Thing for Wireless Networks

    By Sean Sullivan - March 29, 2013 | Tickers: T, GM, VZ

    As tablets and smartphones reach their zenith in terms of usage, wireless companies including Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T) are in need of new devices to add to their networks.

    That next big thing involves the auto sector -- it's 4G LTE-connected cars and trucks. One single company, AT&T, is already beginning to dominate this growth market. It is banking on providing sophisticated high-speed vehicle more »

  • 3 Companies to Own This Year

    By Sean Sullivan - February 26, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, FB, GOOG, P

    One of the biggest trends of 2013 will be the growing mobile ad market.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Steve Jobs said back in 2010 that “Mobile advertising really sucks.” While he may have been right back then, the mobile ad market is growing rapidly and companies are refining their strategies. Back then Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) had a non-existent mobile ad presence. Today they account for over 18% of more »

  • 1 Stock you Need to Buy Right Now

    By Sean Sullivan - January 8, 2013 | Tickers: EA, FB, GPS, GOOG, ZNGA

    Facebook will be the golden boy of 2013.

    For about four months after its IPO Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) looked like one of the dumbest investment decisions of 2012. The stock went from an IPO price of $38 to under $18 a share. Since about September Facebook has been happily bullish and has climbed to about $28 per share. It is poised to continue that growth in 2013.

    Facebook will be more »

  • Is Lobbying a Company's Best Investment?

    By Sean Sullivan - December 18, 2012 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, MRK, P

    Roughly $3 billion dollars is spent on lobbying in the US every year. The industry is dominated by trade groups like the American Farm Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce, but is also dominated by big pharmaceutical companies like Merck (NYSE: MRK), which singlehandedly spent $4.5 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2012.

    While these companies have been the standard lobbying bodies for a while, over the more »

  • More Companies Should Be Like McDonalds

    By Sean Sullivan - December 14, 2012 | Tickers: F, GM, MCD

    McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) turned its sales growth around through a lean management strategy that few companies are able to implement.

    Last month McDonalds suffered its first monthly revenue decline in ten years, and investors punished the stock. Between mid-October and mid-November the stock price declined by about $10 from around $94 to $84 per share. It has been climbing back up since and should do well for at least more »

  • Apple Helping to Increase Google's Revenue

    By Sean Sullivan - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) are at war. They have been at war for a few years, now competing in fields such as smartphone operating systems and tablet devices. But there have also been strange collaborations as iPhones used to come pre-installed with Google’s YouTube and the mapping system on iPhones used to run off of Google maps.

    These were always limited collaborations in which they worked more »

  • Buy John Deere, Just like Warren Buffett

    By Sean Sullivan - December 3, 2012 | Tickers: BRK-A, CAT, CNH, DE, KUBTY

    Warren Buffet has been shuffling around some of his investments lately, selling holdings in companies like Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, and Procter & Gamble. In turn he has been increasing Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE: BRK-A) stake in IBM, Wells Fargo, and other investments into new companies.

    One of the new companies Buffett has added to the portfolio is John Deere (NYSE: DE). Buffett is a notorious long term investor and sees more »

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