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  • Your Oil And Gas Stocks Simplified!

    By Shaunak Kar - January 7, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CVX, XOM

    BP (NYSE: BP) has been in the news lately regarding sale of its gas fields with the sale of their North Sea Oil holdings which is valued at about $1.1 billion. They have also come to a deal with SSE which will get them $288 million for 50% non-operated stake in the Sean field.

    Through a few such off loadings, BP has actually been able to push up their more »

  • Is There Too Much Junk in this Lazy Stock?

    By Shaunak Kar - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: MCD, MDLZ, YUM

    Investors are pinning their hopes on McDonalds' (NYSE: MCD) latest salivatory offering, the McRib, to boost sales and to help end the year on a good note. There has been talk about how MCD needs saving, but does this nearly $100 billion dollar enterprise really need help to grab investor’s attention? I don't think so.

    McDonald's is not the kind of stock that will give you a more »

  • How Does The Sluggish Market Affect This Diversified Conglomerate

    By Shaunak Kar - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: GE, HON, IN

    Honeywell International (NYSE: HON), the New Jersey-based "diversified" inventive solution provider, is what I'd describe as a finger-in-every-pie conglomerate. They provide their service in Aerospace, Automation and Control Solutions, High Performance Materials, and Technology and Transportation Systems, and they compete with countless heavyweights in all those industries. A modest forecast for 2013 might have disappointed a few investors, but it is nothing to worry about. Honeywell might not be more »

  • This Underdog Deserves Your Attention!

    By Shaunak Kar - December 4, 2012 | Tickers: CRM, SAP, WDAY

    We love underdogs when it comes to any sort of sport or competition but when it comes to investment, it is a whole different ball game altogether and we need to be wary before placing our bets on the underdogs.

    The Underdog

    It is really good to see Workday Inc. (NYSE: WDAY) making good progress in the highly competitive software industry. Founded in 2005, WDAY offers web based application to more »

  • The Tortoise, The Kite and The Ninja of the Industry Stocks

    By Shaunak Kar - November 26, 2012 | Tickers: CMI, DE, MOS

    The Tortoise

    I'm simply unimpressed with Deere's (NYSE: DE) results this quarter, and I'm bored with the company in general. DE is more like a slow and steady tortoise, and I don't think investors like tortoises too much.  What I mean to say is that although DE is still the world's largest agriculture equipment producer, it does not give an investor reason enough to put more »

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Acquisitions

    By Shaunak Kar - October 11, 2012 | Tickers: ORCL, CRM

    What is Cloud?

    Clients love it. Providers strive to be the best at offering it. So when we are talking about technology, Cloud(y) is never a bad thing. If you want to know more about Cloud computing and Cloud technology, the first thing you type into your search engine’s minimalistic text box is the word "Cloud." It seems pretty funny initially, I had never tried searching wind, rain more »

  • How Does Your Favorite Automobile Stock Fare?

    By Shaunak Kar - October 10, 2012 | Tickers: F, HMC, TSLA

    There are certain things that'll give you the perfect kick to start your day off- A cup of strong cappuccino, bright Autumn sunshine and to some the sound of well oiled machinery. The vroom of an engine is music to the ears contrary to the cough and splatter of a junk car. So as Honda recalls almost half a million CR-Vs from their customers, lets take a look at more »

  • A Fool's Stock Picks: The Good,The Bad and The Ugly!

    By Shaunak Kar - October 10, 2012 | Tickers: GM, INTU, MSFT


    I believe there are three kinds of stocks in the market. The good ones help you make money. The bad ones don’t do much to your money, but they might only slightly decrease it. And then there are the outright ugly: these are the ones that’ll take your money, show you signs of hope, and then all of a sudden pull you down into darkness. These are the more »

  • Say Hello to My Little Friend: Volatility!

    By Shaunak Kar - October 10, 2012 | Tickers: AA, SSNLF, YUM

    I'm a Scarface fan, probably like a lot of you here. So given a chance, I'll always try to force in Tony Montana quotes here and there. So how does it fit in here though?

    Well, that moment when Tony blasts through the door with his Tommy is THE moment when things really get started. It is the make or break moment of the Oliver Stone masterpiece. Similarly more »

  • Are a Billion Faces Enough for Facebook?

    By Shaunak Kar - October 9, 2012 | Tickers: FB, ZNGA

    I judge a wine by its age, a lake by its depth, and the social success of Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) by the number of faces on it. But while the site might be a winner socially, that doesn’t necessarily increase a brand's salability. The road has been rough for Facebook since the day it IPO’d, and it hasn’t improved nearly as much as many shareholders had more »

  • Is this the Dow's Worst Stock?

    By Shaunak Kar - October 9, 2012 | Tickers: DELL, HPQ, ORCL

    If there was one company I would never buy, it would be Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ). This year has not been good to Hewlett-Packard, and it got worse on Oct. 3 when shares fell to a 9 year low after taking a 13% hit. Its stock has been plummeting recently, with a year-long drop of about 40%.

    Wall Street Let Down

    Meg Whitman was entrusted with HP's future to turn more »

  • Sony and Olympus Heal Each Other

    By Shaunak Kar - October 8, 2012 | Tickers: OCPNY.PK, SNE

    The marvels of technology and the true extent of its capabilities are often most appreciated when technology shakes hands with the field of medicine. Technology is why we stand a chance against cancer and Parkinson’s, amongst other deadly diseases. So what do we expect when a multi-national, billion dollar conglomerate joins hands with the world's leader in gastro-intestinal endoscopes?

    A promise of a healthier and safer future, one more »

  • Looking Swell: Stocks to Keep an Eye On

    By Shaunak Kar - October 2, 2012 | Tickers: CHRW, ECBE, MTN

    First look at the financial headlines might give you the impression of things going wrong at the market. These headlines are mostly made up of major companies and their concerns over the economy resulting in cut-downs in every sector. As markets see red almost all over the world, here is a peek at a few stocks that are driven and nudged by mergers and new markets ventures amongst others and more »

  • LeapFrog Inc: Not just for the Kids!

    By Shaunak Kar - October 1, 2012 | Tickers: HAS, LF, MAT

    LeapFrog Enterprices (NYSE: LF) steals the thunder when it comes to combining education, entertainment and technology. They did it with LeapPad and they've done it again with LeapPad 2, matching the LeapPad's first week sell count in just a couple of days.

    LeapPad 2 went straight into the Toys 'R' Us Holiday list-something that will be taken note of by parents around the US and the world at more »

  • Mining Industry Giants Are Tactfully Cautious

    By Shaunak Kar - October 1, 2012 | Tickers: BHP, CAT, GE

    One can predict a downturn in the economy but he can’t predict its outcome. We can simply take an initiative, be proactive and measure up this economic storm and react accordingly knowing that risks can go either way.

    So what has Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) pointed at with their revision in long-term forecasts? If it indeed is a downturn, what is CAT's strategy to beat or rather survive it more »

  • GM's Chevrolet Volt : The Big Gamble

    By Shaunak Kar - September 24, 2012 | Tickers: GM, NSANY.PK, TM

    General Motors (NYSE: GM) is looking for $8 billion-$10 billion in revolving credit facilities from its lenders. Well last time GM spent billions, it crashed into their research and development for the hybrid Chevrolet Volt which is yet to pay off and was more of a gamble than a measured move. So where do they stand now?

    GM Played Bold:

    General Motors' Chevrolet Volt, rolled out in late '10 more »