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  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate Customers

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 31, 2013

    In a statement released last week, Pandora Media (NYSE: P) stated that it will now start charging for what was once a free service. As royalty costs continue to rise, the company must compensate by limiting the amount of time listeners can stream tracks before being charged. The use of Pandora on any device, including  phones or tablets) will be cut off after 40 hours worth of streaming in a more »

  • 4 Banks to Consider Following the Fed's Stress Test

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 29, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, JPM, STI

    Unlike 2012, this year's Federal Reserve stress tests are a two-part affair. First, in early March, the Federal Reserve released this year's results, comparing the banks' common capital ratios at the end of the third quarter of 2012 with the likelihood that capital cushion would hold up given a draconian set of hypothetical economic calamities.

    Then a few days later, the Federal Reserve would approve the condition or more »

  • Can This Telecom Giant Compete in Business Services?

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 29, 2013 | Tickers: T, CTL, VZ, WIN

    The business-services industry is a huge landscape, making up both business and government agencies. There's great profit potential for telecom companies that can deliver fast and secure Internet access, convenient data storage options, voice, and cloud computing services.

    So when Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN) announced the expansion of its carried switched ethernet service, it made me wonder whether the company could compete with other telecoms in the business-services industry. Below more »

  • ExxonMobil & Russia: A Winning Combo for Investors

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 29, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CVX, XOM, MRO, RDS-A

    Note: This post originally included a moment of million-billion confusion. It's been fixed.

    In recent weeks, Russia's Rosneft  Oil and ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) signed an agreement that expanded the terms of an existing deal. The amendments allow Russia's state oil corporation to participate in a U.S. venture for the first time in history, right in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The mutually-beneficial deal will equally allow ExxonMobil more »

  • Yahoo!'s 3 Biggest Problems Keep Holding it Back

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 26, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, YHOO

    When I bought my first computer and got connected to the internet, Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) and AOL were all the rage. At that time, people were just beginning to realize the potential of the internet, and Yahoo! was the internet search engine of choice. As the years went by, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) came along, and is now the most popular search engine by far.

    Now, when people need bits of more »

  • Apple Poised to Ride Tablet Market Higher

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 26, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, HPQ, MSFT

    Tablets are the new norm. The mere mention of tablet computing will, in most, elicit the knee-jerk reaction of praise for Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad. Since the launch of the first version in 2010, the domination of the tablet market has been largely based on the hitherto unmatched combination of cost-effectiveness and high functionality.

    Companies such as Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) have launched their own products more »

  • Cisco Is Ready To Ride The Mobile Market Higher

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: ALU, CSCO, HPQ

    Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has announced new innovations that enable providers to acquire intelligence about mobile internet networks and maximize profits with their connections. Cisco's Quantum, which consists of four solution suites, aims at maximizing profits over data and delivering richer and better network experiences. In this article, I will discuss how the trends in the mobile internet market will favor Cisco's new solutions. This will act as a more »

  • Banking Stress Test Results Not What They Seem

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: C, STI

    With some fanfare, the Federal Reserve's “Stress Tests” have been released as concerned to the nation's largest bank holding companies. For most part, the numbers are open for all to peruse, and the purpose of this article is to point out that things are not quite what they may seem.

    The popular press, upon the release of the 2013 results, hailed the improved health of most of the more »

  • Customer Satisfaction: A Hidden Growth Catalyst for Amazon

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, GOOG

    A few weeks ago, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) scored high on good reputation among customers according to two studies from Foresee and Harris Interactive. Many see Amazon as more than a 'tech' firm, because of the way the company has dealt with its customers and its commitment to social responsibility. In this article, I shall take a look at how Amazon's good reputation among customers as reported by the two more »

  • General Motors Looks to Russia for Increased Sales

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: F, GM, TM

    Over the next five years, General Motors (NYSE: GM) will invest $1 billion in the Russian car industry. The official announcement was released in the last few days of 2012 and it is reported that GM will concentrate more on Russia than ever before. Considering the dismal car market in Western Europe and North America, Russia is set to be the next big automobile market for General Motors and other more »

  • Will Massive Trial Pressures Derail This Stock?

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: BP, HAL, RIG

    Proceedings have started in one of the most significant environmental pollution trials in the history of the U.S., involving BP (NYSE: BP) and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In this article, I will analyze the early part of the proceedings, as well as details of a rumored settlement and the implications for the company.

    The first week of the trial

    The first week in one of more »

  • Nokia’s Fate Is Tied To China

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: CMGE, MSFT, NOK

    In the fourth quarter of 2012, Nokia’s (NYSE: NOK) earnings finally moved back into the black. In addition, its stock price continued to move higher on above-average volume.  The problem with Nokia is that its fourth quarter earnings report left investors with more questions than answers. The biggest question is about how well Nokia’s smartphones will sell in China.

    Nokia’s current position     

    Nokia reported its fourth quarter more »

  • A Tour Of 4 Midwestern Regional Banks

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: CMA, FITB, FMER, HBAN

    Cincinnati based Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) has a well-earned reputation as a conservative, well run institution. Despite having much of its asset base in two of the states (Michigan and Florida) most devastated in last decade's recession, Fifth Third has only been unprofitable one year in the last twenty, in 2008. In contrast, 2012 proved that the roughly $120 billion asset bank is back to its pre-recession levels more »

  • Annaly Is Still The Best Pick In REITs

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: NLY, CXS.DL, RWT, STWD

    Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY), a company that has long been dubbed an attractive investment, reported its results for the fourth quarter of 2012. In this article, I will examine the company's fourth quarter financials to determine whether or not the stock continues to be an attractive investment.


    Annaly reported GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $700.5 million, or $0.70 per average more »

  • 2 Legal Battle Updates In The Oil & Gas Sector

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: DNR, XOM, TOT

    Now is a great time to examine the recent developments in the legal problems for ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) and the implications for the company. Specifically, I will discuss the company's legal problems in the states of Maryland and New Hampshire. I will also examine the company's transformation from producing natural gas to producing more oil and liquids.

    Legal developments

    The highest court in Maryland has overturned jury verdicts more »

  • This mREIT Has Red Flags You Can't Ignore

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, CIM, IVR

    It is always a red flag when a company delays the publication of its financial statements. Chimera Investment (NYSE: CIM) has not reported its results for all of 2012, and now faces a final deadline from the NYSE, or it risks delisting. This article focuses on the consequences for the company and its investors.

    Final extension from the NYSE

    Chimera announced that it has obtained a final 30-day extension for more »

  • One Tech Stock To Buy And Hold For The Long-Term

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GOOG, MSFT, YHOO

    There is a great deal of debate today in the investment community regarding which direction Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) shares will move in both the short and long-term. Yet, the stock continues to hit all time highs, with the production numbers and financials to back it. In this article, I will explain why Google will continue its upward momentum and reward investors along the way.

    Recent positive developments

    Google recently more »

  • ConocoPhillips: Buy, Sell or Hold?

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, COP, HES

    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has reported results for the fourth quarter of 2012 and the full year, and this gives us the opportunity to evaluate the company as a pure up stream play after it spun off its downstream operations as Phillips 66. The focus of this article will be on the performance of the company without the cushion of downstream earnings in a year when refining margins were strong because more »

  • Will HP's New Move Work?

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 9, 2013 | Tickers: DELL, HPQ, IBM

    Though perhaps stating the obvious, it is official; Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) is now focusing on tablets.

    According to a statement given by HP CEO Meg Whitman, "We're shifting resources from PCs to tablets." She made the statement this week during the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference.

    From the beginning

    HP started in a one car garage as the brainchild of William Hewlett and Dave Packard. Through solid leadership more »

  • Yahoo! Takes a Page From Google's Playbook

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 9, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, MSFT, YHOO

    It has been a long time coming, but finally someone is taking Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) in the right direction. What is even more interesting is that Chief Executive Officer Marrisa Mayer is doing what some of her predecessors have tried to do in the past. But, I believe she will succeed where others have failed because of her renewed focus on mobile strategy, and cutting some programs in order to more »

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