Tech can be very difficult to predict. Investors often believe that they can discern an innovator from a laggard, but market trends come and go – especially in the consumer niche category. Below, I review two very different companies: Seagate (NASDAQ: STX), a data-storage device producer, and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), an internet business with broad tech diversification.
What a turn of events Seagate has had.
It all started early more »
Note: This article has been amended to remove TRADJENTA as Eli Lilly's leading products--it is developed and commercialized through an alliance between Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH & Co
To address the patent cliff, several large pharmaceutical companies have been actively reinventing their businesses in terms of pipeline updates and strategic changes. Below, I present my take on two leading producers with a focus on the headwinds and more »
Despite Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) and Costco (NASDAQ: COST) rising 14.1% and 19.6%, respectively, over the last 12 months, they both are not a sure bet. Remember that February email exchange between Wal-Mart executives? it was clear then that management was panicking over structural changes. Does this matter in the grand scheme of things? Below, I present an overview on Wal-Mart and Costco, as well as my take on more »
Disney (NYSE: DIS) and CBS (NYSE: CBS) are two top media stocks. However, their execution and strategies have been remarkably different. While one has been focused on creating value, the other has seen a remarkable rise in the absence of innovation. Below, I present my take on the two.
Still optimistic on Disney
If you are looking to get into pharmacy stocks, the temptation is to look at those with turnaround potential. These highly risky stocks supposedly have attractive returns that will compensate investors for the degree of risk they take on, right? Below, I review this proposition by focusing on the real numbers and facts behind Walgreen (NYSE: WAG) and RiteAid (NYSE: RAD).
Walgreen in a stronger position
Medical device stocks are an excellent place to be if you are still wary of the macro-economy. They are exposed to inelastic demand and don't have pipelines full of "hit-or-miss" products. Their business models are relatively time-tested, and they often pay a good dividend yield. Below, I review two market leaders and provide my thoughts on recent news about them.
Baxter (NYSE: BAX) still looks attractive
Baxter International, the more »
Large conglomerates often have to make aggressive investments in order to be thought of as something more than just a "macro bet." In this article, I focus on how GE (NYSE: GE) and 3M (NYSE: MMM) are branding themselves for the future. While I am optimistic on one, I am pessimistic on the other.
GE gets aggressive on energy
If you are bullish on tech industries, it makes sense to back semiconductors, which directly supply the end markets. However, there are a few headwinds in terms of demand that you should keep in mind. Below, I explain what TI (NASDAQ: TXN) and Analog (NASDAQ: ADI) are doing to hedge against this uncertainty.
"A weak demand environment" for Texas Instrument
Texas Instruments is a global leader in manufacturing semiconductors. The more »
Two of the top restaurant chains in the market have a lot to prove going forward for shareholders. Despite its scale, McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) has still plenty of room to penetrate abroad and Wendy's (NASDAQ: WEN) is undergoing a turnaround. Below, I present my take on both firms.
McDonald’s is the world’s largest restaurant chain company with around 3,400 restaurants. It has a more »
Despite all of the clamor surrounding PC-exposed stocks, I still find several large players heavily undervalued. My opinion stems from the company's surprisingly attractive financials and efforts at diversification and innovation. With so much cash to throw around, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) and Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) are bound to thrive. Or are they? Below, I explain some reasons to be optimistic on the two.
Strength in numbers
Despite what the more »
The shift toward cloud computing, smartphones, and tables caught many industry experts by surprise. What are the market leaders in yesterday's tech world doing to adapt? Below, I review my take on Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) with a focus on analyzing how they are adapting to secular changes.
Moving to the cloud
Red Hat is better known as an operating system company that provides open-source more »
I find search businesses to be among some of the most interesting businesses to analyze. They carry vastly different demographics and strategies, despite what one would think is a very simple operational model. Below, I review two companies in very different market positions -- one is struggling from the top, while the other is rising from the bottom.
Is Baidu's (NASDAQ: BIDU) reign truly reign under pressure?
Facebook and Groupon face numerous headwinds from competitive pressure to growing disinterest in the core product. As a result, they are trying to diversify elsewhere. Below, I present my take on the two stocks.
Facebook (NASDAQ: FB)
Facebook managed to finish 2012 with better-than-expected fourth quarter results, but its user base is slowly shifting to mobile use. 23% of advertising revenues now come from mobile. After years of growth, Facebook more »
If you are bullish on the consumer economy, there are several stocks that you should consider. I recommend buying across multiple categories ranging from toys to gaming stocks. Below, I review two leaders in these respective fields and provide my take on why you should be optimistic about their futures.
The innovative toymaker
If you are looking to invest in niche apparel producers, Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) and Nike (NYSE: NKE) are two popular stocks with almost cult followings. This kind of demand would be attractive for defensive investors uncertain about fickleness of consumers. However, Aeropostale and Nike have their own problems. Below, I review some of these problems and whether they detract from the overall positive investment thesis.
Aeropostale largely struggled more »
If you are bullish on technology, Corning (NYSE: GLW) and TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) are two stocks to consider buying. They have witnessed a rally but are largely in "turnaround mode." Both companies were previously the subject of investor anxiety due to poor macro trends, but have their growth stories since changed? Below, I consider the momentum and growth opportunities of the two companies.
Watch this Gorilla
Corning is one more »
If you are interested in investing in burger chains, McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) and Wendy's (NASDAQ: WEN) are two obvious choices to start looking at. They are in remarkably different situations: the former is looking to milk new revenue segments after saturating domestic markets; the latter is looking to turnaround its business. Will they succeed? Below, I present my outlook on the two companies.
Expansion is the key for more »
Generic producers are often regarded as the safer players within BioPharma. They take existing drugs that have fallen off patents, tweak them a bit, and release a product into the market. R&D expenses are kept low, and business is relatively predictable.
Similarly, medical device companies have lower risk profiles by virtue of their more predictable operating model. However, they both have experienced their own problems and are not resting more »
While not for the risk-averse, glass makers are an ideal way to diversify in the tech market. Their products can be found in smartphones, tablets, LCDs--virtually any type of product with an electronic screen display. Below, I review the value potential of two leading producers in the market.
Corning (NYSE: GLW)
In my view, the market doesn't give Corning enough attention. This glass producer's products may very well more »
The best media companies make strategic acquisitions that diversify across multiple mediums and target multiple demographics. And no media firm, in my view, is as successful in doing this as is Disney. Below, I review why Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm made sense from a value perspective. I also provide my more negative take on competitor CBS.
Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS)
Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm made headlines across all more »
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