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  • Why the Analysts Are Right on Their $1000 Price Target

    By Tedra DeSue - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, YHOO

    Whether you rely on analysts’ recommendations on how to play a stock or you take analysts’ thoughts with a grain of salt, there are times when their actions are worth taking into consideration.

    A case can be made for following their recommendations now for Google (NASDAQ: GOOG). Not only do a significant number of analysts have it marked as a buy, but there are almost a dozen that have $1 more »

  • These Acquisition Targets Are Better for Facebook

    By Tedra DeSue - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GRMN, GOOG

    Alas, it became official on Tuesday that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has indeed purchased Waze, an Israeli-based company that developed a navigation app gained popularity throughout the world.

    There has been much ado made about how Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) may have lost out on a prime opportunity to get a foothold in the growing map and navigation space by not pursuing acquiring Waze. Preventing the dominant search engine giant Google from more »

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Wouldn't Be Great Without These U.S. Companies

    By Tedra DeSue - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: GLW, QCOM, SSNLF

    Samsung’s (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) Galaxy S4 smartphone is all the rage among buyers right now, beating out all of its competitors, including Apple, in terms of sales last month.

    Canaccord Genuity released a finding last week that Samsung’s Galaxy S4 had outsold Apple’s iPhone 5 at every major carrier except AT&T. Before Samsung unveiled its flagship smartphone earlier this year, it had been second to Apple at more »

  • Who’s Your Godfather? Offers For Clearwire Defining Telecom Leaders

    By Tedra DeSue - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: CLWR, DISH, S

    You’ve likely heard by now that the quests to acquire Clearwire’s (NASDAQ: CLWR) spectrum still seem to be operating on the premise of by-any-means-necessary. SoftBank and Sprint (NYSE: S) on Monday said the two had agreed on SoftBank raising its bid for Sprint to $21.6 billion.

    The problem is that the increase is still shy of Dish Network’s (NASDAQ: DISH) $25.5 billion offer, leaving the more »

  • Emerging Markets Are Crucial for Apple

    By Tedra DeSue - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, NOK

    In yet another sign that Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) glory days may be over, or at least on hold, reports this week state that the world’s most valuable company is considering a foray into the trade-in and refurbished smartphone market. The move is thought to be the company’s way to boost lagging sales, especially in emerging markets.

    Reported by Bloomberg early Thursday, the news had little effect on more »

  • Caution Is Needed When Considering These Aluminum Stocks

    By Tedra DeSue - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: AA, CENX, KALU

    It’s no secret that aluminum stocks have been under pressure. The financial woes aluminum manufactures are experiencing stem from a global decline in aluminum prices.

    Prices are on the decline largely due to China pretty much flooding the market with the metal, despite there being a considerable supply glut globally.

    Dow component leader Alcoa (NYSE: AA) has been affected particularly hard. A spotlight was shined on its finances last more »

  • With These Stats, How Is This Company a Buy?

    By Tedra DeSue - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: F, GM, TSLA, TM

    Imagine being approached about investing in a company whose financials looked like this:

    Return on Assets: negative 31%

    Return on Equity: negative 18.3%

    Return on Investment: negative 53%

    Operating Margin: negative 33%

    Profit Margin: negative 31%

    2012 Earnings Growth: negative 45.85%

    Now, what if, on top of having to digest these lousy stats, you were told that the company is facing legal challenges throughout the country that threaten more »

  • This Retailer Is Thinking Out of the Box

    By Tedra DeSue - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: BBY, HGG, RSH

    When it comes to big box electronic retailers and their financial woes in the wake of Amazon, all eyes have been on Best Buy (NYSE: BBY). Although less reported on, there is another player in the space whose financial performance is just as troubling, yet its stock is rising just like that of Best Buy.

    This other player is hhgregg (NYSE: HGG). It had managed to defy the rule of more »

  • Yahoo! Seems to Be Playing a Good Game

    By Tedra DeSue - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, YHOO

    It’s hard to believe, but just a few days ago, Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) seemed to be just one of the handful of companies trying to catch up with Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), especially in terms of U.S. display advertising.

    The social networking and search engine giants are the dominant players in the tech space as they are reaching out beyond their core businesses. 

    Yahoo!, on more »

  • This Retailer's Earnings Are Slim, But Not Cool At All

    By Tedra DeSue - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, GPS

    Upon hearing that often controversial Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) had a lousy first quarter, I was surprised. After all, this brand is the be-all and end-all for teens who wish to be cool, not to mention the masses of them who are the perfect size!

    Clearly, I’m being sarcastic here, but the arrogance that this company was built on is in many ways exactly what it thrived on. So more »

  • Does Ackman Want This Trade Back?

    By Tedra DeSue - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, HLF, NUS

    If you’re looking for a comeback stock to invest in, look no further than Herbalife (NYSE: HLF). The company has endured criticism from one of the market’s most revered hedge fund managers. Perhaps any other company would have faltered, taking years to recover, if it could at all. However, there’s just something about Herbalife and its resiliency that is allowing it to do some chest pounding in more »

  • Debt Rating Warning Won't Stop This Airline's High

    By Tedra DeSue - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: DAL, JBLU, LUV, UAL

    To the delight of its shareholders, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is quadrupling its quarterly dividend to $.04 a share and increasing its share repurchase authorization by 50% to $1.5 billion. While this is great news for shareholders, it could draw the ire of investors that hold any of the airline’s corporate debt.

    So concerned about the increases was Moody’s Investors Service that it released a note calling more »

  • What the Major Opponent of the Sprint-Clearwire Merger May Really Be Up To

    By Tedra DeSue - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: CLWR, DISH, S

    To the surprise of many, including me, Sprint (NYSE: S) significantly upped its bid to buy the remaining stake it does not own in Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR). Still, this was not enough for some Clearwire shareholders, which left me scratching my head.

    “What do these shareholders in the nearly bankrupt wireless carrier want? Better yet, why are they so determined to scuttle Sprint’s attempts to outright own all of more »

  • Will Google Threaten This Pioneering Radio Service Giant?

    By Tedra DeSue - May 20, 2013

    Pandora (NYSE: P) is getting ready to release its latest earnings report this week. As the market waits for what could be stellar results, players may be wondering how the entry of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) into the Internet radio service space will affect future earnings for the pioneering Pandora.

    For the immediate future, I don’t see Google’s entry into this space as a major threat to Pandora, for more »

  • Will This Wireless Target Turn Down $2.2 Billion?

    By Tedra DeSue - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: CLWR, DISH, S, VZ

    As the day approaches for Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR) shareholders to vote on a deal to allow Sprint (NYSE: S) to buy out its remaining stake in the wireless infrastructure company, Clearwire's stock is trading much higher than Sprint’s offer price. The market seems to think that Sprint's bid is too low, but it's not clear whether the company will raise that offer before the May 21 more »

  • Don't Discount Smaller Players in the Travel Space

    By Tedra DeSue - May 16, 2013 | Tickers: EXPE, OWW, TRIP

    Compared to the mega online travel agent Priceline, the smaller players in the space are managing to hold their own. As we review how they fared during the previous quarter, it is interesting to also take a look at the steps they have taken to improve their positions – some of which are paying off, while others…well, not so much.

    TripAdvisor (NASDAQ: TRIP), Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE) and Orbitz (NYSE: OWWmore »)

  • For AOL, Patch Profitability Is Key

    By Tedra DeSue - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: AOL

    When I listened to AOL’s (NYSE: AOL) conference call last Wednesday, I was thrown for a loop by the intense efforts company execs made to convince listeners that the seemingly long-suffering Patch network is not on its last leg.

    For a second, I even forgot that the call was to discuss the company’s second quarter 2013 earnings! All of the talk about Patch nearly stole the show for more »

  • Good Old Days For Payday Lending Stocks Could Be Ending

    By Tedra DeSue - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: CSH, EZPW, WFC, WRLD

    All eyes are turning to the payday lending industry again, thanks to the almost-two-year-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). A recently released white paper called “Payday Loans and Deposit Advance Products” has caused a lot of chatter, bringing me to believe that more regulations for the industry are imminent.

    For investors, publicly traded payday lending companies have been attractive, partly due to the lucrative revenues they pull in from the more »

  • Can These Tech Stocks Keep Soaring To New Highs?

    By Tedra DeSue - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, YHOO

    Tech stocks have been among those that have helped the stock market climb higher in recent days. While Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) rally lead the way, there are others that had strong rallies that I wanted to look at too.

    Let’s start with Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO), which is within striking distance of its 52-week high at $26.79. One of the reasons for its stock move, which was just more »

  • N.Y. A.G. Gives BofA Shareholders News To Mull Ahead of Meeting

    By Tedra DeSue - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM, MBI, WFC

    Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) investors had plenty to celebrate this week as the company reached a historic settlement with bond insurer MBIA. However, as they go into the bank’s annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, many may have questions about a newly filed lawsuit against it charging it is violating the terms of the National Mortgage Settlement.

    The continuing legal settlements Bank of America has faced stemming from the more »

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