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  • The Natural Gas Renaissance

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 19, 2012 | Tickers: MMM, CHK, CLNE, D, ECA

    Cheap, clean and abundant, natural gas is changing the way North America looks at energy. Depressed resource prices, currently hovering around $2.30 per million British thermal units, resulted in major players abandoning natural gas to focus their operations on the more valuable liquid plays. Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) and EnCana (NYSE: ECA), the second and third largest natural gas producers in North America have been very vocal in their more »

  • Will Apple be Worth $1 Trillion?

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 17, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BBY, HPQ, MSFT, NKE | Editor's Choice

    Even several months ago when I would read anything that suggested that Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) market cap can touch $1 trillion, the first thing I would do is immediately check if I was reading a piece on The Onion. After discovering that I was actually on a credible source, I would roll my eyes in disgust. $1 trillion...that’s greater than the GDP of Australia. But with Apple more »

  • 5 Undervalued Potential Takeover Targets

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 15, 2012 | Tickers: ARO, PPC, SKX, CAKE, WEN

    For the last year, private equity activity has slowed down as companies are unable to find suitable additions to their portfolios. The 5 companies below offer well recognized brands and are typically in industries which attract investors, retail and restaurants. As PE firms look to increase their deal flow, these firms can serve as possible takeover targets.

    A possible place where to start speculating on the next big private equity more »

  • Google Revolutionizes Search...Again

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 15, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, GOOG, YHOO

    It was a sad day for print...after nearly 250 years of publishing print editions, Britannica will no longer be issuing hardcopies of its flagship encyclopedia, moving its content online. Shortly following, The Wall Street Journal reported on recent developments at Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) which will, as hard as it may be to believe, improve on the search engine’s search capabilities. As companies with a physical presence such as more »

  • Facebook Continues to Get Sued

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 14, 2012 | Tickers: BIDU, GOOG, MSFT, YHOO

    What is most fascinating about the story of Facebook?  Is it the fact that it was started by a lone college student out of his Harvard dorm room, the rapid story of the company’s success as it revolutionized social media and how the internet is used, or the high profile lawsuits against its founder which was the basis of the hit film The Social Network?

    Legal Concerns

    As Facebook more »

  • Facebook's $100 Billion Valuation IS Justified

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 14, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, XOM, LNKD, MCD

    A $100 billion market cap would give Facebook the same valuation as McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD). McDonald’s has a well established business model, generating annual sales over $27 billion and income of $5.5 billion. Facebook, on the other hand, generated 2011 sales of $3.7 billion which translated to a bottom line gain of $1 billion. Not only does Facebook generate 7 times less revenue than the fast more »

  • Zynga or Activision: Which is the Better Buy?

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 13, 2012 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, TTWO, ZNGA | Editor's Choice

    Social networks are changing everything from the way people communicate, how people gain access to information and even how people dine. One of the industries that is feeling the pinch of day-to-day activities being integrated with social websites and smartphones is the video game industry.  The first video game that I ever played was Mario for the original Nintendo; playing Super Mario World for the SNES was a totally new more »

  • 5 Reasons to Invest in Mattel

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 12, 2012 | Tickers: HAS, JAKK, MAT, DIS, ZNGA

    Prolonged uncertainty over the Greek debt crisis and the contagion effects it might have on other members of the European Union continues to depress international markets. Italy, which is also overly leveraged, experienced a two-notch downgrade on its debt Friday as Fitch dropped its rating to A-. Italy’s economy has officially entered a recession with two consecutive quarterly negative GDP growth rates. 2011 Q3 and Q4 GDP results indicated more »

  • Is Apple a Growth or Value Stock?

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 10, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, MSFT

    Value investors look for investment opportunities in which the company’s price is depressed for the level of sales, earnings or cash flow that the firm is generating. Growth investors, however, are more concerned with the denominator of the corresponding P/E, P/S and P/CF ratios, looking for prospects that have substantial upside momentum in earning or any of the other specified financial performance metrics.

    Value investors believe more »

  • 5 Solid Long-Term Investments

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 9, 2012 | Tickers: KO, COST, DG, PG, SNY

    Different investment purposes require unique investment styles. A technical buying strategy which involves purchasing stocks which recently broke through their previous resistance lines and are likely to continue escalating before dropping back to its new point of support is significantly different than an esoteric options strategy utilized to exploit a market arbitrage opportunity. Likewise, investing for different time periods also requires changing one’s overall investment strategy; when looking to more »

  • Major Advertisers Pull Out from the Rush Limbaugh Show

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 9, 2012 | Tickers: AOL, DE, JCP, NFLX, PLCM

    According to the Daily Ticker 24 companies have dropped their advertising campaigns from Rush Limbaugh’s radio program and the list is still growing. Although Limbaugh does not demand the same premium in terms of advertising dollars as, say Tiger Woods, who was dropped by Accenture and Gillette shortly following the negative publicity which followed his indiscretions, The Rush Limbaugh Show is the highest rated talk radio program in the more »

  • Is Now the Time to Invest in Cloud Protection Services?

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 8, 2012 | Tickers: CHKP, INTC, N, CRM, SYMC

    Every investor wants to be the first on the scene whenever a new company releases a groundbreaking product or even just before a particular service becomes popular. Oftentimes, especially for retail investors, an investment strategy based on predicted foresight into what will be the hottest technology of tomorrow involves considerable risks and lack of readily available information. For example, salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) was founded in 1999 and went public more »

  • 5 Reasons to Invest in Altria

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 6, 2012 | Tickers: MO, KRFT, LO, PM, RAI | Editor's Choice

    Spin-offs are normally a hidden source of market beating investment returns. Following a spin-off management is able to realign its focus on by targeting their efforts on the business which they know best. The outperforming returns are typically observed for the new spin-off entity as well as the parent company; the benefits of clearly defined management focus within the specific business are felt across both of these groups. Altria Group more »

  • BP Set to Rise 5%?

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 6, 2012 | Tickers: BP, XOM, HAL, RIG

    There are very few instances in the market when an investment is a sure thing, or even close to a sure thing. However, in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, a company caught my eye as a strong rebound candidate. Perhaps not a sure thing, but intriguing nonetheless. Facing immense headline pressures as reporters and analysts contemplated the idea that BP (NYSE: BP) could go bankrupt, the more »

  • Serving Up Tasty Return Potential

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 6, 2012 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, DENN, DIN, MCD

    DineEquity (NYSE: DIN) owns and operates two very distinct restaurant concepts: Applebee’s and IHOP. Based on growth patterns and fundamental valuations this restaurant business is well positioned to grow in the domestic and international market. Applebee’s locations can be found in 16 countries with appeal to those looking for a reasonably priced/good taste dining experience. After the refranchising and sale of 132 company-owned restaurants, there are currently more »

  • What Every Investor Must Know About Natural Gas Vehicles

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 6, 2012 | Tickers: CLNE, CMI, FDX, GM, HON, WPRT

    With General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Chrysler introducing new natural gas powered vehicles into their fleet, investing in the alternative energy trend is expected to generate significant returns. In some of my previous pieces – Positive Outlook on Clean Energy Fuels and Clean Energy Fuels: A Great Short & Long Term Buy I argue that Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) the maker of natural gas fueling stations is a solid play based more »

  • Clean Energy Fuels: A Great Short & Long Term Buy

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 5, 2012 | Tickers: APA, CHK, CLNE, F, GM, HMC, UPS

    Compressed natural gas as a fuel source, achieving rapid acceptance as the alternative energy option is starting to gain further traction in the consumer market. During President Obama’s State of the Union speech in January, he reaffirmed his commitment to advance clean energy technologies as the United States seeks to rid its dependence on foreign oil. On a monthly basis, U.S. imports approximately 119 barrels of foreign oil more »

  • Google Does Not Live Up To The Hype

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 4, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, NOK, CRM, YHOO

    Without question Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is the #1 player in search engine space! With approximately two-thirds of all search queries conducted through this Mountain View company, my only question is why are 33% of searches conducted with other service providers? People still use other search engines such as Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Bing, which according to comScore account for 15.2% and 14.1% of search more »

  • Why Do Utilities Pay Big Dividends?

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 2, 2012 | Tickers: AT, ETR, EXC, NEE, SO

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke cautioned that the economic recovery has thus far been “uneven and modest.” Despite the fac that unemployment and consumer spending have been on the upswing, the chairman used a guarded tone as he addressed Congress regarding his sentiment of the overall economy. With the Fed forecasting economic growth of approximately 2.5% and a drop in unemployment to 8.2% through 2012, necessary measures must more »

  • Edison International Soars Past Analysts’ Expectations

    By Arthur Pinkasovitch - March 1, 2012 | Tickers: CNP, EIX, NWN, NVE, POR

    Edison International (NYSE: EIX) soared past analysts’ expectations as earnings per share amounted to $0.75, in contrast to consensus estimates of $0.46. As a result, the stock jumped 3.25% following the announcement which corresponds with the general upward trend witnessed since August of last year, when shares were trading at under $33. However, once non-core items were factored in, such as the impairment on the MidWest Generation more »

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