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  • This Online Travel Agency Soars Above its Competitors

    By Colin Tweel - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: EXPE, OWW, PCLN

    If you booked travel online this past July, you did so in good company. Online travel bookings peak in July, and this summer is set to be a record-breaker. U.S.-based travel companies expect $54 billion in online travel bookings in their vital third quarter (Q3) this year, a 10% increase over Q3 last year and an enticing indication of future profit potential.

    In 2012 worldwide online travel bookings more »

  • These Restaurant Companies Offer Stable Growth Amidst Market Turmoil

    By Colin Tweel - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, DPZ, PNRA

    Despite the release of promising economic indicators for the US economy, in the last two months the US stock market has been wracked by volatility. The US Federal Reserve’s planned tapering of its quantitative easing program, and the People’s Bank of China’s reluctance to inject liquidity into China’s drying credit market have both roiled stocks.

    Investors looking for companies whose success is only affected to a more »

  • Couponing: Good Deal or Flawed Business Model?

    By Colin Tweel - July 28, 2013 | Tickers: GRPN, OPEN, OSTK, TZOO

    When Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) issued its massive IPO in July of 2011, the company had been in a difficult position. First, it was forced to reissue it’s S-1 statement due to errors in accounting mechanisms it used in its first filing. Furthermore, its inexperience, the rapid emergence of competitors, and customer deal fatigue (translation: exasperation at the number of emails and deals they were getting bombarded with), put Groupon more »

  • 3 Persistent Values in the Smartphone Industry

    By Colin Tweel - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: GLW, QCOM, SNE

    With some 722.5 million smartphones shipping in 2012, and shipments growing by nearly 33% in 2013, it's clear that smartphones are the communication technology of the future. While many investors are debating the prospects of Apple, Samsung, and Google, there are plenty of other stocks that stand to rise in the coming months as smartphones continue to become more popular.

    In this article I will examine some of more »

  • Profiting From the North American Power Market

    By Colin Tweel - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: ATP, NPI, NRG

    With the increased focus over the past decade on sustainable energy, it comes as no surprise that countries with abundant resources have become breeding grounds for energy companies, particularly in Canada and the United States. Canada happens to be the third-largest natural gas producer (and fifth in terms of energy production), and the US produces over 19% of the world’s natural gas. The Canadian and American companies who have more »

  • Why Biotechnology Is Set to Bloom and Boom

    By Colin Tweel - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: GPRE, MON

    The biotech sector has been growing rapidly in recent months; the NASDAQ biotech index is up 45% since a year ago, and the Arca biotech index is up 35% over the same time frame. Biotech companies solve some of the world's most pressing problems, including exploding food and energy demand. Several companies are poised to turn this demand into profit -- and offer investors excellent opportunities.

    The World's Most more »

  • This Footwear Company Remains a Bargain Despite the Industry’s Recent Surge

    By Colin Tweel - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: DECK, NKE, WWW

    American consumer confidence rose to a five-year high in May according to the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index. A soaring stock market and growing strength in the housing industry has Americans feeling wealthier and more willing to return to their historical consumerism despite intractable unemployment figures.

    With Americans reporting renewed confidence in the economy, the stocks of many of the corporations who thrive on American consumerism have surged. One more »

  • Apple Helps Intel but Threatens Amazon at WWDC

    By Colin Tweel - June 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, INTC

    The recently concluded WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) grabbed eyeballs. Apple unveiled a number of upcoming products including iOS 7, the revamped version of its operating system for iPhones and iPads. The MacPro desktop got a complete makeover, which is stunning. But what very few people noticed is that some of Apple’s announcements will give a big boost to Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), while others threatened to more »

  • Strong Product Pipelines Have Pharmaceutical Companies Poised for Growth

    By Colin Tweel - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: AZN, PFE, PBYI

    With the global economy beginning to stabilize, the stock market is looking more attractive than ever. One industry that could stand to make huge gains in the near future is the pharmaceutical industry, though it's worth noting that this sector is a high risk, high reward industry. Still, pharmaceutical stocks offer a great way to diversify your portfolio and add stocks with high potential. Yes, there are risks involved more »

  • The Future of Streaming Music

    By Colin Tweel - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, P, SIRI

    As a leader in online radio, Pandora (NYSE: P) has done a remarkable job of revolutionizing the way listeners consume music. The company makes use of a proprietary algorithm that analyzes songs based on 450 different attributes, and in conjunction with a collective feedback process from listeners (data points from listeners giving a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”) to serve personalized songs, in the form of playlists, to listeners. Anyone more »

  • How Are These Four Companies Reacting to the Rise of E-Commerce?

    By Colin Tweel - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBY, NILE, TGT

    With seemingly endless numbers of new websites cropping up on a daily basis, it’s no wonder consumers are bombarded by advertisements on nearly every website we visit. In addition, thanks to the proliferation of smart phones in developing and emerging markets, we can now make purchases directly from our devices without having to be in front of a PC. What does all of this mean for the giant e-commerce more »

  • Taking Part in the E-Commerce Revolution

    By Colin Tweel - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, OSTK

    When John Donahoe took the reigns as CEO of eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) in March of 2008, the company was known as a flailing auction website in dire need of help. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, CA, eBay was a phenomenon in its early years. It had literally changed how people thought about how they valued the junk in their basements, and within its first few years of existence it more »

  • China's Netspace: Is the Explosion Over?

    By Colin Tweel - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, SINA

    One in five people on the planet are a resident of China, and according to the United Nations, by 2030 its population will be over 1.5 billion. Coupled with this explosion comes the inevitable explosion of the internet in China, thanks to Chinese authorities who allow individuals and businesses to have internet accounts. Since then, the Chinese have been captivated by the 'net, and all of the opportunities it more »

  • Clean Energy: To Play or Not to Play?

    By Colin Tweel - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: FSLR, SUNE, SPWR

    When several prominent solar companies soared in 2011, the stage was set for the entire clean-energy group to explode. Investing in sustainable energy seemed like an alluring way to make a profit: not only could investors contribute to creating a sustainable environment for the future, but they could gain potential returns on their investments in the meantime. It seemed as if it was only a matter of time before winners more »

  • Moving Money is One of the Best Ways to Make it

    By Colin Tweel - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: INGIY.PK, NCR, PAY

    With the advent of emerging technologies such as contactless mobile payments, it’s clear that the payment landscape is on the verge of a major secular shift. Given the increasingly evident movement to the usage of smartphones as a gateway to do virtually anything from checking in to a flight at the airport to redeeming coupons to buying coffee at Starbucks, without a doubt there will be winning and losing more »

  • This Oil Company Offers Growth, Income and Stability

    By Colin Tweel - June 7, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CVX, XOM

    Following two years of underwhelming world GDP growth, the OECD forecasts that world real gross domestic product will increase by more than 3% in 2013 and by 4% in 2014. As global energy demand is tightly linked to economic growth, now is an exciting time to consider investments in some of the world’s largest energy suppliers: ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), Chevron (NYSE: CVX) and BP plc (NYSE: BP).

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  • Profiting from North America's Resource Renaissance

    By Colin Tweel - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: APA, ECA, PNG

    While the global economy remains unstable , the oil and natural gas sector in the United States continues to boom. Using a combination of advanced techniques and technologies, cutting-edge companies are now extracting oil and natural gas from previously untapped resources. Much of the oil and natural gas is extracted through new techniques, such as fracking, and from new sources, such as shale. This has created unique opportunities for niche firms more »

  • Is This Automobile Company a Potential Takeover Target?

    By Colin Tweel - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: F, GM, TSLA

    The big three automakers of Detroit, Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) and Chrysler have ruled the U.S. auto industry for almost a century. They developed cars that people would love. But serial entrepreneur Elon Musk is defying all the rules. His company Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA)’s Model S electric car has garnered rave reviews from critics as well as users. Moreover, the more »

  • This Automaker Looks Set to Accelerate

    By Colin Tweel - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: F, GM, TM

    Jenny Lin, Ford’s (NYSE: F) senior U.S. economist, excitedly announced an 18% jump in Ford’s April sales. The announcement follows on the heels of an impressive first-quarter earnings report. Ford’s Q1 2013 earnings reveal a company that is ideally situated to take advantage of expected acceleration in the U.S. and Chinese auto sales through 2015.

    Ford’s Q1 2013 results

    Ford’s first-quarter pre-tax profits more »

  • Facebook's Opportunity

    By Colin Tweel - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, LNKD

    In May of 2011, professional networking company LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) made history: it was the largest IPO since Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), and its price doubled on its first day of trading. Fast forward a year later, and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) was next in line to be heralded as one of the most significant IPOs in technology.

    In stark contrast to LinkedIn’s IPO, Facebook’s was nothing short of a more »

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