Brian Nichols

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  • How Should You Trade the Most Controversial Stock in the Market

    By Brian Nichols - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MSFT, NFLX | Editor's Choice

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is up to its old tricks, trading significantly lower with the broader market. On Monday, Jefferies’ Peter Misek cut his target from $420 to $405 due to weaker demand during his iPhone channel checks. Regardless of this call, Apple is still trading illogically and is showing similarities to Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) back in 2011 – thus, I believe that it will eventually become Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).

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  • This High-Flyer is Still Far from Reaching its Worth

    By Brian Nichols - April 21, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, OSTK | Editor's Choice

    On a day that was suppost to be eBay’s (NASDAQ: EBAY) time to shine, another online retailer stole the show. (NASDAQ: OSTK)is often left behind in the discussion of top online retailers but could very well return much larger gains.’s Quarter at a Glance

    On Thursday, saw market-leading gains after reporting Q1 earnings. The stock, which rallied 37%, has seen strong more »

  • Solar Stocks Rally and the Sky Is the Limit for Future Gains

    By Brian Nichols - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: FSLR, JASO, JKS, LDK, SPWR | Editor's Choice

    A Look at First Solar’s Analyst Day

    First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) saw a 45.53% midday rally as the company gave a presentation on its analyst day. The company began by talking about demand and long-term margins, including a wide array of new products. At this point the stock was trading higher by 6%, and then rose to 8% when it began to discuss its cost/watt being cut more »

  • After a Two-Day Rally, Is there More Upside Here?

    By Brian Nichols - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: CVS, RAD, WAG | Editor's Choice

    In the last two days shares of Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) have rallied 11% without any news. In fact, its last piece of news was perceived as disappointing, as same store sales for February fell 3.6%, with a 4.7% decline in the pharmacy. While most of this decline was due to a 695 basis point negative impact from new generic introductions, it may still lead investors to wonder more »

  • How to Play the Yahoo! Acquisition Rumors

    By Brian Nichols - March 13, 2013 | Tickers: MM, OPEN, YHOO, YELP, ZNGA | Editor's Choice

    Far too often retail investors hurry and buy a stock when whispers of an acquisition occur, but then return losses when the acquisition never materializes or when the buyout price is less than investors expect (i.e., Clearwire). Now, investors are looking to another high-profile company that is in the market to acquire, but the question remains, who will Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) acquire and should investors chase the speculation?

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  • Spectrum Pharmaceuticals: When Being "Long" Backfires!

    By Brian Nichols - March 13, 2013 | Tickers: QCOR, SPPI | Editor's Choice

    Yesterday, I published an article titled, “When Being Short Backfires!” So it's only appropriate to look at the other side of the trade. Strangely enough, this comes as one of my favorite companies of the last five years released guidance that simply left me speechless, providing the perfect example of when being long and optimistic backfires!

    Staying Long & Optimistic Despite Obvious Problems

    In my book, Taking Charge With Value more »

  • Is it Time to Buy Social Media Based Companies

    By Brian Nichols - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: GRPN, LNKD, YELP, ZNGA | Editor's Choice

    In case you missed it, LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) traded higher by more than 21% last Friday, and led other stocks higher, as it crushed earnings expectations. The stock is now sporting a “dot-com like” valuation, but has strong growth that has remained stable. With that being said, there are a lot of people who believe that now is the time to buy social media stocks; but is it?

    A Look more »

  • Analysts Play Follow-the-Leader this Earnings Season

    By Brian Nichols - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: FB, RF, S | Editor's Choice

    I, like many, listened to and followed closely the Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) earnings report and call on Wednesday and believed the results to be very good. Almost immediately following the top and bottom line beat, and the release of its report, a number of analysts issued bullish notes as the stock ticked higher. However, as the stock then turned to the negative, we saw a shift in perception as analysts more »

  • Four Companies that Might Move Your Portfolio this Week

    By Brian Nichols - January 21, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MCD, MSFT, PG | Editor's Choice

    Although it seems like we are deep into earnings season, we are actually just getting started, with less than 15% of all companies already reporting. This upcoming week is vital to this earnings season because there are countless big-name market-moving companies scheduled to report. With that being said, I am looking at four of the most important, not necessarily to themselves, but companies that will impact the market and other more »

  • Regional Banks Are the Strength of the Industry

    By Brian Nichols - January 18, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, BBT, C, FITB, PNC | Editor's Choice

    Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Citigroup (NYSE: C) have been two of the most followed and controversial stocks in the market over the last year. The rise in housing and strong market performance has led some to believe that now is the time to buy these large money center banks. However, Thursday proved one point: Regional banks are the strength of the banking industry.

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  • Analyst Calls That Might Be the Worst All Year

    By Brian Nichols - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: FB, GS, STX, WDC | Editor's Choice

    Despite the fact that two different analysts often have completely different opinions regarding a stock, indicating one to be wrong, investors weigh their opinion heavily due to their education, knowledge, and the research material that is at their disposal. But every now and then an analyst makes a call that is so incredibly off-base that it provides the retail investor a great opportunity. In this article, I am looking at more »

  • A Foolish Call on Netflix and Coinstar

    By Brian Nichols - October 6, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, OUTR | Editor's Choice

    On Wednesday shares of Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) led the S&P 500 in performance, with its near 8% gain after Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney restated his “buy” rating. Mahaney cited that a reasonable valuation, a generally positive execution track record, and an early market opportunity for internet streaming makes the stock a buy. However, I can’t help but to feel that there’s a sucker born every minute, and more »