Alexander MacLennan

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  • Buying An Airline At A Near-Bankruptcy Price

    By Alexander MacLennan - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: AC.A, AC.B, DAL, WJA | Editor's Choice

    All prices mentioned are in Canadian Dollars (CAD) unless otherwise noted.

    In early 2009, shares of major airlines United Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL), US Airways, and American Airlines were all trading in the low single digits. It had seemed the market had priced them for bankruptcy. But the market had a reason to do so. Airlines not only have a long history of declaring bankruptcy but more »

  • A Tour Of Countries: China

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, CEA, ZNH | Editor's Choice

    Investors looking to move beyond U.S. borders are often attracted to emerging markets for an increased potential for growth. It is rare that a discussion of emerging markets comes up without anyone mentioning China. And there is a good reason for this. Growth in China has often topped double digits and still greatly exceeds the growth in most developed markets. But with the potential for growth comes risk. China more »

  • The Next Netflix-esque Short Squeeze?

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: NFLX, TSLA, VLKAY | Editor's Choice

    Shares of Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) were up nearly 25% on April 23 after the growing company reported better than expected earnings. This is not the first time Netflix shares have surged after positive results. Shares gained over 42% on Jan. 24 after the company reported a surprise profit. What did these two gains have in common other than a basis in tangible news? Short sellers of the stock got burned more »

  • 3 Stocks Moving on News

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, SZYM, TSLA | Editor's Choice

    Nearly all stocks move, at least to some extent, on reports that are released from or about the company. But some stocks are particularly volatile based on news reports, analyst predictions, and product reviews. Here we will take a look at three vastly different companies and see why their share prices are so news driven and why this trend is likely to continue.

    The story of a start-up

    What started more »

  • 3 Stocks Moving on News

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, SZYM, TSLA | Editor's Choice

    Nearly all stocks move, at least to some extent, on reports that are released from or about the company. But some stocks are particularly volatile based on news reports, analyst predictions, and product reviews. Here we will take a look at three vastly different companies and see why their share prices are so news driven and why this trend is likely to continue.

    The story of a start-up

    What started more »

  • EVs for Everyone, Part 2: Better Charging

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: F, SCTY, TSLA | Editor's Choice

    In the first part of this two-part series, we looked at how electric cars were very successful in the early years of automotive history. But as paved roads made long-distance travel easier, efficient mass production built the average Joe’s gas powered Model T, and safety issues with gas cars were fixed, electric cars declined in popularity, and turned into a niche product in the decades that followed.

    Today, electric more »

  • EVs for Everyone, Part 1: Better Batteries

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: F, GM, TSLA | Editor's Choice

    When one considers their design, electric cars should be much cheaper. The motor is simpler, there are only a few moving parts, and the battery... well, this is where the electric car has always been limited.

    A look back

    Many people don’t realize that the electric car didn't only gain acceptance after gas prices spiked. During the early 1900s, electric cars were very competitive with gas cars in more »

  • Will EV Charging be the Next Wi-fi?

    By Alexander MacLennan - December 27, 2012 | Tickers: WIFI, GM, TSLA | Editor's Choice

    When you go to a hotel today, especially an upscale one, you would expect it to offer wi-fi. Today's business travelers require Internet access to get their work done and even leisure travelers expect wi-fi to look up local attractions or stay connected with family and friends.

    Hotels today have responded to their customers' needs and have nearly universally adopted some form of wi-fi. But with the rise of more »

  • Delta Means Change

    By Alexander MacLennan - December 3, 2012 | Tickers: DAL, UAL, LCC | Editor's Choice


  • Making Their Cars Too Expensive For You: Well Played, Tesla

    By Alexander MacLennan - October 12, 2012 | Tickers: TSLA, TM | Editor's Choice

    Many people criticize the introduction of electric cars by companies like Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) for their high prices, which make the wealthy the only ones who can afford them. Those people claim it makes Tesla elitist, and makes the company looks more like a Mercedes-Benz than a Toyota. But instead of criticism, the automaker deserves praise for this business strategy. After all, it's the one that gives the more »

  • These Investments Warrant a Closer Look Part One: Insurance Companies

    By Alexander MacLennan - September 25, 2012 | Tickers: AIG, AIG-, HIG | Editor's Choice

    When the subprime bubble imploded in late 2008, insurers of the bad debt were left scrambling for funds. As a lender of last resort, the federal government stepped in to rescue the companies to prevent a complete meltdown in the financial sector.

    The agreed terms for most companies gave the government billions in preferred stock, with high interest rates and limited executive compensation within the companies. Needless to say, the more »

  • Devil's Advocate: Airline Stocks

    By Alexander MacLennan - August 18, 2012 | Tickers: DAL, RJET, LUV, UAL, LCC | Editor's Choice

    In all my years of investing, I have never been a fan of airline stocks. With constantly fluctuating fuel prices, frequent labor disputes, enormous debt levels, and high capital costs, I just don't see the risk/reward situation being in my favor. But this got me thinking.

    People must buy airline stocks and they must do so for a reason. In the interest of showing another side of the more »