Kathleen Delaney

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  • A Smartphone Analysis for Smart Investors

    By Kathleen Delaney - November 26, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    Smartphones are no longer considered to be devices that are only for a certain niche market; after all, it is estimated that 488 million smartphones were sold in 2011With figures like this, it is not hard to understand why analysts predicted that the demand for smartphones would exceed those of personal computers. Samsung is currently favored over Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) when it comes to smart phone popularity. While Samsung had more »

  • Will Caterpillar Ever Emerge From its Cocoon?

    By Kathleen Delaney - November 20, 2012 | Tickers: CAT, CNH, DE, JOY

    Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), is well-known as a mining and construction equipment manufacturing giant. Last September, Caterpillar announced that it was reducing its growth and profit forecast for the next three years. Among other reasons, CAT’s concerns for the reduction were Eurozone debt issues and the global economic slowdown’s impact on the mining and construction sector.

    Investors reacted unfavorably to the announcement, and CAT’s stock took a plunge more »

  • Will You Answer This Company's Call?

    By Kathleen Delaney - November 20, 2012 | Tickers: T, CLWR, S, VZ

    After AT&T and Verizon, Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE: S) is the third biggest wireless telecom company. It was not long ago that Sprint was heavily weighed down by debt issues. Sprint valuations were so poor that some analysts predicted that the company might file for bankruptcy and become a total loss for shareholders. Several strategies have helped Sprint stay in the communications game. Their repertoire of tricks includes unlimited more »

  • Can Groupon Stay Afloat with a New Business Model?

    By Kathleen Delaney - November 13, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, GOOG, GRPN

    Groupon has been struggling to keep its head above water. Investors have not been happy with Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) since its quarterly earnings began to appear after its remarkable IPO in 2011. The stock price has consistently dropped from its $20 per share to as low as $2.77. While GroupOn’s exciting IPO is comparable to Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) IPO in 2004, investor opinion took a turn for more »

  • Can You Have Faith in Netflix Like Icahn?

    By Kathleen Delaney - November 9, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, LGF, NFLX

    Carl Icahn, a 76-year old billionaire investor announced on October 31 that he has purchased a 10% stake in Netflix Inc., (NASDAQ: NFLX) with $168.9 million. Netflix’s balance sheet and cash flow are currently quite poor. With a background in the credit markets, it is obvious that Icahn must have seen value in Netflix before scooping it up. What could have enticed a billionaire investor into owning an more »

  • The Light is Dim for This Bank

    By Kathleen Delaney - November 7, 2012 | Tickers: AIG, BAC, JPM, WFC

    Some of the leading banks in the U.S. have been greatly concerned about litigations that stem from several allegations including LIBOR manipulation and old mortgage-related problems. Mortgage-related lawsuits have been recently initiated by the offices of the U.S. attorney general and the attorney general of New York State against Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) and JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM). These lawsuits have pulled both banks to the courtroom where they more »

  • Brewing Stocks in the Coffee Industry

    By Kathleen Delaney - September 19, 2012 | Tickers: CBOU, JVA, SBUX

    Thanks to the decline in sugar and coffee prices, the coffee business is still brewing despite the recession. With a drop in the prices of coffee beans came a boost to the industry's profit margin. As per the United Nations, America imported about 1.5 billion kilograms of coffee in 2011. As of 2012, Coffee prices are already down by 25%. Whereas the per pound costs touched $3 in more »

  • Will Sodas Still Make You Fat?

    By Kathleen Delaney - August 20, 2012 | Tickers: KO, CCH, DPS, PEP, HOT

    While sodas already have a bad rep with health enthusiasts for contributing to excess body fat, some brands may also become unpopular to investors for not making their pocketbooks fat enough. The new soda regulations that will affect the financial applications of manufacturers was not joyfully received by major soda companies like Pepsi (NYSE: PEP)Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) and Dr. Pepper Snapple (NYSE: DPS). Considering the declining sales these more »