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  • Finding Boring in an Exciting Time

    By Ben Kovalick - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, NEE, SO

    A market that keeps hitting all time highs with the help of an impressive health care sector, an exciting technological revolution in 3D printing and the comeback being made by the housing market. These are exciting times and for most investors the fear of missing out can lead to taking on added risk that might not be necessary. Although there is a lot of growth still expected investors are still more »

  • Should You Take a Bite Out of Panera?

    By Ben Kovalick - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, PNRA, SBUX

    I’ll be the first to say that I love a fast food joint that is cheap and gets me my food in a timely manner. But what if that food got to me just as quick but was of much higher quality. In comes Panera Bread Co. (NASDAQ: PNRA) who own and operate bakery-cafes throughout the U.S. and Canada. They have more than 1600 stores in the U more »

  • The Next Big Thing

    By Ben Kovalick - January 18, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, PRCP, SSYS

    3D printing has become the next wave of technology to take the world by storm. 2012 was a year to remember for companies like 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) and Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) as they doubled and tripled their stock values. Now the question is, can these companies do it again in 2013, and is it possible another company can compete with them?

    The dominance established by 3D Systems and Stratasys more »

  • Should You Take a Bite Out of Panera?

    By Ben Kovalick - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, PNRA, SBUX

    I’ll be the first to say that I love a fast food joint that is cheap and gets me my food in a timely manner. But what if that food got to me just as quick but was of much higher quality. In comes Panera Bread Co. (NASDAQ: PNRA) who own and operate bakery-cafes throughout the U.S. and Canada. They have more than 1600 stores in the U more »

  • The Future of Natural Gas

    By Ben Kovalick - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: ATLKY, CHK, CLNE, SPLS, UNFI

    As the country slowly moves from gasoline/diesel to natural gas, investors are faced with the challenge of finding the right natural gas company to invest in. The company that comes to mind for me is Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE). The company provides an efficient energy source to trucks who travel long distances every day in the U.S. and Canada. The problem facing Clean Energy is the rate more »

  • Consumers Love It, but Should Investors?

    By Ben Kovalick - January 15, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, TTWO

    For someone just getting out of the video game phase I can tell you firsthand how addictive some of these games are. While I was playing these games I would constantly hear about how the Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, and Madden  franchises were all doing very well. Due to all this success I assumed the companies making these games were highly profitable and that shareholders were reaping the more »

  • Which Retail Stock Is Right for Your Portfolio?

    By Ben Kovalick - January 14, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, GPS, URBN

    Following the hoopla over Black Friday and the rest of the holiday shopping zaniness, retail stores must refocus and adapt to the end of the busiest shopping time of the year. I want to take a look back at the year that was 2012 for three brand name retail companies and what their prospects look like moving forward.

    Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN)

    Shares of Urban Outfitters were up 42% this more »

  • Are They Really Superior?

    By Ben Kovalick - January 14, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, SLB, SPN

    Superior Energy (NYSE: SPN) serves the drilling, completion, and production-related needs of oil and gas companies worldwide through a diversified portfolio of specialized oilfield services and equipment that are used throughout the economic life cycle of oil and gas wells.

     As an investor the first thing you should when evaluating any stock is to read the business summary and not only understand it, but accept it. Is this something you more »

  • How Much Higher Can This Tech Stock Really Go?

    By Ben Kovalick - January 11, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, SSYS

    When evaluating a company it is essential to look at the business model and determine whether or not the fundamentals are there. Putting in the right amount of research and analysis can lead to successful stock picking and eventually creating a portfolio that can outperform any major index. A lot of investors who didn't jump on Apple at the beginning of 2012 were kicking themselves because of the massive more »

  • The Next Google or Better?

    By Ben Kovalick - January 9, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, GOOG, SINA, SOHU

    Baidu ) provides internet search services that enable users to find relevant information online with the help of web pages, news, images, documents and multimedia. They also offer a range of online marketing services to small and medium sized enterprises as well as subsidiaries of multinational corporations.

    Killing the Competition

    Baidu has often times been compared to Google ), but of late they have the valuations and growth potential to possibly outperform more »

  • Why I Still Believe in This Glass Giant

    By Ben Kovalick - January 7, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GLW, NKE

    When you aren’t sure about what to invest in it’s always a smart idea to go with what you know, look for companies where the products they make are something that you are very familiar with and use on a day to day basis. Examples of this would be Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Nike (NYSE: NKE), there’s a good chance that at one point or another that you more »