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  • Exone Buying Opportunities Await

    By Spencer Houlihan - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, XONE, ONVO, SSYS

    Since missing earnings and getting a mulligan from the market, 3D printing company Exone (NASDAQ: XONE) continues to reward its shareholders. Exone shares recently made new highs, tripling from its February IPO price and peaking at $75. Now trading off the highs, partially due to an analyst downgrade of Exone, the time may be coming for risk-seeking investors to initiate a position in the fast-growing company.

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  • ExOne Gets a Mulligan

    By Spencer Houlihan - June 4, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, XONE, SSYS

    You know that golfing buddy that shanks his drive into the woods, only to nonchalantly re-tee another Pro V1 right before your eyes?  Effortlessly, he hits his mulligan--possibly in the woods again, or perhaps down the middle of the fairway.  But you don't think anything of the do-over.  In the grand scheme of things, does it really matter?  One mulligan couldn't cost you too much when it's more »

  • 3 DRIPs to Buy for Your Kids

    By Spencer Houlihan - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: K, PG, DIS

    Dividend Reinvestment Plans (DRIPs) are a great way to accumulate shares of stable, dividend-paying investments for the long term. With a DRIP, an investor purchases shares of stock directly from the company, eliminating many of the fees associated with brokerage accounts and advisers.  

    Teaching children about investing is a challenge, and it is wise to start small to keep kids focused and relate to what they know. DRIPs are a more »

  • 3 Stocks for the Year 2033

    By Spencer Houlihan - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: IRBT, OLED, URS | Editor's Choice

    Wall Street analysts are paid to predict company sales and earnings performance, typically over the next few years. Some analysts go further, estimating financial results over the next five years, but finding an analyst to predict further into the future is rare.  

    But, with most individual investors having an investment horizon of over 20 years, we should put more emphasis on the really long-term. With this in mind, what stocks more »

  • Staying Ahead of Warren's Elephant Gun

    By Spencer Houlihan - April 19, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, BRK-B, DE, DFS, EBAY

    "We're prepared. Our elephant gun has been reloaded, and my trigger finger is itchy."  

    --Warren Buffett, appearing on CNBC's "Squawk Box", Valentine's Day 2013.

    With Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE: BRK-B) mega-buyout of Heinz in January, billionaire Warren Buffett showed that he still has the tenacity and eagerness of a much younger man.  The Heinz acquisition cost Berkshire $13 billion in cash, with 3G Capital kicking in the more »

  • Ann Taylor's Lofty Future

    By Spencer Houlihan - April 19, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, GPS, JCP

    "I like my money right where I can see it...hanging in my closet"

    --Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

    According to the Department for Professional Employees, women make up 57% of workers in professional occupations, and are expected to outpace the growth of men in business over the next decade. Not only are more professional women participating in the workplace, but a more recent trend shows the salaries of more »

  • Ann Taylor's Lofty Future

    By Spencer Houlihan - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, GPS, JCP, LULU

    "I like my money right where I can see it...hanging in my closet"

    --Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

    One mega-trend that continues to dominate the social landscape is the growing number and percentage of women in the U.S. workplace.  Women are getting better jobs and making more money than ever before, and this trend is projected to continue for the foreseeable future.  According to the AFL-CIO's more »

  • The 3 Keys to Exone's First Earnings

    By Spencer Houlihan - March 22, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, XONE, SSYS

    The 3D printing wars are heating up, with rivals Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), and Exone (NASDAQ: XONE) competing for market share and leadership within this developing industry.  

    Followers of the industry will recognize Exone as the new kid on the block, set to issue its first earnings report on March 27, 2013. Exone's fourth-quarter report will likely set the tone for investor sentiment around this young more »

  • Who's Cashing in on the Paleo Craze?

    By Spencer Houlihan - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: BDBD, CMG, HAIN, WFM

    Paleo-mania continues to gain popularity among cutting-edge health fanatics, and is now spreading to the masses. Followers of the "Paleo", or "Caveman", lifestyle eliminate foods from their diets that were introduced anytime in the last 10,000 years. Foods within the Paleo parameters include fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and nuts -- and that's pretty much it. Proponents of Paleo claim increased overall health and higher energy while decreasing dangerous inflammation more »

  • Bet on This Longshot to Win the 3D Printing Race

    By Spencer Houlihan - March 5, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, XONE, SSYS

    3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is the hottest industry going, with arguably the best growth story in the market.  Momentum traders and institutional investors spent 2012 cashing in on lucrative bets on Stratysys (NASDAQ: SSYS) (+86% in the last 52 weeks) and 3D Printing (NYSE: DDD) (+148%).  In early 2013, retail investors are joining the party, driving shares to new all-time highs, and creating a dot-com like bubble feel in more »

  • The Cult of Lululemon

    By Spencer Houlihan - February 23, 2013 | Tickers: CROX, LULU, JWN, UA | Editor's Choice

    Investors continue to pay a high premium for Lululemon's (NASDAQ: LULU) cult-like following and strong growth and expansion prospects.  There is a voracious appetite among a vocal group of the company's fanatics for all things Lulu.  Searches for "yoga pants" and "Lululemon" are at all-time highs on Google Trends, signaling peak interest.  The company continues to grow organic sales at 20+% rates while adding new stores, making the more »

  • Sodastream: Investment or Fad?

    By Spencer Houlihan - February 19, 2013 | Tickers: KO, PEP, SODA

    Remember the good old days when you could drop a quarter into your local vending machine and enjoy a Coke and a smile?  Sadly, inflation has driven carbonated beverage prices to at least a buck, and far more in certain venues.  But Israel-based Sodastream (NASDAQ: SODA) wants to bring back the days of cheap carbonated Coke-like products, with their popular at-home fountain Soda Maker kits.  Sodastream sells an innovative line more »

  • Straddling the Fence on Pandora

    By Spencer Houlihan - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, P, NWSA

    Pandora (NYSE: P) continues to grow at a rapid rate in the competitive internet radio segment.  The company's listener growth has been phenomenal, and Pandora now boasts over 7% of the total U.S. radio listening market, which amounts to 67 million listeners.  These users tuned into Pandora for nearly 14 billion hours in 2012, up from 8 billion hours in 2011.  With numbers like these, one might assume more »

  • BDC's: What Am I Buying?

    By Spencer Houlihan - February 1, 2013 | Tickers: AINV, GLAD, PSEC

    Investors are attracted to the relative high dividend yields and potential capital appreciation of Business Development Companies, or BDC's for short.  BDC's were created by Congress in the 1980's to promote private equity investments in middle-market private companies and small capitalization public companies.  BDC's qualify for favorable taxation in a manner similar to that of REIT's, and must pay 90% of income in order to more »