Matthew DiLallo

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  • 1 Retailer to Buy This January

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: GME, GES, JCP, RSH, SHLD

    Depending on who you listen to, the annual holiday shopping season was rather weak.  Apparently all these fiscal cliff worries have made consumers a bit reluctant to shell out as much as retailers had hoped they would this year.  Despite retailers feeling a pinch, there is still good money to be made by investing in retail.

    Because of the volatility from the fiscal cliff and soon to be released holiday more »

  • Why Calories Are Better Than BTU’s for Your Retirement Portfolio

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 29, 2012 | Tickers: ARCO, XOM, MCD, YUM

    Foolish blogger Robert Zimmerman and I have spent the past few months engaged in a bit of iron sharpening.  In an effort to become more well-rounded investors, we’ve taken the time to look at both sides of an investment thesis.  It’s a practice that’s helped us dig a little deeper and fully cover all our bases. 

    It’s also instilled a bit of friendly rivalry.  While be more »

  • NextEra Continues to Renew its Portfolio

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 28, 2012 | Tickers: BAM, BRPFF, D, EXC, NEE

    The nation’s top renewable power generator, NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) announced it was selling its equity interests in White Pine Hydro Investments to Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (NASDAQOTH: BRPFF). The $760 million deal consists of 19 hydroelectric facilities and 8 upstream storage reservoir dams.  In total these assets, which are located in Maine and New Hampshire, have an aggregate capacity of 351 megawatts. 

    NextEra is the nation’s largest more »

  • 4 Stocks I’m Watching This January

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 28, 2012 | Tickers: EXC, INTC, RTN, WFC

    I like to keep my options open, especially my stock options.  As an investor that means that I need to pay a bit more attention each month to ensure that I’m ready to follow up as positions expire.  This coming January I have four options trades from my “No Drip, No Mess” Portfolio that are coming to an end.

    These four positions were all simple written puts with two more »

  • Three Ways Phillips 66 is Positioned to Create Value

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 26, 2012 | Tickers: CVX, COP, DPM, PSX, SE

    When global energy giant ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) announced it was spinning off its refining, midstream and chemical businesses into Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), the plan was to unlock and create value for shareholders. The management teams of both companies have succeeded where many others have failed.  They’ve delivered on that promise to investors and have unlocked tremendous value since the spinoff occurred.

    Now Phillips 66 is ready for its more »

  • Enterprise Products Partners: Your Pipeline to Profits

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 26, 2012 | Tickers: DPM, EPD, KMI, KMP, PSX

    We are on the cusp of a domestic energy revolution that could see our country become energy independent.  While production growth is one key aspect necessary to get us independent, we still need massive amounts of infrastructure to move energy from the production basins to the market centers.  Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD) is one of the midstream companies leading the way to build out this critical infrastructure.

    The Opportunity more »

  • 3 More Stocks from My December Watch List

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 26, 2012 | Tickers: ETFC, GES, IBKR, MPW, UNH

    In my last post I covered three of the six options trades from my “No Drip, No Mess” Portfolio that were expiring in December.  In this post I’ll cover the last three positions that I was watching this month.  While options do create a little extra work each month, the extra income makes them well worth it.

    I guess I didn’t get my shares
    Despite the fact that more »

  • 3 Stocks from My December Watch List

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 26, 2012 | Tickers: CHK, EPD, F, GM, DOW

    As an investor you know that the stock market can be a bumpy ride.  It’s tempting to make snap decisions in an effort to keep up.  Those quick decisions often lead to mistakes.

    Taking a step back and watching as events unfold on the other hand can be a very profitable endeavor.  Over the past month I watched a half dozen companies that I’d overlaid options on in more »

  • The Water Trade: How to Invest in This Megatrend

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 21, 2012 | Tickers: AWK, CHK, DVN, GE

    Commodities like oil and gold get a lot of press.  Both are critical to the global economy and have been a source of investor profits for years.  It’s easy to trade in either; you can directly invest via an ETF or buy shares in a company dedicated to production.

    Water, however, is much more difficult to play.  We tend not to think too much of it, as its access more »

  • Does this Deal Make this Marcellus Driller a Buy?

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 21, 2012 | Tickers: D, EQT, EQM

    Natural gas driller EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) announced plans to sell its regulated gas utility business, Equitable Gas Co., to privately held Peoples Natural Gas.  The $720 million deal also includes select midstream assets and commercial agreements.  The sale will enable EQT to focus on its rapidly growing natural gas production business in the Marcellus Shale.

    The deal accomplishes several things for EQT.  First, it provides the company with the more »

  • Is SandRidge’s Permian Sale a Game Changer?

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 20, 2012 | Tickers: CHK, CHKR, SD, PER

    Oil and gas driller SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD) announced that it was selling its Permian Basin properties to privately held Sheridan Production Partners II for $2.6 billion in cash. The sale is another important part of SandRidge’s strategic transition from a natural gas producer into an oil rich E&P company. It also provides the debt heavy company with some financial breathing room.

    SandRidge is following the road more »

  • Can Green Mountain's Leadership Help Brew Growth?

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 19, 2012 | Tickers: BEAM, FBHS, GMCR, K, TUMI

    Green Mountain Coffee (NASDAQ: GMCR) put out a press release Tuesday morning announcing several changes to the company’s Board of Directors.  If you are like most investors, you probably didn’t even notice.  While these types of announcements rarely move a stock, it doesn’t mean that they don’t have value for investors.

    The changes to the board found in the announcement included the election of Norman Wesley more »

  • Does Yahoo Have the Right Leadership to Thrive?

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 18, 2012 | Tickers: DISCA, EBAY, GOOG, YHOO

    For a struggling company like Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO), having the right leadership in place is one of the keys to its turnaround.  While new CEO Marissa Mayer is a key leader in this effort, she isn’t alone.  An often overlooked set of leaders at a company are those sitting on its Board of Directors. 

    Yahoo’s Board now consists of 11 members.  Investors need to think about whether those more »

  • 3 Winners of the Natural Gas Export Trade

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: LNG, CHK, EPD, KMI, SWN

    Earlier this month the Department of Energy released its much anticipated study on exporting natural gas.  The report noted that natural gas exports would have a “net economic benefit” to our economy.  While each export terminal will need to be approved on its own merits, this is a big step toward alleviating our natural gas glut. 

    As with any contested project, there will be winners and losers.  According to the more »

  • Rebound or Requiem? Bottom Line, Is Research in Motion a Buy?

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, NOK

    As the days tick down to Research in Motion’s (NASDAQ: BBRY) Jan. 30 launch date for the BlackBerry 10, the company stock keeps climbing higher.  Are investors setting themselves up for a rude awakening?  After digging deeply into the company through a SWOT analysis, fellow Foolish blogger Robert Zimmerman and I have come to the conclusion that the BB10 is too little, too late to lead to a real more »

  • Rebound or Requiem? Who’s Threatening Research in Motion?

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, NOK

    If Research in Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY) is to ever return to its former glory of profitability and popularity the company must combat several looming threats.  As investors countdown to the company’s launch of the highly anticipated BlackBerry 10 device it’s important to take a step back and consider what the company is up against.  In this fifth part of a series entitled, “Rebound or Requiem? A SWOT Analysis more »

  • Rebound or Requiem? Is Research in Motion Strong Enough to Survive?

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG

    Fellow Foolish Blogger Robert Zimmerman kicked off this deep dive analysis of Research in Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY) with an introduction to our SWOT analysis of this once great company.  Together we’ll be answering the burning question that investors want to know.  Will Research in Motion rise again to greatness or is it time to bury the company once and for all.

    RIM truly has been one of the great more »

  • Investing Lessons: the Reinvention of the Steel City

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 15, 2012 | Tickers: GOOG, PNC, PPG, X

    It’s been named among the best cities to live in thanks to its blend of leisure, education and employment opportunities.  Yet, as I look around me I can still find traces of one of the epic failures of the past half century.  Pittsburgh, the city I now call home, was once a booming steel town that went bust.  The industry’s collapse in the late 70’s sent the more »

  • The Three Surprising Busts of 2012

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 15, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, ARMH, BBRY, EXC, INTC

    With much celebration and fanfare, I launched my virtual 'No Drip, No Mess' Portfolio at the end of May.  Even though most of that fanfare and celebration was directed at the Memorial Day holiday, the portfolio I’m building has given me much to celebrate. 

    Unfortunately, I’ve also had my share of busts.  Topping the list are three companies that I wouldn’t have expected would generate such disappointing more »

  • Three Surprising Stocks from the Second Half of 2012

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 15, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, FB, F, MPW

    It’s that time again, time to take a step back and reflect on the wins and losses of the past year.  While we can learn a lot from our losses, it’s much more fun to bask in the gains. 

    Over the past six months I’ve been working on a project to build a virtual portfolio that I call the 'No Drip, No Mess' Portfolio.  Three additions to more »

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