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  • Will The Gold Market Continue to Heat Up?

    By Lior Cohen - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: GG, GLD, AUY

    The gold market has started to recover in the past several weeks: During August, the price of gold rose by 4.5%. This rally may have positively affected gold producer’s stock such as Goldcorp (NYSE: GG): Share of the company rose by 17.9% during the past month. Will gold price continue to rise? Is it time to reconsider investing in gold and gold producers?

    Gold price and gold more »

  • Is Natural Gas Making a Comeback?

    By Lior Cohen - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: LNG, NU, UNG

    In the past several months natural gas has had a downward trend. The price of natural gas is getting closer to the $3 mark. Despite the sharp fall in natural gas price, it is still much higher than last year’s price that reached at one point $2. Looking forward, will the natural gas market continue to cool down? How the recent developments in this market affect natural gas companies more »

  • Is Tesla’s Rally a Matter of Irrational Exuberance?

    By Lior Cohen - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: NSANY.PK, TSLA, TM

    I have recently came across an interesting article in the Fool’s network regarding the valuation of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) and if investing in the company’s stock is prudent. This made me think about the staggering growth of Tesla’s stock during the year (nearly 330%), which raises some questions about the value of Tesla.  for instance, is this company’s valuation off the charts? Do Tesla’s more »

  • Will 3D Printers Start Printing Money?

    By Lior Cohen - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, HPQ, SSYS

    The new hype over 3D printers has picked up in recent months. Is this the new technological breakthrough that is worth entering? 

    The main players

    Let’s a take a close look at some of the key players that could cash in on the 3D- printing business. Stratasys' (NASDAQ: SSYS) acquisition of Makerbot for $604 million is positioning Stratasys as the prime company in the 3D-printing business. It is also more »

  • Is Rite Aid Headed the Right Way?

    By Lior Cohen - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: CVS, RAD, WAG

    Note: This article has been corrected to reflect accurate valuation metrics for Rite Aid.

    The healthcare retail market isn’t showing many signs of growth so far, but this didn’t hold back shares of Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) from rallying this year: the company’s stock jumped by a staggering 140% (to-date). Besides the company’s recovery, many investors are expecting that Obamacare will boost the healthcare retail market more »

  • Are Online Travel Companies About to Take Off?

    By Lior Cohen - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: OWW, PCLN, TRIP

    If you are like me, then you usually plan your trips via big online travel companies such as Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) and TripAdvisor (NASDAQ: TRIP). Even though I still occasionally use travel agents for international flights, the majority of my flights and hotel bookings are done via online travel sites. Considering the little growth in the U.S airline business, will these online-travel companies continue augmenting their revenue? 

    During more »

  • Are Refiners Making a Comeback?

    By Lior Cohen - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: MPC, VLO, WNR

    During the past month, petroleum-refining companies have rallied:  Shares of Valero Energy (NYSE: VLO) rose by nearly 3.8%. Based on the latest development in the oil market including the sharp rise in the price for oil, will shares of leading refining companies keep rising? Is the refinery industry heating up? 

    Refinery inputs are rising

    According the U.S Energy Information Administration, in the past several months refinery inputs have more »

  • Will These Coal Companies Make a Comeback?

    By Lior Cohen - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: ARLP, CNX, BTU

    Is the coal industry slowly making a comeback? Several coal companies such as Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) and CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) have rallied in recent weeks:  Shares of Peabody increased by 10% during the past month; CONSOL’s stock rose by 16.8%. Despite this recent rise in the stock market, these companies are still down for the year. Will these companies continue to heat up? 

    Will revenue rise more »

  • Is It Time to Like Facebook Again?

    By Lior Cohen - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, YHOO

    The spike in shares of Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has brought the stock back to its IPO pricing. This rally was triggered by the company’s better-than-anticipated quarterly earnings reports. Looking forward, is this company on the right track? What are the opportunities and perils it may face? 


    Facebook’s recent earnings report was better than many had expected:  The company’s revenue jumped by 53%. For Facebook, most of more »

  • Will This Gold Producer’s Rally Continue?

    By Lior Cohen - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, SLV, GLD

    Gold hasn’t performed well during the year: The price of gold has fallen by more than 20%. This tumble has also adversely affected gold companies such as Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX). Shares of the company have plummeted more than 50% (year-to-date). But in the past month, the company’s stock has bounced back and rose nearly 10%. This rally coincided with the recovery of the gold market. Will this more »

  • Will Starbucks Continue to Heat Up?

    By Lior Cohen - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, GMCR, SBUX

    The ongoing rally of shares of Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) hasn’t slowed down, and its latest earnings report kept investors happy. Will this company’s stock keep rising? Is the company facing perils that could curb its growth? 

    Revenue keeps growing

    In the third quarter of fiscal 2013, revenue of Starbucks rose more than 13% (year-over-year). In comparison, other leading brands, such as Dunkin' Brands Group (NASDAQ: DNKN), haven’t more »

  • Is This Cat About to Pounce Back?

    By Lior Cohen - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, CMI, DE

    During 2013, shares of Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) have declined by nearly 8.5%. The company’s poor performance in the stock market is partly stemmed from its decline in profitability and drop in revenue. Moreover, last year’s acquisition of Zhengzhou Siwei Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (‘Siwei’), a producing mining roof support equipment company, for $653 didn’t go well. The deal later resulted in a goodwill write down of more »

  • Is China About to Hit the Great Wall?

    By Lior Cohen - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, SBUX, YUM

    The roaring economic growth of China has slowed down in recent years.China is facing several economic problems that might even further curb this country’s progress. If China’s economy comes to a halt, how will it affect leading American companies that operate there? Let’s take a look at three companies that could be affected by China’s potential economic deceleration.  

    Is China’s consumption too low?

    According more »

  • Will This Retail Drugstore Chain Continue to Heat Up?

    By Lior Cohen - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: CVS, RAD, WAG

    The drugstore retail market hasn't pulled up despite the slow recovery of the U.S economy. Nonetheless, one of the leading drugstore chains, Walgreen (NYSE: WAG) has been making great strides in the stock market: The company’s stock rose by nearly 38% (year-to-date). Will its recent rally continue?

    Healthcare sector sales are slowly rising

    Based on the latest survey of the U.S Census Bureau, U.S retail more »

  • Will Hershey Maintain Its Sugar High?

    By Lior Cohen - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: K, MDLZ, HSY

    When you think of chocolate, which company first comes in mind? For me it was always Hershey (NYSE: HSY). The company’s good branding and dominance in the U.S chocolate market aren’t the only things working for it. Shares of Hershey rallied in recent months. Moreover, the latest positive rating the company got from leading analysts may keep fueling this rally, unless its upcoming quarterly financial reports don more »

  • How Will a Minimum Wage Hike Affect These Retailers?

    By Lior Cohen - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: SHLD, TGT, WMT

    The promise of President Obama to increase the federal-level minimum wage to $9 an hour has raised the concerns of business owners and investors. The concern is that this move will lead to businesses being forced to close their doors, which, in turn, may increase unemployment. How will raising the minimum wage affect big retail companies?

    Does the minimum wage hurt the economy?

    One of the main concerns of some more »

  • Is This Gas Producer Regaining Investors’ Confidence?

    By Lior Cohen - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, XOM, NU

    The spike in shares of Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) might suggest the company is slowly regaining investors’ confidence. The sharp rise in the price of oil and the high price of natural gas compared to last year may have contributed to this company’s recovery. But other leading oil and gas producers such as ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) haven’t done as well in the stock market as Chesapeake has. Thus more »

  • Will Home Improvement Retail Continue to Heat Up?

    By Lior Cohen - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: HD, LOW, RH

    The recovery of the housing market has also positively affected home- improvement companies including Home Depot (NYSE: HD) and Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH). Will the demand for housing continue to rise? Will home-improvement companies continue to benefit from the housing recovery? Let’s examine these issues in detail.

    Will growth in the housing market reach a halt?

    The housing market continues to show signs of growth: the number of new more »

  • Is Groupon Worth Having in Your Portfolio?

    By Lior Cohen - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, GRPN

    The meteoric rise of Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) in 2013 has recently slowed down. Nonetheless, shares of the company have outperformed leading online companies such as (NASDAQ: AMZN) and eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY). Will Groupon continue to outperform other online companies? Is this company a long-term investment worth having in your portfolio? Let’s try to tackle these questions.

    First let’s turn to the retail market and specifically online more »

  • Is Teva Making a Comeback?

    By Lior Cohen - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: MRK, PFE, TEVA

    The recent rally in shares of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (NYSE: TEVA) may suggest investors are regaining some confidence in this pharmaceutical manufacturer. Will Teva’s upcoming second-quarter financial report, which will come out on August 1, show signs of recovery? Will it surprise investors? Is it worth having this giant generic-drug manufacturer in your portfolio?

    Generic medicine sales are falling

    One of the biggest hits Teva has taken so far more »

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