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  • Facebook Remains in Denial Regarding Teen Usage

    By Mark Holder - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AOL, FB, YHOO

    Despite more and more reports that have documented in detail how the younger generation continues to leave the leading social network, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) continues to deny losing that user base. Even with the questions regarding losing the most coveted crowd in social network land, the biggest risk to a negative investment thesis has been the company's ability to increasingly monetize its existing and slowly growing user base around more »

  • A Great Time to Buy This Oil & Gas Company

    By Mark Holder - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: KOG, RAM, TSLA

    Last week, Halcon Resources (NASDAQ: RAM) announced a secondary offering of up to 43.7 million shares that caused the stock to crash. The stock traded at $6 for a few days prior to offering announcement, though typical of any “surprise” secondary, the plunge provides an opportunity to scoop up shares of a good company.

    The company is a growing oil exploration and production firm heavily indebted from an asset more »

  • Buy Smaller Airlines as Consolidation Looms

    By Mark Holder - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: ALK, JBLU, LCC

    The shocking announcement that the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways (NYSE: LCC) caused most of the airlines to drop. While the blocking of the merger could have a significant impact on American Airlines, it could create opportunities for the smaller airlines to either be bought out in smaller consolidation deals or gain from the interruption and potential cutbacks at more »

  • Did Baidu Suddenly Solve the Mobile Problem?

    By Mark Holder - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, QIHU, YOKU

    Only a month ago, Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) was struggling to stay above $90 as the company faced margin and competitive pressures from the shift toward mobile internet usage and more specifically, mobile search, that it doesn’t dominate like desktop search.

    The leading Chinese search provider has increased operating expenses in order to expand research and development and marketing in order to build out the mobile products and to publicize more »

  • Millennial Media Gets Cheaper

    By Mark Holder - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AOL, GOOG, MM

    Another quarterly report and another major selloff of the Millennial Media (NYSE: MM) stock. Investors not reading the report would probably suspect that the leading independent mobile advertising company released earnings that didn’t meet estimates. The nearly 19% loss on top of an 8% loss on the day earnings were released undoubtedly must’ve been due to extremely negative numbers.

    The sell off was actually caused by a couple more »

  • Is Google Really to Blame for Weak Ad-Tech IPOs?

    By Mark Holder - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, MRIN, TRMR, YUME

    The recent weakness in advertising technology-related IPOs has reached a level where other firms will likely delay IPO plans. Typically, companies don’t go public when pricing below the original mid-point, yet the sector has seen several IPOs price anyway. Even worse, these stocks have performed badly after pricing, further compounding the problem.

    While Bloomberg suggests the online ad dominance of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is the leading cause of the more »

  • GSV Capital: Finally Realizing the Dream

    By Mark Holder - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: CTRL, GSVC, SSNI

    Since going public over two years ago, GSV Capital (NASDAQ: GSVC) promised individual investors the potential of investing in venture capital companies before those stocks go public in order to generate huge gains. Recently, the IPO market has very much favored investors owning the stock in the private markets or buying shares at the offering price if lucky enough to obtain shares. Unfortunately, this plan hasn’t worked out so more »

  • Are These 3 Hot Restaurant Stocks Worth a Bite?

    By Mark Holder - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CHUY, JACK, NDLS

    Investing in restaurant stocks can be a simple yet frustrating pursuit. The theory of developing a successful concept that can easily be duplicated across the country from a regional to national play is easier said than done. While a good plan in theory, restaurants can quickly come in and out of favor making very few successful of making the trek from a strong regional play to a truly national company more »

  • Is Nuance Finally Ready to Rumble?

    By Mark Holder - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: ADBE, INTU, NUAN

    Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) is counting on the potential of technologies that allow for virtual assistants and electronic health records via voice recognition, and the company has promised a stronger future than the actual results.

    After guiding yet again to weak results going forward, the stock actually rebounded after an initial selloff. After the previous quarterly disappointment, the stock plunged from $24 to $20. This time though, the stock rebounded more »

  • Load Up on InvenSense Now

    By Mark Holder - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, INVN, STM

    Even after soaring following a great quarterly report and solid signals of signing up a major customer, InvenSense (NYSE: INVN) doesn’t appear to be gaining much traction on the stock market. The stock soared the first day of trading following the report, but it has sold over the days since the report.

    Even after surging to new 52-week highs, the motion tracking stock trades with a valuation of only more »

  • Buy the Halcon Resources Secondary

    By Mark Holder - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: KOG, RAM, TSLA

    Last week Halcon Resources (NASDAQ: RAM) announced secondary of up to 43.7 million shares that caused the stock to crash. The stock traded at $6 for a few days prior to offering announcement though typical of any “surprise” secondary, the stock plunges providing an opportunity to scoop up cheap shares for those alert investors.

    The company is a growing oil exploration and production firm heavily indebted from an asset more »

  • Zillow's Monetization Machine Surges

    By Mark Holder - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: MOVE, TRLA, Z

    One thing that really stands out in the Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) quarterly report is that the monetization of the Zillow real estate properties is finally taking place in full force. Whether the real estate collapse destroyed demand or it has just taken a while to develop a monetization strategy, and especially one that includes a site that is 70% mobile on the weekends, the company is finally hitting in full more »

  • This IPO Sprouted Too High

    By Mark Holder - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, SFM, TFM, WFM | Editor's Choice

    After the 123% gain following the IPO, Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM) appears to have sprouted too far for new investors. The company offers a compelling shopping experience and attractive pricing, but can it grow fast enough to justify a market cap exceeding $6 billion with revenue of only $2 billion last year.

    Sprouts competes in the fast growing and suddenly competitive natural and organic grocery sector against the likes more »

  • Is This Pricey Grocer Worth It?

    By Mark Holder - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, SFM, TFM, WFM

    With the smashing success of the Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM) IPO, one has to wonder if the Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) stock is undervalued. Natural Grocers has a faster growth rate and the stock didn’t have the same IPO pop.

    The company competes in the quickly growing natural and organic grocery sector against the likes of Sprouts, The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM) and Whole Foods more »

  • Did Weather Create a Golden Buying Opportunity in Nuverra Environmental Solutions?

    By Mark Holder - August 3, 2013 | Tickers: CJES, NES, RAM

    Another quarter, and yet another disappointment from Nuverra Environmental Solutions (NYSE: NES). The company that promised an attractive environmental solution to the dirty energy sector has yet to deliver on that promise to investors. Most recently, the old Heckmann released preliminary Q2 2013 results that greatly disappointed the market. A major contributing factor was weather, but is that enough to create a golden buying opportunity after the stock plunged?

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  • Did Weather Create the Golden Buying Opportunity in Nuverra Environmental Solutions?

    By Mark Holder - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: CJES, NES, RAM

    Another quarter and yet another disappointment from Nuverra Environmental Solutions (NYSE: NES). The company that promised an attractive environmental solution to the dirty energy sector has yet to deliver on that promise to investors. Most recently, the old Heckmann released preliminary Q2 2013 results that greatly disappointed the market. A major contributing factor was weather, but is that enough to create a golden buying opportunity after the stock plunged?

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  • One Airline to Avoid

    By Mark Holder - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: JBLU, RJET, SAVE

    As with most sectors, airline stocks generally trade in the same general direction whether up in bull markets or down in bear markets. Typically the better company in the sector outperforms, but for an investor picking the right group is the major battle. In the case of the airlines, the whole sector is gaining as historically strong profits and reduced competition from consolidation promises to continue the profits streak. In more »

  • Does AT&T Provide the Ultimate Net Payout Yield?

    By Mark Holder - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: T, CTL, VZ

    After another quarter of reporting huge stock buybacks, does AT&T (NYSE: T) provide the ultimate net payout yield (NPY)? The telecommunications, and specifically domestic wireless, giant already pays a 5% dividend yield and is now offering a huge buyback yield following a year of buying massive amounts of its own stock.

    For those not familiar, the NPY yield is the combination of the forward dividend yield and the trailing more »

  • Will Zillow Become the Next $10 Billion Online Company?

    By Mark Holder - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: AWAY, LNKD, TRLA, Z

    As investors ponder whether Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) is overvalued at $70, the big picture needs to be considered. The company has a market value of nearly $2.5 billion and revenue that won’t even cross $200 million this year. While it might be difficult to envision it being worth $10 billion at this point, the company appears to have all the makings of a future that big.

    The company more »

  • Jive Software Remains Socially Awkward to Investors

    By Mark Holder - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: JIVE, CRM, NOW

    When Jive Software (NASDAQ: JIVE) went public back at the end of 2011, it had so much promise for providing a social platform for businesses. The stock shot up to $28 due to the excitement that social media brought at the time. After a weak quarterly report, the stock plunged over 20% to end back around $13. Stocks such as Facebook plummeted as well back in early 2012, but most more »

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