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  • Why I'm Nutty for This Stock

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: DMND, K, HSY

    Diamond Foods (NASDAQ: DMND) has been a tough stock to own over the past few years, and has likely left a sour taste in a number of investors' mouths. However, I'm a big fan of under-loved stocks. There are only seven Wall Street analysts following the stock, all with a "hold" rating. And the stock is down nearly 80% from its 2011 all time high of over $90:

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  • Generating Fast Profits From Industrials

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, FAST, GWW

    The manufacturing and construction industries should no doubt be big beneficiaries of the rising economy. What's one of the best ways to play the industry? Fastenal (NASDAQ: FAST) is the leading distributor of fasteners and industrial supplies in the U.S. One of the big reasons I like the stock is because the company pays a modest 2.1% dividend yield, but boasts a 27% return on equity. 

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  • Paying It Forward With Transports

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: CNW, FWRD, JBHT

    Forward Air (NASDAQ: FWRD) is a little-known transport company for air-freight forwarders and air-cargo carriers. The stock is in the small-cap space and appears to be offering investors a solid investment opportunity. 

    The reason Forward Air looks intriguing? First, it has a solid balance sheet. The company has a current ratio of over 6, and over $3.70 in cash per share. Its net current asset asset value per share more »

  • Raven the Giant Killer?

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: GE, RAVN, UTX

    Much like Jack slew the giant in the 18th century fairy tale, Raven Industries (NASDAQ: RAVN) is facing tough competition against other major diversified-products companies, including United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) and General Electric (NYSE: GE). The South Dakota-based company is a diversified producer of various products for the industrial, aerospace and construction markets. 

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    Raven's key products are broken into three segments, with applied tech the leader. The more »

  • The Best Under-Rated Play in the Agri Market

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AGCO, CNH, DE

    The outlook for the farm-machines and construction industry has been a mixed bag over the past couple of years. One of the big names dragging down the entire heavy-equipment industry has been Caterpillar. The company's poor performance due to slowdowns in China and in the mining sector has led to a sell-off of the entire industry. However, I would argue that CAT's problems in mining, or even China more »

  • The Best Onshore Driller

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: HP, PTEN, RDC

    There's a lot of hype surrounding offshore drilling, especially as the Deepwater Horizon incident becomes a mere blip in investors' rear-view mirrors. The number of deepwater rigs in the Gulf of Mexico is quickly approaching 40, up from the 33 that were in the Gulf in 2010. 

    But as offshore drilling comes roaring back, one of the major overlooked industries is land drilling. The lure of drilling under the more »

  • People Like Choosing When to Watch TV

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: DTV, DISH, TIVO

    TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO) remains the pioneer for digital video recorders (DVRs), which allows people to record and watch TV. TiVo now boasts some $625 million in cash on its balance sheet, or $4.90 per share. Its current cash position makes up 45% of the company's market cap, and its net current asset value (current assets less total liabilities per share) is a robust $2.25.

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  • Your Best Bet in Organics

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, UNFI, WFM

    One of the biggest trends of late has been the move to organic foods, with the consumption of organic and natural foods having grown gangbusters over the past few years. While many investors are loading their portfolios up with Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM), I think there might be a better way to play the organic food craze. 

    United Natural Foods (NASDAQ: UNFI) is the U.S.' leading distributor of more »
  • Investing in Everlasting Trends

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: DRI, SYY, CAKE

    People won't stop eating. It's that simple. That's part of what makes McDonald's such a great investment. However, I like to look to lesser known names to find value. Sysco (NYSE: SYY) is one of those names.
    The company is one of the largest distributors of food products for the food-away-from-home industry. As the economy rebounds, so too should the dining-out market, a positive for Sysco more »
  • How to Play International Banking

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: BCS, HBC, UBS

    HSBC (ADR) (NYSE: HBC) is a U.K. banking giant, and giant is no overstatement. The bank has assets of over $2.7 trillion and offices in over 80 countries. Compare this to Bank of America's $2.2 trillion and Citigroup's $1.8 trillion. However, despite being the second-largest bank in the world by assets, the bank isn't invincible. HSBC tumbled some 5% last week on news more »

  • Getting Revved Up for Makeup

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, REV, EL

    After Revlon (NYSE: REV) surged some 7% earlier last week, it's time for investors to take a close look at the consumer-discretionary industry that is makeup. Earlier this week, Revlon announced plans to reacquire The Colomer Group for $660 million. This is a big move for Revlon, which is a $1.3 billion company, much smaller than major peers.

    Estee Lauder (NYSE: EL) is one of the top manufacturers more »

  • Fast Profits in Fast Casual

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, PNRA, YUM

    The fast-casual industry has grown gangbusters over the past couple of years and for good reason. Many consumers are trading down, decreasing their time spent at casual-dining restaurants and increasing time at fast-food and fast-casual dining restaurants.

    I have to admit, that since the likes of Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), I rarely spend time at the fast-food joints. Even though both of these stocks more »
  • The Clear Investment Choice

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, GLW, PPG

    Glass isn't a sexy business, but Corning (NYSE: GLW) is making it just that. While the decline in TV demand has lead to some concerns over Corning, there's no need to worry; enter its newest game changer, Gorilla Glass. 

    Corning's Gorilla Glass is an extremely tough and scratch-resistant glass that's being used in mobile phones, tablets, notebooks and other applications. The rise of smartphones and tablets more »
  • Profiting From a New American Dream

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: DLPH, HAR, JCI

    While home ownership has long been a staple of the "American Dream," the financial crisis fundamentally changed that. Since the real estate bubble burst, there has been another American Dream brewing: owning a car.

    Car manufacturing is a $97 billion industry in the U.S. alone. What's more is that this industry is heavily concentrated, with less than 200 auto manufacturers serving the entire industry. The U.S. home-building more »
  • The Roller Coaster Ride of Apparel Retail

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, URBN

    American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) tumbled over 12% earlier this week on weak earnings. But the company remains one of the biggest apparel retailers that targets teens and young adults, with its prime consumer being between the ages of 15 and 25, operating some 900 stores. 
    Even though clothes tend to be required items for most, the industry has been fairly volatile of late. American Eagle's recent tumble isn more »
  • Billionarie Pzena is Long on Tech and Financials

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, HPQ, MSFT

    Billionaire investor and hedge fund manager Richard Pzena is out with his 2Q stock market commentary, noting that technology and financial companies are grossly undervalued. He makes the case that there are a number of undervalued opportunities in the market. In his letter, Pzena specifically points outs to Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).

    Why does he love financials? Well, from a historical standpoint, financial stocks are more »
  • Activism Is Taking Hold in Oil

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: DRQ, NOV, OIS

    After making a big investment in Oil States International (NYSE: OIS) back in May, is activist hedge fund Jana Partners any closer to a breakthrough?  Jana has over a 9% stake in Oil States and believes the company is undervalued. 

    Jana's real thesis? The company needs to separate its accommodations segment from its other divisions and form a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) for accommodations.

    Billionaire David Einhorn of more »
  • The Tobacco Industry Redux?

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, MNST

    With the constant ups and downs of the industry, due to new lawsuits and regulation threats, the energy-beverage industry reminds me a lot of the tobacco industry. The FDA has already forced energy-drink makers to change labeling practices and various health associations are shouting about health concerns. Let's not forget the lawsuits that continue to sprout up across the nation.   

    The latest news to plague the energy drink industry more »

  • An Uncommonly Undervalued Large Cap

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: COH, FOSL, TIF

    It can be tough to find a truly undervalued stock in the large-cap space. With tons of analyst coverage and daily news updates, the market tends to get the pricing for these stocks right. But it's really exciting when the market gets it wrong, such as the case with Coach (NYSE: COH)

    Coach tumbled nealry 10% last week as the fear that competitors in the North American market are more »

  • Betting on the Internet

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, PCLN, VRSN

    The Internet has been a miraculous growth story over the years and it's only getting bigger. Part of this includes the rising number of websites and domain names, both of which are big positives for VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN). A number of billionaires are also betting on the Internet, where Verisign has significant hedge fund backing.

    Billionaire Stephen Mandel of Lone Pine Capital owns 11.9 million shares, which is more »

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