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  • Crestwood vs. Bon-Ton: Which Moody's Downgrade May Experience Solvency Issues?

    By Michael Nolan - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: CMLP, BONT

    With the recent downgrading of two major corporations – Crestwood Midstream Partners (NYSE: CMLP) and Bon-Ton Stores (NASDAQ: BONT)– by Moody’s (both companies were downgraded to Caa1, or, as defined by Moody’s, “rated as poor quality and very high credit risk,”) which one has potentially worse solvency issues? Which is at higher risk of default? Using three metrics to measure potential solvency issues, we can try to see which more »

  • Whose Burger is Best? Valuing the Biggest Burger Companies

    By Michael Nolan - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, WEN

    With new numbers hot off the press showing mixed results of the three burger giants, McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) Wendy's (NASDAQ: WEN) and Burger King (NYSE: BKW), I thought I would throw some other numbers into consideration between statistics of revenues and earnings: the potential over/undervaluation of each company. I have combined three metrics to test which companies may be over or undervalued in the industry. Hopefully you more »

  • Valuing the Computer Chip-Making Industry With 3 Ratios

    By Michael Nolan - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: AMD, INTC

    One of the most common company comparisons of the past few years that I’ve stumbled upon is between Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) – two of the leaders in the computer chip industry. Of course, Intel is ahead of AMD in the race. However, with lots of information out on the table about these two companies, how do their valuations compare?

    While there are hundreds of things to more »

  • Two Companies and Solvency: Which Moody's Downgrade is More Likely to Default

    By Michael Nolan - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: CCO, SVU

    With the recent downgrading of two major corporations – Clear Channel (NYSE: CCO) and Supervalu (NYSE: SVU) – by Moody’s (both companies were downgraded to Caa1, or, as defined by Moody’s, “rated as poor quality and very high credit risk,”) which one has potentially worse solvency issues? Which is at higher risk of default? Using three metrics to measure potential solvency issues, we can try to see which company may more »

  • 3 Evaluating Ratios: The Pizza Industry

    By Michael Nolan - April 4, 2013 | Tickers: DPZ, PZZA, YUM

    I’m not just talking about your taste buds when I suggest that the Pizza industry could have you salivating. There is lots of investment potential in the three pizza giants: Papa John’s (NASDAQ: PZZA), Domino’s (NYSE: DPZ) and Yum! Brands-owned (NYSE: YUM) Pizza Hut. In this article, I will compare the three based on three of my favorite metrics that I will hopefully be introducing you more »

  • Check Your Rear-View Mirrors, Mercedes and BMW

    By Michael Nolan - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: BAMXY, DDAIF.PK, VLKAY

    Volkswagen AG's (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY) Audi AG has accelerated from out of sight into the heart of the rear-view mirrors for the companies atop the luxury car market, and for BMW (NASDAQOTH: BAMXY) and Daimler AG (NASDAQOTH: DDAIF.PK), the objects in their mirrors are definitely closer than they appear.

    Okay, I know, enough with the car puns. Still, Audi has crept up on the two leaders of the market, and more »

  • The Oil-Field-Service Industry, According to Three Key Ratios

    By Michael Nolan - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, HAL, SLB

    In the dawn of a new age of in the energy and oil industries, while North American oil production has risen by 37% and natural-gas by 19%, where is the money for investors?

    Obviously many investors think differently here, and there is no one straightforward answer, but one group of companies that won’t necessarily come up in your everyday conversation may help savvy investors decide where to put their more »

  • Microsoft Slides, Begins Talks With Dell

    By Michael Nolan - February 1, 2013 | Tickers: DELL, MSFT, NOK

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) revolutionized the Windows operating system a few months ago, shocking long-time PC fans with the concept of live tiles and ridding itself of the classic start-button/desktop traditional Windows format. It was definitely one of the biggest product releases for the tech giant in decades, but how did it do?

    Not enough to boost profits, according to Microsoft, which reported a 4 percent drop in profits in more »

  • Mayer's Presence Heavier Than Ever at Yahoo

    By Michael Nolan - February 1, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, YHOO

    They’ve finally found the one.

    Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) finally found the right CEO for the job. Marissa Mayer, in just six months, has achieved more success than the previous 5 chief executives combined. She’s made acquisitions; she’s boosted morale, and, more importantly, her company reports increasing revenue for the first time in over four years, crushing Wall Street predictions by 30 percent.

    The numbers, when released, pushed more »

  • Changes in the Chip Market: How Will Chipmakers Adapt?

    By Michael Nolan - February 1, 2013 | Tickers: AMD, INTC, TXN

    With smartphone and tablet sales through the roof, and lagging laptop sales that don’t show signs of resurgence any time soon, some companies are taking the hit—namely, PC-chip companies. Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD), Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN), and Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) all have bad news for investors: the fourth quarter numbers weren’t great. For many, this shouldn’t be a surprise. However, what does the future more »

  • AT&T Reports Earnings: What You Need to Know

    By Michael Nolan - February 1, 2013 | Tickers: T, CMCSA, VZ

    The holiday season brought record smartphone sales for AT&T (NYSE: T), and U-Verse sales that finally eclipsed the 8-million subscriber mark. Sounds great, right? Quarterly earnings must have skyrocketed!

    Well, as you can probably guess by the tone, they didn’t. Unfortunately for the telecommunications giant, pension costs and lingering effects from, believe it or not, Hurricane Sandy sent earnings per share a penny below analyst expectations of 45 more »

  • Time Warner Announces Changes: Do You Buy In?

    By Michael Nolan - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: T, CMCSA, TWC

    You may have noticed the ongoing battle between television providers. If you haven’t, you probably don’t have one.

    Cable and satellite television providers have been dueling it out in TV commercials, saying their service is better, their prices are lower, they offer better service. As of late, cable has been losing: subscribers by the millions have been flocking away from cable for “better” alternatives. Cable is falling victim more »

  • IBM's Growth Formula--And How it Stacks Up

    By Michael Nolan - January 30, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, HPQ, IBM

    International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) seems to have a working formula: for years now, the company works to quite often boast heavy gains in earnings, yet simply adequate-to-minimal revenue growth. Still, International Business Machines recently announces their 6% increase in profit with this very formula, seeing net income climb to $5.8 billion while revenue was just $29.3 billion, down $.2 billion from last year. (Granted, excluding the revenue more »

  • Four Stocks to Avoid in 2013

    By Michael Nolan - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: PBI, GEVA, UNTD, VGR

    Some companies have very promising outlooks for 2013. These are not those companies. In this article, I am going to be focusing on stocks to avoid in the new year, starting with a pharmaceutical failure.

    Synageva BioPharma (NASDAQ: GEVA)

    Synageva actually has a rather promising drug in the making, called SBC-102. The mystery drug targets lysosomal acid lipase deficiency, and could be a success in the future. However, it is more »

  • Four Stocks That Will Not Bounce Back in 2013

    By Michael Nolan - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: AMD, BBY, HPQ, INTC, RSH

    In a 52-week period where the S&P 500 is up over 16%, not all stocks have enjoyed such success. I’m going to take a look at four stocks that took a nosedive in 2012, and explain why they won’t be bouncing back in 2013.

    Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ)

    HP sank 43% since the beginning of the new year. Don’t look for dramatically improved results this year, either more »

  • Do You Believe In This Internet Giant?

    By Michael Nolan - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: AOL, FB, GOOG, YHOO

    Although I love writing about her, Meg Whitman isn’t the only female CEO trying to overhaul a struggling company. Marissa Mayer, one of the most powerful women in the world, is working to completely change Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) from the ground, up. At a conference recently, Mayer made promises—and she rarely does so without keeping them.

    This time, she pledged a revamp of Yahoo!’s mail component: a more »

  • The FedEx and UPS Holiday Mystery

    By Michael Nolan - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: EBAY, FDX, UPS

    December 10 was the busiest day of the year for FedEx (NYSE: FDX), who shipped 19 million packages in that one day alone. It’s the holiday season for shipping companies too, and with online shopping at all time highs, does the season look to be jolly for FedEx and UPS (NYSE: UPS)?

    You would think that these unbelievably high volumes of packages would send both companies’ stocks through the more »

  • 5 More Stocks for the Holidays

    By Michael Nolan - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, BBY, EBAY, HD, LOW

    I recently wrote an article declaring five stocks that thrive with the Christmas cheer in the air. If you get a chance to get away from your errands and have a moment to remember your portfolio, here are five more possibilities for your portfolio that love the holiday season.

    Best Buy (NYSE: BBY)

    I know, I know, it is easy to hate Best Buy. But, give me a second. Best more »

  • 5 Stocks for the Holidays

    By Michael Nolan - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: MAT, MKC, TGT, WMT, WY

    It’s that time of year.

    That sentence may evoke different thoughts for everyone, from finals for students to serving Santa duties for parents. However, no matter the demographic, this holiday season, there’s a little something for everyone in the stock market.

    While it can get easy to forget about investing in the few most hectic weeks of the year, many stocks thrive the most around this time of more »

  • Two Christmas Giants Team Up for the Holidays

    By Michael Nolan - December 11, 2012 | Tickers: KO, HSNI, PEP

    Two companies who thrive the most when the snow falls, when the carols come on the radio, and when the season of buying blooms are uniting this holiday season. Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), the beverage producing extraordinaire, and HSN (NASDAQ: HSNI), the television and online home shopping giant, are combining forces starting this December in an effort to boost the sales and marketing of both companies.

    Before the partnership, the Coca-Cola more »

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