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  • 5 Technology IPOs Up Over 20 Percent from Their IPO Offer Price

    By Elizabeth Magill - December 26, 2011 | Tickers: ANGI, RATE, FIO, JIVE, LNKD

    In the overall scheme of things, the global tech industry experienced a heavy heart of sadness in 2011, with the passing of Apple's creative innovator and visionary Steve Jobs.

    But, thanks in part to Jobs, it was also a time of excitement when mobile computing exploded and popularity of the Apple's iPad 2, Amazon's Kindle Fire, and the many Google Android-based tablet devices.

    2011 was the year more »

  • eBay Pulls Itself Out of the Dumps, the Old-Fashioned Way

    By Amanda Alix - December 21, 2011 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, GOOG, GRPN

    Internet giant eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) lost a bit of its stature in recent years as its used-merchandise auction format lost some of its allure with consumers. Recently, however, the company's efforts to reinvent itself are showing results: this year's third-quarter profit rebounded from a disappointing second quarter, and Q4 looks strong, as well. Predictions of a lackluster holiday season for the company haven't materialized, with its Paypal more »

  • No Holiday Markdown on SBUX

    By Tom Gibbs - December 18, 2011 | Tickers: DNKN, MCD, SBUX

    "It is essential to bear in mind that a private business has always been valued primarily on the basis of the 'net worth' as shown by its statements.  A man contemplating the purchase of a partnership or stock interest in a private undertaking will always start with the value of that interest as shown 'on the books,' i.e. the balance sheet, and will then consider whether the record and more »

  • Price The Market Part 16

    By Glen Bradford - December 16, 2011 | Tickers: ADM, AVP, BEAM, BF-B, CPB, KO, CVS, DF, EL

    Hi, I'm Glen Bradford and this is my story about a man that decided to price the S&P500.

  • Stock Upgrades And Downgrades From 2011/12/15

    By DividendYields - December 16, 2011 | Tickers: ANIP, BWA, CTAS, CCNE, FSLR, ITC, KIOR, LRCX, LEAP, LUFK.DL, LAVA, NYCB, NVLS, SWKS, TMUS, TE, VPHM

    Upgrades and downgrades are positive (negative) changes in the rating of a security. An upgrade is usually triggered by a steady improvement in the fundamentals and financials of the entity that has issued the security. Downgrade ratings are vice versa. Changes in the analyst rating could hit the company’s stock price significantly. Watch out the current rating decisions. Here is a current list of recent company upgrades and downgrades more »

  • Good Yields With Ex-Dividend Date Tomorrow 2011-12-16

    By DividendYields - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: HKTV, ELRC, GEF-B, HBAN, IRET, RPT, SCX

    Here is a current overview of high yield stocks (stocks with a dividend yield of more than 3 percent) that have their ex-dividend date tomorrow. If your broker settles your trade today, you will receive the next dividend. The ex-dividend date is a major date related to the payment of dividends. If you purchase a stock on its ex-dividend date or later, you will not receive the next dividend payment more »

  • A Bold Stock

    By Justin Carley - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: BEAM, BF-B, DEO

    Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM), formerly Fortune Brands, recently began trading as a pure-play spirits company following the sale of the Golf division and spin-off of the Home Security division in October.  The company has a diversified portfolio of key brands including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Canadian Club, Sauza Tequila, EFFEN Vodka, and Skinnygirl.  

    The stock opened for trading in the low-$40’s and has since moved up toward more »

  • A Sea of Green?

    By Kelley Ryan - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: AMRC, BAMXF, WM

    Nothing feels better than when a company you have invested in not only makes you some cash, but also does something for the greater good. It could be a large donation to a relief fund or making the switch to environmentally friendly packaging. Even better than these glimpses of goodness, however, is finding money-making investments whose main purpose is positive change. It doesn't happen very often, but every once more »

  • A Rough Year for Superstar Fund Managers

    By Roger Wohlner - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: LMVTX, FAIRX, PTTRX

    This has been a rough year for several superstar fund managers.

    Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme Fund (NasdaqMutFund: FAIRX) has lost 28.78% year-to-date (through December 9).  This is in sharp contrast to the fund’s performance over the 10 years ended December 31, 2010, in which the fund gained a cumulative 196.01% or an average annual return of 11.46%.  This compares to the S&P 500 index which more »

  • Price The Market Part 13

    By Glen Bradford - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: TJX, TIF, TWX, TWC, URBN, VFC, VIAB

    Hi, my name is Glen Bradford and this is my story about how I decided to price the S&P500 and did it successfully.

  • The Best 'Wise Man'

    By Andrew Dillard - December 9, 2011 | Tickers: BEAM, BF-B, DEO

    Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, and Johnnie Walker, together they are lovingly referred to as the three wise men.  Together, these wise men form a silky smooth drink that has been enjoyed by millions around the globe.  However, these three gentlemen are anything but gentle.

    Jack, Jim and Johnnie are anything but friends.  Each of their parent groups compete in a cut throat industry for the same market share.  Johnnie Walker more »

  • Encana's Plant Sales - Calculated Corporate Gamble

    By Eric Lumsden - December 7, 2011 | Tickers: ENB, ECA, VSN

    Will Encana's strategy pay off?

  • Price The Market Part 5

    By Glen Bradford - December 7, 2011 | Tickers: BEAM, DEXO, GME, GCI, GPS, LEE, MNI

    Am I getting carried away with my ability to price stocks yet? I don't think so.

  • Groupon: Two More Nails in the Coffin

    By Lyons George - November 29, 2011 | Tickers: GOOG, GRPN, YHOO

    In Tuesday's bearish take on the future of Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), I neglected to address the company’s much-discussed introduction of “adjusted consolidated segment operating income”, or CSOI, as a key metric in an accurate understanding of their financial health. Put briefly, CSOI relieves operating income of the twin burdens of marketing and acquisition. Their prospectus touts the, ahem, innovative figure as an indicator of the profits to be had in the near future, when Groupon’s loyal costumer base will be firmly in place, pesky competitors and cumbersome ad campaigns will be a distant memory, and the sun, generally speaking, will shine brightly upon the faces of steadfast investors.

    Sound too good to be true? Well, not to be the bearer of bad news, but…

  • Why Groupon Won't Work

    By Lyons George - November 29, 2011 | Tickers: AMZN, GOOG, GRPN

    Before I get started, let me be perfectly clear:

    I love Groupon (Nasdaq: GRPN).

    I check the site daily, buy vouchers weekly, and have willingly offered them my email address on multiple occasions. Considering the full-scale war I’m currently waging to protect my inbox from unwanted solicitations, that last concession should give you a good idea of just how much I respect what this young company is up to.

    The problem is, I also happen to love what LivingSocial is up to...

  • A Safer Way To Speculate on High-Fliers like Groupon and Netflix

    By Chad Brand - November 29, 2011 | Tickers: GRPN, LULU, NFLX, UA

    Rather than making big directional bets on speculative emerging growth stocks, which often burn investors badly, hedged paired trades offer a way to place bets on highly controversial companies with reduced market risk.