• Follow the Leader to Profits

    By Cody Terrill - August 22, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, CFR, MKL

    What determines a successful enterprise: leadership or balance sheets? While I understand that balance sheets are important, I claim that leadership trumps every time. Here is a patriotic example; in the American Revolution, our ‘balance sheet’ of war looked weak. We were greatly outnumbered and outmatched in regards to military strength, however our leadership was strong and unwavering. The colonies rallied around leaders who desired independence and espoused the ideals more »

  • A Quality Investment in Innovation & Diversification

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, GE, UTX

    If you are looking for a quality long-term investment, you have come to the right place. Prior to getting to the details, however, it should be noted that based on this company’s broad exposure, any global economic downturns will have an impact on the stock price.

    The good news is that any downswings in the stock price should act as an opportunity to add to your position. Furthermore, while more »

  • Corning: A Long-Term Buy!

    By Ashit Gulati - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, ASGLY, GLW

    Corning's (NYSE: GLW) recently announced second-quarter earnings exhibit that the company may be well on its way to recovery after a disappointing 2012. Corning's profits grew 35% with higher LCD shipment volumes and improved operating efficiency, which enabled the company in compensating for declining LCD prices. 

    The fiscal 2012 was disappointing for Corning, as its display technologies segment, which accounted for approximately 36% of its total revenues, witnessed 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 »
  • Prospects Look Bright for This Company

    By siraj sarwar - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, GE, UTX

    Historically, 3M (NYSE: MMM) has invented some of the globe’s best products. Its innovative culture, bottom-line focus, and low-cost manufacturing enable it to generate rewards over the long run. 3M has posted attractive growth in its sales and profits in the last few years, driven by the growth in developing markets and its innovation, which constituted 34% of its sales in 2012.

    In this piece, I look at 3M more »

  • What to Expect From an Investment in 3M

    By joshua kubiak - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, JNJ, UTX

    In addition to making everything from glue to shampoo, 3M (NYSE: MMM) has a history of making money for its investors.  And that's a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.  Some people tend to tie diversification to stable and sub-par returns, but that is not the case here.  3M is growing at an above average pace and at the same time is maximizing shareholder more »

  • Three Stocks to Own Forever

    By Ted Cooper - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, CL, PEP

    Ever since Warren Buffett made his conversion to owning great businesses, he has stressed that his favorite holding period is forever. Great businesses re-invest growth within their moats, thereby compounding shareholder value at a high rate for a long time.

    It hardly matters what price you pay for a truly exceptional business in 2013; it will have created so much value by 2043 that your purchase price will not have more »

  • Why These Great Industrial Stocks Should Be In Your Portfolio

    By Bob Ciura - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, DOV, ITW

    America’s biggest industrials will probably never receive much attention from the financial media. Whereas today’s market headlines are reserved for social media stocks and technology start-ups that are sure to lead the investing world into the future, boring old industrials are often left out in the cold.

    However, that doesn’t mean these companies haven’t earned a place in your portfolio. Far from it—in fact, these more »

  • How Conglomerates Can Stabilize Your Portfolio

    By Justin Pope - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, GE, JNJ

    Diversification is an important characteristic of every portfolio. With diversity comes stability. The more diversified you are, the more gains and losses you have balancing things out. The same concept can be applied at the individual stock level.

    When a company's business model spans across multiple markets, it enables that company to endure hardship. If one segment of a business is struggling, sometimes the other segments will thrive, and more »

  • Motley Fool CAPS All Stars & Their 3 Favorite Dow Stocks

    By Josh Kohn-Lindquist - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, JNJ, PG

    Throughout history, following the crowd, or even a single big name, has proven to be a potentially hazardous way for someone to make their investments. Consider how wrong the crowds were during the ".com" bubble, or even "Tulip Mania" in the 1600's. Likewise, in more recent events, an investor would only have to look as far as William Ackman's bullish stance on J.C. Penney, or his short more »

  • 3M Growth Okay but Weak Margins Worrisome

    By Boniface Murigu - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, GE, UTX

    3M (NYSE: MMM) stock is by and large a defensive stock that mostly trades on the basis of strong margins. The company’s repeated margin weakness during the second-quarter is now beginning to become a major source of worry for its investors. In its defense, 3M’s growth stacks up quite well against major peers, especially bearing in mind that the stock is not rated as a top growth stock more »

  • Why Investors Should Believe in Corning?

    By Ashit Gulati - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, ASGLY, GLW

    Corning (NYSE: GLW) recently announced its second quarter earnings which indicated that the company is well on its way to recovery after a disappointing 2012.The company primarily operates in five key segments: Display technologies, telecommunications, environmental technologies, specialty materials and the life sciences segment.

    During 2012, the company’s display technologies segment which accounted for 36% of its total revenues, witnessed a 8%  decline in revenues. It should be more »

  • Ways to Profit From the Automotive Industry

    By Wes Patoka - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, F, VAL

    Ford (NYSE: F) just released its second-quarter earnings last week and its sales figures were promising, but there are other companies to look at that will benefit downstream from these auto sales. However, let's begin with Ford itself

    Expanding sales

    Ford increased first half sales by 370,000 units worldwide, resulting in an additional $579 million in revenue, or $0.17 per share. This resulted in a higher capacity more »

  • General Electric: The Bellwether of the American Economy

    By Jason Bond - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, GE, UTX

    Since the depth of the financial crisis, General Electric (NYSE: GE) has made a comeback for the ages. GE stock has rallied over 250% since March 6, 2009 and almost 20% year to date.

    Should investors take profits now or is there more upside left?

    Well Diversified, Solid Fundamentals

    General Electric has come a long way from its founding in 1892. Today it is a well diversified conglomerate that produces more »

  • This Is Still the Best Solar Play, Even After the Gains

    By Matthew Frankel - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, FSLR, GE

    Back when First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) was trading in the mid-teens, I wrote frequently (and received a lot of criticism) about the long-term viability of the company and the solar industry in general. Since then, the market seems to agree that the big players in the solar industry are not going anywhere, as shares of First Solar have nearly quadrupled from the lows. While I still wholeheartedly believe that First more »

  • 1 Conglomerate To Buy, 1 To Avoid

    By David Gould - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, GE, WFT

    Large conglomerates often have to make aggressive investments in order to be thought of as something more than just a "macro bet." In this article, I focus on how GE (NYSE: GE) and 3M (NYSE: MMM) are branding themselves for the future. While I am optimistic on one, I am pessimistic on the other.

    GE gets aggressive on energy

    General Electric has been getting aggressive in energy. From installing new more »

  • An Income Portfolio for Retirees

    By Ryan Peckyno - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, ABT, KO, COP

    A few years ago we hit an unusual milestone in the chronicles of investing: the average dividend yield of the S&P 500 exceeded the yield of the ten-year Treasury note for the first time in more than 50 years. In fact, in 2011, the average dividend yield of the S&P 500 hovered around 3.3 to 3.4 percent, more than half a percent higher than the ten-year more »

  • Beware the Strong U.S. Dollar

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, MCD, PM

    The DXY -- the index that measures the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies -- has been rising since the beginning of 2011 and is on track to make multi-year highs again sometime this year:

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    Over a three period average with a moving average placed over the top, the trend becomes clearer.


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    How does the strong dollar affect earnings? 

    Throughout 2012, the U.S. dollar was strong as the euro more »

  • Is There Investment Opportunity in the Prison Sector?

    By Robert Hanley - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, CXW, GEO

    While death and taxes are the only guarantees in life, it’s a good bet that crime will always be a fact of life, even if it doesn’t pay. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the number of sentenced offenders per 100,000 residents was 492 in 2011, versus 500 in 2010. The constant stream of prisoners has led to overcrowding, with the federal government and 24 more »

  • Are These Dividend Payers Worthy Investments?

    By William Bias - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, CBRL, PEP

    In this low interest rate environment you may be giddy at the sight of a company whose dividend translates into yields of 2-3%. When you evaluate a publicly traded business for income purposes you must always go beyond simply looking at the dividend yield. Important strategic elements such as barriers to entry, probability of product obsolescence, and brand equity need consideration. You can see at least a few of these more »

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