• Which Aluminum Stock is the Best Bet for Profits?

    By Marina Avilkina - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, AA, FCX

    Investors engaged in the eternal search for the “next big thing” who were lucky enough to stumble upon the aluminum industry have been handsomely rewarded to date. In this article, I aim to deliver a clearer picture on where the aluminum stocks - Aluminum Corporation (NYSE: ACN), Alcoa (NYSE: AA) and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX) - stand. My argument makes a largely statistical case for suggesting which stock is the best more »

  • An Earnings Miss And Asian Woes; What's Next for SAP?

    By Sarfaraz Khan - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, ORCL, SAP

    The world’s leading developer of business-management software, SAP (ADR) (NYSE: SAP), is expecting more efficiency from its staff. The company is eyeing cost cuts following a reduction in revenue guidance. SAP is now expecting its software and other, related service sales to increase by 10%, as opposed to its previous guidance of 11% to 13% growth due to a slowdown in Asia. According to unconfirmed reports, SAP wants to more »

  • Turn Your Profits from These IT Service Companies

    By usman iftikhar - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, CTSH, WIT

    With increasing competition, managers have realized that until they invest in technology, they cannot be successful in any market. After this realization, they have started spending heavily on technologies and the related solutions, consequently increasing the competition in IT services market. In response to it, the market players are adopting different approaches to attract the customers and making more profits.

    At the beginning of this month, Accenture (NYSE: ACN), a more »

  • Will IBM Reinvent Itself Successfully?

    By Tushar Agarwal - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, IBM, ORCL

    IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) formula for profit growth in recent years has been to cut costs enough to compensate for declining sales, robust share buybacks and transitioning into the higher margin software business. The 4.7% growth in net income in 2012, despite a 2.3% decline in revenue, proves my point. In the first quarter, the company missed earnings estimate for the first time since 2005, and thus came more »

  • Potential prosperity for ServiceNow

    By usman iftikhar - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, NOW, XRX

    ServiceNow’s (NYSE: NOW) customers would now be able to benefit from IT and business intelligence solutions as the company has acquired KPI dashboard and scorecard developer, Mirror42. After this acquisition, Mirror42 has become ServiceNow Performance Analytics, which delivers advanced analytics and time series analysis for key performance indicators. These solutions help businesses and their IT departments to identify potential improvement opportunities to be able to make better and more more »

  • Can This Stock Deliver High Performance Yet Again?

    By Rishabh Jain - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, IBM, ORCL

    From its inception, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has always believed in doing things differently and living 'The Accenture Way.' It believes in its motto of 'Be greater than' symbolizing it with a '>' sign over its logo. In its recent third quarter results, it toppled and failed to meet revenue expectations. However, upon closely looking at its plans, it shows how the company still stands out from its peers and has the more »

  • This Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks

    By John McKenna - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, IBM, ORCL

    It may have seemed hard to believe a decade ago, but looking at the tech industry today, it appears that the old hardware companies are on their last legs, as cloud computing becomes a more important factor in the stability of companies. In addition, cloud software is vital for businesses that need to share and access information in an efficient, inexpensive, and cooperative manner. So, how do hardware companies transform more »

  • Will Game Consoles and Smartphones Revolutionize Healthcare?

    By Leo Sun - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    When most people think of video game consoles, wearable tech and smartphones, they probably won’t think of the healthcare industry. Yet Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Kinect, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Glass and modern smartphones are all becoming increasingly useful to doctors worldwide. How have these new technologies altered patient care, medical training and self-diagnosis?

    Microsoft’s Kinect connects patients to the cloud

    When Microsoft released the Kinect in 2010, it more »

  • Juicy Potential Yield From IBM

    By Anh HOANG - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, IBM, ORCL

    Note: This article has been edited to remove incorrect data on IBM's dividend and share repurchase program.

    International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) has been in the portfolio of legendary investor Warren Buffett for more than two years. As of March, Warren Buffett owned more than 68.12 million shares of IBM with a total market value of more than $14.53 billion. IBM has become his third largest position more »

  • Insiders Have Recently Bought These Stocks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, BF-B, ENH, PAY, WAG

    According to Insider Monkey’s analysis of studies on insider transactions, there is a small outperformance effect for stocks bought by company insiders (read our analysis of studies on insider transactions). This finding is generally attributed to the fact that unless insiders are particularly confident in the company, they will choose to diversify their wealth rather than buy stock and therefore, increase their company-specific risk.

    Investors can’t imitate every more »

  • Strong Top-Line Growth From This Indian Tech Consultancy

    By Daniel James - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, INFY, TDC

    India is well known for its prowess in tech consulting and outsourcing, an industry that has led to the rapid growth and development of cities like Bangalore. With a young and often well-educated workforce, India has carved out a niche for itself in the global economy in which it is very competitive. One of the biggest Indian tech consultancies recently reported strong earnings, displaying the company’s ability to maintain more »

  • This Stock Is No Bargain

    By Timothy Green - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, IBM, XRX

    In a world where hot stocks like Tesla get most of the attention, the dinosaurs of the stock market often get overlooked. People hear the name Xerox (NYSE: XRX), known for its ubiquitous photocopiers, which were all the rage 20-30 years ago, and they assume that the company is a dusty old has-been that should have gone bankrupt a long time ago. But here's what you see if you more »

  • Is This IT Company's Recent Pullback a Buying Opportunity?

    By Ash Sharma - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, CTSH, INFY

    Accenture (NYSE: ACN) recently reported disappointing results thanks to the drop in its consultancy revenue, which offset a healthy increase in its outsourcing business. Its clients are demanding longer horizon consultancy work, so revenue realization is slow in the company's consultancy business. On the other hand, the company’s outsourcing revenue increased due to the higher demand of outsourcing services. The company is also benefiting from the investment it more »

  • This Tech Company Has Exposed a Dangerous Trend

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, IBM, SAP

    Oracle was just the first company to release disappointing results during the previous quarter. Here comes another company with the same fate. Start of a new trend? Let's find out.

    Consulting and outsourcing firm Accenture (NYSE: ACN) recently reported its quarterly results. The company beat analysts’ estimates, but missed on revenue and lowered its guidance. The market punished the stock, which fell 10% after the report. The company’s more »

  • $2 Million in Insider Buying at 3 Large Companies

    By John Macris - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ACN, LEN

    One of my weekly rituals is to study insider activity through the SEC’s Form 4 filings.

    Corporate executives and board members (“insiders”) are required to fully disclose their stock purchases pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940.

    Whether you are taking a sector view or considering investment in a single company, learning to read the SEC filings can be a powerful more »

  • Guess Who’s Up 65% Year to Date?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 7, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, DELL, HPQ

    After falling from above $50 per share at the beginning of 2010 to under $13 per share late last year, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) has rallied to nearly $25 as markets have become less negative on the hardware, software, and services company. The second quarter of Hewlett-Packard’s fiscal year ended in April; during that quarter, revenue fell 10% versus a year earlier and was down slightly on a q/q more »

  • Should Investors Buy These 3 Companies Now?

    By Anh HOANG - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, IBM, ORCL

    Recently, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) dropped as much as 10.30% in a single day to $71.96 per share. The drop was due to its sluggish third-quarter revenue and lower outlook for the full year. Since the beginning of the year, Accenture, with a gain of just 8.2%, has lagged the S&P 500’s return of 12.6%. Should investors consider the recent plunge in its share price more »

  • Why You Should Buy This Cheap Consulting Company

    By Adrian Campos - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, CTSH, HURN

    In the latest earnings call, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) gave poor guidance, causing the stock price to fall 10%. Accenture is now trading at roughly $72 per share. Negative momentum may have improved in the short run, but considering this is one of the best consulting companies in the industry with a strong share- repurchase program in motion, high revenue growth in China and India, and excellent relations with most Fortune more »

  • Is This Sympathy Sell-Off a Buying Opportunity?

    By Brendan O'Boyle - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, CTSH, IBM, SAP

    So What Is a Sympathy Sell-Off?

    A sympathy sell-off occurs when investors in one company react to another company’s bad news. If two companies manufacture widgets and company A reports a weak quarter investors may sell company B anticipating earnings will be weaker than expected. The sell-off may be a buying opportunity when fears are unfounded or already discounted.  Perhaps, company B makes better widgets and the poor results more »

  • What Does Billionaire Jim Simons’ Renaissance See in IBM?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: ACN, DELL, HPQ, IBM, MSFT

    Several weeks after the end of each quarter, hedge funds file 13Fs with the SEC to disclose many of their long equity positions in U.S. stocks to the general public. We track hundreds of 13Fs, using the included information to help us develop investing strategies; we have found, for example, that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds earn an average excess return of 18 percentage points more »

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