• A Company With the Potential to Deliver Higher Return

    By Regan Barua - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: T, S, VZ

    Telecommunication giant, AT&T (NYSE: T) reported revenue of $32.1 billion for the 2Q' 13, which was an increase of approximately $719 million on a quarter-over-quarter basis. Further, it expects to generate an additional revenue of $66.57 billion in the 2H of the current year. Let's see the different initiatives that will enable it to generate its guidance revenue of $130 billion for 2013. (calculations: last more »

  • Two Tech Stocks Favored by Insiders

    By Jag Mitra - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, T, EBAY, LEAP

    Stock price movements are guided not only by broad economic trends and company policies, but various other factors like institutional interest. Ceteris paribus, increased institutional buying of a stock is an indicator of good things to come. Similarly, insider buying is also considered a positive indicator for a stock. Like any other indicator, I do not use these in isolation. However, in conjunction with the analysis of other factors, these more »

  • Which Telecom Is Right for You?

    By Wes Patoka - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: T, CHL, TEF

    Growth, income and stability are the three things that make up the holy trinity of investing. Companies that possess all of these qualities are rare, and typically produce something that is a backbone of society. The telecommunications sector seems to hit on all three. Telecom giants in the US and abroad typically have the power to raise rates (growth), have large dividends (income), and are necessary in their customers lives more »

  • The End Could Be Close for RadioShack

    By Sam Mattera - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: T, BBY, RSH

    RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) has a storied history. Somehow, the 90-year-old retailer has managed to survive multiple periods of transformation in the electronics industry.

    But this time might be different. Shares of RadioShack have lost more than 85% of their value since the beginning of 2010. The company reported a worse than expected loss back in July, and ratings agency Standard & Poor’s warned that the company could default on its more »

  • Which Wireless Stock Should You Add to Your Portfolio?

    By Marie Palumbo - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: T, LEAP, S, VZ

    The wireless industry was in the news quite a bit in recent weeks. From Softbank’s acquisition of Sprint (NYSE: S) to AT&T’s (NYSE: T) purchase of Leap Wireless (NASDAQ: LEAP) and Verizon’s (NYSE: VZ) iPhone woes, the industry is busy. Big wireless firms are getting bigger, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to worry about a heavily-concentrated wireless industry.

    Amidst all of the commotion, which more »

  • The Dividends Keep On Paying: Two to Buy, One to Avoid

    By siraj sarwar - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: MO, T, GE

    Some companies choose to pay rich dividends, which are basically cash payments to the stock holder at regular rates. These values can vary from a few percentages to upwards of 10%. This is a steady and healthy top and bottom line performance combined with cash flow that can balance a portfolio and provide a stable source of income.

     In this article, I searched for very profitable companies that pay high more »

  • The Sense Behind 'Made in the USA'

    By John McKenna - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, T, GOOG

    It’s not that long ago that the words “Made in the USA” were synonymous with quality and consistency. Yet for the last few decades, that burden of being the world's manufacturing powerhouse has shifted to China and the emerging countries that can do the job cheaper, especially in the realm of tech gadgets.

    Lately though, there has been an uptick in demand for more American-made goods. A poor more »

  • Investing in Content Delivery: Part 1

    By Wes Patoka - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: T, CHTR, DTV

    Neighborhood networks set up by local cable companies was the traditional model that consumers used to have their television shows delivered to them. This proved to be a very lucrative practice for these cable companies, as they were permitted to be monopolies. This is because local municipalities thought it would be beneficial to not have multiple sets of wires buried underground by competing firms. This is the same rationale that more »

  • How is the Industry Doing so Well When This Spin-off Isn't?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: ADT, T, SIGM, TYC

    The ADT Corporation (NYSE: ADT), the nation’s largest electronic security systems and services provider, was spun off from Tyco International Ltd (NYSE: TYC) after the close on September 28, 2012, and simultaneously added to the S&P 500 index, replacing Lexmark International. Since its first day of trading, closing at $37.27, ADT has seen its shares rise to a peak at $50.23 in March 2013, before steadily more »

  • Which Telecom Business Should You Invest In?

    By Anh HOANG - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: AMX, T, VZ

    As the top executives of corporations often possess much more knowledge about the industry and the companies they are running, I often pay close attention to insider transactions. However, insiders might buy or sell stocks for a lot of reasons, including personal expenses or even just to create noise in the market. Thus, investors should look at the business fundamentals, along with the insider transactions to determine the attractiveness of more »

  • Beat the Taper: Part 2

    By Rupert Hargreaves - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: T, BG, ORIG

    As the taper is set to start in September, there is bound to be some volatility in the markets, so in this two part series I have put together a taper-proof portfolio.

    The aim of this portfolio is not to try and avoid the volatility stemming from the taper but to fully acknowledge it, looking to invest in companies that are good investments for the long term and will not more »

  • A Coffee at Starbucks Will Be Sweeter for Google

    By Ranu Devi - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: T, GOOG, SBUX

    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has always remained a jewel for investors. Recently, it announced robust third quarter earnings for fiscal year 2013, the best performance in its 42-year history. Starbucks reported net revenue of $3.7 billion, an increase of 13% over last year. It recorded growth in Starbucks store sales across all the regions, opening 341 new stores in the quarter. EPS grew 28% over the same period last year more »

  • From a Sprint to a Walk?

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: T, DISH, S

    Billionaire Bill Einhorn of Greenlight capital has recognized the slowdown in Sprint Nextel's (NYSE: S) rise to fame. The stock is up over 60% during the past two years. Per his recently released 2Q investor letter, Einhorn announced that his hedge fund was exiting its long position in Sprint. At the end of 1Q, Einhorn's Greenlight owned 21.5 million shares. 

    Einhorn notes that...

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    Worth noting, there are more »

  • Are the Phone Giants Attractive Investments?

    By Ryan Peckyno - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: T, TEF, TKC, VZ

    Recently there has been a lot of chatter about telecom companies -- both domestic and international.  The majority of analysts, though, tend to rate our two largest telecom companies, Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T) as a Hold.  And they seem more skeptical about some of the large international telecom companies. 

    In full disclosure, a few years ago, I owned shares in both Verizon and AT&T, but I more »

  • Why this Company Said Faster is Better?

    By Gayron Wainwright - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: T, GOOG, LVLT, SBUX

    There have always been discussions over slow internet speeds and “faster is better” is overwhelmingly the winner. Recently, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) struck a deal with Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) to provide free high-speed Wi-Fi service in all 7,000 U.S. Starbucks. Google and Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT)will start this project this month at Starbucks’ busiest shops, meaning the shops with the highest Wi-Fi usage, not the shops with more »

  • Why You Should Open a Roth IRA, and 3 Stocks to Fill it With

    By Bob Ciura - August 3, 2013 | Tickers: T, LMT, MCD

    One of the best means to accomplishing long-term financial success remains the Roth IRA, which is unfortunately too often under-utilized by the public.

    Quite simply, the Roth IRA is a fantastic way to produce completely tax-free returns until retirement. Investors trying to simultaneously sock away more money for retirement and escape Uncle Sam’s greedy hands would do themselves a huge service by opening a Roth IRA.

    And, since Foolish more »

  • Does AT&T Provide the Ultimate Net Payout Yield?

    By Mark Holder - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: T, CTL, VZ

    After another quarter of reporting huge stock buybacks, does AT&T (NYSE: T) provide the ultimate net payout yield (NPY)? The telecommunications, and specifically domestic wireless, giant already pays a 5% dividend yield and is now offering a huge buyback yield following a year of buying massive amounts of its own stock.

    For those not familiar, the NPY yield is the combination of the forward dividend yield and the trailing more »

  • Verizon and AT&T: Capital Expenditures Create Problems

    By Alexander Cho - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: T, MSFT, VZ

    Telecommunication companies can be a pretty tough read. Many wonder how AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) are able to trade at fairly high valuations despite the flat net income growth.

    History of telecoms

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    Verizon and AT&T have to report depreciation as an expense. This results in falling net income. Telecom operators have to invest in cell towers that offer different frequencies. Over the past more »

  • Will Google Revolutionize the Way We Watch TV?

    By Stephanie Faris - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: T, CMCSA, GOOG

    Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), the top cable company in America, recently posted solid numbers that were above analyst expectations, netting a 29% increase in earnings year-over-year. But traditional cable television is only part of the Philadelphia-based company's earnings. In fact, the entire industry seems to have realized that cable is going to become a shrinking part of the American landscape over the next couple of decades.

    TVs Get Smart

    Thanks more »

  • 2 Reasons to Kick Yourself For Not Buying McDonald's

    By joshua kubiak - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: T, CMG, MCD

    If you don't currently own, and have never owned, shares of McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), you are probably like me and kicking yourself for not picking up a small amount of shares at least one time throughout your investing career.  I always think of big names like this as being too obvious, something I might entertain when I get closer to retirement or just a good idea for if more »

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