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  • Natural gas transportation building speed

    By Howard Rothman - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, GE, PCAR, RDS-A, WPRT

    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, does not have the best public image these days. But love it or loath it, the fruit of this increasingly employed drilling technology — natural gas — has upended the traditional fuel business.

    In the process, natural gas is also radically transforming the transportation industry. As it does, a number of companies that have moved in early, both large and emerging, are poised to reap significant benefits.

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  • Forecast for First Solar: Mostly Cloudy With a Good Chance of Storms

    By Diane Alter - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: FSLR, GE, YGE

    The first half of the year was bright for First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR), a maker of photovoltaic solar power systems.

    Shares soared some 50%. After reporting a 70% drop in second quarter profit and slashing guidance for the remainder of the year, the best days of 2013 may be well behind  the company.The dismal quarter and gloomy outlook sent shares tumbling 9%, and more stormy days ahead are expected more »

  • Raven the Giant Killer?

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: GE, RAVN, UTX

    Much like Jack slew the giant in the 18th century fairy tale, Raven Industries (NASDAQ: RAVN) is facing tough competition against other major diversified-products companies, including United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) and General Electric (NYSE: GE). The South Dakota-based company is a diversified producer of various products for the industrial, aerospace and construction markets. 

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    Raven's key products are broken into three segments, with applied tech the leader. The 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 »

  • General Electric Capitulation is a bad portend for First Solar

    By Sneha Shah - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: FSLR, GE

    Cadmium Tellerium technology which has been made popular by First Solar (FSLR) is in imminent danger of being made obsolete by the huge cost and technology leaps being made by the mainstream solar crystalline silicon technology. First Solar used to have a huge cost advantage over c-Si technology which allowed its solar panel segment to make gross margins of over 50% in 2008 even when its panel prices were substantially more »

  • First Solar Is Not So Bad

    By Jacob Steinberg - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: FSLR, GE, SCTY, SPWR

    First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) was punished heavily last week after it announced less than desirable earnings for the last quarter. In the quarter, the company earned 39 cents per share; whereas, the analysts were looking for 52 cents per share. Furthermore, the company generated $519 million in revenues and the analysts were looking for $720 million in revenues. As a result, the company shaved off nearly 20% from its market 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 »

  • Natural Gas Is Overrated

    By Joshua Bondy - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, GE, SI

    In 2012, the United States added 13.1 gigawatts of new wind capacity, beating natural gas. These new additions were partially driven by uncertainty over government tax credits, but nevertheless, 13.1 gigawatts of new capacity is significant. With natural gas prices rising, America is waking up to the fact that it has a huge wind resource right in its backyard.

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  • Invest in Energy Efficiency, not Alternative Energy

    By Jonathan Yates - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: BBY, CREE, FSLR, GE, HD, SHLD

    General Electric’s (NYSE: GE) recent sale of its solar panel technology to First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) is just the latest in a series of poor performances by entities in the alternative energy sector. First Solar also just reported a 70% drop in profits, which has its share price off almost 18% for the last week. What does continue to perform well, though, is the energy efficiency group.

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  • Emerging Market Opportunities From US Shores

    By Reuben Brewer - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: ABB, AVP, GE, TUP

    Goldman Sachs Group CEO Lloyd Blankfein expects emerging markets to keep expanding. While that growth will come with volatility, it remains an investment opportunity. Intrepid types should consider companies like Avon (NYSE: AVP) and General Electric (NYSE: GE) to take advantage of these opportunities. 

    While discussing the world's economic and investment backdrop with a business group in Sydney, Blankfein was recently quoted by Bloomberg as saying, “It is very more »

  • 3 Stocks Ready to Take Off

    By Marie Palumbo - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, F, GE, HMC

    No question, filling up the tank hurts these days. Gas hit $4.14 per gallon in my area last month and it hasn't gone down much since. But we do what we’ve done since the first Model-T rolled off Mr. Ford’s assembly line: fill up it up with regular. Demand for gasoline seems as inelastic as ever, simply because consumers have no choice.

    Wait! What about compressed more »

  • 5 Reasons This Stock Can Surpass Its Sector

    By Lee Samaha - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: COV, GE, JNJ

    It’s been a tricky market for medical device companies in 2013, but you wouldn’t know it from Covidien’s (NYSE: COV) share price performance.

    The stock is up nearly 23% this year, even while companies like Johnson & Johnson(NYSE: JNJ) have disclosed lower-than-expected growth in surgical procedures. Moreover, the spinoff of Covidien's pharmaceuticals business (to be called Mallinckrodt) turns it into a pure-play medical device company. Why more »

  • Don't Be Deceived by Misunderstood Debt Levels

    By Joseph Harry - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: F, GE, IBM

    A high level of debt often scares investors away from otherwise solid companies. A high debt-to-equity ratio often causes suspicion as well. An exception is usually made for banks, because they need to borrow money to lend money. What happens, however, when a non-bank has an extremely high debt-to-equity ratio? Many investors see it as a troubling trend, but I'm here to tell you why debt levels can be 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 Illinois Tool Works

    By joshua kubiak - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: GE, HON, ITW | Editor's Choice

    Despite missing analysts' expected earnings and revenues this quarter, Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW) surpassed everyone's expectations by recently announcing the authorization of a $6 billion buyback plan and a 10% increase in the quarterly dividend. Based on today's market cap, $6 billion is good for 20% of the company and a major catalyst for future returns.  

    Below, I have provided a review of the company's cash more »

  • Does the Power of Wind Belong in Your Portfolio?

    By Ryan Palmer - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: GCTAF, GE, VWSYF

    Wind power is becoming more popular. Between 2000 and 2010 installed wind energy capacity in the United States increased nearly 16-fold. And yet wind power still accounts for less than 4% of the electricity generated in the United States. The U.S Department of Energy expressed a vision for the future in its 2008 report 20% Wind Energy by 2030.

    Reasons to be skeptical about an investment in wind 

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  • 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 »

  • Is General Electric a Good Buy?

    By siraj sarwar - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: GE, SI, UTX

    Industrial companies with a diversified product line are an indicator of how the world economy is developing. In 2012, such companies experienced a slowdown in their organic revenues but did continue growing in the United Sates. Unfortunately, growth in Europe was mostly negative. The first and second quarters of 2013 brought more stabilization to the market, however, and showed that market demand is set to increase.

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  • 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 »

  • The 3 Reasons Why This Industrial Giant Is Outperforming

    By Lee Samaha - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AA, GE, JNJ

    If you think that investing is simple, then just take a look at industrial giant General Electric’s (NYSE: GE) latest results. The industrial sector has been weaker this year, but GE reported a surprisingly good set of results. Furthermore, rivals such as Switzerland’s ABB and Germany’s Siemens, have subsequently given disappointing results and guidance. So what's going on with GE? How has it managed to achieve more »

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