• Don’t Make This Expensive Mistake

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: NFLX, TSLA | Editor's Choice

    Valuation can be very important when it comes to making investing decisions, be it on the long side or the short side. However, valuation ratios should always be analyzed in the context of the company´s overall business strategy and growth potential. Shorting disruptive growth companies only because they seem overvalued can be a very expensive mistake.

    The value of uniqueness
    Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) has been a textbook example more »

  • CBS vs. Time Warner Cable: A Fight Neither Wins

    By Matthew Luke - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: CBS, NFLX, TWC

    Much has been made of the recent battle between CBS (NYSE: CBS) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) over retransmission fees. Many financial pundits, lawyers, lobbying groups, and now even politicians and government organizations have opined on the subject. Some say that CBS, as the content holder, will ultimately come out on top. Others believe that Time Warner Cable, the operator of the content toll-road, will win the fight.

    Few more »

  • This Leading Video Rental Business Looks Cheap

    By Anh HOANG - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, OUTR

    Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR), formerly known as Coinstar, has delivered a good long-term gain to its shareholders in the past 10 years. Its stock price rose from around $15 per share in 2003 to more than $60 per share, marking an annualized gain of 15%. The company has a leading position in the video rental market.

    Because more and more people are using streaming services these days, the video rental business more »

  • Why This Little Company Will Change the Concept of Retail

    By Adrian Campos - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, OUTR

    Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) is the company behind well-known Redbox movie and video game rental kiosks and the popular Coinstar kiosk, a $1.71 billion company in the business of offering automated retail solutions to make retail more convenient for both customers and sellers. The company has seen EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) from its Redbox unit grow from $50 million in 2008 to over $400 million expected more »

  • Netflix Is Becoming an Entertainment Powerhouse

    By Ishfaque Faruk - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: NFLX, TWX, DIS

    The evolution of Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is underway as the firm laid out its intention to grow the breadth of its original programming into newer genres like documentaries and stand-up comedy. The company is following in the footsteps of Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX) HBO by developing an original content library of HBO's quality in the future. However, Netflix doesn't require basic tier cable and is accessible from more »

  • Where Will the Netflix Rollercoaster Go Next?

    By Keith Noonan - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, OUTR

    Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) stands as one of the major forces in the digital entertainment landscape. The company provides streaming video services in addition to shipping physical media to its subscribers.

    Projected development

    On July 22, Netflix released its second quarter report, showing increased subscription numbers and evidence of yearly growth. Still, news that the Netflix-produced fourth season of Arrested Development failed to attract the anticipated number of new subscribers proved more »

  • The View No One Else Has

    By Danny Vena - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, LNKD, NFLX

    Every investor has their own personal criteria that they apply in the search for successful investments. In fact, I suspect there are as many ways to choose an investment as there are investors. Once the required financial metrics have been established, the remaining criteria are a matter of experience and personal preference.

    In order to maximize my chances of being a successful investor, I like to consider any reasonable criteria more »

  • Mad Men Keeps AMC on Top

    By Stephanie Faris - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, NFLX

    In the early days of its existence, AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) focused on showing "American movie classics," providing a great opportunity for lovers of black-and-white films to feast on a rainy-day marathon. But as with many of its competitors, AMC has evolved to include a large variety of original shows. The difference is, AMC is doing it really well.

    Thanks to its hit shows Mad Men and The Killing, AMC more »

  • Amazon The Next Streaming King

    By Robert Palmer - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, TWC

    According to comScore, the preferred source for digital business analytics, 182.5 million people in the U.S. watched 39.3 billion online content videos in March 2013. Today's consumers are looking for inexpensive access to video that can be viewed on mobile devices like notebooks, smartphones and tablets. Why pay the high cost of traditional cable when you can pay a low monthly fee with no contract for more »

  • Peter Thiel's Error

    By Daniel Lauchheimer - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GOOG, MSFT, NFLX

    Last year, at a Fortune Magazine conference, Peter Thiel and Eric Schmidt debated the future of the technology industry. Peter Thiel railed against the lack of technological innovation, and stated that, (starting at 22:30) “Amazon is the only one ... that has enough of a vision of the future that they're actually able to reinvest all their profits.” At first, this struck me as an interesting point, but when more »

  • My 2012 Report Card

    By James Fantaci - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, EOG, GOOG, NFLX, WPRT

    I started writing for the Motley Fool Blog Network in June 2012 because I enjoy sharing my passion for investing in great companies. As someone who comes from an entrepreneurial background, I find it exciting to own even a small piece of a business that is changing the world, even in subtle ways. With every stock I have recommended, I either already owned the company and/or I initiated a more »

  • Amazon's Big Investments Will Pay Off

    By Ishfaque Faruk - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, NFLX

    In spite of posting losses in the last quarter, the mighty Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) shows no signs of slowing down. The company is growing at a rapid-fire pace, and continues to choose growth and market share instead of profits. But, in the long run, the company's big bets will lead to increased sales from higher margin businesses, paving the way for growth in free cash flow. 

    Investment mode

    Amazon more »

  • Be the Victor in the Battle Over Content

    By Marie Palumbo - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: CBS, NFLX, TWC

    Note: The original article incorrectly identifies Time Warner Cable as Time Warner. This has been corrected and Motley Fool apologizes for the error.

    “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”

    2,500 years ago, Sun Tzu wrote the Art of War. Its unlikely modern military generals still prescribe to his practices, but there is one battlefield where his guidance is still headed: Wall Street.

    Technology will continue to more »

  • Spend Now, Earn Later...Maybe

    By Reuben Brewer - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, MSFT, NFLX, WMT

    Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) reported a loss in the second quarter that surprised Wall Street. The company continues to invest at the expense of profits, with the promise that earnings will come once the spending stops. However, with stiff competition on multiple fronts, can Amazon ever stop spending on growth?

    As an investor, that's an important question to ask yourself. Amazon has become so much more than just a book more »

  • This Company's Virtuous Circle Can Only Grow so Far

    By Reuben Brewer - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: AOL, AAPL, NFLX

    Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) announced solid earnings for the second quarter, but didn't add enough subscribers to appease Wall Street's expectations. The shares fell. Although the company continues to add subscribers, there will come a point when its mature markets are saturated. Investors could jump ship fast when that happens.

    In the second quarter, Netflix added 630,000 new domestic subscribers and 610,000 international subs. The top and more »

  • A Winner in the Battle for the Living Room

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, NFLX

    Industry giants like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) are stepping up their efforts to win the living room war, an area that could have huge financial and strategic implications over the years to come. It´s still too soon to tell who the winner will be, but one thing is looking quite clear, though: Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) seems to be in an outstandingly strong position more »

  • Is Europe the Next Big Bet?

    By Ryan Gilbert - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, NFLX, YELP

    International prospects have been a huge factor for investors lately. But with Asian growth being cut, it raises concerns that the Pacific gravy train won't last forever. What about the Euro-zone? Is expansion there viable? Or is it all doomed for years to come?

    The Euro-zone's contraction-stage business cycle isn't going to be pumping out growth numbers like China any time soon. But identifying potential before others more »

  • Outerwall Could Be the Next Tesla

    By Sam Mattera - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: NFLX, OUTR, TSLA

    Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR), formally known as Coinstar, holds the potential for big, short-term gains.

    Shares of Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) have rocketed 150% in the last three months, and so too could Outerwall. A combination of factors including a high short interest and the potential for bullish catalysts in the near-term could propel shares of Outerwall sharply higher in the coming months.

    Tesla’s incredible rally

    Electric carmaker Tesla has been more »

  • Carl Icahn's Favorite Companies

    By Jason Bond - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, NFLX, RIG

    Hedge fund legend Carl Icahn is reportedly part of the original inspiration for Gordon Gekko, the ruthless antagonist in the 1987 film Wall Street. Like Gekko, Icahn is known for his corporate activism, financial acuity, and great wealth. Without further ado, here are three companies that Carl Icahn really likes.

    The multilevel marketer

    Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) is a multilevel marketer that sells weight loss and nutrition supplies. In December 2012 more »

  • Should You Buy These Big Names After Earnings?

    By John Timmes - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, NFLX

    The recent earnings season has provided investors with many surprises, both positive and negative, and has sent some popular stocks soaring.  Let's look at three Nasdaq stocks to determine if they are good additions for your portfolio post-earnings.

    The maligned tech giant

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has had a lousy 2013 and coming into its most recent earnings report, the company had retested its 52-week low of $390. The company more »

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