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  • Washboard Abs & Profits to Match: Is It Time to Invest In These Apparel Stocks?

    By T. M. Loyd - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, GPS

    With public nudity banned in San Francisco, the long spell of terror we clothed masses have endured is over. Once again, we can wear clothing without fear, which means that clothing stocks are due to jump, right?

    Several major apparel retailers have in fact seen their stocks rise over the past year. For some, that has meant coming out of a slump. For others, it may mean some investors have more »

  • Long Shots & Pot Shots

    By T. M. Loyd - February 27, 2013 | Tickers: SWHC, RGR, TASR

    Despite living in a hunting state, I've never been a great fan of firearms. Still, I have respect for the skill and craftsmanship involved. With firearms yet again in the headlines, guns and ammo have taken on a greater political dimension than ever before. Unfortunately, when politics get involved stocks can suffer unduly.

    Don't fret, there is a silver lining: when headlines bring a stock lower than its more »

  • World Wide Web Investment: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

    By T. M. Loyd - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: AVG, INTC, SYMC, WBSN

    Ah, the internet... how I hate it. Still, we can't do without, and when desires become demands and wants become needs, there's a dollar to be made. Admittedly, dot-coms and their ilk have seen their share of ups and downs. If you're looking to invest in the web, it’s important to learn just how well-positioned a company is before investing in them; the constant technological innovation more »

  • Morning Rush to Invest

    By T. M. Loyd - February 6, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, KKD, SBUX

    Being a junk food addict, the chance to stop for some coffee and a donut (i.e. breakfast cake...) was always too tempting on my morning walks to work. In the Bronx, I always ended up at a Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN) store, or else one of the ubiquitous Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) establishments. Later, in the UAE, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts  (NYSE: KKD) began to make inroads in the great air-conditioned more »

  • Buy, Drink, Sell: Is Your Favorite Beer Worth Investing In?

    By T. M. Loyd - December 10, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, TAP | Editor's Choice

    Beer is king in America, and beer stocks reflect it. While microbreweries and regional producers have taken an increasing share of sales over the last three decades, national- and global-scale producers like the Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP) and Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD) have maintained a high share price. Nevertheless, smaller, leaner companies have made significant inroads into the market; perhaps the most successful of these is the Boston more »

  • The Good, The Bad, and the Poultry: Are These Stocks Undervalued?

    By T. M. Loyd - October 15, 2012 | Tickers: HRL, SFD, TSN, WFM

    I prefer organic, free-range, green, etc. etc. foods from the likes of Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM), but that's always been a convenience; when I'm hard up for cash, I fall back on old reliables like Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE: SFD), and the Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL). Unsurprisingly, these stocks reflect my wallet; Whole Foods has enjoyed an upward run over the more »

  • Drink, For Tomorrow We Grow

    By T. M. Loyd - October 10, 2012 | Tickers: JVA, GMCR, TEA

    Unemployed or not, Americans will keep drinking their coffee and tea; what else can get them through a day at the office or in interviews? As something we're all familiar with, minor addictions like these offer a comfortable way to invest; we just need to look for the right opportunity. Three stocks dealing with coffee and tea have hit 52-week lows; the question for us is these glasses are more »

  • Digital Advertising: Bargain Bin or Trash Bin?

    By T. M. Loyd - October 9, 2012 | Tickers: DGIT, HHS, VCLK

    Advertising is a vital part of the commercial market, often disappointing investors by piling expenses atop revenue; investing in advertising itself offers an opportunity to profit off those ever-present expenses. Three digital advertising agencies, Digital Generation (NASDAQ: DGIT), ValueClick (NASDAQ: VCLK), and Harte-Hanks (NYSE: HHS), exemplify some of the heights and depths (mainly depths...) of the sector. Are these cheap buys, primed to rise in value, or will the web more »

  • Everyone Loves Explosions! (Profits, Too)

    By T. M. Loyd - October 2, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, DLB, IMAX, RLD

    It's our tendency to always want bigger, better, more exciting experiences, and film has sought to deliver, decade after decade. The latest sweeping, truly cinematic films like The Dark Knight Rises have used IMAX' (NYSE: IMAX) proprietary technology to accomplish their impressive and overwhelming cinematography. Director Christopher Nolan's express disinterest in 3D for his trilogy, even as the technology saw increasing use across the industry and internationally, has more »

  • Gaming Stocks: Leveling Off or Leveling Up?

    By T. M. Loyd - September 27, 2012 | Tickers: EA, TTWO, THQIQ

    I admit that I've lost far too many hours to video games. Time better spent reading, exercising, with friends and family, was spent with my fingers diddling over a controller and my face cast in the cold blue light of a monitor... and I loved every minute of it. For most gamers this is the case, and when a new game comes out, they're all in a tizzy more »

  • Physician, Grow Thyself: Undervalued Healthcare Stocks

    By T. M. Loyd - September 25, 2012 | Tickers: SEM, USPH

    Nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke each year in the United States; of these, 140,000 perish. This year I can add my father to the former figure -- but thankfully not the latter. The experience of navigating various hospitals, nursing homes, and therapy routines have led to a fair share of bills both for us and my father's insurance provider, which led me to wonder: just how well is the business of care and therapy doing? Is it profitable enough to warrant investment in this noble and important practice?

  • Data Storage Paupers: Tomorrow's Princes?

    By T. M. Loyd - September 25, 2012 | Tickers: DTLK, LSI, OCZ, STEC

    Where are the bargains in a multi-billion dollar industry that has had decades to develop? Data storage is seeing renewed interest as the digital age zips forward and cloud computing becomes the foundation of the Escher house the Web is building. There are definitely cheap data storage stocks out there -- but are the businesses behind them primed to grow, or is it smoke and shadows?

  • Elon Musk's Crystal Ball: Are Supercapacitors Superundervalued?

    By T. M. Loyd - September 25, 2012 | Tickers: XIDEQ, MXWL, PCRFY

    Are the batteries of tommorrow the bargain stock of today? At first glance, no -- the bear market has mauled their stock and left their finances in disarray. But a Fool always looks closer...

  • Puff Puff Cash: Bargains in Clouds?

    By T. M. Loyd - September 24, 2012 | Tickers: EMC, STX, XRTX

    Hidden in the digital age is a host of investing opportunities, among them cloud computing: the crux of Microsoft's new Office suite, and increasingly the data storage method of choice for businesses small and large. Is it too late to jump in, or are there bargains to be had?

  • Can You Profit From For-Profit Education?

    By T. M. Loyd - September 20, 2012 | Tickers: APOL, DV, ESI

    For-profit education wallows in 52-week lows, but yesterday’s losers are tomorrow’s winners, and these stocks bear fundamental examination yet again; as a former public educator I have no great love for this industry, but the shockwaves the industry has suffered due to government attempts at regulation this year have piqued my curiosity. So crack open your books (e.g. SEC filings) and pull up a desk.

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