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  • Quickly Gain A Wealth Of Information From The GuruFocus Summary Page (Using Apple As An Example)

    When investing in a company, it is not only necessary to know about the company itself, but also how the stock is valued. Viewing a company through its summary page at GuruFocus provides a wealth of information to help understand its financial strength, profitability, growth and valuation, and see how the gurus and insiders are trading the stock. The features of the summary page can help you decide in minutes if not seconds whether or not to further investigate the stock for an investment opportunity. The summary page at GuruFocus should be your first destination when researching a particular stock.

    Using Apple (AAPL) as an example, towards the top of the page it can be seen that Apple is a very predictable company with its Business Predictability score of 4.5/5. By moving the mouse over the “question mark” next to the rating, a popup will appear giving more information about stocks with the same rating. Stocks with a 4.5/5 rating have gained 10.6 percent on average while back-testing for the past 10 years. Only 10 percent of the stocks lost money if held for 10 years.


  • Confession of a Business Student

    So here I am. My first year into what is about to be a great learning journey through one of the top business schools in the world. I am not alone. In America, about 1 million students choose to study business at the undergraduate level every year. I was told that I was about to have the best time of my life.

    Well, it's all a matter of perspective.


  • Warren Buffett's Wrath: How Benjamin Moore Almost Broke His Promise

    Turmoil roiled Benjamin Moore, a paint company owned by Berkshire Hathaway, after it decided to break a pledge Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) made to Moore’s dealers. How did it happen—and how did the Oracle of Omaha respond? A case study in pluses (and occasional minuses) of being owned by Berkshire.

    Not long after Berkshire Hathaway acquired Benjamin Moore in 2000, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) appeared in a video that was sent to the company’s thousands of independent dealers, who sell the vast majority of Moore paints. Buffett knew that outside ownership was disconcerting for a company that, since its founding in 1883, had usually been run by a Moore descendant. Dealers worried that the new owner might decide there were bigger profits to be made by selling through the dealers’ bitter rivals, big-box giants Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW).


  • Owens-Illinois: The Glass Is Half Full


    Source: Yahoo Finance


  • Is This A Profit?

    U.S. home costs climbed in July however at a slower rate contrasted with not long ago. The directing value builds could help deals. Land information supplier Corelogic (CLGX) said Tuesday that costs climbed 7.4 percent in July from July 2013. That was somewhat underneath June's year-over-year expansion of 7.5 percent and far beneath a late crest of 11.9 percent in February. Costs climbed 1.2 percent in July from June. In any case Corelogic's month-to-month figures aren't balanced for regularity – for example, expanded purchasing that happens in warm climate.

    The more modest value additions ought to make homes more reasonable. The normal 30-year settled home loan rate was 4.1 percent a week ago, the lowest in a year. Also the quantity of accessible homes climbed 3.5 percent in July to the most in almost two years. A more noteworthy supply has a tendency to breaking point the offering wars that expand costs. More noteworthy competitiveness has helped lodging recuperate over the spring and summer after deals and development fell recently. Offers of existing homes rose for a fourth straight month in July to their strongest pace in nine months. What's more a measure of marked contracts likewise expanded in July, recommending that last deals will climb further in impending months.


  • Tesla Motors Debate: Buying Opportunity or Bubble Stock?

    I joined CNBC’s Kelly Evans and Bill Griffeth and Stifel Nicolaus’ James Albertine yesterday for a lively chat on Tesla Motors (TSLA). James takes the view that, after its recent correction, Tesla is an attractive stock. While I share James’ enthusiasm for Tesla’s technology, I continue to believe the stock is far too expensive for anything other than a short-term trade.

    Tesla has taken a beating of late, down about 10% from its recent all-time highs following comments from founder Elon Musk that the stock price was “kind of high right now.” But even at today’s prices, Tesla trades for 13 times sales—a lofty valuation for any stock, but particularly one with a market cap of $32 billion.


  • Step Up For This Champ

    There were a lot of champs and failures this week, with a customer hardware retailer debilitating to record for chapter 11 and the main satellite radio player nearby boosting its supporter direction. Here's a rundown of the week's most intelligent moves and greatest bungles.

    RadioShack (RSH)


  • Should Investors Hold On to Whole Foods?

    Whole Foods Market (WFM) recently announced mixed results for the third-quarter 2014, posting earnings of $0.41 per share higher than earnings of $0.39 per share estimated by the analysts. But its revenue failed to meet the street expectations as it came in at $3.38 billion, slightly lower than the street forecasts of $3.39 billion for the third-quarter 2014. Nevertheless, the results were quite better in comparison to the same quarter a year earlier, with revenue and earnings growth of 10% and 8% respectively.

    However, Whole Food Market has pulled down its outlook for the full year as the company expects to see sales increase for its established stores in the range of 4.1% to 4.4%, slightly inferior to its earlier guidelines of 5% to 5.5% rise in the established locations. Whole Foods Market has made changes to the high end of its diluted EPS guidance by $0.02 cents. The company now expects earnings per share in the range of $1.52 per share to $1.54 per share for the full year that guided its stock to down curve 3.6% to $37.70 aftermath.


  • John Keeley Discloses Top New Stock Buys of Q2

    John Keeley (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder and head of Keeley Funds, a money manager with $6 billion assets, seven mutual funds and two investment strategies – restructuring and dividend.

    He and his managers said in their second quarter letter that, while many indicators suggest the U.S. economy is healthy, other signs are more worrisome:


  • NetEase's Gaming Moves Make It a Smart Investment

    NetEase (NTES), one of China's leading Internet and online game services providers, had a bad start to fiscal 2014. NetEase’ results were upsetting. The Chinese gaming company posted weak results, disappointing expectations. However, management is citing this as seasonal weakness. The CEO, on the other hand, is expecting growth in the business. Let us find out what NetEase has in store for investors.

    NetEase failed to impress investors with its results. The company’s quarterly revenue declined to $380.5 million from $392 million. However, management thinks that the weakness was due to weaker World of Warcraft contribution in the quarter. Taking this as a seasonal weakness, NetEase is feeling confident and sees better financials in the second quarter. But, the EPS downtrend in the past might hurt NetEase, and the company might even lose market share in the future.


  • IBM Takes a Giant Leap to Promote Big Data Analysis

    U.S. technology and consulting corporation, International Business Machines (IBM), nicknamed the "Big Blue" is urging business houses to use its tool for predictive analysis and work with their data on the analytical tool that would give them better insight into the near future.


  • Keurig Green Mountain's Product Introductions Look Impressive for Long-Term Growth

    Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages, recently released its financial report for the third quarter. The results were good but not very impressive. As a result, the company‘s shares dropped after it posted a disappointing guidance. However, the company saw an improvement in the revenue as well as in the earnings, but failed to meet analysts’ expectations. Keurig is looking for growth opportunities, and it is also undertaking various initiatives to achieve success. With the future looking bright and many acquisition plans and new products in the pipeline, Keurig is expecting to post better results in the future.

    Improving prospects


  • This Fast-Growing Sports Apparel Company Is a Stock to Watch

    Sports apparel manufacturer and retailer Under Armour (UA) released splendid results for the second quarter. The stock has been impressive on the stock exchange after its first-quarter results, when it outpaced expectations by posting impressive results. Under Armour has kept the momentum going and is showing no signs of fading away. Under Armour’s robust performance was backed by good sales growth, which came in on the back of strong sales in categories such as running, golf, training and women’s apparel.

    Having seen strong growth in sales, management has raised the sales guidance. In the recently reported quarter, Under Armour reported a solid 34.1% growth in its revenue, clocking $609.7 million. This was better than $455 million as compared to last year’s same quarter. The company has exceeded its guidance for the coming quarter, and is now expecting its revenue to clock between $2.98 billion-$2.91 billion.


  • Why This Electronics Retailer's Turnaround Cannot Be Ruled Out

    Electronic retailer Best Buy (BBY) released not-so-impressive results for the second quarter. Although the company failed to impress with good revenue, it managed to post some good improvement in earnings. Management is thinking that the company underperformed on the back of weak consumer demand and aggressive competition from its peers, leading to poor sales. Further, Best Buy is expecting a decline in sales in the coming two quarters as well. However, Best Buy is engaged in many initiatives to get better. The cost-cutting initiatives might prove to be a growth driver for it in the future. Let us see how?

    Can it turn around?


  • This Off-Price Retailer Looks Primed for Better Times Ahead

    The nation's third-largest off-price apparel retailer, Ross Stores (ROST), released impressive results for the second quarter of fiscal 2014. The retailer saw good improvement in the revenue. Further, management is thinking that the moves from its rivals will give an added advantage to Ross Stores and will help it create more traction for its products. Ross is expecting strong sales as its customers are showing positive signs, responding well to its wide assortment of competitive name brand products. There are a few strategies as well which Ross Stores is undertaking to improve its offerings.

    On the right path


  • Invest in This Chipmaker to Profit From a Growing Camera Market

    Ambarella (AMBA), a leading developer of low-power, HD video compression and image processing semiconductors, recently released strong results for the second quarter. The company’s results were fantastic, topping analysts’ expectations. The remarkable financial growth came in as a result of good traction that it received for its GoPro chips. Ambarella is confident about its growth prospects, and, in line with this, it posted an upbeat guidance.

    On a good run


  • Now I Understand Why Paul Tudor Jones is Long in Tupperware

    In this article, let´s consider Tupperware Brands Corporation (TUP), a $3.7 billion market cap, which has a trailing P/E ratio that indicates that the stock is relatively undervalued (PE 15.9x vs Industry Median 22.7x).

    So in this article, let's take a look at a model that is applicable to stable, mature, dividend-paying firms and try to find the intrinsic value of the stock. Although the model has a number of characteristics that make it useful and appropriate for many applications, it is by no means the be-all and end-all for valuation. The purpose is to force investors to evaluate different assumptions about growth and future prospects.


  • Target Corp. A Fairly Valued Stock

    In this article, let´s consider Target Corp. (TGT), a $39.84 billion market cap, which has a trailing P/E ratio that indicates that the stock is relatively overvalued (PE 26.3x vs Industry Median 21.7x).

    So in this article, let's take a look at a model that is applicable to stable, mature, dividend-paying firms and try to find the intrinsic value of the stock. Although the model has a number of characteristics that make it useful and appropriate for many applications, it is by no means the be-all and end-all for valuation. The purpose is to force investors to evaluate different assumptions about growth and future prospects.


  • 9 Dividend Stocks That Have 10x Higher Sales Than A Decade Before

    Growth is addictive. A company that doubles sales each ten years and threefold earnings is a good return and cash cow for your portfolio if you have not overpaid your investment.

    Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB) and other techies are good growth stocks with deep values, but they are definitely too expensive to make a good return. If not, I am wrong and they boost sales by a higher rate but that's speculation and not investing.


  • Will Scotland Leave? Polls Say Maybe. Market Says No.

    Thursday is the big day. After the polls close, we’ll know if the United Kingdom remains united or if Scotland will be going it alone. With just a few days to go, the race is a statistical dead heat.


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