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  • Looking Ahead of Wall Street: Apple Inc, GoPro Inc, Gilead Sciences

    By Sarah Roden

    Earnings season on Wall Street is in full swing with many notable companies posting quarterly reports this week. What are analysts saying about three of the big players posting earnings this week?


  • Guru Investors Are Piling Into National Oilwell Varco (NOV)

    Plenty of top name super investors continue to buy into this stock and rightfully so.

    NOV is a beast!


  • Correction A Good Opportunity To Buy 3M

    3M Company (MMM) has been a big value creator for investors in the last few years. The company has rewarded investors through capital appreciation, dividends and share repurchase. On March 2, 2015, 3M touched an YTD15 high of $170.5 and the stock is currently down by 6.7% to $159.0 per share. The recent decline in the stock has come post the company’s 1Q15 result announcement that had some near-term disappointment. In my view, this near-term bearish trend is a great opportunity for investors to consider long-term exposure to 3M. This article discusses the reasons to be bullish on the stock with an investment horizon of 3-5 years.

    Coming to the results, 3M reported revenue of $7.6 billion in 1Q15, representing a decline of 3.2% as compared to 1Q14. However, the company’s EPS was $1.85, representing an increase of 3.4% as compared to 1Q14. Therefore, the results were mixed, but a decline in revenue is indicative of the point that a slowdown in the euro area and China impacted the company’s overall growth. The important point from an investment perspective is that the global economy is again on a recovery path and a near-term sales slowdown is certainly not a matter of concern.


  • 7 High-Conviction Stock Picks Held By The Masters of the Universe

    People love heroes. We instinctively look up to professional athletes, rock stars, and — against our better judgment — even politicians at times.

    The world of investments is no different. We mortals fawn over billionaire hedge fund managers as if they truly were the masters of the universe. Frankly, given the returns that some of these gentlemen generate, I’m not so sure they don’t deserve it.


  • Coach Inc.'s Earnings Preview- Will The Company’s Turnaround Reflect In The Q3 Numbers?

    The American marketer of luxury handbags and other fashion accessories, Coach Inc. (COH), would report its third quarter earnings of fiscal year 2015 on April 28 and analysts are speculating what they would see in its number mix since it has been facing challenges from other premium luxury brands such as Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. (KORS) and Kate Spade & Co. (KATE) from the past few quarters at a stretch. The company’s stock has shed 14% in the past 12 months, but analysts are rating the stock positively as the company is taking strategic initiatives to revive its business model. Let’s quickly take a glance at what could be expected to hear during the third quarter earnings call of Coach Inc.

    The company has taken a restructuring route


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  • Pan American Silver: Growth at Key Mines Makes It a Good Investment

    Pan American Silver (PAAS) recently approved its fourth quarter cash dividend for the year of $0.125 per common share and making its total cash dividend distribution for fiscal year 2014 of $0.50 per common share.

    Pan has been successfully able to minimize the negative impacts of the rising cash costs into its quarterly and yearly dividends offered to the shareholders.


  • Taseko Mines' Strong Production Makes It a Good Buy

    Taseko Mines (TGB) produced approximately 35 million pounds of copper instead of producing nearly 42 million pounds, which was expected depending on its overall head grade and mill throughput. Also, the company’s cost per pound is forecasted to be affected with the 16% lower metal production profile. Taseko’s huge spending for many rebids, enlarged contractor and mining costs and poor head grades expanded its general operating costs significantly above the first and second quarter levels.

    Smart moves


  • Strong Results and Smart Strategies Make Advance Auto a Good Buy

    Advance Auto Parts (AAP) touched an all-time high in January. The company recently reported its fourth quarter results with year over year growth in both revenue and profits. Albeit the numbers failed to match the street expectations yet the company seems poised to do even better in the days ahead. Starting with its numbers let’s see in detail what its future prospects are.

    Strong results


  • Southwest Airlines' Q1 Earnings Rockets Through The Sky

    Yes, Southwest Airlines (LUV), the best in the low cost airlines group does it once again. The airlines have reported record first quarter profits of around three times the figure last year. The company has reportedly exceeded expectations in the following categories.

    Financial Pointers


  • Twitter Q1 Earnings Preview

    Twitter Inc. (TWTR) is scheduled to release its first quarter earnings report for fiscal 2015 on 28th April 2015. The Q1 results of the global communications platform provider could have a direct impact on online networking businesses such as Facebook (FB), LinkedIn (LNKD) Google (GOOG) and upstart Snapchat with whom Twitter competes for advertisers.

    Twitter reported adjusted fourth quarter earnings of $0.12 a share for fiscal 2014 on revenues of $479 million, comfortably beating the consensus estimate of $0.06 a share on revenues of $453.14 million. The company logged adjusted net income of $79 million for the quarter and announced a sequential growth in monthly active users to 288 million, up 20% year-over-year. On a GAAP basis, Twitter narrowed its loss from $511 million in Q4 2013 to $125 million in Q4 2014. For the full fiscal 2014, the company reported 11% growth in revenues to $1.403 billion and adjusted net income of $101 million, while the GAAP operating loss stood at $578 million. Following the results, Twitter announced a revenue guidance of $440-$450 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Twitter shares are up 10.1% since the company’s last earnings report.


  • Nike is Showing Growth And Terrific Buyback

    Nike Inc (NKE), a world pioneer in sportswear, has been an extraordinary stock for investors in the course of the last 5-6 years. Since mid 2009, the share price has gone from $20 to $100, creating an awesome yearly return. It can go further on the grounds that the fundamental plan of action is effectively operating and the stock story continues enhancing - here's the reason.

    Still growing


  • Rice Energy's New Wells Will Power Its Long-Term Growth

    Rice Energy (RICE) reported solid result in the fourth quarter, which is quite encouraging considering the present oil and gas pricing environment. Although profits missed the street expectations; yet it was better than the losses incurred in the year ago period. The company launched its IPO last year and since then its prices have nearly halved, but at the same time it has shown considerable resilience and bounced back after touching its 52-week low in January.

    Its revenue for the quarter increased a whopping 364% from a year ago period to $129.4 million, while it reported earnings of 76 cents a share compared to a loss of 17 cents in the year ago period. These are outstanding numbers and probably unmatched among its peers and clearly tell the story of its stock resilience. Although its IPO came in at a bad time, coinciding with the falling commodity prices, but the company has strong balance sheet making it poised for future growth.


  • Why Sherwin-Williams Will Continue Outperforming in the Long Run

    Sherwin-Williams (SHW) is growing organically with a number of new store openings driving its top line. In December, it opened its 4,000th paint store, which is a quite remarkable numbers and reflects the strength in its business. The company is progressing steadily towards its goal of 5000 locations in North America. In this direction it intends to open 100 to 110 stores this fiscal. There is no doubt that these new additions will significantly drive its growth in the days ahead.

    Better times ahead


  • Let Your Home Entertainment Pay You For A Change With Shares Of Arris Group

    In response to a question from a viewer as to how he could justify recommending the stock of a gun manufacturer, I once heard Jim Cramer respond that he would simply take some of his profits and donate them to anti-gun groups just for the irony of using a gun makers own profits against it. While I do not tend to be an anti-gun advocate, I do appreciate juicy irony when I see it. Today, I have my own little twist to the Cramer approach.

    I believe just about everyone loves to hate their provider of home entertainment products and solutions. We really are no longer in a position to get by without them in our “connected and wireless world” but we all hate the fact that all of the providers tend to be lacking in at least some aspects of customer service and the rates keep rising. I have made no secret regarding my bullish view of Cisco Systems (CSCO), one of the leading suppliers of equipment that keeps our “connected wired and wireless world” operating, and my due diligence on that company led me to another player in the space that provides us with critical products in this space but is still small enough to continue with its current torrid growth rate for several years to come….if it manages to remain an independent business. Either way, I believe those who invest now will profit handsomely over the next 3-5 years or longer. Best of all, it is a business that is, right now, far from being a household name. It is almost certainly, one of the best businesses around you have probably never heard of.


  • A Few Reasons why This Airline is a Great Buy

    Shares of low-cost airline Virgin America (VA) have been inconsistent ever since organization went public in November 2014. Virgin America's IPO was priced at $23 per share, yet the stock jumped to over $42 in a month. However, notwithstanding reporting better-than-expected quarterly results, Virgin America is down right around 20% YTD.

    VA gives domestic flights to clients from its essential center points in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. The organization influences the Virgin brand to give superb client administration while controlling expenses and conveying a fairly priced item in examination to contenders. The organization's essential channel is its image name and client experience. The organization has reported significant earnings growth for nine sequential quarters and given that it holds a tiny 2.5% of the U.S. airline market share, it has a great deal of space to develop. Henceforth, I think Virgin America is a good buy on the pullback. Let’s take a look at the reasons why.


  • Why Beaten-Down Yelp is a Strong Buy

    Yelp's (YELP) stock has dropped close to 45% in the last few months. Despite the fact that Yelp battled through a hopeless 2014, the company's long term development story is still intact. Yelp keeps on delivering staggering revenue growth and its model still introduces one of the most ideal approaches to draw in advertising money from local organizations. Hence, I think investors should use Yelp’s recent downfall as an entry-point.

    Missed Estimates


  • Broad Soft: What the Future Holds for this Company

    Part of the Technology sector, Broad Soft Inc. (BSFT) is one of the biggest application software companies operating in the U.S. The company provides various services to its clientele in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Americas, Africa, and Europe. Founded in 1998, Broad Soft has its headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The company has in a very short period emerged as a very prominent company in the technology sector. Its major competitors are Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), and Sonus Networks Inc. (SONS).

    Broad Soft Inc. (BSFT) is financially a very healthy and sound company. The financial performance of the company has over the past 3 years remained neither too good nor too bad. During the period, its sales revenues have continuously increased. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, the sales revenues of the company were $132,842,000, $137,113,000, and $159,144,000 respectively. The total increase in sales revenues of the company in 2013 was 8% and in 2014 was 20%.


  • Consumer Confidence Growth in the US

    Good days seems to be returning back to the U.S. The psychological and economic impacts of the Great Depression of 2007-08, which led to billions of dollars’ worth of economic losses to the consumers and investors, appears to be fast vanishing. The results of almost every economic indicator have a positive result. The investors and consumers are looking up on the changing economic dimensions in a very favorable light. The stock market growth rate currently is the highest in the past 25 years. Consumer spending on discretionary goods is soaring high and optimism seems to have taken over almost every U.S. citizen. So far, citizens have all the reasons to feel happy with the economy.

    Lately, consumer confidence Index (CPI) in the U.S. hit an 8-year high. From 93 two months ago, the CPI this month increased to 95.9, second highest in the past 8 years. In the light of the study recently conducted by Bloomberg, economists have maintained that CPI will for months come to remain somewhere around 94. The current environment of hope and optimism is expected not to be affected adversely anytime soon, provided something extraordinarily gross does not happen, which is highly unlikely.


  • PepsiCo Posts Upbeat Q1 profits Driven By Frito Lays Sale

    The New York based multinational Food and Beverage Corporation PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) posted higher than expected profits with great contribution from the sales of Frito Lays and beverages in North America. Company’s earnings were recorded at 83 cents per share excluding items as against the expectations of 79 cents per share.

    PepsiCo’s performance in Q1


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