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  • Why Starbucks is a Buy?

    In this article, let´s consider Starbucks Corporation (SBUX), a $57.14 billion market cap, which has a trailing P/E ratio that indicates that the stock is relatively overvalued (PE 251.6x vs Industry Median 30.7x).


    So in this article, let's take a look at a model which 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, 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.

      


  • Las Vegas Sands Has Attractive Growth Opportunities

    In this article, let's take a look at Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS), a $50.2 billion market cap company, which is a company that operates casinos in Las Vegas, NV; Macau, China; Bethlehem, PA; and Singapore.


    Sands China

      


  • Apache Corporation Announces The Results For The Last Quarter

    Apache Corporation (APA), last month, announced second-quarter 2014 earnings of $505 million or $1.31 per diluted common share and adjusted earnings, which exclude certain items that impact the comparability of results, of $644 million or $1.67 per share. For the same period in the prior year, Apache's earnings were $1 billion or$2.54 per diluted common share and adjusted earnings were $813 million or $2.04 per share. Net cash provided by operating activities totaled approximately $2.3 billion in second-quarter 2014, compared with $2.8 billion in the prior year, with cash from operations before changes in operating assets and liabilities totaling $2.2 billion, compared with $2.6 billion in second-quarter 2013. Prior-year results reflect contributions from properties that have been divested, including producing assets in the Gulf of Mexico, Canada, Argentina and a non-controlling interest in Egypt.

      


  • Market Strategist John Mauldin - Where Is The Growth?

    In 1633 Galileo Galilei, then an old man, was tried and convicted by the Catholic Church of the heresy of believing that the earth revolved around the sun. He recanted and was forced into house arrest for the rest of his life, until 1642. Yet “The moment he [Galileo] was set at liberty, he looked up to the sky and down to the ground, and, stamping with his foot, in a contemplative mood, said, Eppur si muove, that is, still it moves, meaning the earth” (Giuseppe Baretti in his book the The Italian Library, written in 1757).


    Flawed from its foundation, economics as a whole has failed to improve much with time. As it both ossified into an academic establishment and mutated into mathematics, the Newtonian scheme became an illusion of determinism in a tempestuous world of human actions. Economists became preoccupied with mechanical models of markets and uninterested in the willful people who inhabit them….

      


  • "A Unique Period of Time", Revisited

    I wrote an article in January 2012 entitled “A Very Unique Period of Time”. The article focused on commentary from Donald Yacktman (Trades, Portfolio), a well-known investor with a track record that suggests he’s worth listening to (through the second quarter of 2014, the Yacktman Fund (Trades, Portfolio) has outpaced the S&P 500 by an average 2.75% per annum over the past decade); at the time, Mr. Yacktman said the following:  


  • Amgen: Stronger Drug Portfolio with Acquisition

    Various biotech industries have witnessed a rally in their stock prices, and many investors did reap the benefit. This positive thinking around pharma and biotech industries will continue to grow as the need of innovative medicine are expanding for unmet demands. Industries in this domain are more focused on the R&D, to create new drugs and meet the demands in the future. Various pharmaceutical industries are constantly upgrading their drug portfolio with acquisition, for a larger share of the market.


    Amgen(AMGN) is one such company that is focused on providing medicinal solution to patient suffering from chronic diseases. To strengthen its portfolio the company recently acquired Onyx (ONXX). Onys, is one of the leading biotech pharmaceutical industry, focused on its drug portfolio that can be called as future drugs. These drugs can be used for un-curable disease like cancer which sounds like an enigma to various scientists. This is one main reason why companies like Onyx have a promising future with it prime focus on life saving drugs for treatment of cancer, this now provides steroids to Amgen’s growth. With this acquisition, Amgen now has a stronger drug portfolio to provide medicine for patients suffering from cancer diseases. The market for this future drug is phenomenal, considering the growth of patients suffering from these diseases.

      


  • 5-year lows: Walter Energy, HHGregg Inc, Dawson Geophysical Co, and Female Health Co.

    According to GuruFocus list of 5-year lows, these Guru stocks have reached their 5-year lows: Walter Energy, HHGregg Inc, Dawson Geophysical Co, and Female Health Co.


    Walter Energy Inc (WLT) Reached $3.06

      


  • Weekly CFO Sells Highlight: Palo Alto Networks Inc, Total System Services Inc, Workday Inc.

    According to GuruFocus Insider Data, the recent CFO sales were: Palo Alto Networks Inc, Total System Services Inc, and Workday Inc.

      


  • Facebook: Positive Data and Lucrative Opportunities Make It a Great Buy.

    Today morning I had a couple of tabs open on my chrome browser: One was the usual Facebook page and the other tab had a report from eMarketer which pointed out the continuation of growth in Facebook (FB) US usage. As per estimates, the average US Facebook user now spends approximately 39 minutes/day on its site and apps - up from 38 in 2013 and 35 in 2012. Also, it is important to keep in mind that these figures exclude Instagram and Whatsapp, both of which have a humongous user base.


    Drilling into the report

      


  • Maxim's Weakness Isn't a Red Flag for the Long-Term Investor

    Maxim Integrated (MXIM) ended fiscal 2014 on a soft note. The company released mixed results in the recently reported fourth quarter. Though Maxim posted a good 6% improvement in the revenue, but its results led to a decline in the share price. This happened as the investors had been modelling a better performance by the company. The softness in the performance came in on the back of poor chip sales for mobile devices. Another reason of the downfall was the cautious outlook for the future. However, management still is expecting better results on the back of some strategic moves that it is undertaking. Let us have a look at the underlying business.


    Can Maxim come out of the disappointment?

      


  • This Solar Company Can Be a Good Investment

    Yingli Green Energy (YGE), one of the leading solar panel maker announced not so exciting results for the second quarter 2014 due to macroeconomic headwinds specially in China and tough environment persisting in obtaining finances in the region that slowed down its installation. However, its shipment for PV modules for the quarter second-quarter increased approximately 41% to 888 megawatts quarter-on-quarter on the back of strong demand in the countries such as China, Japan, United States, U.K and many other emerging markets as large scale utility companies started equipping them with its utility-scale PV solutions.


    Results and outlook

      


  • Workday: Cloud Prospects Make It a Good Investment

    Workday (WDAY), one of the distinguished leaders in the enterprise cloud applications for human resources, financial and recruitment software announced attractive 74% growth in revenue, driven by solid performance for its web-based human resources and financial management software solutions. Its revenue for the second-quarter came in at $186.8 million from $107.6 million in the same quarter a year earlier, beating the analysts’ forecasts of $177.5 million in revenue for the quarter.


    However, continuous investment in the product enhancement, sales and marketing and employee enlargement has accelerated its net loss, including items to $69.2 million or earnings of $(0.38) per share as compared to $36.0 million or earnings of $(0.21) per share last year in the second-quarter. Its non-GAAP loss came in at $0.11 per share against $0.14 loss per share estimated by the analysts for the quarter.

      


  • Looking Past Nokia's Latest Performance

    Nokia (NOK) posted its results for the second quarter that were not satisfactory overall. The company, on one hand, posted good growth in profit, while it failed to grow sales impressively. Management is anticipating currency fluctuations to be a key reason behind the company’s declining sales. Nokia has enough in its pipeline which can help the company overcome its weakness. Management thinks that Nokia is on the right track, and has enough steam to deliver growth in the future.


    What's Nokia up to

      


  • Why Chesapeake Energy's Performance Can Improve

    Chesapeake Energy (CHK) released its second quarter results recently. The company posted a good improvement in the revenue, but oversupply in the U.S. North east caused oil, gas, and liquid prices to fall that eroded Chesapeake’s earnings. This impacted the stock price, leading to a drop in the shares soon after it posted its second quarter results. On the other hand, management of the company is anticipating that the higher than expected costs and the increase in the production taxes ate away at Chesapeake’s profit margins. It will be interesting to know how Chesapeake manages to gain market share and impress investors. Let us have a look.


    Steady performance

      


  • Why Investors Shouldn't Be Worried About Sina's Valuation

    Sina (SINA) recently released its results that were strong. The company reported 43% growth in revenue to $197 million. Also, the company posted non-GAAP net income of $192.3 million. The company saw good business through its online advertising and Weibo advertising services, which contributed revenue of $160 million and $56 million, respectively.


    Sina saw good sales, resulting in strong growth in revenue and exceeded estimates. The company saw non-GAAP operating profit growth of 344% as a result of strong momentum for Weibo monetization. Sina is growing as the company is seeing growth in revenue and operating profit despite challenging markets and stiff competition from peers. The company continues to see growth in total revenue and advertising revenue as a result of strong momentum for Weibo monetization. With growing revenues, the company is seeing expansion in the profit margins going forward.

      


  • Should Investors Stay Away From This Gold and Copper Mining Company?

    Barrick Gold (ABX) released disappointing second quarter results. The company’s shares fell amid a loss in the second quarter. The main reason for this decline was a weaker gold price and lower gold and copper sales volume. The company is worried about its weak performance. It is taking measures to improve its profitability. Barrick Gold has also cut its cost forecast for the future due to a decline in the gold prices.


    It is focusing on cutting costs and selling assets. However, the situation is bad for the gold miner. Let us have a look if Barrick Gold’s newly appointed management has anything new and innovative in their pockets which can improve its performance.

      


  • Denbury Resources: Earnings Report For Q2 2014

    Denbury Resources Inc. (DNR), last month, announced adjusted net income of $93 million for the second quarter of 2014, or $0.26 per diluted share. On a GAAP basis, for the quarter the Company recorded a net loss of $55 million, or ($0.16) per diluted share. Adjusted net income(1) for the second quarter of 2014 differs from the GAAP net loss due to a pre-tax loss of $125 million ($77 million after tax) for noncash fair value adjustments on commodity derivatives (a non-GAAP measure) and a pre-tax loss of $114 million ($71 million after tax) on early extinguishment of debt related to the redemption of the Company's 8¼% senior subordinated notes due 2020, which were refinanced during the quarter with the issuance of 5½% senior subordinated notes due 2022.


    Second Quarter of 2014 Highlights:

      


  • Is General Motors Getting Stuck With Unending Recalls?

    General Motors (GM) has recalled more than 221,000 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans as the brake pads of the two cars may stay moderately engaged even when it is not required. Such partial engagement could trigger a fire. These recalls pertain to Cadillac 2013-2015 models and Impalas of model years 2014 and 2015. More than 92%, or around 205,309 units of these vehicles are in the U.S. while rest are in Canada or someplace else.


    What’s happening?
      



  • September Buffett-Munger Bargain Newsletter is Ready for Download

    September Buffett-Munger Bargain Newsletter is Ready for Download

    According to Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio), there are businesses, that you will find a few times in a lifetime, where any manager could raise the return enormously just by raising prices—and yet they haven’t done it. This month's Buffett-Munger Bargain newsletter is about such a company.  


  • These 16 Stocks Hiked Dividends In The Past Week

    What a Week! Scotland vote no and belong further to the United Kingdom but more important to me were the dividend growth announcements of the week which I cover.

    I love dividend growth stocks and made a significant amount of money with them as a long-term orientated investor. My strategy is somewhat between growth and value. I'm a fan of Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) but I have my own experience and strategy.  


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