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  • Big Mike Trading Forum Scam

    If you want to learn how to trade I have tips for you guys stay away from Big Mike Trading he knows nothing about trading he just enjoys talking about nonsense stuffs and destroying businesses of other people.


  • Biotech Momentum Indicators: Achaogen (AKAO), Novartis (NVS), VIVUS (VVUS), Inc. (AKAO)

    Keep a close eye on AKAO. The company will host a conference call and webcast on Tuesday, March 31st at 4:30PM Eastern Time to update investors on its lead program, plazomicin.


  • What Are The Smart Picks In The Technology Sector?

    The technology sector is one of the growth-oriented sectors in the stock market today, and it is quite understandable that most of the investors want to make the best use of this growth by investing in these stocks right away. However, it could be a difficult challenge to choose one from the sea of technology stocks available today. There are big names and there are start-ups. How to make the right decision and on what basis should this decision be made? Here are some of the top stocks that experts recommend you to invest in, if technology industry is your preferred choice.

    The best in the business


  • Accenture Posts Decent Set Of Numbers At The Q2 Earnings Call

    Accenture (ACN) reported its second quarter results for the fiscal year 2015 on March 26 and the top and bottom line numbers clearly crossed the analysts’ estimates showing the phenomenal growth witnessed in the company’s services sector which caters to insurance, banking and the healthcare sectors. The company also emphasized on returning to the shareholders during the quarter.

    Accenture’s CEO, Peirre Nanterme, stated during the earnings call – “We are extremely pleased with our very strong financial results for the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2015. Our revenue growth of 12 percent in the second quarter was again broad-based across the different dimensions of our business, and we gained significant market share. We delivered excellent new bookings of $9.4 billion, demonstrating that our services continue to be highly relevant to our clients…”


  • Is It The Right Time To Invest In Macy?

    Macy Inc. (M) has entered into its third phase of growth in 2015. The company’s focus on its growth and expansion strategy made it a hit; proving it to be a greater competitive threat for its rivals Kohl’s (KSS) and J.C.Penney (JCP) sooner or later. The company has realised that it requires to go beyond departmental stores to achieve a complete new level of success. So, what is so appealing about Macy’s strategies being undertaken to secure its near future. Let’s visit the facts shared in the article.

    Growth Strategies in focus


  • Snap-on: Notable earnings

    Founded in 1920, Snap-on Inc. (SNA) is a $3.3 billion, S&P 500 company, headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education.

    Fourth Quarter Results


  • Unilever Is Out To Win Market Share From All The Geographies

    A well known brand globally, Unilever Plc. (UL) continues to give a tough fight to its biggest competitors on the brand portfolio front as well as well as stock front. The company has some power packed fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands which are used every day by billions globally. In all, the company has roughly around 400 brands, of which 14 are one dollar brands and 11 brands have found their way in the list of world’s top 50 FMCG brands of 2014. Lux, Knorr, Dove and some other famous brands of Unilever account for almost 54% of the company’s sales. The low oil prices and the resultant cheaper commodity prices have acted as a tail wind for Unilever. It has helped the company to achieve the desirable results and the stock has performed well on most benchmarks. The weakening Euro is also helping in Unilever’s case. Let’s check out how Unilever has grown into a FMCG giant while P&G (PG) has been in shrinking mode.

    Consistency in brand performance


  • Finish Line Gives A Solid Finish To The Fiscal Year 2015

    The Finish Line Inc. (FINL) recently revealed its fourth quarter results for fiscal 2015 wherein the company reported a 1.1% rise in non-GAAP earnings to $0.88 a share, beating the consensus estimate of $0.85 a share. Moreover, Finish Line’s consolidated net sales for the quarter grew 6.3% to $551.3 million compared to $518.8 million in the year-ago quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $550.3 million. The company attributed the revenue beat to its promotional as well as cost cutting activities. Following the results, Finish Line’s shares surged 8.19% to $25.90 in pre-market trading before falling 1.34% to $23.62 at closing bell.

    Growth in Comparable-Store Sales Boosts Numbers


  • American Airlines’ Remains A Great Stock To Invest In

    The ongoing power struggles in middle-east comprises the latest one being the standoff between Saudi Arabia and Yemen Shia rebels. The latest geo-political scuffle in the Middle-East has given rise to speculative oil prices, in the fear of a possible shortage of oil. Millions of barrels pass through the 18 mile Bab el-Mandeb point which lies between Yemen and Djibouti separating the Gulf of Aden from the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. By the end of the trading season on March 26, this reflected on the recovery shown by the oil sector. The trading hours saw the industry standard Brent crude oil, due for delivery in the month of April rise by 4.46% to close at $59 per barrel and the West Texas crude gained 4.19% to close at $51.27 a barrel. Experts believe that this knee jerk reaction may have a temporary effect on oil prices; as Saudi Arabian, Nigerian and Mexican oil is waiting to hit the U.S. shores.

    Cascading effect


  • Google And Johnson & Johnson Likely To Collaborate For Developing A Break Through Technology

    Watching robots contributing heavily in changing human life style in movies has always been very mesmerizing, as we watch the robots accomplishing every piece of work that was earlier done manually. In reality, robots are now playing an important role, especially in the manufacturing line of business to improve production. It is interesting to note that mankind is taking a huge leap by involving use of robots in the medical field. Yes, Google Inc. (GOOG) has decided to shake hands with the health care giant Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) in order to develop robot-assisted surgical program. Let’s discuss the details that have been made public till date on the partnership that is expected to be completed between April to June this year.

    A major breakthrough on the cards


  • Baron Opportunity Fund Fourth Quarter 2014 Commentary

    Baron Opportunity Fund had a modest fourth quarter, gaining 3.56%, but trailing both the Russell Midcap Growth Index, which rose 5.84%, and the large-cap S&P 500 Index, which increased 4.93%.

    Review & Outlook As I’ve written in past letters, 2014 was a challenging year for the Baron Opportunity Fund. Performance was not up to our (and my) historical standards. When the market turned in mid-March, we were a top decile fund against our peer group for the prior 5- and 10-year periods (according to Morningstar data).* But the Fund trailed the market averages materially last year. As I detailed throughout the year, the market environment presented a significant headwind to the Fund’s consistent strategy of investing in high growth, innovative businesses, and, with the clarity of 20/20 hindsight, we made some missteps of our own. For those investors who continue to place their trust in us, I want to personally thank you for your support and patience. It is our aim to prove 2014 the anomaly I believe it was.


  • Mario Gabelli's Top 5 Stock Picks

    Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder of GAMCO Investors, a firm with $49.9 billion in assets under management across a range of funds. Investing at GAMCO centers on a fundamental, bottom-up approach.  

  • Grow Your Money Plant Into A Money Tree With These Dividend Stocks

    Though dividends are not the only yardsticks by which you measure the performance of a particular stock, they play an important role in influencing your investing decision. Not all dividend stocks are equipped with the capacity to sustain in the tough market conditions of the coming years. There are only few stocks that not only make their investors happy with reasonable pay-outs but also have it in them to grow at a phenomenal rate in the future. If you invest in these stocks, you are sure to see your money multiplying to great extents in the future. Let us see a couple of dividend stocks for whom the future is quite bright and nice as of now.

    Massive dividends and impressive financials


  • AMD’s FreeSync The New Blue Eyed Boy In The World Of Gaming Technology

    The gaming world is going gaga over FreeSync technology launched by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD). It is an open software standard for PC games. The software has been designed by AMD and offers effortless motion, while also deleting image tearing. The good part is that the frame rate remains intact and makes the gameplay better. This feature resembles the VSync setting, which the user can manually enable to prevent tearing, while gaming. In addition, v-sync h holds a game’s frame rate to 60 per second and can impact smoothness. FreeSync aims at offering the benefits of VSync, albeit not disturbing the amount of frames per second and overall gaming performance.

    As the name suggests, the FreeSync takes a dig at the costly GSync of Nvidia Corporation (NVDA), its direct competitor. However, AMD has not only received good response to its product, but Nvidia is definitely in trouble with analysts who have downgraded its ratings. With AMD’s technology doing well and being cheaper, it won’t be long before computer companies opt for it, good news for investors and shareholders.


  • ConAgra Q3 2015 Earnings Beat Estimates

    ConAgra Foods Inc. (CAG) recently revealed better-than-expected results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015. However, although the company’s adjusted earnings of $0.59 per share for the quarter beat the consensus estimate of $0.53 a share, the figure represents a 5% decline in adjusted earnings compared to $0.62 in the year-ago quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, the company swung to a net loss of $954.1 million, or $2.23 a share for the quarter, from a profit of $234.3 million, or 52 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Following the results, ConAgra shares was up around 2.8% at $35.72 at closing bell.

    Revenues Slump across Segments


  • Technology Sector Dividend Aristocrats To Vie For

    When it comes to dividends paid out, the technology sector slightly lags behind other sectors, because most of the technology companies focus on reinvesting their profits back into business and spending on research and development or developing internal infrastructure. Even some of the biggest names in the technology industry cannot match some of the lesser known names in the pharma or consumer product sector as far as dividends are concerned. With these factors in mind, companies that pay out reasonable dividends too are considered in high regard by investors who want to invest heavily in this sector. Let us see some of the top dividend stocks in the technological industry.

    Huge cash flow and monopoly in the smartphone market


  • IVA Funds 2014 Year in Review

    The performance of global equity markets was dispersed this year with U.S. equities performing well along with indices in China, while other major International markets suffered, especially with their performance measured in U.S. dollars. The Federal Reserve ended its quantitative easing program in October 2014, and in the latter half of 2014 we saw the U.S. dollar strengthen significantly against all major currencies while the price of crude oil fell drastically, sliding to a five year low. Broadly speaking, the global economic recovery is being led by the U.S. while economic conditions in Japan, Europe, and China have weakened. Despite Japan ramping up their quantitative easing program, it is struggling to hit its 2% inflation target and it slipped into a recession in November after two quarters of negative gross domestic product (GDP) growth. Europe continues to struggle with low inflation and slowing growth, thus the European Central Bank seems willing to expand its balance sheet in 2015 in an attempt to boost lending and avoid deflation. And growth in China continues to slow.

    It wasn’t a smooth ride for global equity markets as they exhibited quite a bit of volatility this year: from late January to early February 2014, from late July to early August 2014, from the beginning of September to mid-October 2014, and in the first half of December 2014. We capitalized on the market volatility this year by finding some new opportunities and adding to existing positions when their share price fell. Over the year, we built meaningful positions in Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (XKRX:000830) (technology, South Korea) and News Corporation (NWSA) (consumer discretionary, U.S.), and also added positions in Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd. (HKSE:00012) (financials, Hong Kong) and Altran Technologies SA (XPAR:ALT) (technology, France) in both Funds. Our equity exposure totaled 52.2% in Worldwide and 57.5% in International at year-end.


  • Other Highly Concentrated Fund´s Portfolio

    Over the past days hedge funds have been filing their form 13-F, which is a quarterly report of equity holdings by filed institutional investment managers with at least $100 million in equity assets under management, as required by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In this article, let´s concentrate in one particular hedge fund and try to see the principal holdings in its portfolio. I will look into David Tepper (Trades, Portfolio)´s Appaloosa Management LP.

    Recently the fund reported its equity portfolio, as at the end of December. The total value of the portfolio amounted to $4.05 billion. The filing revealed that at the end of December, the fund added 18 new positions to its equity portfolio, and sold out of 12 other companies. The top ten portfolio holdings as of the end of the quarter represented 75.69%. The largest changes from previous 13-F´s fillings were in the consumer discretionary, industrials and finance sector.  

  • Fit and Focused - Global Perspectives From PIMCO

    • Many powerful forces are driving markets and asset prices; chief among them are global monetary policy, technicals and fundamentals.

  • Comment for Southern Copper Corp - SCCO DCF and Reverse DCF Model

    is there something wron with terminal value? please check.  

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