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  • Top Insider Sells Highlight: REX American Resources Corp.

    COB; CEO, 10% Owner of REX American Resources Corp (REX) Stuart A Rose sold 38,000 shares on 07/21/2014 at an average price of $85.91. The total transaction amount was $3,264,580.


    REX American Resources Corp was incorporated in Delaware in 1984 as a holding company to succeed to the entire ownership of three affiliated corporations, Rex Radio and Television, Inc. Rex American Resources Corp has a market cap of $728.100 million; its shares were traded at around $88.99 with a P/E ratio of 13.70 and P/S ratio of 1.10. Rex American Resources Corp had an annual average earnings growth of 14.30% over the past 5 years. Articles on GuruFocus.COM

      


  • Travelers Down on Earnings Miss

    Dow Jones Industrial Average component Travelers (TRV) reported its second quarter 2014 earnings on July 22. The company is the third financial services company in the DJIA to report second quarter earnings following JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS).


    For the second quarter total revenue was $6.785 billion with net income of $683 million and earnings per share of $1.95. Revenue was on track beating analysts’ estimate of $6.16 billion for the quarter. Earnings per share, however, were below analysts’ expectations of $2.07.

      


  • Facebook: Growing Through Strategic Acquisitions

    Facebook (FB) has recovered significantly after a rough patch post the IPO. While the company continues to improve its results on a organic basis, Facebook has also been very active with acquisitions. This article discusses some of the recent acquisitions of the company and its impact on the company’s growth.


    On July 2, 2014, Facebook announced the acquisition of LiveRail for nearly $400-$500 million. LiveRail is an advertising technology company that helps companies like Major League Baseball, ABC, A&E Networks, Gannett, and Dailymotion serve better ads in the videos that appear on their websites and apps. LiveRail offers a comprehensive platform for online video publishers that help them find and serve the best ads possible.

      


  • This Tobacco Stock Looks Attractive Enough

    In this article let's take a look at an option for investing in the tobacco sector with British American Tobacco plc (BTI), which sells tobacco products in 180 countries. The company holds leadership positions in around 50 of them. Brands like Dunhill, Kent, Pall Mall, and Lucky Strike account for one third of group sales because they are well known and have been gaining share over the past several years.


    Competitive Advantages

      


  • San Gold: A Growing Gold Producer Trading Below Book Value

    1 The Company


    San Gold Corporation (SGRCF) is engaged in the exploration, development, and production of gold properties in Canada.

      


  • Microsoft Earnings: The Nadella Makeover is Working

    The numbers are in: Microsoft (MSFT) reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings per share of $0.55 on revenues of $23.38 billion. This is actually a pretty substantial earnings miss for MSFT—the Wall Street consensus was for earnings per share of $0.60—though revenues came in better than the expected $22.99.


    The main culprit? Fallout from the Nokia acquisition, which has been a mixed bag at best for Microsoft. The Nokia acquisition reduced earnings per share by about 8 cents. Inventory adjustments to its Surface tablet also chopped another 7 cents off of Microsoft earnings per share.

      


  • Book Review: Creativity Inc.

    So you've proven yourself to be technically competent such that you've been promoted to manage other technical people. You know nothing about management; what do you do? Thus begins the management education of Ed Catmull, who would go on to become President of Pixar Animation Studios. He shares what he learned along this journey in his book, Creativity Inc.

    Catmull is not one of those "ra-ra" leaders we're used to seeing on business television or as coaches in sports movies. He is quiet and introspective. He respects the role of chance in the determination of a company's success, and recognizes that all managers can do is put the odds in their favour by constantly seeking to improve processes.

    In a factory, such a thing is hard enough to do. But when the product you "manufacture" is of a creative nature (such as Pixar's movies), figuring out how to improve and/or become more efficient is much harder. Feedback cycles are longer (it takes years to take a movie from conception to fruition), and you can't always tell whether something was a positive or negative contributor. A lot of management skill is required to understand the science so that the art is allowed to flow.

      


  • 6 Dividend Stocks With A Low P/B Ratio

    A declining market is what value and dividend investors long for. There have been times in the past where I struggled to find stocks worthy of purchasing. In a down market, the challenge is to pick the best available stocks that will maximize my chances of future success. When looking for value priced stocks, the Price-To-Book (P/B) ratio is one that I like to focus on.


    P/B is calculated as share price divided by book value per share. Book value is most often calculated as Assets less Liabilities (Equity). However, some people conservatively calculate book value as Assets less Intangibles less Liabilities. I prefer the latter since it excludes goodwill and other intangibles which would be difficult to recover in a liquidation, and that is what I used in the calculations below.

      



  • Apple: Strong Results And Bright Outlook

    Apple (AAPL) reported its third quarter results yesterday and I believe that the results are positive on a whole. This article discusses the results and the key positive factors and the outlook for the company.


    For the third quarter of 2014, Apple reported revenue of $37.4 billion with the revenue increasing by 5.9% as compared to 3Q13 revenue of $35.3 billion. The growth in net profit was more robust at 11.6% to $7.7 billion as compared to prior year period net profit of $6.9 billion.

      


  • 3 Solid Reasons to Invest in 3D Systems!

    It is beyond doubt that 3D printing industry is a fast-growing one and as such, it has been experiencing comparatively higher volatility. The consumer 3D printing space is currently dominated by two behemoths i.e 3D systems (DDD) and Stratasys (SSYS). Both these companies have seen well-paced growth but on the back of different strategies. While, 3D systems has been an aggressive acquirer and built its product portfolio on the basis of these acquisitions, Stratasys has developed its portfolio with the help of heavy in-house research and development. A good number of analysts have criticized the aggressiveness of 3D systems’ acquisition strategy and held it responsible for weakening performance. However, it might be a bit early to write-off 3D systems and in this article, I will cite 3 reasons for you to stay upbeat on the stock.


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  • Facebook’s Acquisition of LiveRail is a Smart Move

    Facebook Inc. (FB) is engaged in building products to create utility for users, developers, and advertisers. People use Facebook to stay connected with their friends and family, to discover what is going on in the world around them, and to share and express what matters to them to the people they care about. Developers can use the Facebook Platform to build applications and Websites that integrate with Facebook to reach its global network of users and to build personalized and social products.


    Facebook, the world's No.1 social network with 1.2 billion users, generates the majority of its revenue by showing ads that target users by age, gender and other traits.

      


  • Is Kellogg Still A Buy?

    Marketing is a very important weapon for a company and Kellogg (K), the provider of convenience food, has rightly used it. A product which is not properly marketed does not reach the customers’ eyes. Kellogg’s strong marketing initiatives for its newly acquired Pringles business worked wonders in its first quarter results. Although its numbers were mixed, it overwhelmed its investors.


    By the numbers

      


  • This Organic Food Provider Is a Buy

    Be it economic slowdown or debt crisis in Europe, people will continue to eat as long as they are alive. This simple logic solves a number of problems for an investor; the food business can never go out of vogue, and an investor can be pretty sure of his or her investments made in the food industry. Moreover, with customers becoming highly health conscious and the importance of organic food growing, we've seen the emergence of organic food retailers.


    A very noteworthy example here is Whole Foods (WFM), which offers natural and organic food through its chain of supermarkets. Whole Foods has been performing well, which was affirmed by its recent second quarter results. However, the outlook disheartened its investors.

      


  • BlackBerry; has the company made a turnaround?

    Deep Insight


    On July 16th, Apple Inc announced a partnership with International Business Machines Corp (IBM) to improve 'Enterprise Mobility'. This is all based around Apple Inc's new iOS platform. This caused a shock to BlackBerry Ltd's share price as it fell from $11.3 to below $10 in one day.

      


  • Apple’s Deal with IBM is a Good Strategic Move

    Apple (AAPL) is one of the most successful consumer brands in the world and it is frequently amongst the highest-rated brands for customer satisfaction. Apple announced on Tuesday that it would be partnering with IBM in order to transform the enterprise. The deal will pair Apple's mobile and tablet hardware with IBM's services, which include its Big Data, cloud and security infrastructure.


    The partnership is not the first time the two traditional personal computer ­superpowers have tried to work together. Starting out as competitors selling PCs in the 1970s and slowly escalating to sworn enemies during the early ’80s, the companies had three failed attempts at working together during the ’90s with various software projects. However, each partnership failed due to the inability of the companies to reconcile differing objectives.

      


  • 3 Dividend Stocks For Retirement

    As the US economy continues to post evidence of recovery, the Federal Reserve has more options available in defining its monetary policy strategies. We have already seen two decisions to reduce the monthly asset purchases that define the Fed's quantitative easing programs, so there is a growing level of confidence that the US economy is on a footing that is stable enough to start operating on its own merits. But investors should not be confused by the possibility that we will see an environment of rising interest rates any time soon. With a sluggish jobs market and no real upside pressure in consumer inflation numbers, there is little reason for the Fed to enter into an aggressive period of policy tightening any time soon.


    Dividend Stocks Likely to Outperform

      


  • Sell FXI: Latest China GDP Numbers Look Suspicious

    The latest GDP figures out of China show second quarter growth slowed to 7.5%, which is the 8th consecutive quarterly growth rate below 8%. At this stage, it looks as though the days of double-digit growth are now in the rear-view mirror, but when we look at some key factors in the region even rates of 7.5% start to look suspicious. It did not surprise markets to see weakness in the headline figures: A well-documented credit crunch and government limitations on bank lending requirements were seen in conjunction with weakening trade activity. This is the second straight quarter of declining GDP growth (gains of 7.7% were seen previously), and this negative question should send alarm signals for investors holding onto positions in the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund (NYSEARCA:FXI), the iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index Fund (NYSEARCA:EWH), and the SPDR S&P China ETF (NYSEARCA:GXC).


    Overall declines in Chinese stocks have also been well-documents, with the Shanghai Composite Index falling more than 7% in a year when most markets are seeing recovery periods. Of primary concern is the fact that major reductions in aggregate financing were seen in conjunction with weakness in May/June export numbers and second quarter declines in manufacturing productivity. All of these factors in combination make it highly unlikely second quarter GDP in China truly rose by 7.5%. So, what exactly could account for potential distortions?

      


  • Euro Rally Is A Selling Opportunity

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  • GLD: Why Shouldn't It Drop Further?

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