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  • 5-year lows: Digi Internatinoal, Actuate Corp, Sterling Construction Co Inc, and Bluelinx Holdings Inc.

    According to GuruFocus list of 5-year lows, these Guru stocks have reached their 5-year lows: Digi Internatinoal, Actuate Corp, Sterling Construction Co Inc, and Bluelinx Holdings Inc.


    Digi International (DGII) Reached $7.35

      


  • U.S. Market’s Focus Turns to Rate Increase

    U.S. financial market indexes finished slightly higher for the November 21 week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.97% while the S&P 500 gained 1.15%. In the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Caterpillar (CAT), Boeing (BA) and United Technologies (UTX) led the index as manufacturing and machinery growth edged higher during the week. In the S&P 500, manufacturing growth was also notable as the materials sector led the index with a 2.8% gain.


    The main focus for the week was on the Federal Open Market Committee’s release of its October meeting minutes. In its October meeting the FOMC ended its asset purchase program known as QE3. As expected, the FOMC reported it would cease the purchasing of mortgage-backed securities and long-term Treasury securities. The FOMC reported it would however continue the reinvestment of these securities helping to also continue the effects of the QE3 program. In its most recent balance sheet report on November 20 the Fed reported total assets of $4.493 trillion.

      


  • Weekly CEO Sells Highlight: IMAX Corp, Hain Celestial Group Inc, ACI Worldwide Inc, and Allison Transmission Holdings Inc.

    According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these are the largest CEO sales during the past week: IMAX Corp, Hain Celestial Group Inc, ACI Worldwide Inc, and Allison Transmission Holdings Inc.

    IMAX Corp (IMAX): CEO Richard L Gelfond sold 250,000 Shares  


  • Dividend Aristocrats In Focus Part 44: Medtronic

    Medtronic (MDT) was founded in 1949. The company has grown into the largest publicly traded medical technology company with a market cap of $71 billion. The company has paid increasing dividends for 35 years making it a Dividend Aristocrat and the focus of part 44 of the Dividend Aristocrats In Focus series. When I last analyzed Medtronic, the company had just released favorable second quarter results which sent shares higher. The company’s operations are analyzed below.


    Business Overview

      


  • Airbag Protection from Pundit Backseat Drivers

    Giving advice to a driver from the backseat of a car is quite easy and enjoyable for some, but whether that individual is actually qualified to give advice is another subject. In the financial blogosphere and media there is an unending mass of backseat drivers recklessly directing investors off cliffs and into walls, but unfortunately there are no consequences for these blabbers. It’s the investors who are driving their personal portfolios that ultimately suffer from crashed financial dreams.


    Unlike drivers who mandatorily require a license to drive to the local grocery store, bloggers, journalists, economists, analysts, strategists (aka “pundits”), and any other charismatic or articulate individual can emphatically counsel investors without any credentials, education, or licenses. More importantly than a piece of paper or letters on a business card, many of these self-proclaimed experts have little or no experience of investing real money…the exact topic the pundits are using to direct peoples’ precious and indispensable lifesavings.

      


  • The Android Vs. iOS Saga

    Apple (AAPL) iPhones rivalry saga does not just end with its constant strife for the top slot with Samsung (SSNLF) but on a much broader prospect. What makes Apple standout from the other tech players is it operating system. In the Smartphone arena it has always been a high voltage war between iOS from Apple and Android from Google (GOOG). Both the OS majors have launched their latest offerings – Apple iOS8 and Google Android 5.0 Lollipop. In our previous article titled: ‘Android 5.0 Lollipop Unwrapped By Google’ we had given you a detailed insight of Google’s android 5.0 Lollipop. Since both the market majors have spent some time now let us take a closer look at how both of them are faring.


    iOS Pitched against Android

      


  • Nokia’s Undeterred Move Back Into The Tablet Space

    After the selloff of its handset division to Microsoft (MSFT), Nokia (NOK) was reduced to a mere networking company with minimal customer interaction. When the Finnish company sold off its popular handset division and most prominent amongst them the Lumia to Microsoft, it eventually did put a full stop to its handset business. For years in the past, Nokia has been renowned around the globe for its sturdy handsets with a lengthy battery life. Even before the smartphone reign took over the mobile market, Nokia handsets were the most popular across the world and people having Nokia phones vouched on their durability.


    But for reasons not very clear, Nokia did move this segment off its plate to the software giant Microsoft. Now, again Nokia is looking forward to re-entering the communication devices segment and is out to play its second innings to encash the lost brand value it had earned during its handset producing days. Let us take a closer peek into Nokia’s comeback plan.

      


  • As The U.S Markets Continue To Run Volatility Calls For More Expertise

    The U.S Markets have been on a run over the last few weeks following a series of positive economic data from the department of commerce. The government reported an improved unemployment rate for October dropping to 5.8% from 5.9% reported in October.


    Additionally, the jobs data numbers continued to impress for the month of October, coming up well above the current monthly average for the year so far while the economic growth rate of 3.5% beat analyst estimates of 3.0% from Q3, sending the U.S equities into frenzy.

      


  • Finding A Margin of Safety in Oshkosh Corp.

    Price & Sales Education Series


    What separates the best investors from the rest? How can we be like Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) and Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)?

      


  • SolarCity's New Products and Innovation Are Catalysts Worth Considering

    SolarCity Corporation (SCTY) designs, installs and sells or leases solar energy systems to residential and commercial customers and government entities in the United States. The company posted narrower-than-expected losses in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, and it turned out to be a record third quarter.


    Quarterly results

      


  • Target Reports Good Set of Numbers, Outlook Looks Even Brighter

    Retail major Target Corporation (TGT) seems to have seen the light of the day with its latest fiscal 2014 third quarter earnings release. For quite some time the company was going through a rough patch ever since the data breach incident took place last year. However, with the latest set of numbers, Target has impressed the Wall Street, beating analyst forecasts. Let’s take a look at the retailer’s performance and how things are shaping up across its businesses.


    The numbers of the quarter
      



  • The Key Takeaways From Salesforce’ Earnings Call

    The San Francisco based cloud customer relationship management company, Salesforce (CRM), reported its third quarter earnings on Nov. 19, declaring a mixed set of numbers that exceeded analysts’ and investors’ expectations in terms of both top and bottom lines. However, a few lingering issues also came up during the discussion which could be good to highlight for investors looking at the stock from the investment perspective. Let’s take a brief look into the major takeaways from the earnings conference, but before that a quick recap of the quarter numbers is provided.


      


  • E-Commerce Growth in China Is a Big Catalyst for This Company

    E-Commerce China Dangdang (DANG) posted strong financial results for the recent quarter. Its profitable product line and fast growing younger categories led to strong double digit growth in its top line. Also, its execution has helped it widen its profit margin. In addition, the Chinese business-to-consumer e-commerce company continues to transform its business, while investing in future growth that should drive its performance.


    Impressive results

      


  • Why Facebook Remains a Lucrative Investment

    Facebook (FB) has been impressive on the stock market since it went public. With a growing user base, Facebook has been able to deliver consistent results of late. In fact, its operating excellence has been its strength. Moreover, besides strengthening and achieving its long-term goals, the company has also worked on near term objectives in order to capture market share.


    Key strategies

      


  • Amazon Still The King Of Ecommerce

    Amazon (AMZN) has been going from strong to stronger even in the absence of any hyped up news. This speaks a lot of the fundamental strength of the company. It is true that the festive season is fuelling its growth to a great extent but then the festive season is around for all retailers and etailers but the magnitude of growth is not the same for everyone.


      


  • Acquisitions and Operational Efficiencies Are Catalysts For Flowers Foods

    Flowers Foods (FLO) released mixed results for the third quarter. Although it reported solid growth in earnings, but it failed to impress on revenue. In addition, Flowers Foods also lowered its guidance for the future. The company is, however, working on improving its performance in the coming quarters. To achieve this, it is undertaking some key strategic initiatives that we will discuss in detail. Let us take a detailed look at how Flower Foods might perform in the future on the back of its growth strategies.


    Analyzing the performance

      


  • Can Workday Sustain Its Impressive Growth Momentum?

    Workday (WDAY) reported solid set of numbers for the second quarter that topped the analysts’ consensus. This was driven by strong demand for its human resource and financial management software even as subscriptions increased considerably on a year over year basis. However, its excessive spending on product development, sales and marketing, and workforce expansion can put pressure on its balance sheet . Let us have a deeper insight in this stock and we will start with the numbers first.


    Its revenue for the quarter increased to $186.8 million from a year ago period of $107.6 million and also topped the $177.5 million analysts estimate. Its adjusted net loss declined to 11 cents a share from 13 cents last year and was even better than the consensus estimate of 14 cents a share. The company reported a 77% jump in its subscription revenue during the quarter.

      


  • Ford Recalls Fusion: Is It A Cause For Worry?

    The second largest U.S. automaker Ford Motor (F) declared a recall for around 65,000 Fusion cars in North America last week on account of some software problem. Out of the total recalls, around 56,500 cars are in the U.S., 6,000 are in Canada and somewhat 2,350 are in Mexico. Fusion has been Ford’s top selling sedan in the American economy. The cars sale through the first 10 months of the year hovers around 250,000 units, which is an improvement of 20% over last year reported numbers. Larger peer General Motors (GM) has also had a tough year with record number of recalls. Let’s check out what happened with the Ford Fusion.


    Software slips lead to the recall
      



  • Why Ansys Is On Track to Deliver Strong Growth

    Ansys (ANSS) recently announced a 10% increase in non-GAAP third quarter 2014 revenue to $235.5 million from $213.4 million in the same period last year. However, analysts had expected $236.4 million, according to Zacks. The company has also provided fourth quarter 2014 non-GAAP revenue guidance in $245.0 million to $253.0 million range.


    In addition, Ansys reported 6% increase in third quarter 2014 non-GAAP net income to $83.7 million from $78.8 million during third quarter 2013. Non-GAAP earnings for third quarter 2014 also increased 7% to $0.89 from $0.83 in third quarter 2013. Ansys expects fourth quarter 2014 non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in $0.78 to $0.82 range. Now the question is, can Ansys improve further going forward? Let's find out.

      


  • Why Whole Foods' Turnaround Is Set to Continue

    Natural and organic-food grocery chain Whole Foods Market (WFM) ended the fiscal year on a good note, having reported better than expected results. The company posted a good improvement in earnings and revenue, beating analysts’ estimates. In fact, Whole Foods Market also gained market share.


    As the organic food market is growing, Whole Foods Market might lose some market share due to competition. But, it is undertaking several initiatives to keep its growth strong. Let us take a look at some of the moves and overall business of the organic food grocery chain.

      


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