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  • Turbocharging Your Retirement Savings

    Here’s a sobering statistic for you: Nearly a third of American adults have no retirement savings at all. As in zero — not a single red cent.

    And while that number includes young Americans just starting their careers, nearly one in five Americans aged 55 to 64 have no retirement savings. These numbers come directly from the Federal Reserve and are accurate as of last year.


  • Destination: Ann Arbor

    So I’ve been searching for the best possible location to finish my journey to financial independence up here in Michigan. My version of Nirvana in the form of a locale.

    Does it exist?


  • Groupon Is Making Good Moves, But Is it a Worthy Investment?

    The online deals company, Groupon (GRPN), released disappointing results for the second quarter. The company was already drowning, but the recent results have added to its woes. The widened loss clearly indicates Groupon’s declining financial position. This continuous decline has scared investors away, and the stock crashed. Though revenue improved slightly, but it wasn’t impressive enough to beat the consensus estimates.

    However, management says that it is expecting a turnaround, but the statement doesn’t match its current financial position. The financials of the online deals company were weak. However, its revenue improved 24% as compared to the previous year. The earnings of the company, however, did meet Wall Street’s estimates. However, it failed to meet the sales estimates of $762 million. Also, its loss widened by $22.9 million.


  • Juniper: Perfect Time To Invest At Existing Price

    Juniper Networks (JNPR ) is one of the favorite industry for various investors of communication and network industry stock. But after a poor second-quarter results, shares prices of the company are lower by 10%. Juniper is all focused with various developments and cost cutting measure. This development offers a decent entry-point for investors looking to capitalize on undervalued stocks.

    Major concern for Juniper


  • Prices Keep Going and Going and...

    In an economic environment where all assets seem to be overpriced, it continues to be more of a challenge not only to find undervalued assets, but also to find assets that could withstand a marketwide correction. Not just a stock price correction, but a complete market correction.

    Robert Shiller discusses the price inflation of stocks, bonds and housing and explains why everything seems to be overpriced and how it may stay that way for a while. People seem content with paying higher and higher prices to 1) ensure that they make paper profits in the short term and aren't left out of the party and 2) can hopefully take ownership of assets that would at the very least keep their value if things go south. Just because things are rising in price doesn't mean that they should be seen as valuable. It also doesn't mean that the prices we see today are justified because everything else is overpriced as well. Markets have a way of sorting themselves out, and as prices continue to rise without a clear economic driver, it wouldn't take much to drive prices back towards their real value once people realize that there aren't any real life boats.


  • Is Seagate an Ideal Investment Candidate?

    The declining demand in the PC market had a negative impact on hard-drive makers such as Seagate Technology (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). However, the recent reports from IDC suggest that things are looking up for PC demand and this makes the case of these hard-drive makers pretty interesting. Now, in order to combat the slowdown in PC demand both these companies tried their hands into new revenue opportunities including the cloud, data centers and mobile devices. This transition, however, isn't proving to be easy. When Seagate released its fourth-quarter results, it posted yet another year-over-year decline in revenue and earnings.

    For the fourth quarter, the company reported revenue of $3.301 billion compared with $3.425 billion in the same quarter last year, representing a decrease of 3.6%. Adjusted earnings per share of $1.10 were 8.3% below the same quarter last year's non-GAAP EPS of $1.20. Seagate has also lost market share to rival Western Digital in the storage industry, and this has added to its troubles. However, Seagate managed to satisfy consensus estimates when it released results, and its outlook was at par with expectations. The company has been taking steps to improve its long-term prospects through its new product lines and technology, and it seems to be making good progress.


  • Twitter Posts A Decent Top-Line Though Bottom-line Remains Weak

    Twitter (TWTR) posted its second-quarter earnings on July 29, beating analysts’ estimates by posting record revenue figures in the quarter. There was growth visible in the social network’s user base which showed a tremendous rise during the quarter. However, the profits were low and still remain a concern for the management.

    Let’s get into the number mix to have a better insight of the company financials and to judge the overall performance of Twitter.


  • The Missing LNKD

    LinkedIn (LNKD) is a social media platform for grownups. LNKD was introduced as a way for professionals to connect with other professionals, which has helped Millennials who stay at a job an average of 4.4 years leverage their network into better job offerings. LNKD also allows companies to post job listings, allowing them to have access to a better lead generator than posting on a regular job site. LinkedIn members are encouraged to build a profile resembling a resume and build up their connections. As most stocks in the economy, especially social media stocks, LNKD is overvalued. LNKD is priced at 9 times book value, $1.33 in free cash flow per share at a P/FCF ratio of 187. However, I think LNKD is a better business than most of the other social media stocks, and here's why.



  • A Few Reasons Why LinkedIn Can See Solid Earnings Growth

    LinkedIn’s (LNKD) professional publishing platform is gaining steam and is on a roller coaster ride. The success is evident from its fantastic results in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. The company delivered a sequential improvement in the financials. It is ramping up its sales and has many new products in the pipeline. In addition, LinkedIn is expecting to benefit from the growing professional networking service segment. Let us have a closer look at LinkedIn’s underlying business.

    An impressive performance


  • Revisiting Arena, Orexigen, And VIVUS: Shareholders Can Recoup Their Losses By Invest In MannKind

    Published On Retail Investor 360: Monday, 18 August 2014 23:08 Written by Doctor Hung V. Tran, MD, MS. Disclosure: We are long on MNKD and we do not have any financial relationship with any companies we cover.

    360 catalyst key


  • Oracle's Acquisition and New Products Can Take the Stock to New Levels

    Oracle (ORCL) shares took a solid beating after reporting a disappointing final quarter results. The company missed estimates on both earnings and revenue as it is attempting to transition itself into a cloud supplier. Oracle is also confronting rivalry from the likes of SAP (SAP) and Can Oracle defeat the challenges that it is facing and enhance its performance?

    Cloud prospects


  • Juniper Networks' Short-Term Problems Shouldn't Scare Investors

    Juniper Networks (JNPR) was downgraded from outperform to neutral by Mizuho. The analyst firm ascribed softness in capital spending by customers like AT&T (T) and Sprint (S) in the short term, sending the stock lower. Nonetheless, from a long-haul perspective, Juniper looks strong, and the late weakness in the share cost is a chance to get some shares. Let’s see why.

    Consistent performances


  • Top Insider Buys Highlight: Northeast Bancorp

    President & CEO of Northeast Bancorp (NBN) Richard Wayne bought 12,618 shares on 08/18/2014 at an average price of $9.55. Total transaction amount is $120,502

    Northeast Bancorp, formerly known as Bethel Bancorp, a Maine corporation chartered in April 1987, is a bank holding company registered with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ("Federal Reserve") under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended. Northeast Bancorp has a market cap of $100,000 million; its shares were traded at around $9.59 with a P/E ratio of 37.80 and P/S ratio of 2.50. The dividend yield of Northeast Bancorp stocks is 2.10%. Articles on GuruFocus.COM


  • Comment for Rent-A-Center Inc (RCII) Stock Analysis -

    this sector has room to grow, especially with the millennium generation, no sense of delayed gratification.  

  • This Chipmaker's Diversification Makes It a Solid Long-Term Bet

    Broadcom (BRCM) made a smart move not long ago when it chose to jettison its cell baseband chip business. Having neglected to discover a purchaser for the unit, Broadcom is presently slowing business down. The organization is chopping down 20% of its workforce with a specific end goal to wind up leaner, and this is required to enhance its performance going ahead.

    Be that as it may, Broadcom's second-quarter results were mixed, as it missed on the top line. In any case, its gross margin was strong. Broadcom is now looking at different growth areas, and it stands to increase new revenue sources from Apple (AAPL).


  • VMware Is a Lucrative Way to Profit From Virtualization Growth

    VMware (VMW) has established itself as the pioneer in virtualization, charging 64% of the virtualized server showcase in 2013, as per IT Candor. It has been conveying solid performances, outperforming earnings expectations for four consecutive quarters. This is amazing as VMware faces stiff rivalry from a greater innovation player such as Microsoft (MSFT) and an upstart like Red Hat (RHT), which are attempting to increase their hold in this business sector.

    A closer take at VMware's business will make it clear why it enjoys the heading position in virtualization, and why its strength will proceed.


  • Sequoia Fund Second Quarter Commentary

    The Fund’s investment objective is longterm growth of capital. In pursuing this objective the Fund focuses on investing in equity securities that it believes are undervalued at the time of purchase and have the potential for growth. A guiding principle is the consideration of equity securities, such as common stock, as units of ownership of a business and the purchase of them when the price appears low in relation to the value of the total enterprise. No weight is given to technical stock market studies. The balance sheet and earnings history and prospects of each company are extensively studied to appraise fundamental value. The Fund normally invests in equity securities of U.S. and non-U.S. companies. The Fund may invest in securities of issuers with any market capitalization. The Fund typically sells the equity security of a company when the company shows deteriorating fundamentals, its earnings progress falls short of the investment adviser’s expectations or its valuation appears excessive relative to its expected future earnings.

    We believe it is futile to try to predict the direction of the stock market from year to year. Rather than try to guess what might happen next, we think it more prudent to own a portfolio of market-leading companies that earn high returns on capital, boast strong balance sheets and self-fund their growth. We try to invest alongside motivated and ethical management teams and to identify businesses with many years of growth ahead of them. We try to buy these businesses carefully, taking advantage of occasional periods when their stocks seem to be mispriced. Though it contradicts academic theory, we believe a concentrated portfolio of businesses that has been intensively researched and carefully purchased will generate higher returns with less risk over time than a diverse basket of stocks chosen with less care. However, a concentrated portfolio may deliver results in an individual year that do not correspond closely to the returns generated by the broader market.


  • Scott Black's Top Second Quarter Stock Buys

    Founder and president of Delphi Management Inc. Scott Black (Trades, Portfolio) is a Graham-Dodd value investor who focuses in particular on management, contacting the heads of every company in which he invests. Black’s company also takes only long positions and holds only U.S.-based stocks.  

  • Costco's Weakness Is Temporary, but the Long-Term Opportunity Is Strong

    Costco (COST) has been under pressure due to currency devaluations. The negative impact of a weaker foreign currency is evident on Costco’s financial statements. The weakness in the Canadian dollar to the U.S. dollar has led the company to see a decline in regions such as Japan and Canada. However, the strengthening currency in the U.K. and Korea have offset these weaknesses to some extent.

    So, Costco is worried about the decline in comparable sales due to currency deflation. Its sales were negatively impacted and were down by 140 basis points last quarter, which is a tricky situation for Costco. Hence, it should certainly take some concrete steps to get over this.


  • Veeco May Illuminate Your Portfolio

    In this article, let's take a look at Veeco Instruments Inc. (VECO), a $1.44 billion market cap company, which is a company that designs, manufactures and markets equipment to make light-emitting diodes (LEDs), solar panels, hard-disk drives and other devices.

    The principal driver


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