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  • Exxon Mobil, Apple and Wells Fargo Are CrestPoint Capital Management’s Top Q1 Holdings

    CrestPoint Capital Management is a professional money management firm specializing in the management of common stock portfolios. It disclosed an equity portfolio valued at some $192.36 million as of the end of March 2015, representing a 4.4% increase from the previous quarter. The equity portfolio is mainly invested in Technology (17%), Finance (16%), and Consumer Discretionary (14%) stocks.

    The three largest holdings are represented by large-cap companies. These companies are Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM), Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Wells Fargo & Company (WFC).


  • Morgan Stanley’s Q1 Earnings Beat Market Estimates

    Morgan Stanley (MS) put up a big score thanks to a jump in revenues from equity trading and brokerage. Net income climbed by 59% to $2.39 billion from $1.51 billion in the same quarter last year. This translates to a $1.18 per share gain as opposed to 74 cents from the first quarter in 2014. Not counting an accounting gain and a tax benefit, profits came to 85 cents per share, beating the estimated 78 cents average of 24 analysts, polled by Bloomberg.

    James P. Gorman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “This was our strongest quarter in many years with improved performance across most areas of the firm. It reflects our ongoing strategy to build platforms for growth while maintaining a prudent risk profile and disciplined expense management.”


  • ProLogis To Acquire KT Capital Partners’ Real Estate Assets For $5.9 Billion

    As warehouse properties create lucrative opportunities for companies engaged in trade around the world, investors such as Brookefield Property Partners LP (BPY) and TPG Capital have been scrambling to act. San Francisco-based real estate giants Prologis Inc. (PLD) joined the bandwagon by inking a deal, worth $5.9 billion, for the real estate assets and operating platform of KTR Capital Partners. The deal will be executed by ProLogis U.S. Logistics Venture, in a consolidated joint venture with Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM). The world’s largest industrial retailer and the manager of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund will become 55-45 owners of 3 of KTR’s co-investment funds, along with, 60 million square foot operating portfolio comprising 322 properties.

    "It is rare to have the opportunity to acquire a portfolio of such high asset quality, customer profile and market composition that is so consistent with our own," said Hamid Moghadam, chairman and CEO, Prologis. "I have known KTR's leadership for 15 years and have always considered them to be astute investors and one of our toughest competitors in the U.S. This transaction will deliver accretive returns to our shareholders and will enhance our important and successful partnership with NBIM, which will now exceed $11 billion on two continents."


  • Analysts Bullish Following Check Point’s Q1 Earnings

    By Sarah Roden

    Yesterday, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) released financial results for the first quarter of 2015. The cyber security firm reported better-than-expected results, beating analysts’ estimates and pleasing investors.


  • 3 Stocks that Outperformed the Market by More than 40% During the Great Recession

    From the beginning of October, 2007 through March, 2009 the S&P 500 (as measured by the ETF SPY) fell 46.5%. Seeing nearly 50% of the stock market’s value evaporate in under 2 years is difficult. Not all stocks suffered such a devastating decline…

    3 ‘boring plain bread’ (in one case, literally bread) stocks actually managed to record positive returns in this period. These stocks all have long dividend histories at the time. Two of the three are consumer goods companies, while the other is a very well known discount retailer.


  • Market Overlooks Alliqua’s First MAC Coverage

    Last week, Alliqua announced that the company had received the first Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) coverage for outpatient Biovance coverage. This was significant news that went unnoticed as ALQA stock was unaffected. Nonetheless, events overlooked by the markets are a blessing in disguise for diligent investors. As we will outline below, Alliqua’s intrinsic value was boosted, but its market value remained the same. Such discrepancies are when investors should take advantage.

    The Details of MAC Coverage


  • Can This Pig Farmer Teach You Value Investing?

    A pig farmer isn't the first place value investors look to improve their craft, but the returns this one achieved with such a simple strategy will amaze you.

    In Fortune Magazine back in 1978, John Train wrote the legendary story of a man known only as “Mr. Womack,” a rice farmer and hog raiser who never had a market loss in 40 years of investing. His sound judgment and rational decision making became a bible for those interested in value investing.


  • And Mr. Buffett’s Favorite Macro Indicator Says…

    Last week, I thought back to an article that Warren Buffett wrote a few months before the great internet bubble of the 1990s finally burst. It’s not for nothing that they call Buffett the Oracle of Omaha, and alas, I could have saved myself a lot of heartburn had I listened to him 16 years ago.

    Today, I’m going to take a look at a valuation metric that Buffett calls “probably the best single measure of where valuations stand at any given moment.” And that would be the ratio of Total Market Cap of U.S. stocks as measured by the Wilshire Total Market Index to U.S. GDP.


  • 16 Nuggets Of Advice On Selling Stocks From Investing Greats

    • The truth is that selling stocks is hard but people just focus on the buy side.
    • Gaining the discipline to sell objectively takes time.
    • Even the best investors learned it through hard lessons.

  • Top Analysts Look For Growth in Yahoo! Inc’s Quarterly Report

    By Sarah Roden

    Yahoo! Inc (NASDAQ: YHOO) will report first quarter 2015 earnings today after market close. Analysts will be looking for Yahoo’s progress in mobile, video, native, and social (MVNS). Furthermore, analysts are anticipating an update on the Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) spin-off.


  • Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) Dividend Stock Analysis

    Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

    Company Description: Lockheed Martin Corp., the world's largest military weapons manufacturer, is also a significant supplier to NASA and other non-defense government agencies. LMT receives about 93% of its revenues from global defense sales.

    Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value along with these four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:


  • Halliburton’s Q1 Earnings Feels The Heat Of Lower Crude Oil Prices

    Oilfield services giant, Halliburton (HAL), released its first quarter earnings of the fiscal year 2015 before the markets opened on this Monday and though the top and bottom line beat the Street estimates, the management warned of the decline in drilling activity which has followed the impact of the oil price plunge. In fact, the management has taken a cautious stand for the upcoming quarter as well as the oil prices are still at the lower end forcing the company to cut its activity levels by a considerable extent. Let’s quickly have a look at the number mix that got revealed during the earnings call for gaining further insight.

    Both revenue and profit comes under pressure


  • What Are The Rumors On Apple’s New iPhone Yet To Be Released?

    As per the original tradition, Apple (AAPL) has always brought in a “S” edition of the existing iPhone version as seen for the iPhone 5 model which was succeeded by the iPhone 5S model. But this time, analysts are speculating that the technology giant might change the trend by releasing the iPhone 7 with remodeled features in September this year, instead of the iPhone 6S. With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus going strong after their formal launch, all eyes are now eager to know the extra features that would be eminent in the upcoming flagship smartphone of the tech giant. Let’s quickly find out what upgradations are being expected with regard to the next smartphone expected to be announced in September this year.

    The design would remain unchanged


  • Breeze-Eastern: Be Ready To Invest

    Company Profile

    Breeze-Eastern Corporation is the only company dedicated to the design, manufacture and sale of rescue hoists and cargo winches for the majority of helicopters, as well as several military cargo aircraft. BZC's products are mainly used in the military, law enforcement, and a few civilian operations (involving lifting cargo, etc.). On top of the production and distribution pipeline, BZC is handling the services required, following the sale of its products such as overhauls, maintenance and repairs, thereby catering to all possible aspects of this niche industry.


  • Is Verizon Right By Focusing Only On Wireless Business Amid Tough Competition?

    Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) looks focused to dominate the U.S. wireless industry. In addition to investing huge amount of money to improve its network infrastructure, the company has of late been trying to bring budget customers on board, a clear move to diversify revenue sources.

    Verizon still stands out as the best U.S. wireless carrier, despite red-hot competition in the industry. The company retained its top ranking in 2014, in the categories of network reliability, speed, data and voice performance. Verizon only bulged in the texting category where archrival AT&T Inc. (T) took the lead, but SMS is not a key battle zone for wireless carriers.


  • NOV Overlooked In Cyclical Oil Recovery

    - After a brutal downturn of oil prices, there is a cyclical recovery since January 2015 as seen in Brent Crude Oil prices.

    - NOV rode through this period with increasing profitability due to strong backlog of superior products and services.


  • Citi Post 8 Year Record Breaking Q1 Profits

    The American multinational banking and financial services corporation announced a massive increase in its Q1 profits which is supposedly the highest in the last 8 years. The profits have been attributed to legal and restructuring cost plunge and Citi’s (C) strategically done streamlining of its business model. Shares rose on the upbeat news by 2.3% to close at $54.45.

    The profits so far


  • Taiwan Semiconductor Announces Cut-Down For Its Q2 Sales Forecast

    World’s largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSM) is expecting revenues loss in the second quarter. The news came in line with Qualcomm (QCOM), one of the chief clients of TSMC, losing business from Samsung (SSNLF) for the latter’s upcoming smartphone model.



  • Avon To Selloff Business In North America

    Posting losses since over a year, the America based international manufacturer Avon Products Inc. (AVP) plans to exit its North America business and sell it off in order to recover from its ever worsening market position. The company had been looking for alternatives since long and the announcement came in line with their tryst. The news made a positive impact with the company’s stock gaining 18.1% to reach $9.46.

    Avon’s falling numbers


  • Alibaba Join Hands With GM To Introduce Ecommerce In Automotive Sector In China

    Continuing with the expansion mode, one of China’s biggest e-commerce companies Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) signed a deal with Shanghai General Motors (GM) to offer online sales and financing for GM cars and paved its way into automotive industry. In addition, Alibaba has partnered with 50 car brands like BMW (BAMXY), Jaguar Land Rover (TTM), Volkswagen (VLKAY), Buick, Chevrolet and Toyota (TM) and 10,000 dealerships in China.

    Alibaba’s expansion plans


  • Honeywell Posts A Positive Q1 Report, But Topline Guidance Remains Weak

    The New Jersey based Fortune 100 company, Honeywell International Inc. (HON) reported its first quarter earnings for the fiscal year 2015 on April 17 and the earnings number surpassed the Street estimates though the revenue fell short of their expectations. The company attributed the fall of revenue for the quarter to the major currency woes which slowed down the growth in its topline for the first three months of the fiscal year. Let’s dig a bit deeper to find out the major highlights of the first quarter earnings report of Honeywell.

    The quarter recap


  • Fortinet (FTNT) Key Metrics Top Expectations, Lam Research (LRCX) Extends Outperformance Trajectory Inc. (FTNT)

    Shares of FTNT touched a new lifetime high in extended trading Monday as the company exceeded its expectations across all key metrics in its quarterly financial report, also surpassing analysts' forecasts.


  • Data I/O Announces New PSV5000 Automated Programming System

  • Analyzing David Einhorn's Top Holdings

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) is president of Greenlight Capital – a value-oriented investment adviser. He believes an investment approach emphasizing intrinsic value will achieve consistent absolute investment returns and safeguard capital regardless of market conditions. He is a noted activist investor, taking positions in companies and then pushing management to implement changes.

    Time Warner (TWX) is one of his top ten holdings. As of Dec 31, 2014 his fund was holdings 3,795,700 shares of the company.Time Warner Inc. is a leading media and entertainment company. The company classifies its businesses into the following reportable segments:


  • Joel Greenblatt: Conversation With Whaton

    Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio) reasonly sat down and had a conversation with Whaton which the moderated by legendary distree debt investor Howard Marks (Trades, Portfolio) of Oaktree Capital. Throughout the interview Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio) discuss a variety of topics ranging from diversification to capital allocation.


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