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  • Thomas Falk, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Kimberly-Clark Corp. (KMB), sold 206,445 shares of the company on July 26, 2016

    Thomas Falk (Insider Trades), CEO and Chairman of the Board of Kimberly-Clark Corp. (KMB), sold 206,445 shares of the company on July 26, 2016. The average price per share was $133.40, for a total transaction of $27,539,762. Kimberly-Clark is a global personal care corporation that focuses on the production of paper-based for health, hygiene and well-being. The company has a market cap of 46.81 billion.

    The number of KMB insider sells decreased each year from 2013 to 2015. There were 24 insider sells in 2013, 15 in 2014, and 14 in the following year. On the other hand, the volume of insider sells decreased from 588,600 shares in 2013 to 196,178 shares in 2014. The volume of insider shares sold increased to 531,587 shares in the 2015. This correlates to a drop in month end price starting in the last two months of 2014 and extending through mid-2015. 1469744212013.png 1469744219574.png The sole two KMB insider buys also occurred in 2013 and 2015 when month end price decreased. In addition to Falk, another KMB insider, Lizanne Gottung (Insider Trades), sold 6,204 shares of the company at an average price of $132.17 per share on July 26, 2015. Including the aforementioned transaction, Falk conducted 5 insider sells with the company, totaling 799,986 shares, since 2013. For more information about insider trades with KMB, click here.


  • US Market Indexes Mixed With No Rate Change

    U.S. market indexes were mixed in trading on Thursday.

    For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average was lower closing at 18,456.35 for a loss of 15.82 points or 0.09%. The Standard & Poor's 500 was higher, closing at 2,170.06 for a gain of 3.48 points or 0.16%. The Nasdaq Composite closed higher at 5,154.98 for a gain of 15.17 points or 0.30%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 12.72 for a loss of 0.11 points or 0.86%.


  • Timing and Legal Issues Thwart 2 Mergers

    As mentioned in the previous article, mergers are subject to an eclectic variety of risks: earnings risk, financing risk and legal risk. Although a merger may have a strong strategic rationale and target performance, the deal can still fail due to timing and legal issues. Such drawbacks resulted in two of the major merger failures this year.

    NextEra Energy-Hawaiian Electric merger fails after seven-month delay


  • A Cisco Dividend Play Is Not Just About Yield

    Though I like to select companies that represent an oligopoly or a duopoly for a dividend portfolio, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) is possibly one of the few companies that I would like to have despite the company operating in an extremely competitive environment.

    There are several parts of the business that can withstand the competition and allow the company to keep moving forward. When you factor in its financial strength and ability to keep dividends flowing into the next decade, Cisco indeed makes a compelling investment case.


  • Disappointing 2nd Quarter Results for Goldcorp

    Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE:GG) announced its results Wednesday for the second quarter ending June 30. The miner reported net loss of $78 million, or 9 cents per share, compared to net earnings of $392 million, or 47 cents per share, in 2015.

    Second-quarter earnings were negatively impacted by lower production, partially offset by an increase in the realized gold price.


  • Microsoft, We Have a Surface Problem

    When Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) launched Surface Hub – its giant digital boards in 2015 after many delays, many people wrote that it may have priced the product way off. It wasn’t that hard to agree with their logic because the 55- and 84-inch Windows 10-powered units targeting businesses cost $8,999 and $21,999.

    While it’s easy to mistake the Hub for a giant TV, in reality Microsoft was aiming to get into office meeting rooms and anywhere that collaboration and digital sharing were required. The Surface Hub was created with collaboration in mind so that the digital board can sit in the conference room, allowing employees to carry out presentations, conduct video calls or even use Office 365. In essence, it was a way for Microsoft to expand the utility of its own product lines its Office suite, Skype for Business and so on that primarily target business users.


  • Should Johnson & Johnson Investors Be Worried About Ovarian Cancer Link?

    Reports have emerged claiming that Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), which is the world’s largest company in the health care sector, has been covering up the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer for decades.

    Talcum powder is a Johnson & Johnson product included in several of the company’s products. The company was marketing the product to low-income people, and after years of critique and denial it is now being claimed that Johnson & Johnson knew about the product’s links to ovarian cancer in women.


  • 3 Pitfalls of Options Trading No One Mentions

    Let’s discuss the downsides to options no one ever mentions.

    The reason no one talks about these pitfalls is that it’s against the system’s best interest. The system wants retail traders churning their accounts at brokerages with tons of options trades. The more trades the better.


  • Harley Davidson: Wait for the Bear Market to Trade HOG

    Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) has a durable competitive advantage in the motorcycle industry, with more than 100 years of manufacturing expertise, brand strength from a large dealer network and owns close to 50% of the market, but who cares?

    Motorcycles are such a niche part of the automobile market as a whole that anyone could own it 100%, make a ton of money doing it and still not generate growth for shareholders at this point. Oh, wait, that’s exactly what Harley has done in the last decade.


  • How Intel and Microsoft Dealt Differently With the Same Problem

    There are several technology companies that are going through a huge transition. As the world around us changes, so do consumer preferences. Then, more often than not, someone innovates something that totally transforms the world as we know it.

    Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) got us into the smartphone era, turning a smartphone into a must-have accessory. Once that started we were hooked on mobile devices, laying the groundwork for tablets to take off. And as tablets grew increasingly more powerful and portable, our dependency on personal computers started nosediving.


  • Stocks With High Yield: Oracle, Cal-Maine, Infosys

    I want to highlight stocks that have a growing dividend yield with sustainable payout ratio. This sustainability is confirmed to long term company profitability and a very strong financial situation :

    CA Inc.


  • T. Rowe Price Continues to Buy Union Pacific, Citigroup

    The T. Rowe Price Equity Income Fund (PRFDX) has been managed by John Linehan since 2015. In both the first and second quarters of 2016, the fund bought shares in the following stocks:

    Willis Towers Watson PLC. (WLTW)


  • Warren Buffett Is Wrong; Macro Is Important Part 2

    In part one of our two-part series on macroeconomics we detailed why incorporating macroeconomics into your investment process is critical. A proper understanding of the macroeconomic environment can help you make better decisions when it comes to identifying attractive countries in which to invest and help you better project a company’s future earnings. But understanding the macroeconomic environment can be difficult.

    Just like with stock analysis the macroeconomic world is filled with people constantly offering their opinions. On top of that we are bombarded with a litany of economic statistics. Fed manufacturing surveys, jobless claims, PMI surveys, consumer confidence, freight car loadings, the Baltic Dry Index and on and on. So how can we make sense of it all?


  • Financial Tips Consumers Should Follow This Month

    Are you the type of person who has a terrible time saving money? Do you often find yourself scraping through the couch cushions near the end of the month?

    Don’t worry because you’re not alone. Thankfully, this isn’t an irreparable problem. By making a few changes, you’ll be able to save more money and improve your future. The good news is that there has never been a better time to begin monitoring and controlling your finances better. Technology can help to make the process substantially easier. Incorporate the tips below into your daily life right away.


  • Qualcomm or Advanced Micro Devices: Which Is the Better Bet?

    Qualcomm’s (NASDAQ:QCOM) shares surged after the company reported better-than-expected third quarter results. Earnings per share came in at $1.16 on the back of $6.04 billion in revenues while analysts were expecting 97 cents EPS with a revenue estimate of $5.58 million.

    The strong results can be directly attributed to the progress Qualcomm has made in China and the chipmaker shipping 16 million more chips than it guided.


  • Apple's Earnings Signal New Direction for iPhone Maker

    The first iPhone was launched in 2007 by Steve Jobs. Nine years and 13 models later, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has sold more than 1 billion iPhones a huge milestone for any consumer tech products company.

    Apple released its third-quarter earnings on July 26, beat Wall Street estimates by a mile, sold a lot more iPhone SEs than anticipated and was subsequently rewarded with the stock soaring after the results came out.


  • 52-Week Company Lows

    According to GuruFocus’ list of 52-week lows, these stocks have reached their lowest point.

    Skechers USA Inc. Reached the 52-Week Low of $24.32


  • Is Caterpillar's Dividend Still Safe?

    After failing to increase its dividend in June like it has in past years and continuing to report double-digit declines in sales and earnings this week, Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) has many dividend investors wondering about the safety of its current payout.

    Caterpillar’s revenue has declined from $66 billion in 2012 to a projected $40 billion in 2016. The company’s retail sales have now fallen for more than 40 consecutive months.


  • Yacktman Fund Hopeful After Second Quarter Report

    The AMG Yacktman Fund (Trades, Portfolio) (YACKX) gave their second quarter update on July 27. Joe Maccone from Affiliated Managers Group Fund (AMG) moderated the meeting. Stephen Yacktman and Jason Subotky, the portfolio managers at Yacktman Asset Management, gave their views on the portfolio’s performance as well as discussed their major stock purchases and sales.

    The AMG Yacktman Focused Fund (Trades, Portfolio)-Service Class (YAFFX) reported a return of 2.23% for the second quarter, with a 6.7% return for the year to date. The Yacktman Focused Fund (Trades, Portfolio)-Institutional Class (YAFIX) reported a quarterly return of 2.23% and a year-to-date return of 6.8%. The AMG Yacktman Fund (Trades, Portfolio)-Service Class reported a return of 2.4% for the quarter and a year-to-date return of 6.6%. According to GuruFocus, Yacktman reported a three-year cumulative return of 34.2% from 2013-2015 with an excess gain of -18.1% over the same time period.


  • Invesco European Growth Fund Comments on Sky PLC

    Sky PLC (LSE:SKY), a UK-based media and broadcasting firm, was the portfolio’s largest individual detractor. The stock underperformed due to concerns about inflation going into the anticipated Bundesliga rights auction and Brexit’s potential negative impact on UK consumers. We remain positive on Sky’s long-term business given a strong management team with a track record of cost control during weaker environments.


  • Invesco European Growth Fund Comments on Sberbank PAO

    Russian bank Sberbank PAO (MIC:SBERP) was the fund’s top individual contributor, delivering strong first quarter results with a return on equity (ROE) in the high teens, particularly impressive given Russia’s still-poor macroeconomic situation. However, the economy appears to be stabilizing and Sberbank stock rose from the deeply oversold levels of 2015. Many analysts are now upgrading their earnings estimates for the bank, which in our view, remains attractively valued given its very dominant franchise in Russia.


  • Invesco European Growth Fund 2nd Quarter Performance Commentary

    Market overview


  • Is Benchmark Electronics a Contrarian Investment?

    If there ever was a stock that has gone nowhere, Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:BHE) is the one. A quick look at its 10-year and one-year price histories shows that buy and hold investors of BHE have little to show for their investments.


  • Nestle Is Arguably the Best Food Company in the World

    Nestle (NSRGY, NSRGF) is arguably the best food company in the world. It is number one or two in most of its product lines. The stock is owned by too many value funds to name. The stock is not cheap, by any means, but could go on sale some day.

    The company has 3.11 billion shares and trades at a market cap of $243 billion. The dividend is $1.46 and dividend yield 1.88%. Earnings were $2.89 and the stock trades at a price to earnings ratio of 27. I'm not going to convert the Swiss franc into the dollar as the two are close to parity. No doubt, not a cheap stock.


  • 10 Most Undervalued Companies for the Enterprising Investor - July

    There are a number of great companies in the market today. By using the ModernGraham Valuation Model, I've selected the ten most undervalued companies reviewed by ModernGraham. Each company has been determined to be suitable for the Enterprising Investor according to the ModernGraham approach.

    Defensive Investors are defined as investors who are not able or willing to do substantial research into individual investments, and therefore need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising Investors, on the other hand, are able to do substantial research and can select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk. Each company suitable for the Defensive Investor is also suitable for Enterprising Investors.


  • Jeremy Grantham's GMO 2nd-Quarter Commentary: Immigration and Brexit


    I set myself a task this quarter to give my views on why suddenly so many strange things are going on in the US and in the UK and what they might mean. We in the US can see the turmoil resulting from the Brexit vote, which seems to have been undertaken almost casually, without the normal planning for consequences. It has been likened to a dog that to its amazement catches the car – now what? The consequences for the remarkable experiment of the European Union are unknowable but potentially profound.


  • Ben Inker's GMO 2nd Quarter Letter: The Duration Connection

    Executive Summary

    Over the last six or seven years, most financial assets have done very well. The performance divide has not been between low-risk assets and high-risk assets or between liquid assets and illiquid assets, but between long-duration assets and short-duration assets. Long-duration assets such as stocks, bonds, real estate, and private equity have benefitted from a large fall in the discount rate associated with their cash flows, while short-duration assets have been hurt by the same fall. Investors tend to tilt their portfolios in favor of those assets that have done well, and today that pushes them to be increasing effective duration in their portfolios, just when the potential returns to those assets have dropped. What we believe would be most helpful to investors are short-duration risk assets, as they offer the potential of decent returns over time with less vulnerability to rising discount rates. These assets, generally lumped together under the “alternatives” title, are generally out of favor today given their disappointing performance since the financial crisis, but the characteristics that made them disappoint may well prove a blessing if discount rates start to rise.


  • U.S Stock Ends Mostly Lower

    The U.S. stock market is dynamic and every day you will see tons of new things. Today, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares shined and investors are very happy about it. But investors are following Apple's shares closely, as they think the tech giant`s big moment might come to an end soon.

    Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) was also hot today, and this stock rose a little bit as well, and the Federal Reserve was hinting at changing its interest rate policy next month, so investors are following closely what this agency will do in the future.


  • Two Reasons to Buy First Solar

    When it comes to profitability and efficiency, First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) is the best stock in the solar industry. Despite its track record of profitability and strong growth, shares of First Solar have pulled back recently due to a weak quarterly report. However, I think the recent pullback is a buying opportunity and investors should consider adding it to their portfolios before the stock breaks out.

    CdTe technology


  • Kinross Releases Second Quarter Update

    Yesterday Kinross Gold Corporation (NYSE:KGC) announced its results for the second quarter ending on June 30. The miner reported adjusted net loss of $9.8 million, or 0.01 cents per share, compared with adjusted net loss of $13.6 million, or 0.01 cents per share, in the second quarter of 2015 and met analysts' expectations on EPS.

    The miner reported revenue of $876.4 million, compared with $755.2 million in the second quarter of 2015 and beat analysts' expectations on revenue by $14.97 million.


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