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  • V.F. Corp - Diversity Of Brands And Products Makes It Less Risky

    V.F. Corporation (VFC) operates in different segments like Jeanswear, Imagewear, Sportswear, Contemporary Brands and Direct-To-Consumer, or DTC, across the world. The apparel and accessories retailer posted first-quarter fiscal 2015 results earlier this month, where earnings came in line but missed to beat consensus estimate on revenue.


    First-quarter numbers

      


  • This Teen Retailer Is A Good Investment

    American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) is a retailer of apparel and accessories for age group of 18 to 25. The teen retailer sells denims, pants, shorts, sweaters, fleece, outerwear, graphic T-shirts, footwear, and accessories under American Eagle Outfitters brand and intimates and personal care products for women the aerie brand.


    Since around 2013, teen retailers like American Eagle, Abercombie & Fitch (ANF), Aeropostale (ARO) have been sailing through a rough patch, primarily because the logo-centric appeal lost its charm with teen shoppers.

      


  • Sprouts Farmers Market: This Organic Food Seller Is Primed for Upside

    Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) entered fiscal 2015 with not so impressive results in the first quarter. The results improved as compared to the last year’s performance, but the company lost market share, as its results missed consensus estimates, which scared investors away from the stock. The company sales couldn’t meet its expectations, mainly due to harsh weather conditions, and, other challenges associated with the L.A port. Still, the management is seeing good long term growth prospects. It is now engaged in aggressive promotional strategies, including other necessary steps to ramp up its performance in 2015. Let us have a look at some of its moves.

      


  • Ultra Petroleum's Impressive Asset Base Makes It a Good Pick

    Ultra Petroleum (UPL) had a good start to fiscal 2015. It impressed everyone with good financial performance. The main contribution to its performance came in mainly due to a 23% increase in the production. But, now with the growing demand in the natural gas segment, the stock is attracting investors leading to increase in the market share. Investors received the first quarter results positively and the stock gained 9% soon after Ultra Petroleum reported its results. Let us see if there is some more room for the stock to grow or is it just a bubble?


    Positives vs. negatives

      


  • Why Honeywell International Can Get Better in the Long Run

    Honeywell International (HON) had a terrific end to fiscal 2014 as it delivered growth across different metrics. This year, Honeywell will mainly focus on increasing sales on an organic basis, while ramping its investments in new products and technologies. This is expected to improve its ROI CAPEX, helping it to expand its global footprint. Let us have a detailed look at its prospects.


    Strong growth

      


  • Why ReneSola Can Be a Good Long-Term Pick

    ReneSola (SOL) ended fiscal 2014 with a decent performance. The company has been through tough times in the past due to declining revenue. However, the company is pleased with the growing PV market, which is helping the company to re-balance its operations. ReneSola delivered 3.9% growth in revenue as compared to the preceding quarter, and also topped analysts’ estimates by 6.3%. ReneSola is now focusing on various initiatives and strategies that can help it do well.


    Trying to get better

      


  • Why Continental Resources Can Make a Comeback

    It was a disappointing start to Continental Resources’ (CLR) fiscal 2015. The company disappointed by posting a net loss in the first quarter, reporting a decline in the earnings. This came in mainly as a result of the ongoing weakness in the commodity market. This can be a grave situation for the company as the commodity market isn’t showing any signs of a big recovery soon. Also, the stock price has also fallen during the last five years.


    Now, the management is counting mainly on its production. The company showed slight improvement in the production in the first quarter, which is a ray of hope for it in the future. The company is looking forward to gain momentum on the back of its growing production. Let us have a look if Continental can really succeed in that.

      


  • This Energy Stock Can Recover Due to a Strong Portfolio

    Cobalt International Energy (CIE) had a bad start to fiscal 2015, delivering poor results in the first quarter. The stock also had been unimpressive on the exchange over a period and has dropped further on the back of widened net loss in this quarter. It clearly indicates the impact of a depressed market due to falling commodity prices, which are eroding the company’s margins. If Cobalt doesn’t deal with these situations, they can be grave. It is now steadfast in maintaining an attractive balance sheet. In order to have this, Cobalt is taking some strategic initiatives. Let us have a look.


    Positives to watch

      


  • WPX Energy's Strong Performance Will Lead to Upside

    Despite weak market conditions, WPX Energy (WPX) recently came up with terrific results in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. A slight improvement in oil prices has supported its operations, and the company posted good growth in the EPS consecutively in this quarter as well. The management is confident of a better performance in the coming quarters on the back of it. Further, any improvement in oil prices will definitely have a positive impact on the company’s growth story in future. What more does WPX have in its store?


    What next?

      


  • This Gaming Company Is a Good Investment

    Mobile games have become an inseparable element of the growth in the industry. It is the same story across the industry and NetEase (NTES) is no exception. China’s leading internet and online game service provider NetEase recently stepped into fiscal 2015 with robust results and growth across its key metrics.


    The company has largely benefited from the introduction of new games and content across its community of online PC clients and mobile users. This solid growth has also boosted NetEase’s confidence and now with the growing technology and gaming industry, the company looks prepared for another solid performance in the upcoming quarters. Let us have a look at the overall underlying business.

      


  • Richard Perry Makes Cheniere Third-Most Valuable Stake in Portfolio

    Richard Perry (Trades, Portfolio) co-founded private investment management firm Perry Capital LLC in 1988, which manages about $14 billion. Perry Capital had returns of 14.6% in 2010 and 25.2% in 2009. As is typical for him, he made about a dozen transactions in his personal portfolio in the first quarter.


    Perry’s addition to his existing stake in Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG), a Houston-based energy company, had the greatest impact on his portfolio. Perry bought 2,374,774 shares for an average price of $74.62 per share. The deal, which had a 6.05% impact on Perry’s portfolio, made Cheniere the third-most valuable stake in that portfolio.

      


  • Best Buy Company – Is It A Good Investment For The Long Run?

    Best Buy Company (BBY) posted better-than-expected first-quarter fiscal 2016 results. This impressed Mr. Market and the stock rallied strongly, gaining 9% after the results. However, stockholders are still sitting on a year-to-date loss of over 12%, and the stock is trading below 20- and 200-day SMA, signifying bearish trend both in the near term and long term. Let’s dissect the performance of the recently reported quarter and see if this could be an opportunity to open a position.


    Looking at the quarterly results

      


  • PRIMECAP Sells Portions of Its Top Two Stakes

    Pasadena, California-based PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) was founded in September 1983 as an independent investment management company. It evaluates securities based on their outlook over three to five years, longer if warranted. The Vanguard PRIMECAP Fund, one of the funds it manages, logged a return of 18.72% in 2014.


    PRIMECAP sold portions of its top two stakes – Biogen Inc (BIIB) and Amgen Inc (AMGN) – in the first quarter.

      


  • Altria Has a Bullish Outlook

    Tobacco companies have long been known to return rich dividends to its investors. Altria Group (MO) is no exception to this. The Altria group of companies has a strong American heritage stretching back more than 180 years.​ Philip Morris USA is the leading cigarette manufacturer in the United States and has been for more than 30 years.​ The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company is the world’s leading producer and marketer of moist smokeless tobacco products.​


    Currently the tobacco companies are facing headwinds, but the good pricing power of MO gets it through. Cost curtailment and price rises have contributed to its first quarter success.

      


  • Whitney Tilson's Up To Date (May 27) Presentation On Lumber Liquidators



  • John Rogers' Recent Buy: Versar Inc

    John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio) is the Founder of Ariel Investment, LLC, which he started in 1983. As of Q1 2015 the portfolio has a value of $8,922 million and is composed of 187 stocks.


    On April he increased by 47.61% his stake in Versar Inc (VSR) a project and program management firm that provides the government, municipalities, and the private sector with solutions for infrastructure, facilities management, construction, environmental quality, professional services, defense and homeland security needs.

      


  • Sequential Brands Looks Potentially Lucrative

    Sequential Brands Group Inc. (SQBG) is a brand management organization with a portfolio of consumer brands generating $2 billion in global retail sales. Through in-house licensing platform, it partners with world-class retailers and manufacturers to maximize their long-term brand equity.


    It owns a diversified global portfolio of prominent brands across all consumer sectors.

      


  • General Motors Expanding At Home Turf

    The automotive stalwart in the U.S., General Motors (GM), announced last Thursday that it would be spending around $439 million on one of its major manufacturing plants in the U.S. that would mark a step towards expanding the home turf. The company has also confirmed that the capital expenditure would begin this summer, and the completion of the project at hand would take the next two years with investors now expecting the expansion to be completed by the end of 2017. In fact, GM stated earlier that it looks forward to invest around $5.4 billion in the U.S. on expansion of its major factories, and this is just a step towards the ultimate aim of spending this huge sum on building better and technologically adept manufacturing and assembly plants in the U.S. that would aid in competing with the peers comprising Ford Motors (F) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU). Let’s quickly take a peek into what has been shared on the current expansion program being taken up by the U.S. automotive major.


    The expansion details

      


  • Cypress Development Corp.: Directors Re-Elected at AGM


  • Broadcom: A Perfect Tech Stock For Your Portfolio

    Broadcom (BRCM) is an established semiconductor manufacturer that has a strong product portfolio. The Company’s revenue stream is mainly from Broadband and Connectivity, and Infrastructure and Networking. As per the research, the anticipated global subscriber to broadband will be 940 million by the end of 2018. This market size is bound to influence the revenue stream of the company and leverage its growth in future. The investor of tech stock can always consider Broadcom as it can provide good long-term returns.


    Quarter Overview

      


  • Buybacks: Mostly an Accounting Sleight of Hand

    In the world of investing, so many things work better in theory than in practice.


    Executive stock options? Though originally billed as a way to align management and shareholder interests, they are now reviled by investors as a way for management to quietly loot the companies they are paid to run. When done in excess they massively dilute shareholders over time. They also encourage short-termism and a fixation on raising the company’s stock price in the short term at the expense of planning for the company’s long-term future.

      


  • Walmart Struggles to Report Impressive Q1 Results, But On the Growth Path

    The world’s top retailer Walmart (WMT) came out with disappointing first-quarter 2015 numbers. While some analysts were taken by surprise, others had expected something close to the released numbers. Strong domestic currency was part of the reason for Walmart’s underperformance. This clubbed with a half-finished turnaround plan appeared to have disappointed investors, which was visible in the retailer’s stock price that plunged 3% after the earnings news.


    The same-store sales in U.S. surged a meager 1.1%, and earnings per share fell to $1.03 as compared with the last year same period. Let’s take a closer look at what’s happening by looking beyond the numbers.

      


  • Credit Market Guru Michael Lewitt On Navigating The Current Madness In Money Markets

    Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) has said that, even at age 80-plus, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) is getting better as an investor.


    In investing experience matters. It is a huge advantage.

      


  • Prem Watsa Tells His Horatio Alger Story

    Horatio Alger, the 19th century American author, was famous for his novels for children — Ragged Dick, Tattered Tom, Luck and Pluck, and Strive and Succeed — that shared a theme: with hard work and the right attitude comes prosperity.


    In Alger’s 1909 novel Telegraph Boy we meet a 15-year-old sitting on a bench in New York. An orphan, he has arrived from Hartford by boat. He is flat broke:

      


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  • George Soros Discusses The Rise Of The Chinese Currency And The Potential For A Third World War

    The influence of China on the global stage is rising. George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) thinks that the United States should accomodate China and make room for it rather than put up roadblocks.


    Soros believes that being accomodative to China is going to be a key to avoiding eventual conflict between the United States and China.

      


  • "Mr. Bleu" – The Latest From Bond King Bill Gross

    “It’s a spectacle of excess at the highest level,” quoted an art consultant to The New York Times. Perhaps it was. Christie’s, even not counting its archrival Sotheby’s, had bagged $1 billion in sales during its May auction week – rivaling even the frenzied bidding for Manhattan high-rise condos. As with high-flying stocks, the logic was that the money had to go somewhere. Why not a wall instead of a monthly portfolio statement?


    I’ve never been much of an art aficionado myself, having settled for framing some All-American Rockwells neatly clipped from old Saturday Evening Post covers. There was a time, though, when a well-publicized Rockwell came to auction, and Sue and I expressed some interest. Ever since, we’ve been on the art house’s mailing lists and I must admit, it’s fun to browse through the Picassos, Rothkos and whatever else currently frenzies modern collectors. I’m no expert, though, and if I begin to pretend that I am, Sue puts me in my place because she’s the artist in the family. She likes to paint replicas of some of the famous pieces, using an overhead projector to copy the outlines and then just sort of fill in the spaces. “Why spend $20 million?” she’d say. “I can paint that one for $75,” and I must admit that one fabulous Picasso with signature “Sue” heads the fireplace mantle in our bedroom.

      


  • Silver Standard's Strong Production Profile Makes It a Good Buy

    Silver Standard (SSRI) has seen a significant correction in the past year, but we cannot jump to any conclusion for the moment, as there are mixed factors affecting the miner. During the quarter, its revenue rose a whopping 150% from a year ago period to $122.8 million, while the company reported an adjusted loss of 8 cents per share compared to a profit of 19 cents last year. Although the numbers do not look pretty on the earnings side, the company is making every effort to improve its bottom line. Silver Standards’ initiatives are focused on smart application of operational excellence that will eventually drive down cost.


    What next?

      


  • Production Expansion and Operating Efficiency Make Range Resources a Good Buy

    Range Resources (RRC) is continuously delivering solid capital and operating efficiencies. During 2014, Range enhanced its operating efficiency by lowering its unit cost by nearly $0.35, or 10% compared to the previous year and estimates ongoing enhancement for this year. Range improved its capital efficiency by increasingly drilling longer laterals, and greater frac stages per lateral coupled with significantly leveraging enhanced focus towards the lateral. Further, this robust trend is estimated to continue in 2015 as well.


    Smart moves

      


  • Difficult Times Lie Ahead for Contango Oil & Gas

    Contango Oil & Gas (MCF) disappointed investors when the company reported its fiscal first quarter results. It is for the fourth consecutive quarter that its earnings have lagged behind the analysts’ consensus, which is quite disappointing. Considering its stock movement in the past few months, it seems to have an inverse correlation with oil price. Unlike the share price of its peers, which rose on account of a mild turnaround in the crude prices in the past few months, Contango sunk to its 52-week low. Starting with its numbers, let’s see what can we expect from this stock in the days ahead.


    A weak performance and an uncertain environment

      


  • Why Tumi Holdings is Worth a Buy

    Tumi Holdings (TUMI) a manufacturer of suitcases and bags for travel. Tumi's products are known for their black-on-black ballistic nylon. Tumi is available at department stores and specialty stores as well as over 120 Tumi stores and 200 shop in shops around the world. The company’s stocks are just over 7% in valuation for the last 12 months. Still, the company is committed to take its brand on the bright side by making various deals.


    In Q1 FY15, Tumi Holdings stated earnings per share of $0.012, in line with the consensus estimate of $0.12. The company’s revenue for the quarter came in at $110.5 million, a miss by $7.5 million compared to analyst estimate of $118 million.

      


  • Boeing 747: Long Live the Queen

    Boeing (BA) virtually had no orders for the 747 in 2014. It was basically Silk Way West that ended the drought early this year by ordering for three 747-8 Freighters. The improving air freight volumes appears to be giving Boeing’s747-8F freighter new life. The passenger market for the jumbo jet remains difficult, but Boeing CEO Jim McNerney recently said that with the cargo market looking upbeat, demand for the 747 freighter could keep the “Queen of the Skies” flying. Will the fading queen revive to take to the skies? Let’s take a look.


    Freighter market looking strong

      


  • Evercore Bullish on Bank of America; Sees Spark for Growth

    By Sarah Roden


    Evercore analyst Glenn Schorr reiterated a Buy rating on Bank of America Corp (BAC) with an $18 price target last week after meeting with CFO Bruce Thompson and learning that the company plans to become “a little more offensive on growth.”

      


  • Intuit: Growth Momentum Should Continue With Acquisitions and Cloud Business

    Intuit (INTU) has been one of the leading providers of financial and accounting software for small and mid-size businesses. The company’s product portfolio includes well-known Turbo Tax and QuickBooks Online. The company has been quite focused on the cloud market that has been catalytic to its growth.


    Impressive Quarter

      


  • When A Stock Doubles, Don’t Trim It Automatically

    May 26, 2015 (Maple Hill Syndicate) – Many people get antsy when a stock has doubled from the purchase price.


    That’s understandable, but a stock that has doubled shouldn’t be automatically be sold, or even trimmed.

      


  • Don’t Fight the Euro Central Bank: Stay Calm and Carry On with These Three Compelling Dividend Paying Investments!

    It’s no coincidence that our stock market has more than tripled in the last six years, since our Federal Reserve depressed interest rates to near zero in late 2008. Although a higher stock market is certainly not the primary goal of central bankers, nearly all economists and bankers recognize that a bull market has salutary effects.

      


  • View Systems, Inc. (VSYM) Announces Engagement of QualityStocks Investor Relations Services


  • Superior Plus Corp. Extends Its Syndicated Credit Facility


  • Former Head of PowerShares Lists Elkhorn S&P 500 Capital Expenditures ETF (CAPX)


  • Lithium Battery Innovator Flux Power to Present at the LD Micro Investor Conference in Los Angeles on June 2 at 8:30 a.m. PDT


  • Seven Arts Entertainment Acquires Cash Ready ATM Inc.


  • Why Big Beer is Struggling in the Age of the Hipster Craft Beer

    Note to Big Beer: Beware the affronted beard!


    MillerCoors, the joint venture between SABMiller plc (SBMRY) and Molson Coors Brewing Company (TAP), is facing a class-action lawsuit from craft beer enthusiasts for having theaudacity to imply that Blue Moon—one of the fastest-growing beer brands in America—was a craft beer.

      


  • 11 Reasons to be a Dividend Growth Investor

    Dividend growth investing is an investing style where one looks for businesses with a high likelihood of rewarding investors with rising dividend payments.


    Realizing actual cash payments from your investments in the form of dividends ensures dividend growth investors will generate passive income from their investments.

      


  • Investment Bias 101

    As the market is going a bit sideways after a mild earnings season, we are entering the famous “sell in May and go away” period, I thought of revisiting some investment biases we all experience at one point or another.


    When I did my financial classes, everything seemed so well calculated and rational. Financial theories are so simple, so easy to understand, it’s impossible to mess up the application in the real world, right? Investors are rational individuals making sound decisions based on facts and just calculations…. Well this is what is being written in many financial books anyways!

      


  • Investors Can Expect a Turnaround at VAALCO Energy

    VAALCO Energy (EGY) disappointed the street with its fiscal first quarter results that failed to match the Street's expectations. In fact, its earnings have been lagging behind the analysts’ consensus for the past two quarters by a significant margin. The management has blamed the depressed oil prices for its poor performance. But it seems that investors are not buying this theory, as the stock touched its 52-week low after reporting its results for the recent quarter.


    The stock’s performance is in contrast to many of its peers, which have risen in the past few months on account of a mild rally in the oil prices. This is quite disappointing and gives us raised eyebrows concerning its future performance. Starting with its numbers let’s see in detail.

      


  • Hain Celestial: A Short SWOT Analysis

    Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (HAIN) has steadily climbed for the last several years, advancing about 240% since the end of 2011. The large-cap issue’s stellar performance has been underpinned by the steep growth trajectory of the natural/organic food segment, which has been expanding at a much faster pace than its conventional packaged food counterpart. Indeed, U.S. retail sales for the natural/organic sector are estimated to reach $60 billion by 2017, five times the $12 billion recorded in 2000. This translates to a CAGR of approximately 10%, compared with about 1% for the broader packaged food industry.


    As more consumers have shown an appetite for natural/organic food, distribution has expanded beyond natural food specialty stores, such as Whole Foods Market (WFM), to the grocery and mass market channels, among others. Of course, rising consumer demand has also attracted competition from other manufacturers. That said, internationally, the industry is still in its relative infancy compared with the U.S., pointing to additional distribution avenues.

      


  • Point72 Asset Management increases its holdings in Lam Research

    Point72 Asset Management, L.P. is a family office managing the assets of its founder, Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio), and eligible employees. He is a billionaire hedge fund investor and the founder of SAC Capital Advisors. Cohen grew up in Great Neck, New York, and he attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.


    Last quarter, the firm increased its holdings in Lam Research (LRCX) by buying 591,152 shares. As of March 31, Point72 was holding 733,552 shares of the company. The following chart shows Steve Cohen's holding history in Lam Research.

      


  • John Burbank Buys Kroger

    John Burbank (Trades, Portfolio) is the chief investment officer of Passport Capital LLC, the global investment firm he founded in 2000. The firm now manages a portfolio worth more than $3.5 billion. The San Francisco-based firm employs top-down macroeconomic to achieve risk-adjusted returns. Last quarter, he initiated a position in Kroger (KR) by buying 839,643 shares.


    Burbank is not alone in his bullish opinion on the company. Analyst opinion is overwhelmingly positive on Kroger's stock, with 14 of the 20 analysts covering the stock rating it as buy or strong buy. The company is firing on all cylinders. Back in October 2012, the company first outlined its growth plans that included four key performance indicators: positive identical store supermarket sales growth, slightly expanding non-fuel FIFO operating margin, growing return on invested capital and annual market share growth. In 2014, the company met or exceeded each of these metrics. At the end of the last year, the company achieved its 45th consecutive quarter of positive identical supermarket sales growth (ex. fuel). The company also expanded its FIFO operating margins (ex-fuel) and improved return on invested capital even as it increased its capital expenditure.

      


  • Andreas Halvorsen Keeps Buying Air Products

    Andreas Halvorsen (Trades, Portfolio) is a founding partner of Viking Global Investors LP and currently serves as its Chief Investment Officer. Prior to founding Viking, Halvorsen was a senior managing director and the director of equities at Tiger Management LLC. He also worked as an investment banker in the corporate finance and merger departments of Morgan Stanley. Halvorsen received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1990 and graduated from Williams College in 1986. His Viking Global Equities III fund has gained 22% on average per year from 1999-2009.


    Last quarter, he increased his stake in Air Products and Chemicals (APD) buying 2,488,096 shares of the company. As of March 31, 2015, he was holding 7,848,566 shares of the company. The following chart shows his holding history in the company.

      


  • Ray Dalio increases position in Accenture

    Ray Dalio (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder of Bridgewater Associates – one of the world's largest hedge fund with $165 billion in assets under management. Last quarter, he increased his stake in Accenture (ACN) buying 15,100 shares. As of March 31, 2015, he was holding 55,200 shares of the company. The following chart shows his holding history in the company.


      


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  • Wednesday’s Pre-Market Insights: PBR, SDRL, WDAY, EMC, BLUE

    Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (PBR) shares increased 4.11% to $8.86 in Wednesday’s pre-market trading following news that the Brazilian government is considering making concessions to local contractors in an attempt to revitalize Brazil’s flailing economy. The energy corporation is one of the largest corporations in Latin America when measured by revenue.


    Seadrill Ltd (SDRL) shares fell 0.70% in pre-market trading to $12.82 as the offshore drilling company has been trying to survive through tumultuous oil prices. Seadrill will be releasing quarterly earnings tomorrow and investors will be looking at the company’s liquidity after Seadrill suspended dividends as well as their plans to build new rigs.

      


  • S&P Capital Remains Positive on TWC Following CHTR Merger Proposal

    On the morning of Tuesday, May 26, Charter Communications (CHTR) excited investors when the company proposed a three-way merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House Networks. If the merger is approved, it would impact one in six American households and compete against big players like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon.


    In the terms of the deal, Charter will pay Time Warner Cable $195.71 a share, or $78.7 billion. Charter CEO Tom Rutledge will also run the combined companies, which he is currently calling “New Charter.”

      


  • 26 Income Securities For A Well-Rounded Asset Allocation

    I am a firm believer that asset allocation plays a significant part in a portfolio's long-term results. In the past, I was asked if you could have a diversified portfolio of dividend stocks and other income securities. It is an interesting question that deserves further examination.


    As for my portfolio, I consider asset allocation only when looking at my holdings in total. It would be much too difficult to maintain a good allocation within individual portfolios (income, growth, 401(k), Roth IRA, etc.), while trying to maintain my overall allocation. However, an investor could build a degree of allocation into a portfolio of dividend income securities. Consider the following:

      


  • Argus Lowers Price Target for Norfolk

    Argus analyst recently lowered his EPS estimates and price target on Norfolk Southern (NSC). While his price target is now reduced to $115.00 (from $125.00), his 2015 and 2016 EPS estimates are now reduced to $6.10 (from $7.17) and $7.05 (from $7.75), respectively.


    Argus analyst is not alone in reducing his estimates. Norfolk Southern’s stock is under pressure since it reported disappointing numbers last month. After Norfolk's earnings miss, Citi analysts Christian Wetherbee and Prashant Rao also lowered their target price on the company and wrote,

      


  • Paul Tudor Jones initiates a position in Monsanto

    Paul Tudor Jones (Trades, Portfolio) is the president and founder of Tudor Investment Corporation. He is one of the most successful investors of current times. Last quarter, he initiated a position in Monsanto (MON) by buying 37,567 shares. The following chart shows his holding history in the company.


      


  • Pioneer Investments Increases Stake in Walgreens

    Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) is a global investment management firm with presence in 28 countries worldwide. Last quarter, Pioneer Investment increased its position in Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) by buying 729,146 shares of the company. As of March 31, the firm was holding 733,355 shares of the company.


    Walgreens recently reported strong results with adjusted second quarter net earnings per diluted share increase of 21.6%, second quarter sales increase 35.5%, and retail pharmacy USA division comparable store sales increase of 6.9 percent. The company announced fiscal 2015 full year adjusted net earnings guidance of $3.45 to $3.65 per diluted share, and reaffirmed fiscal 2016 adjusted net earnings per diluted share goal of $4.25-$4.60. Free cash flow totaled $1.0 billion in the second quarter and $1.7 billion in the first six months, while GAAP operating cash flow totaled $1.3 billion in the quarter and $2.3 billion in the first six months.

      


  • Primecap Management increases its stake in Yahoo!

    Primecap Management Company (Trades, Portfolio) was founded in September 1983 in Pasadena, California. It manages Vanguard Primecap Fund, Vanguard Capital Opportunity Fund, and Vanguard Primecap Core Fund.. Primecap was founded by Chairman and Chief Investment Officer Howard B. Schow, Vice Chairman Mitchell J. Milias, and President Theo A. Kololotrones.


    Primecap team evaluates securities based on their outlook over a three to five year time horizon, with the intention of holding them considerably longer if their fundamentals warrant it. They believe successful investment decisions rests in correctly appraising the relationship between the fundamental value of a company and the market price of its stock. A company may be valuable because of its free cash flow, its assets, or both; however, a company will be a superior investment only if it is purchased at the right price. Primecap only invests in their highest conviction ideas.

      


  • Ryanair’s Turnaround Strategies Leads To Surge In Profits

    Annual profits increased a whopping 66% for Ryanair Ltd. as the airline undergoes a brand makeover attracting more passengers by lowering the prices. It has come as a relief for the entire sector, which was running low for quite some time.


    The Ireland-based Ryanair Ltd. (RYAAY) posted a huge leap in profits of 66% for the past one year with the help of reduced prices and rising passenger numbers. The success story has been attributed to the image makeover that the airline underwent becoming more flexible in its policies, softer in approach and lowering of prices. The passenger number also increased three times more than expected.

      


  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company - Worth Buying After Hitting Multi-Year High?

    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (GT), one of the largest tire manufacturing companies in the world, hit a multi-year high on the stock market earlier this month in a rally that started in April, surpassing the 2008 peak. The tire company posted its first-quarter fiscal 2015 results, which beat on earnings but missed on revenue. Let’s take a look at the results and see if it still is a good stock to buy.


    First-quarter recap

      


  • Hibbett Sports - Is It Worth Buying?

    Cabela’s (CAB) Big 5 (BGFV) started the earnings seasons with a bang, with both beating analysts’ estimates on top- and bottom-line. A few days later, Dick’s Sporting (DKS) joined the party with mixed results, but I still maintained a bullish stance. Hibbett Sports (HIBB) was the last to join the party with first-quarter fiscal 2016 results that ended the euphoria generated by its peers.


    Let’s delve deeper into the results and see what it holds for investor waiting on the sidelines.

      


  • Amgen And AstraZeneca’s Deal On Psoriasis Drug Faces Termination

    The American biopharmaceutical multinational, Amgen Inc. (AMGN), will end its collaborative initiatives with AstraZeneca plc (AZN), the British pharmaceutical and biologics company, in the development of a drug Brodalumab for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. This decision was made when the Phase III clinical drug trials revealed suicidal tendencies among the tested patients. Foreseeing curtailed scope of usage, Amgen representatives said in an official statement on May 22 that it has decided to end the partnership "based on events of suicidal ideation and behaviour in the Brodalumab program, which Amgen believes likely would necessitate restrictive labelling."


    Meanwhile, AstraZeneca is still weighing its options in the drug development program by reviewing all recorded data. In a London Stock Exchange statement on May 26, AstraZeneca said it will confirm its decision on the future development of Brodalumab as soon as possible based on further review of the data.

      


  • Hanesbrands Is A Buy For Long-Term Gains

    Hanesbrands (HBI) is a consumer goods company engaged in designing, manufacturing, sourcing, and selling a range of basic apparels for men, women, and children through four segments: Innerwear, Activewear, Direct to Consumer, and International. The company posted lower-than-expected first-quarter fiscal 2015 results last month, missing analysts’ estimates both on the top and bottom-line.


    First-quarter highlights

      


  • Ken Fisher Adds to His Pfizer Position

    Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) is a billionaire fund manager managing ~$48 bn worth of equity assets through his investment advisory firm Fisher Asset Management, LLC. The firm uses a combination of top-down macroeconomic research and bottom-up, fundamental stock selection process in order to identify potential candidates for its portfolio.


    Last quarter, he increased his holdings in Pfizer Inc. (PFE) by buying 11,856 shares. As of March 31, 2015, he held 31,208,271 shares of the company. The following chart shows his holding history in the company.

      


  • Gap Is Still A Buy For Long-Term Gains

    Gap Inc. (GPS) is an apparel retail company offering apparel, accessories, and personal care products under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brand names in 51 countries around the world. The apparel retailer posted first-quarter fiscal 2015 results and the direction of numbers were no different from what Urban Outfitters (URBN) had posted earlier. In short, it failed to impress the analysts on top- and bottom-line numbers. The company failed to beat profit estimates for the first time in 8 years.


    Share holders of Gap are sitting on a year-to-date loss of around 9%. Does this open up a buying opportunity? Let’s delve into the results.

      


  • Expectations Stacked High On Costco’s Q3 Earnings

    Costco's (COST) stock valuation is up 26% over the past year. Experts are expecting further profits once the company announces its earnings report post market closing on May 27.


    Costco’s strong performance can be attributed to many reasons including its strong performance and plans for expansion. A gradually improved sales climate is looking to boost the company’s revenue and sales numbers. During the second quarter, Costco’s sales figures rose 4.3% and its profits spiked upwards at 29%. Costco’s membership model continued to self-sustain itself and continue being one of the company’s best performing divisions with membership fees of $582 million being collected the past quarter while at the same time helping boost overall financial results with a revenue of high margin.

      


  • Renaissance Technologies Buys UPS in Q1

    Renaissance Technologies is one of the most successful hedge funds of current times founded by Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio). The firm employs complex mathematical models to analyze and execute trades, many of them automated. Renaissance uses computer-based models to predict price changes in easily-traded financial instruments. These models are based on analyzing as much data as can be gathered, then looking for non-random movements to make predictions.


    Last quarter the firm initiated a position in United Parcel Services (UPS) by buying 418,300 shares. UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company, a leader in the U.S. less-than-truckload industry and the premier provider of global supply chain management solutions. The company delivers packages each business day for 1.6 million shipping customers to 8.2 million receivers ("consignees") in over 220 countries and territories. In 2014, UPS delivered an average of 18 million pieces per day worldwide, or a total of 4.6 billion packages. Total revenue in 2014 was $58.2 billion.

      


  • Palo Alto Networks Q3 Earnings – What Can We Expect?

    Leading to the report of its fiscal Q3 results on Wednesday, Palo Alto Networks (PANW) is expected to share a double-digit growth of revenue as well as earnings. The California-based cyber security firm is expected to show revenue growth of 48% to touch a total of $223 million. As of May 22, 2015 Palo Alto’s shares registered a one year high of $163.21 and a one year low of $66.77 seen on May 21, 2014.


    EPS for the company are expected to grow 82% y-o-y to touch 21 cents per share. Palo Alto shared a 53% increase in revenue compared y-o-y by nearly $14 million.

      


  • Joel Greenblatt Increases His Stake in Masco

    Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio) is founder and managing partner of Gotham Asset Management, LLC. He is known for the invention of Magic Formula Investing. He is the author of two investment books, including Joel Greenblatt: The little Book that Beats the Market . He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School.


    Greenblatt tries to find cheap and good companies. He looks for value with a catalyst. Greenblatt likes special situations, and thinks that they are simply different places to find cheap stocks. In his own hedge fund, Greenblatt uses the basic principals in the Magic Formula: Look for high ROC and high earnings yield. He tries to figure out what "normalized earnings" will be 3-4 years into the future. Greenblatt makes sure the stock is very cheap based on normalized earnings.

      


  • Glenview Capital Initiates Position in Manitowoc

    Glenview Capital Management, founded in 2000 by Larry Robbins (Trades, Portfolio), is a privately held investment management firm. Glenview manages approximately $7.4B of assets split between two products: the Glenview Funds (long/short) and the Glenview Opportunity Funds (concentrated, opportunistic). Since inception, the compounded annualized rates of return for the Glenview and GO Funds are approximately 15% and 25%, respectively. Glenview is focused on delivering attractive absolute returns through an intense focus on deep fundamental research and individual security selection. Their investments are primarily focused on the US, with a smaller amount of exposure in Western Europe.


    Last quarter, Glenview Capital initiated a position in Manitowoc (MTW) by buying 8,614,197 shares of the company. The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer operating in two principal markets: Cranes and Related Products (Crane) and Foodservice Equipment (Foodservice). The company's Crane segment is recognized as one of the world’s leading providers of engineered lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes and boom trucks. It accounts for ~62% of the company's top line. Manitowoc's Foodservice segment is one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of commercial food-service equipment serving the ice, beverage, refrigeration, food-preparation, holding and cooking needs of restaurants, convenience stores, hotels, healthcare and institutional applications. It accounts for ~38% of the company's revenues.

      


  • George Soros Initiates Position in Lowe’s

    Last quarter, legendary investor George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) initiated a position in Lowe’s Companies, Inc (LOW) by buying 106,681 shares of the company.


      


  • Pioneer Investments Adds to Stake in Coca-Cola

    Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) is a global investment management firm with a presence in 28 countries worldwide. Last quarter, Pioneer Investment increased its position in Coca-Cola (KO) by buying 153,780 shares of the company. As of March 31, the firm held 2,208,675 shares of the company. The following chart shows its holding history in Coca-Cola.


      


  • Priceline Looks Promising For the Future

    The Priceline Group (PCLN) is the world’s leading provider of online travel and related services to consumers and local partners in over 200 countries through six primary brands: Booking.com, priceline.com, agoda.com, KAYAK, rentalcars.com and OpenTable.


    It is an online travel company that offers its customers hotel room reservations at over 295,000 hotels worldwide through the Booking.com, priceline.com and Agoda brands. In the United States, the company also offers its customers reservations for car rentals, airline tickets, vacation packages, destination services and cruises through the priceline.com brand. It offers car rental reservations worldwide through rentalcars.com. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in over 200 countries and territories in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.

      


  • Primecap Management Increases Stake in CarMax

    Primecap Management Company (Trades, Portfolio) was founded in September 1983 in Pasadena, California. It manages Vanguard Primecap Fund, Vanguard Capital Opportunity Fund, and Vanguard Primecap Core Fund.. Primecap was founded by Chairman and Chief Investment Officer Howard B. Schow, Vice Chairman Mitchell J. Milias, and President Theo A. Kololotrones.


    Primecap's team evaluates securities based on their outlook over a three to five-year time horizon, with the intention of holding them considerably longer if their fundamentals warrant it. They believe successful investment decisions rests in correctly appraising the relationship between the fundamental value of a company and the market price of its stock. A company may be valuable because of its free cash flow, its assets, or both; however, a company will be a superior investment only if it is purchased at the right price. Primecap only invests in their highest conviction ideas.

      


  • Dodge & Cox Keeps Buying Express Scripts

    Dodge & Cox (Trades, Portfolio) was founded in 1930, by Van Duyn Dodge and E. Morris Cox. As of March 2006, Dodge & Cox managed over $104 billion in separate accounts and mutual funds.


    In terms of investment philosophy, Dodge & Cox team is guided both in what they buy and what they sell by an ongoing search for superior relative value, steering clear of popular choices that come at a price they would rather not pay. Investing when valuations are low creates greater potential for capital appreciation. They look to be long-term owners of companies whose current valuations don’t reflect their long-term earnings and cash-flow prospects.

      


  • GameStop Q1 Earnings Preview

    GameStop Corp. (GME) is scheduled to report its first quarter results for fiscal 2015 on May 28. The company competes with other retailing giants such as Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) and Best Buy Co. Inc. (BBY) in the consumer electronics marketplace.


    The video game and entertainment software retailer reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter results for fiscal 2014 owing to disappointing hardware sales and negative foreign currency headwinds. GameStop’s Q4 adjusted earnings of $2.15 a share missed the consensus estimate by 2 cents, but grew 13.2% year-over-year. At the same time, revenues for the quarter came in at $3.47 million, missing the consensus estimate of $3.65 billion and declining 5.6% year-over-year. Moreover, consolidated comparable-store sales dropped 1.8% year-over-year, with revenues from new gaming hardware falling 30.2%. However, new gaming software saw growth in sales of 6.1% year-over-year. Following the results, GameStop projected sales growth in the range of -2% to 1% while comparable-store sales was expected to grow in the 2.5-5.5% range. GameStop also forecast earnings of $0.53-$0.60 a share for Q1 2015 and $3.60-$3.80 a share for the full fiscal 2015. Shares of GameStop are up 8.3% since the company’s last earnings report.

      


  • Strategic Partnership Between Daimler And Qualcomm To Produce Smarter Cars

    Today, car manufacturing companies and companies inventing wireless technologies must work together to merge their expertise so as to produce a unique final product. If you want vehicles that are equipped with wireless technology, a disciplined teamwork can help achieve the dream. This demand gave birth to a deal between Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) and Daimler AG (DDAIF) to develop connected vehicles. This partnership will let you enjoy cellular information and wireless car charging on the go. One day, you may be driving an electric vehicle that is always online without the need of plugging in.


    Key points collaborated between Daimler and Qualcomm

      


  • BlackBerry Downsizing Headcount For A Better Future

    BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY), a company based at Waterloo, Canada, is reducing the number of working employees across all its offices throughout the world. One of the biggest smartphone manufacturers is now aiming at merging its various business units such as hardware, software, and applications to strengthen its operations.


    Motive behind the action

      


  • TiVo Acquires Cubiware to Increase International Distribution


  • Charter Communications Gearing up To Acquire Time Warner Cable For $55.1 Billion

    Charter Communications, Inc. (CHTR) will shortly reveal its decision to purchase Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC), according to inside sources. The deal will be valued at $55.1 billion in stock as well as cash. After the deal is through, Charter will have a chance to increase its number of cable subscribers tremendously, with an increase of almost 12 million subscribers in U.S. cities. Tom Rutledge, CEO of Charter Communications, said that it was looking to complete the transaction just how it was planned. His teams are ensuring that the transaction would go about smoothly, he said. Shares of Time Warner Cable closed at $171.18 before the holiday weekend, after news spread that Charter would take over.


    Terms of takeover

      


  • NRG Energy Foresees Glittering Future For Solar Energy Projects

    David Crane, the visionary chief executive officer of NRG Energy (NRG), the prominent American energy company that is the largest independent electricity producer in the United States, predicts that soon the electric power industry will see a revolutionary turnaround driven by new technologies like rooftop solar installations and solar-powered batteries. Riding high on a prosperous first quarter in 2015, in a special interview, Crane compared the electricity sector today to the telecom industry of the '90s which underwent a drastic transformation with mobile telephony which completely wiped out the fixed line telephones with their trendy mobility and convenience. The competitive innovator whose company generates majority of its $3.8 billion revenue from generating electricity from conventional coal, nuclear plants and natural gas, foresees a transition into a new generation of smart living with homes and businesses powered by roof top solar panels and self-regulating batteries that are independent of the central grids.


    NRG’s energised first quarter of 2015

      


  • Fortress Group's Michael Novogratz Discusses What To Do When The Fed Starts Raising Rates

    There is a big shift in the markets coming. The question that needs answered is when.


    Bond yields are at historic lows. Interest rates are going to rise.

      


  • Canadian Ecommerce Companies Going Public On NYSE

    SHOPFY INC NPV SUB A (SHOP) experienced its welcome in New York Stock Exchange, as it set foot in the trading world of U.S. for the first time. The shares were surging more than 12% on last Friday morning. The shares experienced the trading near a $30 mark.


    What is SHOPFY?

      


  • Will BlackBerry Get Acquired By Microsoft?

    While rumours are agog about US-based technology mammoth Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) and Chinese smartphone manufacturers Xiaomi are looking to acquire Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY), no comments are heard from any of the companies confirming or denying these reports. Let us take a closer look at BlackBerry’s attempted turnaround, after suffering losses in the face of stifling competition from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and their iPhone and Google Inc. (GOOG) and their Android software for mobile devices.


    Last week, BlackBerry’s shares surged 2.04% during trading on Friday to close at $10.48, on the back of news of a proposed share buyback program. The company announced a share buyback, and cancellation, program for nearly 12 million shares over the upcoming 12 months. This is the first share buyback program authorized by the company in one year and is intended to cover an employee share buyback plan. This plan, which may potentially increase the number of shares available for reward, is subject to approval at the board meeting to be held in June this year.

      


  • GM Turns Down Fiat’s Merger Offer

    CEO Sergio Marchionne offers to consolidate two giants to cut costs, but GM CEO Mary Barra flatly turns down the offer


    As part of his attempt to merge two biggest Automobile giants, Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCAU) Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne sent an email to CEO Mary Barra, General Motors (GM), suggesting they combine the two companies to make one mega auto company, but unfortunately for Marchionne the offer was rejected, The New York Times reported on Saturday. Headed by Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler Automobile is the seventh-largest automobile manufacturer in the world with revenue of 96 billion pounds as of 2014.

      


  • Nokia Looking To Get More For ‘Here’

    On Friday 22 May 2015, Rajeev Suri, chief executive of Nokia (NOK), the Finnish communication technology giant fueled the rising interest in its mapping services "Here" by saying the company was in no rush to sell "Here" indicating dissatisfaction with the current crop of offers and expectations of higher bids by interested technology and automobile companies especially with the forthcoming self-driving car technology. He emphasizes that Nokia will sell this sophisticated technology only if the deal is suitably rewarding for the company as well as its shareholders and even said that a final sale may not even materialize if the price is not satisfactory. With major automobile giants citing self-driving cars as the next revolution, the state-of-the-art navigation technology facilitated by advanced digital maps on "Here" make it immensely appropriate for realizing this innovation and will most probably give an edge to the car manufacturer employing this proven technology. Nokia hopes to capitalize on the superior capability and growing popularity of its mapping asset which it fair valued at $2.2 billion and has been open to potential investors since its strategic review in April 15, already having received bids above $3 billion.


    The 'Here' story

      


  • Daimler – Qualcomm To Produce Connected Cars

    Germany’s Daimler AG (DDAIF) has declared its association with mobile technologies company Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) to work together on wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars along with recharging of electric cars without requiring cables.


    Joining the synergies

      


  • Campbell’s Trying Hard To Resurface To Popularity

    On May 22, the Campden, New Jersey-based American canned soup major, Campbell Soup Company (CPB) popularly called Campbell’s, surprised Wall street with a higher-than-expected quarterly profit although the sales figures were not so promising. The canned soup and related food Products Company is facing challenging times as consumers all over the world are avoiding canned soup. With diversifications in organic foods and baby products, the Soup giant is adapting to its difficult transition from a prominent canned soup producer to a health food products company with major cost-cutting initiatives and a somewhat low profile in the publicity arena. In spite of dipping sales, Campbell maintained its performance with last year’s standards by posting the adjusted profits for this quarter at 62 cents per share and slightly lower quarterly earnings of $182 million as compared to $184 million last year. These better-than-expected results higher than the 52 cents per share earning predicted by analysts boosted the fortunes of Campbell stock which closed at $47.91.


    Campbell’s profile

      


  • Amazon.com Steps Into Diversification Mode To Keep Competition At Bay

    Few e-commerce websites have the industry position and perception among customers like Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) does. Competitors like eBay Inc. (EBAY) and Zulily Inc. (ZU) have been unable to hold the kind of sway that Amazon.com has managed to garner. Last month, the e-commerce company beat revenue earnings estimates of $22.3 billion to make $22.7 billion in revenue in the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. It reported a 15% increase in sales, a 74% increase in operating income and 47% increase in operating cash flow. Breaking up the earnings report to announce financial results of retail segment separately and cloud business separately, cleared up the profitability of both segments for investors.


    Last week, analysts at Morgan Stanley (MS) revised Amazon.com’s target price up from $450 to $520, while maintaining an "Overweight" rating and their bullish view. The analysts claimed that the fiscal 2016 gross profit consensus outlook of 5% is too low. They believe that the $57 million net loss suffered in the first quarter so far is easily surmountable in the coming months of the year.

      


  • Actavis Stock – A Must Have For Long-Term Investors

    Actavis Plc. (ACT) founded in 1984 by Allen Chao and David Hsia is among the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world. The company has its administrative headquarters in New Jersey, United States and global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland with a total employee count of nearly 21,600. Actavis is a major pharmaceutical company focused on the developing, manufacturing and distributing generic and branded generic pharmaceutical products across the globe. The company became the third-largest generics pharmaceutical company following its merger with Watson Pharmaceuticals in a $5.9 billion deal. The company operates outside U.S. through Medis its third-party business which offers a broad portfolio of more than 200 generic pharmaceutical products.


    Factors favoring investment

      


  • Tiffany & Co Q1 – How Will It Go?

    Tiffany & Co. (TIF) is slated to reveal its first quarter results for fiscal 2015 on 27 May 2015. The company, which competes with Zale Corporation (ZLC) among others in the specialty retail industry and Blue Nile Inc. (NILE) in the consumer discretionary sector, had reported 4% slump in same-store sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, sending shares on a downward trend.


    For Q4 2014, Tiffany & Co posted earnings of $1.51 a share, marginally beating the consensus estimate of $1.50 a share. However, revenues came in at $1.29 billion, down 1% compared to the prior-year quarter and missing the consensus estimate of $1.31 billion. While a strong dollar was a key reason cited for the company’s lackluster performance, weak demand in Japan was also a contributing factor. For the full fiscal 2014, Tiffany saw global net sales rising 5% to $4.25 billion compared to $4.03 billion in FY2013. While worldwide comparable-store sales increased 4% on a constant currency basis, the figure dipped 2% compared to fiscal 2013 when the impact of currency fluctuations is taken into account. The company logged earnings of $484 million or $3.73 per diluted share, up from the previous fiscal’s $181 million or $1.41 per diluted share. Following the results, Tiffany & Co projected an around 30% decline in net earnings during Q1 2015 and a modest decline in Q2. However, the company said it expected to reverse the downward trend from the third quarter, with a double-digit percentage growth in net earnings being projected for the third and fourth quarters. Tiffany & Co shares are currently up 4.5% since the company’s last earnings report.

      


  • False Knowledge Fields

    Over the past several months, we have received many great questions from our readers. Some have been about specific companies, some about valuation processes, and some about general market trends. It's these last that produce the most conversation around the proverbial water cooler. With the market making all-time highs on a near daily basis, we are asked to opine on where we think prices and markets are headed in the future. We think this – along with other areas we categorize as "prognosticating mumbo jumbo" (that's a technical term) – can be highly expensive to investors who rely on our (or anyone else’s) judgments.


    False knowledge fields: A definition

      


  • This Warren Buffett Bargain Stock Is Good For A Double

    Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CBI) is an energy infrastructure-focused company that provides a whole list of services including design, engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and commissioning services.


      


  • Warren Buffett And Walmart

    A reader of my recent article about Walmart (WMT) made a comment about Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s (BRK.B) original purchase of the company’s shares back in 2005 (or at least in large enough size that it started being disclosed in Berkshire’s annual letter to shareholders). As I looked back at the data over the past decade, I found it quite interesting – and thought it would be worth discussing.


    Berkshire Hathaway and Walmart

      


  • Charter Communications To Merge With Time Warner For $55 Billion

    Charter Communications (CHTR) announced Tuesday that the company is acquiring Time Warner Cable (TWC) for $55 billion or nine times cash flow. This will be the largest acquisition on a price-to-cash-flow ratio the telecom industry has ever seen. When you include the debt from Time Warner that Charter is assuming, the deal is valued at $76 billion. When the deal is completed the new Charter will have 22 million consumers in 44 states and be the second largest TV and internet provider in the United States.


    Details of the deal

      


  • Chuck Royce keeps on buying INVE

    Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) is the president, co-chief investment officer and portfolio manager of Royce & Associates LLC, a hedge fund composed of 1233 stocks and that has a total value of $26,432 million.


    He recently increased his stake in Identiv Inc (INVE), a security technology company that provides trust solutions in the connected world, including premises, information and everyday items.

      


  • Starbucks is Offering a Yummy Menu to Its Investors

    Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) deals in specialty coffee worldwide. It has an array of products to offer – Starbucks, Teavana, Tazo, Seattle's Best Coffee, Evolution Fresh, La Boulange, Ethos, Starbucks VIA, Frappuccino, Starbucks Doubleshot, Starbucks Refreshers and Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites.


    Financial results

      


  • Economic Indicators Worth Watching: Trends in GNP

    The Gross National Product has been growing without any slowdown except for a single major interruption in 2009. An unprecedented single 3.9% decline in GNP that year suggested that something could be amiss with the U.S. economic engine. Such a large annual decrease has never occurred before. Was it merely a temporary break that should in no way diminish the confidence of investors in better stock market returns in the future?


    Market cap to GDP is a long-term valuation indicator that has become popular in recent years, thanks to Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio). Back in 2001 he remarked in a Fortune magazine interview that the GDP “…is probably the best single measure of where share valuations stand at any given moment."

      


  • Chuck Akre Invests in American Tower in First Quarter

    Guru Chuck Akre (Trades, Portfolio)’s only new buy in the first quarter – American Tower Corp (AMT) – was sufficient to make that stake the second-most valuable in his portfolio behind MasterCard Inc (MA).


    Akre, the founder, chairman and chief investment officer of Akre Capital Management in Middleburg, Virginia, is a proponent of the "three-legged stool" approach, which calls for examining business models, rates of return and reinvestment opportunities.

      


  • Ray Dalio increases his position in Exxon

    Ray Dalio (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder of Bridgewater Associates – one of the world's largest hedge fund with $165 billion in assets under management. Last quarter, he increased his stake in Exxon Mobil (XOM) buying 24,768 shares. As of March 31, 2015, he was holding 168,868 shares of the company. The following chart shows his holding history in the company.


      


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