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  • Is it the Best Time to Book Profit on Advanced Micro Devices?

    Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) was almost flat in 2015, but the company has staged a marvellous performance this year. The stock is up over 230 percent year to date. The company faced many problems last year, as NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) crushed its GPU business, whereas its CPU business was hurt by Intel (NASDAQ:INTC).

    However, the company has successfully turned around its fate this year on the back of its new GPU architecture, Polaris. Moreover, the strong demand for gaming consoles -- Xbox One and PS4 aided the company to move upward, as SoCs manufactured by AMD were used in PS4 and Xbox One.


  • Lululemon Grows Higher After Recent Earnings Results

    Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) posted strong third quarter on 7th December, 2016. The company already beats on revenue and has updated its guidance. Its topline momentum is strong and it increased its margins.

    It is taking well defined steps to enhance profitability. The athletic apparel industry is dynamic and striving in this industry is tough. It is affected by seasonality as well. The sales soar in the holiday time of the year generally. So, we can expect a spike in sales during the end of the fourth quarter. Lululemon is constantly focused on building its brand image.


  • Why the Netflix Offline Option is Part of a Larger Growth Initiative

    Netflix announced last week that users can now download shows and movies using their account, a move which the company resisted for so many years, saying that streaming is the future.

    Downloads make a lot of difference from a user’s perspective.


  • Which Footwear and Apparel Maker Should You Invest In?

    Nike, Adidas and Under Armour are the top three footwear and apparel companies of the world, but even though these companies have been around for years, they hold a very small portion of the global market.

    In fact, the footwear and apparel markets are so fragmented that, rather than being able to create a duopoly or even triopoly, they have to share space with the myriad regional players in the mix. In all likelihood it will remain that way for a really long time because all three of these top players intend to stay put at the high end of both the footwear and the apparel segments, where revenue potential and margins are much higher.


  • Trading Lessons From The Great Stanley Druckenmiller

    The “greatest money making machine in history”, a man with “Jim Roger’s analytical ability, George Soros (Trades, Portfolio)’ trading ability, and the stomach of a riverboat gambler” is how fund manager Scott Bessent describes Stanley Druckenmiller (Trades, Portfolio). That’s high praise, but if you look at Druckenmiller’s track record, you’ll find it’s well deserved.

    Druck averaged over 30% returns the last three decades — impressive. But what’s even more astonishing is the lack of volatility… the guy almost never loses.


  • How to Value an Insurer or Using the S&P 500 as a Yardstick

    Someone who reads my blog ( emailed me this question:

    “How do you value insurance companies? Berkshire, Markel, Progressive...


  • How to Use Peers as a Check on the Tale Management is Telling You

    Someone who reads my blog ( emailed me this question:

    “As a private investor, I try to analyze those companies where I might find an informative advantage of any kind, and it is usually in micro, underfollowed companies where it is easier to find (while access to management is better). The problem with these companies is that information about their business model, their industry, their products, etc. is usually scarce, which makes talking to management quite necessary.


  • Facebook is Gushing with Cash

    Facebook, not so long ago, reported another blunder with its advertising metrics. To resolve this concern, the $333 billion social media giant initiated several procedures including cooperating with Nielsen, a renowned advertising agency. Although market reaction seems to be negligible, reviewing Facebook’s figures should be worthwhile.



  • 23 Questions with David Merkel of Aleph Investments

    1. How and why did you get started investing? What is your background?


  • Regime Change and the Clean Energy Contrarian

    The clean energy contrarian trade is coming. Coal, natural gas and crude oil producers are gaining traction relative to their competitors within the renewable space.

    Compare three ETFs: iShares Global Clean Energy ETF (NASDAQ:ICLN), VanECK Vectors Coal ETF (KOL) and the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP).


  • 52-Week Company Lows

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


  • MS Global Franchise Fund Boosts Holdings in 3rd Quarter

    MS Global Franchise Fund (Trades, Portfolio) added to more than two dozen positions in its portfolio in the third quarter. The fund’s top eight additions were as follows:

    The fund added to its position of Pernod Ricard SA (XPAR:RI), a Paris-based beverage company, by more than 40%, buying 68,398 shares for an average price of 102.98 euros ($110.66) per share. The transaction had a 1.05% impact on the portfolio.


  • Value Gurus, U.S. Funds Agree on Best ETFs

    Investors prided on their individual stock picking strategy sometimes cast their bet on lists of stocks others picked out, called ETFs. In the third quarter, the rare event that noted investors with a value slant agreed with large U.S. funds of all stripes occurred. The majority of both groups signaled that certain sector ETFs deserved their money more than all others.

    Index investing’s big moment has been fueled by lackluster active investing returns, high fees, regulation and a buoyant market. ETFs treat entire sectors like a stock but in a competition between the two leaders in each, a U.S. company trading on the S&P 500, itself an ETF of the broad market, would have won this year. NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ:NVDA), the highest returning stock year to date, soared 184.8%. The best-performing ETF, PureFunds ISE Junior Silver ETF (SILJ), followed on its heels with a 169.3% gain.


  • How Might Construction Spending Impact the Sherwin-Williams, Valspar Merger?

    The Census Bureau last week announced that construction spending rose in the month of October by 3.4% over last October’s figure. For the first 10 months of 2016, the seasonally adjusted annual construction spending estimate came in at $1.173 trillion, a 4.5% increase over the same 10-month period in 2015. Of this amount, spending on private construction came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $885.9 billion. Construction spending in the public sector came in at just under $287 billion.

    With construction spending on the rise, one wonders how the pending acquisition of Valspar (NYSE:VAL) by Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) may be affected.


  • PepsiCo: A Top Dividend Growth Stock for Long-Term Investors

    PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) is one of the best dividend growth stocks in the market and a core holding in our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio.

    The company has paid dividends for more than 50 years while rewarding shareholders with 44 consecutive dividend increases, making it a member of the exclusive Dividend Aristocrats list.


  • Large-Cap Stocks Reach New Highs on Wednesday

    U.S. market indexes were higher Wednesday, continuing gains for the week. The Dow Jones and S&P 500 reached new highs. For the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 19549.62 for a gain of 297.84 points or 1.55%. The S&P 500 closed at 2241.35 for a gain of 29.12 points or 1.32%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 5393.76 for a gain of 60.76 points or 1.14%. The VIX Volatility Index was higher for the day at 12.15 for a gain of 0.36 points or 3.05%.

    Wednesday’s market movers


  • 8.5% Yield Makes This 1 of the Highest-Yielding Dividend Achievers

    (Published Dec. 7)

    AmeriGas Partners (NYSE:APU) is in the utility sector. Investors typically associate utility stocks with high yields, and AmeriGas is certainly no exception.


  • Mawer: 3 Investing Lessons from 2016

    In a year that has kept everyone guessing and at times defied common sense, here are a few tried and true pearls of wisdom that can help take the guesswork out of investing in uncertain times.

    1. Put the odds in your favour by knowing what you don’t know


  • Pioneer Investments Continues to Buy Alibaba, 8 Others

    Pioneer Investments operates in wide areas of investment vehicles: mutual funds, single manager hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, structured products, segregated and managed accounts, institutional funds. In both the second and third quarters the guru bought shares in the following stocks:

    Targa Resources Corp. (TRGP)


  • Royce Funds: Small-Caps Enjoy Their Best November Yet

    The stock market went on quite a tear in the 3+ weeks immediately following the election, with the month of November especially beneficial for small-cap stocks.

    Before delving into what it all might mean for small-cap investors, here's a quick rundown to help contextualize just how dynamic a month it was:


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