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  • Dividend Growth Stocks for Intelligent Investors - July 2016

    Dividend Growth Stocks

    Dividend growth investing is a very popular approach which can fit within the ModernGraham methods. This article will look at companies reviewed by ModernGraham which have grown their dividends annually for at least the last 20 years.


  • Activision Has More Room To Run

    I have been bullish on Activision (NASDAQ:ATVI) for a few months and the stock has shot up about 30% in the meantime. Despite the strong upward movement, Activision may have more room to rum heading into the earnings report. Thus, I think investors should continue holding onto the stock.

    Activision is doing a great job


  • Here’s Why You Should Dump Tesla

    Tesla bulls have consistently sustained the stock’s overvaluation, however there are plenty of reasons to stay away from the stock. While Tesla’s overvaluation has sustained the test of time, I don’t think it will last long due to reasons mentioned below.

    Reduced guidance


  • The Yellen Fed Boost To Bank of America

    The Federal Reserve deliberated on its monetary policy after the shocking decision by Britain to leave the European Union last month. The overtone of the July 2016 FOMC meeting was bullish. The Fed wasn’t too concerned about the possible fallout of Brexit and we can attribute this to the smooth transition of power from David Cameron to Theresa May.

    For now, the world operates on the assumption that May has a game plan for an orderly exit of Britain which would take 2 years once they trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. In other words, Brexit is now a medium term concern and the EU did not disintegrate as feared earlier.


  • Yum Brands Looks Good After Q2 Earnings

    Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) reported better than expected second quarter results with adjusted earnings of $0.75 a share on $3.01 billion revenue against an expectation of $0.74 cents a share on revenue of 3.09 billion. Yum’s same store sales remained flat.

    Company chief executive, Greg Creed said in a statement: “Challenging industry conditions in the U.S. contributed to soft sales results. However, our three brand divisions in the aggregate delivered core operating profit growth largely in-line with our expectations and remain on track to deliver against their full-year core operating profit growth targets.” Here’s a look at Yum Brand’s Q2 earnings


  • General Motors Records Strong Q2 Results, Raises 2016 Outlook

    General Motors’ (NYSE:GM) prospects looks bright for the whole year as the company reported impressive second quarter results with sales and profit both rising. The automaker’s adjusted earnings surged 44% to $1.86 per share, ahead of analyst’s estimates by 34 cents. Net income for the quarter came in at $2.9 billion, or $1.81 a share, which is more than double the net income the company has registered last year second quarter. General Motors is getting strong prices for its high volume models such as Chevrolet Malibu, Cruze and Cadillac XT5 SUV. This has been one of the key contributors behind the company’s remarkable performance. Here’s a brief look at GM’s Q2 earnings.

    Snapshot of the quarter


  • Buy at the Right Pryce

    This week Pryce Corporation (PHS:PPC) of the Philippines reported an outstanding 45.85% profit growth in the first half of 2016, compared to last year’s. As a result, Mr. Asian Market reacted flat post-earnings announcement. According to Bloomberg data, Pryce has a trailing 12-month price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 9.7 times and price-to-sales ratio of 1.1 times with no dividend payouts since September 1995. In contrast, iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (EPHE) had a PE ratio of 22 times. Further, Pryce had returned an amazing 47% year to date.


  • Kimberly-Clark CEO Trims Holdings in Company

    Thomas Falk (Insider Trades), CEO and chairman of the board of Kimberly-Clark Corp. (KMB), sold 206,445 shares in the company on July 26. The 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 paper-based products for health, hygiene and well-being. The company has a market cap of $46.81 billion.


  • 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?


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