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  • Weekly CEO Sells Highlight: Groupon Inc, El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, and Chemtura Corp.

    According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these are the largest CEO sales during the past week: Groupon Inc, El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, and Chemtura Corp.

    Groupon Inc (GRPN): CEO, 10% Owner Eric P Lefkofsky sold 454,166 Shares  


  • Why SunPower's Impressive Momentum Will Continue

    SunPower (SPWR) is making tremendous progress in the commercial footprint. For example, the company had recently declared that it has in place a purchase agreement of 68 megawatts with 20 years PPA signed with Stanford University. This is one of the largest PPAs signed by a U.S college or university upon completion. This project will supply more than 50% of their projected annual electricity needs.


    Catalysts to watch

      


  • Audience: This Technology Stock Is a Smart Investment

    In 2015, Audience (ADNC) has appreciated impressively. The company has diversified itself within the Samsung universe, it has landed design wins at several Chinese smartphone companies, and has converted itself into a multisensory processing technology supplier by acquiring Sensor Platforms.


    Now, it looks like Audience is set for growth in the long-term, as the company has found a footing in several growth markets, has strong product development, and possesses strong fundamentals.

      


  • Whole Foods Market: Why Investors Need to Consider This Stock for Long-Term Gains

    Whole Foods Market (WFM) recently released impressive results for the second quarter 2015. The company cheered the investors with solid sales growth and healthy returns. However, the revenue fell short of consensus estimates marginally, which it thinks will recover in the upcoming quarters. The results are solid and the past stock performance also indicates that the investors are taking these results positively, and, on the back of it, it is expected to gain market share in future. But, things doesn’t seem so easy for Whole Foods Market as it is facing stiff competition with the low price retailers.


    To fight this, Whole Foods Market is undertaking several strategies which will we discuss in detail later. Let us have a look at the overall business and can it be a good investment option as compared to its competitors such as Kroger and Wal-Mart which also moving impressively in the market.

      


  • Why Vale Can Rebound Going Forward

    Vale (VALE) had a sluggish start to fiscal 2015. The company is struggling due to a weak iron industry. Vale is however pleased with the results, as its net loss narrowed as compared to the last year. It clearly states that Vale with good operational excellence is advancing forward to be profitable in such soft market.


    The company is also worried about the declining market share. However, in the recent results, Vale displayed its optimism for better future by narrowing the loss. This attracted investors as its shares gained 4.6% in the recent quarters. On the back of it, the company believes that narrower than expected, loss and optimistic business outlook will surely help it to retain investor’s confidence in future. Let us see in detail.

      


  • Why Investors Should Be Cautious About Enerplus in the Short Run

    Enerplus (ERF) had a solid first quarter. Not on this, but the company has also maintained a solid production rate which enabled it to see a good 14% growth in the fund flow. But there is another side of the coin as well. Despite good performance in the recently reported quarter the company is continuously losing market share main due to falling oil prices. Due to this softness in the market the investors are conservative about their spending in such a market and even solid financial performance by the company failed to impress them.


    If we look at the five year share performance, the stock has been continuously falling and even now is trading close to its 52-week low. But the management thinks that it can overcome these headwinds and a strong balance sheet can help it gain market share in future. In addition, Enerplus is also having good hedging initiatives that can also support its growth. Let us have a look.

      


  • Fuel Systems Solutions: A Good Bet to Profit From Alternative Fuels

    Fuel Systems Solutions (FSYS) failed to impress with a its poor first quarter results for fiscal 2015, clearly indicating the impact of continued challenges in automotive and industrial end markets, due to troll in the oil pricing, which has affected the demand. The poor performance in the first quarter disappointed many investors resulting in the loss of market share as well.


    The past stock performance for five years is also not so impressive, and, the trends in the market are indicating further drop in the market share in future. Fuel Systems has to look out for some ways to maintain profitability and hold a competitive edge in the market. It is in fact carrying out some impressive moves which are expected to help it in this in long run. Let us have a look.

      


  • F5 Networks: A Strong Product Range Makes This Stock a Good Bet

    F5 Networks' (FFIV) strong second quarter results for fiscal 2015 clearly indicate the happening growth in the technology industry. The company was impressive with good year over year growth in the revenue mainly due to the contribution from the rebound of total dollar deals greater than $1 million. However, F5’s sales growth in EMEA and APAC disappointed the investors with a marginal decline. The management thinks dollar fluctuation to be a key reason behind this decline. There are many other bright spots that F5 has pin pointed, and, is working to grow its performance in future. Let us have a closer look.


    The catalysts

      


  • This Homebuilder Can Deliver Upside Due to Its Strong Backlog

    Ryland Group (RYL) closed the fiscal year 2014 on a positive notes. Significant growth in new community openings, Better unit closings and accelerated average selling price for homes during the fourth-quarter increased its revenue by 25% over the same period in 2013. Its gross profit margins improved by 40 bps leading to 210 bps growth in homebuilding pre-tax margins. These improving trends suggest better growth momentum for Ryland Group in 2015.


    Why the company will improve

      


  • This Oil and Gas Company Is a Good Buy

    Encana (ECA) has quickly resized its organizational structure by optimizing its workforce by approximately 25% and gained nearly $150 million of sustainable capital, administrative and operating expenditure savings.


    Encana invested about 86% of its 2014 capital in seven development assets and in line with its continued commitment to deliver superior margin production. Earlier in 2013, it had nearly 28 assets and continued to reduce them while delivering on its commitment. This key focus enabled it to generate approximately $400 million of free cash flow during 2014. Encana plans to strengthen this key focus in 2015 as well and invest approximately 95% of its capital on the development assets.

      


  • Goldcorp's Recent Recovery Is Set to Continue

    Amidst a depressing commodity market Goldcorp (GG) continues its sluggish performance even as it reported its fourth quarter result. The stock had risen considerably since it touched its 52-week low in December, but gave up all its gains after the miner posted a wider than expected loss during the previous quarter. In spite of these headwinds we must not forget the strong fundamentals it has along with the strength in its asset portfolio. Let’s have detailed look into all the factors that could impact its movement in the days ahead.


    Strategies worth watching

      


  • Investors Need to Consider This Coal Company for the Long Run

    The increasing utility regulation coupled with low natural gas prices and gradually declining Chinese coal imports have made things tough for coal price recovery and demand across the world for many coal miners. Amidst this tough scenario Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) is doing the right things to build strong liquidity position through various measures such as sales of its non-core assets, costs-cutting initiatives and productivity improvement processes. These actions will help the company to remain stable in the short-run until the demand and price recovers.


    The way forward

      


  • Why Abraxas Petroleum Is Well-Positioned for Long-Term Gains

    Considering Abraxas Petroleum's (AXAS) operations in North Dakota, it lately concluded the drilling of four key wells to approximately 21,000 feet each located on the Jore Federal West pad in a record reduced cost and record time.


    Abraxas has approximately a 76% operational interest in these key wells and hence, they have a major effect on the company’s profitability. The company-captured drilling rig, Raven Rig, is shifting to middle Bakken well and one three-well Northwest pad for two Three Forks, where Abraxas is estimated to have an interest of approximately 60%. There are declining costs in North Dakota and are believed to further reduce in the near future.

      


  • Dividend Stock Analysis: Deere & Company (DE), Warren Buffett, & 2nd Quarter Results

    Deere & Company (DE) has been a Top 10 dividend stock using The 8 Rules of Dividend Investing for all of 2015. The company’s stock gained over 4% yesterday on better-than-expected earnings.


    Deere & Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of farming machinery. The company was founded in 1837 and has paid steady or increasing dividends for 27 consecutive years.

      


  • Ken Fisher Loves these Two Dividend Payer Banks

    In this article, let's take a look at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), the $246.68 billion market cap company, which has recently announced a dividend hike.


    Returning Wealth

      


  • Investors may Consider Snap-On

    Founded in 1920, Snap-on Inc. (SNA) is a $3.3 billion, S&P 500 company, headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education.


    Geographically, it stretches over the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, France, Sweden, Spain, the Russian Federation, Brazil, China, Italy, the Netherlands, Argentina, Indonesia, Denmark, Norway, Mexico and India.

      


  • 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.


    Quarterly results and more

      


  • 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

      


  • 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

      


  • Richard Perry initiates a Position in Micron

    Richard Perry (Trades, Portfolio) co-founded private investment management firm Perry Capital LLC in 1988, which manages about $14 billion as of Aug. 2008. Prior to 1988, Mr. Perry worked in a number of capacities at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He also was an adjunct associate professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

    Last quarter, Richard Perry (Trades, Portfolio) initiated a position in Micron Technology (MU) buying 5,730,000 shares of the company. Micron Technology is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. The company manufacture and market a full range of DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory, as well as other innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, automotive, industrial, embedded and mobile products. The company markets its products through its internal sales force, independent sales representatives and distributors primarily to Original Equipment Manufacturers ("OEMs") and retailers located around the world.  


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