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  • Is Ensco Worth Considering At Current Levels?

    For the offshore drilling industry, challenges are far from over and there are more stocks worth avoiding than buying in the industry. However, along with challenges, there are opportunities and several offshore drillers have provided robust returns in the medium-term after being beaten down to deep-value levels. This article will focus on Ensco (NYSE:ESV) with the stock having declined by 41% for YTD16. The discussion will focus on the backlog and the company’s credit health to conclude if Ensco is worth considering after the big correction.


    The first point that is worth noting is from a industry perspective and is as follows – Even at $40 to $50 per barrel oil, it is very likely that the offshore industry recovery will be slow and challenging conditions will sustain not only in 2016, but potentially through 2017.

      


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  • Hormel Foods makes for a Good Investment

    Company Overview: Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL) is primarily engaged in the production of a variety of meat and food products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry, and the marketing of those products throughout the U.S. and internationally. Hormel is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace.


    The company reported record second quarter with strong operating earnings. Strong results were also reflected in Refrigerated Foods and Grocery Products. The company raised its fiscal 2016 earnings guidance range.

      


  • Bullish Momentum Will Sustain For Antero Resources

    There has been some recovery in the energy industry in the recent past, but even when conditions were very challenging, there were few stocks that stood apart from peers. Antero Resources (NYSE:AR) is one stock that has continued to perform exceedingly well even in difficult times. This article discusses why positive momentum will sustain for the stock in the coming quarters. In line with this view, I believe that fresh exposure to this quality energy name can be considered at current levels.


    The first point that I want to focus on is the recent acquisition by Antero Resources and my view on the acquisition. On June 9, 2016, Antero Resources signed a definitive agreement with a third party to acquire approximately 55,000 net acres in the core of the Marcellus Shale for a consideration of $450 million. In addition, an agreement has been signed with another third party of additional 13,000 net acres and this translates into total acquisition of 68,000 net acres for $558 million.

      


  • Microsoft Earnings: Strong Upside Potential Despite Negative Growth

    Microsoft surprised many analysts with their Q4 earnings, which came out on July 19. Microsoft reported non-GAAP revenues of $22.6 billion and non-GAAP per share profit of $0.69 beating analyst estimates of $22.14 billion and $0.58. With stock movement after earnings results of late being extremely reliant on the deviation from analyst consensus estimates, Microsoft’s stock saw a nice jump for $53 to the current $56 levels.


    It would be a bit of an understatement to say that Microsoft fired on all cylinders, as the company posted some solid growth numbers on several products including search advertising and Windows OEM revenues.

      


  • One of the Best Dividend Aristocrats for Long-term Investors

    With more than four consecutive decades of dividend increases, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) is one of my favorite dividend aristocrats.

      


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  • Skechers' Insiders Sold Stock Before Disappointing Q2 Results

    Skechers (NYSE:SKX), the maker of fashion and casual footwear, fell 22% to $24.99 per share on Friday after releasing Q2 2016 results. Skechers’ earnings missed the Zacks’ estimate of 61 cents per share coming in at 48 cents per diluted share. Q2 revenue came in at $877.8 million. The stock has fallen 17% year to date. Investors were especially disappointed with the company’s domestic sales which accounts for roughly 37% of overall revenue. Domestic wholesale net sales fell 5.4% in the second quarter vs the same quarter last year. In contrast, international sales showed strength as they increased by 25.5% or $61.6 million in the second quarter or 37.2% and $196 million for the first six months of 2016.


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  • Phillips 66: Time to Bail Out?

    Bloomberg recently released figures that are possibly ominous to oil refiners. According to the news agency, earnings in the oil industry this second quarter will turn out to be brighter. This is possible because of the lower oil prices in the quarter that led to better margins for the oil-refining business. This better margin attracted much production in the refinery products that eventually led to a glut. Specifically, global refining margins were at $13.80 a barrel in the second quarter and at $11.40 in July.


      


  • JPMorgan Chase & Co is Significantly Undervalued

    Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk. This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company or by reviewing the 10 Companies Benjamin Graham Would Invest In Today - July 2016. By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company's historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries. What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.


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  • Van Den Berg Made 6 New Buys in 2nd Quarter

    Arnold Van Den Berg (Trades, Portfolio), who founded Century Management more than 40 years ago, invested in half a dozen new buys in the second quarter. Most of Van Den Berg’s new buys were in health care-related companies, but his largest was not.


    The largest was Van Den Berg’s purchase of a 323,733-share stake in Liberty Media Corp. (NASDAQ:LSXMK), a Colorado-based mass media company. Van Den Berg paid an average price of $31.35 per share in a deal that had a 1.67% impact on the guru’s portfolio.

      


  • Dividend Investors Should Research These 10 Stocks - July

    There are a number of great companies in the market today. By using the ModernGraham Valuation Model, I've selected 10 undervalued companies for the Enterprising dividend stock investor. These companies have the highest dividend yields among the undervalued companies reviewed by ModernGraham, which are suitable for Enterprising Investor according to the ModernGraham approach.


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

      


  • Simple Stock Valuations Using the Enterprise Multiple

    Ever wonder how you can value a stock quickly and easily? You can by using the enterprise multiple to get an approximate value for a stock. More precision does not always equate to the best decisions. Sometimes simple solutions are all you need. As Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) says, “It is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong.”


    What is the enterprise multiple?

      


  • Bristol-Myers a Strong Biopharma Pick

    Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) is a global biopharma company firmly focused to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines to patients with serious diseases. Around the world, their medicines help millions of people in their fight against such diseases as cancer, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and rheumatoid arthritis. 


    The company’s first quarter results witnessed strong sales growth. There was a significant progress in bringing the promise of Immuno-Oncology across multiple types of cancer to patients. The company increased its GAAP EPS guidance.

      


  • Union Pacific Is a Long-Term Stock

    Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) is one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is North America's premiere railroad franchise, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the U.S. The railroad’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal.


    Founded in 1862, Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

      


  • Amazon 2nd Quarter Preview: Will AWS Keep Its Lead in Cloud?

    Amazon will be reporting its second quarter earnings on July 28. The first quarter earnings results was so good that the stock popped from $600 to $683 in a few days after the results came out, and it has continued its upward momentum since then, trading near $750 in the last few days.


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  • Can Twitter Dig Itself Out of the Hole?

    Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) has lost a lot of shine in social media circles, especially from an investor’s point of view. There was a time when Twitter and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) used to be in the same sentence when investors discussed social media. Then Facebook started moving at breakneck speed, increasing its product portfolio, revenues, user base - and most importantly, its bottom line profitability.


    Twitter’s revenue grew as well, from $28 million in 2010 to $2.2 billion in 2015, but its losses widened, too, from $67 million to $521 million during the same period. Facebook on the other hand reported $17.92 billion in revenues in 2015 with nearly $3.7 billion in profits.

      


  • Home Depot and Lowe’s: The Home Improvement Dividend Play

    Home Depot (NYSE: HDand Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) are two companies that are sitting on top of the home improvement world. Together, these companies netted annual combined revenues of $147 billion last year and command a market capitalization of $240 billion. More importantly, these companies control the home improvement market in the U.S., creating a duopoly that will stay in control for a long time.


    Let’s take a look at various aspects of these businesses to see how strong and resilient they really are.

      


  • Visa and MasterCard: Ideal Long-Term Dividend Plays

    Sitting pretty at the top of the general purpose payment card industry are two of the most “weather-proof” companies in the world - Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Together, they control more than 80% of the industry and although they’ve lost some market share over the past year or so, they remain the two largest players in this space.


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  • GE Improves Sales, Beats Estimates

    General Electric (NYSE:GE) reported its second quarter earnings on July 23. The firm’s earnings report beat both revenue and earnings estimates for the quarter, while also significantly improving sales and EPS.


    Revenue for the second quarter was $33.5 billion, beating analysts’ average earnings estimate by $1.74 billion. Sales revenue for the quarter was up 14.6% from the comparable quarter. EPS for the quarter was 51 cents, beating analysts’ average estimate by 5 cents and increasing 65% from the comparable quarter.

      


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