CE : Analysis & Opinions

  1. Weak PC Growth And Slow Mobile Penetration Weighing On Microsoft

    April 19, 2013
    Microsoft is still not delivering what tech investors really want, but the value looks real.
  2. Stick With “Bond-Like Stocks”

    April 19, 2013
    By betting on large-cap stocks that pay healthy growing dividends, portfolios should be able to navigate whatever the market ...
  3. Thermo Steps Up And Seals A Deal For Life Technologies

    April 19, 2013
    Speculation has been all over the place for an M&A with LifeTech, but the final announcement is consistent with my expectations.
  4. Mediocre Performance Clouding BB&T's Long-Term Value

    April 18, 2013
    I remain quite positive on BB&T shares, though I am more bullish than most sell-side analysts.
  5. Fairway Group Gets The Green

    April 18, 2013
    Grocery store chain Fairway Group (Nasdaq:FWM) sold 16.7 million shares at $13 in its IPO debut April 16. In its first day ...
  6. Nokia Still Straddling Fault Lines

    April 18, 2013
    Nokia Still Straddling Fault Lines by Stephen D. Simpson, CFA Roughly 18 months into his tenure as the CEO of Nokia (NYSE:NOK), ...
  7. Broad Weakness Makes It Harder To Like St. Jude Today

    April 18, 2013
    Although I do believe the long-term expectations for St. Jude are increasingly beatable, this could be a frustrating stock ...
  8. Dover May Be Bottoming, But The Street's Already Thinking Recovery

    April 18, 2013
    Dover management is continuing to make the case that results will improve in the second half of 2013. Remember that while ...
  9. Three Ways To Short Gold

    April 18, 2013
    Investor enthusiasm for gold has been falling by the wayside. For portfolios, that could mean it's time to short the metal. ...
  10. Investors Seem To Be Overrating Bank Of America

    April 17, 2013
    In any case, I think U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo offer more upside from today's levels than Bank of America.
  11. The “Healthy” Play In Contract Research Organizations

    April 17, 2013
    The pharmaceutical industry is under pressure to do more with less. That means it will be farming out many of is mundane ...
  12. Intel – A Bond's Downside And A Stock's Upside?

    April 17, 2013
    With only decent earnings being reported, Intel must reignite growth to see meaningful capital appreciation.
  13. CSX Adapting To New Realities

    April 17, 2013
    It wasn't long ago at all that the rails seemed to have things pretty much all going their way. Better management was producing ...
  14. Joh. A Benckiser Looks To Corner The Coffee Market

    April 17, 2013
    Joh. A Benckiser is paying a huge price for the European coffee maker. What does this mean for the rest of the world's coffee ...
  15. Pharma Is Doing All The Pulling For Johnson & Johnson

    April 17, 2013
    Although JNJ reported decent earnings and has some major new drugs lined up - downside risk is definitely still present.
  16. Sinclair Broadcast Buying Binge Continues

    April 16, 2013
    Sinclair Broadcast Group strenghtened its bench in the Pacific Northwest April 11 with the announcement of its $373 million ...
  17. Comerica Looks Like A Slow-Coiling Spring

    April 16, 2013
    With interest rates so low, loan demand pretty sluggish, and regulations chewing into once-lucrative sources of income, most ...
  18. U.S. Bancorp Is Strong But Needs Growth

    April 16, 2013
    As is the case at other regional/super-regional banks like Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp looks undervalued today provided you're ...
  19. On Track With Volumes And Margins, Coca-Cola Refreshes

    April 16, 2013
    Coca-Cola offers something almost like a hybrid of stock and bond, but investors need to be OK with its valuation.
  20. Russian Stocks Are Cheap- But They Won’t Stay That Way

    April 16, 2013
    Russia has been a disappointment over the last few years, but the nation’s equities could be one of the best bargains right ...
  21. Infosys Struggling To Make The Changes

    April 15, 2013
    The unsatisfying results that Infosys has reported recently, combined with pretty non-specific guidance, has created a pretty ...
  22. Citigroup Looking More Like A Normal Big Bank These Days

    April 15, 2013
    With its first full quarter with new CEO Michael Corbat in charge now in the books, Citigroup (NYSE:C) continues to make ...
  23. A Powerful Triple Play In Irrigation

    April 15, 2013
    Water use for agriculture continues to rise at extreme levels, but which companies are the top plays for this trend?
  24. Core Growth At Wells Fargo Is Weak, But The Multiple Doesn't ...

    April 12, 2013
    Wells Fargo is growth-challenged today, but that's creating a long-term buying opportunity in the shares.
  25. Zumiez Does Better Than Expected

    April 12, 2013
    Zumiez's stock jumped more than 13% April 10 on news its March same-store sales increased 2.1%. Analysts were expecting a ...
  26. Bank Of The Ozarks Continues To Build Value

    April 12, 2013
    Bank of the Ozarks deserves its premium, as it continues to demonstrate a rare combo of growth and quality.
  27. Goldman Sachs Gets Into The Loan Business

    April 12, 2013
    Goldman Sachs’ decides to list a piece of Liberty Harbor Capital subsidiary as a BDC.
  28. J.B. Hunt's Bigger Challenge Today: Expectations Not Operations, ...

    April 12, 2013
    J.B. Hunt is a good growth story and a well-run company, but valuation is steep.
  29. Dominion Diamond Goes Shopping - Should You?

    April 12, 2013
    These are exciting times in diamond mining, is it time to buy?
  30. Titan Machinery's Margin Problem

    April 12, 2013
    Revenue growth is still great, but Titan's margin issues threaten the long-term model
  31. Fortinet Stumbles, Making Tech Investors Very Insecure

    April 11, 2013
    Does Fortinet's warning bode poorly for other IT companies?
  32. Thirst For Data Drives This Stock

    April 11, 2013
    The rising need for more and faster data processing technology is propelling a potential resurgence in a sought-after company.
  33. Progressive Improving Quality At The Expense Of Growth

    April 11, 2013
    Progressive is still a fine insurance company, but the growth premium seems overdone today.
  34. Weak Metalworking Rusting MSC Industrial's Growth Outlook

    April 11, 2013
    Long underestimated, MSC is still priced attractively.
  35. Find Income and Growth In Emerging Market Bonds

    April 10, 2013
    Offering both growth and income potential, emerging market debt could be one of the best plays for your portfolio.
  36. Slowing Sales At Fastenal Not Denting Investor Enthusiasm ... ...

    April 10, 2013
    Fastenal's growth is definitely slowing, but the multiples haven't really shrunk yet.
  37. ADTRAN Looks To Rebound From A Pretty Miserable 2012

    April 10, 2013
    ADTRAN badly needs the long-awaited carrier spending recovery to unlock its value.
  38. SeaWorld IPO Looks To Raise $500 Million: Should You Buy?

    April 10, 2013
    On April 8 Blackstone filed an IPO registration statement amendment that ups the original $100 million amount to as much ...
  39. AngioDynamics Still Struggling To Get Back On Track

    April 10, 2013
    Ongoing revenue growth struggles and eroding market share is making the deep-value case harder at AngioDynamics.
  40. GE Pays Up To Get Into Another Attractive Energy Business

    April 9, 2013
    GE is taking a deep dive into artificial lifts with a high-priced acquisition of Lufkin Industries.
  41. For Alcoa, It Can Still Get Worse Before It Gets Better

    April 9, 2013
    Alcoa's productivity is impressive, but industry oversupply is a huge problem.
  42. Will Japan Be A Ray Of Sunshine For The Solar Industry?

    April 9, 2013
    There may be a ray of sunshine for the beleaguered sector. Japan’s search for alternatives to nuclear energy has helped boost ...
  43. Valero Stockholders: Should You Keep The Spin-Off Shares?

    April 8, 2013
    Spin-off's have a history of performing well in the first months of going public, but will this be the case for Valero?
  44. F5 Networks Takes Another Whirl In The Tech Spin-Cycle

    April 5, 2013
    F5's guidance adds more fuel to the tech bear bonfire.
  45. Is Lululemon's Chief Product Officer to Blame For Sheer Debacle?

    April 5, 2013
    Lululemon announced April 3 that Chief Product Officer Sheree Waterson was leaving the company as of April 15. Assigning ...
  46. RPM's Performance Isn't Perfect, But Continues To Generate Cash ...

    April 5, 2013
    RPM's performance was okay, but the valuation seems to be ahead of the stock.
  47. With Fracking It’s All About Water Management

    April 5, 2013
    It takes an awfully large amount of water to frack an oil and gas well these days. Given the growth projections for production ...
  48. Schnitzer's Results Are Better, But The Challenges Are Still ...

    April 4, 2013
    Even with a sequential improvement in volumes and margins, Schnitzer faces significant long-term challenges to its business. ...
  49. Boeing 787 Gets Vote Of Confidence

    April 4, 2013
    International Airlines Group has booked 18 of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. Will the order be enough of a boost to keep its stock ...
  50. Samsung Stores A No-Risk Opportunity For Best Buy

    April 4, 2013
    Will new mini-Samsung stores rejuvenate Best Buy and threaten Apple?
  51. A Thick Order Book Is Only Part Of The Story For Greenbrier

    April 4, 2013
    Good order flow at Greenbrier doesn't answer long-term margin and economic return questions.
  52. Global Payments Still Feeling An Uncomfortable Squeeze

    April 3, 2013
    Global Payments' struggles create an opportunity, but beware of the long-term changes to the industry.
  53. Hope Seems To Outshine Reality At Acuity Brands

    April 3, 2013
    Acuity's near a 52-week high, but expectations seem high relative to margin and ROIC prospects.
  54. A Big Bet On Cyber Security

    April 3, 2013
    As computers, cloud computing and data networks continue to be a part of our everyday lives, protecting them is quickly becoming ...
  55. Goldman Sachs Cuts Hewlett-Packard to $16: Time To Jump Ship?

    April 3, 2013
    Goldman Sachs issued a target price of $16 on Hewlett-Packard's stock April 2. At the same time it cut its rating on the ...
  56. Monsanto Looks A Bit Vulnerable At Current Levels

    April 3, 2013
    Monsanto beat expectations, but they could have done better.
  57. The Market May Be Overestimating Adecoagro's Risks

    April 2, 2013
    Volatile farming results and worries about Argentina have pushed Adecoagro shares well below the value of the company's land. ...
  58. A Slimmed Down Vestas Hopes For More Than Just Survival

    April 2, 2013
    Vestas is clearly struggling, but may just manage to do more than survive.
  59. Natural Gas: A Big Win For Israel And Its Producers

    April 2, 2013
    While it’s a tech powerhouse, the natural gas game is quickly changing Israel’s economy for the good. The recent prolific ...
  60. Verizon, AT&T And Vodafone – Here We Go Again

    April 2, 2013
    A popular rumor gets new life with word that AT&T may help Verizon facilitate a buyout of Vodafone.
  61. Pinnacle Foods Gains 11% In IPO Debut--Now What?

    April 2, 2013
    Blackstone Group brought Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF) to market March 28. The maker of Vlasic pickles and other well known brands ...
  62. McCormick Continues To Defy Gravity

    April 2, 2013
    McCormick's consumer volume growth looks great, but the valuation seems to preclude real gains from here.
  63. So Who’s Right On Cliffs Natural Resources?

    March 28, 2013
    Iron ore and coal producer Cliffs Natural Resources has faced downgrade after downgrade in the face of fallen commodity prices ...
  64. Red Hat's Valuation Looks More Reasonable, But Expectations Could ...

    March 28, 2013
    While Red Hat's model doesn't generate much leverage, the revenue growth is still looking solid.
  65. Lindsay Corp Still Reaping The Benefits Of The Drought

    March 28, 2013
    Lindsay is still seeing significant drought-related growth, but how much longer can it last?
  66. Walmart's Cupboard Lies Bare

    March 28, 2013
    Bloomberg ran an article March 26 suggesting Walmart is losing market share due to disorganized stores. Specifically, it ...
  67. Sonic Still In A Tricky Spot

    March 27, 2013
    Sonic still can't seem to get back in a sales growth groove.
  68. The Lodging Sector Finally Rebounds

    March 27, 2013
    After being commercial real estate’s whipping boy since the Great Recession, the lodging sector is finally beginning to bounce ...
  69. Buffett And Goldman Sachs Do Sweetheart Deal

    March 27, 2013
    Goldman Sachs announced March 26 that it will issue to Berkshire Hathaway in October the number of shares equal to Warren ...
  70. Schulze Plus Joly Equals Success?

    March 26, 2013
    Best Buy founder Richard Schulze announced March 25 that he was dropping his bid for the company and rejoining the board ...
  71. Higher Petrobras CAPEX Spending Is Great News For FMC Technologies

    March 25, 2013
    At current prices, oil service stock FMC Technologies isn’t necessarily cheap. But as the number one supplier for the energy ...
  72. BP's Moves On Russian Front Look To Pay Dividends

    March 23, 2013
    Does the news of BP's repurchase program make the stock more attractive? Let's take a look.
  73. The Week Ahead: Did Wall Street Strategists Jinx Stocks

    March 22, 2013
    Increasingly daring market forecasts should unpleasantly remind savvy investors of the exuberance of Y2K, and the truth is ...
  74. Nike Continues To Just Do It

    March 22, 2013
    Nike seems nearly immune to thinner consumer wallets.
  75. Is it Time To See Through Lululemon?

    March 20, 2013
    Lululemon has pulled 17% of its women's bottoms due to a quality problem. It turns out that its latest batch of black luon ...
  76. ETFs Loaded With Low Price-To-Cash-Flow Ratios

    March 14, 2013
    Stocks having a low price to cash flow ratio outperform those with a high ratio 78% of the time. Here are some stocks that ...
  77. The Ultimate Guide To Currency ETF Trading

    March 14, 2013
    Want a simpler way to invest in the forex market? Currency ETFs give you just that!
  78. Visual Guide To Investing In Preferred Stock ETFs

    March 14, 2013
    Preferred stock ETFs have become a big hit with some investors. Find out why!
  79. How The ETF Fee War Benefits Investors

    February 28, 2013
    High fees are one of the main ways investor's underperform the market.
  80. The Top 5 Actively-Managed ETFs

    February 27, 2013
    We got over some of the more popular actively-managed ETFs that are currently out there.
  81. Got A Commodity ETF? Watch Out For Contango!

    February 27, 2013
    With more investors seeking commodity exposure through ETFs, being familia with the concept of contango is critical.
  82. ETFs For Alternative Asset Classes

    February 25, 2013
    The continued growth in ETF adoption will only help strengthen the funds structure for these assets outside of bonds and ...
  83. 4 High Yielding Junk Bond ETFs

    February 25, 2013
    High-yield bonds have more default risk than investment-grade bonds, and that's why using an ETF might be the responsible ...
  84. Steady Progress And Unappreciated Value At MetLife

    February 18, 2013
    MetLife is still making steady improvements, but the stock doesn't reflect it.
  85. BlackBerry Nears VoIP Deal in UAE - Analyst Blog

    February 15, 2013
    As per media reports Blackberry Limited (BBRY) is on the verge of signing an agreement with the telecom carriers in United ...
  86. Agilent Misses, Guidance Disappoints - Analyst Blog

    February 15, 2013
    Agilent Technologies' A) fiscal first quarter earnings per share of 63 cents missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4 cents, ...
  87. Time for Inverse Bond ETFs? - ETF News And Commentary

    February 15, 2013
    With the major U.S. stock indexes hovering around their all time highs, it can be safely argued that risk on attitude has ...
  88. The Natural Gravity of the Stock Market - Weekend Wisdom

    February 15, 2013
    Even in the remotest corner of the world, everyone understands the law of gravity. When you drop something...it will fall ...
  89. Strayer Beats, but Down Y/Y - Analyst Blog

    February 15, 2013
    Strayer Education Inc. (STRA) recently posted fourth quarter 2012 earnings of $1.47 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus ...
  90. Earnings Preview: Medtronic - Analyst Blog

    February 15, 2013
    Leading medical devices company Medtronic (MDT) is scheduled to report its first quarter fiscal 2013 results before the market ...
  91. L-3 Comm Kept at Neutral - Analyst Blog

    February 15, 2013
    We maintain a Neutral recommendation on L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL) reflecting our concerns regarding the loss ...
  92. Fitch Reviews Regional Banks - Analyst Blog

    February 15, 2013
    Recently, Fitch Ratings concluded the peer review of 16 mid-tier regional banks. The group includes banks with total assets ...
  93. Banks Sued over LIBOR Manipulations - Analyst Blog

    February 15, 2013
    At the time when several  banks are already facing regulatory probes for involvement in manipulating LIBOR rates, a  N.Y.-based ...
  94. NetApp Seems Stupid-Cheap

    February 15, 2013
    NetApp's valuation seems to expect a disastrous future. Fair value on NetApp shares seems to be in the mid-$50s.
  95. Fifth & Pacific's Bill McComb Looks To Kate Spade For Ultimate ...

    February 15, 2013
    Recent rumors suggest that FNP will sell Juicy Couture and Lucky Brand Jeans. The company's best hope lies in its Kate Spade ...
  96. Whole Foods Disappoints, Comes A Little Closer To Value

    February 15, 2013
    Despite another disappointing quarter, Whole Foods has the potential to produce double-digit revenue growth for the next ...
  97. Cliffs Natural Resources Needs Another Iron Ore Boom

    February 15, 2013
    Cliffs' high costs are a major issue if iron ore prices stagnate.
  98. CONMED Beats 4Q Estimates - Analyst Blog

    February 15, 2013
    CONMED Corporation (CNMD), a medical technologies and surgical devices company, reported fourth-quarter 2012 adjusted earnings ...
  99. Nestle A Little Light On Results, Heavy On Valuation

    February 15, 2013
    Nestle is a premium performer and priced like it.
  100. Aixtron Is A Volatile Way To Play LED Growth

    February 15, 2013
    Aixtron will benefit from a surge in LED lighting, but it isn't known when that will happen.
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