Saturday, November 30, 2013

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2014

It seems that every day a new press release comes out about a big oil or gas discovery, and increasingly these announcements have one thing in common: All the finds are in offshore fields.

As offshore exploration and development increase, oilfield service companies are in high demand. In this video, contributor Aimee Duffy talks to Tyler Crowe about how offshore production has affected oilfield service companies, and what investors can expect going forward.

National Oilwell Varco is perhaps the safest investment in the energy sector due to its industry-dominating market share. This company is poised to profit in a big way; its customers are both increasing the number of new drilling rigs and updating aging fleets of offshore rigs. To help determine whether it could be a good fit for your portfolio, you're invited to check out The Motley Fool's premium research report featuring in-depth analysis on whether NOV is a buy today. For instant access to this valuable investor's resource, simply click here now to claim your copy.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2014: Goldman Sachs Group Inc.(The)

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Its Investment Banking segment offers financial advisory, including advisory assignments with respect to mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate defense, risk management, restructurings, and spin-offs; and underwriting securities, loans and other financial instruments, and derivative transactions. The company?s Institutional Client Services segment provides client execution activities, such as fixed income, currency, and commodities client execution related to making markets in interest rate products, credit products, mortgages, currencies, and commodities; and equities related to making markets in equity products, as well as commissions and fees from executing and clearing institutional client transactions on stock, options, and fu tures exchanges. This segment also engages in the securities services business providing financing, securities lending, and other prime brokerage services to institutional clients, including hedge funds, mutual funds, pension funds, and foundations. Its Investing and Lending segment invests in debt securities, loans, public and private equity securities, real estate, consolidated investment entities, and power generation facilities. This segment also involves in the origination of loans to provide financing to clients. The company?s Investment Management segment provides investment management services and investment products to institutional and individual clients. This segment also offers wealth advisory services, including portfolio management and financial counseling, and brokerage and other transaction services to high-net-worth individuals and families. In addition, it provides global investment research services. The company was founded in 1869 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2014: Under Armour Inc.(UA)

Under Armour, Inc. develops, markets, and distributes performance apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and youth primarily in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It offers products made from moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics designed to regulate body temperature and enhance performance regardless of weather conditions. The company provides its products in three fit types: compression (tight fitting), fitted (athletic cut), and loose (relaxed) extending across the sporting goods, outdoor, and active lifestyle markets. Its footwear offerings comprise football, baseball, lacrosse, softball, and soccer cleats; slides; performance training footwear; and running footwear. The company also provides baseball batting, football, golf, and running gloves, as well as licenses bags, socks, headwear, custom-molded mouth guards, and eyewear that are designed to be used and worn before, during, and after competition. Under Armour sells its products through retai l stores, as well as directly to consumers through its own retail outlets and specialty stores, Website, and catalogs. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Steve Symington]

    If you ever wondered how long�Under Armour� (NYSE: UA  ) would be able to maintain its current torrid pace of growth, the company's founding CEO Kevin Plank wants you to know they're only just getting started.

  • [By Nicole Seghetti]

    Running-apparel and shoe makers Nike (NYSE: NKE  ) and Under Armour (NYSE: UA  ) are also likely beneficiaries of the race. Nike not only holds an enviable spot as the global market leader, but it also boasts the right strategy and investments to sustain its top position. Meanwhile, newer kid on the block Under Armour has evolved into a major player in the global athletic footwear and apparel market.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Fluor Corporation(FLR)

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. Its Oil & Gas segment offers design, engineering, procurement, construction, and project management services to upstream oil and gas production, downstream refining, chemicals, and petrochemicals industries. This segment also provides consulting services comprising feasibility studies, process assessment, and project finance structuring and studies. The company?s Industrial & Infrastructure segment offers design, engineering, procurement, and construction services to the transportation, wind power, mining and metals, life sciences, manufacturing, commercial and institutional, telecommunications, microelectronics, and healthcare sectors. Its Government segment provides engineering, construction, logistics support, contingency response, management, and operations services to the United States government focusing on the Departme nt of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense. The company?s Global Services segment offers operations and maintenance, small capital project engineering and execution, site equipment and tool services, industrial fleet services, plant turnaround services, temporary staffing services, and supply chain solutions. Its Power segment provides engineering, procurement, construction, program management, start-up and commissioning, and operations and maintenance services to the gas fueled, solid fueled, plant betterment, renewables, nuclear, and power services markets. The company also offers unionized management and construction services in the United States and Canada. Fluor Corporation was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Louis Navellier]

    If we look at the sector using Portfolio Grader, we see that many of the big names in the group like Flour (FLR), Granite Construction (GVA) and KBR incorporated (KBR) are rated ��ell.��The anticipated spending for both government and private industry simply hasn�� materialized, and the companies are not seeing revenue or profit growth.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2014: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras(PBR)

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. primarily engages in oil and natural gas exploration and production, refining, trade, and transportation businesses. The company?s Exploration and Production segment involves in the exploration, production, development, and production of oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and natural gas in Brazil. This segment supplies its products to the refineries in Brazil, as well as sells surplus petroleum and byproducts in domestic and foreign markets. Its Supply segment engages in the refining, logistics, transportation, and trade of oil and oil products; export of ethanol; and extraction and processing of schist, as well as holds interests in companies of the petrochemical sector in Brazil. The Gas and Energy segment involves in the transportation and trade of natural gas produced in or imported into Brazil; transportation and trade of LNG; and generation and trade of electric power. In addition, the segment has interests in natural gas transportation and d istribution companies; and thermoelectric power stations in Brazil, as well engages in fertilizer business. The Distribution segment distributes oil products, ethanol, and compressed natural gas in Brazil. The International segment involves in the exploration and production of oil and gas, as well as in supplying, gas and energy, and distribution operations in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Further, the company involves in biofuel production business. Petroleo Brasileiro was founded in 1953 and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Selena Maranjian]

    Brazilian oil giant Petrobras (NYSE: PBR  ) plunged 37%, burdened by significant debt. Bulls have been heartened by rising production numbers as some offshore rigs are brought back into service, and some are hopeful that solid car sales in Brazil will boost Petrobras' business. But others point out the Brazilian government's heavy influence on the company's fortunes.

  • [By Arjun Sreekumar]

    Offshore exploration risk
    Deepwater locations, especially off the coasts of Brazil and West Africa, have emerged as popular hotspots. For instance, Brazilian oil major Petrobras (NYSE: PBR  ) is planning to drill exploratory wells off the coast of Tanzania, where it holds 50% stakes in two offshore exploratory blocks, while Chevron (NYSE: CVX  ) recently announced that it will move forward with the development of the Moho Bilondo "phase 1 bis" and Moho Nord projects located offshore the Republic of Congo.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Ibovespa Rises After Four-Day Decline as Losses Seen Excessive

The Ibovespa rose for the first time in five sessions, with developer BR Properties SA (BRPR3) leading gains, amid speculation the Brazilian benchmark's longest losing streak in six weeks may have been excessive.

Oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4) contributed the most to the gauge's advance as crude climbed. BR Properties SA rose the most since July 2012 after saying it will buy back shares. Phone company Tim Participacoes SA rebounded from a five-week low. Power utility Light SA (LIGT3) rallied after posting third-quarter earnings that beat analysts' estimates.

The Ibovespa added 0.7 percent to 52,623.87 at the close of trading in Sao Paulo, with 44 stocks higher and 27 lower. The gauge had dropped 4 percent in the previous four sessions amid concern that an increase in Brazil's budget deficit would lead to a reduction in the country's credit rating.

"Many of the concerns about Brazil's economic outlook are priced into the Ibovespa already," Alvaro Bandeira, a partner at Orama Asset Management, said in a telephone interview from Rio de Janeiro. "Earnings have been somewhat positive and in line with what you expect from a recovering economy."

Light advanced 0.6 percent to 20.20 reais. The Rio de Janeiro-based utility posted adjusted net income of 321.5 million reais, more than the average estimate of 98.9 million reais among three analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Half of the 42 companies on the Ibovespa that have already reported third-quarter figures beat estimates, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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The Ibovespa earlier dropped as much as 0.3 percent. Standard & Poor's, which is evaluating Brazil's BBB credit rating for a 24-month period, could lower the ranking if its fiscal position worsens, Regina Nunes, a director at the company, said in an interview on Nov. 8.

Real Estate

Homebuilder MRV Engenharia e Participacoes SA rose 3.6 percent to 8.91 reais.

BR Properties added 5.3 percent to 17.85 reais after saying it will buy back as many as 17 million voting shares over the next six months.

Petrobras, as Petroleo Brasileiro is known, added 2.3 percent to 20.09 reais. Tim gained 3.9 percent to 11.04 reais.

Brazil's benchmark equity index entered a bull market Sept. 9 after rising 20 percent from this year's low on July 3 through that day. The gauge has since pared this gain to 17 percent. Trading volume of stocks in Sao Paulo was 4.87 billion reais today, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That compares with a daily average of 7.61 billion reais this year through Oct. 22, according to the latest data available from the exchange.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

These 5 Retailers Should Have Very Happy Holidays

Handbags for sale in Michael Kors store in Toronto Eaton Center, Ontario, CanadaAlamy Legend has it that there's a list separating the naughty and nice kids this time of year. The same thing can be said about retailers, and only some are expected to be on Santa's good list this year. Let's go over some of the merchants that analysts predict will see double-digit revenue growth during retail's most important quarter. Michael Kors (KORS) -- Holiday quarter sales expected to rise 35 percent The hot name in designer handbags and accessories isn't Coach (COH) anymore. In fact, Coach saw sales and earnings dip slightly in its latest quarter. The luxury brand that folks clamor for these days is Kors. The average Kors store sold 23 percent more in its latest quarter than it did a year earlier, and that's exactly the kind of momentum that investors like to see heading into the critical holiday shopping season. Between expansion and store-level performance, Kors should be one of the biggest retail winners this quarter. Five Below (FIVE) -- Holiday quarter sales expected to rise 25 percent There are plenty of dollar stores out there, but this "cheap chic" hub sets the bar at $5 or less. The extra pricing wiggle room gives it more room to offer clothing, gadgets, and house wares that folks can actually use. Five Below's appeal stems largely from its fashion-forward focus. It's the "dollar" store that teens and young adults don't mind shopping at, and with just 276 stores out there Five Below still has plenty of expansion room to tackle. Conn's (CONN) -- Holiday quarter sales expected to rise 37 percent Consumer electronics isn't the growth industry that we many imagined it would be in this era of smartphones and tablets. Market leader Best Buy (BBY) isn't expected to grow holiday sales at all this quarter. Folks buying smartphones, tablets, and new video game consoles were the same ones buying pricier TVs and laptops in prior years. Conn's is different. Consumer electronics is just one of the many things that it's known for since it's a big player in home appliances, furniture, and mattresses. These are all important areas that are booming during the real estate market recovery as folks doll up their new homes. (AMZN) -- Holiday quarter sales expected to rise 22 percent It may not seem fair to include a retailer that doesn't have any physical stores, but it's hard to deny Amazon's growing reach with every passing holiday season. Analysts see's sales topping $26 billion this quarter, 22 percent ahead of where it was a year earlier. Amazon has been able to make its own luck. Its well-received push into proprietary hardware has given consumers cheap access to e-readers and tablets through its growing line of Kindle and Kindle Fire products. lululemon athletica (LULU) -- Holiday quarter sales expected to rise 18 percent Selling designer yoga wear became a challenge for lululemon earlier this year after an embarrassing recall. The fast-growing upscale retailer had to bring back its black Luon yoga pants after customers complained that they were too sheer. In other words, they became almost see-through during certain stretching exercises. A corporate shakeup later, lululemon is hoping to get back on track. The market for affluent soccer moms and well-to-do millennials who can afford to spend $100 for a pair of workout pants may seem limited, but the Canadian-based seller continues to post positive same-store sales as it expands its reach. It's true that lululemon isn't growing as quickly as it was before, but it's still growing a lot faster than the retail market in general.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Earnings Scheduled For October 22, 2013

Coach (NYSE: COH) is projected to report its Q1 earnings at $0.76 per share on revenue of $1.19 billion.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is expected to report its Q3 earnings at $2.26 per share on revenue of $11.15 billion.

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $1.36 per share on revenue of $10.47 billion.

Carlisle Companies (NYSE: CSL) is expected to report its Q3 earnings at $1.20 per share on revenue of $977.18 million.

Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.59 billion.

United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) is expected to report its Q3 earnings at $1.54 per share on revenue of $16.18 billion.

The Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV) is projected to report its Q3 earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $5.74 billion.

Sigma-Aldrich (NASDAQ: SIAL) is expected to report its Q3 earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $661.29 million.

CR Bard (NYSE: BCR) is projected to post its Q3 earnings at $1.40 per share on revenue of $739.62 million.

Whirlpool (NYSE: WHR) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $2.61 per share on revenue of $4.74 billion.

Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) is expected to post its Q3 earnings at $1.77 per share on revenue of $4.60 billion.

Broadcom (NASDAQ: BRCM) is estimated to post its Q3 earnings at $0.69 per share on revenue of $2.13 billion.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) is projected to report its Q3 earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $7.78 billion.

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State Street (NYSE: STT) is expected to report its Q3 earnings at $1.18 per share on revenue of $2.51 billion.

Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $2.14 billion.

Polaris Industries (NYSE: PII) is expected to report its Q3 earnings at $1.61 per share on revenue of $1.05 billion.

Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $1.40 per share on revenue of $5.23 billion.

Cree (NASDAQ: CREE) is projected to post its Q1 earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $392.31 million.

Unisys (NYSE: UIS) is estimated to post its Q3 earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $854.13 million.

Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) is expected to report its Q3 earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $1.17 billion.

Nabors Industries (NYSE: NBR) is projected to post its Q3 earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.

Centene (NYSE: CNC) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $2.68 billion.

FMC Technologies (NYSE: FTI) is projected to post its Q3 earnings at $0.59 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Hot or Not? Three (Promoted) Small cap Stocks: CDII, FITX & MSPC

Small cap stocks CD International Enterprises Inc (OTCMKTS: CDII), Creative Edge Nutrition Inc (OTCMKTS: FITX) and Metrospaces Inc (OTCMKTS: MSPC) have all been the subject of recent as well as past paid for stock promotions. Of course, there is nothing wrong with properly disclosed stock promotions or investor awareness campaigns, but they can and do often backfire on unwary investors and traders alike. With that in mind, will investors and traders come out winners with these small caps or should they just be left to the promoters? Here is a quick reality check:

CD International Enterprises Inc (OTCMKTS: CDII) Has Been Busy Announcing New Deals

Small cap CD International Enterprises is a US based company that produces, sources, and distributes industrial commodities in China and the Americas and provides business and financial corporate consulting services. On Friday, CD International Enterprises closed at $0.133 for a market cap of $7.60 million plus CDII is up 29% since the start of the year and down 91.4% over the past five years according to Google Finance.


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What's the Catch With CD International Enterprises? According to various disclosures, transactions of $2k, $6k and $12k have or will occur to mention CD International Enterprises in various investment newsletters. Last Wednesday, CD International Enterprises announced that CDII Minerales Peru SAC, a jointly owned subsidiary of CD International and Minera Mapsa S.A., had entered into a three year agreement with Gramce Minerals Resources Sur Peru SAC for the latter to supply a total of up to 1.28 Million Metric tons of iron ore to CDII Peru for ultimate distribution into China. Earlier in the month, CD International Enterprises also announced that its International Magnesium Group subsidiary had entered into a five year distribution agreement with Manali Engineering - India for sales of its magnesium products in India while back in October, CD International Enterprises announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, CDII Minerals, Inc, had successfully completed an initial shipment of Bolivian iron ore to a leading metals trading company in China. A quick look at CD International Enterprise's financials reveals revenues of $18,582k (most recent reported quarter), $16,973k, $16,781k and $32,803k for the past four quarters along with net losses of $653k (most recent reported quarter), $1,912k, $1,939k and $45,506k. At the end of June, CD International Enterprises had 1,025k in cash and $11,321k in receivables to cover $23,620k in payables and $34,585k in current liabilities. That's somewhat of a mixed picture but at least CD International Enterprises has a sizable top line on its income statement.

Creative Edge Nutrition Inc (OTCMKTS: FITX)Announces an Important Distribution Agreements Plus Breaks Ground on a Marijuana Facility

Small cap Creative Edge Nutrition Inc was created to develop a diverse portfolio of health oriented nutrition products. On Friday, Creative Edge Nutrition Inc fell 5.26% to $0.0036 for a market cap of $2.65 million plus FITX is down 18.2% since the start of the year and down 96.4% since October 2010 according to Google Finance.


What's the Catch With Creative Edge Nutrition Inc? According to various disclosures, a transaction or transactions of $2.5k has or will occur to mention Creative Edge Nutrition Inc in various investment newsletters. Just this morning, Creative Edge Nutrition Inc announced that it had entered into a sales and distribution agreement with Phoenix-Distribution, a large distributor in the Australian market with over 500 stores and in the New Zealand market with over 300 stores. In addition and last week, Creative Edge Nutrition Inc announced that's its subsidiary, CEN Biotech, Inc., had already broken ground to start the build-out of a 58,000 sq. ft. building for its medicinal marijuana operation after announcing earlier in the week that it was leasing a six acre site with buildings (a 26,400 square foot steel barn and a 2,000 sq. ft. building already on the property) in the Town of Lakeshore, Ontario, Canada. A quick look on Google Finance reveals that Creative Edge Nutrition Inc has reported revenues of $1.01M (most recent reported quarter), $0.91M, $1.27M and $2.26M for the past four quarters along with net losses of $1.35M (most recent reported quarter), $1.20M and $0.80M and net income of $0.84M. At the end of last June, Creative Edge Nutrition Inc had around $0.04M in cash to cover $2.21M in current liabilities. Given those financials, it will be interesting to see more financials from Creative Edge Nutrition Inc and see how the company intends to pay for its new 58,000 sq. ft. marijuana facility.

Metrospaces Inc (OTCMKTS: MSPC) Gives an Update About Its Projects in Argentina and Venezuela

Small cap Metrospaces Inc is a boutique real estate development company which acquires land, designs, builds, and develops then resells condominiums and Luxury High-End Hotels, principally in urban areas of Latin America. The company's current projects are located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Caracas, Venezuela. On Friday, Metrospaces Inc sank 22.22% to $0.0007 for a market cap $1.63 million plus MSPC is down 99.1% since the start of the year according to Google Finance.


What's the Catch With Metrospaces Inc? According to various disclosures, a transaction of $16k has or will occur to mention Metrospaces Inc in various investment newsletters. Last Thursday, Metrospaces Inc gave an update on its current projects in Argentina and Venezuela along with potential acquisitions and new developments. However, anyone who is an observer of Latin American politics or knows the history of both Argentina and Venezuela (as in leaders like Peron, Hugo Chavez etc) might be a bit nervous about investing in a company involved in real estate in either country. Moreover, a look at both Google Finance and Yahoo! Finance does not reveal much in the way of financials. So its investor beware.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Stocks To Watch For October 16, 2013

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Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

Wall Street expects Pepsico (NYSE: PEP) to report its Q3 earnings at $1.17 per share on revenue of $16.96 billion. Pepsico shares fell 0.19% to $80.45 in after-hours trading.

Analysts are expecting Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) to have earned $0.18 per share on revenue of $22.03 billion in the third quarter. Bank of America shares rose 0.21% to $14.27 in pre-market trading.

Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) reported upbeat third-quarter earnings. Yahoo shares gained 1.68% to $33.94 in the after-hours trading session.

Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) is projected to report its Q3 earnings at $1.12 per share on revenue of $2.17 billion. Mattel shares fell 0.93% to close at $41.55 yesterday.

Analysts expect Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) to report its Q3 earnings at $0.51 per share on revenue of $5.40 billion. Abbott shares gained 0.86% to $34.00 in after-hours trading.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Top 5 Undervalued Companies To Invest In Right Now

Alamy Jos. A. Bank Clothiers' offered to buy bigger rival Men's Wearhouse for about $2.3 billion to create a men's apparel heavyweight with more than 1,700 stores -- a proposal that Men's Wearhouse swiftly rejected. The offer of $48 a share in cash is a 36 percent premium to the closing price of Men's Wearhouse shares on Tuesday. Men's Wearhouse (MW) shares opened at $43.35 on the New York Stock Exchange, after hitting $47 before the bell. Jos. A. Bank's (JOSB) shares were up 5.4 percent at $43.90 on the Nasdaq. The offer, which comes at a time of intense competition in the men's suit market, would be funded by a combination of cash-on-hand, debt and new equity, including a $250 million investment by Golden Gate Capital, Jos. A. Bank said. However, Men's Wearhouse said the non-binding offer undervalued the company and could raise anti-trust issues. The "highly opportunistic" proposal also didn't reflect the company's growth strategy and upside potential, Bill Sechrest, lead director of the Men's Wearhouse board, said in a statement. "The challenging second quarter results led to a 12 percent decline in Men's Wearhouse's stock price, which Men's Wearhouse believes doesn't fairly reflect the intrinsic value of Men's Wearhouse shares," the company said. Men's Wearhouse shares, which hit a year-high of $41.02 in August, last traded above the offer price exactly six years ago. The Fremont, Calif.-based clothier had a market value of about $1.68 billion, compared with Jos. A. Bank's $1.17 billion, as of Tuesday's close. The company sells discount suits through 1,137 stores, its website shows. Jos. A. Bank, with more than 600 stores, is a century-old seller of men's tailored and casual clothing, according to its website. 'I Guarantee It' Men's Wearhouse was founded in 1973 by George Zimmer, known to U.S. TV audiences for his advertising catchphrase "you're gonna like the way you look -- I guarantee it". The company fired Zimmer in June, saying he had pushed to take the company private and effectively demanded to be reinstated as the company's sole decision-maker. Zimmer denied he had pushed for a sale, insisting he only presented that suggestion to the board as an option Men's Wearhouse struck a deal the following month to buy designer brand Joseph Abboud for about $97.5 million. Zimmer owned about 3.7 percent of Men's Wearhouse as of July 22, making him the eighth-biggest shareholder. Net income at Men's Wearhouse more than doubled to $130.4 million over the four years to Feb. 2, while Jos. A. Bank's earnings seesawed over the period to reach $79.7 million. Men's Wearhouse cut its full-year earnings forecast last month, saying weak economic conditions were hurting sales. Jos. A. Bank, which makes heavy use of promotions, also reported a drop in quarterly sales, but said it expected results to improve. Its shares have fallen about 2 percent so far this year, while those of Men's Wearhouse have risen about 13 percent. Jos. A. Bank, based in Hampstead, Maryland said in June it was considering strategic opportunities to enhance shareholder value, including acquisitions. The company said a deal with Men's Wearhouse would "immediately and significantly" add to earnings. Jos. A. Bank is being advised by Goldman Sachs (GS) and Financo. Its legal advisers are Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake.

Top 5 Undervalued Companies To Invest In Right Now: Dollar Tree Inc.(DLTR)

Dollar Tree, Inc. operates discount variety stores in the United States and Canada. Its stores offer merchandise primarily at the fixed price of $1.00. The company operates its stores under the names of Dollar Tree, Deal$, Dollar Tree Deal$, Dollar Giant, and Dollar Bills. Its stores offer consumable merchandise, including candy and food, and health and beauty care, as well as household consumables, such as paper, plastics, household chemicals, in select stores, and frozen and refrigerated food; variety merchandise, which includes toys, durable housewares, gifts, party goods, greeting cards, softlines, and other items; and seasonal goods, such as Easter, Halloween, and Christmas merchandise. As of April 30, 2011, it operated 4,089 stores in 48 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 88 stores in Canada. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Victor Reklaitis]

    Today�� movers & shakers: Retailers have dropped in the wake of disappointing quarterly results or outlooks. Target Corp. (TGT) �was down 4% after posting weaker margins and earnings at its U.S. business, while Dollar Tree Inc. (DLTR) �dropped 4% after its earnings fell in the third quarter. Read more in the Movers & Shakers column.

  • [By Brendan Byrnes]

    Brendan: Not a problem at all. What about the surprising amount of dollar-store companies that are public? You have Family Dollar (NYSE: FDO  ) , Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: DLTR  ) , Dollar General (NYSE: DG  ) . You mention, in particular, Family Dollar, which is the lowest market cap out of all of those, as doing the best, an exceptional company. Why?

Top 5 Undervalued Companies To Invest In Right Now: Schlumberger N.V.(SLB)

Schlumberger Limited, together with its subsidiaries, supplies technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to the oil and gas exploration and production industries worldwide. The company?s Oilfield Services segment provides exploration and production services; wireline technology that offers open-hole and cased-hole services; supplies engineering support, directional-drilling, measurement-while-drilling, and logging-while-drilling services; and testing services. This segment also offers well services; supplies well completion services and equipment; artificial lift; data and consulting services; geo services; and information solutions, such as consulting, software, information management system, and IT infrastructure services that support oil and gas industry. Its WesternGeco segment provides reservoir imaging, monitoring, and development services; and operates data processing centers and multiclient seismic library. This segment also offers variou s services include 3D and time-lapse (4D) seismic surveys to multi-component surveys for delineating prospects and reservoir management. The company?s M-I SWACO segment supplies drilling fluid systems to improve drilling performance; fluid systems and specialty tools to optimize wellbore productivity; production technology solutions to maximize production rates; and environmental solutions that manages waste volumes generated in drilling and production operations. Its Smith Oilfield segment designs, manufactures, and markets drill bits and borehole enlargement tools; and supplies drilling tools and services, tubular, completion services, and other related downhole solutions. The company?s Distribution segment markets pipes, valves, and fittings, as well as mill, safety, and other maintenance products. This segment also provides warehouse management, vendor integration, and inventory management services. Schlumberger Limited was founded in 1927 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Alex Planes]

    Last year, CARBO made almost half of its total revenue from just two customers: Halliburton (NYSE: HAL  ) and Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB  ) . A dependence on major players can be part of the game in this energy niche, as much of the onshore drilling services industry is in fact dominated by Halliburton and Schlumberger. However, CARBO's deepwater proppant could help it diversify in a big way, provided the company can handle what are sure to be more bothersome logistics problems than already exist with its land-based delivery network. Creating more distribution hubs closer to oil fields can help CARBO reduce its transportation costs and further reduce its dependence on the big two's infrastructure.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Many of the national oil companies in the Middle East do not have the experience to do EOR or production optimization on their own. This is where oil services specialists come into play. Both Core Laboratories and Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB  ) saw sizable upticks in revenue from the Middle East region. If Middle Eastern oil production trends were to continue, it would not be a stretch to see these two companies as well as other oil services grow their Middle Eastern business substantially over the next several years.

5 Best Energy Stocks To Invest In 2014: Tupperware Corporation(TUP)

Tupperware Brands Corporation operates as a direct seller of various products across a range of brands and categories through an independent sales force. The company engages in the manufacture and sale of kitchen and home products, and beauty and personal care products. It offers preparation, storage, and serving solutions for the kitchen and home, as well as kitchen cookware and tools, children?s educational toys, microwave products, and gifts under the Tupperware brand name primarily in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Asia Pacific, and North America. The company provides beauty and personal care products, which include skin care products, cosmetics, bath and body care, toiletries, fragrances, nutritional products, apparel, and related products principally in Mexico, South Africa, the Philippines, Australia, and Uruguay. It offers beauty and personal care products under the Armand Dupree, Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, Nuvo, and Swissgar de brand names. The company sells its Tupperware products directly to distributors, directors, managers, and dealers; and beauty products primarily through consultants and directors. As of December 26, 2009, the Tupperware distribution system had approximately 1,800 distributors, 61,300 managers, and 1.3 million dealers; and the sales force representing the Beauty businesses approximately 1.1 million. The company was formerly known as Tupperware Corporation and changed its name to Tupperware Brands Corporation in December 2005. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Orlando, Florida.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Eric Volkman]

    Tupperware Brands (NYSE: TUP  ) is reaching into its corporate bowl for a fresh payout to shareholders. The company has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.62 per share. This will be paid on July 8 to stockholders of record as of June 19. That amount matches the firm's previous distribution, which was paid in early April. Prior to that, Tupperware Brands was rather less generous, handing out $0.36 per share.

  • [By John Udovich]

    Everyone is familiar with�the Tupperware brand from�consumer products stock Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) and you are probably familiar with the brands�of mid cap stock Jarden Corp (NYSE: JAH) along with small cap stocks Libbey Inc (NYSEMKT: LBY) and Lifetime Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LCUT); but what about the stocks themselves? Chances are, their brands or products are right under your nose at home and you probably don�� know anything about the mid cap or small cap stock behind them.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Tupperware Brands (NYSE: TUP) is expected to report its Q3 earnings at $1.03 per share on revenue of $623.34 million.

    Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) is projected to post its Q4 earnings at $1.12 per share on revenue of $779.02 million.

Top 5 Undervalued Companies To Invest In Right Now: Caterpillar Inc.(CAT)

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. It operates through three lines of businesses: Machinery, Engines, and Financial Products. The Machinery business offers construction, mining, and forestry machinery, including track and wheel tractors, track and wheel loaders, pipelayers, motor graders, wheel tractor-scrapers, track and wheel excavators, backhoe loaders, log skidders, log loaders, off-highway trucks, articulated trucks, paving products, skid steer loaders, underground mining equipment, tunnel boring equipment, and related parts. It also manufactures diesel-electric locomotives; and manufactures and services rail-related products and logistics services for other companies. The Engines business provides diesel, heavy fuel, and natural gas reciprocating engines for Caterpillar machinery, electric power generation systems, marine, petrol eum, construction, industrial, agricultural, and other applications. It offers industrial turbines and turbine-related services for oil and gas, and power generation applications. This business also remanufactures Caterpillar engines, machines, and engine components; and offers remanufacturing services for other companies. The Financial Products business provides retail and wholesale financing alternatives for Caterpillar machinery and engines, solar gas turbines, and other equipment and marine vessels, as well as offers loans and various forms of insurance to customers and dealers. It also offers financing for vehicles, power generation facilities, and marine vessels. The company markets its products directly, as well as through its distribution centers, dealers, and distributors. It was formerly known as Caterpillar Tractor Co. and changed its name to Caterpillar Inc. in 1986. Caterpillar Inc. was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Peoria, Illinois.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Laura Brodbeck]

    Earnings reports expected on Wednesday include:

    Caterpillar, Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is expected to report third quarter EPS of $1.70 on revenue of $14.40 billion, compared to last year�� EPS 0f $2.54 on revenue of $16.44 billion. Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) is expected to report EPS of $1.54 on revenue of $21.65 billion, compared to last year�� EPS 0f $1.35 on revenue of $20.01 billion. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is expected to report third quarter EPS of $0.44 on revenue of $4.02 billion, compared to last year�� EPS 0f $0.41 on revenue of $3.74 billion. Motorola, Inc (NYSE: MSI) is expected to report third quarter EPS of $1.02 on revenue of $2.13 billion, compared to last year�� EPS 0f $0.84 on revenue of $2.15 billion. The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ: CAKE) is expected to report third quarter EPS of $0.52 on revenue of $469.16 million, compared to last year�� EPS of $0.49 on revenue of $453.82 million.


  • [By Alex Dumortier, CFA]

    Earnings: The week ahead
    Each day of this week will see one Dow component report its results, beginning with Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT  ) today (see below), followed by AT&T, Procter & Gamble, ExxonMobil, and Chevron. Also note that Apple -- oddly, not part of the Dow -- reports tomorrow.

  • [By Brendan Byrnes]

    It wasn't exactly an encouraging earnings report last week for Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT  ) , as the company both missed expectations and cut its full-year 2013 forecast. Caterpillar now expects revenue for the full year to come in between $57 million and $61 million, down from the previous range of $60 billion to $68 billion. Caterpillar also lowered its full-year 2013 earnings per share guidance to $7 from the previous midpoint of $8 per share.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Notable winners (among publicly traded companies) included:

    Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK  ) , which was awarded a maximum $31.4 million firm-fixed-price contract modification extending the period for its providing logistic support services for Iraqi Air Force Cessna 208s through April 2014. Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC  ) , which won a $23 million firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic order agreement to supply "software sustainment support" for U.S. Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft. Work on this contract is expected to be complete by Oct. 2014.� Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT  ) �was awarded $19.8 million as a modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to attach machine-powered mowing systems to U.S. Army Caterpillar 966H wheel loaders.�This contract brings the cumulative face value of Caterpillar's underlying contract up to $184.7 million in tota

Friday, November 22, 2013

SolarCity Inks New Home Deal With Texas House Builder

Renewable energy has notched a small victory in Texas, with SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY  ) at the forefront of the effort. The company announced that it has signed an agreement by which it will offer its products for every new residence built by CastleRock Communities, a privately held home builder headquartered in the state. The deal covers 42 of CastleRock's communities in the Austin, Houston, and San Antonio metropolitan areas. The terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

For owners of new CastleRock residences less than 2,500 square feet in size, a four-kilowatt SolarCity array will be their solar option. Larger homes can be outfitted with a six-kilowatt system. The latter company will install the equipment for free, and the cost of the solar electricity will be bundled into the customer's mortgage payments.

Although SolarCity has been an active company of late, completing an innovative round of financing and inking an electric car recharge deal with carmaker BMW, its stock has dropped from the lofty highs of recent weeks. On Friday, it closed at $46.59 per share, down nearly $20 from its year-to-date peak of $65.30. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Is Lions Gate Entertainment a Buy At All Time Highs?

With shares of Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF) trading around $36, is LGF an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let's analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Lions Gate Entertainment is an entertainment company that engages in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, and international distribution and sales activities. The company operates through two segments: Motion Pictures and Television Production.

It's always been a given that Lionsgate's second installment of the Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, would be a huge box office smash, but a new report from a Variety sheds some light on just how popular the film might be. Advanced tickets for the film went on sale at 9 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, and within an hour, Lionsgate's Catching Fire represented 23 percent of advance tickets sold within a 24-hour span.

T = Technicals on the Stock Chart Are Strong

Lions Gate Entertainment stock has been exploding higher in the last several quarters. The stock is currently trading near all-time highs and looks ready to continue. Analyzing the price trend and its strength can be done using key simple moving averages. What are the key moving averages? The 50-day (pink), 100-day (blue), and 200-day (yellow) simple moving averages. As seen in the daily price chart below, Lions Gate Entertainment is trading above its rising key averages, which signal neutral to bullish price action in the near-term.


(Source: Thinkorswim)

Taking a look at the implied volatility (red) and implied volatility skew levels of Lions Gate Entertainment options may help determine if investors are bullish, neutral, or bearish.

Implied Volatility (IV)

30-Day IV Percentile

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Lions Gate Entertainment Options




What does this mean? This means that investors or traders are buying a very significant amount of call and put options contracts as compared to the last 30 and 90 trading days.

Put IV Skew

Call IV Skew

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As of today, there is an average demand from call buyers or sellers and low demand by put buyers or high demand by put sellers, all neutral to bullish over the next two months. To summarize, investors are buying a very significant amount of call and put option contracts and are leaning neutral to bullish over the next two months.

On the next page, let’s take a look at the earnings and revenue growth rates and the conclusion.

E = Earnings Are Increasing Quarter-Over-Quarter

Rising stock prices are often strongly correlated with rising earnings and revenue growth rates. Also, the last four quarterly earnings announcement reactions help gauge investor sentiment on Lions Gate Entertainment’s stock. What do the last four quarterly earnings and revenue growth (Y-O-Y) figures for Lions Gate Entertainment look like and more importantly, how did the markets like these numbers?

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Lions Gate Entertainment has seen increasing earnings and and mixed revenue figures over the last four quarters. From these numbers, the markets have had conflicting feelings about Lions Gate Entertainment’s recent earnings announcements.

P = Excellent Relative Performance Versus Peers and Sector

How has Lions Gate Entertainment stock done relative to its peers, Disney (NYSE:DIS), Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA), Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB), and sector?

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Lions Gate Entertainment has been a relative performance leader, year-to-date.


Lions Gate Entertainment is involved in motion picture production and distribution as well as television programming and syndication. The next installment of its Hunger Games series seems to be generating positive buzz as presales are breaking records. The stock has been surging higher in recent years and is now trading near all time highs. Over the last four quarters, earnings have been rising while revenues have been mixed, which has produced conflicting feelings about recent earnings releases among investors in the company. Relative to its peers and sector, Lions Gate Entertainment has been a year-to-date performance leader. Look for Lions Gate Entertainment to OUTPERFORM.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Top Tech Companies To Invest In 2014

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) took one step closer to a perfect week today, gaining 63 points or 0.4%, to finish at 14,865, as a number of strong retail reports helped boost investor confidence. Ross Stores, Rite Aid, and Zumiez all jumped 6% or more, pulling up the broader sector and the market as a whole, as investors seemed to be reassured that consumers were still spending despite the payroll tax increase, and concerns about sequestration. Tomorrow's official retail sales report could help confirm today's news.

A lower-than-expected initial unemployment claims report also helped push stocks higher. New jobless claims dropped to 346,000, from 388,000 the week before, perhaps proving that last week's spike was just a fluke.

Tech stocks, however, were down sharply, as a report from International Data Corp. showed that PC shipments globally dropped 14% in the first quarter, the worst quarterly drop since the research firm started tracking sales in 1994. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was the poorest performer of the three major indexes, moving up just 0.1%.

Top Tech Companies To Invest In 2014: The KEYW Holding Corporation(KEYW)

The KEYW Holding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides mission-critical cybersecurity and cyber superiority solutions to defense, intelligence, and national security agencies in the United States. Its solutions, services, and products support the collection, processing, analysis, and use of intelligence data and information in the domain of cyberspace. The company offers engineering services and solutions to solve discreet and complex cybersecurity, cyber superiority, and intelligence challenges; and specialized training, field support, and test and evaluation services. The KEYW Holding Corporation is also involved in collecting data and information in cyberspace encompassing the entire electromagnetic spectrum; processing data and information from cyberspace to make it accessible to a range of analytical needs and resources; analyzing data and information that is collected, processed, correlated, and made accessible to transform them into usable information for its customers. In addition, it impacts or creates integrated intelligence data and information, which is used in observing, preventing, and responding to known and emerging threat events, actions, and agents in a real time. Further, the company engages in the development, integration, deployment, and sustainment of agile airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance collection platforms to austere environments. Additionally, it develops and sells hardware products to create intelligence insight and capture information that help identify, locate, and monitor activity to its intelligence agency customers. The KEYW Holding Corporation is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Calling all cash flows
    When you are trying to buy the market's best stocks, it's worth checking up on your companies' free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That's what we do with this series. Today, we're checking in on KEYW Holding (Nasdaq: KEYW  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.

  • [By CRWE]

    KEYW Corporation (Nasdaq:KEYW) reported that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sensage, Inc., a privately held provider of advanced Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and event data warehousing software solutions to enterprise and government customers.

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Calling all cash flows
    When you are trying to buy the market's best stocks, it's worth checking up on your companies' free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That's what we do with this series. Today, we're checking in on KEYW Holding (Nasdaq: KEYW  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.

Top Tech Companies To Invest In 2014: Microsemi Corporation(MSCC)

Microsemi Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (IC) and semiconductors primarily in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Its products include individual components and IC solutions that offer light, sound, and power management for desktop and mobile computing platforms, LCD TVs, and other power control applications. These products are used in notebook computers, data storage, wireless local area network, LCD backlighting, LCD TVs, LCD monitors, automobiles, telecommunications, test instruments, defense and aerospace equipment, sound reproduction, and data transfer equipment. The company?s semiconductor products include silicon rectifiers, zener diodes, low leakage and high voltage diodes, temperature compensated zener diodes, transistors, subminiature high power transient suppressor diodes, and pin diodes used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. It also manufactures semiconductors for commer cial applications, such as automatic surge protectors, transient suppressor diodes used for telephone applications, and switching diodes used in computer systems. In addition, the company provides electronic components and systems for the defense and aerospace markets; multi-band radio frequency integrated circuit solutions; and anti-tamper solutions to defense clients in securing systems against tampering, piracy, and reverse engineering. It markets its products directly, as well as through electronic component distributors and independent sales representatives to the defense and security, aerospace, enterprise and communication, and industrial and alternative energy markets. The company was formerly known as Microsemiconductor Corporation and changed its name to Microsemi Corporation in February 1983. Microsemi Corporation was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Alex Planes]

    What: Shares of Microsemi (NASDAQ: MSCC  ) are holding onto a 7% gain as of this writing, after opening up by over 14% following a solid earnings report that some Wall Street analysts have taken as a sign that a bottom has been reached.

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Calling all cash flows
    When you are trying to buy the market's best stocks, it's worth checking up on your companies' free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That's what we do with this series. Today, we're checking in on Microsemi (Nasdaq: MSCC  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.

  • [By Lauren Pollock]

    Microsemi Corp.(MSCC) agreed to pay almost $298 million to acquire Symmetricom Inc.(SYMM), a deal that will expand the power-management supplier’s exposure into the aerospace and defense industries while also immediately adding to earnings. Shares in Symmetricom soared.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Compucon Computer Applications SA (CMPR.AT)

Compucon Computer Applications SA is a Greek company engaged mainly in the information technology sector. The Company's activities include the manufacture and trade of electronics and software for the embroidery, telematics, laser, Web solutions and medical fields. In the embroidery field it offers album presentation or embroidery designs, lettering with a variety of fonts, frames and specialized features, and realistic three-dimensional views of embroidery designs. The Company also produces laser cutting and engraving devices for the embroidery sector. The range of telematics applications includes automotive positioning systems, fleet management and navigation systems. Its Web solutions offering includes the SiteCosmos, which is an integrated tool for on-line content management and Website design for small and medium enterprises, while the medical applications target the management of patient-oriented information, diet schedules, word processing, prescriptions and other s ervices.

Top Tech Companies To Invest In 2014: Prima BioMed Ltd (PBMD)

Prima BioMed Ltd is a biotechnology company is engaged in the development and commercialization of medical therapies with a focus on oncology. Its product candidates in development include Cvac, an autologous dendritic cell vaccine for ovarian cancer, monoclonal antibodies for multiple tumour types, and an oral formulation for the human papilloma virus (HPV), vaccine. Its product candidate Cvac is a dendritic cell therapy, for which it is conducting a Phase IIb trial for the treatment of ovarian cancer. Cvac is designed to target the tumour antigen mucin-1, which is expressed at high levels on different tumour types. It also has two preclinical product development programs. In May 2011, Prima BioMed GmbH, a 100 % owned subsidiary of Prima BioMed Ltd, was incorporated in Germany. In May 2011, Prima BioMed Middle East FZLLC, a 100 % owned subsidiary of Prima BioMed Ltd, was incorporated in the United Arab Emirates. Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Prima Biomed (NASDAQ: PBMD) shares dipped 38.59% to touch a new 52-week low of $1.44 after the company reported top-line analysis of CVac Phase 2 trial.

Top Tech Companies To Invest In 2014: Logitech international SA (LOGI)

Logitech International S.A. (Logitech) is a holding company. Logitech develops and markets hardware and software products for digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home-entertainment control. Logitech operates in two segments: peripherals and video conferencing. The Company�� peripherals segment includes design, manufacturing and marketing of peripherals for personal computers (PCs) and other digital platforms. Its products for the PC include mice, trackballs, keyboards, interactive gaming controllers, multimedia speakers, headsets, webcams, and lapdesks. Logitech�� Internet communications products include webcams, headsets, video communications services, and digital video security systems for a home or small business. Its digital music products include speakers, earphones, and custom in-ear monitors. On July 6, 2010, Logitech acquired all of the assets of Paradial AS. On March 31, 2011, the Company sold its equity interest in certain 3Dconnexion subsidiaries.

3Dconnexion subsidiaries are the providers of the Company�� 3D controllers, and its intellectual property rights related to the manufacture and sale of certain 3Dconnexion products. Paradial AS provides firewall and network address translation (NAT) traversal solutions for video communications. For home entertainment systems, Logitech offers the Harmony line of advanced remote controls, Squeezebox wireless music solutions and, in the United States, a line of Logitech products for the Google TV platform. For gaming consoles, the Company offers a range of gaming controllers and microphones, as well as other accessories. Logitech�� sells its peripheral products to a network of distributors and resellers and to other equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The Company�� worldwide retail network includes wholesale distributors, consumer electronics retailers, mass merchandisers, specialty electronics stores, computer and telecomm! unications stores, resellers and online merchants.

The Company�� video conferencing segment includes design, manufacturing and marketing of LifeSize video conferencing products, infrastructure and services for the enterprise, public sector and other business markets. LifeSize products include high-definition (HD) video communication endpoints, HD video conferencing systems with integrated monitors, video bridges and other infrastructure software and hardware to support large scale video deployments, and services to support these products. Logitech sells its LifeSize products and services to distributors, resellers, OEMs and direct enterprise customers. Logitech conducts its business through subsidiaries in the Americas, including North and South America; Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific, including, among other countries, China, Taiwan, Japan, India and Australia.

Pointing Devices

Logitech offers a range of computer mice, sold through retail and OEM channels. Its mice products include M215, M310 and M305 wireless mice with advanced 2.4 gigahertz wireless connection and cordless universal serial bus (USB) plug-and-forget nano-receiver; Performance Mouse MX and Anywhere Mouse MX with Logitech Darkfield Laser Tracking; Marathon Mouse 750, and Wireless Trackball M570. Logitech�� mice products also include a line of gaming mice, including the Wireless Gaming Mouse G700, with 13 precisely placed, programmable controls to perform single actions and complex macros, full-speed gaming-grade wireless, and a quick-connect charging cable. In addition, the Company sells both corded and cordless mice designed specifically for OEM customers.

Keyboards and Desktops

Logitech offers a range of corded and cordless keyboards and desktops (keyboard-and-mouse combinations). The Company�� keyboards and desktops include Wireless Solar Keyboard K750; K800 Illuminated Wireless Keyboard; The diNovo Edge keyboard; Wireless Desktop MK320, and G! 19 Keyboa! rd for Gaming.


Logitech designs and manufactures a range of multimedia speakers, including Wireless Speaker Z515, The Laptop Z305 speaker, and The S-series line of portable iPod/MP3 docks, including the Rechargeable Speaker S715i and the Portable Speaker S135i. It also designs and manufactures The Z-623 2.1 THX certified speakers, the Z-506 5.1 Speakers, and the Z-906 5.1 Surround Sound speakers. Logitech offers a portfolio of network music systems. The Squeezebox Touch, with its 4.3-inch color touch screen, connects to existing stereo system and speakers and supports sampling rates of up to 24 bits at 96 kilohertz. The Squeezebox Radio is a compact network music player and alarm that allows to connect to home network, and access Internet radio, personal music collection or subscription services.

The Ultimate Ears product line offers a range of in-ear consumer or fit earphones for portable music enthusiasts, as well as custom stage earphones for musicians and sound engineers. Its line of earphones include Ultimate Ears 100 and 200 value-priced earphones, with silicone ear cushions in a durable sweat-resistant design; Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 with triple armature speakers, and The Ultimate Ears 600 featuring single armature speakers, the Ultimate Ears 600vi, and the Ultimate Ears 700 featuring dual armature speakers. Its line of Ultimate Ears Custom Stage Earphones include Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors co-designed with Capitol Studios for professional studio engineers and producers for use during recording, mixing and mastering original music content, the UE-18 Pro featuring a six-speaker design, the UE-7 Pro for live performance and stage use, and the UE-4 Pro featuring a dual speaker design for artists and audiophiles.

Logitech offers headsets and microphones designed for applications, such as PC voice communications, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) applications and online gaming. Its products in this category include the ClearCha! t PC Wire! less headset, the Wireless Headset H760, the USB Headset H530, the G35 Surround Sound Headset for gaming, the Wireless Gaming Headset G930, the USB Desktop Microphone, and the OCS certified Logitech B-530 USB Headset.


Logitech�� webcam offerings include Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910, Logitech Webcam Pro 9000, Logitech HD Webcam C510 and Logitech TV Cam for use with Logitech Revue. Logitech�� webcams works with video messaging applications, and provides up to HD 720p video calling in Skype, Windows Live Messenger and Logitech Vid HD. The Logitech Alert digital video security system is a complete home or small business video security system, with software that provides motion alerts and a live view from an Internet-connected computer, smartphone, tablet or Google TV system, including Logitech Revue.


Logitech offers a range of game controllers for PC gamers, including joysticks, steering wheels, gamepads, mice and keyboards, and headsets, as well as gaming products for console platforms, such as PlayStation2, PlayStation3, PSP (PlayStation Portable), Xbox, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. The Company�� gaming products include Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse; Logitech G13 advanced gameboard with a built-in LCD screen, 25 programmable keys and onboard memory; Logitech G27 Racing Wheel and Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset.

Digital Home

The Company�� line of remotes includes Harmony One remote, Harmony 900 remote and Harmony 650. In October 2010, Logitech introduced its line of products for Google TV in the United States, including Logitech Revue and the Logitech Keyboard Controller; Logitech TV Cam and Vid HD service, and Logitech Mini Controller.

LifeSize Video Conferencing

LifeSize division offers HD video communication solutions, including HD video conferencing products, audio conference telephones, hardware infrastructure solutions, video management software, and services to support ! video and! audio communications and help users connect to any network securely and with ease. The LifeSize product line includes Passport, LifeSize Video Center, Express Series, Team Series, Room Series and LifeSize Bridge.

The Company competes with Microsoft Corporation, Plantronics, Inc., Altec Lansing LLC, Creative Labs, Inc., Bose Corporation, Sony Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics NV, Hewlett-Packard, Intec, Razer USA Ltd., Performance Designed Products, LLC (Pelican Accessories), Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., Universal Remote Control, Inc., Universal Electronics Inc., RCA, Apple Inc., Roku, Inc., Cisco, Radvision Ltd., Vidyo, Inc. and Polycom.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Tim Beyers]

    Is there any good news left for PC makers? New data supplied to TechCrunch from ad platform Karbon says iPad video traffic is up 150% over the past six months. Researchers NPD and IDC both peg tablets as outselling laptops no later than next year. And now, as if to prepare for the shift, longtime PC peripherals maker�Logitech (NASDAQ: LOGI  ) has introduced a wired iPad keyboard.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Technology specialist Logitech� (NASDAQ: LOGI  ) �announced yesterday�that�the board of directors had decided to initiate the payment of a recurring regular dividend issued on an annual basis. The matter would need to be first approved by the company's shareholders at its annual meeting in September. The first payout was set at CHF 0.21 per share, or about $0.22 per share at current exchange rates.

Top Tech Companies To Invest In 2014: BTU International Inc.(BTUI)

BTU International, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, sale, and service of thermal processing systems used in various manufacturing processes primarily in the electronics, alternative energy, and automotive industries worldwide. Its alternative energy products include solar processing equipment for silicon and thin film photovoltaics, including in-line thermal systems and coating systems; in-line diffusion systems; rapid thermal processing furnaces for the solar cell metallization process; and walking beam and pusher systems for sintering nuclear fuel. The company?s electronics products comprise thermal processing systems used in the solder reflow and curing stages of printed circuit board assembly; convection reflow systems; and wafer level and die level semiconductor packaging systems. Its products are used in various applications, such as solar cell manufacturing, nuclear fuel processing, printed circuit board assembly, and semiconductor packaging. The company pr imarily serves multinational original equipment manufacturers and contract manufacturing companies. BTU International markets and sells its products directly, as well as through independent sales representatives. The company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in North Billerica, Massachusetts.

Top Tech Companies To Invest In 2014: DigitalGlobe Inc (DGI)

DigitalGlobe, Inc. provides commercial earth imagery products and information services worldwide. It collects imagery products and services through its QuickBird, WorldView-1, and WorldView-2 satellites, as well as aerial and satellite imagery from third party suppliers. The company offers a range of online and offline distribution options, including desktop software applications; Web services, which provide direct online access to the company�s image library; file transfer protocol; physical media, such as CD, DVD, and hard drive; and direct access program that facilitates certain customers to task and download data from its WorldView-1 and WorldView-2 satellites. Its imagery products and services support various uses, including defense, intelligence and homeland security, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, and infrastructure management. DigitalGlobe, Inc. serves defense contractors; civil government agencies; providers of location-b ased services; and various companies in energy, telecommunications, utility, forestry, mining, financial services, environmental, and agricultural industries through direct and indirect channels. The company was formerly known as EarthWatch, Incorporated and changed its name to DigitalGlobe, Inc. in August 2002. DigitalGlobe, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Longmont, Colorado. DigitalGlobe, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Seth Jayson]

    DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI  ) reported earnings on May 7. Here are the numbers you need to know.

    The 10-second takeaway
    For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), DigitalGlobe missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    The second well-researched pick that worked out in the long run was satellite manufacturer GeoEye. After a few balks, the company was acquired by DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI  ) . Similar to Hess, GeoEye was caught in a temporary downturn caused by short-term-minded investors. The company still held the highest-resolution commercial remote-sensing satellite and, despite having a smaller geospatial archive than DigitalGlobe, was 3.6 times more efficient in turning its imagery into revenue. The company was trading at $19 per share 13 months ago, but ended life as an independent company at over $35 per share.

Top Tech Companies To Invest In 2014: Olidata Spa(OLI.MI)

Olidata S.p.A. engages in the production and distribution of personal computers in Europe. It purchases, assembles, services, markets, and programs computers, laser printers, tapes and accessories for the computers; and supports the magnetic reproduction of data for computers and accessory equipment, and other office machines and equipment. In addition to personal computers, Olidata's range of products includes notebooks, workstations, servers, monitors, and LCD televisions. The company also purchases and sells patents, technical processes, and know-how; and acquires and grants licenses.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Promoted Small Caps Set to Sink, Swim or Surge This Week? MCGI, UMDI & DKAM

Last Friday, small cap stocks MedCAREERS Group Inc (OTCMKTS: MCGI), USmart Mobile Device Inc (OTCMKTS: UMDI) and Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd (OTCMKTS: DKAM) were all over the place with the first two sinking 54% and 48.05%, respectively, while the last one rose 10.81%. It should be mentioned that all three small cap stocks have been the subject of paid promotions albeit none of these stocks have been over promoted. So where can investors and traders expect these stocks to head this week? Here is a quick look at what you might expect:

MedCAREERS Group Inc (OTCMKTS: MCGI) Gets Additional Commitments to Join Its Subsidiary

Small cap MedCAREERS Group aims to develop and build value through its wholly-owned subsidiary Nurses Lounge, Inc., an online professional network and communication source for nurses that offers a 21st century solution to recruitment and information that cannot be accomplished on a static nursing school or association website. On Friday, MedCAREERS Group sank 54% to $0.0575 for a market cap of $3.03 million plus MCGI is up 161.4% since the start of the year and down 93.9% over the past five years according to Google Finance.


What's the Catch with MedCAREERS Group Inc? According to various disclosures, a transaction or transactions of $17.5k has or will occur to mention MedCAREERS Group in various investment newsletters. Earlier this month, MedCAREERS Group announced that the Nurses Lounge had returned from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing fall meeting in Washington DC with commitments from approximately 60 nursing schools and associations to join and utilize the network. Otherwise, MedCAREERS Group has largely been quiet except for SEC filings. A quick look at MedCAREERS Group's financials reveals revenues of $2k (most recent reported quarter), $6k, $6k and $8k for the past four quarters along with net losses of $263k (most recent reported quarter), $186k, $522k and $177k. At the end of July, MedCAREERS Group had $77k in cash to cover $1,178k in current liabilities. So it remains to be seen whether adding 60 nursing schools and associations to the Nurses Lounge will generate MedCAREERS Group any real revenues – let alone net income.

USmart Mobile Device Inc (OTCMKTS: UMDI) Has Been Quiet Lately

Small cap USmart Mobile Device is an integrated China-based designer, manufacturer and distributor of advanced technologies spanning smartphone and semiconductor components. Through the September 2012 acquisition of Jussey Investments, the company has become a one-stop solution provider of smartphone components serving OEM customers spanning local China mobile phone companies and established telecom carriers. On Friday, USmart Mobile Device sank 48.05% to $0.08 for a market cap of $3.17 million plus UMDI is down 38.5% since the start of the year and down 59% over the past five years according to Google Finance.


What's the Catch With USmart Mobile Device Inc? According to various disclosures, a transaction or transactions of $15k has or will occur to mention USmart Mobile Device in various investment newsletters. However, USmart Mobile Device has not issued any news beyond filings since last May when it reported net revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 of $14.5 million verses $42.4 million for the same period last year plus net income of $888.3k thanks to a one-off profit from the disposal of fixed assets in the amount of $1.9 million. It was also noted that with the acquisition of Jussey on September 28, 2012, USmart Mobile Device has diversified its business interests from a memory components distributor to an IDH (Industrial Design House) focusing on smartphone products. A quick look at USmart Mobile Device's financials reveals revenues of $25,008k (most recent reported quarter), $14,460k, $38,118k and $49,488k for the past four quarters along with a net loss of $78k (most recent reported quarter), net income of $888k, a net loss of $4,036k and net income of $1,410k. At the end of June, USmart Mobile Device had $1,748k in cash and $1,738k in receivables to cover $33,485k in current liabilities. Given the last press release about financials, the balance sheet and the fact that USmart Mobile Device is based in China, investors might want to be a little cautious.

Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd (OTCMKTS: DKAM) Increases Its Distribution Footprint

Small cap Drinks Americas Holdings is the exclusive United States broker for leading premium authentic Mexican beers currently present in over 32 states and is on target to be the leading broker for this growing category in each of the markets in which it operates. All the beers are brewed in Mexico's third largest brewery, Mexican owned Cerveceria Mexicana. On Friday, Drinks Americas Holdings rose 10.81% to $0.0041 for a market cap of $120,890 plus DKAM is down 96.8% since the start of the year and down 97.9% over the past five years according to Google Finance.

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What's the Catch With Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd? According to various disclosures, a transaction or transactions of $3k has or will occur to mention Drinks Americas Holdings in various investment newsletters. Last Wednesday, Drinks Americas Holdings announced that its authentic Mexican craft beer, Day of the Dead, is now offered across brand concepts of international restaurant group Richard Sandoval Restaurants (RSR) which has over 35 restaurant concepts spanning Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New York, Virginia, Washington DC as well as in Dubai, Serbia, Qatar and Mexico. In addition and earlier this month, Drinks Americas Holdings announced that Day of the Dead is being rolled out nationally in over 259 Cost Plus World Market stores nationwide. A quick look at Drinks Americas Holdings' financials reveals the lates financials date from the end of January and revenues of $1,205k (most recent reported quarter), $1,931k, $1,290k and $1,860k for the past four reported quarters along with net losses of $2,043k (most recent reported quarter), $9,015k, $438k and $236k. At the end of January, Drinks Americas Holdings had $295k in cash to cover $5,192k in current liabilities. Given that those financials are almost a year old, investors might want to wait for the company to get caught up.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sony sells over 1 million PlayStation 4s

Sony's PlayStation 4 is off to a hot start. Consumers in North America bought more than 1 million PS4s within the first 24 hours of the new $399 home video game console going on sale Friday. That's the fastest start for a PlayStation system so far.

Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, posted the news on Twitter Sunday.

PS4 has sold through over 1 million units within 24 hours of the launch in North America!!! :D

— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 17, 2013

As often happens when a mass release of a high-tech product occurs, a few consumers get a lemon. Some PS4 owners reported that their new console would not output video and had a flashing light, entertainment news site reported.

"A handful of people have reported issues with their PlayStation 4 systems," Sony said in a statement to IGN. "This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch."

And the highly publicized release of PS4 attracted the attention of some thieves. Two men were arrested in Bakersfield, Calif., after robbing a customer of a PS4 outside a store, Yahoo News reported. And in Hutchinson, Kan., thieves broke into a home and took a PS4 in the early morning hours Saturday.

Sony will release the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on Nov. 29 and in Japan on Feb. 22, 2014. For more information, see Sony's PlayStation 4 Ultimate FAQ.

For more on the PlayStation 4, go to USA TODAY Tech's Gaming coverage.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Jim Chanos to Bloomberg TV

Jim Chanos, founder and president of Kynikos Associates, told Erik Schatzker, Stephanie Ruhle and Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers" today that China has been a bright spot on the short side: "You have a credit system gone crazy there."

Chanos went on to speak about tech companies, saying that he's interested in "companies growing larger by even larger acquisitions." He also cautions on tech stocks with limited floats and he's gotten out of Microsoft since Kynikos' last filing.

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Chanos on whether we're at the inflection point in the cycle where credit starts to deteriorate again:

"I don't think so - not yet. Again, there's a place where that is definitely happening so we don't have to guess. That's happening in China. You have a credit system gone crazy there. New debt has been running anywhere from 30 to 40% of GDP a year. Think about that for a second. Their economy is going 10% nominally, 7.5% real and 2.5% inflation. If you are growing your debt at 35 and your economy is growing 10 a year, that means that new debt is growing 25 percentage points greater than your economy. And using the old rule of 72, that means you double your debt to GDP every three years. So when we started looking at China, total debt in China to GDP is about 100% of GDP. It's now about 200%."

On Caterpillar:

"Our view on Caterpillar as well as a few other companies globally - not Chinese companies - has to do with what we also see as the end of the commodities super cycle - industrial commodities, which have just gone ballistic in the last 10 years on the China infrastructure and real estate buildup. If you look at things like iron ore, copper, cement, steel, it's all the same story. To give your viewers an idea, in 1991 total capex in the mining area globally was $4 billion. 10 years later, it was $14 billion as we got to 2001 and 2002. in the next 10 years from '02 to now at the peak, it went from $14 billion to $120 billion. a! n arithmetic function became a geometric function in the last 10 years. When people say it could drop off a little bit, they think it could drop off slightly. It could drop off a lot."

On shorting the Australian dollar:

"There are countries that will not do as well. But there are big commodity companies, companies that have gone on acquisitions sprees. We are actually long on a couple of companies in Australia that are more diversified and we are short the leverage guys who have gone off and leveraged up their balance sheet. One of the great thing about the short side is i don't always have to disclose my positions…We have been public on a few companies. One is Fortescue, which is a poster child for a one-way bet. It's an iron ore play. It's a leveraged iron ore play. Iron ore is about $130, up from 40 or 50 for years and years and years. We have talked about Vale as well in the past and I think it's safe to say we're still pretty negative on Vale."

On how recent findings in China have confirmed his positions:

"I think that the continued push for investment spending, every time the economy seems to slow down. Infrastructure, real estate. Even in the August data, we saw in the July data people got excited again. China is pulling out of this June credit blip. It was all new products being approved. They don't know how to change this model and we've been talking about it for three years. The problem is it simply the same story. Stick a shovel in the ground, put up another building, another stadium, another railroad…at this point, the returns are minimal. We saw on your newswire yesterday, about 50 new international airports being greenlighted in China. And really there's only room for five or six."

On how hard is it for his team to get real research on China:

"It's a lot easier than you might think. The thing about a real estate bubble and an investment bubble is that it's visible. You can literally go to these cities, and we have, and just travel up and down t! he boulev! ards and take photos and compare the ones you did from one year ago to current ones. China does give you decent granularity at the company level. The banks give you a lot of data, they do trade publicly in Hong Kong. There is good disclosure in the Hong Kong market. It's not as difficult to get information as you might think."

On how China is going to have an impact on the global economy:

"Anybody selling raw materials into china. Africa will have a problem. Australia will have a problem. Brazil will have a problem. The amount of Chinese capital going into these projects globally will dry up…it depends when they need to repatriate the capital back to china. all of these things will probably happen, when is a good question, but it's already happening in terms of market prices. The Chinese market has continued to underperform. Every other global market is basically up."

On whether it's difficult to have short positions when in a waiting period:

"The one place my investors are happy we have been short is china. Everything else has been more problematic on the short side than China. It has been a place that the credit cycle is continuing to unfold in slow motion and pressuring equity returns. One fun fact -- the Chinese economy has basically quadrupled in nominal terms over the past 10 years. The Chinese equity market is basically flat over that time. That's an amazing statistic."

On what he's working on right now:

"I'm not going to reveal anything I shouldn't but I will say that one of the areas we are most interested in right now, similar to what got us interested in Hewlett Packard which was the Autonomy acquisition, is companies growing larger by even larger acquisitions. Increasingly now, we are seeing the point in some of these companies where they are having to make the acquisition too far, which was Tyco's problem 10 years ago. In order to keep the game going, they're going to have to do bigger and bigger deals."

On Apple:

"They have that q! uaint not! ion of developing their own products internally with their own design teams as opposed to some of these companies who basically -- and you have heard me complain about this and Cory understands this concept better than most. Companies in tech that acquire lots of companies are basically capitalizing their R&D…think the free cash flow looks good and thus Hewlett-Packard or dell or IBM, as you mentioned. But if you look at acquisitions as R&D, suddenly a lot of these companies look a lot more expensive than they do on the surface."

On Amazon, Netflix, Pandora,

"The problem not with Amazon and to a lesser extent with Netflix, but some of the other ones you mentioned right now, is that retail investors are falling in love with concepts again. They've fallen in love with concepts with limited floats--not enough shares outstanding. The whole world can get very excited about Pandora or a company that makes electric cars or whatever you might want to say, but if there are only a million shares outstanding in public hands as opposed to hundreds of millions outstanding which inexorably will get onto the market through venture capital distribution, insider sales, and this is what happened in 1999 and 2000. As these stocks were higher and higher, there was suddenly a flood of issuance....I'm not commenting on whether we are short Pandora. The point is that a lot of these stocks are trading on very, very limited floats. Even though they have big market caps, the amount of tradable shares is limited and that's going to change radically in the fourth quarter of 2013 and into 2014 if prices stay where they are. It makes a lot of sense for the original investors to diversify."

On how he figures out timing:

"That's the $64 million zillion dollar question on the short side. If we could time these things perfectly, there'd be no fun in the process. In any case, it's a mixture of things. Is the business deteriorating? We have pointed out over and over again that our best shorts ! historica! lly are stocks that have appeared cheap. The businesses were deteriorating faster than the value investors were lowering their numbers. Many of those companies get into financial trouble. Everybody says be careful shorting on valuation and i think that's a good bromide. On the other hand, not factoring in valuation when you buy a stock can kill you too, and nobody ever says that. I would caution a lot of investors out there--whether or not you want to short stocks or not--you ought to take valuation into account when you buy something because it will matter at some point."

On whether he's long Microsoft:

"We have actually since the filing gotten out of it…for a variety of business reasons that I think Bloomberg has covered well…I am very leery of tech companies that become value stocks. It just never seems to work Apple trades like a value stock but I don't think it's a value stock. I think Apple is still innovating and is a good consumer product. I'm not so sure Apple is a technology company as much as a consumer products company. Microsoft is a technology company."

On Herbalife:

"We were short this last year. When the stock took a nose dive on Bill Ackman's disclosure of his position, we felt the risk reward changed. I'm watching from the sidelines like everyone else...My view is, just as an analyst, that any business that is predicated on selling overpriced products to consumers and/or distributors is ultimately a flawed business model."