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ComScore Claims to have a Larger Panel
2009-07-16 00:12:00
ComScore (SCOR) and Nielsen are both market research and audience measurement businesses. They have a "panel" of independent internet users whose activities they monitor (with permission of course) and based on the internet usage of this panel, they publish broader internet measures like unique visitors, visits, page views, time spent etc. for most of the highly trafficked web sites on the
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Kiplinger's Top 5 Stocks for Dad
2009-06-19 18:02:00
This post was submitted by Laura Stevens of the Rosen Group. Dads, you're probably expecting a tie or a set of power tools this Father's Day. If you have enough of those already (or even if you don't), has a gift you'll really appreciate: stock picks in companies that cater to your tastes. Kiplinger’s Top 5 Stocks for Dad are: Diageo (DEO) This seller of such brands as Johnnie
Malcolm Gladwell Explains Outliers
2009-06-12 07:22:00
Malcolm Gladwell, the bestselling author of Blink and Tipping Point hits it out of the park again in his latest book, "Outliers".In this book, Gladwell explains the successes of successful people whom he calls Outliers and talks about how culture, opportunity and surrounding factors impact and contribute to these successes.He explains why the people of Rosetto, PA never died of sickness or
Top Ten Stock Tweets to Follow
2009-06-03 22:59:00
The Twitterverse is getting larger by the minute and sites like Stock twits are gaining strong popularity among financial bloggers. But amidst all the hoopla, it can get mighty difficult to weed out the noise and focus on the opinions that matter to you. My list of Twitter "friends" and followers is public information but if you want to know who I think is really worth following, check out my list
Game Over for GameStop
2009-06-02 21:08:00
Microsoft announced at E3 this week that the Zune Store will be offering video game downloads to the XBox 360 console thereby removing the middle-man (read Game Stop). This is bad news for the video game retailer and comes on the heels of the Walmart announcement last month, that the giant retailer would be testing video game trade-in kiosks in 77 stores across some key markets in the east.
Hedge your US Dollar Risk
2009-06-01 22:50:00
The US Dollar has recovered over the last 8 months or so, partly due to the weakness in global markets and currencies and partly due to the decline in oil. Now that oil has moved much higher from its January lows, the dollar is starting to show signs of resuming its long-term downtrend.So why is the US Dollar in a long-term downtrend? Well the trade deficit is one reason. The second being the
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5 Reasons to be Bullish
2009-05-29 00:11:00
This market seems to come back strong after each small pull back. I believe the reasons for being bullish are:Too many bears out there questioning every rally. More bears is good for the bulls because that means more people can turn bullish and go long. This also means that those that are shorting this market willat some point, get squeezed out of their positions, propelling the markets even
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Give Jeff Macke a Break
2009-05-22 22:53:00
Financial bloggers, websites and tweeters have been quick to jump down Jeff Macke's throat in reaction to his disastrous appearance on CNBC earlier this week. Jeff has been a core part of CNBC's Fast Money and his humor and swagger has been refreshing to watch over the years. While its hard and probably wrong to speculate on what is going on with him, here is wishing him well.The disastrous
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Solar Stocks and Clean Energy in a Perfect Storm
2009-05-21 09:48:00
It wasn't too long ago that Oil prices were at $35 a barrel and energy bears were betting on it hitting $20. But as I have pointed out time and again on this blog, oil, much like the rest of this market, does not trade rationally. Inventory, supply, demand - all these are a thing of the past. Today, markets don't care about these mundane concepts. They trade on speculation and at the mercy of
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Top ETFs to Buy Now - Part 1
2009-05-20 23:32:00
United States Natural Gas Fund - UNGNatural Gas has been one of the hardest hit areas of the market, getting beaten down even worse than Oil, losing 80% of its value since July 2008. Earlier this week, natural gas futures hit their highest point in 3 months, indicating a recovery is in the works. Since hitting a new 52-week low of of under $13 just last month, United States Natural Gas Fund UNG
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Follow my Tweets for Quick Picks
2009-05-20 20:26:00
On May 14th, I tweeted:Since then, Trina Solar is up 23%.Now I don't always have time for the "why" so I tweet some of my "Quick Picks". Now mind you, some of my picks won't work out so act responsibly and don't trade unless you are convinced. The Quick Picks are more of an idea rather than a trade so it should prompt you to look into the stock and do some analysis before you pull the trigger.If
Jim Rogers likes Commodities: Says No to Stocks
2009-05-19 21:51:00
Jim Rogers recently spent an hour with Bloomberg. Key points from his interview:Stocks and Bonds are too risky and Jim wants to stay away.He likes commodities and specially agriculture, due to lack of farmers, farming and shortage of food and fertilizer.He thinks government should let banks go belly-up and stop flooding the market with dollars.Dollar is not a good currency to be in and neither is
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Google's Android will become the default Mobile Platform
2009-05-18 21:31:00
Google's Android OS is the hottest ever OS for mobile devices. In fact, over a handful of Android devices (some say as high as 20) are slated to launch this year alone from HTC, Sony, Samsung, and even Garmin. I have said this before but I truly believe that Android will be the single most commonly used platform on mobile devices in 2 years. Even cell phone makers local to China and Japan are
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Nasdaq Might be a Better Buy in the Short-Term
2009-05-11 20:45:00
Get The Wall Street Journal for 75% off!The markets are up really big since March. But while the S&P and Dow Jones are up 37% and 30% respectively, the Banking Index (BKX) is up 135%. Needless to say, a good amount of the upswing in the market has been caused by the Banking Index. Over the next few weeks, I think some of the other sectors look more attractive. If the market goes up, these sectors
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Top Stocks to Buy in 2009 Part 3
2009-05-08 20:47:00
Get Cramer's best stock picks & his latest bestseller FREE. To learn how, CLICK HEREI realize this post is a couple of months late. Markets have rallied over 30% since March 9th, which was the lowest point in US equity markets in over 12 years. So I apologize to those that follow this blog for not getting this out sooner. Fact of the matter is that other priorities have taken over and it gets
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Is this Rally Sustainable?
2009-05-05 02:13:00
Isn't that the million dollar question? I mean the market has raced up some 35% since the beginning of March and the S&P is now positive for the year, after having hit 12 year lows less than 50 trading days ago. Here are just a few things to consider:This rally could be nothing but shorts covering. S&P index, represented by SPY, while above its 50 DMA is still below is 200 DMA. Failure of the 50
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Take Profits on Google
2009-04-16 21:39:00
Google reports earnings after the market close today, a report that has been highly anticipated by the investing public. Gearing up for this earnings release, analysts have both lowered and upped their estimates. Regardless of what happens, I believe that prudent investors should take some profits considering that the stock has run up over 30% over the last 3 months. Google's search market share
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Cramer vs. Stewart
2009-03-31 03:22:00
I admire Jim Cramer . He is loud, he is obnoxious and his picks may be off sometimes, but he puts on a good show, has a loyal following, has a successful financial website and has authored at least 4 books and counting.I used to listen to his radio show a few years back, watched him on Kudlow & Cramer on CNBC, and then watched his TV show (Mad Money) for the first few months. One of the things
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Don't Buy What You Don't Understand
2009-03-26 06:27:00
A friend of mine asked me recently:"Would do you think of Citibank's stock. I understand the current situation of the finance sector, but what do you think of Citibank?"This is not the first time someone has asked me. A cousin of mine told me he bought Citibank at $5 and I told him it was a mistake. The next day, the stock was at $6, and he called me to gloat. Of course, a month later, the stock
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Growth in Digital Marketing and How to Benefit from it
2009-03-03 06:58:00
The economy has affected all sectors of the world economy and there is not a single area that has not felt the pain. Retail, autos, health-care, finance, non-profit, government, manufacturing, services, consumer staples - all have suffered in some form or another. One of the areas hit hardest is Media. Anyone affiliated with media agencies, service providers, newspapers, television and radio
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It is that kind of an Economic Climate
2009-02-28 12:13:00
The following comic strips demonstrate perfectly the economic and financial environment we are in.-- Faisal Laljee
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Ford a Likely Survivor of the Auto-Industry Fallout
2009-02-16 08:48:00
It is no surprise that Chrysler, GM and Ford F – the former Big 3, now the “Barely Surviving 3”, keep reporting abysmal sales month after month, while mounting their losses into the billions. Their stocks are at levels not seen since the 1970’s, and speculation about their survival occupies many headlines across the media spectrum. If one were to bet on one of these three to make it out of this
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Top Stocks to Buy in 2009 - Part 2
2009-02-09 08:24:00
The first part of this post was published last month. Please click here to see the Top Stocks to Buy in 2009 - Part 1. As I said before, these lists are guides for you to do your own research. We are living in a particularly horrible time for stocks, so please do NOT go out and buy these picks blindly. Wait for the market to have a couple of bad days before you buy some and as much as possible,
Jim Rogers speaks out against bail outs
2009-02-08 08:03:00
On the subject of economics and financial markets, Jim Rogers is one of the few people that I really like listening to. Whether it is the US economy or other parts of the world, Jim Rogers , believes that bailing out failed institutions with money from successful ones is not good economics. I agree with that notion as would most people. The problem we face though is that the failed institutions in
The New Price of Oil
2009-01-22 03:59:00
If you are like me, you must be annoyed at the price of oil. From $145 to $35 in 6 months with no major event. If anything, the Israel attack on Gaza and the production cuts would drive oil the other way. Some argue recession and a lack of demand from China and India, but such things don't change over night.The real reason for this move is speculation. Oil should not have been at $145 to begin
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Alcoa and GE earnings spook markets
2008-04-11 22:15:00
The earnings season couldn't have got off to a worse star with Alcoa and GE both disappointing. But one has to question why the market reacted so violently this week to these 2 behemoths. After all, over the last 5 years, both stocks have made absolutely no money for investors. I am the first to agree that a weak economy would certainly impact these companies, but then they didn't exactly outperform during economic expansion either. All I am saying is that we need to get away from being jolted by the stocks of yesteryear. They are old news and I am not influenced by their earnings. I am still concerned about the recession and the markets but these companies are not a good measure of our broader markets. -- Faisal Laljee Full Disclosure: I do not own GE or AA but my position can change anytime without notice.
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Tax Time Does Nothing for Intuit or H&R Block
2008-04-10 11:34:00
April 15th is perhaps one of the most feared deadlines that every American has to contend with every year. But there are two companies (unless you consider Uncle Sam to be a company in which case there are three) that make a living off this one deadline.First, over 50 years ago, H&R Block and then more recently, Intuit decided it would make filing taxes its business. Its a great idea - every American needs to file taxes, and the tax code gets more complicated every year. But both HRB and INTU have not performed well as stocks for quite some time. Why?Well, let's look at the easier stock first. Intuit was the first online tax preparation software and cornered the tax software market with Turbo Tax. It defied HRB's brick and mortar model and single handedly changed the landscape for tax preparation and filing. But aside from its Turbo Tax software, which goes through minor revisions every year, what revolutionary piece of software has Intuit really come up with? Quicken? Quickbo...
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Visa - It's Everywhere You Want to Invest
2008-03-21 03:02:00
It might seem counter intuitive to go out and buy Visa (V) simply based on the performance of Mastercard (MA) since that stock went public almost two year ago and has scored investors a 400% return despite pricing significantly higher than expected at it IPO. But if you look at all the high profile IPO's over the last few years, IPO's of companies with strong earnings and a good, established brand, I can't recall a single one that has not done well. Google, Mastercard, Las Vegas Sands, VM Ware - all have done quite well since their IPO. You could make a case against VM Ware but that stock gained 100% before pulling back to its IPO price recently. So I recommend you look to buy Visa. I don't mean go and put in a market order, but it might be worth your while to put a limit order some 5-10% below its current price.-- Faisal LaljeeFull Disclosure: I own Visa but my position can change anytime without notice.
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Bargain Shop with Microsoft
2008-03-10 11:16:00
The market is definitely in need of a really bad day. A day that will have many an individual investor throw in the towel. A day that traders call CAPITULATION. This is when the market opens down huge or gets clobbered early on only to make a late day recovery. Typically, this signals a short-term bottom. While I am quite confident that stocks can be bought 5% cheaper than current levels, one really cannot predict or know when capitulation hits and trust me, this is one sale you don't want to miss.This is why some stocks like Goldman Sachs (GS), Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and even Google (GOOG) need to be bought when they are brought down during this brief window of opportunity. Let me explain here why I think Microsoft should be bought.The company announced a great quarter back in January, with EPS coming in over 90% higher year-over-year at 50 cents. Microsoft beat revenues by $410 million and improved operating margins by 12% over the same quarter last year. Even XBox 360 fi...
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China Mobile Rests at 200 Day Moving Average
2008-03-06 20:23:00
China Mobil (CHL) is down some 30% from its all time high during a period that has seen the broader indexes decline between 15-20%. Mobile usage in China is still growing rapidly and China Mobile is the largest player in the area. Although I am short the emerging markets and the S&P 500, I do believe that the market is putting a bottom at 1310 on the S&P. If that is indeed true, then I think China Mobile is a safe bet. However, if the market closes lower than 1300 on the S&P, I would be selling most of my long positions across the board.-- Faisal LaljeeFull Disclosure: I do not own CHL but I do own EEV and SDS and my positions can change anytime without notice.Related Stories:Chinese Market Looks DangerousTop 10 China Stocks to Buy Now
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