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[ April 24, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 32638 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

NEW ORLEANS Chris Bosh is a 6-foot-11 basketball superstar who has won two NBA Championships with the Miami Heat and an Olympic gold medal in 2008. He’s a nine-time All-Star with a silky smooth jump shot. In other words, he’s accomplished as any baller this side of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Yet when he heard about a new player-efficiency software program in development at All-Star festivities this weekend here, he sought out its maker, SAP, and asked for an instant demo. “I’m open to using any tool that helps, especially since we live in the information age,” says Bosh, who attended Georgia Tech for a year before going pro. “This is amazing stuff.” The pilot program that riveted Bosh, called SportVU, records every movement and action of a player during a 48-minute game. In all, 792,000 data points for the game’s participants are plotted. With a few clicks, an … Continue reading

[ April 24, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 64814 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

The two big U.S. automakers have been on a tear recently, with both Ford and General Motors rising around 50% in the past year. While these stocks may not be dirt cheap anymore, analyst Brendan Byrnes thinks there’s still opportunity in this space. Both a Ford and GM shareholder, Brendan says that when forced to pick which stock he would buy right now, he picks Ford. He says he likes Ford’s dividend, its cheaper valuation, the opportunity it has in China, and its more ambitious European plan. Check out the following video, in which Brendan talks with Fool contributor Andrew Tonner, for more on how these two big automakers compare. Worried about Ford?If you’re concerned that Ford’s turnaround has run its course, relax — there’s good reason to think that the Blue Oval still has big growth opportunities ahead. The Fool’s premium Ford research service outlines those opportunities. If you’re … Continue reading

[ April 23, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 57952 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: JASO) reported its first positive quarterly earnings in more than two years Monday morning to become the latest solar energy company to draw a line under the recovery of the solar photovoltaic (PV) makers. Some have done better than others, but compared with what was happening in the sector two or three years ago, 2014 has so far been a miracle year for solar makers. But what does this resurrection mean for investors? With a couple of exceptions, solar stocks hit a peak in 2008. First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) topped $300 a share briefly, SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) topped $125 a share, JA Solar hit $120, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) topped $40 and Trina Solar Ltd. (NYSE: TSL) reached its peak of more than $35 in mid-2007. At today’s prices one almost has to wonder if we are talking about the same … Continue reading

[ April 23, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 68084 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

About a year ago, I attempted to value Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B  ) , and I found it to be at least 20% undervalued at $82per B-share. Fast forward just over a year, and the B-shares have advanced 30% to almost $107. So, I figured it was time to sharpen up my pencil and reestimate the value. My conclusion: It is just as undervalued, even at today’s higher prices. My valuation approachBerkshire is a huge company, and notoriously difficult to value. Fortunately, Warren provides a pretty good framework for evaluating the intrinsic value. He laid it all out in his 2010 letter to shareholders. Basically, the value of Berkshire Hathaway shares comes down to two quantitative factors: Investments per share Operating earnings per share I’ve shown my math (and assumptions) below, and you’re free to use this methodology, also known as the two-column approach, to create your own valuation. 1. Investments … Continue reading

[ April 23, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 59983 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With shares of US Airways (NYSE:LCC) trading around $24, is LCC an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Lets analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement US Airways operates and owns passenger and freight airline carriers. Consumers and companies across the nation are now looking to travel at an increasing rate, and since air travel is quicker and less expensive, it is becoming a common transportation method for many. As costs decrease and flights become more efficient, look for business and retail customers to fly more than ever. Beginning next summer, US Airways customers will have new non-stop daily service at their disposal from the airlines international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport to Edinburgh. US Airways will operate flights to and from Edinburgh Airport on 176-seat dual-class Boeing 757 aircraft between May 23 and October 1. … Continue reading