Category Archives: Warren Buffett Stocks

[ October 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 12726 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

International investments offer unheard of growth potential for U.S. investors. With domestic growth in the gutters, some utilities have headed overseas to send sales soaring. But riskier markets, erratic regulation, and currency fluctuations can kill a company’s competitiveness. Let’s take a look at four utilities to see if international adventures will send their dividend stocks booming or busting. Nobody expects the Spanish InquisitionNextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE  ) is the nation’s largest producer of renewable energy, but the sun isn’t shining in Spain. In February, the Spanish government changed legislation that, up until that point, made renewable energy pricing cost effective for NextEra’s 100 MW solar farm. With the facility nearing completion, NextEra is pushing ahead with construction and taking a $300 million hit for Q1. The company reported earnings last week, reminding investors that NextEra has “removed from our financial expectations all contributions to operating earnings and cash flow from this … Continue reading

[ October 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 20250 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

General Motors has announced that it will recall a small number of Chevrolet Sonics for a potential fire risk. Affected are about 1,558 model-year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Sonics in the U.S. and another about 100 in Canada. The problem is that faulty fuel-tank strap welds could allow the strap bracket to separate, causing the fuel tank to rest on the exhaust pipe or plastic fuel-tank shield. If the fuel-tank shield and fuel-filler neck do not support the fuel tank, it may then separate from the vehicle. If that happens and the tank is punctured or in the presence of an ignition source, a fire may occur. GM said motorists experiencing the problem may hear a rattling or scraping noise. GM said the problem was discovered at the GM Orion plant that makes Sonic for North America. It said there have been no customer complaints, crashes, injuries or fires resulting … Continue reading

[ October 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 27273 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Southern (NYSE: SO  ) announced today that it, along with partner Turner Renewable Energy, has acquired First Solar’s (NASDAQ: FSLR  ) 139 MW Campo Verde solar farm. This marks the utility’s fifth solar acquisition, and its first in California. “When it comes to developing the full portfolio of energy resources, Southern Company is developing solutions — not rhetoric,” said Southern Chairman, President, and CEO Thomas A. Fanning in a statement today. “By acquiring the Campo Verde Solar Project — our largest solar installation to date — we’re more than doubling our solar capacity and increasing the diversity of our generation fleet.” Southern has been on a renewables rampage over the past six months. The corporation announced yesterday that it’s purchasing another 250 MW of wind capacity for its Georgia Power utility, and it also recently agreed to contract 210 MW of solar power over the next two years. According to the press … Continue reading

[ October 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 65795 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Perhaps Tim Cook’s best-known claim to fame is that he constructed what’s widely regarded as the best supply chain in the world for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) . Market researcher Gartner even ranks companies based on supply chain prowess, and Apple takes the cake by a long shot. The Mac maker’s composite score in the 2012 rankings put it ahead of McDonald’s, one of the largest fast food chains in the world, as well as the largest retailer in the world, Wal-Mart. Apple outscored rival Samsung by nearly three-fold. Apple is known for making billions of dollars of inventory component prepayments to secure supply, a figure that currently stands at $3.6 billion. Source: SEC filings. Calendar quarters shown. Can Samsung squeeze Apple’s supply chain? Main squeeze One of Samsung’s biggest strengths in the battle for smartphone dominance has been its vertical integration, an infrastructure it built as an Apple supplier itself. … Continue reading

[ October 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 22794 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index exchange-traded fund posted the longest rally in three weeks as U.S. manufacturing data bolstered confidence in global growth. Stocks in Turkey (XU100) and Dubai sank as an Israeli missile-defense test provoked concern about regional tensions. The developing-nation ETF added 0.6 percent to $38.26, gaining for a fourth day. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index declined 0.5 percent to 933.94. Chinas stocks jumped as Premier Li Keqiang said hes confident the country will achieve this years economic goals. Dubais DFM General Index and The Borsa Istanbul National 100 Index slid more than 2.2 percent. Turkeys lira sank to a record low and Indias rupee fell amid higher oil prices and concern about a credit-rating downgrade. The Institute for Supply Managements manufacturing index increased to 55.7 in August from 55.4 a month earlier, beating the median forecast of 85 economists surveyed by Bloomberg of 54. Stocks were … Continue reading