Category Archives: Warren Buffett Stocks

[ September 2, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 41268 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Behind the stock markets anxious ups and downs of late lies the fear that a weakening U.S. and global economy could dash hopes for an uptick in corporate earnings. For the first quarter, earnings season is nearly done. More than 90% of big companies have reported results and they were lackluster. Most beat analyst estimates, but only because expectations were rock bottom. Profit gains for S&P 500 companies were just 2.1% overall compared with a year earlier, well below the previous quarters 8.5% rise, FactSet said. Now investors are seeing soft reports on industrial production, housing starts, consumer sentiment and European economic growth, and they are growing anxious. Top European Companies To Buy Right Now: Flamel Technologies S.A.(FLML) Flamel Technologies S.A., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the development and commercialization of controlled-release therapeutic products based on its proprietary polymer based technology in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, France, … Continue reading

[ September 1, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 69824 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

For Alcoa (NYSE: AA  ) investors, a flat day was not what they had hoped for after the company announced its first-quarter results yesterday evening. But for the broader-market S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) , Alcoa’s report was exactly what investors needed to hear, with so little in the way of economic news on the table through the first two days of this week. The first quarter certainly won’t go down in any record books for the aluminum giant. However, that didn’t stop it from surpassing Wall Street’s EPS expectations and holding to its 2013 forecast, which calls for an increase in global demand of 7%. Pricing of most metals, aluminum included, remains a sticking point, yet Alcoa’s figures are good enough to merit the assumption that global demand may be on the precipice of a rebound. High off that earnings buzz, investors drove the S&P 500 higher by 5.54 points (0.35%), … Continue reading

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It was inevitable. Hashtags finally made their debut on Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  ) earlier this week. For users, this means an easier way to view discussion feeds and one more method for staying connected to a virtual community. But what about for investors? This is yet another change that will make the site stickier, boosting switching costs for Facebook’s more than 1.11 billion monthly active users. Hashtags build communityFor longtime Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest users, hashtags are nothing new. For anyone else who’s still catching up, these are the keywords, trends, or topics within a social-networking platform that are prefixed with the pound symbol. You might see something like “#NBAfinals” or “#Obama” crop up as users offer related commentary about these topics in their tweets or posts. Source: Facebook Newsroom. But what really makes hashtags powerful is that they’re hyperlinked to a feed that displays all conversations mentioning that hashtagged … Continue reading

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At the end of summer, there was nearly $1.5 trillion in assets under management across the U.S. universe of exchange-traded products, including ETFs and ETNs. And while traditional market capitalization weighted funds still rule the roost, ETFs that use alternative weighting strategies deserve attention. Through mid-2013, non-market cap weighted funds captured 42% of equity ETP flows YTD, more than two times their share of equity assets compared to 2012, according to BlackRock. Key drivers to this trend are dividend income and minimum volatility funds. It should be noted the universe of non-market cap weighted ETFs includes equal weight funds, low and high volatility products along with fundamentally weighted products that use one or multiple factors for screening and weighting securities. To be sure, investors, professional and retail, have already displayed plenty of adulation for equal weight ETFs. For example, the Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (RSP) has outperformed the SPDR … Continue reading

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It’s been a long time coming for both natural gas and solar as viable sources of energy in the United States. Both have been struggling with a lack of consumer and industrial buy-in, but both could be right around the corner. Is either one standing out at the moment? The debate is onIn the following video, Motley Fool analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman each weigh in on how natural gas and solar have been performing lately and which companies are taking the lead. Both options have made progress recently, with Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE  ) building out its “America’s Natural Gas Highway” initiative and SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR  ) producing more efficient solar panels. Has Clean Energy Fuels solved the “chicken-or-the-egg” debate?The movement toward alternative energy is gaining momentum. One potential opportunity in this field is Clean Energy Fuels, which focuses its natural gas efforts primarily on trucking and fleets. It’s … Continue reading