Once Again, a Lack of Participation

Once Again, a Lack of Participation

The S&P 500 has made it back to the area where numerous previous attempts at new highs failed. The NASDAQ Composite is almost back to its recent high: However, smaller cap stocks aren't moving as strongly: In fact, three quarters of all publicly traded stocks are either flat for the year or down more than → Read More

Do You Believe?

Do You Believe?

I do not believe the markets are on stable ground. Yes, we've seen a good rebound off the August correction. The S&P 500 fell 12.5% during the summer, and has since rebounded by 11.4% (Note: that doesn't mean the S&P 500 is back near its previous high). Volume has been decent during the rebound, but → Read More

Are Institutions Showing Their Faith In The Economy?

Are Institutions Showing Their Faith In The Economy?

The Seasonal Forecaster newsletter has 13 open stock positions right now: 12 long stock trades and 1 short stock trade. Most were entered in the past two months. Seven are sporting gains of 3% or more. The majority of open positions fall into two general categories: 1.    Industrials (manufacturers and service providers) Pioneer Natural Resources → Read More

What Stocks Are Doing Well?

What Stocks Are Doing Well?

I Googled several phrases like ‘Top Stocks for 2014' for stock recommendations from top advisors. I then checked how they actually performed over the year. It was a pretty mixed bag. We look at the 11.5% rise in the S&P 500 and think most stocks did well. Basically, it was hard to lose. Unless you → Read More

What Company Makes Business Accounting Easy, Is Rapidly Growing and Going Global?

What Company Makes Business Accounting Easy, Is Rapidly Growing and Going Global?

In Part I, we introduced you to a man who has founded, grown, and sold off two innovative software companies (and remains CTO within a firm he helped create to improve connectivity across mobile platforms) and for the past 8 years has worked with a partner to build the world’s first full Cloud-based small business → Read More

What Can Walmart and Google Teach Us About The Future For Intuit?

What Can Walmart and Google Teach Us About The Future For Intuit?

One of the most interesting themes that recurs within the investment world is the waxing and waning of corporations based upon how each company’s management responds to technological change and/or changes within customer preferences or expectations. Let’s consider two well-chronicled examples of this phenomenon: 1)    Sears (SHLD) versus Walmart (WMT): a.   Sears Roebuck began in → Read More

What Is The Chinese Conundrum of China?

What Is The Chinese Conundrum of China?

For untold centuries, the annals of Western Civilization have repeatedly described the fascination that China and “the Orient”[1] have held for explorers, historians, poets, writers, and (to a lesser extent) the average person. It is true that contact and trade between Asia and Europe began (in small measure) in the 3rd century B.C.[2] However, significant → Read More

What Stock Powers The Mobile Trend?

What Stock Powers The Mobile Trend?

The other day, I ran across a couple of interesting charts and decided to send them, without any context, on to an overseas colleague to solicit some analysis from him regarding what significance these charts might hold. Here are the two charts: My colleague’s response was very swift, as well as utterly concise: “QCOM”.[1] I → Read More

Professor Damodaran Reveals Precisely What Twitter Is Worth

Professor Damodaran Reveals Precisely What Twitter Is Worth

Can you feel the excitement in the air? Are you enjoying that special tingling that can energize us at certain times of the year?  Don’t the nuances, shades, and colors just amaze you?! What’s that? Oh, so you do love autumn – colors bursting everywhere, the crunch of leaves underfoot, that crisp chill in the → Read More

Deal of a Lifetime Or Dangerously Overvalued?

Deal of a Lifetime Or Dangerously Overvalued?

Consider this (true) story about a publically traded company: 1)    EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP: Entrepreneurial executives with established track records from prior companies are in charge of the company. 2)    ACCESS TO CAPITAL: Multiple deep pocket partners provide more than adequate financing for future growth, and new partners are waiting on the sidelines to “jump in”. 3)    → Read More

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