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Three Garbage Stocks

Three Garbage Stocks

The market goes up everyday… This two-year chart represents the thirty varsity players on the U.S. economic court. You might look at this 100% gain in two years and think that this bull market is overdue for a correction. But don’t worry. Uncle Ben, our fair Chairman over at the United States Federal Reserve, has it all in hand. This is not the time to fret over debt, inflation, taxes, or unemployment… Don’t fight the Fed This market is simple. The Fed is pumping liquidity into the market at an unprecedented rate. There is an old Wall Street platitude that says “Don’t Fight the Fed.” It means you buy stocks when interest rates are dropping and sell when they are going up. The current Fed fund rate is at 0.25%. It can’t get much lower, and no one expects them to hike rates in the near future. What are you waiting for… zero percent? People heed the Bernanke It looks like folks just like you and me are putting the hard times behind them… The adjusted retail numbers for December showed $380.9 billion in sales, an increase of 0.6 percent from the previous month, and 7.9 percent above December 2009. Total sales for 2010 were up 6.6 percent. For the fourth quarter, they were up 7.8 percent. Car sales jumped 14.7 percent over last year. For non-store retailers like Amazon, sales jumped 15 percent. The unofficial numbers for January show a 4.1 percent gain from a year ago. This is great stuff. Amazon investors liked it so much that the company now trades at twice the price it did during the dot-com bubble in 1999. Amazing. ~~SIGNUP_WD~~ The screen It’s a good idea to screen for stocks at least once a week. I generally screen for low P/E, small market capitalization, and good dividend. From there, I go through the list and look for red flags and growth potential. I like the companies that are under $250 million in market value, with high future growth and fat margins. I also look at debt ratios. I call these “garbage stocks” because they ain’t for widows and orphans, but they tend to run under the right circumstances. Today, three companies in the retail sector popped up on my screen. All three shared my garbage stock credentials. And they have something else in common: They cater to the petite bourgeois. They are Books-A-Million (NASDAQ: BAMM), Collectors Universe (NASDAQ: CLCT), and CPI Corp. (NYSE: CPY). The merchant of Wal-Mart All of these companies sell products to the middle class, but none of their products are necessities… Books-A-Million runs 223 discount bookstores in the Southeastern United States. Collectors Universe provides third-party authentication, grading, and related services for rare collectibles like coins, trading cards, and sports memorabilia. CPI runs Wal-Mart Portrait Studios and PictureMe Portrait Studios. BAMM has a market cap of $92 million and a trailing P/E of 6.62. The company had a negative revenue growth of 5.5% year over year, but it does pay a fat 5.2% dividend. (They could also be a beneficiary of Barnes and Noble going bankrupt.) CLCT has a market cap of $109.34 million, a P/E of 6.6, gross margins of 60%, quarterly revenue growth of 8%, and a dividend yield of 9%. CPY has a market cap of $152 million, a P/E of 8.06, 8% margins, a flat quarterly revenue growth, and a 5.10% dividend yield. …

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A Makeover for eBay

Filed in amazon-com, eBay, Lear, New Gold, o, South African Gold, Spot Gold, ubs by on February 11, 2011 0 Comments
A Makeover for eBay

Filed under: Management , Competitive Strategy , eBay (EBAY) We’ve oft heard the saying: “We must reinvent ourselves.” This is the new mantra at eBay. According to chief executive John Donahoe: “Clearly, I hope you see that we are starting to play offense.” EBay ( EBAY ) has long been a dominant player in the e-commerce industry. Started in 1995 , it has brought together buyers and sellers in an auction format. Now, 16 years later and highly successful, the company finds a new competitor in Amazon.com ( AMZN ), which is grabbing market share. In the meantime, eBay has acquired Paypal, as a wholly owned subsidiary. Paypal, an online payment service, helped to propel eBay’s business transactions. Continue reading A Makeover for eBay A Makeover for eBay originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Amazon (Nasdaq:AMZN) Soars on Citigroup (NYSE:C) Price Target, "Buy" Rating

Filed in amazon-com, citigroup, E Reader, Gold Prices, kindle, o, target, wal-mart by on November 24, 2010 0 Comments

Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) is soaring today in anticipation of a big Christmas season and the reiteration by Citigroup (NYSE:C) analyst Mark Mahaney of a “Buy” rating on the online retailer. One of the major catalysts was the “Hot 20 toys” survey which included Amazon and major competitors Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT). Findings were when shipping was included for the hottest toys,

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The First $1 Trillion Stock

The First $1 Trillion Stock

I have a running debate with an old friend. The topic: Which stock will reach a $1 trillion market capitalization first? Market cap is (arguably) the best way to size up a company’s worth, as it takes everything into account: assets, liabilities, growth, and more. Market cap is calculated by multiplying a stock’s price by the total number of shares outstanding. Example: Microsoft’s current market cap is $218 billion. Microsoft has issued 8.65 billion shares over the years, so with the stock trading around $25, the market cap is ~$218b. Today, not one company in the world is worth more than $500 billion— let alone $1 trillion (that’s a 1 with 12 zeros ). And while we may not see a trillion dollar company for 10 years or more, trying to guess who will get there first is absolutely a worthwhile exercise. I like the fact that it forces long-term thinking. Which companies do you want to own for the long run, and why? But before we look at top trillion-dollar contenders, let’s take a minute to contemplate just how much money we’re talking about here. Remember, one billion = one thousand million. It’s pretty shocking when stated that way: a thousand million dollars . And a trillion is one thousand billion . The graphic below shows what $1b would look like next to an average-sized man. It uses stacks of 1,000 $100 bills, or $10,000 as the base (each $10k stack is only 1/2″ thick). And now $1 trillion (note that this one is double-stacked): image source These images should bring into focus how much money we’re talking about. The first company to reach this lofty peak will need to do something pretty impressive to get there ( unless inflation gets out of control sooner than expected ). Personally, I’m betting Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) will get there first— and I’ll explain why below. Here are five contenders. 1) Apple Market cap: $251b Annual revenue: $57b ttm (trailing twelve months) Rev growth: 61% YoY (year over year) Apple— which recently passed Microsoft in market cap — certainly …

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Indices Spike Down into Close

Filed in Gold, goldman sachs, lead, shares, silver by on August 30, 2010 0 Comments

Market Overview: The stock market indices suffered a down day to start the week, but did start with a little strength early on in the Nasdaq 100, when it retested that 1799-1800 zone unsuccessfully. The S&P 500 got up to 1064 and change and then began a slide that lasted the entire the session in stair-step fashion, which was fairly orderly until the last 15-20 minutes when it spiked down, leaving the SPX at the session lows. Net on the day, the Dow was down 140.92 to close at 10,009.73, the S&P 500 15.67 to 10,048.92, and the NAsdaq down 19.57 at 1772.07. Advance-declines were about 3 1/2 to 1 negative on New York and about 4 to 1 negative on Nasdaq. Up/down volume was 13 to 1 negative on New York on total volume of a very light 860 million, probably the lightest volume of the year. Nasdaq volume was just under 1.6 billion, but the ratio was 5 1/2 to 1 negative on down volume over up volume. Charts of the Day: Today we’re going to go over some of the Boxer Shorts in more detail, particularly with today’s ugly session and the extremely negative close. Conceptus, Inc. (CPTS), forming a coiling-type pattern with poor technicals, has moved back up to the 14 level from 12 recently, and is currently in a declining tops declining channel mode. Drawing a line across the tops you’ll see the angle of descent, but the stock may have difficulty getting through this level and rollover. If that is the case, the target is 11. Global Payments Inc. (GPN), in a very negative declining channel for the last 7 or 8 months, is currently in a wedge formation right beneath the declining topslines and moving average. A break here should get it down into the 33 zone at the bottom of the channel and then beyond. J. Crew Group, Inc. (JCG), another retailer that’s looking ugly, broke on Friday and followed through with another 78-cent loss today. Looks like it’s headed for 27 1/2-3/4 where there’s a major support level, and beyond that potentially down around 22, my intermediate target. Visa, Inc. (V), which came down very hard in April and May, bounced in June, and then narrowed to …

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Morgan Stanley Tech (MTK): Time to Pounce?

Filed in Bank Gold, morgan-stanley, spdr by on July 12, 2010 0 Comments

Filed under: Apple Inc (AAPL) , Amazon.com (AMZN) , Applied Materials (AMAT) , Texas Instruments (TXN) “SPDR Morgan Stanley Technology ( MTK ) has been one of our top ETF recommendations in recent months,” says Nathan Slaughter , who reviews the exchange-traded fund along with some of its primary holdings. The editor of The ETF Authority suggests, “The latest financials from some of the heaviest hitters in the field have reaffirmed our confidence in this sector of the market. “For example, a few months ago, Taiwan Semiconductor ( TSM ) was cheering spectacular +133% first quarter sales growth. Continue reading Morgan Stanley Tech (MTK): Time to Pounce? Morgan Stanley Tech (MTK): Time to Pounce? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 12 Jul 2010 10:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Book Ideas for Fathers Day Gifts

Filed in economy, Gold Investing, Gold Prices, john paulson by on June 9, 2010 0 Comments

If your father likes to read and likes to invest, here are some popular books you might want to consider giving to him as a gift. Fathers Day is June 20. Liar’s Poker The Great Reflation: How Investors Can Profit From the New World of Money The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It Jim Cramer’s Getting Back to Even Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit From the Economic Collapse The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History No One Would Listen The End of Wall Street The Forever Portfolio: How to Pick Stocks That You Can Hold for the Long Run And finally, if your father is near or at retirement: Retirementology: Rethinking the American Dream in a New Economy If you are still not sure what book your father would like, you can always get him an Amazon (AMZN) gift card .

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Oilpocalypse Now Take I

Filed in Gold Spot Market by on May 30, 2010 0 Comments

“The best expert estimates I have seen are that minimally we have 2.9 MILLION GALLONS of Oil escaping into the Gulf each day. The volume of methane is about treble that. BP, in an effort to camouflage its true scale is pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of even more toxic oil dispersant into the volcano. To get an idea of the scale think of the largest stadium you know, fill it with oil every day, dump it on the surrounding landscape, and then refill it TWICE each day. Then you begin to get an approximation of the volume of oil escaping. ” “So, why the lecture on the ocean ecosystem? Because the Gulf produces as much or more oxygen than the entire Amazon Rain Forest.” WRH permalink

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John Doerr to leave Amazon board

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 16 – Amazon.com Inc said that John Doerr, a renowned venture capitalist who, early on, funded many of the Internet’s biggest names, will not run for reelection to the board at the company’s next shareholder meeting. A spokeswo John Doerr to leave Amazon board

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Another WWF assisted IPCC claim debunked: Amazon more drought resistant than claimed

Filed in Gold, Gold Spot Market by on March 11, 2010 0 Comments
Another WWF assisted IPCC claim debunked: Amazon more drought resistant than claimed

Via Eurekalert – New study debunks myths about Amazon rain forests – They may be more tolerant of droughts than previously thought (Boston) — A new NASA-funded study has concluded that Amazon rain forests were remarkably unaffected in the face of once-in-a-century drought in 2005, neither dying nor thriving, contrary to a previously published report and

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Amazon Fires Its Affiliates in Colorado (Including Me) Because of Colorado HB 10-1193

Filed in Gold, Gold Bullion prices by on March 9, 2010 0 Comments

I’ve been an Amazon Associate (Amazon’s affiliate program) for many years. Today I got the following notice in my Amazon Associates account. and I woke up to the following email. Original Article: Forum: News/Activism

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Market Wrap-Up for Mar.2 (QCOM, WLT, CF, SPLS, PM, TD, more)

Filed in Gold, Gold Investing by on March 2, 2010 0 Comments
Market Wrap-Up for Mar.2 (QCOM, WLT, CF, SPLS, PM, TD, more)

You may have noticed that many high-beta (stocks that move more than most other stocks – Apple, Google, Amazon) shares have been acting strong recently. This is part of the momentum style market action that we see from time-to-time. Dividend investors need to be disciplined and realize the risks that can result from chasing the action of these go-go stocks. If this trend continues, we may see some of the more “conservative” dividend plays lag for a bit, but we view that as an opportunity more than anything else. We will look for growth-oriented plays to take advantage of this as well that we will share with subscribers as well. But these are not going to be buy and hold names and will be indicated as for “aggressive investors” only. So be sure to take notice if you begin to see new names on the recommended list that may have these connotations. Speaking of our “recommended” list, we did add a new name to our list today, so be sure to check out the link below if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out earlier. As for today’s action, Commodity-related stocks are up on news that CF Industries ( CF ) was coming in with a higher offer for Terra Industries ( TRA ) . Wall Street and investors love a bidding war. Shares like Walter Energy ( WLT ) , U.S. Steel ( X ) , and Potash Corp ( POT ) were just some of the names rallying. On the earnings side, investors were disappointed with results out of Staples ( SPLS ) and Nutrisystem ( NTRI ) . Qualcomm ( QCOM ) stopped the recent skid it had been on, partly on news the company has raised its dividend payout as well as increased its share buyback. Other names able to close in the green today included Boeing ( BA ) , Philip Morris International ( PM ) , and Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD ) . Volume picked up on the NASDAQ, as we saw 2.67 Billion shares traded there. There were 4.13 Billion shares traded over on the NYSE. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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