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Nvidia: A Company on the Move

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Nvidia: A Company on the Move

Filed under: Stocks to Buy Investors are always searching the landscape for new and upcoming companies. This year and last the tech sector has had the greatest stars. One small tech company on the move is Nvidia ( NVDA ). The company specializes in visual computing technologies. Why give this company a second look? Apple’s ( AAPL ) iPhone and iPad have changed the way we view the Internet. Now the iPhone and iTablet are using an increasingly large amount of graphic design. Nvidia is on the cutting edge of this new technology. Continue reading Nvidia: A Company on the Move Nvidia: A Company on the Move originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 11:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Weekend: The Fool Proof Retirement Plan

Welcome to the Wealth Daily Weekend Edition— our insights from the week in investing and links to our most-read Wealth Daily and sister publication articles. As I wrote earlier in the week, dividend reinvestment plans — or DRIPs — are a great way to secure your financial future. All you need is the time and patience to stick to the blueprint… The best part is these plans are offered by more than 1,100 companies and are available to investors of all stripes, making it possible to purchase shares of stock without using a broker. This allows investors to buy stock directly from the company in very small amounts— something that can be more difficult and costly when compared to buying shares through your broker. In fact most companies don’t charge a fee, and the minimum investment can be as low as $10. Advertisement 60 Minutes Reports on Growing Body Parts Call it what you want: biotechnology, tissue engineering, cell therapy, regenerative medicine. The famous newsmagazine has reported on one doctor about to make multiple medical problems disappear forever. Lucky for you, that same doctor sits on the board of a $3.00 company that will bring these solutions to market— making shareholders rich in the process. Check out the 60 Minutes clip to learn the name. The plans also reinvest all or partial dividends paid into more stock, thus the name “Dividend Reinvestment Plan.” And in this case — since the investment is based on dollar amounts — you can purchase fractional shares. In addition, investors can choose to add a monthly contribution to the plan, boosting the amount of wealth the DRIP can create. That means you can start out with as little…

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Market Wrap-Up for Jan.19 (IBM, GS, STT, MOS, NTRS, POT, more)

I just got the results from my recent blood work and my cholesterol came back at 207. It is about the same it was three years ago, but I need to dedicate a bit more time to exercise and taking care of my body as I do my finances. Without health, what good is wealth? I was never a big fan of going to the doctor (who is?), but as I get older and have much more responsibility (family, thousands of Dividend.com Premium subscribers, etc.), I need to step up being proactive when it comes to health. I am probably one of the few Italians I know that doesn’t eat fish — not a great thing when you are trying to bring down cholesterol levels. It’s time to cut back a touch on the pasta and hit the treadmill more. Hopefully everyone out there is trying to pay attention to health and fitness as well. We all need each other on our “A” game. We are now entering earnings season and this is where there could be some stomach-turning action in the markets. There will be some good news that gets rewarded and some good news that gets sold. It’s always hard to pinpoint why the moves happen as they do sometimes, but just try and hang in there. I am always happier when earnings season is nearing the end for each quarter, so I can examine where the overreactions occurred or where the news may be a bit more gloomy than we like for names that could be on our recommended list. As for today’s action in the markets, we saw some significant selling in more of the growth plays for a change. Earnings results jolted several big-name financial plays, including State Street ( STT ), Northern Trust ( NTRS ), and Goldman Sachs ( GS ). Fertilizer play Mosaic ( MOS ) took a hit as agribusiness giant Cargill may be planning to relinquish its majority control in the company. Selling spread to other names in the sector, including CF Industries ( CF ) and Potash Corp ( POT ). One of the few bright spots that stood out was IBM Corp ( IBM ), up nicely following the tech giant’s earnings results. We’ll continue to monitor the markets closely as we have been and will keep subscribers alerted to any changes we make on our recommended list. Continuing with yesterday’s theme, here are some more common money excuses people use and my response to them: Excuse #6 – “I’ll pay it off next month!” This is where the credit card companies really get you. The minute you start falling behind is when the fees start to pile on. Pay it off quickly and learn to be consistently responsible. Excuse #7 – “Old cars just aren&#…

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Hip Hop Social Media Meets Wall Street: 50 Cent and His $8.7 Million Penny Stock Tweets

Filed in BP, Ford, o, silver by on January 15, 2011 0 Comments

By Dian L. Chu, EconForecast “[H&H Imports] Stock went from 5 cent to 10 in one day. You can double your money right now. Just get what you can afford.” [H & H Imports has]…15 products this year. If you get in technically I work for yo…

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The Fed Blows a Cupcake Bubble

The number one cupcake play in America is going public. Crumbs Bake Shop operates 34 cupcake stores from New York to California, humorously billing itself as “creator of the gourmet cupcake.” Owners stand to make up to $100m from the IPO, and the deal could price higher, with cupcake-mania hitting a fever pitch. At $100m, investors would be paying about $3 million per cupcake store. Management is betting on aggressive expansion to fuel growth, and plan to open hundreds of new stores. Naturally, growing a chain of stores from 34 to 300 is no easy task. Recall the great donut bubble of 2003… Krispy Kreme (NYSE: KKD) was the darling of Wall Street. Its shares peaked at near $50 from a split-adjusted IPO price of $3.50, giving the donut maker a sky-high valuation of $3b (pdf). Shares trade around $7 today, up from a low of around $1. KKD expanded too fast, took on too much debt, and nearly went bankrupt. They also had some accounting issues, but those likely were probably just a side effect of a business-plan gone bad. Today Krispy Kreme is still muddling along, closing stores opened just a few years back. Expansion is always risky — especially when financed with debt and equity offerings. Hopefully Crumbs can avoid a similar fate, and follow the glorious path of Chipotle instead, which is up 436% since its IPO in 2006. In any case, I wish them well; I’ve heard their cupcakes are delicious. The larger point here is about what this cupcake IPO says about the state of markets. After all, it almost certainly wouldn’t be happening without all that Fed-injected liquidity sloshing around. Back in July 2008, The Onion published a prescient piece titled, “Recession-Plagued Nation Demands New Bubble to Invest In”: What America needs right now is not more talk and long-term strategy, but a concrete way to create more imaginary wealth in the very immediate future. Congress is currently considering an emergency economic-stimulus measure, tentatively called the Bubble Act, which would order the Federal Reserve to begin encouraging massive private investment in some fantastical financial scheme in order to get the nation’s false economy back on track . Even Jonathan Swift would have to appreciate satire so pointed. Unfortunately, the bit reads a lot like a Fed policy statement. Change the title to “Encouraging Risk Investment During Recession,” and any good Fed economist would nod along in agreement. The sentiment is identical. Bernanke has often stated that he wants to create a “wealth effect.” Push stocks higher, the theory goes, and people will spend more because they feel richer. Long-term thinking, truly… It’s been two and a half years since the Onion piece was written. Not only did we get one bubble; we got a handful of them. Notably in commodities, metals, food prices, and treasury bonds. Malinvestment and moral hazard ride on in 2011 One of the nastier side effects of “easy money” policies is known as malinvestment . It almost sounds harmless… mal- investment ( mal = bad). After all, everybody has a loser every now and then, right? The problem with easy money is that it inevitably spurs not just bad, but dangerous investments. During the tech bubble, it was countless doomed tech IPOs. In…

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Top Picks 2011: Cisco Systems (CSCO)

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Top Picks 2011: Cisco Systems (CSCO)

Filed under: Cisco Systems (CSCO) , Newsletters , Stocks to Buy , Best Stocks for 2011 This post is one in a series in which more than 60 newsletter advisors share their Top Stock Picks for 2011 . This special report is courtesy of TheStockAdvisors.com . “We recommend broad portfolio diversification is a core tenet of our investment approach,” says value investor John Buckingham . The editor of The Prudent Speculator explains, “However, we think the tech sector presents some attractive opportunities, especially in the large-cap arena. Oone stock we particularly like for the coming year is Cisco ( CSCO ). Continue reading Top Picks 2011: Cisco Systems (CSCO) Top Picks 2011: Cisco Systems (CSCO) originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Apple: Stock of the Year

Apple: Stock of the Year

Things were a lot easier when I was kid. Back then, all you needed was a pair of Jack Purcells and mood ring to fit in. Today, it’s an expensive pair of Nikes and some sort of iThingy. At least, that’s the case in my house— where my kids had been pestering me all year for the latest electronic gadget sprung from the minds of the folks at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL ). And this year, my kids hit the trifecta. Against my better judgment, all three of them got an iTouch… which drives me up the wall, since they would rather fiddle with them than do practically anything else… I’ll be honest; it gives me a great deal of delight to confiscate them all for even the smallest infraction. But I am comforted to know they won’t be eating alone at the “nerd table” in the cafeteria when they go to school. In this case, it was something of a tradeoff, as Apple products seemed to be everywhere I looked this Christmas: from iPods to iTune gift cards, my family was certainly doing its part to keep Apple at the top of the stock charts. In that regard, we were just one family among millions… Stock of the Year That’s why, when it came time to choose my Stock of the Year, Apple Inc. was at the top of the list. Edging out a…

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Netflix: Will This Movie Ever End?

Filed in BP, Gold Investing, o, silver, ubs by on November 26, 2010 0 Comments

By Dian L. Chu, EconForecast After driving Blockbuster out of business and taking a good chunk of subscribers from cable TVs, Netflix (NFLX) is now setting sight on the streaming video business. On Monday Nov. 22, Netflix announced a new subscriptio…

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"Air Pockets" Sink Cisco Systems

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"Air Pockets" Sink Cisco Systems

It’s a shaping up to be a tough day for one of the nation’s biggest tech bellwethers. After cutting its full year sales forecast by a hefty $1 billion dollars, shares of Cisco Systems stock (NYSE: CSCO) are off by over 16% on 65 million shares traded in the premarket action. Citing the sudden appearance of “a couple of air pockets” on the conference call, CEO John Chambers was left on the defensive as the tech giant revealed sales missed on the top line by more than $500 million in Q1. That left investors with an eerie sense of dj vu as the company stumbled for the first time in six quarters. Of course, as you may remember, it was in his October 2007 earnings comments when John Chambers spooked the markets and basically marked the top of the last major run for the tech sector. (Who said the bell doesn’t ring at the top?) A bellwether, by the way, is loosely defined as anything that tends to create, influence or set trends. It comes from the Middle English word “bellewether” and has nothing actually to do with the “weather” as we know it. It actually refers to the practice of putting a bell around the neck of a castrated ram (a wether) so that it may lead its flock of sheep. So here’s the clang, clang, clang, that’s leading the market lower today. From Bloomberg by Joesph Galante entitled: Cisco Plunges After Forecast Falls Short of Estimates “ Cisco Systems Inc., the world’s largest maker of computer networking equipment, dropped the most in more than 12 years in Nasdaq trading after its profit and sales forecast fell short of analysts’ estimates. Revenue in the fiscal second quarter will be about $10.1 billion to $10.3 billion, San Jose, California-based Cisco indicated yesterday on a conference call. Excluding some costs, earnings will be 35 cents a share at most. Analysts projected sales of $11.1 billion and profit of 42 cents on average, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. The company faced a “challenging economic environment” last quarter, Chief Executive Officer John Chambers said. He blamed the slump on lower government spending in developed countries and market-share losses to rivals such as Motorola Inc. Competition also has forced Cisco to cut prices on some products and seek acquisitions to maintain growth. Cisco’s first-quarter earnings, excluding some costs, were 42 cents a share, while sales climbed 19 percent to $10.8 billion. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg predicted profit of 40 cents a share on sales of $10.7 billion. “ Investors were disappointed that revenue was unable to surprise to the upside,” said Bill Kreher, an analyst at Edward Jones in St. Louis. He recommends buying the shares and doesn’t own any. Net income rose 8 percent to $1.93 billion, or 34 cents, in the period, which ended on Oct. 30. That compared with $1.79 billion, or 30 cents, a year earlier. Investors look to Cisco as a bellwether for the technology industry because the company dominates the market for routers and switches, products that direct the flow of Internet traffic. Companies buy its switches for corporate networks, while phone and Internet-service providers typically buy Cisco’s more- expensive routers.” By the way , it is worth noting that tech heavy shares of the PowerShares QQQ have been flirting lately with a close near their 2007 high of $55 a share. In fact, the QQQ’s…

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Apple (AAPL): Higher Price Targets Still Ahead

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Apple (AAPL): Higher Price Targets Still Ahead

Filed under: Earnings Reports , Apple Inc (AAPL) , Newsletters , Stocks to Buy “After trading higher following its past nine quarterly earnings reports, investors finally found a reason to be disappointed in Apple ( AAPL ); however, despite the negative investor reaction, it was still an outstanding quarter from the tech giant,” says Geoffrey Seiler . The editor of BullMarket.com report, “Apple reported a fiscal Q4 profit of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 a share, up 70% from $2.53 billion, or $2.77 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue soared 67% to $20.3 billion. The results easily surpassed the analyst consensus of $4.08 in EPS on sales of $18.9 billion. “One area of contention with investors was gross margins, which fell to 36.9% from 41.8% a year ago. Analysts were looking for gross margins of 38.1%. However, gross margins were 190 basis points above Apple’s own guidance. Continue reading Apple (AAPL): Higher Price Targets Still Ahead Apple (AAPL): Higher Price Targets Still Ahead originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Stock Market Leaders Are Now Lagging?

Filed in Gold Prices, lead, silver by on October 6, 2010 0 Comments

Wednesday’s session closed mixed on the day. The DOW posted a third of a percent gain while the tech sector closed down almost nine tenths of a percent. While technology stocks have been leading the market higher in the recent months, today they took the back seat while the DOW took control. Take a look at

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Welcome To the (Tech) Jungle: Cisco’s Reaching Up to Skype?

Filed in Gold Investing, Gold Prices by on August 30, 2010 0 Comments

By Dian L. Chu, Economic Forecasts & Opinions Merger mania is definitely back in the Tech sector. HP (HPQ) and Dell (DELL) are still seriously locking horns over 3PAR (as of this writing.) Intel’s (INTC) acquiring Infineon’s wireless busines…

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