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By Richard Moroney, Upside Stocks
Our Quadrix Value score reflects a stock's percentile rank on more than 20 variables, but four of the most effective metrics are the price-to-earnings, price-to-sales, price-to-cash flow and the enterprise ratio.
Coinstar faces numerous questions regarding the future of DVDs and Blu-ray discs as faster cable speeds make streaming video an attractive alternative.
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The obsession with the managers' positions each filing is just nonsense.
Here's a visionary memo I am writing now for people in the press one year from now:
"As of today, we will no longer do 'wall-to-wall' coverage of 13F filings, because it doesn't help our viewers or our readers." The visionary memo continues: "This cottage industry of looking at filings, most of which are extremely dated, causes people who aren't sophisticated enough in the process to make wrong moves."
But, because the writer of the memo doesn't want to push back 100%, he adds, "There will be exceptions. We will continue to cover what Warren Buffett buys and sells, because his fund is not a hedge fund darting in and out of stocks. We will also, if we believe it to be the case, cover funds that seem to be struggling, like John Paulson's gold fund. But, beyond this, we are simply going to de-emphasize the breathless reporting on these matters, because at a certain point we have to conclude that it is our equivalent of prurience and nothing more than that."
A comparative look at global stock markets shows which ones are outperforming the US, with some interesting results.
By Moby Waller, BigTrends.com
It's been another strong year for the U.S. markets in 2013, thus far (as we had forecast after the first few weeks of the year).
Take a look at the relative performance data below:
Investors are looking for direction ahead of data on inflation, housing and the labor market.
U.S. equity futures were nearly unchanged in early premarket trade following a stronger than expected GDP report from Japan. Japan reported first quarter GDP rose 3.5% on an annualized basis, better than the 2.7% expected growth rate. Notably, the GDP deflator, a measure of inflation, fell to -1.2%, lower than the -0.9% expected, showing continued deflation in Japan.
In other news, the World Gold Council announced that global gold demand fell 13% in the first quarter with gold investment declining by nearly one half. However, the Council also said that supply constraints of gold bars were increasing as production slows.
Foreign direct investment into China fell once again in April to 1.21% annualized growth from 1.42% growth in the previous month, showing continued caution on investment in emerging markets.
The metal is in danger of giving up all its gains since its mid-April low. Some talk has gold falling to $1,250 an ounce.
Silver (-SI) also moved lower, along with copper (-HG) and platinum (-PL).
Gold settled at $1,396.20 an ounce in New York, down $28.30 or 2% from Tuesday and down 16.7% for the year. Since peaking in August 2011, gold has fallen more than 26%. The late London fixing was $1,410 an ounce, down from Tuesday's $1,433.75.
Silver was off 72.1 cents to $22.66, a 3.1% decline. It's down 25% in 2013 as well. Copper, down 2.3 cents to $3.265 a pound, is down 10.6% this year.
The company runs the risk of a Windows 8 disaster if the changes are too drastic.
By Tim Parker
Apple's (AAPL) re-design of iOS under the management of famed Apple hardware designer Jony Ive has gone from rumor to being generally accepted as fact. Among the most notable changes is the reported flat graphical design.
A source quoted by 9to5mac reported the new interface is "very, very flat," while another said it loses all signs of shine and gloss. In other words, no more cute pictures of a sun on the weather icon or the yellow legal pad look in its notes app.
The question then becomes, is this nothing more than a cosmetic facelift to the UI or is it a brand new way of interacting with your iOS device? If it's the latter, Apple is taking a big risk.
Here are some companies facing serious headwinds, but you wouldn't know it from their glittering dividends.
Consumers have an insatiable appetite for new and better products and services, and they tend to reward the companies that fulfill their desires.
The Japanese currency fell to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar in years. Stocks in Tokyo, meanwhile, push past the 15,000 mark for the first time in over five years.
A weaker yen continues to drive Japanese stocks higher.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 ($N225) closed above 15,000 for the first time since December 28, 2007 on Wednesday. The index is now up 77% from its November 2012 bottom. Toyota Motor (TM) and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MTU), two members of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio, were up 3.7% and 3.1%, respectively in Tokyo trading.
The yen fell as low as 102.42 to the U.S. dollar, the lowest level for the Japanese currency since October 2008, before closing at 102.24 in Tokyo.
The financial markets seem to be betting that the yen has a clear path down to 105 to the dollar.
In this installment of Investor Beat: CEO Larry Page discloses he's been diagnosed with vocal-cord paralysis.
The disclosure comes as Google readies to launch a subscription music service. In our lead story on Investor Beat, Motley Fool analysts Jason Moser and Matt Argersinger explain what it means for investors.
The overly battered sector is slowly lumbering toward a turnaround.
By Aaron Levitt
It's no secret at this point that gold miners are going through a rough patch.
After the precious metal's recent routing, firms that dig it out of the ground have fallen by the wayside, and they continue to drift lower as labor issues and political problems have raised production costs to reduce margins.
Some smaller miners have even crossed the critical "marginal cost of production" line, deeming many projects unprofitable.
Given the various headwinds, it's easy to see why the inverse Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares (DUST) -- which basically shorts the sector, with some leverage -- has been one of the best-performing investments of 2013.
Stocks are higher despite some mixed domestic economic reports and data confirming a continued recession in the eurozone.
While stocks make a nearly vertical ascent, ignoring ongoing economic weakness, blemishes are appearing.
Instead of selling in May and going away, investors are scrambling to buy into a stock market that's gone parabolic.
Shares are blasting higher with no clear catalysts and indirect opposition to weak economic data, extended market technicals, extreme bullish sentiment, and signs we are in the late stage of the corporate profit cycle. And it enabled quick hit profits in picks like AMD (AMD) and Nokia (NOK), which gained 45% and 10% respectively since I recommended them earlier this month.
Wednesday, on confirmation of an ongoing European recession -- now joined by Germany -- and weakening manufacturing activity here at home, there were signs that this is a surge to sell into. Here's why.
His hedge fund Baupost Group has meanwhile sold News Corp. and Oracle.
According to the most recent filings of his investment company, the Baupost Group, Klarman bought BP (BP), American International Group Inc (AIG), Elan Corp (ELN), Rovi Corp (ROVI), Idenix Pharmaceuticals (IDIX), DirecTV (DTV), and sold News Corp (NWS), Oracle (ORCL), Genworth Financial (GNW), Allied Nevada Gold Corp (ANV), Ituran Location and Control (ITRN) during the three-month quarter ended March 31, 2013.
As the markets hit all-time highs, an old-line railroad stock is one of the leading performers.
Here we sit in the year 2013 and guess what? A railroad stock is one of the leading stocks in the entire market!
Union Pacific (UNP) is a $71.7 billion large-cap stock, whose company is headquartered in Omaha, Neb. It's also a stock I own in my conservative growth accounts.
Now you may be asking: Isn't this a stock of yesteryear, a stodgy old one? Yes, but it doesn't have the performance of the majority of stocks of yesteryear. It continues to retain its "Best Stocks Now"-like performance!
The search giant is reportedly going to announce a new service at its I/O developer conference later this week.
The music-streaming service industry is about to get a lot more crowded as Google (GOOG) reportedly gets set to enter the fray. Meanwhile, Google shareholders are listening to a happy tune as the stock moves past $900.
A Google music-streaming service could hurt the likes of Spotify, Rdio and Pandora (P), as the companies fight for advertising dollars, users and mindshare. It's unclear what Google would charge for the service, though Spotify and Pandora both have free ad-supported versions, as well as plans with a monthly charge for unlimited, ad-free listening. Spotify charges $9.99 per month to listen to an unlimited number of songs on any device, while Pandora charges $3.99 per month for its service.
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