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A first hand visit with Orient Paper
Written by Douglas Estadt
Orient Paper sells fine writing paper, corrugated paper for boxes (playing into our “selling picks and axes” them again) and they recently started production of paper for digital photographs. We are long China and one of our friends Dr. Eric Jackson, just visited China a couple weeks ago and met with the management team of ONP and came away very impressed with them and their prospects for continued growth, especially in their new area in digital photography paper.
Today Dr. Eric Jackson, of Ironfire Capital LLC, is sharing with us why it’s one of his top China picks.
- Orient Paper has 2 plants, operating at three-shifts-a-day capacity, churning out its paper products.
- Only three to five China-based companies are producing digital photography paper and ONP gets 30%-plus margins, versus its 20%-plus margins on its other businesses.
- Zhenyong Liu, CEO, founded company in 1996 and still owns 35%. We like CEO /Founders and also high insider ownership.
For more with Dr. Eric Jackson, view the video below
The climate could swing back to fear as new numbers come out on several fronts.
I'm adding more gold to the Jubak's Picks portfolio Thursday.
After a rally off the Feb. 8 low on hopes that the global economic recovery was gaining steam, I think we're due for a swing back to fear on disappointing growth numbers from the European Union, on stubbornly high (and perhaps rising) unemployment figures from the U.S., as more discouraged workers rejoin the ranks of those actively looking for work, and on worrying growth and inflation data from China. (For more on these macro trends, see this post and this one).
The technical charts of many individual gold stocks and the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) now show that gold mining shares have cleared recent resistance and look like they're headed higher -- for a while, anyway.
CEO Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone OS 4.0 and says 450,000 iPads have been sold.
By Scott Moritz, TheStreet
On Monday, Apple it sold 300,000 iPads on the first day they hit the market. The company has sold 150,000 more iPads since. The iPad sales numbers, while solid, fall short of some of the most aggressive forecasts for the new device.
According to bloggers covering the event, Jobs emphasized the joy the device seems to bring people who buy it, flashing pictures of a girl gleefully opening an iPad box.
After saying nearly nothing about its star athlete for months, Nike comes back with a new ad featuring Tiger (and Earl) Woods.
Now, after months of near silence, the company has unveiled a new commercial starring the golfer. And the reaction to the spot (included below) seems to be mostly negative.
Tiger doesn't say a word in the advertisement. He doesn't do much, either, except look soulfully at the camera. In the background is the voice of his late father, whose comments are supposed to have more weight, presumably, in light of all the scandals.
If rumors about Amazon selling its electronic reader at the big box store are true, Amazon execs are out to lunch.
The tech blog rumor mill is running at full speed today about a partnership between online retail powerhouse Amazon (AMZN) and brick-and-mortar discounter Target (TGT). Supposedly, Amazon's hit Kindle e-reader will be on sale in Target stores later this month.
Engadget kicked off the frenzy with what looks to be a covert screenshot of Target’s inventory computer. Target is being conspicuously closed-mouth on the subject, deflecting requests for comments with a simple vanilla statement: “Target has no specific plans to share at this time, and we don’t comment on speculation or rumors.”
But let’s play devil’s advocate and assume the partnership is in the works.
The bank is trying to meet analysts' revenue projections after three quarters of declining sales.
By Lauren Tara LaCapra, TheStreet
Wall Street wants Bank of America (BAC) to get back on a growth trajectory, but it's unclear whether the firm will deliver on sales expectations with its first-quarter results next week.
Bank of America's revenue shrank by 11%, on average, in each of the previous three quarters. The drop reflected an easing of the early-2009 mortgage-refinancing wave, seasonal patterns and declines in its U.S. consumer business -- the bread and butter of B of A.
When compared to other big competitors with similar business lines, the difference is startling.
Mobile ad plans join the growing list of showdowns between Google and Apple.
By Scott Moritz, TheStreet
When Apple unveils the next version of its iPhone software Thursday, it's also expected to outline its plans for a mobile advertising push. The move would give Apple yet another revenue line in its expanding iTunes/App Store empire and provide a strong position in the growing smartphone-driven advertising race.
But just as Apple is set to move forward, Google, the search ad giant, looks to be a violation by federal referees. Federal Trade Commission regulators reportedly have ended their review of Google's $750 million acquisition of mobile ad shop AdMob and are preparing to challenge the deal.
Sirius is the last stock Nasdaq needs to worry about. A de-listing won't happen.
Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) is making another assault on the all important $1 share price this week. Should the stock fail to trade above that level, the company is at risk for being de-listed by the Nasdaq later this month.
The stakes are high. Being de-listed by the preeminent exchange for growth stocks could result in the stock trading lower due to the low levels of activity on lesser exchanges.
Well, at least that would be the perception of investors, and perception in the market is everything. It would not matter that this company is performing well and likely to grow significantly in the near future.
Would the Nasdaq exchange risk losing one of its most popular and widely traded companies because its share price is below $1? I don't think so.
Though the economy is not out of the woods, improvement in retail, housing and corporate dividends are encouraging signs
Some investors have already made up their mind the stock market rally is over. Others are convinced there’s nowhere to go but up. Both views are over-simplified market predictions considering the complicated economic environment.
- Complete coverage: Seven reasons the bull market will charge on
A closer look at the latest stock market news proves that while things aren’t all coming up roses on Wall Street, there are plenty of reasons to be cautiously optimistic the bull market will continue. Here’s a brief look at three of the latest reasons from the last few days that indicate the market should continue its run:
The Greek situation will affect U.S. equities only to the extent that the media spooks investors.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
So I am answering some Twitter questions last night on the way home from work -- @JimJCramer if you want to play -- and some guy screams at me that he can't believe I didn't mention Greece in my whole opening monologue. And I am aghast. The whole segment was devoted to Greece, with two specific mentions, I tell him, except it wasn't devoted to Greece in the way that everyone else is doing it.
The devotion to Greece was an homage to the United States, which does not have Grecian bond problems. Again, as I have said several times now, I think the economy is so strong in this country that we will have much higher receipts and a lower deficit than people think.
With a strong record of increases but five straight quarters of steady payouts, Honeywell is due for a boost by month's end
Aerospace and defense stock Honeywell (HON) raised its guidance last week, driving shares up slightly in the last week even while the broader market has rolled back a bit. HON now expects first-quarter profit to range from 45 to 49 cents per share, up from prior guidance for 40 to 45 cents and for the full year expects profits to reach the top end of its prior $2.20 to $2.40 forecast.
Honeywell’s strength isn’t a surprise. Honeywell has met or exceeded earnings estimates for each of the last four quarters. Additionally, HON has grown its earnings per share in each of the last four consecutives quarters. As the economy has improved, HON has been able to bank more orders.
But perhaps the biggest opportunity for investors lies in Honeywell’s dividend history and the prospect of a dividend boost in a matter of weeks.
The collective wisdom of an online community is tapped to identify under-the-radar companies that deserve more attention. With video updates.
This post comes from The Motley Fool's Rich Duprey.
Like the song says, investors are looking for love (or at least stocks to love) in all the wrong places. They'll pile into the momentum stocks everyone else buys but ignore lesser-known opportunities for fear of straying from the crowd.
Yet the stocks most likely to deliver outsize returns are often overlooked by Wall Street and Main Street, and thus are undervalued.
Below are three under-the-radar stocks that brim with promise. Each has garnered less than 100 active recommendations on MSN CAPS, despite earning analysts' estimates of double-digit long-term growth.
Sysco's dividend yield drops, leading Jim to look elsewhere as the economic recovery continues.
The stock made a new 52-week high Tuesday. That brings the dividend yield down to 3.38%.
That was attractive when the economic recovery still seemed iffy and I was willing to trade some yield for safety. But now that the recovery is more certain -- if not the speed or momentum of the recovery (for more on those issues, see this recent post) -- I'm willing to stretch a little more for yield. To do that, I need to clear a slot in this 10-stock portfolio, and that means selling Sysco.
The actor who played Gordon Gekko said he got burned badly in the 2008 market crash.
Michael Douglas, who played the ruthless trader in the film "Wall Street," said he sold his stocks at the end of last year, according to The Sun.
The actor said he lost 35% to 40% of his net worth in the 2008 crash. "At the end of last year, I took a whole bunch out," he said, according to The Sun.
After an incredible run, hedge fund legend James Simons calls it quits. Check out what he was targeting.
One of the key parts of my investment approach is finding and learning from strategists who have proven long-term track records, something that can be hard to do in an investment world filled with unproven pundits and talking heads. And, when it comes to a long-term track record, few can match the one compiled by James Simons.
Simons, a quantitative trading pioneer who recently stepped down as chief executive of Renaissance Technologies, the firm he founded nearly 30 years ago, has managed one of the most successful hedge funds in history -- the Medallion fund.
The numbers are the stuff of which legends are made: Medallion has averaged returns of about 45% a year (after fees) since its inception in 1988,
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