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Did Ciena Just Bottom At $14?
By Chris Lau:After Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) lowered its fourth quarter guidance last month, investors are still taking out their frustrations on the company. Ciena traded as low as $13.77 in October, but closed the week at $15.13. Even though the market
RPM: 41 Years Of Dividend Growth, Fair Valuation
By Jonathan Weber:RPM International (NYSE:RPM) is up 4% year to date and trades 11% below its 52 week high in September - I believe this provides a buying opportunity for investors interested in this Specialty Chemicals company with a long
One Reason Rates Are Likely To Remain Low For Long
By Rick Rieder:While I believe that the Federal Reserve (Fed) is likely to begin raising rates sooner than the market expects, rates are still likely to be low for long.What do I mean by that? I expect that the pace
Update: Virginia Mines Announces A Private Placement With TerraX Minerals
By Ben Kramer-Miller:Virginia Mines (OTCPK:VGMNF) announced that it is adding to its stake in a small exploration company called TerraX Minerals (OTCPK:TRXXF). The company is adding ~714,000 shares to its position through a private placement at C$0.35/share, which is in
Update: Rolls Royce Issues Updated Guidance For 2014 And 2015
By Junius:On Friday, Rolls Royce (OTCPK:RYCEY) (RR.L) issued its second profit warning this year, following the impact of tightening sanctions on Russia and deteriorating economic conditions. On the news, the companys shares closed 11.5% lower on Friday. Rolls Royce now
Allot Communications Has Fixed Its Booking Issues
By David Hernandez:Allot Communications Ltd. (ALLT) is a provider of deep packet inspection or DPI products. DPI solutions are used by service providers to help manage their networks performance. Over the last several years, Allot has been able to rapidly
Scrapes On The Sidewalk
By Wade Slome, CFA:Baron Rothschild, an 18th century British nobleman and member of the Rothschild banking family, is credited with the investment advice to buy when theres blood in the streets. Well, with the Russell 2000 correcting about -14% and
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Best of DailyFinance: The Week in Review (Oct. 13 - 19)
Filed under: Personal FinanceChrysler via APThere were lots of recall stories this week, from car recalls to packaged foods, but our top shared story was around a new study that revealed the
EBay's Future is Going, Going ... Going Where?
Filed under: Company News, Earnings, eBay
Extended Warranties: Some Are Worth It, Most Are Worthless
Filed under: Consumer Ally, Shopping, Consumer Issues, Consumer Protection, Ripoffs & ScamsAlamyAt a casino, the odds are always with the house.
Scared of a Market Crash? These Funds Offer a Smoother Ride
Filed under: ETFs, Stock Exchanges, Stock Markets, World Markets, InvestingZoonar GmbH/AlamyThe stock market
Market Wrap: Stocks Rise Sharply to Finish a Dramatic Week
Filed under: Earnings, Market News, Economic IndicatorsViktor Troyanov/Getty ImagesBy KEN SWEETNEW YORK -- The stock market had another turbulent session Friday, capping
Even President Obama's Credit Card Has Been Declined
Filed under: Credit, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Barack Obama
The Plague of Ebola-Related Scams Is Spreading Like a Virus
Filed under: Consumer Ally, Consumer Protection, Ripoffs & Scams, Internet Fraud
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Eliminate All Hero Worship
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams As my father once told me – you have a very important decision to make in your
Read Less During Times Of Stress
It is no secret that the financial media loves it when the market experiences some difficulty. They are after all in the business of selling advertising and, when the market goes down, their readership goes way up and they make
Forgive Yourself
“Forgiveness clears out the residue of the past. Until we forgive ourselves for what we did, did not do, or should have done, we will repeat our patterns. But when the mind is clear of guilt and shame, it focuses
The Best Christmas Gift
Many publish holiday buy lists to their followers this time of the year. Like many of you do, I enjoy reading some of these in order to get some new ideas for Christmas presents especially for those who are a
Teach Yourself To Focus
“Focus cannot be underestimated. I think that is a reason why some of the smartest people don’t become successful; they have a hard time focusing.” – Cyrus Massoumi When Google’s Larry Page asked Steve Jobs for advice before he passed,
Know Your Probabilities
With a just a little know-how and practice, most can begin to recognize basic chart patterns and successfully trade upon them. However, the patterns themselves are of no tremendous or lasting edge. What matters so much more is having the
Keep Your Trades To Yourself
Recently we talked about the challenges related to shadow trading – i.e. the practice of making the same trades or just watching someone else more experienced as a path to learning how to better trade or invest. Today let’s take
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New Views to Start the Market Week
*  Heres a really excellent look at the week ahead and the week just passed from Dash of Insight.  Very thoughtful presentation.  Also check out the best of from Jeffs site.*  Why stock markets
More Bottom Up Stock Market Indicators and How to Use Them
The previous post looked at three market measures that assess strength vs. weakness from the bottom up; that is, by looking at
Looking at Technical Indicators From the Bottom Up
Typically, if we want to use a technical indicator to gauge the strength or weakness of a given market index, we will
What Market Breadth Has Been Telling Us Lately
Here are two updated views of stock market breadth.  Recall that it was waning breadth that gave us a heads up on the recent market weakness.  What were
Why This Market is Moving So Fast and Far: The Explosion of Pure Volatility
How big was the volume during yesterdays decline?  Apparently large enough for even the dark pools to turn away customers!  I show about 380 million shares traded for SPY, compared with an average of
What Volatility Means for Your Trading Psychology
Ah, if it were only that easy!  I took a look at the average true range for the past five trading sessions in SPY.  It was almost 2.1%.  By contrast, at the July peak,
A Fresh Look at Small Cap and Midcap Stocks
A while back, I noted that the bull market was over for the majority of stocks, observing the relative weakness of small cap and midcap shares.  After quite
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Weekly Market Update
This week’s Market Update is posted at Alpha Bask
Equities Are Flashing Yellow
Today is a twofer of posts. First up is warning signs f
Ten Years For Random Roger
Today is the tenth anniversary for the Random Roger blo
What Message Is The Alibaba IPO Sending?
This week’s Market Update is posted and covers a
Solving Retirement Dilemmas
My latest for Alpha Baskets is titled What Trading Plac
CALPERs Behavioral Trade
My latest for Alpha Baskets looks at whether CALPERs is
Galt Gulch
Gawker had an interesting post about a Galt Gulch (as i
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October 13th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (-) Dash of Insight (-) Dividend Growth Investor (+) Elliot Wave Lives On (-) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (-)...
October 6th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (-) Dash of Insight (-) Dividend Growth Investor Elliot Wave Lives On (-) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (-) GEI...
September 29th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (-) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (-) Dash of Insight (-) Dividend Growth Investor (+) Elliot Wave Lives On (N) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (-)...
September 22nd Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (+) Dash of Insight (N) Dividend Growth Investor (N) Elliot Wave Lives On (+) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (N)...
September 15th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (N) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (N) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (+) Dash of Insight Dividend Growth Investor (N) Elliot Wave Lives On (+) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (N) GEI...
September 8th Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (-) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (+) Dash of Insight (+) Dividend Growth Investor (-) Elliot Wave Lives On (+) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (N)...
September 2nd Blogger Sentiment Poll
Blogger Sentiment Poll Participants: 24/7 Wall St (-) The Aleph Blog (-) Biiwii (+) BullBear Trading Carl Futia (+) Dash of Insight (+) Dividend Growth Investor (+) Elliot Wave Lives On (+) Fallond Stock Picks (+) Global Economic Intersection (N)...
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The Developing Compensation Philosophy of the Treasury Department
Here is a link to Gene Sperlings opening statement: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/tg166.htm#_ftnref3There are some very interesting quotes that help to frame Treasurys philosophy re systematic risk and executive compensation in this statement.Compensation structures that permitted key executives and other financial actors to
Executive Compensation-Government is Not Going Away
Corporate governance is a topic that many of us tend to ignore, leaving it to the institutions or corporate raiders that are looking to influence the strategic direction, the capital allocation, the corporate structures or the compensation structures of business.Yet,
Tiffany & Co-Valuation Seems Generous to Me
On Monday, Tiffany & Co reported what seemed to be somewhat disappointing earnings of $1.09 versus a street consensus of $1.13. TIF actually has had a fairly good history of positive earnings surprises in recent quarters (data courtesy of Reuters):Quarter
Traits of the Successful Investor and the Changing Nature of Brand Loyalty
The year 2010 seems to be progressing as a positive experience following the shaky start in January. The subsequent rally that has transpired since that time has caught many people flat-footed, but that is the price of erratic trading. Most
Book Review-"Even Buffett Isn't Perfect"
I am a complete sucker for investment books. My wife accuses me of owning several thousand books that have essentially the same title, usually some variant of Value Investing, valuation, or intrinsic value, or securities analysis. Of course, I have
John Templeton- The Triumph of Optimism
Sir John Templeton passed away yesterday. He died, much as he spent his life, peacefully.Geoff Gannon (and it is great to have him back in the blogosphere) has an extensive list of articles outlining Templetons life as well as a
An Interesting Screen-Deteriorating Operating Margins and Increasing Capital Intensity
As one would expect, deterioration in operating margins will occur in economic slowdowns. Marginal competitors frequently will try to clear inventories at ever lower margins in order to generate cash flow. I am particularly interested concerned if a company exhibits
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Torchmark Corporation Quarterly Stock Valuation – October 2014 $TMK
Torchmark is suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor. The company passes all of the requirements of both investor types, indicating there should be no initial concerns with the companys financials.Read more →Related posts:Torchmark Corporation Quarterly Valuation
SLM Corporation Quarterly Stock Valuation – October 2014 $SLM
SLM Corporation qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor has concerns with the companys lack of earnings or dividend stability over the last ten years, while the Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns.Read more
Microchip Technology Inc. Quarterly Stock Valuation – October 2014 $MCHP
Microchip Technologies qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor has concerns with the companys level of growth over the last ten years, and high PEmg and PB ratios.Read more →Related posts:Microchip Technology Inc. Quarterly
Boston Properties Inc. Quarterly Stock Valuation – October 2014 $BXP
Boston Properties is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the companys low level of growth over the last ten years and the high PEmg and PB ratios.Read more →Related posts:Boston
Roper Industries Inc. Quarterly Stock Valuation – October 2014 $ROP
Roper Industries qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor has concerns with the companys high PEmg and PB ratios.Read more →Related posts:Roper Industries Inc. Quarterly Valuation – July 2014 $ROP Roper Industries qualifies for
14 Companies in the Spotlight This Week – 10/18/14
We evaluated 14 different companies this week to determine whether they are suitable for Defensive Investors, those unwilling to do substantial research, or Enterprising Investors, those who are willing to do such research. We also put each company through the
PerkinElmer Inc. Annual Stock Valuation – 2014 $PKI
PerkinElmer is not suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, the insufficient level of earnings growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg ratio.Read more
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Truck Tonnage Index
Truckline.com ArticleCompared with October 2008, SA tonnage fell 5.2 percent, which was the best year-over-year showing since November 2008. In September, the index was down 7.3 percent from a year earlier.
Corporate Cash Flow
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Moneyball for Investing
Baseball salaries exploded in the 1990s, forcing owners and managers to completely reevaluate how their teams were run. Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s believed he had found a solution. Rather than trying to buy the best players,
Empirical Finance Research Blog
If you are interested in financial research you may want to check out a new project I am starting with a friend of mine who is a PhD student at the University of Chicago. It is called Empirical Finance Research:http://empiricalfinanceresearch.blogspot.com/Our
Bullish on TMA
I captured the following screenshot from Yahoo Finance shortly after the market closed today:This was kind of surprising to me given the performance of
To Whom it May Concern:
This blog is not dead. I am just taking a break. Lots of personal stuff going on, including the recent birth of my first son. I had hoped to work out a combination of names such that his initials would
Buffett Videoconference at MU on Friday
I thought I might help publicize the University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business 2008 Forum on Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate. That is mouthful. What it means is that on Friday as part of a symposium on
A few thoughts on the Bear Stearns situation
The first lesson that came to my mind when I heard about this debacle was straight from Buffett: Don’t buy what you can’t understand. Was Bear a simple and understandable business? Of course not. Their investments were so complex that
Wrigley Deal and the Annual Meeting
I have been hesitant to jump to many conclusions about the Wrigley deal because I think there are still a lot of unanswered questions about Berkshires involvement in it. Hopefully many of the details will be explained this weekend at
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