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[ April 25, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 66519 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

In the wake of the financial crisis, after hundreds of new regulations and capital requirements were thrust upon the U.S. banks, there’s no way that we’ll see bank stocks take another nosedive in the near future, right? Wrong. There may not be an American-centric banking crash anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean investors in international banks are immune to pain. After the U.S. financial sector outperformed the S&P 500 in 2012 and shares of a few banks such as Bank of America more than doubled in value, many investors are beginning to worry that the rally for U.S. banks is nearing its end. First-quarter results highlighted tepid loan demand and discouraging revenue numbers. Trouble overseasHowever, with popular valuation-metrics, like price-to-tangible book value, still pointing to the undervalued nature of the sector, I believe U.S. banks seem to have more upside than downside in the long term. But if we look … Continue reading

[ April 24, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 47593 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Biotech investing is like the Wild West: Anything can — and does — happen.  Inexpensive stocks in this sector can shoot higher on signals of positive test results. By the same token, top-performing biotech shares can plummet when a flagship product fails to gain regulatory approval or is forced into irrelevancy by a competitor.  Even companies that appear to be up-and-coming industry leaders can quickly fade into has-been status on news of a minor negative occurrence. In other words, while the biotech investing arena can sometimes offer rapid returns, it is only for investors who can stomach risk. One tactic used by the most successful investors in this arena is to spread risk across multiple stocks. This tactic relies on speculating that one or more will be a huge winner, creating profits for the portfolio despite the almost guaranteed losers.  Best Performing Companies To Buy Right Now: C&F Financial Corporation(CFFI) … Continue reading

[ April 23, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 94156 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

European stocks declined to a one-month low amid concern that the impasse over the U.S. budget and debt limit may lead to a default. Alcatel-Lucent SA (ALU) slid 6.9 percent after French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the network-equipment makers restructuring plans wont be approved without an agreement limiting job cuts. Cie. de Saint-Gobain SA fell 3.7 percent as Morgan Stanley cut its rating on Europes biggest supplier of building materials. Taylor Wimpey Plc rose 5.2 percent as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. added it to a conviction buy list. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index slipped 0.6 percent to 305.13 at the close of trading, for a third day of losses. The benchmark has fallen 1.5 percent this week after U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said he will attach conditions before backing a bill to raise the federal borrowing limit and as the first shutdown of the federal government in 17 … Continue reading

[ April 23, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 4218 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

This year, shares of Valspar (VAL) have dropped, gained, dropped gained and dropped again, only to find themselves up 6.5% this year. Associated Press Well, Deutsche Bank’s had enough. Its analysts upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold today, noting that the sto0ck is just too darn cheap compared to competitor PPG Industries (PPG). David Begleiter and team write: With Valspar shares down 8% since disappointing FQ4 guidance on August 13 vs a 3% increase in PPG, Valspars P/E multiple discount to PPG has widened to 3x vs a historical avg of 0.6x. We believe this discount is too wide. While the uniqueness of Valspars portfolio (China/Australia architectural, heavy machinery levered to mining/construction) is causing divergence vs PPG, with 55% of Valspars sales US-based, China improving and strategic initiatives in Paints poised to drive strong growth in 14, we believe Valspars performance vs PPG will normalize over the next 6-12 … Continue reading

[ April 23, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 6905 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

When it comes to the highly charged biodiesel industry, one company stands above the rest. Way above. Renewable Energy Group (NASDAQ: REGI  ) is not only the leader in terms of pure production capacity, but it also displays plenty of desirables that should be on every investor’s radar. What makes the company so great? It is no secret. In particular, REG has focused on three areas to become the top biodiesel stock. 1. Focus on infrastructureA lot of investors get giddy with excitement when talking about the distribution and logistics network of Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE  ) . It may produce compressed natural gas for commercial truck fleets, but it has a lot in common with REG. Don’t believe me? Take a look at Clean Energy Fuel’s distribution network: Source: Clean Energy Fuels. And see how it compares with that of REG: Source: Renewable Energy Group. Best Clean Energy Companies To … Continue reading