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[ November 26, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 76107 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Although business headlines still tout earnings numbers, many investors have moved past net earnings as a measure of a company’s economic output. That’s because earnings are very often less trustworthy than cash flow, since earnings are more open to manipulation based on dubious judgment calls. Earnings’ unreliability is one of the reasons Foolish investors often flip straight past the income statement to check the cash flow statement. In general, by taking a close look at the cash moving in and out of the business, you can better understand whether the last batch of earnings brought money into the company, or merely disguised a cash gusher with a pretty headline. Calling all cash flows When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in … Continue reading

[ November 26, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 9944 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Time Warner Cable executives will land some fat golden parachutes after the cable operator’s $45 billion merger with Comcast is finalized later this year. None will come close to $118 million CEO Glenn Britt got after retiring in 2013. Britt received compensation valued at about $14.2 million, including a $5.7 million bonus. He gained $17.5 million exercising stock options and another $24.1 million as part of a special dividend of restricted shares, Time Warner Cable said Tuesday in its annual proxy Britt also received $62.1 million, in stock and options that vested when he retired Dec. 31. He’ll get a one-time benefit valued at $81,000, which the company described as secretarial and travel support. Time Warner Cable’s board said Britt, 65, could have earned $16 million in 2013 if the company had met performance targets. Hot Valued Companies To Buy For 2015: Schlumberger N.V.(SLB) Schlumberger Limited, together with its subsidiaries, … Continue reading

[ November 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 74524 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

The nation’s economy expanded at a modest to moderate pace the past six weeks, but job growth was subdued and business uncertainty mounted over the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff, a Federal Reserve report said Wednesday. The Fed’s “Beige Book,” named for the color of its cover, is likely to be particularly scrutinized because the government shutdown has halted the usual releases of economic reports on September activity. The Fed’s portrayal of a “modest to moderate” expansion was similar to its early September report, showing slow but steady growth in most of the country. But the pace slowed a bit in the Philadelphia; Richmond, Va.; Chicago and Kansas City Fed bank districts. The housing and auto recovery continued to support the economy as consumer spending and manufacturing picked up modestly and business investment grew, the report said. Top 10 Consumer Stocks To Watch For 2015: Post Holdings Inc … Continue reading

[ November 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 46955 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

After seeing its stock rise more than 400% alongside many fundamental improvements in the airline, Air Canada (TSX: AC.B  ) was hit hard in late January by an unexpected event. No, it wasn’t a collapse in Canadian air travel demand, lackluster earnings, or a revelation of some book-cooking scheme. The culprit was Canada’s currency itself. The dropAs the Canadian dollar declined from parity with the U.S. dollar, seen over a year ago, the Canadian dollar closed 2013 around 5% lower. This was not a major issue: Air Canada built a modest decline in the Canadian dollar into its own forecasts. But 2014 has brought another drop and a much faster one. Concerns about a weak dollar policy from the Bank of Canada knocked the currency to a four-year low as it fell below $0.90 USD. After reaching nearly $10 on Jan. 23, Air Canada shares were slammed by the currency concerns … Continue reading

[ November 25, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 92365 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With shares of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRKB) trading around $113, is BRKB an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Lets analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: T = Trends for a Stocks Movement Berkshire Hathaway is a publicly owned investment manager. Through its subsidiaries, the firm primarily engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. It is also involved in a freight rail transportation business, a group of utility, and energy generation and distribution businesses.Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1889 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffetts conglomerate, has made a profit of $10 billion thus far from investments made during the financial crisis, according to the Wall Street Journal. Berkshire invested a total of $26 billion in six different companies during the crisis, including Mars Inc., Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), Swiss Re … Continue reading