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[ October 21, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 49612 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Most of the time I am looking for companies that are going through hard times and are cheap because they experience some sort of short-term challenge that isn’t impacting their long-term prospects. Oftentimes those challenges relate to operational and financial restructurings, debt rollovers, pricing issues, market consolidation etc. Sometimes stocks remain hidden from the investing public and do not have strong profiles to catch the attention of investors. Other times a company remains cheap although its share price has performed well. Marathon Oil (MRO) is such a company. Marathon Oil is an independent oil and gas producer providing liquids driven growth with additional natural gas activities. Marathon Oil is one of those companies that increase in value but don’t get more expensive. Industry background I have previously opined that the commodity sector is deeply undervalued. Independent oil and gas producers in the U.S. are well positioned to profit from inc … Continue reading

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DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) — Corporate insiders sell their own companies’ stock for a number of reasons. >>5 Stocks Set to Soar on Bullish Earnings They might need the cash for a big personal purchase such as a new house or yacht, or they might need the cash to fund a charity. Sometimes they sell as part of a planned selling program that they have put in place for diversification purposes, which allows them to sell stock in stages instead of selling all at one price. Other times they sell because they think their stock is overvalued and the risk/reward is no longer attractive. Some even dump their own stock because they have inside knowledge that a competitor is eating their lunch and stealing market share. But insiders usually buy their own shares for one reason: They think the stock is a bargain and has tremendous upside. >>The Pros Hate These … Continue reading

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Search has long been one of the most profitable businesses in all of tech. This has been fantastic for Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU  ) shareholders who have watched the company effectively dominate the search market in China for some time now. However, all that changed last year as rival Internet power Qihoo 360 (NYSE: QIHU  ) decided it wanted its own piece of this booming market. In fact, Qihoo recently raised the stakes by snapping up another rival in hopes of unseating Baidu from its top spot in this growth market. So how great a threat is this for Baidu? In this video, Fool contributor Andrew Tonner discusses how investors should interpret this very real threat. Want to find more amazing growth stocks like Baidu and Qihoo 360? Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner, founder of the No. 1 growth stock newsletter in the world, has developed a unique strategy for uncovering truly wealth-changing … Continue reading

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Thursday morning, Barack Obama met with Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein, Brian Moynihan, and other members of the country’s largest financial institutions. Let me pause for a minute to let you digest the sheer number of pinstripes and massive egos that strolled into the White House. While the full details from the meeting between the President and financial leaders weren’t released to the public, it is encouraging to see there is at least some communication present on Capitol Hill. According to the White House, the group discussed housing, education policy, and clean energy financing. Although not explicitly stated, the bankers probably shared their thoughts on the new regulation, such as the Volcker Rule. Of these topics, bank leaders were surely heavily interested in the housing sector. After drastic deterioration in the housing sector pushed the country into a deep recession, banks and policymakers both received most of the blame. However, looking … Continue reading

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Westport, Conn.-based Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI  ) will soon have a new CFO. On Thursday, the diversified holding company of manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, and services businesses announced that current Chief Financial Officer James J. Bottiglieri intends to retire from the company on November 30, 2013. At that time, he will be replaced by newly promoted CFO Ryan J. Faulkingham (although Bottiglieri will remain on the Board of Directors). In a statement, Faulkingham pronounced himself “proud and honored to be appointed as CODI’s CFO.” In a filing with the SEC Thursday, Compass revealed that, upon taking his new position, Faulkingham will be paid an annual base salary of $335,000, plus an unspecified annual bonus to be “based on certain performance objectives.” The filing also reveals that, technically, this promotion is taking the form of a “secondment.” An employee of Compass’s management company, Compass Group Management LLC, Faulkingham will essentially be … Continue reading