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Steven Romick made valuable remarks on several of his holdings in his fourth-quarter letter: Hewlett Packard (HPQ) We purchased a small position in Hewlett Packard (HPQ) as part of a tech basket in 2011. Although the tech basket performed reasonably well, HPQ was a mistake not just because we have lost money thus far, but also because we allowed rationalization to creep into our process. We established a small, toehold position at an average price just over $40, believing that the P/E was just 8x, that the printing business was an annuity, and that the services business had sustainable cash flow at current (or better) levels. Subsequent research revealed that neither business was as resilient as we thought. Instead of selling our stake at that time, though, we argued that the stock price remained cheap enough to stay in the basket. We were wrong. HPQ management made a series of … Continue reading

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It might surprise some investors to know that through the first six months of this year, environmental and social concerns comprised 40% of all shareholder proposals, dwarfing the standard compensation and board-related resolutions that made up 29% and 18%, respectively. In this video, Fool.com contributors Aimee Duffy and Tyler Crowe talk about which fossil fuel-intensive industries are facing increasing scrutiny, and how no company in any industry is immune from this sort of action. The price of becoming the world’s greatest investor is that Warren Buffett can no longer make many of types of investments that made him rich in the first place. Find out about one such opportunity in “The Stock Buffett Wishes He Could Buy.” The free report details a sector of the economy Buffett’s heavily invested in right now and exactly why he can’t buy one attractive company in that sector. Click here to keep reading. Top … Continue reading

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On Tuesday, an event took place that added momentum to the massive rollout of "Made in America" fuel…   Ford Motor announced it will begin offering compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems for one of the country's best-selling trucks – its F-150 pickup. It will be the first half-ton pick-up truck capable of running on natural gas.   For years, I've been telling readers how the low price and abundance of natural gas will help it become a major transportation fuel. The massive cost savings has led industry giants like Wal-Mart, Fed-Ex, UPS, Waste Management, Coca-Cola, and AT&T to switch their trucking fleets from diesel to natural gas   But natural gas isn't just replacing diesel as a fuel anymore. It's beginning to replace gasoline. Drivers are craving it. And it could lead to huge gains for the companies that can take advantage of it.   Top 10 Low Price … Continue reading

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Family Dollar Stores (FDO) recently warned that earnings would decline in fiscal 2014 compared with the prior year as the retail environment remained challenging. This Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) is facing tough market conditions as its core customers who shop for value haven’t seen the benefits of the economic recovery. Family Dollar is a discount retailer operating 8,000 stores in rural and urban locations in 46 states. Lackluster First Quarter On Jan 9, Family Dollar reported fiscal first quarter 2014 results which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. Sales rose 3.2% to $2.5 billion from $2.4 billion in the year ago period. This was in line with its previously announced guidance for the quarter. Best Penny Companies To Own For 2015: Synergetics USA Inc.(SURG) Synergetics USA, Inc., a medical device company, engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of microsurgical instruments and consumables primarily for ophthalmology and … Continue reading

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U.S. stock futures traded mostly higher Thursday. Dow Jones industrial average index futures rose 0.3%, Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures were up 0.3%. Nasdaq index futures fell 0.2%. On Wall Street, markets hit record highs Wednesday. The S&P 500 index rose 0.8% to 1,782. The Dow gained 0.5% to 15,821.63. The Nasdaq climbed 1.2% to 3,965.58. WEDNESDAY: Dow, S&P 500 hit new closing highs Asian stock markets bounced higher Thursday after prepared testimony for the confirmation hearing of incoming Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen suggested the U.S. central bank won’t reduce its economic stimulus until March next year or later. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 surged 2.1% to 14,876.41. In Europe, most major benchmarks advanced around 1% even though official figures showed that the region’s recovery from recession in the 17-country eurozone continued in the third-quarter of the year but only just. Best Asian Companies To Invest In Right Now: CYNK … Continue reading