Stock Analysis

Stock analysis is the application of a method or set of criteria to evaluate a company’s stock. This analysis can fall into several areas; more broadly this encompasses fundamental analysis, technical analysis, and quantitative analysis. Fundamental analysis covers the research of a company’s financial statements, its management, the marketplace, the firm’s competitors, and forecasts for the future of the business. Technical analysis is the study of a stock’s chart. Someone using technical analysis wouldn’t look at the income statement, but would spend their time looking at the chart and indicators, such as volume, moving averages, and past market moves to forecast future stock moves. Quantitative analysis is when a computer is programmed to look for patterns using mathematics. Some examples of quantitative analysis can be found in statistical arbitrage or algorithmic trading.


The battle is on in the online streaming of videos and other shows, according to my stock analysis. Yet the main combatants include not only incumbent Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ/NFLX) but also upstart Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ/AMZN), which in two short years…

As we approach the mid-point of the year, U.S. stocks continue to fare well with the annualized return of the Dow at 42% and the S&P 500 at 39%. While I have long been skeptical of the idea of stocks…

We all know that McDonalds Corporation (NYSE/MCD) is the reigning king of the fast food sector and one of the top performers over the past decade, based on my stock analysis. In fact, my stock analysis suggests that McDonalds’ rivals…

Did you notice that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ/MSFT) is a hot commodity once again? After essentially trading in a sideways channel since late 2009 to April 2013, the stock broke out to a new 52-week and multiyear high of $35.10 on…

Personal computer (PC) sales are on the decline. It’s clearly not a surprise whatsoever, as we have seen this trend developing for years following the major push of tablets into the marketplace, according to my stock analysis. We have seen…

At my household, no one uses a personal computer (PC). There is the occasional use of a laptop, but even these mobile devices are becoming cumbersome to handle. In fact, the dominant devices of choice in my household are tablets,…

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ/FB) has attracted over one billion pairs of eyeballs, and my stock analysis suggests its share price may really explode upward if the company can monetize this massive user base. The future for the company will clearly lie…

The current market action continues to be headline-driven, according to my stock analysis. Stocks moved lower on the initial banking concerns in Cyprus, but rallied after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed its program of low interest rates and monthly bond buying.…

McDonalds Corporation (NYSE/MCD), a bellwether for the fast food industry, recently hit a barrier after coming in short on its earnings in both the second and third quarters. But the maker of the “Big Mac” came back and beat the…

It has been a few months since the launch of the highly anticipated “BlackBerry 10” (BB10) operating system and products by Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ/BBRY). I have tried the new “BlackBerry Z10” smartphone, and my early thoughts are that…

The top player in the Internet space is Google Inc. (NASDAQ/GOOG), based on my stock analysis. The company is innovative and has grand plans to rule the Internet space. Google believes it can and so does the market, as the…

It’s difficult to believe that former Wall Street darling Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL) traded at a record high of $705.07 on September 21, 2012. Fast-forward five months and the stock has not been able to mount any sustainable rally since its…

If you picture North Dakota as sparse and dull with vast stretches of open plains and endless roads to nowhere, think again. Lurking below the surface and hidden in the rocks is a potentially massive pool of oil that some…

Israel is the “Silicon Valley” of the Middle East. The country is not widely known as a place to find high-growth technology companies, but the reality is that this small and dynamic country of 7.9 million people, nestled on the…

Founder Michael Dell has done as much as he can with Dell Inc. (NASDAQ/DELL). In just over 25 years, he managed to grow the company he started out of his garage into the world’s third-largest maker of personal computers (PCs);…

BlackBerry (NASDAQ/BBRY;TSX/BB), formerly known as Research In Motion, surged 12% on Monday after an upgrade from Bernstein Research to an “Outperform” and a $22.00 price target. Market optimism toward the company’s newly launched “BlackBerry 10” (BB10) operating system and line…

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ/FB) reported promising fourth quarter and 2012 numbers, but the results were not that well received by the investment community. So what went wrong? Based on my stock analysis, there was really nothing wrong or alarming about the…