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Facebook the Next Big Winner?

By | February 26, 2013

260213_PC_leongGoogle Inc. (NASDAQ/GOOG) traded above $800.00 on February 19, and I still can’t believe I missed out on an early investment opportunity when the stock first debuted at $100.00 in August 2004. The company has become the king of the Internet space and the favorite of retail and institutional investors in the equities market. In fact, Google now appears to be the new Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL), which has disappointed investors … Read More

The Great Money-Making Opportunities You Can Find in Israel

By | February 13, 2013

The Great Money-Making OpportunitiesIsrael 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 Mediterranean Sea, is just that.

The country has the second largest number of start-up companies in the world, trailing only the United States. There are about 59 Israeli companies listed … Read More

Look Out McDonalds!

By | January 28, 2013

Look Out McDonaldsI’m not a big eater of fast foods, but as a business, this market offers some good opportunities for investors, namely with the top three operators: McDonalds Corporation (NYSE/MCD), YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE/YUM!), and rising star Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE/CMG). The mainstay in the group is McDonalds, but YUM!, comprising Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), and Pizza Hut, offers investors a diversified fast food play. The upstart is … Read More

Why the Big Mac Will Need to Fend Off KFC, Burritos

By | December 14, 2012

Big Mac Will Need to Fend Off KFCWhen consumer spending on fast foods slows, you have to take note. This is the case with McDonalds Corporation (NYSE/MCD), a bellwether for the fast food industry, after the maker of the “Big Mac” reported some recent stalling in its global same-store revenues. The stock fell after the news of the slowing, but it has since rallied after reporting a 2.4% rise in global comparable sales in November, which was … Read More

When You Need to Buy Technology Stocks

By | December 4, 2012

Need to Buy Technology StocksThe tech-laden NASDAQ fared the best in November with a 1.1% advance, which was well ahead of the 0.3% gain in the S&P 500 and 0.5% decline in the DOW. Yet technology and growth stocks have not fared in the equities market since the end of the first quarter, with the NASDAQ down 2.6%, versus a 0.6% advance by the S&P 500 and 1.4% decline by the DOW.

In spite … Read More

Newmont—the “Best of Breed” of All Gold Stocks

By | November 30, 2012

Gold ProducersThere’s been plenty of talk around here regarding gold and whether the precious metal is heading for $2,000. In my view, the current global risk will support and drive gold higher. (Read “The Stock Market Event You Need to Guard Against Right Now.”)

For any gold investor, the question is whether to buy the physical bullion or gold mining stocks. If you like the idea of holding the actual gold, … Read More

What’s the Matter with Apple?

By | November 19, 2012

Matter with AppleWhat the heck is going on with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL)? The stock has corrected 25.5% since trading at a record high of $705.00 on September 21.

Don’t panic yet, as my stock analysis is that we are seeing some portfolio adjustments and profit-taking by institutions and retail investors prior to the year’s end.

Fundamentally, nothing has changed, based on my stock analysis.

I still consider Apple to be one of … Read More

These “Best Stocks” Ignore the Broader Market

By | October 15, 2012

“Best Stocks” Ignore the Broader MarketHindsight is always 20/20 in the investment business, and one of my biggest regrets is not investing in MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE/MA), which turned out to be an outstanding wealth creator on the stock market. I always follow and research what I call the “best stocks” in the marketplace because it helps me define the attributes of a successful stock market investment.

MasterCard spent the first few months trading range-bound around … Read More

Why You Should Watch Israel for Start-ups

By | October 8, 2012

Watch Israel for Start-upsWhat if I were to tell you that 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 Mediterranean Sea is just that. The country has the second greatest number of start-up companies in the world, trailing only the U.S. … Read More

Gold Stocks Lagging the Spot Price—Time to Buy

By | August 31, 2012

Gold Stocks Lagging the Spot Price—Time to BuyOn the stock market, gold stocks recovered from their recent correction, but they are still lagging the recovery in the spot price of gold. The same goes for silver stocks, whose stock market performance is even more behind the spot price action. Institutional investors have lost a lot of their affinity for gold stocks, even though they still might like gold’s long-term prospects. In many ways, speculating in gold stocks … Read More

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