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Back in early August, I wrote about a very interesting company called China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc. (NYSE/CSR). This company has a booming business in China and beyond, selling both basic and sophisticated security systems to corporate and government customers. The company is also a kind of…

An era came to an end last night, as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley threw in their towels and asked the Federal Reserve to recognize them as banks. The investment bank boom on Wall Street that was led by Bear Sterns, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs and…

As is always the case, when one industry flounders (the financials), another industry flourishes (agricultural equipment). A number of times in this column, I've written about a successful consolidator in the agricultural equipment business called Titan Machinery, Inc. (NASDAQ/TITN). This company, founded in 1980, is headquartered in Fargo,…

First the Bear Sterns bailout, then the bailout of mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae...and last night the announcement that the Fed was stepping up to the plate again and bailing out the world's largest insurer, American International Group, Inc. (AIG; NYSE/AIG). Why bail out AIG and…

The reality of an economic slowdown in the United States and globally is something to really consider seriously. On Monday, stock markets collapsed, with the DOW down over 500 points or four percent in a massive one-day sell-off. The selling was triggered by the situation at Lehman Brothers…

There's a paradigm shift going on in the capital markets and the pain isn't over. Everything is coming to a head right now and whatever the results, economic and stock market malaise is likely to be with us for quite a while. It's really been the perfect storm.…

I know it's a difficult equity market in which to be considering new positions. The good news is that there are a lot of very interesting companies out there that are very successful at what they do. One such company is called ArcSight, Inc. (NASDAQ/ARST). This technology firm…

The current inability of stocks to move in either direction with any degree of sustainability indicates the nervousness of investors. I'm not convinced that a sustainable rally is in the works, as there remain numerous market uncertainties that will continue to negatively impact stocks. At this juncture, the…

Stock markets continue to trade cautiously, with swings in both directions, although the overriding bias is negative, with selling surfacing in recent days, as stock markets threaten to move lower. The DOW lost 280 points on Wednesday after a 289-point gain on Monday. Prior to that, the DOW…

The market for Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and mobile phones is extremely competitive, especially given the new technologies and increased functions demanded by users. The leader in the PDA market at this time continues to be Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ/RIMM, TSX/RIM) -- the maker of the widely…

In the continuing story of undervalued U.S.-listed Chinese stocks, a company called Shengdatech, Inc. (NASDAQ/SDTH) stands out as an excellent small-cap growth stock. This company is based in Taian City, Shandong Province, China, and manufactures what is known as nano precipitated calcium carbonate (NPCC). This product is commonly…

Chinese stocks continue to trend lower in China and in U.S. exchanges with the bear market in full force. If you own Chinese stocks, it has been a struggle, but I remain positive longer-term. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index (SCI) is lower than it was last month. The…

All the concerns regarding tropical storm Gustav becoming a level- our hurricane and smashing into the key Gulf of Mexico oil supply and refining areas quickly faded over the weekend, as the storm fizzled, and is now expected to fade away as more of a threat than a…

Back in June, I wrote in this column about a very interesting information technology (IT) company called VanceInfo Technologies, Inc. (NYSE/VIT). This firm is an IT service provider and software development company located in China. According to the company, it is ranked among the top three Chinese offshore…

In an otherwise lackluster market, it's great to see what I call a "powerhouse" stock. This is a business that's growing by leaps and bounds, with a stock price that's doing the same. There are a lot of growing businesses in the current market, but many of these…

There are a lot of standout stocks in this market, but a lot more standout companies. Naturally, it's much more difficult to get capital gains from equities in a bear market and, among many stocks, small-caps in particular are suffering. They are suffering because the market isn't interested…

There's a lot of talk about the financial sector recently -- and it's not good. A lot of people are worried about more bank failures and even one or two failures of a major international name. The stock market has been trading almost exclusively on the price of…

I know one industry that seems to be flourishing in the current economy and that's the education business. One company in particular stands out as a real winner in this industry, and has proven itself to be a successful enterprise and a successful stock market investment -- even…

While markets in the U.S. are showing some buying in recent weeks, the same cannot be said of China, which on Monday saw the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index (SCI) fall to its lowest level in 19 months. After a base formation at around 2,600, the SCI failed to…

China is now tops in the Internet world. The country's Internet demand continues to grow at a staggering pace. According to a recent report released by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the number of Internet users in China has surged to 253 million, making China the…