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Can Beazer Homes Overcome the Bearishness in Broader Housing Market?

Can Beazer Homes Overcome the Bearishness in Broader Housing Market?

By Lennox Yieke Beazer Homes (NYSE: BZH) has declined around 15 percent year-to-date. The decline this year is largely a function of the overall bearishness in the broader housing market. Beazer Homes, which was able to narrow its losses significantly in 2013, including reducing the figure from $20.3 million in Q4 2012 to $5.1 million […]

By April 16, 2014 Read More →
Will This Chinese Small-Cap see a Pullback?

Will This Chinese Small-Cap see a Pullback?

By: Matt Rego Early this morning, Chinese officials announced they were starting another round of economic stimulus to help revive a struggling economy. Chinese manufacturing figures continue to show expansion, but at a razor thin pace. Chinese PMI comes in around 50.3 and certainly this a ways away from the index peak of around 58 […]

By April 15, 2014 Read More →
Can This Beverage Maker Reach Higher?

Can This Beverage Maker Reach Higher?

By: Matt Rego When it comes to beverage stocks, Coke (NYSE:KO) and Pepsi (NYSE:PEP) are usually the main two stocks that come to mind. However, I think that this Chinese soft drink maker could make headlines as a big growth name or acquisition target. This small beverage maker focuses on fruit juice concentrates and with […]

By April 15, 2014 Read More →
Alon USA Energy Needs to Put Forth a More Compelling Case

Alon USA Energy Needs to Put Forth a More Compelling Case

By Lennox Yieke Year-to-date, Alon USA Energy (NYSE: ALJ) has lost about 10 percent on the stock market. While Alon’s overall performance over the past five years more than offsets this year’s slip, the current decline and subsequent stagnation in share price is telling of a more worrying factor at play. Like other refiners in […]

By April 15, 2014 Read More →
Chinese Consumers Will Help Revive Gold

Chinese Consumers Will Help Revive Gold

By: Matt Rego I have written about gold on several occasions over the past month on how I believe the gold bull market still lives and that the price of gold will continue to rebound this year. A number of factors influence my decision such as declining U.S. earnings, Russian aggression, overheated stock markets and […]

By April 14, 2014 Read More →

People

Current Use of Public Transit Matches 1950′s Use

Current Use of Public Transit Matches 1950′s Use

Americans are now riding public buses, trains and subways more than during any time since 1956. According to the American Public Transportation Association, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013 – the highest annual public transit ridership in 57 years and the eighth straight year those rides exceeded 10 billion. In fact, […]

By April 8, 2014 Read More →
What Happened to TV’s First Marijuana Ad?

What Happened to TV’s First Marijuana Ad?

Earlier this month, media outlets including CNN, ABC News and Time magazine confirmed certain U.S. markets would soon view the nation’s first marijuana television ad. According to the sources, a commercial for MarijuanaDoctors.com was set to air on stations including Fox, CNN and ESPN in New Jersey. The one-minute spot, which appears on YouTube, features […]

By April 2, 2014 Read More →
Income Inequality: Why You Should Get Used to This Debate

Income Inequality: Why You Should Get Used to This Debate

By Lennox Yieke Income inequality is no longer a topic reserved to the exclusive domain of left-leaning discourse that typically clamors for social equality and opposes social hierarchy. At the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, income inequality, which has previously been discussed in earlier WEF meetings, though in a perfunctory fashion, took on a […]

By March 27, 2014 Read More →
Congressman Proposes Free Money for Every American Child

Congressman Proposes Free Money for Every American Child

If one congressman has his way, the government will soon give money to every American child as a way to fight economic inequality for future generations. On March 4, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) announced a plan to help American families build savings for their children’s futures. The legislation would create a long-term savings account for […]

By March 17, 2014 Read More →
E-cigarettes The next to be regulated… But how?

E-cigarettes The next to be regulated… But how?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines an e-cigarette as a battery-operated device that turns nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals into a vapor that can be inhaled. Notice the absence of the terms tobacco or smoke. Thus lies the controversy, as “vapers” (as electronic-cigarette users prefer to be called) are termed smokers and their devices […]

By January 24, 2014 Read More →

Technology

Facebook’s Oculus Bet Is a Compelling Long-Term Play

Facebook’s Oculus Bet Is a Compelling Long-Term Play

By Lennox Yieke Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has centered in debate over the past several months. From the investment standpoint, the stock has delivered great returns since its IPO, despite suffering momentary downward swings. Regulatory documents filed March 31 reveal that CEO Mark Zuckerberg made $3.3 billion by exercising stock options in 2013, a year after […]

By April 14, 2014 Read More →
Android Now Dominates the Tablet Space

Android Now Dominates the Tablet Space

The popularity of tablets surged in 2013, leaving some to speculate the portable computing device may soon overtake even smartphones in market share. And although Apple created the market with the introduction of its iPad just four years ago, Android devices are now dominating the space, according to recent reports from Gartner Inc. In 2013, […]

By March 13, 2014 Read More →
Apple’s Mobile Payments Could Disrupt the E-Payments Market

Apple’s Mobile Payments Could Disrupt the E-Payments Market

Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iBeacon mobile payment system is set to disrupt the e-payments market according to developments. Veteran players in the market are already seeking partnership in the project after sensing some serious threat from the iPhone maker’s new payments system. Reports indicate that PayPal has already expressed interest in Apple’s iBeacon payment system. […]

By February 16, 2014 Read More →
BlackBerry Sues Typo Products Over Keyboard Case

BlackBerry Sues Typo Products Over Keyboard Case

iPhone users, who over the past seven years have reluctantly converted from BlackBerry, are lauding the newly released Typo keyboard case, so much so that the product displayed at the 2014 CES  has already drawn a lawsuit from its likely inspiration. BlackBerry filed a patent infringement suit against Typo Products and its iPhone case that […]

By February 10, 2014 Read More →
Mayer Unveils New Yahoo Products at 2014 CES

Mayer Unveils New Yahoo Products at 2014 CES

Yahoo drew an enormous crowd at its debut appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where CEO Marissa Mayer unveiled several new products, including a predictive search technology for smartphones that will compete against Google Inc.’s comparable product. Mayer, speaking on the on the first day of the 2014 CES January 7, announced […]

By February 6, 2014 Read More →

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Home Gaming Archive Puts Classics at Your Fingertips

Home Gaming Archive Puts Classics at Your Fingertips

For millions of Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers, mention of a video-game console arouses images of classic 8-bit favorites such as Donkey Kong, Frogger, Pac-Man and Space Invaders – available on old favorites like Atari 2600, ColecoVision and Odyssey. But unlike today’s models, the original home consoles didn’t last for decades – especially when Junior spilled […]

By January 12, 2014 Read More →
Black Sails

Black Sails

The upcoming Starz-original series Black Sails hasn’t even debuted yet, but creators Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine have already scored a second season. Many have barely –if ever – heard of the drama, but it was such a hit at the San Diego Comic-Con in July, Starz immediately renewed the show. What’s all the buzz […]

By December 29, 2013 Read More →
10 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

10 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-at-heart love grabbing hold of that rare book that reinvigorates their spirits and inspires them to push further in their career endeavors. While much business literature is available, only the few truly offer entrepreneurs the courage to delve deep and find the drive to make things happen in their companies and their worlds. […]

By December 26, 2013 Read More →
10 All-time Greatest Romance Novels

10 All-time Greatest Romance Novels

We call them bodice busters. Romance novels, those guilty literary pleasures with covers depicting bulging biceps wrapped around busty damsels, usually in distress of some type. But the romance novel is nothing to induce shame. Those buxom heroines with perfectly tousled hair are in many ways powerful women. As novelist Jayne Ann Krentz explains, “Readers […]

By December 23, 2013 Read More →
2013′s Best Young Adult Novels

2013′s Best Young Adult Novels

Young adult literature is always popular—not only among teens looking to read something more stimulating than Beowulf and King Lear, but also among adults who just can’t get enough heartwarming easy-reads, regardless of their years. There’s no need for shame when browsing the shelves for young-adult fiction. In fact, some incredible stories are written for […]

By December 23, 2013 Read More →

OTHER GREAT STUFF

Short This Copper Miner on a Bounce

Short This Copper Miner on a Bounce

By: Matt Rego Copper is an important industrial metal that has a wide variety of usages. From piping to semiconductors, copper remains an important metal for production and industrial society. This is why they call copper a bellwether commodity, because it can hint at the overall health of global economy. U.S. manufacturing appears to have […]

By April 14, 2014 Read More →
Can This Auto Part Maker Live Up To Valuation?

Can This Auto Part Maker Live Up To Valuation?

By: Matt Rego Auto sales here in the U.S. have been on fire for quite a few years now. Ford Motor Corp. (NYSE: F) and General Motors (NYSE: GM) have been huge gainers who took the 2008 recession as an opportunity (by choice and by force) to revamp their images and standards in the motor […]

By April 12, 2014 Read More →
Patent-Rich Company in Video Niche Could be a Takeover Target

Patent-Rich Company in Video Niche Could be a Takeover Target

Concurrent Computer Corp. (NASDAQ: CCUR) recently disclosed that it was awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,650,601, named as “Video on Demand Management System.” The approved patent is a way of positioning content files, as well as managing content assets in a multi-tiered video server network. The system is used in streaming video applications, notably video-on-demand, time-shifted […]

By April 11, 2014 Read More →