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Heartbleed Bug the Latest in a String of Cyber Security Threats

Heartbleed Bug the Latest in a String of Cyber Security Threats

As the computer bug known as “Heartbleed” strikes fear in the hearts and minds of Web users worldwide, website owners are scrambling to correct the issue that cuts through the encryption technology designed to protect online accounts. Security researchers believe the lapse has actually gone undetected for more than two years, and computer hackers may […]

By April 22, 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 →
Confronting Grantham’s Market Doomsday Prediction

Confronting Grantham’s Market Doomsday Prediction

By Lennox Yieke Jeremy Grantham recently predicted a market bust “unlike any other”. Grantham, who is the co-founder and Chief Investment Strategist at global investment firm GMO, previously called the dotcom bubble in the late 90s and the recent housing market accurately. The unique accuracy of Grantham’s crystal ball has thrust his most recent bearish […]

By April 13, 2014 Read More →
How the US Will Benefit from Push to End Russia’s Gas Dominance in Europe

How the US Will Benefit from Push to End Russia’s Gas Dominance in Europe

By Lennox Yieke Following Russia’s controversial annexation of Crimea, the general consensus among political experts is that Russia is using its heavy influence in Europe’s natural gas market to arm twist European nations as well as circumvent some of the sanctions imposed on it by the U.S. on the grounds of an illegal expansion into […]

By April 11, 2014 Read More →
What the Tension in Russia Means for U.S. Gas Companies

What the Tension in Russia Means for U.S. Gas Companies

Approximately 60 percent of Crimea’s residents are Russians. Over the years, there has been debate as to which country the city should claim allegiance to; Russia or the Ukraine. According to the latest developments, it appears that the city is heading Russia’s way. With tensions heightening between the U.S. and Russia over the situation in […]

By April 7, 2014 Read More →
Tesla Hit with Painful Reminder: Business and Politics an Inseparable Pair

Tesla Hit with Painful Reminder: Business and Politics an Inseparable Pair

By Lennox Yieke Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) is renowned for going beyond the obvious and introducing new solutions in ways previously unimaginable. While Tesla’s electric vehicles have thrust it into prominence, especially on Wall Street, they have not changed the fact that, despite the unrivalled innovation, the fundamental rules of business never change.   Business and […]

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
Should you subscribe to J.C. Penney’s Turnaround Narrative?

Should you subscribe to J.C. Penney’s Turnaround Narrative?

By Lennox Yieke J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) recently received a boost on the stock market after a timely upgrade from Citigroup analyst Oliver Chen. In a research note, Chen allayed fears over J.C. Penney’s liquidity and said that department store sales will continue growing. He upgraded Citigroup’s rating from “neutral” to “buy” and raised the […]

By March 24, 2014 Read More →
McDonald’s Faces Uphill Task Ahead

McDonald’s Faces Uphill Task Ahead

McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) has certainly seen better days, the days when sales were on a perennial tear and gyms and health awareness were futuristic topics akin to health buffs; at least as far as everyday consumers were concerned. Now, however, the fast-food chain, which has more than 14,200 U.S. locations, is pushing against a wall. […]

By March 22, 2014 Read More →
King Digital Entertainment’s Threat to Zynga Overstated

King Digital Entertainment’s Threat to Zynga Overstated

By Lennox Yieke A 2013 joint market research by global games market research firm Newzoo and mobile games marketing platform AppLift reveals that the global mobile games market will grow 27.3 percent annually through 2016, reaching a value of up to $23.9 billion. This attractive market potential, along with other compelling reasons, has prompted Zynga (NASDAQ: […]

By March 21, 2014 Read More →
Will the U.S. Crude Oil Boom Unlock Growth for the Rail Industry?

Will the U.S. Crude Oil Boom Unlock Growth for the Rail Industry?

By Lennox Yieke The U.S. crude oil production resurgence has been extensively documented. Thanks to technologies such as fracking and horizontal drilling, the U.S. is now able to tap oil deposits that were previously unreachable, at least in economic viable terms. The general consensus is that new drilling technologies have pushed overall production up more […]

By March 20, 2014 Read More →
Starbucks May Be Your Bank’s Newest Competitor

Starbucks May Be Your Bank’s Newest Competitor

Banks struggling to recover from the industry’s downturn now face a new obstacle: Starbucks. No, coffee isn’t going to become a new form of currency. But according to a report from Accenture, 35 percent of banks’ market share in North America may be taken on by non-banks by 2020. What’s a non-bank? Companies such as […]

By March 19, 2014 Read More →
Kickstarter Surpasses $1 Billion in Pledges

Kickstarter Surpasses $1 Billion in Pledges

Almost five years since it launched, crowdfunding website Kickstarter surpassed $1 billion in pledges March 3. One of the leading crowdfunding sites, which allow entrepreneurs to raise money from donors to fund various ventures, Kickstarter requires project creators to choose a deadline and a target funding goal for any money to exchange. Financial backers generally […]

By March 16, 2014 Read More →