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How to Profit from a Strong Dollar?

February 02, 2015 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: TD , SSYS

Recently I observed that some of my industrial blue chips like KMB (Kimberly-Clark) experienced "hair" cuts in their  earnings and in their share price. The reason given was the strong USD. Evidently since much of Kimberly's business is overseas a strong US dollar means that other countries had less buying power with their currencies meaning a higher cost for the target customer and also less profit for us from when their foreign funds changed back into our currency.   [more]



Elmo Gets an Update Just in Time for Christmas

December 12, 2014 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SSYS

Back in 1996 one of the most popular toys was "Tickle Me Elmo." I was quite amused to see that Elmo is back again. This time he's in all his glory as 3d printed toy. What could be cuter or geekier :).   [more]



A Jolly Forth Quarter Coming

December 02, 2014 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: NDAQ

With all the current market volatility and the concerns about low oil prices it is easy to question whether stocks will have a jolly forth quarter. Rather than concerning myself with the direction of the whole market and macro economic forces which is outside of my expertise though not my interest--I will simply make a prediction about a single stock. I think that Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ) will have a good quarter when it reports earnings on February 5th.   [more]



Hittite Ancient History or Modern Technology?

February 20, 2014 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: HITT

This morning I was checking for stocks that would be going ex-dividend on February 28th and I happened on Hittite Microwave Company (HITT). It is a fabless semiconductor company with an eye catching, charming company logo inspired by cuniform writing. Talk about branding with name recognition and a sense of history! I first ran into the ancient, warlike Hittites in Sunday School than later on in History of Civilization.   [more]



CMP: A Flaky Earnings Miss?

February 11, 2014 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CMP

I was surprised to see that Compass Minerals was down 5% today. However, when I checked the news I understood why. For the 4th quarter their EPS was down 6 cents. The 4th quarter otherwise known as the winter season is a crucial quarter for CMP since a major part of their business is supplying road salt for de-icing what meteorologist poetically call a "wintry mix." Considering that snow events are still occuring--lovely, fluffy flakes coming down in SCas I'm writing--take this earnings miss with a pound of salt and realize that the 1st quarter may be more important this year to CMP's total earnings than it was last year. I wonder how many analysts consider shifting weather patterns as part of the complete picture of a stock's expected performance.  [more]

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