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Analysis Topic: Companies Analysis

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Companies

Monday, June 04, 2007

Ford US Motor Sales Continue Drop / Companies / US Auto's

By: Submissions

This season would probably be the end of Ford Motor Company's 76-year domination as the second-biggest seller of vehicles in the United States.

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Companies

Saturday, June 02, 2007

US Interest Rates and Credit Ratings of Utilities / Companies / US Utilities

By: Roger_Conrad

Major credit raters like Standard & Poor's aren't perfect. But few sources provide more exhaustive research on the financial health of corporations, governments and anyone else who issues debt in the public markets.

For individual utility companies, a solid credit rating means a lower cost of capital and ultimately more-competitive rates and higher profits. For investors, an improving rating is a good sign the underlying business is strengthening—and that the company (and stock) are going to gain value over time.

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Companies

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

104 Years of Ford Motoring Going Down the Drain / Companies / US Auto's

By: Submissions

After years of being one of the largest and most renowned automaker, it seems like Ford the major stockholder of Mazda the manufacturer of Mazda cornering light is finally at its brink. It is no secret that Ford has been facing financial problems for years now brought about by products that failed to sell well in the market not to mention the frequent changes in the management stature.

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Companies

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Derivatives Disaster: Deriving The Truth / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: Rob_Kirby

In an article I penned two weeks ago, I discussed the misfortunes of the Bank of Montreal [BMO] and their costly foray into Natural Gas derivatives trading. In that piece I wrote what are now some rather prophetic words in my assessment of BMO and their 450 million “charge” against 2 nd quarter earnings, when I opined;

“This means that the BMO's ‘long natural gas position' was almost certainly a MUCH BIGGER LOSS – at one point in time – than they are admitting to us now.

BMO's year end is Oct. 31. I'm left wondering why they did not report a bigger loss last quarter.”

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Companies

Friday, May 18, 2007

Utility Stocks, REITs, Canadian Trusts, Carbon Regulation, Interest Rate Outlook, Enerplus Resources & ETFs / Companies / US Utilities

By: Roger_Conrad

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS : Greetings from the Las Vegas Money Show conference. For attendees, investment seminars are always a golden opportunity to learn a range of perspectives. At the same time, it gives advisors like me a chance to better know readers' concerns and interests so we can do our job better.

In addition to several other events, I gave three presentations in Vegas on Canadian trusts, utility stocks and the likely beneficiaries of almost certain carbon regulation. Here's a sampling of the questions I received during my own presentations at the show, along with my answers.

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Companies

Friday, May 18, 2007

Dirty Clothes are Big Business, Whirlpool and Mastercard / Companies / China Economy

By: Michael_K_Dawson

Long regarded as the world's growth engine the U.S. economy is currently experiencing a rough patch. This was highlighted by first quarter GDP of 1.3% down from an annualized rate of 2.5% in fourth quarter 2006. Anticipating the slow down, Wall Street analysts lowered first quarter S&P 500 earnings from 8.7% in January to 3.3% by the first of April. However, after all is said and done it appears as though Wall Street's concerns were for naught. Earnings will be closer to 9%, better than the historic average. How could this be?

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Companies

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Strategic Investing in Telecommunications, Utilities From 30,000 Feet Up / Companies / US Utilities

By: Roger_Conrad

Earlier this week, I got a call from a reporter at a major newspaper, asking for my “view from 30,000 feet up” on the power industry. Big picture perspectives are most useful when they help us to see the forest as a whole, rather than just tree-by-tree. They're downright dangerous, however, when analysts fall in love with their prognostications.

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Companies

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Investng in Asia and Gold, The profits keep rolling in! / Companies / Emerging Markets

By: Money_and_Markets

Larry Edelson writes : Wow, are the profits rolling in or what? For example, the 13 Asian stocks I told you about last June are now up 32.5% — in just over ten months.

Had you bought 100 shares of each of those companies, you'd have open gains of $25,437. Sweet!

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Companies

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Capitalizing on Global Growth from Emerging Markets / Companies / Emerging Markets

By: Michael_K_Dawson

The latest revelation on CNBC is that overseas growth can offset a slowing U.S. economy enabling the big U.S. multi-national companies to continue generating outstanding earnings. Talking head after talking head have parroted this theme for the last week and a half. Well, it is nice to be ahead of a trend for a change. Over the past three years, this has been the predominant theme of stocks in my portfolios. However, I haven't limited myself to U.S. companies.

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Companies

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

BP Lord Browne's Immediate Resignation on Losing Court Battle due to Lieing to the Court / Companies / Oil Companies

By: Phillipa_Green

In surprising and shocking news earlier today, Lord Browne announced his immediate resignation as BP's Chief Executive. Following the lifting of the court injunction which prevented Associated Newspapers from printing details concerning Lord Browne's private life.

The judge Justice Eady criticised Lord Browne for lieing at the initial injunction hearing concerning the newspaper allegations in January 2007.

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Companies

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Bigger and Better Utility Companies / Companies / US Utilities

By: Roger_Conrad

Size and scale have long been secrets to success in the business of providing essential services. Since the advent of mass-distributed electricity, natural gas, communications and water more than a century ago, companies have consistently become more profitable by getting bigger.

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Companies

Monday, April 23, 2007

Less than 25 New Companies to Mine Uranium by 2011 / Companies / Uranium

By: James_Finch

Nearly 500 companies are posing as 'uranium mining companies' worldwide. Hundreds of those publicly traded uranium companies will never mine a single pound of uranium. Along with the crash-and-burn of those companies, many investors could lose all or a large part of their speculative investment. How can one really find out which companies have an honest shot at becoming uranium miners?

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Companies

Monday, April 23, 2007

Mexico lures junior miners; investors encouraged to take another look / Companies / Metals & Mining

By: Harold_Leishman

As a venture capital broker, active in the resource market, I look worldwide for the best opportunities for my risk tolerant clients. One country that keeps coming to my attention is Mexico . Junior resource companies grow and create shareholder value by discovering and developing mineral deposits, ideally ones rich enough to attract the attention of acquisition-minded senior producers. Some juniors aspire to become producers by reviving historic mines or partially developed projects with near-term production potential.

Many of these companies have found that Mexico is one of the best places in the world to pursue their goals. It offers many advantages — vast geological potential, a favorable investment climate, and an enduring mining tradition.

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Companies

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Profit from China's Railroad Expansion / Companies / China Stocks

By: Michael_K_Dawson

Many thought that Warren Buffet had lost his touch when he continued buying old boring companies in the late nineties when clearly technology stocks were the key to riches.  Today, how many wished that they had bought McDonald's instead of Microsoft in 1999? Last week, news surfaced that he was buying into another industry that doesn't have much appeal to modern investors.  The smirks have long since faded.  Now Buffet creates a buzz.

According to a filing with regulators, Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. had amassed a 10.9% stake, worth more than $3 billion, in railroad operator Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.  A Berkshire Hathaway spokeswoman also confirmed to Reuters that the company was investing nearly $1.4bn in two other unnamed railroad groups as well.  Once again Buffet is doing what no one does better – investing in long term growth opportunities. 

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Companies

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

EIA Summer Outlook: Good for Natural Gas Stocks? / Companies / Oil Companies

By: James_Finch

The surprise Northeaster blowing across the eastern United States may have confirmed the final bottom for hibernating natural gas and coalbed methane (CBM) company shares. The winter storm followed this past Tuesday's Energy Information Administration (EIA) Short-Term Energy & Summer Fuels Outlook.

The EIA forecast higher natural gas prices, this summer, while spot WTI crude oil prices are expected to decline. “On an annual basis, the Henry Hub spot price is expected to average about $7.83 per mcf in 2007, an 89-cent increase from the 2006 average, and $8.11 per mcf in 2008.” The EIA expects summer 2007 natural gas prices to rise by 17.7 percent over the past summer. For this year, natural gas prices would increase by 12.8 percent over 2006.

The statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy cited, “Concerns about extreme weather conditions and rising prices in the oil market will keep upward pressure on the Henry Hub spot price during much of the forecast period.” The report pointed out that “electric power demand for natural gas increases during the summer cooling season.”

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Companies

Monday, April 16, 2007

Misguided worldview! Overlooked boom! Iron Ore / Companies / Metals & Mining

By: Money_and_Markets

Martin Weiss writes : Before he passed away, Dad and I often got away from the office, compared Big-Picture numbers of the global economy, and sometimes questioned the prevailing worldview.

Our conclusion: Probably since the Renaissance and certainly since the Industrial Revolution, the worldview of the West placed Europeans and their descendants at the top; Asia and its peoples near the bottom.

But in the real world, that image is upside down.

Just in terms of population, Asia dominates the globe — with an amazing 61% of all the people on the planet.

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Companies

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Global Warming Opportunities - Jumping onto the Bandwagon / Companies / Climate Change

By: Roger_Conrad

Not everyone is on board yet—or drinking the Kool-Aid, as some call it. The world's major scientific organizations, however, have now endorsed the concept that human-related carbon emissions are warming
the Earth's overall temperature.

They're joined by the estimated 80 percent-plus of the American public who call global warming a “serious problem.” And US politicians are scrambling to get on the bandwagon--and in plenty of time for November 2008 elections.

This week, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich got together in Washington DC for what was supposed to be a serious debate on the issue. Instead, the event quickly turned into a contest about who was the toughest on global warming. In fact, observers noted—only partly tongue-in-cheek—that the two men appeared at one point to be on the brink of hugging each other.

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Companies

Friday, April 13, 2007

Google Buys Doubleclick Ads competitor to gain strong presence in Corporate Ad Market / Companies / Google

By: Shahla_Walayat

In a highly competitive bid for Doubleclick, google won against rival offers from the likes of Microsoft and Yahoo.

The move pushes Google deeper into competition with Yahoo for corporate video advertising and reinforces googles position as the number 1 in overall online advertising. The acquisition will enable Google to gain a strong presence in systems and software used to serve video advertising on corporate website's such as Major New publishers, Forbes etc. As research indicates that consumers tend to interact more with video ads than other types of ads.

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Companies

Friday, April 13, 2007

Energy Corporate Earnings Season - Lowering the Bar / Companies / Oil Companies

By: Elliot_H_Gue

Corporate earnings reports for the first quarter are just starting to roll in; a slew of energy companies are scheduled to report earnings between now and the end of April. Earnings season is always an important time for stocks. Several times in the past two years comments from the bigger firms in the energy industry have revealed key emerging trends. 

But investors often interpret earnings reports and management commentary the wrong way. You can't analyze a company's results in a vacuum, nor can you simply compare results with analysts' expectations and decide whether a release is positive or negative for the stock. 
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Companies

Thursday, April 12, 2007

BP's Browne steps down with £60 million plus Golden Handshake / Companies / Oil Companies

By: Phillipa_Green

Institutional shareholders rewarded Lord Browne a golden handshake that could be worth more than £60 million, after much criticism from smaller shareholders at BP's AGM.

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