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Drug Roundup – April 17, 2014

There have been several noteworthy developments in the drug space recently, which will likely have a material impact on the companies in this sector and the markets they serve. Companies mentioned in this review include Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA), Pfizer Inc. (PFE), Merck & Co. (MRK), Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), and AbbVie Inc. (ABBV). 

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Industry Analysis: Industries at Extreme Valuations

With the stock market at generally higher levels, after a five-year bullish run, it may be helpful to investors to look at some of the industries represented in The Value Line Investment Survey that are currently trading at extreme valuations, on a price-to-earnings basis. Read more

Restaurant Roundup — April 10, 2014

There have been many noteworthy developments in the restaurant space recently. Some of these will likely have a material impact on the companies in the sector and the markets they serve.

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Taper Tumble: Rising Interest-Rate Risk For Bond Fund Investors

From the first announcement, last spring, that the Federal Reserve intended to start tapering its quantitative-easing program, the net asset value (NAV) of most closed-end bond funds plunged. With further tapering and even interest rate rises on the Fed’s horizon, bond investors should be wary. Read more

Net Neutrality Legislation Change Could Be A Gold Mine

Recent legislation has changed the laws surrounding net neutrality, offering some of the nation’s largest Internet providers a big opportunity to cash in.  However, new bills have been brought before congress to potentially thwart this undertaking. Nevertheless, it remains a story worth following. Read more

The 2014 Bank Stress Tests: What Has Changed? How Did The Banks Do?

The Federal Reserve’s bank stress tests, in their fourth year, are still evolving and remain somewhat controversial. Nonetheless, the industry’s performance in the latest stress test exercise was encouraging, for the most part. Read more

A Spotlight on Activist Investing

Activist investors, known for taking large positions in companies where they view room for improvement as a pathway to potential gains, have long been touted as corporate raiders out for themselves alone. However, the tone has changed a bit of late, as these major players are becoming a more integral part of the market. Indeed Read more

Technology Round Up - April 1, 2014

There have been many noteworthy developments in the technology space recently. Some of these will likely have a material impact on the companies in the sector and the markets they serve. Companies featured include Sony (SNE), Facebook (FB), Oculus Rift, Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), and King Digital Entertainment Plc. (KING). Read more

Rising Currents: Investing in Air Suppliers

As the global manufacturing activity recovers, companies that specialize in industrial gases will see more growth opportunities. Investors should not ignore the potential investment opportunities within these easily overlooked stocks.

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Bitcoins: The Potential Of New Currency

Bitcoins are a new form of decentralized global currency.  They exist solely in the online world.  However, they are gaining acceptance by merchants around the world, leading people to question how popular they can become.

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