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What We’re Reading This Morning — September 19, 2014

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Why is no one skeptical about Alibaba’s accounting?

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What We’re Reading This Morning — September 10, 2014

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What is Microsoft trying to buy for $2 billion?

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What We’re Reading This Morning — September 9, 2014

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Will this stock market ever go down?

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What We’re Reading This Morning — September 8, 2014

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Why has Apple’s iPhone thus far been a flop in China?

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What We’re Reading This Morning — September 3, 2014

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Have profit margins finally leveled off?

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What We’re Reading This Morning — August 26, 2014

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How much do recessions and expansions really matter for equity investors?

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What We’re Reading This Morning — August 13, 2014

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What trend should scare Apple shareholders? And other morning reads.

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Do Microsoft Bulls Have A Convincing Case?

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MSFT currently earns our Neutral rating, but if new CEO Satya Nadella can halt the company’s declining return on invested capital (ROIC), the stock’s valuation is cheap enough to make it intriguing.

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What We’re Reading This Morning — August 5, 2014

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What is Warren Buffet doing with all of his cash? And other picks from around the web.

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Amazon’s New Smartphone Spells Trouble for Apple (AAPL)

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A high quality smartphone from Amazon that undercuts higher-priced competitors could mean more serious trouble for Apple’s iPhone and the company’s declining profit margins.

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Apple’s Declining Advantage is Undeniable

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Apple cannot have pricing power and market share at the same time. No one can for an extended period of time. The problem with AAPL is that it is priced for the company to achieve market share penetration and growth at high prices. The reality is that the quality of Apple products versus competitors is declining. Prices will have to come down just to maintain market share.

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Apple Stays Rotten

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The “value” in Apple is an illusion. Astute investors need to look at Apple through the lens of what is a reasonable ROIC in the future.

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Excess Cash – Invested Capital Adjustment

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Most companies hold some cash—or cash equivalents in the form of investments—above this required amount. Companies hold excess cash in order to cushion against economic downturns, prepare for acquisitions, or any number of other reasons. Sometimes, past profits pile up on balance sheets and are a form of excess cash. Excess cash is not needed for the operations of a company. It is removed from our calculation of invested capital.

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Danger Zone 6/17/13: Citigroup (C)

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As the market bulls continue to look to rising interest rates as a sign of future strength for Citi, they ignore the fundamentals of the market and of Citi’s weak profit history.

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Danger Zone 6/10/13: “Passive” Investors

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 Danger Zone 6/10/13: “Passive” Investors

Passive investors are in the Danger Zone for not recognizing that they are actually active investors.

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Danger Zone 5/13/2013: Apple Inc. (AAPL)

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Too many investors are looking at AAPL through the rear view mirror and assume that its sky-high profits and return on invested capital (ROIC) are sustainable. As I detail in my CNBC interview, Apple is not cheap and investors should not underestimate the impact of losing Steve Jobs.

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How To Avoid the Worst Style ETFs

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Picking from the multitude of style ETFs is a daunting task. We are here to make it simpler and smarter.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Energy Sector

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The Energy sector ranks fifth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my Sector Rankings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 20 ETFs and 73 mutual funds in the Energy sector as of January 25th, 2013.

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The Danger Zone Pick: 11/12/12

Monday, November 12th, 2012 The Danger Zone Pick: 11/12/12

JPMorgan Trust II: JPMorgan Large Cap Growth Fund (OLGAX) is in the Danger Zone this week.

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How To Avoid The Worst ETFs

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The focus of this article is investing risk or the relative investment potential of the ETF. This risk is much more difficult to asses because it requires researching the investment potential of the ETFs holdings.

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