/* Article Data (Server Side) article (o): [object Object] Content (s): Article Not Found. relatedData (o:Array(16)): 0 (o): [object Object] Headline (s): Fed Takes Another Swing at Equities With Yellen's Valuation Call Teaser (s): The bubble police are back in the American equity market. Nine months after saying prices were stretched in social media and biotechnology shares, U.S. Source (s): Bloomberg DocumentDate (s): 11 minutes ago DocumentDate_raw (n): 1430940006000 Link (s): http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-06/fed-takes-another-swing-at-equities-with-yellen-s-valuation-call DocumentKey (s): HTTPwww.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-06/fed-takes-another-swing-at-equities-with-yellen-s-valuation-call DMSourceID (s): Google ContentType (s): Article 1 (o): [object Object] Headline (s): Private Employers Add Fewest Jobs in a Year, and Nonfarm Productivity Falls Teaser (s): Private employers in the United States added in April the smallest monthly number of workers in more than a year. And, in another report, the Labor Department found that nonfarm productivity fell in the first quarter as harsh winter weather depressed output. Source (s): New York Times DocumentDate (s): 15 minutes ago DocumentDate_raw (n): 1430939764000 Link (s): http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/business/economy/private-employers-add-fewest-jobs-in-a-year-and-nonfarm-productivity-falls.html DocumentKey (s): HTTPwww.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/business/economy/private-employers-add-fewest-jobs-in-a-year-and-nonfarm-productivity-falls.html DMSourceID (s): Google ContentType (s): Article 2 (o): [object Object] Headline (s): Cablevision CEO Wants New York Cable Deal Teaser (s): CHICAGO - The CEO of Cablevision said he wants deals with New York cable operators. Cablevision Systems Corp. is focused in the greater New York City area and has 3.1 million customers. Source (s): New York Times DocumentDate (s): 20 minutes ago DocumentDate_raw (n): 1430939484000 Link (s): http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/05/06/business/ap-us-cable-consolidation.html DocumentKey (s): HTTPwww.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/05/06/business/ap-us-cable-consolidation.html DMSourceID (s): Google ContentType (s): Article 3 (o): [object Object] Headline (s): Two years later, ex-JC Penney CEO Ron Johnson resurfaces with e-commerce ... Teaser (s): He had a disastrous tenure as J.C. Penney's CEO. Now, two years later, he's back with an e-commerce site that promises to teach you how to use new products. Source (s): Fortune DocumentDate (s): 20 minutes ago DocumentDate_raw (n): 1430939461000 Link (s): http://fortune.com/2015/05/06/ron-johnson-enjoy-jcpenny/ DocumentKey (s): HTTPfortune.com/2015/05/06/ron-johnson-enjoy-jcpenny/ DMSourceID (s): Google ContentType (s): Article 4 (o): [object Object] Headline (s): Stocks Bleed More Red; Apple, LinkedIn Pressured Again Teaser (s): Selling in the major averages picked up the pace with a little over one hour remaining in Wednesday's session. The stock market was rattled by earlier comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen who cited potential dangers in U.S. Source (s): Investor's Business Daily DocumentDate (s): 33 minutes ago DocumentDate_raw (n): 1430938705000 Link (s): http://news.investors.com/investing-stock-market-today/050615-751313-stocks-bond-selloff-apple-falls-again.htm DocumentKey (s): HTTPnews.investors.com/investing-stock-market-today/050615-751313-stocks-bond-selloff-apple-falls-again.htm DMSourceID (s): Google ContentType (s): Article 5 (o): [object Object] Headline (s): Synageva BioPharma: Another Winning Lottery Ticket For Investors Teaser (s): Investors who purchased the stock of Synageva BioPharma a few years ago for a few dollars must be cheering today, as they will book astronomical gains if they ring the register. Source (s): Forbes DocumentDate (s): 50 minutes ago DocumentDate_raw (n): 1430937652000 Link (s): http://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2015/05/06/synageva-biopharma-another-winning-lottery-ticket-for-investors/ DocumentKey (s): HTTPwww.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2015/05/06/synageva-biopharma-another-winning-lottery-ticket-for-investors/ DMSourceID (s): Google ContentType (s): Article 6 (o): [object Object] WSODIssue (s): |104092|5996288|27294563|52980244|6214722|24812378 DMSourceID (s): KAPITALL Source (s): Kapitall Headline (s): Tesla wants to come into your home Link (s): http://folionation.squarespace.com/news/2015/5/6/tesla-wants-to-come-into-your-home.html Thumbnail (s): DocumentDate_raw (n): 1430936700000 DocumentDate (s): May 6, 2015 DocumentDate_smart (s): 2:25 PM DocumentKey (s): 1107-290734296785735332963-612L6G24H9SJDQSOQJ9KNLKIA4 ContentType (s): Article TrackingPixel (s): Teaser (s):

First Tesla tackled the electric car. Now it's taking on the electric grid, one house at a time. 

Tesla (TSLA) is entering the home battery market with the launch of its newest division and product: Tesla Energy and the Powerwall. With this initiative, the electric carmaker has the opportunity to diversify its business and make the electric grid more efficient.

According to the company, its home battery is supposed to be good for the environment:

“Once we’re able to rely on renewable energy sources for our power consumption, the top 50% of the dirtiest power generation resources could retire early. We would have a cleaner, smaller, and more resilient energy grid.”

Presently, Tesla is viewed mostly as a car marker, so the stock is most comparable to firms like General Motors (GM) and Ford Motors (F). However, if the home battery endeavour is successful, Tesla may become a global energy player.

Investors are already anticipating growth—Tesla’s stock is up 20 percent in the last month. By comparison, Ford and GM shares are flat.

SolarCity (SCTY) is another way to gain exposure to Tesla’s battery storage devices. The firm—where Tesla CEO Elon Musk serves as chairman—is already offering energy storage systems for homes using Tesla’s technology, though it’s worth nothing that grid independence will likely take several years, if not longer. If SolarCity’s systems are a success, traditional utility companies will likely have to adapt and alter electricity plans and/or rates for consumers.

In the last year, SolarCity’s stock has risen around 17 percent, compared to a drop of 7 percent for First Solar (FSLR), another alternative energy firm, and Trina Solar (TSL), which is down 8.6 percent. 

Tesla Energy is taking Tesla beyond the realm of the electric car. This could ultimately make the company’s stock less risky, and many people expect astronomical growth for the company over the coming years. However, if Tesla falters, the stock may come under severe selling pressure. 

Written by Chris Lau

Disclosure: Author owns shares of Ford.

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1. Ford Motor Co. (F, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles and parts worldwide. Market cap at $62.01B, most recent closing price at $15.53.

 

 

2. First Solar Inc. (FSLR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Manufactures and sells solar modules using a thin-film semiconductor technology. Market cap at $5.69B, most recent closing price at $56.81.

 

 

3. General Motors Company (GM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a global automaker. Market cap at $56.32B, most recent closing price at $35.01.

 

 

 

4. SolarCity Corporation (SCTY, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, manufactures, installs, maintains, monitors, leases, and sells solar energy systems to residential, commercial, government, and other customers in the United States. Market cap at $5.89B, most recent closing price at $59.28.

 

 

5. Trina Solar Limited (TSL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, develops, manufactures, and sells photovoltaic (PV) modules worldwide. Market cap at $1.12B, most recent closing price at $12.17.

 

 

6. Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and advanced electric vehicle powertrain components. Market cap at $29.15B, most recent closing price at $232.95.

 

 

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The telecom sector isn't as glorious as it once was as Swedish giant Ericsson saw during the first quarter.

Ericsson (ERIC), the cell phone maker turned communications tech provider, saw its stock price fall sharply after its first-quarter results missed expectations. Even though revenue rose, profit of 2.1 billion Swedish crowns was weaker than the expected 3.3 billion. The drop now knocks down the forward price multiples for Ericsson’s stock.

The tough quarter means the market is adjusting for weakness ahead. Yet, while Ericsson’s market size dwarfs that of Motorola Solutions (MSI), another former cell phone giant, or Juniper Networks (JNPR), investors expect more from its competitors as indicated by their share prices:

One reason for the recent jump in Juniper’s stock price is that investors speculate Ericsson will buy the company.

Part of Ericsson’s lackluster quarterly results can be attributed to weak demand in the US due to a drop in capital spending at telecom firms like AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ). LTE deployment, which Ericsson helps carry out, is starting in other markets, but it’s slow. Meanwhile, 4G deployments in markets like China are picking up—in under a year, 4G reached 100 million subscribers.

During the first quarter, Ericsson acquired a Chinese firm in an effort to boost its OSS/BSS (Operational Support Systems) offering. This could help sustain the company’s sales growth in the region.

However, there are some risks. Operating cash flow was weak in the first quarter, though the firm did build up working capital. By the end of the fiscal year, the excess should normalize as Ericsson completes networks projects for customers. Additionally, the company faces slowness in American markets, but higher demand for 4G in China could very well offset that slump.

Ultimately, rumors that Ericsson will acquire Juniper are likely false since Ericsson doesn’t typically make big acquisitions. And though the April 23rd selloff of Ericsson’s shares that pushed the stock down by 8.2 percent was significant, once the Juniper acquisition rumors disappear, Ericsson’s stock could rebound. 

Written by Chris Lau

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1. Ericsson (ERIC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides communications equipment, professional services, and multimedia solutions to mobile and fixed networks operators worldwide. Market cap at $35.30B, most recent closing price at $10.97.

 

 

2. Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, develops, and sells products and services that provide network infrastructure to create environments for the deployment of services and applications over a single network. Market cap at $10.99B, most recent closing price at $27.07.

 

 

3. Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides business and mission critical communication products and services for enterprise and government customers worldwide. Market cap at $12.60B, most recent closing price at $60.68.

 

 

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The battered carmaker's earnings disappointed some, but it may not be time to count GM out of the race. 

After peaking at $38.87 in March, shares of General Motors (GM) are pulling back. An April 24th downgrade by an analyst at Buckingham from buy to neutral didn’t help either. The analyst cited transaction pricing, especially in China, along with concerns about GM’s international businesses as reason for the decision. Meanwhile, Greenlight Capital, a Hedge Fund, is starting a new position in the company. Let’s take a look at what about the carmaker disappoints some and excites other.

GM trades at a forward P/E of just 6.95, compared to 10.83 for Fiat Chrysler (FCAU):

The company is also buying back shares to boost shareholder value. The firm said it wants to buy back shares as quickly as it can, but having $20 billion in cash levels is a first priority. Still, it has an initial $5 billion share buyback plan.

GM reported earnings of $0.86 per share on April 23, although this missed consensus estimates of $0.97 per share. Return on invested capital was strong in China, and the company expects capital spending on Cadillac to improve. GM still reported an operating loss in Europe though it fell from $284 million a year ago to $239 million. Additionally, global sales improved by 1.9 percent from a year earlier.

Investors who want greater exposure in the growth of automobile demand in European market may want to consider Fiat Chrysler. In March, car registrations of Fiat Chryslers grew 13.4 percent year-over-year to 97,796 units. 

Fiat is up nearly 40 percent in 2015. If Dodge Ram pickup sales continue to improve, then the stock should move up too.

Fiat Chrysler is a more expensive stock than GM, but chances are good sales will improve in the quarters ahead. GM may have disappointed markets, but its turnaround continues. Difficulty in Russia and the US will pass. Profit margins are improving each quarter and have done so over the last year. New products for Buick, Malibu, and CT6 could also act as a positive catalyst for GM.

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1. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCAU, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, engineers, manufactures, distributes, and sells vehicles and components. Market cap at $19.10B, most recent closing price at $14.80.

 

 

2. General Motors Company (GM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a global automaker. Market cap at $57.02B, most recent closing price at $35.40.

 

 

 

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Microsoft may not be the it brand when it comes to computers, but the tech titan is staging a comeback.

Despite reporting lower licensing for Windows and Office, Microsoft (MSFT) is generating strength in other ways through growing sales of its server software and products, smartphones and tablets. The tech company’s stock shot up 10.5 percent on Thursday, April 23, after it released its third-quarter fiscal year 2015 earnings. Chances are good there’s more upside for the stock.

Sales for services and products related to the server market grew by 12 percent in the third-quarter. This increase offset the drop in Windows Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) licensing, which dropped 19 percent for the Pro version and 26 percent for the non-Pro Windows.

Hardware sales were strong by unit volume: Microsoft sold 8.6 million Lumia smartphones, which generated $1.4 billion in revenue. Surface tablet revenue grew 44 percent to $713 million.

Office 365, the cloud version of Microsoft Office, saw its subscriptions jump to 12.4 million. In the quarters ahead, investors should anticipate continued subscription revenue growth since the Office app has already reached 100 million in downloads. As users grow accustomed to quality apps like Outlook for email management and more features go up, sign-ups will likely rise

Thanks to the slow post-holiday months, the third quarter was a tough period for hardware sales. Yet, higher Surface sales suggest that Microsoft may win market share from Apple’s (AAPL) iPad. Surface has differentiating features from the rest of the tablets: its pen works very well with Office OneNote, and the tablet doubles as a laptop with a physical keyboard.

By comparison, Google (GOOG) isn’t really addressing the tablet market as effectively as it should. The last Nexus 7 refresh was in 2013, and the Nexus 9 is at the higher end of the consumer budget range. Further, Google Docs doesn’t have as nice a design as Office 365.

For now, Apple investors are showing little concern for competition from Microsoft. Apple’s stock is up over 50 percent in the last year:

Bottom line

Microsoft’s business is diversified. The company is shifting its revenue from software to cloud subscriptions. Hardware sales are growing by unit volume and revenue. The Surface refresh may appeal to a wider user base, which could mean higher sales. If Microsoft’s stock dips on investors’ profit taking (selling when a stock is high), it may be a good time to start buying shares.

Written by Chris Lau

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1. Apple Inc. (AAPL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide. Market cap at $772.65B, most recent closing price at $132.65.

 

2. Google Inc. (GOOG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Builds products and provides services to organize information. Market cap at $189.20B, most recent closing price at $555.37.

 

 

3. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. Market cap at $388.54B, most recent closing price at $48.03.

 

 

 

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Facebook's earnings were pretty solid, but the stock has been falling since Thursday—what gives?

Facebook (FB) reported first-quarter earnings last week, and the social networking giant didn’t disappoint. User activity rose during the period, helping the company boost revenue by 41.6 percent year-over-year. So why have shares dipped since April 23?

During the first three months of the year, Facebook earned $0.42 per share on revenue of $3.54 billion. Revenue from mobile grew to 73 percent of ad revenue. Activity from mobile users also grew. Mobile MAUs was up 24 percent to 1.25 billion. 

Despite the growth, shares fell after Facebook released its earnings, probably due to investors' profit-taking (selling their Facebook shares to take advantage of the run-up). The stock is still pretty expensive, though, with a forward P/E of 31.17, which is higher than the S&P 500’s 18.50 and Weibo’s (WB) 27.26 but less than Twitter’s (TWTR) 63.29.

Investors might find Facebook's $228.9 billion valuation justified if they believe the company’s revenue and growth figures will keep up their pace in the next year and beyond.

Meanwhile, stock compensation was still high and GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) earnings of $0.18 per share were down 28 percent from last year. GAAP income also fell to $933 million compared to $1.075 billion last year. After excluding share-based compensation and amortization of intangibles, non-GAAP income was higher in Q1 year-over-year.

Higher costs pose another risk for investors. In Q1, costs rose 57 percent to $1.7 billion. Much of the costs were due to stock compensation though higher marketing costs also contributed.

Facebook’s stock has performed very well for a while, but it may be time to exercise caution. Though purchases in Instagram and WhatsApp are proving successful due to strong usage, investments in virtual reality have yet to play out. Facebook remains a solid growth play, but investors who do not hold shares may want to wait for a drop before starting a position.

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1. Facebook Inc. (FB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a social networking company worldwide. Market cap at $228.96B, most recent closing price at $81.53.

 

 

2. Twitter Inc. (TWTR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. Market cap at $33.26B, most recent closing price at $50.82.

 

 

3. Weibo Corporation (WB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates a social media platform for people to create, distribute, and discover Chinese-language content. Market cap at $3.49B, most recent closing price at $17.20.

 

 

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GMOs are no longer available at Chipotle. But that's not the only healthy-ish shift happening in food today.

In a move that will make Food Babe happy and probably garner an eyeroll from Neil deGrasse TysonChipotle (CMG) announced Monday that it has removed all genetically modified ingredients from its menu. As The Wall Street Journal reports, this makes Chipotle the first major restaurant chain in the US to adopt a strict non-GMO stance. 

Chipotle's decision comes at a time when anti-GMO sentiment is spreading faster than Monsanto (MON) seeds. In 1999, according to a Gallup poll, only 27 percent of Americans thought genetically modified food was dangerous; as of 2014, 48 percent believed genetically modified foods "pose a serious health hazard."

Unlike the US, the EU heavily regulates genetically modified crops, though the European Commission ended a year-long block on imports last week when it authorized the import of 10 crops and two types of cut flowers. That's not to say that the EU is suddenly gung ho on GMO: Monsanto's maize MON810 is the only genetically modified crop being cultivated in the bloc. 

Chipotle's GMO-free menu isn't the only major shakeup happeining in the food space. McDonald's (MCD) is removing unfamiliar ingredients, including maltodextrin—a form of powdered starch—and sodium phosphates, from its grilled chicken sandwiches. Dunkin' Donuts (DNKN) is also trimming its list of ingredients and eliminating whitening agent titanium dioxide from its powdered doughnuts.

Pepsi (PEP) is ditching aspartame, an artificial sweetener, for sucralose aka Splenda, another artificial sweetener. And Panera Bread (PNRA) will be rid of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives and sweeteners by 2016.

McDonald's and Pepsi are revamping their menus in an attempt to fight declining sales. Dunkin' Donuts said its investors influenced the company's decision to stop using the whitener. And while Panera Bread has a history of voluntary changes—the Christian Science Monitor points out that the company posted calories on menu before it was mandatory—the latest move coincides with a growing conscientiousness when it comes to food quality.

Will these shifts help these companies boost sales? 

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1. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops and operates fast-casual, fresh Mexican food restaurants in the United States. Market cap at $19.79B, most recent closing price at $637.50.

Sales growth past 5 years at 22.00%.

Sales growth quarter over quarter at 20.40%.

 

2. Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. (DNKN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates, and franchises quick service restaurants worldwide. Market cap at $5.23B, most recent closing price at $54.03.

Sales growth past 5 years at 6.80%.

Sales growth quarter over quarter at 8.10%.

 

3. McDonald's Corp. (MCD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a foodservice retailer worldwide. Market cap at $94.70B, most recent closing price at $98.74.

Sales growth past 5 years at 3.80%.

Sales growth quarter over quarter at -11.10%.

 

 

4. Pepsico Inc. (PEP, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of foods, snacks, and carbonated and non-carbonated beverages worldwide. Market cap at $140.48B, most recent closing price at $95.17.

Sales growth past 5 years at 9.10%.

Sales growth quarter over quarter at -3.20%.

 

5. Panera Bread Company (PNRA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. Market cap at $4.93B, most recent closing price at $184.36.

Sales growth past 5 years at 13.30%.

Sales growth quarter over quarter at 1.60%.

 

 (List compiled by Mary-Lynn Cesar. Monthly return data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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