Category: Speculator’s Corner

Speculator’s Corner: Microsoft’s (MSFT) Big Hardware Gamble

| September 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
Speculator’s Corner:  Microsoft’s (MSFT) Big Hardware Gamble

Last week, I touched on Microsoft’s (MSFT) purchase of Nokia’s (NOK) phone business.  That article was a neutral look at the deal.  This time around, I’m going to give you my opinion on this game changing acquisition. To be more specific, I’m going to defend MSFT. You see, most of what I’ve read about the […]

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Speculator’s Corner: How To Trade LinkedIn (LNKD)

| August 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Speculator’s Corner:  How To Trade LinkedIn (LNKD)

If you read or watch financial news, you’re probably hearing plenty about Facebook (FB).  After all, it’s the largest social network in the world and has something like 1 billion users.  And the stock is finally trading above its IPO price. But, there’s another online community doing extremely well – and it doesn’t get nearly […]

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You’ll Never Guess Which Asset Has Been The Top Performer Over The Last Year

| June 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
You’ll Never Guess Which Asset Has Been The Top Performer Over The Last Year

Imagine a basket of major assets.  In this basket are all the major stock indices, all the big commodities, and even all the major currencies (versus the Dollar).  Over the last 12 months, which of these assets do you think has performed the best? The S&P 500 is up nearly 24% over the period.  Not […]

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Speculator’s Corner: Is Tesla (TSLA) For Real?

| May 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
Speculator’s Corner:  Is Tesla (TSLA) For Real?

If you’ve been following stocks at all recently, then you’ve likely heard of Tesla Motors (TSLA).  It’s the “it” company right now. Tesla, of course, develops electric vehicles.  The Model S is the company’s only current automobile for sale, but another vehicle (Model X) will be available in 2014.  What makes the Model S unique […]

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Speculator’s Corner: Is Apple (AAPL) Ready To Rebound?

| April 22, 2013 | 2 Comments
Speculator’s Corner:  Is Apple (AAPL) Ready To Rebound?

As bad as last week was for the broad market, it was far worse for Apple (AAPL).  True, the S&P 500 was down 2% for the week, while the NASDAQ 100 dropped 2.7%.  But those don’t come close to AAPL’s steep decline of over 9% for the week. Moreover, the retail/tech giant is down 26% […]

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Speculator’s Corner: Corn Prices Getting Canned

| March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
Speculator’s Corner:  Corn Prices Getting Canned

Last summer the worst drought in 70 years baked the heartland of America to a crisp.  The extreme heat and lack of rainfall baked fields of corn into worthless husks.  The drought ended up destroying 13% of last year’s corn crop.  It resulted in the smallest production since 2006. As the temperatures rose, so did […]

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Speculator’s Corner: Does Money Grow On Trees?

| March 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Speculator’s Corner:  Does Money Grow On Trees?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve already heard about the recovery in the US housing market. Just last week we found out new home sales took off like a rocket ship in January.  In fact, they jumped nearly 16% to a rate of 437,000 new homes per year.  It was the largest monthly […]

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Speculator’s Corner: Bigger Than The Fiscal Cliff

| December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments
Speculator’s Corner:  Bigger Than The Fiscal Cliff

All of the talk around financial markets these days seems to center on the fiscal cliff in the US.  As I’m sure you know by now, automatic tax hikes and spending cuts will kick in this week unless politicians can agree on a plan to reduce the Federal Government’s budget deficit.  Here’s the kicker… going […]

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Speculator’s Corner: Chinese Consumer Spending

| December 3, 2012 | 0 Comments
Speculator’s Corner: Chinese Consumer Spending

China is one of the most intriguing investments around today. The fundamental catalysts are easy to see… They’re the second largest economy in world behind the US.  GDP is growing at better than 7%.  And they have a huge and growing consumer base.  It’s no wonder so many investors turn to China in search of […]

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Speculator’s Corner: Copper Set To Soar?

| November 5, 2012 | 0 Comments
Speculator’s Corner:  Copper Set To Soar?

When the Fed announced QE3 back on September 13th, it was widely expected to be a boon for hard asset prices.  And front running speculators loaded up on long futures contracts on everything from copper to oil ahead of the Fed’s announcement. The pre-QE3 speculation sent hard asset prices soaring in the weeks leading up […]

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Speculator’s Corner: Cash In On Oil’s Next Surge

| June 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
Speculator’s Corner:  Cash In On Oil’s Next Surge

Oil speculators are nearly universally despised for their perceived role in soaring oil prices.  But if you can’t beat them, you might as well join them. As you know, hedge funds and other institutional investors place huge bets on oil prices in the futures markets.  But they don’t actually own any oil.  They’re simply hoping […]

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Speculator’s Corner: Research In Motion (RIMM) Taken Out?

| April 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Speculator’s Corner:  Research In Motion (RIMM) Taken Out?

There’s still one way to profit from Research In Motion (RIMM)… It’s no secret the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone has been stuck in a downward spiral. Shares of RIMM have plummeted from more than $145 per share in 2008 to around $13 today.  A massive destruction of wealth for those unfortunate investors who bought […]

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