Union Pacific Corporation (UNP)
The Board of Directors of the Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) have authorized a two-for-one split of the companies stock. Shareholders on record as of May 27th, 2014 will receive an additional share for every share they own, to be distributed as a dividend on June 6th. In the same announcement the company also said it will be distributing a cash dividend of 0.91 cents per share (0.455 post split) on its common stock. It’s the same amount that UNP paid last quarter and the company has now paid dividends on its stock for 115 years.
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Last summer I outlined why GameStop (GME) would double in 12 months. Finally, when Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE) announced they would release the new eighth generation gaming consoles this holiday season it propelled GameStop well past my price target. Now with the company beating estimates and hitting new 52-week highs its time to figure out when the stock becomes overpriced and it becomes a sell.
Until last year, investors have been avoiding GameStop stock in part because of rumors that the new consoles would not allow used games to be sold or traded. GameStop’s worst fears almost came true a few months ago when Microsoft announced serious restrictions on used games. Just some of the restrictions the company put on its published games were…..Click here for the full article – Why You Have To Buy Shares Of GameStop Stock Right Now
Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) is video game maker best know for it’s Grand Theft Auto franchise. To date the franchise has sold more than 100 million copies and has produced four sequels, numerous series spin-offs and created a devoted fan base. Its style of play and even its game engine were the basis for Take-Two’s other open world games like Red Dead Redemption. Grand Theft Auto V is possibly the most anticipated game in the series so far. Originally, it was set to be released almost a year ago, but now it looks like it won’t be in stores until September 17th.
In the past few years this wouldn’t have been material to game sales, as fans of the series don’t mind waiting, as long as the company gets it right. However this year is unique in the fact that both Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT) have announced……….Click here for the full article – Take Two Interactive Earnings
GameStop (GME) is a leading retailer of used video games and used video game consoles in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK. The company’s stock has taking a significant beating recently along with many other companies in the video game space. There are many reasons why the sector has been so weak and several other names have been hurt as well.
Electronic Arts (EA) has nearly been cut in half over the past six months. Another top player Activision (ATVI) is at the low end of an $11 to $13 six month trading range. However several of the ongoing industry wide factors driving down video game manufacturers and retailers are coming to an end. The end of this cycle and changes in the video game business have created buying opportunity in some of these companies, GameStop specifically has a huge potential upside.
The change in the video game business affecting GameStop the most was the rumor of the Sony (SNE) Playstation 4 being released as a fully online console. While game makers could still make physical disks, once the game was put into the console the player would then have to input a code to activate the game. After the code was successfully entered the game disk would only work on that specific console. This would mean gamers could no longer trade games, borrow games from friends and most importantly for GameStop, sell their used games. Read the full article here
Last week the markets were undeniably focused on the Facebook IPO. Many investors considered its lackluster debut a huge disappointment. I admit even I thought all that hype could turn the new issue into a lottery ticket for early investors, but I’ve never thought highly of the company and I explained why you shouldn’t invest in Facebook in my article “When To Unfriend Facebook“.
Two weeks ago I published an article title “5 Stocks To Play on The Avengers Box Office Success“. In that article I told readers to buy Viacom (VIA) based off of Paramount’s 8% take from the total box office. In addition to Paramount being the weakest unit and the one holding Viacom’s earnings down. The company has yet to release earnings, however, last Tuesday Warren Buffet announced he was increasing his stake in the company. I’m not saying Mr. Buffet is taking investment advice from Asset Investing, but…..
I also put out two articles “3 Stocks Headed For A Correction” and “It’s Time To Sell These 3 IPOs“. Which I discussed the expiration of lockup agreements and how just the perception that additional shares will be dumped on the market will cause a stock to go down. In those articles I recommended short selling six stocks and next to the name is how the stock has performed since the release of the articles –
- Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (MFRM) (-$2.43) (-7.11%)
- Intermolecular, Inc (IMI) (-$0.36) (-5.34%)
- Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG) (-$1.56) (-25.44%)
- Angie’s List (ANGI) (-$0.94) (-7.20%)
- Delphi Automotive PLC (DLPH) (-$0.99) (-3.63%)
- Manning & Napier, Inc. (MN) (-$1.06) (-8.17%)
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If you have been living in a cave for the past couple years, let me bring you up to speed. Facebook (FB) is going public this week. The excitement surrounding the IPO has been the highest I can remember since Google went public in 2004. The two words being thrown around last week were “highly oversubscribed”. Pretty much meaning everybody wants it, no matter what the price. I can understand some of the hype as retail investors love IPO’s of companies they see frequently and use their products often. No one disputes that Facebook is one of the best known brands in the world.
So before I go any further, here are the basics of this massive offering as it stands today: Facebook is offering 337.4 million shares at between $28 and $35 per share. It hopes to raise $11 billion and this give it a market cap of $67.4 billion. The final prospectus has yet to be declared effective by the SEC and therefore all this information is still subject to change before May 18th (the date Facebook plans to begin trading on the public markets).
Obviously, this being the most sought after and talked about IPO in years, instead of boring readers with Facebook’s numbers; which have been thrust down investors throats for weeks now, I thought I would write about how no one should hold Facebook after the IPO……Read The Full Article Here