Monday, February 28, 2011

Top 30 Most Undervalued, Underperforming Stocks

Kapitall submits:

The following is a list of stocks that have lagged the rest of the market over recent weeks, reporting losses over the last quarter.

In addition, all of the stocks mentioned below are deeply undervalued, when comparing the current price to the average analyst target price (used as a proxy for fair value).

Yes, there are many limitations to this approach of finding undervalued companies, but the goal here is to give a value-oriented investor a starting point for his or her own analysis.

Analysts seem to think these companies are deeply undervalued, what do you think? Is this a list of falling knives? Full details below.

Price target data sourced from Finviz.

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The list has been sorted by the discount to average analyst target price.

1. PICO Holdings Inc. (PICO): Accident & Health Insurance Industry. Market cap of $669.42M. Price at time of writing $29.35

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Demand Responds to Google Content Purge

Here's a blog post that Demand Media put up in response to Google's announcement last night that it would prune low-quality content from its search results.

Is Demand its target? The newly public company begs to differ.

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Radio Free Ratigan

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This Week?s Weird Jobs

The last two jobs in this list are really, really good. Promise: 1. National Sales Director, Hospice A rapidly growing Quasi National Hospice Company seeks an experienced and successful Sales/Business Development Director to oversee Sales... Read more

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Schedule for Week of February 27th

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This Week?s Links

Johann Hari takes a deeper look at pirates. How Facebook is ticking off small business owners (hat tip to Hilary). Ndumiso Ngcobo's piece on cubicles made me laugh. Monologuist Mike Daisey's thoughts on his new piece, The Agony and the... Read more

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$100 Oil!

$100 Oil! David R. Kotok February 28, 2011 > ~~~ Some folks look at the $100 oil price and conclude that it has stabilized and that everything will be okay. They argue one can now sell the oil stocks and go on to other sectors. They claim that Middle East and North African (MENA) problems [...]

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Gold Heading for Another Bull Run?

Marco G. submits:

The price of gold is appearing as if it is set up for another bull run. Is this from any sophisticated technical chart analysis? No, it is merely from examining the chart of the gold price (using the GLD ETF as a proxy) and observing the similarity of patterns that seems to be matching the gold price's rise from the consolidations of last summer. Here and now, we have just witnessed gold's price gyrate up and down ... gold just feels like it is headed for new highs.

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Note that the price is just now making a fourth attempt in as many months to penetrate the new high price set in as many months. Last summer saw a similar situation, where the price made about five attempts before finally setting a new high on or about September 1. This consolidation also lasted about four months. Then, when

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Fed's Hoenig: Financial Reform: Post Crisis?

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Is the Real Crisis About to Begin?

Graham Summers submits:

The BIG story from last week is that stocks broke support in a BIG way, falling below the trendline that has supported them since this rally started in late August ?10. Indeed, it looks as though we not only broke below this line but have since rallied to retest it: a classic pattern during corrections.

The big issue right now is if stocks can reclaim this line, or if they?re rejected at it (indicating former support is now resistance). Another way of putting this is whether or not the Fed has the power to push the market into yet another ramp job.

In plain terms, the entire market rally since the March 2009 lows has been fueled by rampant liquidity and little else. EVERY time the market came close to breaking down, the Fed ramped up the money printing and stocks exploded higher again.

The Fed is trying this same

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Just What Is the Strategy of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

Craig Pirrong submits:

Friday?s WSJ online has a short piece quoting Daniel Yergin counseling against tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in response to Mideast turmoil. Yergin argues that it is desirable to keep the stockpile untouched as a hedge against the possibility of worse disruptions in the future. Insofar as commercial storage is concerned, economic theory highlights two factors that are relevant in determining the optimal timing of adding to or drawing from inventories. My forthcoming book goes into these factors in detail.

The first is that it is optimal to draw down on storage in response to adverse supply shocks that are expected to be transitory. This means that current supply is below expected future supply, making it less desirable to hold inventories to meet future consumption needs. Well-functioning markets move things from where they are relatively abundant to where they are relatively scarce. A temporary supply shortfall means that the present

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Band Of Gypsys Concert Fillmore East (NYC) Jan 1, 1970

Band Of Gypsys Concert Fillmore East (New York, NY) Jan 1, 1970 Late Show The only LP of completely live Jimi Hendrix recordings to be released during his lifetime, the Band Of Gypsys album found the iconoclastic guitarist with a new rhythm section and soaring to new creative heights. Recorded on the second night of [...]

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Freddie Mac reports smaller loss, Expects falling house prices, Requests $500 Million from Treasury

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How to Break Into the Beauty Business

Before I launched the Indie Beauty Network (IBN) in 2000, I owned a small cosmetics company in my hometown of Washington, DC. While I enjoyed making and selling products, I quickly noticed that my soaps and lotions were not nearly as appealing as those offered by many of my colleagues. My gift is not in making products, but in helping other people successfully market the products they make, and IBN was born from this passion.

Over the years, I haveRead More

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Fed's Hoenig: Financial Reform: Post Crisis?

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Transcend Time and Space ? Where?s The Tardis?

Are you tired of being stuck in the same old time and place? Sick of relying on boring old books to learn about history? Have you been consumed by a crack in the universe and erased completely from existence? Build your own TARDIS and transcend time and space. Enter your TARDIS at Wheresthetardis to win [...]

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Are Kroger's Q4 Earnings Estimates Too Low?

Mark Krieger submits:

Kroger (KR), the largest US supermarket operator, is slated to report its 4th quarter earnings this Thursday, March 3rd, before market open. The company is forecasted to earn 44 cents (a 12.8% increase versus 39 cents) on sales of $19.36 billion (a 4.37% rise versus $18.55 billion).

In its third quarter report (see conference call transcript here), the company guided its 2010 earnings range from $1.65 to $1.78 and hinted that it intends to achieve the upper half of that range; since the company has already earned $1.31 in its first three quarters, the math needed for KR to achieve its 2010 guidance, computes to a 4th quarter, producing a bottom line of anywhere between 34 to 47 cents.

I am going to go out on a limb here and proclaim that the company will exceed expectations; I'm hoping that management is clever enough to realize the paramount importance of

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The New SEO is About Relationships and Relevance

The New SEO is About Relationships and Relevance

This content from: Duct Tape Marketing

The New SEO is About Relationships and RelevanceThis content from: Duct Tape Marketing Last week Google announced an official update to Social Search – something they’ve been playing around with for some time now. The idea behind social search is that if a Google account user does a search for something they will get the [...]

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Insider Buys and Sells: Lorillard, Sara Lee

Asif SuriaAsif Suria submits:

(Welcome to edition thirty eight of Insider Weekends. Insider buying increased last week with insiders purchasing $36.86 million of their stock when compared to $33.13 million in the week prior. Selling on the other hand dropped with insiders selling $895.43 million worth of stock when compared to $2.14 billion in the week prior.

Sell/Buy Ratio:

The insider Sell/Buy ratio is calculated by dividing the total insider sales in a given week by total insider buying in that week. The adjusted ratio for last week dropped sharply to 24.29. In other words, insiders sold more than 24 times as much stock as they purchased. The Sell/Buy ratio this week compares favorably with the week prior when the ratio stood at 64.53. We are calculating an adjusted ratio by removing transactions by funds and companies and trying as best as possible only to retain information about insiders and 10% owners who are

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Viral Video: 50 2010 Movie Spoilers in Three Minutes

Just in time for the upcoming Oscars, BoomTown always really enjoys the Fine Brothers' annual movie spoilers in three minutes video.

If you did not see most of the 50 films herein for 2010--and, like me, you don't plan to--you are in luck.

But if you are hoping to get to them eventually on Netflix, don't watch!

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Zynga Raising $500 Million at $10 Billion Valuation

The fast-growing social gaming company Zynga is close to completing a funding round of $500 million, valuing the company at $10 billion, said multiple sources.

The round includes big institutional investors Morgan Stanley, T. Rowe Price and Fidelity Investments, as well as a token investment from existing venture investor Kleiner Perkins, in order to establish the huge valuation.

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Super Priority Inbox

I love gmail priority inbox. I can't imagine doing email in an email client that doesn't have this feature. For those who are not familiar with priority inbox, it's a feature that splits the gmail inbox into three sections. The...

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Spunk and Moxie: Positive Qualities?

Unleashing Bold Initiatives

The above cartoon was inspired by an earlier cartoon of mine. Well, not exactly inspired. More like mistakenly copied almost exactly.

It’s the only time I know of that I’ve ever done a cartoon twice, and it was amazing how close the captions ended up being. Compare the caption above, “Listen, Tom, I like your spunk. It’s your moxie that concerns me” with one done a few years earlier: “I like your spunk. However, I am concernedRead More

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Exclusive: Kno Student Tablet Start-Up in Talks to Sell Off Tablet Part of Its Business

Kno--the much-funded and high-profile Silicon Valley start-up aimed at making tablet computers focused at students--is considering selling off the entire hardware part of the business and is in talks with two major consumer electronics manufacturers to do so, according to sources close to the situation.

But, if a deal is struck, the move would be a dramatic shift for the company, which has yet to ship significant numbers of the touchscreen device as it has long touted.

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Home Sales: Distressing Gap

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Daily Show: American Workforce Makeover

The Daily Show – American Workforce Makeover

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Waiting for the QE2 Shoe to Drop

Calafia Beach Pundit submits:

We're finally seeing the evidence of QE2 show up in the official numbers. The Monetary Base (the part of the money supply that the Fed controls directly) jumped by $140 billion in the most recent period, and is up about $300 billion since mid-Nov. Virtually all of this increase comes from bank reserves which are sitting idle at the Fed (though they do earn an annual interest rate of 0.25%). The increased reserves, in turn, are what the Fed used to purchase Treasuries.

Despite this new injection of reserves, however, there is no evidence to date of any corresponding increase in the other monetary aggregates. That means that although the Fed has created some $300 billion of bank reserves with a keystroke, the amount of money in the economy continues to grow at a rate that is fully consistent with past growth rates. Conclusion: the Fed has not been printing

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Marketing Post - The Bug Report

Yesterday's marketing post had a few bugs in it. The AVC user base did a lot of bug reporting in the comments and if you have an hour or more, you should read through the entire comment thread, at the...

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CSX and First Solar: Good Plays Outside Traditional Oil and Gas

HiddenLevers submits:

Macroeconomic analysis makes one thing clear: you don?t always have to shop by industry to find good macro investments. For instance, if you?re looking to play oil, then analysis of correlations between oil and stocks shows that many companies outside traditional oil and gas benefit from rising crude. Using HiddenLevers? Macro Trend Screener, we found the two non-traditional oil plays shown here:

(Chart created using Hidden Levers app )

CSX Corporation (CSX):

CSX has been showing ads for some time with claims that one ton of freight moves over 400 miles on a gallon of diesel. Well, it?s actually true, and fuel efficiency is a key reason why railroads have benefited from the last decade?s crude oil boom.

Here?s the macro-economic profile for CSX:

(Chart created using Hidden Levers app )

First Solar (FSLR):

First Solar is one of the top players in thin-film

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Thank You, Mr. President

Joel West submits:

The retired POTUS on Thursday voiced his own concerns about the effect corn-bas

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Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs Talks Firefox 4, Competition With Google's Chrome and More! (Video)

Yesterday, BoomTown paid a long overdue visit on the Mountain View, Calif., HQ of Mozilla, the unusual public-private company that makes the Firefox browser, to chat with its (relatively) new CEO Gary Kovacs (pictured here).

There is a lot to talk about with the new exec, especially the near-to-official launch of Firefox 4, the increasing competition with Google and its Chrome efforts and where Mozilla goes next (mobile).

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Q4 2010 GDP Second Estimate: Downward Revision to 2.8

Doug Short submits:

The Second GDP estimate for Q4 GDP came in at 2.8 percent ? a decline from the advance estimate of 3.2 percent. The consensus, according to, had expected a slight upward revision to 3.3, and's own estimate was for 3.4. Here is an excerpt from the BEA announcement:

Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 2.6 percent. The GDP estimates released today are based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 3.2

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Toyota Recall Comes on Company?s ?Day of Reflection?

Image of Toyota City by Patrick Ragnarsson/Flickr Toyota is recalling 2.17 million cars to fix gas pedals that could get stuck in floor mats. If you hear a hissing noise, don't worry, it's just the sound of Toyota's public image deflating even... Read more

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Symmetry Medical Q4 EPS Misses, Profit Jumps submits:

Symmetry Medical (SMA) reported fourth quarter fiscal 2010 adjusted earnings per share of 14 cents, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 16 cents while exceeding the year-ago earnings of 5 cents per share. For fiscal 2010, adjusted earnings of 42 cents per share missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny and were well below the year-ago earnings of 66 cents per share.

Adjusted earnings exclude facility consolidation costs, employee severance payments and debt extinguishment charges. Net income for the fourth quarter catapulted more than seven-fold year over year to $4.3 million (or 12 cents a share) powered by a healthy double-digit expansion in the top line.


Revenues for the quarter zoomed roughly 26% year over year to $96 million, matching the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Growth was boosted by higher demand across the Indiana-based company?s orthopedic implants and medical devices businesses. For the full year, sales inched down 1%

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Who Do Your Customers Trust: Friends or Experts?

It?s all a matter of trust. Whether we?re talking social media or business, it?s about building relationships with potential customers so they trust us long enough to stick around and hear what we have to say. Because if they don?t, all that great content, interacting and marketing won?t help. Without trust, you have nothing.

With trust so important, everyone wants to know who people trust more. Who is it you want singing your company?s praises to make an impression? IsRead More

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AIA: Architecture Billings Index shows no change in January

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Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen. Nigel Marsh is the author of Fat, Forty and Fired and Overworked [...]

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With David Eun Ousting, "The AOL Way" Makes Way for the Arianna Way

Despite all the polite throat-clearing in the various internal memos coming out of AOL today, with a rejiggering of its content management--including the ousting of Media and Studios President David Eun--what really happened was what sources said will be an about-face from a recent strategy of how to run its media business.

That is likely to begin with the hip-checking of "The AOL Way," which many sources tell BoomTown was Eun's brainchild, once the $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post is completed.

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House Prices: Price-to-rent, Price-to-median Household Income

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Shopping for Small Business Technology: What Matters Most?

Whether a technology business, consultancy, manufacturing company, or creative business — whatever –� there is a lot of room for technology to help you operate your business more efficiently and effectively.

But as Mike Gorsage says in Scaling Your Business with Technology, to get the right technology you must be sure to� “ask the right questions.” The right questions can make the difference between a business-elevating�purchase and financial waste.

tech questions

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When will the Fed raise rates?

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Jack in the Box Stagnates While Qdoba Strengthens

While Jack in the Box (JACK) beat Q1 analyst estimated EPS of $0.43 with $0.61, all is not well. Same restaurant sales were announced to be flat or down 2% during Q2, precipitating a 7.12% one-day drop.

While the stock market may have rebounded, many middle and lower-income earners are still feeling the effects of an economic downturn. This has been translating into stricter adherence to the value menu. As such, some of the most popular value items have been targeted for a sprucing up.

?In April, the company introduced new French fries, a new premium blend of coffee, and improvements to its tacos, per CEO Linda Lang.

While here in California, Jack in the Box QSRs (quick-service restaurants) are ubiquitous, that's not so for most of the nation. States such as Florida have none, while the majority of othe

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Blog Post: Stories That Move Mountains

In mid-2010 I held a series of training courses to cover many of the key techniques I?ve previously discussed on this blog. One attendee, Nick Malik, was in for his second time, the first being three years earlier. Another, Mark West, had been working with me as a contractor on a project. After the sessions Nick and I talked for a while and he suggested that I should write a book about the way I put the techniques together.

I?ve known various people over the years that have written books and it seemed like a lot of hard work, which with a day job I was not sure I wanted to take on. Move forward a month, Nick and Mark are now co-authors and we sat down to a few weekends of planning.

By October we had a plan, a chapter structure, even a name. By February we are well behind in the writing. Don?t let anyone tell you that writing a book is easy.

We have moved a long way though and I can certainly see we will be able to pull it all together. To help with the final miles of this marathon we have developed a web site where we can make a lot of the content available and also get feedback.

All of the relevant blog posts from this site have been moved over and a lot more will now start to appear. This blog will now just focus on Enterprise Architect and IT topics.

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Liveblogging Demand Media's (and Richard Rosenblatt's) First Earnings Call: The Avocado Difference!

BoomTown always enjoys the maiden voyage of a newly public company, so liveblogging Demand Media's first quarterly earnings seems like a must-do.

It's also the first public outing for CEO Richard Rosenblatt, who has sold off his previous entrepreneurial efforts.

His first point: Where else can you find out how to ripen an avocado?

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Fannie, Freddie, FHA combined REO Inventory at Record Level

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

AIA: Architecture Billings Index shows no change in January

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Adam Smith Was Right about Corporate CEOs? Incentives absent Effective Regulation

by William K. Black Originally published December 4th, 2008, > Our different views prove that hindsight is often myopic. Larry White?s take is that Clintonian regulations perverted private incentives. The boom and bust happened in a system with ? extensive legal restrictions on financial intermediation. Nor have we had banking and financial deregulation since [...]

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Europe: ECB Lending Spike due to Irish Banks and other topics

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Adam Smith Was Right about Corporate CEOs? Incentives absent Effective Regulation

by William K. Black Originally published December 4th, 2008, > Our different views prove that hindsight is often myopic. Larry White?s take is that Clintonian regulations perverted private incentives. The boom and bust happened in a system with ? extensive legal restrictions on financial intermediation. Nor have we had banking and financial deregulation since [...]

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GAO: Debt Pays For Past ? Not Future ? Spending

First Bernanke, now the GAO: It appears the adults — an admittedly small group of folks in Washington DC — � are beginning to assert themselves. The GAO issued a research report discussing what raising the US Debt Limit is about: “The debt limit does not control or limit the ability of the federal government [...]

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Report: FDIC plans to sue former WaMu execs for over $1 Billion

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Bloggers Block

After a great run the past month, I've hit a bit of an inspiration gulf. So I'd like you all to help me out of it. I'm soliciting blog post suggestions in the comments. I want everyone to go into...

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Report: $20 Billion Mortgage Servicer Settlement being Discussed

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Bionovo Completes Financing, Announces Plan of Action: Is the Worst Over?

Tro Kalayjian submits:

Earlier this month, Bionovo (BNVI), a development-stage pharmaceutical company, announced a plan of action for its lead product candidate, Menerba, an oral, botanical, drug candidate for the treatment of menopausal hot flashes. In the press release, the company clearly communicated its goal with regards to Menerba's development timeline (click to enlarge images):

This new timeline is a stark contrast to what management previously thought was achievable. Throughout 2009, management believed that they could begin enrolling patients as early as the first quarter of 2010. What exactly was the hold up?

Throughout most of 2010, Bionovo's management had met with the FDA on several occasions to finalize Bionovo's chemistry, manufacturing, and controls plan ("CMC"). In September of 2010, the FDA finally accepted the CMC plan. One major issue was that Menerba is a botanical agent, not exactly the typical new chemical entity that the FDA often evaluates. Secondly, Menerba has multiple,

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Social Media Management Tips

Social Media Management Tips

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Social Media Management TipsThis content from: Duct Tape Marketing Today’s post really started as an answer to a reader’s question – “Is there a way to schedule status updates to my Facebook Pages?” As we branch out and accept that fact that the many outposts we create in social networks require content, participation and engagement [...]

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Viral Video: I'm Going to Hold This One Against Britney

BoomTown usually loves a good Britney Spears music video.

But this one, for the single "Hold It Against Me," pretty much poses her in front of dancers and not much else.

Still, it's garnering kabillions of views online and that's kind of the point, I guess.

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Middle East ETFs: Volatility Could Rule

Tom Lydon submits:

Around the world, international economies are showing life again and investors are accepting a little more risk in their portfolios. But investors looking at Middle East markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been pushed away amid an uncertain economic and social outlook for the region.

As the global markets recovered, foreign investors slowly trickled back into the Middle East late last year, but the recent uprisings scared away investors who are concerned over the instability and volatility in the region, reports Sara Hamdan for The New York Times.

The Middle East is still a great opportunity for growth as oil exports make up a major stake in the region, and the corporate landscape is just blossoming, but in need of outside resources.

ETF Daily News states that there are some ways to monitor the situation in the Middle East through real-time instruments, which could help determine where the opportunities

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Social Media Management Tips

Social Media Management Tips

This content from: Duct Tape Marketing

Social Media Management TipsThis content from: Duct Tape Marketing Today’s post really started as an answer to a reader’s question – “Is there a way to schedule status updates to my Facebook Pages?” As we branch out and accept that fact that the many outposts we create in social networks require content, participation and engagement [...]

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Did a Lunchtime Margin Selling Capitulation Put in the Bottom for This Pullback?

StockSage submits:

There is a very good reason why it is very difficult (impossible?) to be a long term winner in the markets through the aggressive use of naked calls/puts and margin. Margin offers the market participant the ability to deploy more capital than they have available and offers the allure of larger percentage profits. Naked options offer a similar allure to the market participant by allowing them the potential for large (massive) percentage movements on their invested capital in short time periods. Recently, many traders have been successfully employing both tools in order to "juice" their gains during the recent bull run in the equity markets.

By most accounts these aggressive traders have done very well recently due to the strong uptrend and minimal volatility. However, if it were so easy to make 50%-100% profits in just a few weeks from speculating in equity markets then we would all be rich.

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Today in Commodities: Sleep Deprivation

Matthew Bradbard submits:

I?m not sure it is lifestyle choices or the wild swings in the market but I chose to lighten up on numerous positions today because I have not been sleeping well the last few nights. The sentiment is clearly bullish but fasten your seat belts and be prepared for volatility if trading in the Oil arena. Clients remain in their bullish positions but on anothe

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House Prices: Price-to-rent, Price-to-median Household Income

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Exclusive: Facebook Grabs Microsoft Global Ad Head Carolyn Everson

Apparently, it's not only in Google's pond where Facebook fishes for talent--the social networking giant has recruited Microsoft's global advertising head Carolyn Everson as one of its top sales execs.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the hiring, after a query by BoomTown.

The move will surely cause some tensions with the software giant, which is both a prominent partner of and investor in Facebook, especially since Everson was only hired at Microsoft last June after a long search.

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Austerity's Inauspicious Historical Precedents

Felix Salmon submits:

One of the best aspects of being a journalist is that you get to talk at length to the most knowledgeable and interesting experts on just about any subject you can think of. For me, yesterday was a prime case in point: a long and fascinating lunch with James Macdonald, the author of my favorite book on the history of sovereign debt. Turns out he also has a microscopic vineyard in Tuscany, so the conversation ebbed wonderfully from economics to wine and back.

Macdonald has an economic historian?s view of the current austerity debate, and he was very clear: if you look at the history of countries trying to cut and deflate their way to prosperity while keeping their currencies pegged, it?s pretty grim ? all the way back to Napoleonic times. Sometimes, the peg is gold. For a good example of the destructive abilities of that particular peg, look

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Road Map for Managing a Dividend Growth Portfolio

David Van Knapp submits:
The article on my real-world Dividend Growth Portfolio earlier this month generated more interest than I expected. So I decided to write about an important part of the portfolio?s construction and maintenance: portfolio management.
I divide stock investing into three phases: stock selection, stock valuation, and portfolio management. I do this whether I am investing for dividends or for capital gains. Portfolio management includes everything that takes place after you have stocks in a portfolio. It covers important areas such as how much of the portfolio is allowed to be in any one stock; when and why to sell; when and how to reinvest dividends; and the like.
Portfolio management is best done, I feel, according to rules that you create before you create the portfolio itself. The rules are embodied in its constitution: the highest-level statement of your vision, goals, strategies, and expected results. Many people call this document

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Android: Google's Secret Weapon

David Urban submits:

Google (GOOG) recently released fourth quarter results with revenues rising by 26% year-over-year and 16% quarter-over-quarter to $8.44 billion dollars (see conference call transcript here). The global split was consistent with the last 3 years as 48% of all revenues came from the US and 52% of revenues came internationally. Expenses held steady as a percentage of revenues with total costs and expenses being 65% of revenues.

However, while Google?s search and advertising revenues continue to grow at solid rates, the real driver is not advertising per se, but Google?s smartphone operating system Android.

Android was the talk of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Its explosive growth has helped push the smartphone OS into top status among new smartphone purchases, with over 300,000 Android devices being activated a day. Google and its Android operating system have dominated space and attention. In just one year, Android's share of the smartphone

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Time to Burst the Gold Bubble Argument

Brian Wills submits:

Is the gold market in a bubble? Many Wall Street pundits say so. It seems that every time the price of gold moves higher, the bubble enthusiasts emerge. Even George Soros has called gold the "ultimate bubble" - at the same time that his funds were increasing their gold positions considerably. Hmmm?

Gold has had a 5 fold increase in the last ten years. You can't eat it; it lasts forever and I don't think I know any intellectuals that own any. So it must be a bubble ---right?

Let's step back and look at the big picture.

Yes, gold has been in a strong bull trend for the last ten years. Take a look at the multi-year gold futures chart below (click to enlarge):

Over the long term, you see that the gold price advances have been orderly. Moves higher have been followed by healthy corrections and periods of

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50 Must-Have Small Business iPhone and iPad Apps

Editor’s Note: Last year one of our most popular articles of the year was written by Shara Karasic, who pointed out 10 small-business apps for the iPhone.� The response was so enthusiastic, that we invited Shara back for an even bigger and better roundup of apps for entrepreneurs and small-business execs this year.� And who better than Shara to contribute this article — she lives, breathes, sleeps and eats apps in her role with Appolicious, a community review site forRead More

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

More Doubts About NAR Home Data

Last week, we discussed data that suggested the NAR has been dramatically overstating home sales and understating stating inventory. I have a much longer piece in the works, tracing how the NAR’s data errors were discovered and by whom — but today’s must read MSM article is in the WSJ: The National Association of Realtors, [...]

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American Reprographics CEO Discusses Q4 2010 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

American Reprographics Company (ARC)

Q4 2010 Earnings Conference Call

February 22, 2011, 5:00 pm ET


David Stickney ? VP, Corporate Communications

Suri Suriyakumar ? Chairman, President and CEO

Jonathan Mather ? CFO and Secretary


David Manthey ? Robert W. Baird

Andrew Steinerman ? JP Morgan

Scott Schneeberger ? Oppenheimer

Matthew Kempler ? Sidoti

Brad Safalow ? PAA Research

Michael Terwilliger ? Bank of America


Good afternoon. My name is Ryan and I will be you conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the American Reprographics fourth quarter 2010 earnings conference call. (Operator Instructions) Thank you.

I would now like to turn the call over to Mr. David Stickney, Vice President of Corporate Communications.

David Stickney

Thank you, Ryan, and thanks everyone for joining us today. With me today are Suri Suriyakumar, our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Jonathan Mather

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Bridge Technologies

When the tech landscape changes; from web browsers to mobile browswers, from flash to HTML5, from laptops to tablets, from typing on keyboards to typing on screens, from local storage to cloud storage, there are always companies that are started...

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Exclusive: Apple iPad 2 Event Set for March 2

To those who care intensely about this kind of stuff--which would be pretty much everyone in the tech ecosystem--Apple will hold its much-anticipated event on March 2, where the tech giant seems poised to unveil a new version of its hugely successful iPad, according to multiple sources. As in, iPad 2! Or, as BoomTown is now officially nicknaming it: iPad Too! According to several sources close to the situation, the Wednesday date in a little more than a week is firm and will take place in San Francisco, the scene of many such Apple events.

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Frontline's CEO Discusses Q4 2010 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Frontline (FRO)

Q4 2010 Earnings Call

February 22, 2011 9:00 am ET


Inger Klemp - Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Frontline Management AS

John Fredriksen - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President

Jens Jensen - Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS


Peter Kendall

Joshua Katzeff - Deutsche Bank

Fotis Giannakoulis - Morgan Stanley

Jonathan Chappell - JPMorgan



Good day, and welcome to the Frontline Q4 Results Presentation. [Operator Instructions] At this time, I'd like to turn the call over to your host today, Mr. Jens Martin Jensen, CEO; and Ms. Inger Klemp, CFO. Please go ahead, gentlemen.

John Fredriksen

Thank you. Good morning, good afternoon, and welcome to our Q4 presentation. We will follow our usual program for this presentation with our

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US Map: Rent vs. Buy

By the time Case Shiller drops today at 9am, I will be very busy (lounging on the beach). Expections are for the biggest drop in home prices a year. In the meantime, you can check out this cool interactive Housing map, via Trulia. As you click around in this map, keep in mind the 4 [...]

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Exclusive: Facebook Exploring Permitting a Tender Offer for $1 Billion of Employee Shares at $60 Billion Valuation

Facebook is exploring permitting a tender offer up to $1 billion of its employee shares, after being approached by a number of big institutional investors about investing in the company, according to sources close to the situation.

The new approximate valuation? An eye-popping $60 billion, sources said, which is a significant increase to a recent $1.5 billion investment round led by Goldman Sachs that had pegged the social networking behemoth at a $50 billion valuation.

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