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[ July 31, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 61956 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Good news, Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) investors. After suffering a run of bad numbers, buzz is finally building for Pacific Rim, director Guillermo Del Toro’s giant robots vs. monsters epic that cost as much as $200 million to make. Plenty is it stake for Warner and financing partner Legendary Pictures, says Fool contributor Tim Beyers in the following video. Why? Both studios need a new franchise to bank on. The fact that 75% of critics who’ve seen Pacific Rim rate it as “fresh”– better than the 67% accorded to surprise hit World War Z — suggests the film could enjoy a decent run in theaters. But will it be as big a winner as the zombie thriller? According to Box Office Mojo, Viacom’s (NASDAQ: VIAB  ) Paramount Studios has earned more than $370 million in worldwide grosses from the film, which has enjoyed uncommon staying power after last weekend’s gate drop … Continue reading

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The wait is over, and it appears that earnings season kicked off on a largely positive note last night, pushing the broad-based S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) higher for the eighth time in the past 10 sessions. The fire under the market today seems to be caused by aluminum giant Alcoa’s (NYSE: AA  ) second-quarter earnings report, which delivered a 2% decline in revenue to $5.85 billion and an adjusted profit of $0.07 per share, $0.01 better than the Street had forecast. More importantly, despite the challenging environment for aluminum pricing and supply, Alcoa again stuck to its global growth forecasts for 2013. While this is a far cry from the growth we were accustomed to from Alcoa just five years ago, it was nonetheless a solid report that highlighted a mixture of cost-cutting efforts on Alcoa’s part, and strengthening auto sales in the U.S. and China. By day’s end, the S&P … Continue reading

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In late 2011, Whitney Tilson shared a presentation on his website in which he conducts an analysis of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B) and arrives at an estimate of Berkshire Hathaways Intrinsic Value. Basically, Tilson went through several Berkshire Hathaway annual reports and highlighted several of Warren Buffett’s comments where Buffett talks about the discrepancy in Berkshire’s stock price and its intrinsic value. Tilson then focuses on a quote and chart that could be found by reading the1997 Berkshire Hathaway Chairman’s Letter:In our last two annual reports, we furnished you a table that Charlie and I believe is central to estimating Berkshire’s intrinsic value. In the updated version of that table, which follows, we trace our two key components of value. The first column lists our per-share ownership of investments (including cash and equivalents) and the second column shows our per-share earnings from Berkshire’s operating businesses before taxes and purch ase-accounting adjustments … Continue reading

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Last week, around 42 companies announced a high dividend. I published all stocks with dividend growth from the recent week in the attached dividend list. In average, stocks from the list of the latest dividend growth stocks have increased their dividend payments by 15.51%. Its always good to see how the dividend growth strategy works. Some of the dividend growers have raised their payments forty times and more. The biggest names come from the oil and gas sector. Eni and Total are the two biggest stocks followed by the British spirit maker Diageo. Five of the results have a double-digit dividend yield and seven yielding above five percent. Analysts and brokerage firms recommend more than half, 26 in total, of the dividend growth stocks. Here are my favorite dividend growth stocks: Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) has a market capitalization of $34.16 billion. The company employs 45,948 people, generates revenue of $20.317 … Continue reading

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Spruce Point Capital Management, LLC has released a research report about small cap robotics stock iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT) entitled About to Short Circuit, meaning investors should take a closer look at the report, thestockand the performance ofrobotics peer Adept Technology Inc (NASDAQ: ADEP) andthe Robo-Stox Global Robotics & Automation ETF (NASDAQ: ROBO). I should mention that we used to have both Adept Technology and iRobot Corporation in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfoliobecause we see therobotics subsector improving as companies aim to reduce overhead and improve efficiencies through machine to machine (M2M) automation. What is iRobot Corporation? Founded in 1990 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists with the vision of making practical robots a reality, small cap iRobot Corporation employs more than 500 of the robotics industrys top professionals -including mechanical, electrical and software engineers and related support staff. iRobot Corporation’s home robots help people find smarter … Continue reading