StocktoberFest: Flir Systems (FLIR)

October 22, 2014

Thermal imaging is coming to an airport near you as fears over the Ebola virus continue to spread. Thermal imaging allows TSA or other airline authorities to monitor the temperature of passengers. They have been doing this for several years in parts of Africa as contagious diseases have known to spread rapidly. Flir could potentially be a benefactor if the government decides to implement Flir products into airports around the country.

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TDI Podcast: The Straight Scoop From Das (#385)

October 19, 2014

Guest: Satyajit Das explains what is going on around the world markets and gives us a behind the scenes look as to why this correction is occurring. We also explore the real options for the EuroZone, metals and commodities. Some of the more important aspects of the ECB’s plan to revive Europe are also put under a scrutiny in this episode.

Earnings season is actually providing some solace for investors as companies are a bit more upbeat and earnings are keeping pace/outrunning estimates. All good to keep a reasonable amount of buying interest. More importantly, we discuss how the Fed is once again trying to calm markets with their recent commentary. What are they saying and what will the do?  Listen in….

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StocktoberFest: Apple Inc. (AAPL)

October 17, 2014

Despite overall market weakness, Apple Inc. has held up fairly strong.  This should be attributed to the expectation of strong sales for both the iPhone 6 and 6+ models.  In addition, yesterday we saw the new release of the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini and new MacBooks.  It was good to see they are keeping all three generations of iPad Mini’s on the market for sale at much lower price points.  This should increase their competitive stance against other potentially inferior Android and Amazon tablets.

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StocktoberFest: McDonald’s (MCD)

October 17, 2014

McDonald’s is set to report earnings in the next couple of days and it could be an interesting quarter for them considering the strength in the U.S. Dollar.  We will find out how much of an effect the rising dollar had on their food sold internationally which makes up more than 65% of their revenue.  As of last quarter, U.S. sales only totaled about 31%.

For those watching the earnings, here is what MCD is looking for:

  • EPS Adjusted – $1.37
  • Sales – $7.195B
  • Gross Margins – 32.30%

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StocktoberFest: Intel (INTC)

October 15, 2014

Intel reported earnings better than expectations yesterday after the close. However, after moving higher in the post market, investor sentiment turned as the market exhibited broad based weakness before rallying into the close today. Let’s see how Intel stacks up fundamentally and technically:

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