MICROSOFT CORP. $30 (Nasdaq symbol MSFT; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 8.4 billion; Market cap: $252.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 3.5; Dividend yield: 2.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.microsoft.com) is buying Yammer Inc. for $1.2 billion. This private company operates an online social network for businesses. Over 200,000 companies now use this service.
Microsoft will probably …read more »
PETSMART INC. $66 (Nasdaq symbol PETM; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 108.4 million; Market cap: $7.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.2; Dividend yield: 1.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.petsmart.com) continues to see strong sales growth at its 1,241 pet supply stores in the U.S. and Canada. As a result, it has raised its quarterly dividend by 17.9%, to $0.165 …read more »
Most stock markets are down lately due to investor worries about a potential eurozone breakup, sluggish U.S. growth and a slowdown in China.
Still, the long-term outlook is positive. One way to profit from a rebound is to add exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track major stock market indexes to your portfolio.
ETFs trade on stock exchanges, just like stocks. Prices are …read more »
The Canadian penny is on its way out, and cash transactions are increasingly rare as well. Although it may not be a household name, this maker of transaction-processing software is aggressively seeking an even greater share of the market in credit card, debit card and smartphone payments.
ACI WORLDWIDE (Nasdaq symbol ACIW; www.tsainc.com) makes software that is used to process …read more »
ACI WORLDWIDE $40.01 (Nasdaq symbol ACIW; TSINetwork Rating: Speculative) (402-334-5101; www.tsainc.com; Shares outstanding: 39.8 million; Market cap: $1.6 billion; No dividends paid) makes software that is used to process transactions involving credit cards, debit cards, automated teller machines, point-of-sale terminals and interbank payments.
In mid-February 2012, ACI completed its purchase of S1 Corp. for $540 million in cash and stock. …read more »
INTUITIVE SURGICAL $537.18 (Nasdaq symbol ISRG; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (515-507-5000; www.intuitivesurgical.com; Shares outstanding: 39.7 million; Market cap: $21.3 billion; No dividends paid) earned $143.5 million, or $3.63 a share, in the three months ended March 31, 2012. That’s up sharply from $104.2 million, or $2.66 a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 27.6%, to $495.2 million from $388.1 million.
Revenue …read more »
ATLANTIC TELE-NETWORK $34.48 (Nasdaq symbol ATNI; TSINetwork Rating: Speculative) (340- 777-8000; www.atni.com; Shares outstanding: 15.5 million; Market cap: $534.4 million; Dividend yield: 2.7%) sells telecommunications services in rural areas and other underserved areas in the U.S., Bermuda and the Caribbean region.
In the three months ended March 31, 2012, Atlantic’s revenue fell 2.8%, to $182.9 million from $194.7 million a …read more »
Pat McKeough responds to many personal questions on investing in stocks and other investment topics from the members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on a selection of the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle members. And each week, we offer you one of the highlights from these Q&A …read more »
Pat McKeough responds to many personal questions on specific stocks and other investing topics from the members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on a selection of the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle members. And every Friday, we offer you one of the highlights from these Q&A sessions.
This …read more »
Tech stocks continue to make headlines. Often, this is due to the competitive race to get new products on the market. Sometimes, it is due to the spectacular rise—or spectacular fall—of a tech stock’s share price. But successful investors look beyond the headlines, to a company’s measurable strengths and weaknesses, to judge its long-term prospects, as we do today with …read more »