Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Orexigen Therapeutics IPO

San Diego-based Orexigen Therapeutics, developing one of the most promising new obesity drugs, filed for an IPO on December 19th. Their drug is hailed as a breakthrough by the Daily Mail.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Tech IPOs for 2007

So what's new for tech IPOs in 2007? Well the horizon isn't exceptionally terrific. There aren't any Googles on the agenda. The IPOs that are trying to go public are wiMax provider ClearWire and glu mobile, developer of mobile games. A bright spot may be Aruba. Aruba enables companies to transform their wired Intranets into WANs.

Stay tuned to see who makes the leap.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Is the USA Insolvent

Good article regarding the recenlty released Treasury/OMB report entitled Financial Report of the United States Government. The report is scary enough to give me pause about the long term financial health of the nation.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Creating Wealth

Money has a good article on creating wealth. The wealth creating tips aren't anything new of course. The top tip in my opinion is start investing as early in life as possible, and put it in mutual funds, unless you really enjoy researching stocks. Another money tip I found interesting was subtracting your age by 120. That's the amount you should have invested in stocks. I would go so far as saying subtract your age by 125. Stocks will always be your top money maker.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Life Sciences Named to 2006 Scientific American 50

Good news for CuraGen(CRGN). Life Sciences, majority owned by CuraGen, as been named to the 2006 Scientific American 50. CuraGen is one of my long term stock picks.

Shutterfly not growing yet

Shutterfly(SFLY) hasn't moved much since it's IPO, but I'm holding out hope that there are some moves in the future. I believe this is one of the best and well known online printers out there.

Monday, November 27, 2006

529 College Savings Plans

A friend of mine was bemoaning the cost of college these days and how bad his investing has been going. Not everybody knows this, but there is a college savings plan called 529, which are created to help families save for college tax free. It can be used to pay for tuition, room and board, text books and required supplies at accredited colleges, universities and vocational schools.

Earnings on the 529 are tax deferred, which is always helplful. The 529 allows asset allocation funds. You are in charge of the assets and can contribute up to $12,000 a year, $24,000 for married couples, per student without any federal gift-tax consequences. That's pretty sweet, considering you get nailed for anything over $10,000 normally.

By the way, my recommendation of Mastercard(MA) continues to play out as it hit a high of $105 a share. I would really like to see it go down a little before buying more shares however.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

US Dollar Falls

The Dollar plunged against major currencies on Friday and the Euro soared. What this means for your investments is that we will likely see a lot of volatility for the next couple of months. I see a correction coming since stocks have been rising for quite a while now. For short term investors, this may mean a run for safe havens. For short term investors, this may mean a buy on great stocks that have been beyond reach.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Stock-picking behind Bill Gates' Charitable Efforts

From the article, "For Cascade Investment LLC and manager Michael Larson, the road to overseeing the personal wealth of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates got off to a bumpy start. "Read more

A good read.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Evaluating Stocks Based on Dividend Growth

Smart Capitalist has a great article on evaluating stocks on Dividend Growth. Their argument is, that stocks with a strong history of dividend payouts are superior to stocks that do not. These companies are usually more stable and responsible. This can especially be said of many of the technology companies of the past ten years. When you look at great companies over the long haul you see companies like GE, Johnson & Johnson, etc. The great companies always pay a dividend.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Yahoo and Social Networking

Yahoo (YHOO) took a major hit as advertising revenue dropped due to the continuing rise in popularity of social networking sites. Of course many experts were stating that this was going to happen, so wise investors got our early. I would like to think that Yahoo will get it together, so Yahoo at around $20 or below would make the stock look attractive.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Web 2.0 Financial Sites

There's a new breed of interactive financial sites out there. Here are a few of the all new Web 2.0 financial sites: SquawkLive examines over 8,500 stocks every minute of every trading day, including before and after market hours. They also have a nice industry screener for stock research.

ValueWiki: ValueWiki is a free investment wiki where users write & compile research on stocks and mutual funds. It also offers free investor chat, message boards, and blogging.

Wikistock: A wiki site aimed at making financial information free and open. Similar to ValueWiki.

FiNTAG: A provider of tag information for financial instruments, FiNTAG is now also the leading Hedge Fund website run by Hedge Fund professionals.

That's it for now, more later.

Did you notice how Mastercard blew away estimates? I bought this stock shortly after IPO. I believe Americans are going to continue building up debt, and Mastercard(MA) is well positioned for cash less society. I believe it's a strong buy after a pullback.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Bally Worth a Look?

Bally(bft), the health club chain, received a $280 million loan to refinance existing debt on which it was in danger of defaulting recently. Is this the news investors have been waiting for as shares have steadily declined in the last year? I would consider picking some shares around $2.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Shutterfly Goes Public

Shutterfly(sfly) went public today at $15.50 a share. SFLY is profitable since 2003, and keeps it's costs down. I'll be putting it on my radar. As of this posting it up at $16.06 a share.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Small Cap Biotech Pick

As an investor you have to love an article like this one. The Motley Fool wonders if CuraGen is "Hiding a Genomic Gem" in the race to find the $1000 genome. Which is important, because it helps with making designer drugs for individual people. At around $3.50, Curagen is worth a look if anything.

Friday, September 15, 2006

TINY - Harris & Harris Group, Inc. - Google Finance

TINY - Harris & Harris Group, Inc. is a venture capital firm investing in nano technology companies. My interest has been sparked of late due to a rise in price in the stock and numerous news articles naming nano technology as the big thing for the future. This is the only pure play in the sector, and a very very long long term play, which may make you rich some day.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


I've always been a fan of Restoration Hardware, just not it's stock. This may change with me however now that it has posted a nice profit in it's last quarter. According to my research, the company seems to have found traction with new products and looks to have a great Christmas. Have a look at this article at Motley Fool. I'm adding Restoration Hardware to my watch list.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Four Mental Mistakes to Avoid Now

I picked this article up from digg. It's four mental mistakes investors are making from Jonathon Clements Getting Going at WSJ. His main complaint is that people aren't saving enough, or at all. This is a good read.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

How to get Rich

Felix Dennis, publishing tycoon, has written a guide to becoming a multi-millionaire. Take a read. But basically his advice is to have a strong work ethic, tough skin and that the only thing to fear is fear itself.

Monday, July 24, 2006

5 Stock Picks Under $10

Here are five stocks under $10 that I've been researching, and you should consider looking into yourself.

First off is Cosi(COSI). Cosi is a restaurant on the order of Panera Bread. Although they only have 99 franchies right now, they are expected to add 400 by 2009. However, there are signs that earnings could be hurt by the expansion.

Seachange(SEAC) makes video on demand possible. The upside is the great potential in this field, where Amazon is expected to launch a download site next month. The negative is that earnings aren't really great right now, so there could be some waiting for tech to get hot again.

Design Within Reach(DWRI) is like a high end Pier One. Mostly catering to the wealthy, they have done well in recent years due to real estate market. I believe they will continue to do well, even though an earnings miss destroyed share price recently, and their CFO just resigned, however there has been some inside buying, always a positive sign.

Interstate Hotels and Resorts(IHR) manages hotels. They have seen incredible growth lately, and their shares have great relative strength. These shares keep peaking above $10 lately, so try to catch it under $10.

Last but not least Vaalco Energy(EGY). Vaalco drills for oil off of the coast of Africa. They are a small but growing company with a huge amount of cash. A good bet for those seeking a growth pick in the oil sector. Some analysts think the company will eventually be bought up by a larger company.

Remember to do your DD on any stock before buying.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Inflation and your Investments

What is inflation and how should it affect my investing? is a good question these days. I did a little research for investing in times of rising inflation. Here are few good articles I found:
inflation and Investments
Where to Invest

Thursday, July 13, 2006

50 Small-Cap Stocks Picks

FORTUNE/CNN online has 50 Small-Cap Stocks to Watch. It's a nice list from some of the best money managers around. Some of the stocks on the list don't seem to be panning out, however Coinstar, one of my favorite stocks, is on the list as are many other great companies. The list is worth a look.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

OPWV Still not a Buy

A few weeks ago I wrote that OPWV - Openwave Systems Inc. was looking attractive at $11 but I felt that shares would go down to at least $9. Well due to a major earnings miss, shares are below $8 today. Hopefully readers took my advice and didn't buy at $11.

So are shares attractive now? I say no. I've seen this sort of thing before. Earnings were way off, and there is still an options semi-scandal hanging over the company. I am waiting until I see some inside buying, especially from the CFO. That would be my buy signal. The only reason the stock is still on my radar is because of the strong growth I see coming in the mobile market, and the part this company could end up playing.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Top 25 money Tips

The actual article from Canadian Business says The top 25 money tips of all time, which of course can be argued, however there are some great money tips in the article. It's worth printing out and hanging by your desk.

Friday, June 30, 2006

'Vonage the Dog' bites back

From CNET, it seems Jim Cramer has now started calling Vonage, Vonage the Dog. For good reasons of course. Now Vonage's CEO is saying that the ipo was successful because it raised funds. Yeah sure, but soon cable companies will begin offering voip with cable internet access. Skype and Yahoo are free, and the company is being sued. Doesn't look good for Vonage. I would stay away from the stock.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Cosi, Inc.

I've been keeping any eye on Cosi,Inc.(COSI) lately. Cosi is a restaurant in the order of Panera Bread. They are growing at an amazing pace, but their shares have been dow because of a missed quarter. However, they have improved restaurant effectiveness of late, and plan to open serveral hundred new restaurants in the next few years. Cosi is worth a look.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Cramer: Catch the Openwave

As Jim Cramer says, Catch the Openwave(OPWV). However I would wait a while before jumping in. I think this high potential stock has some bottoming out to go with the options semi-scandal hanging over it's head. Down to almost $11 today, I could see in going down another $2 at least. That, in my opinion, makes it a bargain.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Finance Sites: Yahoo Leads, Google Lags

Not a big surprise that when it comes to finance information, Yahoo Leads, Google Lags. Link from PC World.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

How to Profit From a Cooling Real Estate Market: Why the Rich Get Richer - Yahoo! Finance

Robert Kiyosaki has a great article on investing in today's cooling real estate market, in his Why the Rich Get Richer series.

Personally, I've been putting off buying a new house in my area because of the, to me, outrageous prices on homes. I'm hopeful that some of my dream homes will come down in price to something I can afford to pay on every month. But on the flip side, my house will probably have an even harder time selling in a buyer's market, so it may not even matter. A cooling real estate market will bad for just about everyone.

Monday, June 12, 2006

High inflation and Stocks

Recent news of rising inflation has been flaming stocks today, however I ran across a good article from Marketwatch regarding how higher inflation doesn't have to be bad for stocks - MarketWatch.

From the article - "Investors who sell stocks when inflation rears its head are implicitly assuming that companies have no pricing power, and hence that their earnings growth rates don't change with inflation. But history shows that this is not the case, according to a study by Harvard economists John Campbell and Tuomo Vuolteenaho. They found that real (or inflation-adjusted) earnings growth, when measured over several-year periods, was relatively constant, and that nominal earnings growth fluctuated with inflation."

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Finisar Gets Slammed

Finisar fell around 30% after releasing earnings this week. Estimates were in line with expectations, but investors were expecting a blowout quarter and shares were pummeled. I still believe the company is a good investment for the long term as mobile operators build out their network with 10-Gbit and Metro products. I see a good buying op if the shares dip below $3 in the coming weeks.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Vonage Holds Customers to IPO Pledge

Vonage shares have taken a major smackdown since going public at $17. Now the internet phone company, whose stock has dropped more than 29 percent since its stock market debut, said late Wednesday that customers who agreed to buy into its initial public offering last week must follow through on their commitment to buy their shares.

I can see their point, but it kind of seems desperate to start threatening customers at this point. I really like Vonage but I wonder if this is going to go down as one of the worst ipo's ever. Time will tell.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Simple sounds make for sound investments - has an interesting article that claims that easily pronounced stocks do better on the market. At least in the short term.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Microsoft in Talks To Acquire Ebay???

Article from Slashdot on rumors that Microsoft is about to acquire Ebay. I have serious doubts that this will happen. Ebay is a huge company, very successful all on it's own, but MSFT has billions to spend and it would make all of the sense in the world for it to get the big auction site. From the sounds of it though, regulators might have a hard time approving the sale. Any thoughts?

Monday, May 22, 2006

Alternative energy stocks, ETFs & mutual funds

Here's a nice list of Alternative energy stocks, ETFs & mutual funds
from Although there are a lot of stocks on the list, most are unprofitable and specualtive at best. However there are some good ones like ADM, Ormat Tech, Evergreen Solar, and MPGI. A great way to play these alternative energy companies is of course mutual funds and PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy ETF (PBW).

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Panacos Pharma Inc. - Buyout Target?

Panacos Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(PANC), is a development stage biotechnology company. Recently their CEO and CFO have bought larget amounts of shares amid rumors of the company's buyout. The officers bought shares in the mid $5 range. Right now shares are trading above $6. I'd like to see a pullback to below $5.90 before buying.

I'll add them to my buy list, since I always see CFO purchases as extremely positive for a company.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Sell ABTL maybe FNSR and Finisar keep permforming badly. I think it's time to let go of in favor of Pain Therapeutics (PTIE)., even with a load of money coming in from all of it's car sites, continues to lag. Finisar will remain on my long list, but lately the shares have really gone downhill quickly. I'll be keeping a close eye on this stock, and maybe sell on the next rally in the stock, maybe anything over $5.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Pain Therapeutics, small cap biopharma pick

Pain Therapeutics(PTIE) engages in the research and development of drugs for use in pain management. The interesting thing about this company is that they have two products in Phase III trials, including Remoxy, which is an anti-abuse version of oxycodone. The stock is also interesting because of inside buying lately, including it's CFO. I'll be adding it to my buy list today.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Alternative Energy Stocks - Year To Date Price Breakouts

The Energy Stock Blog has a nice chart of Alternative Energy companies, such as those producing Ethanol, Solar, etc. which have broken out over the past year. Although not the highest in gains, AMD remains my favorite in this field, although Ballard is worth a look as well.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Kirk Report: :: The Big Picture

The Kirk Report has a good opinion on why we may be on another downward slope in this long bull market we have been in for the past three years. Seeing his charts is quite convincing. I'm not ready to throw in the towel on the market yet, but I think it's going to start turning into a stock pickers market again. Time to examine the portfolio and throw out the weak stocks.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Ultralife Batteries, Coca Cola Inside Buying

Ultralife Batteries, Inc. is a global provider of high energy power systems for diverse applications. I like this company for the fact that it's last quarter was profitable, it's near it's 52 week low, it has seen inside buying lately, and it's supposed to get more orders from the military. Things seem to be looking up for the company, so I'm adding them to my watch list.

Speaking of inside buying, Coke has seen inside buying recently from one of it's long term directors. If you are looking for a good dividend paying company for your portfolio, then Coke might be worth a look. I'm adding Coca-Cola stock to my buy list.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Save Money On Gas::Improve Your Driving

We all need extra money to invest more in the stock market. So I thought I would post an article from, who has a great article on saving on gas. We Test the Tips claim's that by changing your driving habits you can improve fuel economy up to 37 percent right away (depending on how you drive). Combine several tips and perform routine maintenance and you will save real dollars, not just pennies.

A Great Play in Oil Stocks

TGC Industries, Inc.(TGC) is engaged in the geophysical service business, primarily conducting three-dimensional (3-D) surveys for clients in the oil and gas business. Because of the need for new gas and oil fields, this company has shown huge growth, and it's share price has reflected the need for it's product. I see this as a way of playing the oil game without investing directly in oil and oil exploration companies. I am adding this to my buy list.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Finisar showing strength

Reiterating my buy on Optical Equipment maker Finisar. Shares have jumped in the past two days. I would still try to get it under $5.00 for now. This company in my opinion is best of breed for optical companies.

Sunday, April 30, 2006


Here's a heads up for an interesting website called DigStock. The reader votes on which investment articles make the front page.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Blogging Stocks

AOL is in the blogging stocks game now. Their new site covers some of "America's most widely-held stocks deeply, analytically and obsessively." Don't look for any small cap stocks on that blog, they only cover eight stocks at a time, and all large well known names.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Palatin Technologies and The Viagra Killer

Interesting read on Palatin Technologies, Inc.(PTN) new Viagra killer.

Palatin Technologies, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing melanocortin MC)-based therapeutics. I'll be adding it to my watchlist. It has jumped in price lately, but with added publicity to it's "sex spray," it might not see it's 52 month low again, or even trade in it's current range.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Ethanol Stocks

Wired has a nice article on the risks involved in investing in the new alt fuel rage, Ethanol stocks. The author doesn't realize that these stocks are the hot thing right now and, at least in the short term, continue to reward investors. Long term though, I would be sticking with my pick ADM, who has the money and resources to be the king in this space.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Is Tivo a Buy?

TiVo scored a patent win against EchoStar, being awarded $73.9 million in damages after finding that EchoStar infringed on patents held by TiVo for digital video recorders. This sent the stock higher on Thursday to a 52 week high. Now I would see this as a selling op for long term holders, but according to Barrons, Tivo is a buyout target, so does that mean you should get in now? I would say not, since the stock has already skyrocketed lately.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Biotech small cap pick

Acusphere, a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops new drugs and formulations of existing drugs using its proprietary porous microparticle technology in the United States, according to Yahoo Finance. According to their website, they have on project in phase III development and two others in I and II. All seem promising, but what really caught my attention was the amount of insider buying lately, as well as raising millinons of dollars lately. Maybe some big news is in store in the Phase III project? Who knows, I'll be adding this company to my watchlist before I buy, but all small biotechs are extremely risky, so do your research.

Friday, April 14, 2006

A step toward solar homes

Cnet reports on a Start-up that is building homes with material that will convert solar energy to electricity. This is of course another attempt at alternative energy without solar power panels. Not a bad idea. If it takes off look for an ipo sometime in the near future. With all of these innovations, it isn't hard to be bullish on alternative energy stocks.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A Small Cap for the Future

PLUG POWER INC, the fuel cell maker, just received around $217,000,000 from Russian investors. I am all for future wave stocks, especially alt energy, but it's going to be a while before the company starts making a profit, or even gets bought. I would be tempted to buy under $4.00 however.

With the world seeming to be in one crises after another, I would think that large sell offs may be coming in the market. Now is a good time to look at stocks you like but are too expensive today. A sell off will create some opportunities.

CHU Looks attractive with Redberry

I have been fairly bullish on Chinese stocks lately, and I am feeling especially bullish on China Unicom, which is launching Chinese Redberry to complete with Blackberry, I have put the company on my radar for getting a leg up on it's competitors, primarily China Mobile, which is partnering with RIM this summer, to launch Blackberry services in China. The Redberry services are similar to Blackberry, and are months ahead of China Mobile in launching the product. RIM is suing CHU, so the possibility of the service being stopped some time is a cloud hanging over the new service.

Despite heavy competition, I like CHU for it fairly low P/E and dividend. It also has a high Relative Strength going for it. If the Redberry service takes off, I could see this stock going past $10 this year. This stock should be approached carefully however since it is a foreign investment and there is speculation about the the company being broken up by the government.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Gold Mining Stocks

With a volatile world out there and possible rising inflation, it might be tempting to take a look at gold at this time, especially with gold over $590 an ounce. During times like these, gold does very well historically. And with reports of Bush thinking of nuking Iran's nuclear capability, gold may sky rocket even further. But instead of gold itself, you may want to look at gold mining stocks.

Now there are risks involved in purchasing gold itself, so to me a good mining company is a safer bet. If you are thinking of investing in gold mining stocks, then it would be wise to use the following sites for your research:, Kitco and Zeal. Personally, for a somewhat fair valued gold mining stock, I like Kinross. I'll be adding it to my watchlist today.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Update: Middle East Stock Picks

From - Middle East Stock Picks: "our calls on stocks in Iraq's neighborhood--stocks which we thought would benefit from the still-elusive peace dividend. On average, those picks have risen 47% annualized since March 20, 2003, compared with a 16% gain for the S&P 500."

Some of the picks did pretty well, like Arab Bank Group and Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri. We'll see how things look going forward.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Form 4 Oracle Insider Trading

Site Plug for those unaware of the insider trading tracker Form 4 Oracle Insider Trading. For me one of the best signs that a company is ready to make a big move is to watch the insider trades. Especially if the CFO is buying. This is because the CFO is the money guy. He isn't the CEO/Plug for the company who may buy just to pump the stock. The CFO is all about the bottom line, and usually only invests if things are looking good.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 is Worth a Look

Today I'm adding to my watch list. I'm still optimistic about the Internet Sector as a whole, but I also noticed that their has been some insider buying lately. Although it's the CEO and a Director (I like it when the CFO is buying) it's still a postive development. It leads me to believe that things are either looking up, or maybe a buy? Either way, this is a long term holding. I'm hoping it will go up as the car buying season begins.

Monday, April 03, 2006

GNBT Insider Buying

A lot of negative has been said about Generex lately, but you can't deny the postive of Insider Buying by a couple of their Directors lately. I'm still holding out for this stock to go lower, but there must surely be something good going on with the company.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Ten Great Ways to Get Rich

From Yahoo Alternative ways to make money. Although many of the ideas are over the top, there are some good suggestions like investing in champagne and wine, Canadian stocks and music memorabilia.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Very Cool!

I just wanted to share this. Completely off the topic, but hey, it's Friday.

Generex Breaks Lower

Generex has broken downward this morning...and things were looking so much better yesterday. I think this stock is going lower. Anyone have any thoughts? Are we going to see $2.50 soon?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Generex Bouncing Back

After a negative article at about Generex Biotech, the stock has bounced back slightly, up over $3.00 today. The article is quite damning, claiming that Generex is simply a company with joke clinical trials of it's oral insulin in Equador and very bad cash burn rate. I really want to like the prospects of this company's oral insulin product, and I predict, without anymore bad news this week, that shares should be over $3.50 by the end of the week. I can't recommend buying it until the dust clears however.

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Cramer Bullish on gear!

Jim Cramer of still likes Finisar, which he feels is going to gain due a build out on the part of telcos this year. In this article he tells people to stop trading! Go for Gear...

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Vista Delay should help Apple

A good article from Cnet explaining how computer users looking for the functionality and feel of Windows Vista should seriously consider buy a mac. I see this as postive for Apple going forward, as computer sales start to pick up towards the end of the year, and then the mad rush for either the new ipod phone and new ipod at Christmas time this year. I believe we'll see both by as early as next month.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Jim Cramer likes FNSR

A week ago or so I recommended readers to take a look at Finisar. I've been a little disappointed in the stock since then. I hasn't moved above $5, and the director of Finisar has sold quite a few shares lately. However I'm still bullish long-term, and Jim Cramer likes it. He recognizes that it has things going for it. I think the telcos will continue to expand, and at least short term it's good for Finisar.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Bad Move Microsoft

I don't see how the recent news that Microsoft is delaying Vista to 2007 is good news for anyone, as they describe here.

Not only will people hold off on buying that new computer Christmas 2006, but people will go out and buy an Apple computer, tired of waiting for Microsoft to get their act together. For those who support it because of their "not ready for prime time" releases of the past, then fine, you have a valid point, but they have had years to perfect this thing. I don't believe this is going to be a good year for Microsoft investors, but it should be for Apple. Some would argue that Vista is mainly a ripoff of OSX anyway.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 (iTunes competitor), Google Finance

Today saw news about Google Finance's release, which I personally like very much. It has the usual flare of being able to keep your own portfolio on it, quotes and all of that usual stuff. However, news and comments are kept all on one page, and on top of that you get to see what bloggers are saying about the stock.

On another note, was announced. I signed up for the service and really like it. It's basically another way to share music on the internet. You get a "music locker" and you can store any music you may find on the internet for free. I recommend going to the site, getting the free locker, the free Firefox extension that allows you to download music right in your browser, and then going back to and load up on music. I see this as a real competitor to Apple's iTunes if the RIAA can't get this shut down.

Google Finance

Google has launched Google Finance today. I'm sure they were seeing all of the people typing in quotes into their search engine, and then having to bring them to Yahoo or MSN for the stock quote information. They now have their own finance engine. I think it's a great idea.

Monday, March 20, 2006

ERHC Energy: Attractive Penny Stock

ERHE.OB is another oil and gas exploration company working off the coast of Africa. I'm a strong believer that these small oil companies can make big gains if they find a good basin of oil. ERHE is currently trading around .78. It is worthy of a look. I could see it rising well over $2 in the near future.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Introduction to Penny Stocks

Great Article from on what constitutes a penny stock. Penny stocks are not for people who are only passive investors. It takes research and all emotion must be taken out of investing in Penny stock companies, because you may have to move in and out very fast. But if you have the time to invest and the money to lose, then the penny stock game is a lot of fun.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Are You Getting Enough Fiber? Fiber Stocks that is...

It's starting to feel like the 90's again. Fiber Optic stocks have been on a tear for the past year. JDSU and FNSR have both had breakout quarters, orders are up and so are their stocks. I started following FNSR a few weeks ago and it has really gone up. Today I put an order in to buy. I believe that this stock will continue to rise due to upgrade cycles in the storage and Ethernet LAN Markets. I do feel a little funny buying at it's 52 week high, but that company has some strong believers, including Jim Cramer. I won't wait long to take profit if it comes.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Google Stock from Google Insider

Interesting read from a ex-Google employee on why you shouldn't buy Google stock. Plenty of people think Google is overpriced, but hey you're paying for growth. I don't disagree that Google is overpriced, but this guy has barely a clue on how the stock market works, and has very little knowledge of it's history. He compares Google to a car?!?!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Biodiesel Investing

Here is an interesting link to a stock list of Publicly Traded American Biodiesel Stocks.

Not all of them are currently investing in biodiesel, but plan to in the near future.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

A Little Under the Weather

The flu has finally caught up to me, just as the weather is starting to get warmer here. I was able to keep an eye on the bloodbath in the market today however. I see this as a buying opportunity. Especially for EGY, whose earnings have continued to rise as seen by the release of their earnings report today.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Selling Yahoo!

Today I'm selling all of my shares in Yahoo. Working in the Web Dev field, I feel Yahoo missed the boat on the internet video craze, instead focusing on becoming a movie studio, which they now admit is a mistake. Although I feel that Yahoo is a good long term investment, I'm looking for fast growth right now. That is why I'm focusing my attention on RMIX.

I'll be doing some research on the stock and decide if this is a buy soon. By the way, if anyone feels I made a mistake selling Yahoo, then please leave a comment explaining why.

Sunday, March 05, 2006


VAALCO ENERGY INC , EGY is on my screen for fast growth. This stock was highligted in 10 picks under $10 in IBD. After studying each of them, this is the one I see holding for the long haul. EGY drills for oil, and let's face it folks, oil is going to needed for a long time, no matter how fast we ramp up on fuel cell or whatever alternate fuel they come up with. This company is growing, has tons of cash and is starting new drilling off the coast of Africa. It also has strong Relative Strength, which I personally love.

Patriot Scientific

Patriot Scientific,PTSC.OB has had a teriffic run up lately. In the last year it's gone from .01 to $1.55 a share. I only looked at this stock because a good friend loves it (I stay away from most penny stocks, unless they look like a good solid company). This company looks like a winner. They hold some great tech patents that are starting to make them some real money. It has a high relative strength and still has room to grow. Check it out.

Welcome to my blog!

This is my first post to my new investment blog. This isn't the first time I've written about investing. I had a website on small cap stocks in the late 90's that was pretty successful and made some people a lot of money in biotechs. Now I'm back, writing again about which stocks I really like these days as well as some other investments that look like money makers. Feel free to comment and suggest your own picks.