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scovey2 7 posts  |  Last Activity: Nov 18, 2014 7:19 AM Member since: Apr 3, 1998
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    In a report published Monday, Bank of America analyst Michael van Wegen downgraded the rating on Aegon NV (NYSE: AEG) from Buy to Neutral, and lowered the price target from $10.40 to $8.72.

    In the report, Bank of America noted, “The main reason for our downgrade is that we now expect divestments to take longer than initially expected. As a result, distribution to shareholders will be more in line with peers and we expect no material improvement in the ROE in the near term. However, we do still expect the company to eventually divest these assets, but more on a 2-3 year horizon, rather than a 12-18m horizon. The shares are currently trading at 9.7x P/E '15, a small discount compared to the sector. The shares offer a 4% dividend yield (2015), or 7% including expected share buyback, compared to 5% for the sector.”

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    by amphicar1 Nov 13, 2014 7:31 AM
    scovey2 scovey2 Nov 13, 2014 9:45 AM Flag

    I just read that the company took a 78% drop in earnings for the quarter!!!

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    Mansfield & Ryder Deal

    by wayne_lamontagne Nov 12, 2014 9:41 AM
    scovey2 scovey2 Nov 12, 2014 10:44 AM Flag

    Natural gas refueling leader Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE ) announced third quarter earnings on Thursday, beating Wall Street analyst estimates for both earnings and revenues, driven by a record amount of compressed natural gas deliveries, as well as strong growth in its LNG sales.

    The company is still losing money, but has made major progress in recent quarters to lower its costs, set itself up for lower capex going forward, and leverage two major deals to grow without cutting its cash cushion. Let's take a deeper dive into the quarterly earnings report, and the earnings call, and talk about the progress made this quarter.

    Fuel deliveries continue to grow
    Clean Energy posted a strong 22% growth over the year-ago period. This result comes after reporting 23% growth in the second quarter, and 24% growth in the first quarter of the year. In short, that's a pretty strong trend.

  • scovey2 scovey2 Oct 29, 2014 1:21 PM Flag

    FOOL comment is as follows:
    Facebook stock's aftermarket performance turned sour when CFO David Wehner turned to the company's outlook.

    The company expects costs and expenses to rise 50% to 70% next year as it invests in talent and new areas.

    Further, Facebook is estimating year-over-year revenue growth to fall to 40% to 47% in Q4. That's down meaningfully from the 59% revenue growth Facebook reported in Q3, and the guidance midrange is lower than the consensus analyst estimate of 45% growth.

    The investor takeaway
    Even after a sell-off, Facebook stock is still looking a bit pricey to buy shares -- especially with Facebook confirming that the operating environment going forward looks poised to get rougher as it plans to invest in new growth opportunities. And new growth opportunities, of course, always aren't guaranteed to pan out.

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    Why it's time to short KMX

    by sundaesilence Sep 12, 2014 11:25 AM
    scovey2 scovey2 Oct 23, 2014 5:32 PM Flag

    CARMAX INC has improved earnings per share by 12.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CARMAX INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.17 versus $1.87 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.53 versus $2.17). Add to this a 2 million dollar additional buyback and the dramatically dropping gas prices....Good times ahead

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    JP Morgan Upgrade

    by blackbently2002 Oct 2, 2014 8:53 AM
    scovey2 scovey2 Oct 3, 2014 9:06 AM Flag

    As JP Morgan adds its overweight recommendation to UBS' buy and Canaccord Genudy's buy, we should expect a nice rise in stock price. The move to mobile advertising will provide a new revenue stream

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    Legal issues -

    by blueharvestmoon Sep 10, 2014 11:13 AM
    scovey2 scovey2 Sep 25, 2014 8:02 AM Flag

    What would be a good entry price? Using the charts for the past few years might help.

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