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StocktoberFest: American Airlines (AAL)

With the threat of Ebola still on the rise, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the Airline stocks and how they stack up.  They have been quite volatile over the past couple of weeks, but finding the ones that are most fundamentally sound may be the best opportunity to buy on any dip from Ebola fears. Horowitz & Company’s proprietary...

StocktoberFest: Delta Airlines (DAL)

With the threat of Ebola still on the rise, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the Airline stocks and how they stack up.  They have been quite volatile over the past couple of weeks, but finding the ones that are most fundamentally sound may be the best opportunity to buy on any dip from Ebola fears. Horowitz & Company’s proprietary...

StocktoberFest: WhiteWave Foods (WWAV)

For those thinking that Coca-Cola and / or PepsiCo need to get with times and start building in the healthy foods market, WhiteWave Foods may be one of the better plays for an acquisition.  WhiteWave produces items such as Silk soy, almond and other plant based milks as well as Horizon Organic Yogurts and Earthbound Farm Organic lettuce.  This could be one of the very few food sectors with...

StocktoberFest: Flir Systems (FLIR)

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...

StocktoberFest: Apple Inc. (AAPL)

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...

StocktoberFest: McDonald’s (MCD)

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...

StocktoberFest: Intel (INTC)

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: Horowitz & Company’s proprietary Fundamental Scoring System (F|score) takes into consideration many factors related to each company’s financial history and outlook. This system is oriented toward...

StocktoberFest: Schlumberger (SLB)

As the price of oil dips to multi-year lows (~$84) so to will those companies who are in the business of oil.  Schlumberger derives 100% of its business from oilfield services with 38.6% in drilling, 36% in reservoir production and the remaining 25.7% in reservoir characterization.  If the dollar continues to strengthen and if we remain teetering on deflation in both the U.S. and Europe, commodity producers and servicers...

StocktoberFest: Fifth Street Finance (FSC)

The lending game can be extremely volatile especially with small to medium sized business’.  Competition is fierce from large banks, and rate spreads continue to tighten, leaving little room profit.  This may make it difficult for Fifth Street to continue paying its $0.0917 per share dividend or approximately 12%+ per year.  Despite all of this, revenue continues to grow but bottom line growth has been stuck in reverse. Horowitz...

StocktoberFest: Garmin (GRMN)

Global weakness and a strengthening dollar may put continued pressure on Garmin.  As of last quarters report almost 50% of revenues can be attributed to international sales with 38.6% of that from Europe and 8.5% from Asia. Horowitz & Company’s proprietary Fundamental Scoring System (F|score) takes into consideration many factors related to each company’s financial history and outlook. This system is oriented toward a growth model and therefore will...

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