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[ October 23, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 21080 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

After the closing bell on Monday, The Wendy’s Company (WEN) announced that it had completed its “System Optimization” initiative, which involved selling 104 of its restaurants to franchisees. Wendy’s has been attempting to create a more predictable revenue stream by selling 418 company-run restaurants in 13 U.S. markets. Since 2013, Wendy’s has seen $235 million in income from these sales. Through the company’s “System Optimization” initiative, it expects to have a higher operating margin and stronger free cash flow; the company also expects these latest moves to bring a higher quality to its earnings. Top 10 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Kemper Corp (KMPR) Kemper Corporation (Kemper), formerly Unitrin, Inc., incorporated in 1990, is a diversified insurance holding company, with subsidiaries that provide life, health, automobile, homeowners and other insurance products to individuals and small businesses. The Company is engaged, through its subsidiaries, in the property and casualty insurance, life … Continue reading

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In this segment of The Motley Fool’s financials-focused show, Where the Money Is, banking analysts David Hanson and Matt Koppenheffer rank insurance stocks. The stocks ranked include: Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A  ) (NYSE: BRK-B  ) , Markel (NYSE: MKL  ) , AIG (NYSE: AIG  ) , and Aflac (NYSE: AFL  ) . Berkshire Hathaway may be No.1 in the guy’s hearts, but it is it also the top pick in their rankings? More Warren Buffet widsomWarren Buffett has made billions through his investing and he wants you to be able to invest like him. Through the years, Buffett has offered up investing tips to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway. Now you can tap into the best of Warren Buffett’s wisdom in a new special report from The Motley Fool. Click here now for a free copy of this invaluable report. Want a daily podcast dosage of everything Wall Street, Buffett, and more? Check out Where the … Continue reading

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DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) — Professional traders running mutual funds and hedge funds don’t just look at a stock’s price moves; they also track big changes in volume activity. Often when above-average volume moves into an equity, it precedes a large spike in volatility. Read More: Warren Buffett’s Top 10 Dividend Stocks Major moves in volume can signal unusual activity, such as insider buying or selling — or buying or selling by “superinvestors.” Unusual volume can also be a major signal that hedge funds and momentum traders are piling into a stock ahead of a catalyst. These types of traders like to get in well before a large spike, so it’s always a smart move to monitor unusual volume. That said, remember to combine trend and price action with unusual volume. Put them all together to help you decipher the next big trend for any stock. With that in mind, let’s … Continue reading

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On Feb. 3, the billionaire investor George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) bought Polycom Inc. (PLCM) at an average price of $11.72 and currently holds 9,400,708 shares of the stock. This trade makes me feel that he is betting in favor of the communications equipment sub-industry. So let’s take a look at this company and try to explain to investors the reasons this is an apparently appealing investment opportunity in an industry that is becoming concentrated and globalized, dominated by large players like Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Qualcomm (QCOM). Announcing Reductions in Workforce Polycom provides standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration. The company has three products and solutions categorized as follows: UC Platform, UC Group Systems and UC Personal Devices. The firm announced two plans in order to optimize the organization. The first one, revealed last year, targeted a 4% work force reduction as well as … Continue reading

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It seems like only yesterday when for many investors, technology (defined broadly to include telecommunications and all things internet) was all that seemed to matter. Then, in early 2000s when tech stocks got brutalized (often in far worse degrees than stocks in general during the bear market we experienced back then), tech became feared. We fell in love again at least a little bit as mobile really took off, but many still remain wary of the group. Helping to cast a cloud has been widespread dissemination of words uttered by Warren Buffett years ago that have been interpreted as anti-tech. In fact, he didnt bash technology per se. He reiterated his long-standing preference for investing in those companies for which he was most confident in long-term prospects (the inevitability of growth and profitability). Tech often fell short for him given his lack of comprehension of the details of the businesses … Continue reading