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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top 10 Stock Picks For 2011 "go 4 cheap-bucks 2 reap"

Here are BUCKzology's TOP TEN STOCK PICKS FOR 2011 & there are four rules I follow when trading on-line or on paper trades...First, pick stocks under $10 a share; this allows you to purchase a substantial number of stocks at an affordable price with upside potential where small moves can translate into big profit.

Second, remove your ego from the equation every time you place a trade. The stock market doesn't respond well to an ego. When trading stocks online, you need veins of ice and hell with a sense of humor thrown in for good measure. Just laugh it off and relax when you make a bad trade. The markets will force it to happen, so cut your losses and move on to your next trade.

Third, read as much as you can and study every successful trader you can find. This means going to the library and reading up constantly on every single great trader and getting all the information in your head as possible. I spent the first couple months trading doing just this before placing a single trade, and even to this day still read up on it to improve my knowledge of the stock exchange.

Fourth, develop a great system/strategy to trade on. This can be in the form of a newsletter, a series of videos, trading indicators and signals, or a mentor; form some combination of each. When trading stocks online, you need a specific game plan in order to take home profits. Lacking one pretty much guarantees failure. A good strategy relies on good insight!

According to financial reporter Robert Holmes of "The Street", he states: "The following 10 U.S. stocks trade at less than $5 and have garnered the most "buy" ratings from analysts, which could lead to high returns over the next 12 months." ( http://www.stockpickr.com/thestreet-portfolios/portfolio/top-stock-picks-under-5-for-2011/ ) I whole-heartedly agree! Click on the names for analysis by Google Financials:

Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN)
Company Profile: Achillion Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative treatments for infectious diseases.
Share Price: $3.03 (Dec. 17)
2010 Stock Performance: -2.6%
Current Target Price:
High Target Price Estimate 12.00
Low Target Price Estimate 4.00
Mean Target Price Estimate 5.83
Standard Deviation 3.06
Date of Most Recent Estimate 12/9/10

General Maritime (GMR)
Company Profile: General Maritime is a provider of international seaborne crude-oil transportation services.
Share Price: $3.18 (Dec. 17)
2010 Stock Performance: -54%
Current Target Price:
High Target Price Estimate 8.00
Low Target Price Estimate 3.50
Mean Target Price Estimate 5.11
Standard Deviation 1.41
Date of Most Recent Estimate 12/22/10

Allos Therapeutics (ALTH)
Company Profile: Allos Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative small-molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer. The company's Folotyn (pralatrexate) is designed to treat T-cell lymphoma.
Share Price: $4.35(Dec. 17)
2010 Stock Performance: -34%
Current Target Price:
High Target Price Estimate 10.00
Low Target Price Estimate 3.00
Mean Target Price Estimate 7.28
Standard Deviation 2.53
Date of Most Recent Estimate 11/8/10

Vantage Drilling (VTG)
Company Profile: Vantage Drilling contracts drilling units, related equipment and work crews to drill oil and natural gas wells.
Share Price: $2.20 (Dec. 17)
2010 Stock Performance: 37%
Current Target Price:
Vantage Drilling Company has the 7th highest upside potential in this segment of the market. Its upside is 116.2%. Its consensus target price is $2.98 based on the average of all estimates.
High Target Price Estimate 2.75
Low Target Price Estimate 0.75
Mean Target Price Estimate 1.98
Median Target Price Estimate 2.18

6. Quantum Corp. (QTM)
Company Profile: Quantum is a global storage company specializing in backup, recovery and archive services. It provides a range of disk, tape and software services.
Share Price: $3.72 (Dec. 17)
2010 Stock Performance: 27%
Current Target Price:
Possible acquisition by Dell, Oracle or NetApp
High Target Price Estimate 5.00
Low Target Price Estimate 4.00
Mean Target Price Estimate 4.48
Median Target Price Estimate 4.50

Synovus Financial (SNV)
Company Profile: Synovus is a financial-services company that provides commercial and retail banking services, financial management, insurance, mortgage and leasing services.
Share Price: $2.54 (Dec. 17)
2010 Stock Performance: 24%
Current Target Price:
High Target Price Estimate 4.00
Low Target Price Estimate 2.50
Mean Target Price Estimate 3.02
Standard Deviation 0.46
Date of Most Recent Estimate 12/15/10

SatCon Technology (SATC)
Company Profile: SatCon delivers power-conditioning services for large renewable-energy installations.
Share Price: $4.27 (Dec. 17)
2010 Stock Performance: 51%
Current Target Price:
High Target Price Estimate 7.25
Low Target Price Estimate 4.50
Mean Target Price Estimate 5.70
Standard Deviation 0.83
Date of Most Recent Estimate 12/20/10

Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA)
Company Profile: Ariad Pharmaceuticals develops cancer treatments by regulating cell signaling with small molecules.
Share Price: $4.57 (Dec. 17)
2010 Stock Performance: 100%
Current Target Price:
High Target Price Estimate 7.00
Low Target Price Estimate 5.00
Mean Target Price Estimate 6.00
Median Target Price Estimate 6.00

Sprint Nextel (S)
Company Profile: Sprint Nextel offers a range of wireless and wireline products and services.
Share Price: $4.16 (Dec. 17)
2010 Stock Performance: 14%
Current Target Price:
High Target Price Estimate 8.00
Low Target Price Estimate 3.00
Mean Target Price Estimate 5.15
Standard Deviation 1.32
Date of Most Recent Estimate 12/20/10

Citigroup (C)
Company Profile: Citigroup provides a range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit cards.
Share Price: $4.70 (Dec. 17)
2010 Stock Performance: 42%
Current Target Price:
High Target Price Estimate 6.90
Low Target Price Estimate 4.00
Mean Target Price Estimate 5.37
Median Target Price Estimate 5.50

(sources: yahoo.com, google.com, hotstocked.com, thestreet.com)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Millionaire By Age 65 Saving $100 A Month?

The magic of compounding interest...the younger you start saving for the future the better...if you start at age 20 investing $100 per month you can be a millionaire by age 65...the catch is find a way to get an annual rate of return at 10.25%...parents, if you start saving $100 per month for your kids at age 1 they could be millionaires by age 65 with an annual rate of return at 6.00%...the point is...start the savings plan as early as possible...here is a link below to a calculator for planning out your time frame for that first million in savings:

Warren Buffet "Rules To Live By" Apply In 2010

Ever wonder what Rules Warren Buffett Lives By when it comes to investing? Here from an article by Stephanie Loiacono via Investopedia.com is the answer... "Warren Buffett is arguably the world's greatest stock investor. He's also a bit of a philosopher. He pares down his investment ideas into simple, memorable sound bites. Do you know what his homespun sayings really mean? Does his philosophy hold up in today's difficult environment? Find out below.
"Rule No. 1: Never Lose Money. "

"Rule No. 2: Never Forget Rule No. 1."

Buffett personally lost about $23 billion in the financial crisis of 2008, and his company, Berkshire Hathaway, lost its revered AAA ratings. So how can he tell us to never lose money?

He's referring to the mindset of a sensible investor. Don't be frivolous. Don't gamble. Don't go into an investment with a cavalier attitude that it's OK to lose. Be informed. Do your homework. Buffett invests only in companies he thoroughly researches and understands. He doesn't go into an investment prepared to lose, and neither should you.

Buffett believes the most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect. A successful investor doesn't focus on being with or against the crowd.

The stock market will swing up and down. But in good times and bad, Buffett stays focused on his goals. So should we. (This esteemed investor rarely changes his long-term investing strategy no matter what the market does.
"If The Business Does Well, the Stock Eventually Follows"
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham convinced Buffett that investing in a stock equates to owning a piece of the business. So when he searches for a stock to invest in, Buffett seeks out businesses that exhibit favorable long-term prospects. Does the company have a consistent operating history? Does it have a dominant business franchise? Is the business generating high and sustainable profit margins? If the company's share price is trading below expectations for its future growth, then it's a stock Buffett may want to own.

Buffett never buys anything unless he can write down his reasons why he'll pay a specific price per share for a particular company. Do you do the same?

"It's Far Better to Buy a Wonderful Company at a Fair Price Than a Fair Company at a Wonderful Price"

Buffett is a value investor who likes to buy quality stocks at rock-bottom prices. His real goal is to build more and more operating power for Berkshire Hathaway by owning stocks that will generate solid profits and capital appreciation for years to come. When the markets reeled during the recent financial crisis, Buffett was stockpiling great long-term investments by investing billions in names like General Electric and Goldman Sachs.

To pick stocks well, investors must set down criteria for uncovering good businesses, and stick to their discipline. You might, for example, seek companies that offer a durable product or service and also have solid operating earnings and the germ for future profits. You might establish a minimum market capitalization you're willing to accept, and a maximum P/E ratio or debt level. Finding the right company at the right price -- with a margin for safety against unknown market risk -- is the ultimate goal.

Remember, the price you pay for a stock isn't the same as the value you get. Successful investors know the difference.

"Our Favorite Holding Period Is Forever"

How long should you hold a stock? Buffett says if you don't feel comfortable owning a stock for 10 years, you shouldn't own it for 10 minutes. Even during the period he called the "Financial Pearl Harbor," Buffett loyally held on to the bulk of his portfolio.

Unless a company has suffered a sea change in prospects, such as impossible labor problems or product obsolescence, a long holding period will keep an investor from acting too human. That is, being too fearful or too greedy can cause investors to sell stocks at the bottom or buy at the peak -- and destroy portfolio appreciation for the long run.

You may think the recent financial meltdown changed things, but don't be fooled: those unfussy sayings from the Oracle of Omaha still RULE!

More from Investopedia.com:

The Buffett Philosophy

Baby Buffett Portfolio: His 6 Best Long-Term Picks

Think Like Warren Buffett

More from Yahoo! Finance:

Warren Buffett's Worst Mistakes

10 Things Millionaires Won't Tell You

Watch Out for New Credit Card Traps

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Top 10 Stock Picks For 2010 (and then some)

According to The Motley Fool, here are some stocks to consider for investment in 2010...this is based on readership suggestions that these particular companies will do well this year. So try these out if you dare. This year's selections will do well as companies, and hopefully as stocks, in 2010; CAPS, the Fool's investor intelligence database will help you rate them as either outperform or underperform in the year going forward. Click on each company link below to get The Motley Fool's take on the particular stock: