Author Archives: Charley Blaine

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How Alibaba Measures Up Against Amazon and eBay

With the filing of the first documents for its initial public offering (IPO) behind it, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. offered the first view of its size, finances and profitability. The ...
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Why Apple Is Still Cheap, and Why Amazon Isn’t Cheap Yet

With April finished, it is time to ask which of those two darlings of volatility -- Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) -- offers interested shareholders a ...
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Biotech: The Poster Child for Market Volatility in 2014

When 2014 began, no one promised the stock market would rise in a nice, smooth regal sort of way. Boy, were they right. Stocks have been subject to intense bursts ...
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Can Airline Stocks Keep Investor Interest After Earnings?

Investors like the airlines. First-quarter results, for the most part, were strong, and the stocks are mostly higher for the year. All are up quite a bit from lows seen ...
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Why You Should Expect Higher Coffee Prices Ahead

The futures price of coffee has basically doubled since early November, leaving one to ask how long can, say, Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) go on until it has to boost ...
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The Next Wave of Dead Retailers

We all know that retailers like J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP) and RadioShack Inc. (NYSE: RSH) are in deep trouble. But quarterly results for four other big retailers -- ...
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Five Easy Ways to Earn Yourself an IRS Audit

Around this time of the year, all of us start to wonder if this is the year the Internal Revenue Service will come to audit. Most of us don't have ...
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Is the Corporate Tax Rate Really Hurting the Economy at 35%?

This is a million-dollar question, literally. Maybe even a billion-dollar question, given all the lobbying money being spent on the debate. The United States has a top corporate income tax ...
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Five Big Tax Myths

April 15 is coming. That means it is tax crunch time. Everybody, short of accountants and CPAs, just loves to hate the U.S tax code. There are many myths about taxes, ...
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The Perils of the New Google Stock Classes

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) was really trading at $581 on Thursday. But don't worry. The stock has split into two share ...
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Companies Left in a Lurch as Tiger Woods Out of Masters

It's just not CBS Sports that is a loser if Tiger Woods does not play in the Masters Golf Tournament. CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) likely will lose out because a ...
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Other Companies That Could (or May) Divest Assets Like BHP

Australian mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd. (NYSE: BHP) is working on a plan to spin off its underperforming assets. Its shares were higher Tuesday as investors speculated the value of ...
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Is Tesla’s Gigafactory Really Just Too Ambitious?

There is no question that Elon Musk's ambition is huge. His dream is for Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) to build about 500,000 cars a year by the year 2020, all ...
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Why the End of the NHTSA Probe May Not Help Tesla

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) won a victory Friday. It agreed to install a new titanium shield and two defector plates beneath the battery of its Model S luxury car ...
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Will Falling Baidu and King IPO Drop Delay or Harm the Alibaba IPO?

When Chinese Internet company Alibaba announced it would hold an initial public offering, the betting in markets around the world was that the IPO would be the most valuable ever, ...
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