John Ransom - Buy Beer, Just not Molson Coors
Posted: 9/15/2014 2:45:00 PM EST

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Stock number one: TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

TRW/ZF: Safety first—Financial Times

In those dark days more than five years ago, one of those parts makers – TRW Automotive – saw its shares crash to around a buck. Compared to that, the takeover price of $105.60 Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen will pay for TRW looks spectacular. Yet that price is only a 15 per cent premium to TRW’s price in July, when deal discussions were disclosed. With TRW poised to benefit from the eventual rollout of driverless cars, the price looks lower still.

Symbol: TRW

Trailing PE: 12; Forward PE: 12

PEG: 1.09

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Sell TRW

Stock number two: Molson Coors Brewing

Why Molson Coors Brewing (TAP) Stock Is Jumping Today --The Street.com

Shares of Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TAP_) are higher by 7.27% to $77.02 on Monday morning, as beer brewing stocks get a boost from SABMiller's (SBMRY_) offer to acquire the Netherlands-based beer manufacturer and seller, Heineken.

Heineken turned down SABMiller's offer, issuing a statement on Sunday saying it intends to remain an independent company.

Symbol: TAP

Trailing PE: 20; Forward PE: 17

PEG: 2.34

Dividend: 2.20%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Molson Coors

Stock number three: Bankrate, Inc.

Bankrate facing SEC investigation; CFO resigns --Associated Press

Bankrate said Monday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is performing a formal investigation related to its financial results from 2012. The online publisher of financial data also announced that its chief financial officer has resigned.

The company said that the SEC investigation is mostly focused on the first and second quarters.

Symbol: RATE

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 15

PEG: 1.07

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Bankrate


Michael Schaus - In Other News: 70 Percent of Americans Consider Obama Admin a JV Team
Posted: 9/15/2014 12:28:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

The Socialist US Senator, Bernie Sanders, explained that he may run for President in 2016… Of course, he would have to run as a Democrat, and not a Socialist. Poor guy might have to move to his left to be let back into the Party.

(Breitbart)

The New York Times ran an article explaining that the term “assault weapon” is a term made up by Democrats to ban a “politically defined” category of firearms. The piece then went on to explain that dangers posed by “assault weapons” are largely “mythological” and over-dramatized… In other news: Hell is expected to reach a chilly 32 degrees Fahrenheit later today.

(Breitbart)

About 70 percent of Americans believe that Obama’s strategy for destroying ISIS is insufficient… Or to put it another way, most Americans think Obama is a JV player wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey.

(USA Today)

Oh, excuse me… Forget the JV analogy. Obama is clearly pretending he’s Tiger Woods instead:

(The Gateway Pundit)

A terrorist message showed up on the US/Mexico border. But don’t worry… I’m willing to bet those Jihadists just want to do the jobs that Americans don’t want. (Suicide bomber, martyr, etc.)

(Breitbart)

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Posted: 9/15/2014 12:01:00 AM EST

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Michael Schaus - In Other News: White House Aide Confused by Middle East Geography
Posted: 9/12/2014 12:27:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Joe Biden is reminding the press that he’s seriously contemplating a 2016 Presidential run. I guess he figures there needs to be someone in the race that can make Hillary sound bright.

(Breitbart)

The White House needs better PR people: The Obama’s remembered 9/11 by stuffing backpacks with Kaboom…

(Weasel Zippers)

A teacher group is on a mission to work “social justice” into math problems, because normal addition and subtraction is “the domain of old white men”. It’s absolutely shocking that our education system isn’t top notch with this kind of insightful dialog into the racism of numbers.

(EAG News)

The White House Press Secretary apparently has no idea what “victory” against ISIS would look like. Assuming the White House is full of typical Liberals, we can pretty much guess it looks a lot like a pee-wee baseball game, where everyone gets ice-cream and a trophy just for trying.

(The Gateway Pundit)

An Obama aide apparently needs to brush up on his geography. After mentioning that Saudi Arabia and Syria “share an extensive border” (they don’t), many people are beginning to realize that all those maps and globes in the White House are purely for decorative purposes.

(Washington Examiner)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Bras Are Apparently Racist
Posted: 9/11/2014 2:36:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Only 63 percent of likely voters know which parties currently control the House and Senate… The other 37 percent are what we call “Obama voters”.

(Rasmussen Reports)

President Obama’s ISIS strategy is partially focused on arming “moderate” Syrian rebels… Because, handing a bunch of weapons over to less radical jihadists will clearly pan out well in the long run.

(PJ Media)

Early snow in South Dakota this year. Al Gore was unavailable for comment as he continued his hunt for Manbearpig.

(Argus Leader)

This is shocking: The nation’s largest teacher’s union has supported a constitutional amendment that would limit everyone else’s ability to spend money in an election. They seem to be under the impression that Animal Farm was written as guide, not a warning.

(Daily Caller)

A 6th grade teacher in DC had students compare George W. Bush and Adolph Hitler. Of course, it gets better: The assignment started the kids off by labeling both men as someone who “abused power.” I can only assume that extra credit was given to anyone who added a Hitler mustache onto the picture of Bush.

(NBC)

Now bras are considered racist… Apparently people are upset, because the color “nude” refers to a light colored bra; which is (according to these PC fashion police) insulting to non-white consumers. When people are offended by the color schemes of lingerie, something tells me we’ve run out of things about which we can show legitimate outrage.

(National Review)

John Ransom - Why Buy Ebay? Ransom Said So
Posted: 9/10/2014 3:29:00 PM EST

Welcome to John Ransom’s Stocks in the News where the headlines meet the trendlines.

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Stock number one: Receptos

Receptos MS Drug Yields More Good Data; Stock Jump—Investor's Business Daily

Biotech Receptos (NASDAQ:RCPT) shot up more than 14% in morning trading on the stock market today, just shy of an all-time high, after it released more good data from a mid-stage clinical trial of its multiple-sclerosis drug.

Symbol: RCPT

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: NA

PEG: NA

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Receptos

Stock number two: 21Vianet Group, Inc.

Fraud Allegations Cause 21Vianet Group to Plunge --The Street.com

Down -16.36% midday, 21Vianet Group Inc (VNET_) took a major hit today. The explanation: fraud allegations. The Chinese internet data services company is accused of fabricating SEC financial statement and conducting illegal activities in China. Farallon Capital has a stake in the firm, as does George Soros, and both parties are certainly keeping a close eye on this.

Symbol: VNET

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 5.03

PEG: 3.01

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid 21Vianet

Stock number three: eBay Inc.

eBay (EBAY) Plunges as Apple Announces Payment Service --Zack's

E-Commerce service provider eBay Inc.’s (EBAY) shares tumbled 2.8% to settle at $52.73 after technology giant, Apple (AAPL), unveiled a new payment service ‘Apple Pay’ at a conference in Cupertino. Apple Pay is a mobile payment system which is compatible with iPhones.

Symbol: EBAY

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 15

PEG: 1.41

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Ebay

Michael Schaus - In Other News: New York Times Claims to Have Readers - Issues Correction
Posted: 9/10/2014 12:40:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Apple had some trouble with the live feed for its new product launch… So, to be clear: The technology company’s technology used to showcase their newest technology wasn’t working. This bodes well.

(Business Insider)

Seriously: Take the smart phone away from your child! Children as young as two are learning to use smartphones and tablets before tackling life skills like telling time, or tying shoes. So really, they act just like most 20-30 year olds.

(Daily Mail)

A handful of VA employees were arrested for running a cocaine ring out of the Bronx VA hospital. (It makes you wonder if they have a waiting list for that as well.)

(Daily Caller)

The New York Times issued a pretty substantial correction in a recent edition. The good news is that the original mistake was in the New York Times, so there’s a good chance that nobody saw it.

(Washington Examiner)

The anti-gun group, Moms Demand Action, has been trying to get Kroger grocery stores to ban guns… In a completely unrelated story, some concealed carry permit holder shot a bad guy in a Kroger parking lot. Mike Bloomberg was last seen rocking back and forth while weeping uncontrollably.

(Breitbart)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: State Department to Launch Emergency Hashtag Campaign
Posted: 9/9/2014 12:27:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Chris Mathews said that the word “Homeland” is really a code word for neocons to use when drumming up reasons to go to war… It seems as if MSNBC is a live action asylum for intellectually anemic loudmouths.

(Weasel Zippers)

Ah… the world with Obamacare: An amalgamation of higher prices, fewer choices, and crowded ER rooms. It’s almost as if this was predicted.

(NY Post)

A Democrat candidate is refusing to answer questions about her connections to a modern communist group… Seriously, am I the only one that misses Joe McCarthy?

(Free Beacon)

Remember: according to our President, we are not at war with the Islamic State. ISIS, however, has declared war on twitter employees. It kinda seems like an unfair fight; but I’m sure the State Department will launch an emergency hashtag campaign.

(Daily Mail)

Panera Bread is the latest company to jump on the unarmed-anti-gun-bandwagon. The company has asked customers to leave their guns at home, so they can preserve their “environment” of community. (Whatever the heck that means.) A poll on CNBC seems to indicate that there are a lot of gun-owners who used to eat sandwiches…

(CNBC)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Australian Academic Says Only Commies Can Save Us from Global Warming
Posted: 9/8/2014 11:38:00 AM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

An Australian academic is arguing that only communism can save us from climate change. So, just to be clear, this “academic” is under the impression that the creators of Chernobyl should be the role models for environmental stewardship?

(Breitbart)

No global warming for 18 years now… In other news: Al Gore was seen feverishly working away at inventing a successor to the internet.

(Daily Caller)

Russian strategic bombers have been practicing nuclear cruise missile launches against the US and NATO countries… Someone needs to go track down Dr. Strangelove. Ya know, just in case.

(Free Beacon)

Harry Reid and Senate Democrats are planning a Constitutional Amendment that would limit political speech. While you’re at it, Harry, can I have you tax my tea a little more as well? Thanks.

(Wall Street Journal)

This Alabama Democrat compared Republicans to the terror group ISIS… Because as we all know, arguing for lower taxes and less regulation is roughly equivalent to instigating a multinational holocaust. Right?

(Breitbart)

John Ransom - Scary: The Government Might Drive Your Car
Posted: 9/5/2014 3:20:00 PM EST

Welcome to John Ransom’s Stocks in the News where the headlines meet the trendlines.

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Stock number one: Mobileye N.V.

Mobileye Sets Its Course For Self-Driving Vehicle—Investor's Business Daily

Mobileye, a maker of camera-based driver-assistance systems, edged Wall Street's second-quarter targets on Thursday and laid out a road map for rapid growth in its first quarterly report as a public company.

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The Jerusalem-based company earned 5 cents a share excluding items in Q2 vs. 3 cents a share in the year-earlier quarter, topping Wall Street's expectations by a penny. Revenue rose 91% to $33.7 million, edging analyst views of $33.1 million.

Symbol: MBLY

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 124

PEG: 3.82

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Never, Ever, Ever Buy a Company that The Government Will Soon Use to Drive Your Car.

Stock number two: Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Why Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) Stock Might be a Great Pick--Zacks

One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ACHN). This is because this security in the Medical industry is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

Symbol: ACHN

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: NA

PEG: -3.68

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Anchillion

Stock number three: Mitcham Industries Inc.

Mitcham Industries (MIND) Falls: Stock Tanks 13%--Zack's

Mitcham Industries Inc. (MIND) saw a big move last session, as the company’s shares fell more than 13% on the day. The move came on pretty good volume too with far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. This continues the recent downtrend for MIND, as the stock is now down around 17.3% since August 13, 2014.

Symbol: MIND

Trailing PE: 64; Forward PE: NA

PEG: 1.05

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Mitcham