John Ransom - New Time 11:20 AM PT: Get the Market Movements in Advance: William's Edge Webinar for Thursday April 17th, 2014
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John Ransom - OMG! Weather Strikes Again!
Posted: 4/16/2014 2:56:00 PM EST

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Stock number one: CSX Corp

CSX railroad expects modest 2014 profit growth—AP

CSX railroad expects to deliver modest profit growth this year, but the impact of the severe winter will linger into the second quarter. Officials with the railroad said on a conference call Wednesday that the improving economy and stronger domestic utility demand for coal will boost CSX's earnings in the second half of this year and in 2015.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad had said Tuesday that the harsh winter disrupted shipments and contributed to a 14 percent drop in its first-quarter profit even as it hauled 3 percent more freight.

Symbol: CSX

Trailing PE: 15; Forward PE: 13

PEG: 1.59

Dividend: 2.10%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold CSX

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Stock number two: Twitter, Inc.

Twitter Is Flying High After Hiring Google Maps Exec—Wall Street Cheat Sheet

Twitter stock on Tuesday rose the most since the social media company’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange in November after it was confirmed that the company had hired former Google Maps director Daniel Graf. The stock closed trading on Tuesday up more than 11 percent, at $45.52. Graf fittingly confirmed his hire in a tweet, saying, “Followed Maps to find that the flock was just around the corner – excited to take wing with the @twitter product team.” Graf is now the new vice president of consumer product for the microblogging site.

Symbol: TWTR

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 203

PEG: -408.62

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Twitter

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Stock number three: Weatherford International Ltd.

Weatherford International (WFT) Stock Hits One-Year High on Heavy Volume—The Street.com

Weatherford International rose to a one-year high of $17.89 on Wednesday on higher-than-average volume. More than 10.7 million shares had changed hands as of 12:05 p.m., which exceeded the average volume of 8,938,130. Weatherford was also one of the biggest Wednesday gainers in the energy sector, which rose in morning trading.

Symbol: WFT

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 12

PEG: 0.34

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Down

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid JC Penny

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John Ransom - New Time 11:20 AM PT: Get the Market Movements in Advance: William's Edge Webinar for Wednesday April 16th, 2014
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John Ransom - Crony Capitalism Goes Full Monty
Posted: 4/14/2014 4:06:00 PM EST

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

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Stock number one: Herbalife Ltd

Herbalife Falls on Reports of Federal Probe—Zacks

As per a Financial Times report, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have begun a criminal investigation against Herbalife Ltd. for running a pyramid scheme business model. Herbalife however issued a statement stating that it was unaware of the FBI probe. Shares of this nutrition supplement network marketing firm plunged 13.97% after the news.

Symbol: HLF

Trailing PE: 11; Forward PE: 8

PEG: 0.43

Dividend: 2.3%

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Herbal Life

Note: William Ackman has large short position in Herbal Life and has donated over $100,000 to Republican and Democrat politicians and Parties thus far in the election cycle. The New York Times has an outline of the attempts Ackman has taken to get the government to investigate the company.

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Stock number two: WebMD Health Corp.

WebMD Raises Q1, Full-Year Sales, Earnings Targets—Investor's Business Daily

Online health-information provider WebMD on Monday raised its first-quarter and full-year financial guidance, and its temperature rose on the stock market today. WebMD stock was up 20%, near 45, in morning trading. That's still 12% below a nearly three-year high of 51.41 touched on Feb. 19. The New York-based company said that it expects first-quarter and full-year results to exceed the midrange of its previously provided financial guidance. It last updated its financial targets on Feb. 20.

Symbol: WBMD

Trailing PE: 142 Forward PE: 42

PEG: 5.28

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid WebMD

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Stock number three: Goodrich Petroleum Corp

Why Goodrich Petroleum Is Higher Today—The Street.com

Goodrich Petroleum is moving higher on Monday after announcing it has completed its Blades 33H-1 well in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. By midmorning, shares had surged 28% to $23.56. In a statement, the oiler said the well had achieved a peak 24-hour average production rate to date of 1,270 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, 1,250 barrels of which was oil and 115 Mcf of gas.

Symbol: GDP

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: NA

PEG: 1.30

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Mixed

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Goodrich Pet.

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John Ransom - New Time 11:20 AM PT: Get the Market Movements in Advance: William's Edge Webinar for Monday April 14th, 2014
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John Ransom - Secondary Offerings Fall Flat for Flat Performance
Posted: 4/11/2014 3:46:00 PM EST

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Stock number one: Voxeljet AG

3D Printer Maker Voxeljet Takes Deep Discount In Stock Sale—Wall Street Journal

This is what it looks like when a fallen angel sells stock. 3D printer maker Voxeljet, which saw its stock price rally fivefold to $70 a share about a month after its October initial public offering, sold 3 million shares for $15 each late Thursday, according to two people familiar with the offering. Through Thursday’s close, Voxeljet’s stock had plummeted 74% from its Nov. 18 post-IPO high, the third-largest such decline among U.S.-listed companies that went public last year, according to a FactSet and Dealogic Data.

Symbol: VJET

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 82

PEG: 1.07

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Voxeljet

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Stock number two: Wix.com Ltd.

Wix.com Ltd. Announces Withdrawal of Registration Statement for Proposed Offering Due to Adverse Market Conditions—Company Press Release

Wix.com Ltd. (WIX), a leading global web development platform, today announced that, due to adverse market conditions, it has withdrawn the registration statement on Form F-1 it filed on March 20, 2014 for the proposed public offering of ordinary shares by it and certain selling shareholders.

Symbol: WIX

Trailing PE: NA Forward PE: NA

PEG: -4.46

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Wix

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Stock number three: Arthur J Gallagher & Co.

Constant Contact Surges Most Since 2007 on Revenue Gallagher Stock Priced at $43.25 to Fund Wesfarmers Deal—Bloomberg

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. the insurance broker expanding beyond the U.S. through acquisitions, sold about $821.8 million of shares in an equity offering to help fund its latest deal. Gallagher sold 19 million shares at $43.25 apiece, below yesterday’s closing price in New York, the Itasca, Illinois-based company said in a statement distributed by PR Newswire. Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Corp. led the offering.

Symbol: AJG

Trailing PE: 22; Forward PE: 16

PEG: 1.05

Dividend: 3.10%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Constant Contact

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John Ransom - GoGo Gone?
Posted: 4/10/2014 4:01:00 PM EST

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

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Stock number one: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

Stocks to Watch: Bed Bath & Beyond, Rite Aid, EBay --Wall Street Journal

Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Thursday’s session are Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., Rite Aid Corp. and EBay Inc. Bed Bath & Beyond’sfiscal fourth-quarter earnings fell 11% as the home-furnishings retailer recorded a drop in sales. Shares fell 5.2% to $64.35 premarket.

Symbol: BBBY

Trailing PE: 13; Forward PE: 11

PEG: 1.23

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Down

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Bed, Bath and Beyond

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Stock number two: MGM Resorts

MGM holds up amid broader downtrend after analyst recommends stock --Fly on the Wall

Shares of MGM Resorts (MGM) are slightly higher in a down market after research firm Stifel said the stock was attractive following its recent retreat. WHAT'S NEW: MGM's stock has come under pressure recently, partly due to concerns over recent data from the Chinese gambling hub of Macau and worries about China's general economic outlook

Symbol: MGM

Trailing PE: NA Forward PE: 42

PEG: 6.26

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy MGM

MGM Chart

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Stock number three: Gogo Inc.

Why Gogo (GOGO) Stock Is Up Today-- The Street.com

Shares of Gogo Inc. are up 5.3% to $20.38 on Thursday following news that the company and Boeing will pursue in-flight connectivity solutions on Boeing commercial aircrafts. The agreement between Gogo, an in-flight connectivity and wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions company, and Boeing, will initiate the evaluation process for potential installation on new Boeing aircraft orders.

Symbol: GOGO

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: NA

PEG: -1.45

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid GoGo

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John Ransom - New Time 11:20 AM PT: Get the Market Movements in Advance: William's Edge Webinar for Thursday April 10th, 2014
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John Ransom - The Gambling Gamble Falls to Weather in Asia
Posted: 4/9/2014 9:44:00 AM EST

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Stock number one: Gigamon Inc.

Gigamon slips after missed deal prompts lower Q1 outlook—Fly on the Wall

Shares of Gigamon (GIMO), which offers solutions to control and manage network traffic, are slipping after the company lowered its first quarter revenue outlook based on the fall-out of a large deal with an existing customer. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gigamon reduced its first quarter revenue view to $31M-$31.5M from its previous outlook of $34M-$35M. Prior to the company's warning, analysts consensus revenue estimate was $34.8M. The company attributed the lowered revenue to one expected large transaction from an existing customer in EMEA that did not transpire.

Symbol: GIMO

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 24

PEG: NA

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Sell Gigamon

GIMO Chart

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Stock number two: Mallinckrodt plc

Drug Deals Surge to New High With Mallinckrodt: Real M&A—Barron's

Mallinckrodt (MNK) Plc said yesterday that it will buy Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $5.6 billion. That propelled the amount spent on specialty drugmaker deals in the past year to almost $60 billion, the most for a 12-month period since December 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Drugmakers from Actavis Plc to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (VRX) -- and now Mallinckrodt -- are broadening their suites of drugs through takeovers that immediately boost earnings with the help of lower corporate tax rates in countries such as Ireland.

Symbol: MNK

Trailing PE: 43 Forward PE: 19

PEG: 2.67

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Mallinckrodt

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Stock number three: Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Online Gambling May Not Be the Best Bet-- Motley Fool

Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, Melco Crown Entertainment and other Macau casino companies fell hard early Monday on a report that total gambling revenue so far in April is below forecasts because of rugged weather. Caesars Entertainment (CZR), which doesn't own casinos in Asia but is the largest U.S. casino operator, was down 2%.

Symbol: CZR

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: NA

PEG: NA

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Caesars Entertainment

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John Ransom - Norquist and Other Conservative Heavyweights Jab in Favor of Comcast Merger
Posted: 4/8/2014 12:42:00 PM EST

Heavyweight conservatives and banterweight conservatives are lining up on both sides the Comcast/Time Warner merger.

The heavyweights, which include Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform, Wayne Crews at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Duane Parde at the National Taxpayers Union, have penned a letter to influential Senators including Mike Lee, Chuck Grassley and Ted Cruz, urging them to look past the politics and approve the merger between the two cable giants on traditional grounds—you know, the grounds under which the anti-trust laws were written and passed in the first place?

“As advocates for a free market,” the heavyweights write, “we believe that the Sherman and Clayton antitrust laws require the government to abstain from intervening in such transactions on antitrust grounds absent any clear showing of actual or potential market failure of which there is none here.”

And they are right.

Let me make it clear: I don’t like Comcast’s politics. I once ran a company that was a competitor to Comcast and know full well what they can do to the competition. And I think they are at the sleazy end of the K Street shuffle.

But none of those reasons are reason enough for anti-trust policies to apply.

Anti-trust laws were created to prevent any company from so dominating the marketplace that they could damage competitive pricing for consumers. They were created to make sure that business combinations didn’t unfairly cooperate on prices too.

On both counts the Comcast/Time Warner merger clears the hurdle.

We have become so accustomed in this country, on both sides of the aisle, that all is fair in love and war and politics, that we have forgotten that laws are not meant to be used as hammers against people we disagree with, but rather are made to be enforced, under the Constitution for the expressed purpose for which they are enacted.

And those protections should apply to everyone.

The bantamweighters, which include Judson Phillips with Tea Party Nation, Colin Hanna with Let Freedom Ring and Stephen Demaura with Americans for Job Security, are arguing that Comcast and Time Warner merger would provide less diversity of thought, amongst other things, which is not what the law was meant to ensure.

They cite the First Amendment to the Constitution as a “guarantee of a diversity of viewpoints.”

The First Amendment does no such thing as guarantee diversity of thought. Only a liberal would argue such. Their argument is not just wrong historically, but a very different plain meaning than our Founders intended for the First Amendment.

In essence, the arguments the "liberty" people make are political arguments that conservative interests might be harmed by the merger.

It always pains me when I have to point out to good, faithful conservatives that they didn’t invent the Constitution even if some of them just discovered it six years ago.

In their discovery, they should be careful not to twist it as our liberal friends would do.

The Comcast/Time Warner deal might have some hidden problems that the Senate Judiciary Committee will have to sort out.

But from here, it looks like neither the Sherman and Clayton anti-trust provisions nor the First Amendment to the Constitution would be violated.

I’m not a big fan of cable either.

But if you have problem with it you can change the channels just as well at DirecTV.

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