John Ransom

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

Stock number one: Twitter, Inc.

Twitter: What Now?- Seeking Alpha

It's been a wild ride for shareholders of social media darling Twitter (TWTR). As 2013 ended and 2014 started, Twitter was one of the most talked about names on the street, and one of the biggest movers. Now that things have calmed down a little, it's time to take another look at Twitter.

Note: 10 percent short interest; small float that trades every 12 days.

Symbol: TWTR

Trailing PE NA; Forward PE: NA


Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Twitter

TWTR Chart

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Stock number two: Facebook

Facebook's Teen Users Down 25% During the Past 3 Years- Motley Fool

A new study shows Facebook's (NASDAQ: FB) teen problem in the U.S. may be worse than previously thought. The study from iStrategyLabs shows self-reported teen users have fallen by 25% during the past three years, while self-reported users in college are down nearly 60%! Read on to find out more.

The question of teens leaving Facebook has been a hot topic this year, as multiple surveys have shown teens losing interest in Facebook. Investors are worried that this could be the start of a larger trend.

Symbol: FB

Trailing PE: 148 Forward PE: 51

PEG: 2.11

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: UP

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Facebook

TWTR Chart

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Stock number three: Tesla Motors, Inc.

Tesla sales electrify—Wall Street Journal

Tesla (TSLA) surged in early trading after the company revealed it sold 6,900 Model S sedans last quarter. The company also increased its fourth quarter guidance by 20%.

Note: From the Tesla press release: “Tesla’s highest sales per capita are in Norway and the individual customer who owns the most cars lives in Narvik, which is above the Arctic Circle.”

Symbol: TSLA

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 111

PEG: 12.71

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Down

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Tesla

TSLA Chart

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John Ransom

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