John Ransom

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Stock number one: Liberty Ventures

Liberty (LVNTA) Enters Oversold Territory—Zack's

Liberty Interactive (Ventures group) ’s (LVNTA) share price has entered into oversold territory with an RSI value of 27.6. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Liberty for the full year period has improved $2.06 per share over the past two months to $5.01 per share. Currently, Liberty has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), suggesting that now might be a good time to get in on (LVNTA) after its recent drop.

Symbol: LVTNA

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 26


Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Liberty


LVNTA data by YCharts

Stock number two: H&R Block, Inc.

PE Buyers Likely to Look at Purer-play H&R Block—The

Now that H&R Block (HRB_) has sold its bank, the tax preparer could be an attractive private equity takeover target, according to some industry experts. "H&R Block is a classic PE target," said analyst Sandy Mehta at Value Investment Principles Ltd. "There's value there waiting to be unlocked.” H&R Block on April 10 said it struck a deal with San Diego-based BofI Holding Inc. subsidiary BofI Federal Bank on the sale of H&R Block Bank for an undisclosed amount. Kansas City, Mo.-based H&R Block put its banking unit on the block on Oct. 10, 2012.

Symbol: HRB

Trailing PE: 34; Forward PE: 14

PEG: 1.56

Dividend: 2.80%

Estimate Trend: None

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold H&R Block

HRB Chart

HRB data by YCharts

Stock number three: AT&T, Inc.

AT&T announces 21 potential markets for ultra-fast Internet service —LA Times

Move over, Google Fiber: AT&T has begun discussions to bring its ultra-fast U-Verse GigaPower Internet service to 21 cities across the U.S., the company said Monday. AT&T and Google are racing to roll out Internet service with speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second across the country. The Texas company's announcement seems to indicate that AT&T will be able to roll out U-Verse GigaPower to more markets quicker than Google will be able to expand its Fiber service.

Symbol: T

Trailing PE: 11; Forward PE: 13

PEG: 2.23

Dividend: 5.10%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy ATT

T Chart

T data by YCharts

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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