John Ransom

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Stock number one: DeVry Education Group Inc.

DeVry Beats on Q3 Earnings, Revs—Zack's

DeVry Education Group Inc. (DV) beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate for both revenues and earnings in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, for the second quarter in a row. Adjusted earnings of 87 cents per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 75 cents by 16.0% in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. We believe that the company’s return to positive enrollment in the quarter contributed to the earnings beat. Earnings, however, declined 6.5% from the prior-year quarter due to a year-over-year decline in total revenue.

Symbol: DV

Trailing PE: 46; Forward PE: 18

PEG: 2.07

Dividend: 0.80%

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Soda Stream

DV Chart

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Stock number two: Pandora Media, Inc.

Pandora tumbles after second quarter guidance trails expectations—Fly on the Wall

Shares of internet radio company Pandora (P) are sinking after the company’s second quarter profit and revenue outlook fell short of analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Pandora reported first quarter earnings per share of (13c) and revenue of $180.1M, against consensus views of (14c) and $174.96M, respectively. Total listener hours grew 12% to 4.8B for Q1, compared to 4.26B for the same period last year.

Symbol: P

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 51

PEG: 4.32

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Pandora

P Chart

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Stock number three: MasterCard Incorporated

Russian Rumblings Wreck Visa Inc. and Drop the Dow--Motley Fool

American and European politicians are considering economic sanctions against Russia, and such penalties would undoubtedly harm American and European financial companies with strong business in the country. Visa rival MasterCard (NYSE: MA) is down 3.4% this afternoon in reaction to Visa's report, as the world's second-largest payments processor is also at risk of losing Russian businessif the West institutes economic sanctions.

Symbol: RDEN

Trailing PE: 28; Forward PE: 20

PEG: 1.38

Dividend: 0.60%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid MasterCard

MA Chart

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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.