John Ransom

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Stock number one: Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft's new encryption makes it tougher to spy on your email—EnGaget

Microsoft said last year that it was tightening security to fend off the NSA and others who would scoop up your data, and today it fulfilled that promise with moves that should improve real-world security. The company now encrypts both incoming and outgoing email when it's in transit. So long as the other end also supports this encryption (Gmail and other big names do), snoops can't easily intercept messages in mid-flight.

Symbol: MSFT

Trailing PE: 16; Forward PE: 15

PEG: 2.28

Dividend: 2.7%

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Microsoft

MSFT Chart

MSFT data by YCharts

Stock number two: 3D Systems Corp.

3D Systems (DDD) Gains on Heavy Trading

3D Systems (DDD_) was gaining 12.7% to 67.42 Tuesday with unusually high trading volume as 3D printer stocks rally. More than 6 million shares of the 3D printing maker were traded by 11:45 a.m., compared to a daily average trading volume of about 4.5 million shares a day. 3D Systems said that it will announce its second quarter results on July 31.

Symbol: DDD

Trailing PE: 150; Forward PE: 55

PEG: 3.26

Dividend: .6%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid 3D Systems

DDD Chart

DDD data by YCharts

Stock number three: Yahoo! Inc.

Accepted: ‘Community’ Is Coming to Yahoo--Wall Street Cheat

The cult hit TV show Community is being saved after all. The poorly rated series was cancelled by NBC after completing its fifth season and had been looking to online streaming services to save it, but reports came out last week that talks with Hulu had broken down, and the future of the series was looking grim as the actors’ contracts approached expiration.

Symbol: YHOO

Trailing PE: 29; Forward PE: 20

PEG: 2.68

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Yahoo

YHOO Chart

YHOO 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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