Monday, August 5, 2013

This Company Has Major Breakout Potential: Alberta Oilsands Inc. (TSXV: AOS)

Shares of the major Canadian oil producers — such as Suncor Energy (NYSE: SU) and Imperial Oil (NYSE: IMO) — have rallied as much as 15% in the past 90 days, thanks to a major rise in oil prices.

However, their junior counterparts have been left behind, which is a discrepancy that won’t last.
And I’d like to bring one particular company to your attention.

Calgary-based Alberta Oilsands Inc. (NYSE: AOS) is an exploration company with some serious potential.

AOS holds 106 leases in one of the most prolific regions in Canada — the Athabasca — as well as a growing portfolio of international properties.

One thing that makes AOS attractive is its valuation.  (more)

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Ocean Power Technologies (Nasdaq: OPTT) Stock Has 200% Upside Potential

Ask people about energy, and I’d bet most will think of oil and gas.

Ask about renewable energy, and most people immediately think of wind and solar.

But there are emerging technologies making their mark in the renewable market that aim to take advantage of Earth’s most abundant resource — water.

And as far as reliability, ocean power has a lot going for it.

Wind to spin turbines comes and goes. It’s inconsistent.

Solar is only effective during the day — even though new technologies are emerging that help extend the work day for solar cells.  (more)

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The Monarchs of Money: Central Bank Control

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The 10 Best Things I Learned About Investing This Summer

It's been a fantastic summer as an intern here at The Motley Fool. In many ways, I feel as if I was paid to learn, and this is one of the best environments to do just that. I have barely scratched the surface of an investing education, but as with many things in life, learning the fundamentals first leads to the greatest rewards. Here are the 10 best things I learned about investing this summer:

1. First thing to look for: a firm's market opportunity. It seems obvious, but if you're looking for growth, you'd better make sure there's room to grow.

2. As an investor, never bet against convenience. Netflix is a great company, but the Qwikster fiasco failed because it altered the company's value proposition: aggregating content in one location. For consumers, one click is always better than two.

3. There's no substitute for active reading and learning (pen in hand, and choosing primary sources over secondary). Charlie Munger once said Warren Buffett accomplished his outstanding investment performance by "sitting on his ass and reading."  (more)
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Forget McDonald’s, Buy Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) Instead

I just discovered the true “capital of coffee”…

I’m currently traveling with my wife and two small children in the Pacific Northwest.

We’re staying in a city called Kirkland, Washington — across the lake from Seattle and a few miles west of Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond. Costco was founded here, and Google has a growing campus.

The booming local economy can be seen in the housing market, which I described a couple weeks ago. It can also be seen at the local Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) across the street from my hotel.

A fun fact for coffee lovers: Kirkland has more Starbucks locations per capita than Seattle, with 13 locations serving this city of 50,000 people.  (more)

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Who’s Afraid of New Highs? Trade of the Week

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US Weekly Economic Calendar

time (et) report period Actual CONSENSUS
10 am ISM nonmanufacturing July   53.1% 52.2%
2 pm Senior loan officer survey July      
8:30 am Trade deficit June   -$43.0 bln -$45.0 bln
10 am Job openings June   -- 3.9 mln
3 pm Consumer credit June   -- $19.6 bln
8:30 am Weekly jobless claims 8/3
336,000 326,000
10 am Wholesale inventories June   -- -0.5%
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