Stocks In The News: CLF, EMC, ERIC

Posted: Mar 28, 2013 12:01 AM


Welcome to John Ransom’s Stocks In The News,

Where the Headline Meets the Trendline.

Stock number one is:        

Stock number one is Cliffs Natural Resources, CLF

and the headline says: Cliffs Natural Resources Plummets on Compounded Bad News  

Cliffs Natural Resources, the biggest US. iron-ore producer, is down after Morgan Stanley cut its recommendation to “underweight”.  The analyst commented, “We believe Cliffs’ iron ore business  will be halved in coming years as new Great Lakes supply cuts into volumes and pricing.”

In addition, the company’s Australia mine is depleting its reserves; operating costs at its Wabush mine are prohibitive to profitability, and iron-ore prices are likely to weaken in second-half 2013.      

The stock has traded from $100 per share down to $20 twice in the last five years, and has not yet formed a base during the current price drop.           

Our Ransom Note trendline says:  SELL CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES        

CLF Chart

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Stock number two is:        

Stock number two is EMC Corp., EMC

and the headline says: EMC Losing Ground as Smartphones Displace RSA Tokens  (Bloomberg)         

EMC Corp. is a provider of information storage, intelligence and security systems.  Their SecurID tokens are losing marketshare after a 2011 security breach paved the way for new competition by way of less expensive tablet- and smartphone-based security systems.            Audio

EMC is a multi-faceted tech company, with offensive strategies in place for revenue increases, margin expansion, and new product introductions.           

"Earnings per share are projected to grow 9%, 11% and 13% in the next three years.

The stock’s been in a sideways trading pattern for two-and-a-half years, between $20 and $30 dollars per share.         

Our Ransom Note trendline says: STAY ON THE SIDELINES    

EMC Chart

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Stock number three is:     

Stock number three is Ericsson Telephone Company, ERIC

and the headline says: Ericsson Said to Discuss Buying Microsoft’s TV-Software Unit  (Bloomberg)  

Ericsson Telephone Company is in advanced talks to buy Microsoft’s IPTV business, which delivers television over the internet.  Ericsson is a Swedish communications technology company, and the world’s largest provider of wireless network equipment and services, with annual revenue of $34 billion.        

Estimates among eleven Wall Street analysts show Ericsson’s earnings per share growing 47%, 15% and 24% in the next three years.  The PE is 16, in a normal range of 10-27.     

The stock price is on an uptrend, heading toward long-term price resistance at $15.

Our Ransom Note trendline says: BUY ERICSSON SHARES

ERIC Chart

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