Horacio R. Marquez

The Technology That Will Replace 148 Billion Barrels of Oil

Not many investors noticed in September 2008 when Warren Buffet took a 10% stake in Hong Kong-based battery maker BYD Co. Ltd. for $230 million. They should be noticing now. Shares in BYD, which also makes cell phones and automobiles, have quintupled in a little more than 12 months, meaning that Buffet's investment is now […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: HSBC Holdings PLC (NYSE: HBC) Has Absorbed the Financial Crisis' Impact and Is Now Exploiting It

In tough times, the strong get stronger, and HSBC Holdings PLC is (NYSE ADR: HBC) is cherry-picking the world. HSBC is one of my favorite banks in the world. And that feeling is shared. In fact, "the world's local bank," as they like to call themselves, is the largest recipient of deposits in the world. […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: Kimberly Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB) Offers a Strong Defensive Position and a Generous Dividend Yield

In the last few months we have seen a very strong stock market rally. The market has recovered from highly distressed levels and posted exorbitant gains.  In addition the “wall of money” from the U.S. Federal Reserve has pushed risk-prone investors back into the market, pushing its general level up. You see, the massive fiscal […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: The SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSE: GLD) Continues to Offer Investors a Hedge Against Inflation

The just-concluded Group 20 (G20) meeting left us with a chorus of very "prudent" governments and central bankers singing the praises of easy monetary and fiscal conditions. So where can we take refuge when all the central banks in the world print money and governments run deficits in order to spend like drunken sailors? The […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) Is Poised to Top Estimates Over the Next Two Quarters

Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) is a cyclical company.  That is, its stock does extremely well when the economy is ready to accelerate, and does poorly when the economy decelerates.  So it's no wonder that last year the stock fell more than 50% from the record-high of $27.78 a share it reached December 2007. However, the […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: Why NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG) is the Energy Sector's "Triple-Threat" Profit Play

If NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG) were an athletic prospect, scouts would rate it as a “triple threat.” That’s because the Princeton-based wholesale power generator is involved in all three of the key energy sources of the future: Solar, wind and nuclear. And that’s only part of the reason I like this stock. Growing profit […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: The iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund (NYSE: LQD)

The U.S. stock market has enjoyed a strong rally since the early spring, but while the economy has shown improvement, it still faces major headwinds. So it may be best to hedge against the U.S. dollar, which is likely to experience a significant decline over the next few months. There are a lot of uncertainties […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) Will Get Is Due for a Boost From Government Spending

Steel maker Nucor Corp.’s (NYSE: NUE) stock has rallied some 51% from its March 3 low of $29.84 a share and has twice bumped against its recent high of $49.91 a share.  The stock is still a far cry from its record-high level of $83.56, but is only 0% below its 52-week high of $53.46.  […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: Will PepsiCo Inc.'s (NYSE: PEP) Recent Acquisitions Pay Off?

Since I recommended PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) on Oct. 20, the stock has greatly outperformed the market, up about 10%.  However, the stock has underperformed since the market began its rebound on March 10. And since the end of March, Pepsi’s shares have lagged those of arch rival, The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO), since the […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) Continues to Deliver Knockout Profits

Back on Feb. 17, as the market was on sell-off mode, I recommended buying The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO).  The stock is up some 16% from our entry point.  That’s because Coca-Cola recently reported a near-20% jump in profit, which soared to 67 cents a share, excluding restructuring charges.  Coca-Cola beat earnings, increased guidance, increased […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: Capitalize on Resurgent Commodities Prices with the Market Vectors Steel (NYSE: SLX)

With the market very near critical support levels, critical earnings reports on the docket, and inflation and employment data set for release, it was more prudent last week to keep the powder dry. But the market surprised to the upside, as key companies reported better than expectations. Participation in fixed income issuance and trading, gave investment […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: Buy iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF For Solid Profit at a Time of Great Uncertainty

With the "not-as-bad-as-expected" news surrounding the economy and the initial government stimulus measures have been priced in to the market, we are moving into a period of profound uncertainty. With the release of Alcoa Inc.'s (NYSE: AA) earnings report, earnings season has officially begun. In most cases each company's own "easy" restructurings are also behind […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: The iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund is a Good Way to Brace for Imminent Inflation

It is high time for our political leaders to make some key decisions.  And that translates into large uncertainties for investors that have held the market in a range and with low volume. We do not know whether “Cap and Trade” legislation will pass the Senate and we do not know whether and any healthcare […]

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Buy, Sell or Hold: The TS&W/Claymore Tax-Advantaged Balanced Fund is a Diversified Profit Play with a High Yield

Last week was a very important one. The U.S. Treasury placed a record level of debt, the Federal Reserve announced it would not expand its monetary easing, and we got many top players opining about the economy.  In addition, we are facing the uncertainties about ‘Cap and Trade’ legislation and the healthcare reform.  And to […]

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