A Fool Looks Back

Let's take a look at some of the news that broke during the holiday-shortened trading week.

Jan 4, 2014 at 7:30AM

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) was a busy company during an otherwise quiet trading week. It began the week by eliminating a poison-pill plan that had been in place to ward off potential hostile suitors. It then generated some unfavorable attention when several popular movies and a few TV shows were nixed from its digital vault after the licensing deals expired at the end of 2013.

Next, Netflix made waves by starting to offer a new scaled-back subscription plan that will set video buffs back just $6.99 a month if they're willing to limit their access to a single stream at a time and stream only in standard definition.

After seeing its stock nearly quadruple in 2013, it seems as if Netflix is making sure 2014 won't be boring. 

Briefly in the news
And now let's take a quick look at some of the other stories that shaped our week.

  • Jamba (NASDAQ:JMBA) is looking to squeeze more money out of its smoothie chain overseas, as the Jamba Juice parent announced a deal with a Dubai-based company.
  • Ford (NYSE:F) became the first major automaker to introduce a solar-powered car. To be fair, the C-Max Solar Energi Concept doesn't slurp enough juice from the sun for more than a partial charge even under the sunniest of scenarios. True to its name, It's also just a concept car. However, Detroit is showing that it's once again taking another step away from fuel dependency.
  • Hertz Global (NYSE:HTZ) adopted a shareholder rights plan, just as Netflix was eliminating its poison pill. We found out later in the week why the auto-rental giant was shifting into a new gear: CNBC reported on Friday that Carl Icahn had acquired 40 million shares. Icahn's presence is rarely passive, so things could get interesting in this niche soon.

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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz owns shares of Ford, Jamba, and Netflix. The Motley Fool recommends Ford and Netflix and owns shares of Ford, Hertz Global Holdings, and Netflix. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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