Investor Beat, Jan. 22, 2014

The top business stories for today's Foolish investor.

Jan 22, 2014 at 11:55PM

In this video from Wednesday's edition of Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analysts Matt Koppenheffer and Mike Olsen dig into the biggest investing stories from the market today.

The Dow index was singlehandedly dragged down by one stock today, as IBM reported fourth-quarter earnings. Despite growing profits by 6%, overall revenue fell by more than 5%, which sent the stock tumbling. In the lead story from today's Investor Beat, Matt and Mike discuss just how bad this quarter was for Big Blue, and whether investors should be optimistic about the company's turnaround plan.

Then the guys take a look at four stocks making moves on the market today. Coach fell after disappointing second-quarter results, stating that foot traffic at North American stores was "substantially lower." Norfolk Southern rose after reporting strong Q4 earnings, with increases for the railroad company in most of its shipping categories. AMD was the most traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange, with shares trading down after the chipmaker lowered guidance for the first quarter. And The Wall Street Journal is reporting that is in discussions with media companies to distribute their channels online.

And finally, there are two stocks our analysts will be watching closely this week. Mike talks about LKQ, and why the largest operator of junkyards has turned its scale into an incredibly well-run business, and Matt looks into McDonald's, which reports earnings tomorrow. After a rough period for McDonald's as the competitive landscape shifts toward fast-casual dining options such as Panera and Chipotle, Matt will be looking for signs in the earnings report that the strategy at McDonald's to adapt and shift its business focuses is coming to fruition.

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Chris Hill owns shares of and Chipotle Mexican Grill. Matt Koppenheffer owns shares of and McDonald's. Michael Olsen, CFA owns shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill and Microsoft. The Motley Fool recommends, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Coach, LKQ, McDonald's, and Panera Bread and owns shares of, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Coach, IBM, McDonald's, Microsoft, and Panera Bread. 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.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

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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