Investor Beat, Jan. 27, 2014

The top business stories from Monday's market, for today's Foolish investor.

Jan 27, 2014 at 10:03PM

In this video from Monday's Investor Beat, host Alison Southwick and Motley Fool analysts Taylor Muckerman and Morgan Housel look at the biggest stories facing investors from the market today.

Though the day started off positively for the Dow, things turned downward after home sales data came in lower than expected. This continues the pain of last week, where the Dow fell 3.5%, the worst weekly tumble since 2011. In the lead story on today's Investor Beat, Taylor and Morgan look at the market bloodbath over the past week and discuss whether this is just a blip, the beginning of a major downturn, or even worth worrying about. They also discuss how investors should react when things start heading south.

Then the guys look at four stocks making moves on the market today. Shares of Caterpillar were up today after beating analyst expectations for the fourth quarter, with construction sales buoying plunging sales for mining equipment. Shares of Facebook fell today despite analyst predictions of a 50% increase in revenue year over year when it reports earnings on Wednesday. Morgan attributes the fall to last week's Princeton study, which claimed that Facebook will lose 80% of its users in three years' time. Facebook's news also dragged down other social-media stocks today, including Twitter. And Sprint saw a nice little bump today, after announcing it has expanded its 4G LTE network to 40 more markets in the United States.

And finally, Taylor tells investors what he'll be watching with the chemicals and agriculture conglomerate DuPont when it reports earnings tomorrow, and Morgan discusses why even with the incredible run the market saw in 2013, there is still a lot of value to be found in the financial sector with big banks such as Bank of America.

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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."

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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." 

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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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