Investor Beat: Feb. 10, 2014

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

Feb 10, 2014 at 7:46PM

In this video from Monday's edition of Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analysts Taylor Muckerman and Matt Argersinger dig into the biggest investing stories from the market today.

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong announced over the weekend that the company will reverse a recent change to its 401(k) plan. The company had recently shifted to giving employees a lump-sum contribution rather than matching throughout the year, a move that saves the company money, but isn't beneficial for employees. Armstrong said that part of the change was due to "two distressed babies" in 2012, which cost the company about $1 million each. Armstrong has since apologized for the remark. In the lead story on today's Investor Beat, Matt and Taylor discuss the recent trend toward lump-sum contributions to 401(k) plans, why this is beneficial for companies, and why it isn't ideal for employees.

Then, the guys look at four stocks making moves on the market today. Shares of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners fell through the floor today, hitting a 52-week low after fourth-quarter results for the natural gas transporter were weak, but the real story was the company cutting its distribution by 80% for the upcoming quarter. Chinese gaming company had pretty good revenue and profits for its fourth quarter, but shares fell after the company announced disappointing guidance. Fourth-quarter profits for Hasbro fell slightly because of falling sales in the U.S. and Canada, but enthusiasm over international sales, as well as the company's increased dividend and restructuring of its share repurchase plan, saw shares up on the news. And Tesla Motors doesn't report earnings until next week, but shares hit a new all-time high today on investor anticipation ahead of the report.

And finally, Taylor looks at Goldcorp and says he'll be watching to see how the company readjusts its forward expectations now that the price of gold has begun to recover. Meanwhile, Matt will be looking at Zillow, and gives investors three things he's going to be watching closely with the company when it reports earnings on Wednesday.

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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.

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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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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. 

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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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