Investor Beat, Feb. 11, 2014

The biggest stories from Tuesday's market for today's Foolish investor.

Feb 11, 2014 at 7:18PM

In this video from Tuesday's edition of Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analysts Mike Olsen and Morgan Housel dig into the top business and investing stories from the market today.

Janet Yellen made her first appearance before Congress as Federal Reserve chief, during which she stressed a "great continuity" in strategy as she takes over for Ben Bernanke. Wall Street was obviously pleased with what it heard, with the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 all up today. In the lead story on today's Investor Beat, the guys discuss the new Fed chief, what the Fed will look like under her administration, and how Fed chairs have historically proved their mettle in times of crisis.

Then, Mike and Morgan look at four stocks making moves on the market today. Fourth-quarter profits for CVS Caremark rose 12%, and the company raised guidance for the current quarter. CVS recently announced that it will discontinue cigarette sales this coming October, a move applauded by several media outlets. In its fourth quarter, Sprint lost both money and subscribers, but not as much money and not as many subscribers as Wall Street was expecting. Shares were, counterintuitively, up on the news. Groupon shares fell after the daily-deal site announced that the senior VP for product management will leave the company. And Rackspace Hosting is closing in on a 52-week low after posting what one media outlet referred to as "exceptionally weak" fourth-quarter results. The CEO of the company is also leaving his position, something that has shaken investor confidence even further.

And finally, Morgan discusses why a favorite stock of his, Markel, looks very cheap today, and Mike looks into Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, which took a huge beating after cutting its distribution to shareholders by 80%. Mike still likes the company and thinks it just may have sold off too far.

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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."

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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