Investor Beat, Feb. 18, 2014

The top business news from Tuesday's market, for today's Foolish investor.

Feb 18, 2014 at 6:55PM

A huge number of Americans spent the three-day weekend binge-viewing the newly released second season of House of Cards, Netflix's original political drama starring Kevin Spacey. Netflix's stock got a bump following news that early estimates suggest the newest season of the show was a massive success. But with Netflix owning the rights to so little of the content that it streams, is the company really in control of its own destiny? In the lead story from Tuesday's edition of Investor Beat, host Alison Southwick and Motley Fool analysts Taylor Muckerman and Mike Olsen discuss the future of Netflix, and why a company such as the one that will be formed by the upcoming merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable may be much better positioned to be in the driver's seat in terms of shaping its future in the media industry.

Then, a look at five stocks making moves on the market today. 1-800-Flowers took a hard hit after it lost out on profits from the company's biggest day of the year, Valentine's Day, because of a massive blizzard dumping heaps of snow all across the eastern United States. Coca-Cola fell today after announcing that revenue was down for the full year and the fourth quarter, with profit down as well. Waste Management shares took a tumble after the company missed earnings expectations for both its top and bottom lines. And pharmaceutical company ACTAVIS has announced that it will acquire Forest Laboratories for $25 billion in cash and stock; both stocks are up on the news.

And finally, Taylor and Mike each pick one stock that's caught their attention this week. Taylor discusses Ensco, and why he'll be looking forward to seeing earnings this week from this best-in-class offshore driller with a great dividend, while Mike looks at C.H. Robinson, an essential player connecting shippers with truckers to transport goods that may be oversold at the moment, but destined for secular growth.

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Alison Southwick has no position in any stocks mentioned. Michael Olsen, CFA, owns shares of Ensco and Waste Management. Taylor Muckerman owns shares of Ensco. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Coca-Cola, Netflix, and Waste Management. 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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