This Week's Top Stocks

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down this week, but that didn't hold back Nike, Microsoft, and United Technologies from nice gains.

Feb 22, 2014 at 1:00PM

Volatility was low on Wall Street this week, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) traded in just over a 200-point band for the entire week. By Friday afternoon, the index had fallen 0.32% to settle at 16,106.30, down 446 points for 2014.

There wasn't a lot of economic news out in this short trading week, but reports from the housing industry showed a continued slowing in both existing homebuying, as well as new construction. The cold weather blanketing most of the country may have affected the housing market, but considering the importance housing plays in the economy, it's worth watching as the year moves on.

Leading the way on the Dow Jones Industrial Average this week was Nike (NYSE:NKE), which rose 1.9%. Not only has Nike been knocking the cover off the ball when it comes to earnings, but reports surfaced this week that it will introduce a replica of Marty McFly's Nikes with "power laces" sometime next year. Innovation has been a key to Nike's outperforming the market over the past 30 years, and power laces would only enhance its brand awareness.  

Msft Windows Start Image

If Microsoft has its way, you may be seeing a start screen like this on more tablets in the future.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) rose 1.7% this week, helped by late-week reports that it will cut the price of Windows 8.1 by 70% for low-priced devices. Reports say that Microsoft will charge $15 for Windows instead of the normal $50 for devices that retail for less than $250. The goal is to expand share among the makers of tablets and low-cost computers, which have been turning to open-source software like Android to power new devices. It's a bold shakeup, but it could also help grow share in a market that's quickly slipping away from Microsoft.  

Finally, United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) rose 1.3% this week as its Pratt & Whitney unit continues to gain share in commercial aircraft. A rush of orders for new jet turbines have come in during February, topped off by an order for PurePower Engines in an order from Air Costa for 50 Embraer jets this week. Pratt & Whitney is gaining momentum in its effort to gain share in commercial jets and the last few weeks are a big sign of that.

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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." 

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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.

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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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