Investor Beat, March 4, 2014

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

Mar 4, 2014 at 7:12PM

Shares of RadioShack were in freefall today after sales for the holiday quarter fell 20%. The company is closing more than 1,000 locations, which amounts to more than one-fifth of the company's total stores. Is there any hope at all left for RadioShack, or is this what the death of a company looks like?

In this video from Tuesday's edition of Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analysts Morgan Housel and Mike Olsen look at the moribund RadioShack. They discuss why niche electronics retailers are being eaten alive in today's retail environment, and why companies such as Best Buy and hhgregg could be next if they don't act fast.

Then the guys look at four stocks making big moves on the market today. Delta Air Lines stock was on the rise today as passenger revenue grew 4% in February, a surprising metric when considering that the company cancelled around 8,000 flights last month. Second-quarter profits for AutoZone were up more than 9%, with same-store sales and gross margins up as well. The retailer was likely boosted by the especially harsh winter, which was tough on vehicles. Plug Power popped by double digits again today, after the hydrogen cell maker announced a deal last week with six Wal-Mart distribution centers. And Tesla Motors announced today that it plans to expand in Europe, with 30 new service centers and stores across the continent.

And finally, Mike and Morgan each pick one stock they'll be watching closely this week, that investors should have on their radar. Morgan tells investors why Paychex stands to benefit from rising interest rates, while Mike looks at Flowers Direct, which operates under the namesake, and tells investors why this is more than just an online flower seller.

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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.

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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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