This Week's 5 Smartest Stock Moves

These five companies got it right.

Mar 7, 2014 at 5:17PM

If you're feeling good about the market, you're not alone. Take my hand as we go over some of this week's more uplifting headlines.

1. SodaStream plays orange like clockwork 
The number of ways to flavor up your SodaStream (NASDAQ:SODA) keep growing. The leader of in-home carbonation is teaming up with Sunny Delight to make various SunnyD flavors available as syrups for SodaStream's namesake beverage-makers. The flavors will be available during the second half of this year.

SodaStream bounced back after seeing flavor sales growth decelerate to just 7% during the third quarter of last year. All of SodaStream's three product categories -- starter kits, flavors, and CO2 canisters -- posted double-digit growth the following quarter.

The market for SunnyD's youthful beverages may or may not embrace the citrus-flavored drink in carbonated form, but at the end of the day, it's incremental either way.

2. Apple in your dashboard
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) promised that it would be entering several new product categories this year, and it's taking a baby step in that direction by rolling out CarPlay this week.

The new car tech allows drivers carrying iPhones to use Siri to make calls, check voice mails, pull up directions, or stream audio. Many vehicle makers already offer similar technologies, but Apple's appeal finds several auto giants embracing the platform. CarPlay was introduced this week for Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and Ferrari drivers, and more than a dozen other carmakers have committed to the platform.

3. ReboundVille
Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) has a long way to go to reclaim its IPO price of $10, but it's showing signs of bottoming out here after a brutal 2013 that saw gross bookings fall sharply.

CEO Don Mattrick offered up some encouraging nuggets during a Morgan Stanley appearance, promising new mobile updates for its FarmVille, Words With Friends, and Zynga Poker franchises. Mattrick also revealed that Zynga would be kicking off pilot programs worldwide for its real-money poker apps later this year.

4. CoStar finds a new flat
It may seem like a lot of money, but CoStar Group (NASDAQ:CSGP) will be paying $585 million to acquire from the consortium of newspaper companies that used to own the apartment rentals website for renters, property managers, and owners. rang up just $86 million in revenue, but it did so on a healthy adjusted EBITDA margin of roughly 33%.

Things will get even better under CoStar Groups, as it sees synergies that will result in another $20 million in annualized cost savings in a couple of years.

It's a smart move.'s collection of sites attracts 114 million visits a month, and these are mostly folks ready to enter into lucrative rental agreements. It's not a cheap deal, but it's worth it.

5. Don't pull the plug 
There aren't too many stocks that have been better than 40-baggers since bottoming out last year, but that's exactly what Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) has done. The fuel-cell specialist rallied yet again this week after announcing a deal that would beef up its presence at Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT)

Plug Power already has 535 hydrogen fuel cell charging stations deployed across some of Wal-Mart's distribution centers, allowing the world's largest retailer to save energy costs on powering its heavy equipment. The new deal will triple the number of distribution centers embracing Plug Power's charging stations.

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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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