Investor Beat -- Citigroup Gets Rejected

Citigroup's dividend and share buyback plans are rejected, lululemon beats on earnings, Taco Bell rolls out the waffle taco, and one surprising coal stock for investors' radars, on Thursday's Investor Beat.

Mar 27, 2014 at 6:32PM

Shares of Citigroup fell today, after the Fed rejected its proposal to raise its dividend and buy back $6 billion worth of stock based on the results of the Fed's CCAR round of banking stress tests. Citigroup had conducted its own analysis, and was confident that it would pass, but while its liquidity was well above acceptable levels, the structure for the way the bank projects losses was not up to the Fed's standards.

In this segment of Thursday's Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analyst David Hanson take a look at Citigroup and CEO Michael Corbat, to decide how heavily he should be blamed for the surprising denial, and what this means for Citigroup from here.

Then, shares of lululemon athletica were on the rise today, after the company's Q4 results came in better than expected. Same-store sales were down, however. The company's CEO came out and called this an "investment year." Meanwhile, Yum! Brands subsidiary Taco Bell rolled out its breakfast offerings today, the waffle taco chief among them. Wall Street was not impressed, however, with the stock selling off slightly today. Chris and David discuss lululemon's plans for the future, and whether or not breakfast will be a game changer at Taco Bell.

And finally, David takes a look at CONSOL Energy. The Motley Fool recently posted a series of articles pitting one stock against another for which is the better buy, in a bracket-style competition in the spirit of March Madness, with winners decided by reader votes. Surprisingly, this lesser-followed coal stock is running away with the tournament. David takes a look into this business to discuss why he's watching today.

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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.

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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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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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