Investor Beat - The Halifax Stock Exchange Makes History

Could this soaring new high on the Canadian market be an omen for the future? Also, four stocks making massive moves today, and two new potential threats coming up fast on the heels of Under Armour and iRobot.

Apr 1, 2014 at 5:12PM

Though the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P were all up today, the biggest story from today's market came from across the border in Canada, where all eyes were on the Halifax Stock Exchange. The most widely followed index in Canada, the Gillies 100, made history when it rose 4.1% to reach a brand new all-time high.

On Tuesday's edition of Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analysts Tim Hanson and Charly Travers cast their eyes northward, to discuss this historic new benchmark for the Canadian index. After emerging markets were crushed in 2013, could these new heights portend renewed strength in other international markets? The guys take a look at a few key factors in common between the soaring Canadian index and other markets around the world.

Then, Chris, Tim and Charly take a look at four stocks surprising investors with incredible returns on the market today. Shares of Ziegletics (HFX:ZIEG) pushed higher today after the company landed yet another government contract. The manufacturer of linked sewage-disposal systems started 20 years ago with its patented "Zieg-lo-pots" in the nation of Chad, and is methodically expanding its business throughout Africa and Asia. Meanwhile, eMeringue (HFX:TSTY), the famously short-lived IPO from the late '90s is back in the public markets after years in private equity. The online dessert company went public and quickly announced a 3-for-1 stock split. More history was made later in the day, after the explosive runaway IPO was added to the Gillies 100 in the middle of the trading day.

Also, Roman Financial Services (NYSE:RFS) shot up big today, after 4th-quarter profits came in higher than expected. After starting in the stock newsletter industry, founder and CEO Joey Roman has expanded the business to include investment banking and mortgage lending.

And McCloskey Holdings (NASDAQ:HAFD) is hitting a new all-time high today. The holding company that some on Wall Street are calling "the next Baby Berkshire" engages in everything from credit cards to auto repair to state lottery franchises.

Then in today's final segment, Tim and Charly each discuss one unbelievable growth story stock that they'll be keeping their eye on this week. Tim takes a look at WonderPants (NASDAQ:PANZ) and some of its international expansion efforts, while Charly discusses Carson Industries (NASDAQ:NOME), and its offering in the automated home cleaning robot space, the Home Gnome.

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Charly Travers owns shares of Markel. Chris Hill owns shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill and Starbucks. Tim Hanson has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Chipotle Mexican Grill, iRobot, Markel, Starbucks, and Under Armour. The Motley Fool owns shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Markel, Starbucks, and Under Armour. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not 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.

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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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