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Rising Star Alyce Lomax and her brand of socially responsible investing is more than just a feel-good story: She's the top performer among all Rising Star analysts, beating the market by 8 percentage points as of Jan. 19.
The green aspects to this business are pretty obvious. Reducing the number of cars on the roads, as well as forcing drivers to be more intentional about their driving habits, will undoubtedly reduce carbon emissions. And a recent partnership with Ford
But the story goes beyond that for Alyce: "Zipcar estimates that its members save an average $500 per month compared to car owners. Regardless of the green factor, many urbanite consumers could catch on that this method of only accessing a car when it's truly necessary could save them some serious cash."
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Rising Star Dave Meier thinks this company is perfect for his Trends and Trades portfolio. This social networking site is often grouped with other dot-com startups as having questionable revenue streams reliant upon advertising.
But with LinkedIn, that's a false assumption. Check out its three lines of business and the growth rates that each is showing.
% of Total
|Hiring solutions||$71 million||51%||160%|
|Marketing solutions||$40 million||29%||113%|
|Premium subscriptions||$28 million||20%||81%|
Source: Company's conference call.
Dave thinks the possibilities are endless, comparing LinkedIn to an earlier version of then-misunderstood Amazon.com. In his words:
Many investors saw Amazon.com merely as an online bookstore. What Amazon.com really wanted to be was the greatest online retailing platform, able to sell whatever it wanted. LinkedIn wants to be the quintessential professional network, where people can not only find new jobs, but also find ways to be more productive and successful in their current ones.
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Rising Star Jim Mueller has built his portfolio around companies with stock prices that show the market's unreasonable distaste for them.
Sometimes it takes awhile for his bets to pay off, but when they do, he's handsomely rewarded. Just consider his double-dipping buys of Dendreon
He thinks the same could happen with GameStop, a company that analysts have written off as a dying bricks-and-mortar retailer. But Jim says the company is refusing to die, taking three solid steps to solidify its future.
- GameStop's PowerUp Rewards program is catching on with customers, growing from 4.5 million members to 15.5 million in just a year's time.
- The company is strengthening its digital business with Impulse (a downloading site), Kongregate (a casual gaming site), and Spawn Labs (a cloud gaming subsidiary).
- It is working with content providers and console providers to strengthen these digital channels.
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