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* Advanced Micro Devices Inc slumped 9.4 percent to $3.78 in premarket after the chipmaker forecast a steeper-than-expected fall in current quarter revenue, saying sales of gaming consoles were not growing fast enough to offset slowing PC sales. * After the closing bell, earnings are expected from eBay Inc, Netflix Inc, Varian Medical Systems Inc and F5 Networks Inc. A total of 26 S&P 500 companies are scheduled to report earnings on Wednesday. * Merger and acquisition activity continued at a brisk pace, as companies flush with cash look for ways to create growth. Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/22/markets-usa-stocks-idUSL2N0KW0KQ20140122









Activist investors by definition purchase a meaningful amount of a public companys outstanding float of stock, and by doing so, try to influence predetermined change in a company. Additionally, some activist investors try to obtain seats on a companys board for the same reasons. The general thought bandied about by these activist investors is that their targeted companies usually have an excessive cost structure or some other result of mismanagement that, if resolved, could unlock more profitability. Because of their abilities, some activist investors have over time gained rock-star status. However, because of their brash style, many are generally disliked. Source: http://investorplace.com/2014/01/activist-investors-stocks-to-buy/?cc=msnfeed&cp=feed&industry=IND_CHEMICALS&isub=





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A move to the target would be a 114% gain. There are multiple risks that are inherent with an investment in webpage the biotechnology sector. Beyond systemic risk, there is also clinical, regulatory and commercial risk.Additionally, biotechnology companies require significant amounts of capital in order to develop their clinical programs. We have advised in the past that some of the lower priced small cap stocks are highly speculative, and not suitable for conservative accounts. Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cowen-top-biotech-stocks-to-buy-for-2014-with-huge-upside-2014-01-22





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Today is Watchlist Wednesday, so I'm discussing three companies that have crossed my radar in the past week and at what point I may consider taking action on these calls with my own money. Keep in mind these aren't concrete buy or sell recommendations, and I don't guarantee I'll take action on the companies being discussed. But I promise that you can follow my real-life transactions through my profile and that I, like everyone else here at The Motley Fool, will continue to hold the integrity of our disclosure policy in the highest regard. Best Buy (NYSE: BBY ) To quote a famous line from the movieSe7en: "What's in the box?" The answer is a surprise that most investors would prefer not to know, apparently, given the stock's 40% swoon over the past month. Best Buy shares were absolutely rocked this past week after the electronics retailer announced holiday sales results (a nine-week period) that demonstrated a same-store sales decline of 0.8%, considerably lower than the 1.7% same-store drop reported in the year-ago period, even as its online same-store sales surged 23.5%.Investors, however, expected Best Buy's sales to grow via price-matching initiatives designed to take on Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN ) and end the "showroom" effect that has consumers using Best Buy as a playground and Amazon as the purchase point. Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/01/22/3-stocks-to-get-on-your-watchlist.aspx





Cowen Top Biotech Stocks to Buy for 2014 With Huge Upside





While valuations are close to highs, the UBS team is still suggesting investors rotate into media from other consumer discretionary areas. Here are the top stocks to buy for 2014 at UBS. CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) may be in the best position of all the networks, and it is one of the top two picks at UBS. Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ubs-top-media-stocks-to-buy-for-2014-for-internet-and-cable-ad-trends-2014-01-23