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Author Archive - Mike Pate


Here’s What Billionaire T. Boone Pickens Says About the Auto Industry

Natural gas is one of the cleanest, safest, and most useful of all energy sources. Unlike oil and coal, natural gas is clean burning and emits lower levels......(read more)
Google Inc.

Google Inc (GOOG) TV Details Leaked

The initial release of the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) TV did not take off like many had hoped for; it was expensive, a bit clunky, and needed to improve......(read more)
Biggest IPOs in US History

Revealing the Structure of the Kinder Morgan-El Paso Deal

Rich Kinder, founder of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE:KMP), is a visionary who has built one of the largest pipeline companies in the country. ......(read more)
Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG)

Walgreen: How It Plans on Realizing $1 BIllion in Synergies

In my last article on Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG), I gave light on pressing issues revolving around the world’s largest drugstore. After a rough 2012......(read more)

AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ): Is Telecoms Versus Treasuries a Fair Fight?

Should income investors choose high dividend “bond-like stocks” or stick to Treasury Bonds?  Leon Cooperman, founder of hedge fund Omega Advisors......(read more)
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The Unabridged Guide to the Global Fertilizers & Agricultural Chemicals Industry

The fertilizers and agricultural chemicals industry consists of makers of agricultural fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, and lawn and garden products. In......(read more)

This Company Can Put an End to Ridiculously High Wireless Bills

Tired of sky high smartphone bills? The startup wireless data service FreedomPop can help smartphone users slice hundreds of dollars off their phone bills......(read more)
Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL)

Here’s How Oracle Can Make Billions

“Put all your eggs in one basket — and watch that basket!”    –Mark Twain In the past, Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) has put their......(read more)
Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG)

What Do Walgreen’s Q4 Earnings Mean for Investors?

After hitting their 52 week high on September 28, Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG) shares slid 0.4% that day after announcing their fourth quarter results.......(read more)
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Jim Chanos Sees No Shortage of Short Selling Opportunities

In a Bloomberg interview with billionaire hedge fund manager Jim Chanos, the infamous short seller discussed his strategy, a few of his positions, and......(read more)

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens’s Latest Prediction

WTI crude oil closed yesterday below $90 a barrel for the first time since August 2, 2012.   Brent crude oil is also near its one month low, trading......(read more)

Billionaire Ken Fisher’s Favorite Mega-Cap Stocks

As John Templeton famously said, bull markets grown on skepticism die on euphoria. Ken Fisher, fund manager for Fisher Asset Management, is a firm believer......(read more)
Google Inc (GOOG)

Will Google (GOOG) Position YouTube to Compete with Cable Networks?

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has proven that their YouTube segment can develop and market content to compete with major broadcast channels. YouTube funded......(read more)
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T)

AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ): Is Cloud Gaming Just Around The Corner?

Streaming video services provided by companies like Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) changed the way people watch movies......(read more)
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IPG Photonics (IPGP): Is This Laser Manufacturer a Good Investment?

The increased usage of laser technology within the consumer, industrial, and medical industries has boded well for IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ:IPGP......(read more)
First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR)

3 Energy Companies With The Highest Upside Potential

The energy sector has underperformed year-to-date returning only 2.35% to shareholders, while the S&P500 has appreciated 14.57%.  On a year-to-date......(read more)
Coca-Cola Earnings Report

This Beverage Company Has a New Drink, Should Investors Buy In?

“If you gave me $100 billion and said take away the soft drink leadership of Coca-Cola in the world, I’d give it back to you and say it can’t be......(read more)
Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI)

Did These Stocks Make The Dow’s Top Trio?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) was one of the modern world’s first market indicators. Today, the price-weighted index is comprised......(read more)
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)

Buyers Beware: The Dow’s 3 Biggest Losers

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) was one of the modern world’s first market indicators. Today the price-weighted index is comprised......(read more)
Coca-Cola (KO)'s New Beverage

Sneak Peek: Coca-Cola’s Newest Beverage

If you gave me $100 billion and said take away the soft drink leadership of Coca-Cola in the world, I’d give it back to you and say it can’t be done......(read more)
Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG)

Walgreen’s Next Fight: Regaining Lost Express Script Customers

I couldn’t help but notice how different a Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG) advertisement I saw over the weekend looked. On the cover page of the company......(read more)
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)

Can Hewlett-Packard Compete with Apple and Google?

In order for Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) to be a force in the brutally competitive horizontal computer industry, the company must adapt to industrywide......(read more)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

David Gerstenhaber’s Top Stock Picks

David Gerstenhaber, one of the first tiger cubs, is the hedge fund manager for Argonaut Capital, and is responsible for one very disturbing forecast of......(read more)
Warren Buffett

Why Did Buffett Liquidate His Position in Intel?

Former Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) CEO Andy Grove was a pioneer in the semiconductor industry and deserves credit for coining the phrase “only the......(read more)
Nintendo Co., Ltd (ADR) (OTCMKTS:NTDOY)

Nintendo Wii U: Is This The Future of Console Gaming?

Nintendo Co., Ltd (PINK:NTDOY) will again bring innovation to the $17 billion console gaming industry. On Nov. 18, gamers will be able to purchase the......(read more)

Magnetar Capital’s Top 5 Stock Picks: Express Scripts, EOG Resources, and More

Founded in 2005, Magnetar Capital is headquartered in Evanston, Illinois and also has a presence in New York, London, and Beijing. A “magnetar&#......(read more)
Michael Dell

MSD Capital’s Recent Portfolio Moves

In 1998, MSD Capital was founded strictly to manage Michael Dell’s funds. Dell is chairman of the board of directors and CEO of Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL......(read more)
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA(ADR)

Will McDonald’s Calorie Reveal Help Its Investors?

By focusing on its growth strategy via menu optimization, modernizing the customer experience, and broadening accessibility, McDonald’s Corporation (......(read more)
Google Inc (GOOG)

Google (GOOG), Morgan Stanley Among This Tiger Cub’s Top Stock Picks

David Gallo, one of the most infamous Tiger Cubs, is the hedge fund manager of Valinor Management. The firm’s name stems from a fictional location that......(read more)

Here’s Why Chase Coleman and His Team Love LinkedIn Corporation (LNKD)

LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD), the online professional networking platform of more than 175 million users, looks to change how unemployed workers find......(read more)
Google Inc (GOOG), Robert Karr Joho Capital

Robert Karr’s Stake in Google Inc. (GOOG) Continues to Grow

Robert Karr, one of Julian Robertson’s “Tiger Cubs,” is the founder and current portfolio manager of Joho Capital. He is known for his simplistic......(read more)
News Corp (NASDAQ:NWS)

News Corp’s Much-Anticipated Move into Streaming Media is Right Around the Corner

Rupert Murdoch, the founder and CEO of News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA), has a vast range of upcoming issues surrounding his company. At 81 years old, most Americans......(read more)

What Do Hedge Fund Managers See in These Small Caps?

Hedge fund activity is an essential indicator for individual investors to follow, as empirical studies have shown that ardent mimickers can beat the market......(read more)

Buy This Retailer Right Now Before It’s Too Late

Over the last 3 years, TJ Maxx Companies (NYSE:TJX) has successfully met or exceeded every estimate that management or the streets laid out. Results were......(read more)
WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE:WLP)

Wellpoint Inc’s Potential CEO Successors

Wellpoint Inc (NYSE:WLP) disappointed last quarter and has repeatedly underperformed competitors. Various large investors believed that management was......(read more)
Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP)

OpenTable and Yelp Inc Shaping the Restaurant Industry

Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP), the user-generated review Web site connecting people with local businesses, and OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN),the restaurant reservation......(read more)
Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC)

When Will Bank of America Rebound?

Amidst of the financial crisis in 2009, Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) was arguably in the worst financial distress among banks with assets greater than......(read more)
Most Valuable Brands in 2013

Will AT&T Inc Catch Verizon in Spectrum Race?

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has put together roughly $2.6 billion in deals for airwaves to catch up to Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ), which is winning......(read more)
Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P)

Pandora: The Beat on Music Royalties

Since the internet service provider’s IPO in June 2011, Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P)’s stock price has declined 10.5%.  The company allows listeners......(read more)
JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM)

This Internet Bank is a Better Bet Than JP Morgan and Bank of America

I remember as a child walking into banks and being wowed by the marble counters and floors, not to mention the free cookie. Before the holes in banks......(read more)
CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE:CVS)

Has CVS Caremark Corp Reached Its Peak?

CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE:CVS) benefited from the prolonged contract negotiations between Walgreen Corporation (NYSE:WAG) and Express Scripts (NASDAQ......(read more)
Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG)

Walgreens: Value Investors 2012 Roller Coaster Ride

Who Carries the Bigger Stick? Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) made a bet in June 2011, that America’s number one drug store carried more weight in the supply chain......(read more)

Express Scripts: Sustainable Competitive Advantage in a Growing Industry

Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX) experienced a rough second half in 2011 stemming from the prolonged contract negotiations with Walgreens (NYSE:WAG). When......(read more)
Lone Pine Capital 2015 Q2 Investor Letter

Apple Inc, Google and eBay Are Among Billionaire Stephen Mandel’s Top Stock Picks

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is still billionaire Stephen Mandel’s top stock pick. Stephen Mandel founded Lone Pine Capital in 1997 and has successfully......(read more)