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Taper Tumble: Rising Interest-Rate Risk For Bond Fund Investors

From the first announcement, last spring, that the Federal Reserve intended to start tapering its quantitative-easing program, the net asset value (NAV) of most closed-end bond funds plunged. With further tapering and even interest rate rises on the Fed’s horizon, bond investors should be wary.Read more

The 2014 Bank Stress Tests: What Has Changed? How Did The Banks Do?

The Federal Reserve’s bank stress tests, in their fourth year, are still evolving and remain somewhat controversial. Nonetheless, the industry’s performance in the latest stress test exercise was encouraging, for the most part.Read more

Net Neutrality Legislation Change Could Be A Gold Mine

Recent legislation has changed the laws surrounding net neutrality, offering some of the nation’s largest Internetproviders a big opportunity to cash in.  However, new bills have been brought before congress to potentially thwart this undertaking. Nevertheless, it remains a story worth following.Read more

From the Survey: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Air Products and Chemicals (APD) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of atmospheric gases and chemicals for industrial applications. These gases include hydrogen, helium, nitrogen, and other gases commonly used in industrial manufacturing. The company also sells specialty gases in addition to performance materials and chemicals. Air Products has a solid business model and intriguing growth prospects over the long term.
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Using The Value Line Page: Playing It Safe With United Technologies

An investor seeking to add to his portfolio a “safe” stock that generates steady income, with possibly some long-term growth potential need not look very far. In this review, we will focus on United Technologies (UTX) and discuss what makes it a fairly attractive selection among its blue-chip brethren.Read more

A Spotlight on Activist Investing

Activist investors, known for taking large positions in companies where they view room for improvement as a pathway to potential gains, have long been touted as corporate raiders out for themselves alone. However, the tone has changed a bit of late, as these major players are becoming a more integral part of the market. IndeedRead more

Technology Round Up - April 1, 2014

There have been many noteworthy developments in the technology space recently. Some of these will likely have a material impact on the companies in the sector and the markets they serve. Companies featured include Sony (SNE), Facebook (FB), Oculus Rift, Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), and King Digital Entertainment Plc. (KING).Read more

Rising Currents: Investing in Air Suppliers

As the global manufacturing activity recovers, companies that specialize in industrial gases will see more growth opportunities. Investors should not ignore the potential investment opportunities within these easily overlooked stocks.

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Coverage Initiation: Allegion plc

Value Line is initiating coverage of Allegion plc (ALLE), a security products and services provider. The company was recently spun off from Ingersoll Rand and is a recent addition to the S&P 500 Index.Read more

Bitcoins: The Potential Of New Currency

Bitcoins are a new form of decentralized global currency.  They exist solely in the online world.  However, they are gaining acceptance by merchants around the world, leading people to question how popular they can become.

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Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis And Its Potential Negative Repercussions

Headlines in the financial press seem to indicate that Puerto Rico’s massive debt issue priced on March 11th was a success.Read more

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This article touches on the importance of having an understanding of balance sheet considerations when investing, particularly during tougher economic times. We describe Value Line’s Financial Strength ratings system, and list the main factors that determine individual categories. We also note some of the different capital structures among industries.


Industry Analysis: Newspaper

The Newspaper Industry is comprised of a diverse group of media companies. Many of its members' mainstay gazettes have long publishing histories and names recognized in households across the country. Still, the companies in this mature industry have shifted their focus away from traditional core products, i.e., dailies and weeklies, in order to keep up with the changing media landscape.

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