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The economic analysis of stocks: Airline companies

July 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on The economic analysis of stocks: Airline companies

What moves airline stocks? The energy cost that is required to move the planes, one would say nowadays. Well, that is true, but only to a certain degree..

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Why we think oil is close to the top

July 9th, 2008 · 10 Comments

The froth might continue for a while. Apparently, in the futures market, the natural hedgers have all but disappeared which leaves the place for the speculative buyers. But in the real world, usual supply and demand are starting to exert their influence.

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Tags: Economics of stock analysis · Opinion · The Markets

The Economic Analysis of Stocks: Sigma Design

June 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Economic Analysis of Stocks: Sigma Design

In this short analysis, one concept plays a key role, core capabilities. Sigma Design, the stock we’ve been covering is in trouble, and this concept could offer a way out. Luckily, management seems to have some understanding of it, and we have to delf into a little economics of knowledge to make things clear (hopefully). 

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Elasticity

May 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on Elasticity

There is a discussion going on in the media about whether, and if yes to what extent, the current boom in commodities (both soft and hard, that is, raw materials and grains), is driven by speculation. Once again, a bit of simple economics goes a long way in explaining.

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Tags: Economics of stock analysis · The Markets

The Economics of Stock Analysis: Solar Stocks

May 9th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Economics of Stock Analysis: Solar Stocks

These solar energy stocks, like our present favourite Trina Solar (TSL) are terribly volatile as one look at the graph will testify. What is behind that? 

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Tags: Economics of stock analysis · Solar sector · TSL

The Economics of Stock Analysis: ASML, high-tech but highly cyclical

May 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment

In our series ‘The Economics of Stock Analysis’ Dutch ASM Lithography (ASLM). It’s a good example that even industry leaders very high-tech, knowledge intensive sectors cannot escape some unfortunate economic realities.  

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EFUT perking up

April 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on EFUT perking up

The Chinese supply-chain software producer has had a good couple of days since we first mentioned it (or didn’t, as we made it into a rather silly guessing game), helped by the rebound in Chinese shares, no doubt. We will increase our coverage over time, as we think it really is a ground-floor opportunity.

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Using economics to analyze stocks. What makes your stock tick?

April 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Find the one or two variables that really move your stock and you will know a whole lot more. In this new series we will use a little (simple) economics in search of those basic factors. It will be demonstrated that this can really be quite effective in teasing out the most important factors that […]

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Tags: DRYS · Economics of stock analysis