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3 Stocks That Took a Dive This Week

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After an incredible run-up this year, the broader market trend was downward this week, to the tune of 1.6%, but some of the stocks out there were hit particularly hard. In this video, Motley Fool financial analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson take a look at what was behind three big dives this week: National Bank of Greece Newcastle Investment , and American Capital Mortgage Investment 

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The article 3 Stocks That Took a Dive This Week originally appeared on Fool.com.

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Google Stock: Buy It and Hold It For Life

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Of the thousands of stocks one can invest in, there are only a handful that you can reliably invest in and plan to hold for life. Google is one of those companies. The world's largest search engine has the coveted one-two punch: a sustainable edge over the competition, and culture of innovation. The makes Google stock as close to a "must own" as you can find.

Who doesn't use the Big G?
To appreciate what the company has been able to accomplish over a relatively short period of time, take a look at how Google has wrested global market share for search from Yahoo! and Microsoft's MSN Search, Windows Live Search, and now Bing -- all while holding Chinese search giant Baidu at bay.

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Google has lost some ground internationally because of its decision to back out of China, where Baidu now dominates. Overall, however, its global market share is 12 times larger than the next competitor, Yahoo!

That type of dominance is important for two key reasons. First, it means that Google is collecting more information on more users -- by an enormous margin -- every day. Google can turn that information around and ensure that users get a search experience tailored to their personal desires.

Just as important, because Google has all of this information, it is able to offer advertisers the most efficient use for placement of their Internet advertisements. Because Google is the only entity that has all of this information, businesses are more than willing to pay for Google's AdSense services.

Not resting on its laurels
If Google were content to be King of Search, it would still make a good investment. But it's the fact that CEO and co-founder Larry Page keeps pushing the company to become more that makes Google a great investment.

Google has a well-documented 20% time policy. It allows employees to spend 20% of their work time on any Google-related project that they like -- and doesn't need to be directly related to their day-to-day duties. This innovative time has unleased a plethora of products for the company: Gmail, Google Maps, and Chrome, to name a few.

That's why you shouldn't be surprised to hear about Google developing Google Glass, or self-driving automobiles. Some of these projects may turn out to be duds, but that's not the point. The point is that Google will continue to drive innovation. If only one of every 10 ideas makes it to market and is a hit, then Google -- and its shareholders -- are the big winners.

Not as expensive as you might think
The price tag for Google stock could rightly scare away some investors: about $900 per share! But if you dig a little deeper, you'd see that Google investors have always been rewarded for their faith in the company. And on a price-to-earnings basis, Google is actually cheaper now than it historically has been.

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Google has played a key role in helping my retirement portfolio outperform the S&P 500. Since mid-2011, the stock has beaten the market by 54 percentage points. Google stock currently accounts for about 9% of my real-life holdings, and I plan on continuing to hold it in my retirement portfolio indefinitely.

Right now, it's more important than ever to understand each piece of Google's sprawling empire. To get all the details, check out The Motley Fool's new premium research report on Google, where we'll break down the risks and potential rewards for Google investors. Simply click here now to unlock your copy of this invaluable resource.

The article Google Stock: Buy It and Hold It For Life originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Stoffel owns shares of Google and Baidu. The Motley Fool recommends Baidu and Google. The Motley Fool owns shares of Baidu, Google, and Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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NextEra Earnings: Can Renewables Rock This Dividend Stock?

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NextEra Energy reported earnings on Tuesday, underwhelming on revenue but exceeding on earnings expectations. As the largest renewable energy utility in the U.S., let's see if NextEra's newest report will put more wind in its sales.

Number crunching
Sales clocked in at $3.3 billion, 2.7% below Q1 2012's revenue and 7.6% less than analysts expected.

But even as the company's top line tumbled, it managed to make the most of bottom-line earnings: $475 million in adjusted net income translated to adjusted EPS of $1.12 for investors. That's a full 10% above 2012's first quarter and 10% above analyst estimates for this quarter's adjusted EPS.


For a peck of perspective, NextEra sales have increased 12% over the last five years, while adjusted EPS has managed a near-mirror image 13% drop.

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NEE Revenue Annual data by YCharts

Major moves
Florida Power & Light, NextEra's regulated utility, packed the most punch for this quarter's profits. Adjusted EPS bumped up a seasonally adjusted $0.10 to $0.68, accounting for the entirety of its parent company's growth.

With an enviable 11% ROE, regulated utility earnings continue to prove a cash cow for NextEra. TECO Energy also operates a Florida regulated utility, Tampa Electric, but its expectations of sub-9% ROE for 2013 don't offer the same earnings NextEra enjoys.

On the generation front, NextEra continues to push forward with solar and wind investments as it exits hydro and oil. The company kicked the can on its last hydro assets in March, and announced during its earnings call that it will take a $41 million hit to sell its 796 MW of merchant oil-fired assets in Maine.

Oil continues to prove less and less useful for generation as prices head higher, and hydro represents a calculated decision to focus its energy portfolio elsewhere. PPL announced this week that it has successfully completed a $209 million hydroelectric expansion project, increasing output 70% to 60 MW.

A major backlog has NextEra poised to add on 175 MW of U.S. wind power, 600 MW of Canadian wind, and around 900 MW solar, with incremental opportunities to add on even more. With wind production tax credits and investment tax credits for solar, renewables are becoming a significant energy source for many expanding utilities.

Atlantic Power is counting on renewables (and natural gas) to push its profits out of the red. The company's CEO noted in its Q4 2012 report that it is "likely to allocate more effort to wind prospects in the near term."

Southern Company is rapidly revamping its traditional portfolio. In the last two weeks, the utility announced 250 MW of new wind power purchases and an acquisition of a 139 MW solar farm from First Solar.

NextEra for the win?
With a solid regulated utility and an increasingly renewables-oriented energy portfolio, NextEra offers investors a unique mix of sustainable income with growth potential.

Its stock is hovering at all-time highs, but I believe it still has room to grow. However, as NextEra "focuses its strategy," the utility will inherently lose energy diversity and increase its risk. A shift in regulatory winds could send this stock soaring or stumbling, and the same can be said for relative energy prices. I'll be keeping a close watch on NextEra over the next year and am looking forward to seeing where this utility ends up.

As the nation moves increasingly toward clean energy, Exelon is perfectly positioned to capitalize on having the largest nuclear fleet in North America. This strength, combined with an increased focus on balance sheet health and its recent merger with Constellation, places Exelon and its resized dividend on a short list of the top utilities. To determine if Exelon is a good long-term fit for your portfolio, you're invited to check out The Motley Fool's premium research report on the company. Simply click here now for instant access.

The article NextEra Earnings: Can Renewables Rock This Dividend Stock? originally appeared on Fool.com.

Motley Fool contributor Justin Loiseau has no position in any stocks mentionedbut he does use electricity. You can follow him on Twitter, @TMFJLo, and on Motley Fool CAPS, @TMFJLo. The Motley Fool recommends Southern Company. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Publix Reports First Quarter 2013 Results and Stock Price

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Publix Reports First Quarter 2013 Results and Stock Price

LAKELAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Publix's sales for the first quarter of 2013 were $7.5 billion, a 6.1 percent increase from last year's $7.1 billion. The Easter holiday in the first quarter of 2013, which was in the second quarter of 2012, increased sales by approximately 1.3 percent. Comparable-store sales for the first quarter of 2013 increased 3.9 percent.

Net earnings for the first quarter of 2013 were $471.3 million, compared to $409.4 million in 2012, an increase of 15.1 percent. Earnings per share for the first quarter increased to $0.61 for 2013, up from $0.52 per share in 2012. Net earnings and earnings per share benefited from the early Easter holiday in the first quarter of 2013.


These amounts are based on unaudited reports that will be filed next week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The company's quarterly report to the SEC, Form 10-Q, will be available May 9 on its website at www.publix.com/stock.

Effective May 1, 2013, Publix's stock price increased from $23.20 per share to $26.90 per share. Publix stock is not publicly traded and is made available for sale only to current Publix associates and members of its board of directors.

"I'm very pleased that our strong operating performance and improvements in the stock market resulted in a significant increase in our stock price," said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. "I want to thank our associates — the owners of Publix — for continuing to make us a leader in our industry."

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 158,000 employees, with 2012 sales of $27.5 billion. Currently Publix has 1,069 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For in America" for 16 consecutive years. In addition, Publix's dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company's website, www.publix.com.

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