Roy Philipose, Investor from Philadelphia. I have a passion for finance and knowledge for "picking stocks."

I use a combination of fundamental analysis, common business sense, capitalist vision, and real world experience to pick stocks. I follow the investment advice of Peter Lynch and Warren Buffett. Currently, I work in the financial services field. I have been investing on a part-time basis for 20+ years, since 1997.

- Last updated Oct 2018.

July 26, 2013

SodaStream, A Strong Buy at $57

July 26, 2103
I recommend SodaStream (SODA) a Strong Buy at $57. The company has come down to a more safer level of investing and the attractive business model has not changed.

Factors:
See Previous Buy Post

Disclosure: I am long SODA.
Stocks: SODA

July 7, 2013

Zillow, A Buy At $50

Jun 12, 2013 4:03 PM | about stocks: Z
June 2013.
I recommend Zillow (Z) a Buy at $50. The company is innovating and becoming a leader in the consumer real estate market.
Factors:
1) Good Management
2) Inside Ownership
3) Leader in Field
4) Competitive Edge
5) Strong Product Offering
6) Little or No Debt
Disclosure: I am long Z.
Stocks: Z

SodaStream, A Buy At $67

Jul 3, 2013 9:27 AM | about stocks: SODA
July 2013.
I recommend SodaStream (SODA) a Buy at $67. The company has an innovative business model for soft drinks and expanding market share.
Factors:
1) Growing Revenue
2) Good Management
3) Leader in Field
4) Competitive Edge
5) Strong Product Offering
6) Little or No Debt
Disclosure: I am long SODA.
Stocks: SODA

Yahoo, A Buy At $25

Jul 5, 2013 6:33 AM | about stocks: YHOO
July 2013.
I recommend Yahoo! (YHOO) a Buy at $25. The company is turning around under new leadership and enhancing the user experience.
1) Company Turnaround
2) Strong User Base
3) New Management
4) Better Product Offering
5) Strong Book Value
6) Favorable Risk/Reward
7) Share Repurchases
Disclosure: I am long YHOO.
Stocks: YHOO

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, A Buy At $12

May 24, 2013 8:34 PM | about stocks: IRWD
May 2013.
I recommend Ironwood (IRWD) a Buy at $12.00. The company's new drug is growing revenue and acceptance in the marketplace.
Factors:
1) Good Management
2) Inside Ownership
3) Leader in Field
4) Favorable Risk/Reward
6) Competitive Edge
7) Strong Product Offering
Disclosure: I am long IRWD.
Stocks: IRWD

Sprott Physical Gold Trust, A Buy At $11

Jun 3, 2013 8:09 AM | about stocks: PHYS
June 2013.
I recommend Sprott Physical Gold (PHYS) a Buy at $11.00. The fund holds physical gold and is good insurance against fiat currency collapse.
Factors:
1) Good Management
2) Inside Ownership
3) Leader in Field
4) Competitve Edge
Disclosure: I am long PHYS.
Stocks: PHYS

GSV Capital, A Strong Buy At $8

May 24, 2013 8:10 PM | about stocks: GSVC
May 2013.
I recommend GSV Capital (GSVC) a Strong Buy at $8.00. This fund of emerging companies is undervalued compared to its NAV of $12.
Factors:
1) Growing Revenue
2) Competitive Edge
3) Inside Ownership
5) Strong Product Offering
6) Favorable Risk/Reward
7) Safety of Margin
Disclosure: I am long GSVC.
Stocks: GSVC

Facebook, A Buy At $24

May 24, 2013 8:19 PM | about stocks: FB
May 2013.
I recommend Facebook (FB) a Buy at $24.00. The company is transitioning to mobile web and continues to expand market share.
Factors:
1) Growing Revenue
2) Inside Ownership
3) Leader in Field
4) Favorable Risk/Reward
5) Little or No Debt
6) Competitive Edge
7) Cashflow Generation
Disclosure: I am long FB.
Stocks: FB

SolarCity, A Buy At $16

Mar 11, 2013 9:56 AM | about stocks: SCTY
March 2013.
I recommend SolarCity (SCTY) a Buy at $16.00. The company is meeting growth targets and will be cash positive by year end 2013.
Factors:
1) Growing Revenue
2) Competitive Edge
3) Inside Ownership
4) Leader in Field
5) Strong Demand
6) Favorable Risk/Reward
Disclosure: I am long SCTY.

Apple Or Google? Which One Will Double First?

Mar 17, 2013 11:38 AM | about stocks: AAPL, GOOG
March 2013
Apple (AAPL) has been hitting lows.
Google (GOOG) has been hitting highs.
Apple stock is $432 and has a PE of 10.
Google stock is $821 and has a PE of 25.
My bet is on Apple doubling within 2 years to $860 with an EPS of 60, by March 2015. For Google to double in 2 years would be difficult. Both companies have good growth prospects and are good holdings, but the short-term favors Apple.
Disclosure: I am long AAPL.

Rackspace, A Buy At $41

May 13, 2013 2:33 PM | about stocks: RAX
May 2013.
I recommend Rackspace (RAX) a Buy at $41.00. The company is transitioning to new growth and continues to expands internationally.
Factors:
1) Growing Revenue
2) Competitive Edge
3) Inside Ownership
4) Leader in Field
5) Strong Product Offering
6) Favorable Risk/Reward
7) Safety of Margin
Disclosure: I am long RAX.
Stocks: RAX

Tesla Motors, TSLA, Shareholder Meeting 2012

Feb 26, 2013 6:51 AM | about stocks: TSLA
(May 2013, This was supposed to be my first article in July 2012, but was rejected by SA for some odd reasons. It is funny, how they allow many average articles to be written.)
July 2012
Shareholders,
There seems to be great debate regarding the success or fail for Tesla Motors. One side seems right that the "current battery technology and strategy" will cause Tesla to fail. The other side feels strongly that, "Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, and his team" will succeed in making Tesla Motors a great carmaker. Who is right?, Only time will tell or maybe not? (As there has been so much said on Tesla, I will keep this short.)
As a concerned shareholder, I attended the recent shareholder meeting on June 6, 2012. There was good talk about company achievements and where the industry is going. I sensed no concern, only confidence from Elon Musk and the executives. (After the meeting, I felt compelled to write something, so I am sorry for the delay.) During the questions period, I asked Elon Musk about the Model S sales, it got to the point where I asked, "What if you sell only 10k?" (Model S), In which he replied, "8K is breakeven." http://www.teslamotors.com/2012shareholdermeeting
 - (Minute 45:00) / www.sfgate.com/default/article/Tesla-s-M...
 Once I heard that, I was less concerned. Today, after the unveiling a month ago and good reviews, I see no reason why they can't sell at least 8K cars. I remember when I asked him the question, he seemed bit annoyed. If that is the case, then I have nothing to worry about. I am an entrepreneur as well. I know what it is like to be criticized. I have no problem giving him my $10K or $10M dollars to invest with and you shouldn't either.
There has been so much back and forth on Tesla, I find it annoying. So I just sit back and let the business take shape. That's what Tesla is, a business. If Elon says he can get it done, then I believe Him. I believe Tesla management is fully aware of the risks.
I own both shares and options. The options will eventually be closed out, as I focus more on investment management, then investment trading. I would recommend TSLA as no more than 20% of your portfolio. TSLA is in the investment model I am currently building.
If I were an analyst, I would rate Tesla Motors a "Buy" at the $30 price range. I see more positives, then negatives. I make this "buy call" before the Q2 earnings release this Wednesday, July 25, 2012. I believe Musk is annoyed with the negative analyst's press, to come out early with the results (truth).
Thanks, Roy Philipose
Investor/Entrepreneur
Disclosure: I am long TSLA.
Stocks: TSLA

Tesla, A Buy At $35

Feb 26, 2013 6:37 AM | about stocks: TSLA
Feb 2013.
I recommend Tesla (TSLA) a Buy at $35.00. The company plans to turn around to profitability this year and make 20K sales targets.
Factors:
1) Growing Revenue
2) Competitive Edge
3) Inside Ownership
4) Leader in Field
5) Strong product pipeline
6) Favorable Risk/Reward
Disclosure: I am long TSLA.
Stocks: TSLA

Groupon, Strong Buy At $3

Nov 11, 2012 3:10 PM | about stocks: GRPN
Nov 2012
I recommend Groupon (GRPN) a Strong Buy at $3.00. The company has come down to a more safer level of investing.
Factors:
1) Strong balance sheet
2) Gross $1.80 cash per share
3) Cashflow positive
4) Margin of safety
5) Leader in Field
6) Favorable Risk/Reward
7) Short-term, stock worth $6.00 price
8) Company worth twice than current $2B market cap
9) Acquistion Target
Disclosure: I am long GRPN.
Stocks: GRPN

Apple, A Strong Buy At $440

Jan 25, 2013 1:18 PM | about stocks: AAPL
Jan 2013
I recommend Apple (AAPL) a Strong Buy at $440.00. The company is undervalued and oversold at these levels.
Factors:
1) Strong balance sheet
2) Gross $143.00 cash per share
3) Cashflow positive
4) Margin of safety
5) Leader in Field
6) Favorable Risk/Reward
7) Short-term, stock worth $600.00
8) Strong product pipeline
9) Share buybacks
10) 2.4% Dividend Yield
Disclosure: I am long AAPL.
Stocks: AAPL

Groupon, A Buy At $5

Aug 15, 2012 6:44 PM | about stocks: GRPN
Aug 2012
I recommend Groupon (GRPN) a Buy at $5.50. The company has come down to a more safe level of investing.
Factors:
1) Strong balance sheet
2) $1.80 cash per share
3) Cashflow positive
4) Margin of safety
5) Leader in Field
6) Favorable Risk/Reward
7) Stock worth $8.00
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Thanks, Roy
Disclosure: I am long GRPN.
Stocks: GRPN

My Short Take On Tesla Motors

Jul 26, 2012 9:57 AM | about stocks: TSLA
July 2012
It seems many people have an opinion on Tesla Motors (TSLA). As an Investor and Entrepreneur, I would like to offer mine. The company continues to progress every quarter and the value of the company continues to go up. There continues to be more positives than negatives.
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Here are notes contained within the Tesla Motors Q2 2012 shareholder letter.
- We concluded the quarter with $266 million in cash resources.
- We currently expect to be close to free cash flow breakeven in Q4 of this year.
- Model S reservations at quarter end were over 11,500, and are now at about 12,200.
- This accelerating pace of reservations makes us confident that demand will surpass 20,000 Model S units for full year 2013 deliveries.
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The possible negatives I see are 1) execution risk and 2) cash balances. 1) The company is offsetting the execution risk by focusing on quality and production control. 2) The company is offsetting the cash balance by considering an additional capital raise.
Therefore in my opinion, based off of the facts, I would determine Tesla Motors a good long term bet. If I were an analyst, I would recommend a Buy at $30.
Thanks, Roy Philipose
Disclosure: I am long TSLA.
Stocks: TSLA