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June Free Stock Pick of the Month – Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL)

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Another value investment and spring stock pick that I am extremely hot on is the oilfield & drilling services titan, Halliburton Company (Current Price: 30.25 – NYSE: HAL – Current Quote).

Trading at just under $31/share, Halliburton is becoming extremely oversold and is currently available at an excellent price. Despite the recent dip in oil & natural gas prices, worldwide energy demand continues to rise over the long haul and Halliburton is one well-run company that will continue grow.

Halliburton has dropped along with big oil recently (parallel with the recent dip in oil & natural gas prices); but this is one company that we think will rebound at a tremendous pace; due to the fact that (unlike most of the Big Oil majors), Halliburton’s earnings/profits aren’t directly attached to price of oil & gas.

They netted over 627 million in the first quarter of 2012 and they are currently selling at a price almost 50% below their 52-week high. With a PE ratio of 9.14, an EPS of 3.19, and a Market Cap of almost 29 Billion, Halliburton is currently trading at 8 times the company’s earnings.

To put this into perspective, most fortune 500 companies will trade around 13-14 times their earnings (Note: The hot Social Networking IPO company, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB – Quote) is currently trading at price 100 times their earnings).

We are predicting and shooting for a target price of $40.00 (or a 30-35% increase) in the next 2 years. Halliburton still has fantastic earnings and plenty of room to grow.  And, once Oil and Natural Gas prices begin rising again (which they will eventually do), we see Hallibuton growing at a pace faster than the industry.

Halliburton Company (HAL) is a buy up to 33.25, especially for investors who are seeking long-term, value investments and want to put their money into a well-run company with continuous profits (even smaller investors).

(Note: I remain LONG on HAL at my purchase price of 31.50).

Free Stock Picks: Ride Churchill Downs & Kentucky Derby

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Looking for a good spring time investment?  Look no further than Churchill Downs (Nasdaq: CHDN – Current Quote), and not only cash in on the Kentucky Derby hysteria, but parlay this fixture into a furLONG-term investment.

The Louisville Kentucky racetrack & casino gaming company, which has increased it’s earnings by over 180% since 2010, is looked by Wall Street as an old dog (or Philly in their case) that doesn’t have any new tricks.  But, I don’t see it this way in the least.  In fact, I see plenty of room for growth here.

Not only has this company completely revamped and modernized their racetrack venue, by adding several dozen luxury style suites, but this old dog is beginning to invest in the future as well.

First, they have already made major strides in the casino gaming industry by purchasing Harlow’s Casino & Hotel in Mississippi 2 years ago.  More importantly, they are also making major moves toward online gaming as well; taking on several new online horse racing wagering sites (YouBet.com & TwinSpires.com).

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Finally, if purchasing Bluff Media (which owns the popular online poker player supersite, BluffMagazine.com) in early February 2012 isn’t a sign that they want their piece of the online gaming pie (when it’s finally legalized), I don’t know what is.  (that is, of course, when our short-sighted politicians get their fat heads out of their proverbial asses). The acquisition of Bluff Media may not be a blockbuster deal profit wise and won’t set off any alarms on the Wall Street ticker, but in my opinion, it shows that this company has major plans in the online poker industry (which many estimate to be an industry worth over 200 billion dollars).

So, with the Kentucky Derby ahead (giving sports betters something to get excited about during the football off-season), now couldn’t be a better time buy yourself a piece of this stable horse racing & gaming company that I believe has plenty of room to grow (Buy CHDN Under 60).

Churchill Downs currently has a market cap of $1 Billion; profit margin of 9.5%; a P/E ratio of 16.31; and their last dividend yielded 1%.

(Note: I am LONG on CHDN at a purchase price of 57.63).