My third present is
(OSTK - Get Report). This has long been a laggard in the e-commerce space, but founder Patrick Byrne, who is most-often blamed for its problems,
More important, the company has figured out how to get value from "big data," using an open source program called Apache Mahout to deliver customized gift recommendations that actually make sense.
Since April, when an SEC investigation of the company's operations ended with no action, the stock is up about 170%. The company is now a prime takeover candidate for any brick-and-mortar operator, and its shareholders are in a receptive mood to hear the pitch.
Finally, we have First Solar (FSLR - Get Report). First Solar is the first of the solar stocks to rise from the ashes. Its cadmium-telluride technology is unique, protected by patents, and uses what is said to be the waste from other mining operations.The company has also learned how to sell its panels in bulk by building its own "power plants," and it's starting to make money -
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