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  • Which Mobile Game Is the Most Popular?

    By Erin McBride - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: EA, HAS, DIS, ZNGA

    Will the new Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) deal have your portfolio cheering “Yahtzee?”

    Hasbro recently announced a deal with digital game developer Electronic Arts (EA) to produce digital versions of popular games like Monopoly, Battleship, Clue, Scrabble, and Yahtzee for smartphones and other mobile devices.

    Both companies have existing deals with other companies in the business. Hasbro has a deal with social game developer Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGAmore »)

  • The Truth About Wal-Mart

    By Erin McBride - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, TGT, KR, WMT

    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) has earned its place in history as both a low cost department store, grocery store, pop culture joke, and as a great stock option. Along with it there are dozens of false rumors, some inflammatory, some inflated, about the company.

    Wal-Mart may be one of the most misunderstood companies in history, or one of the most maligned. It is mocked for low prices, or the lower income more »

  • An Author Looks at Barnes & Noble Earnings

    By Erin McBride - July 6, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, BAMM

    Will Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) survive? Is it a safe stock for the long term?

    I’ll save you the need to read the rest of this article and sum it up in one word: no.

    But since you are still reading, I’ll provide with you some personal insight, and some concrete facts.

    Nook vs. Kindle

    First, a disclaimer. I am an author with four self-published e-books, and one more »

  • Can This Grocer's Claims Be Trusted?

    By Erin McBride - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: CPB, K, KR

    I have returned from my first big grocery shopping trip since Kroger (NYSE: KR) stopped doubling manufacturer’s coupons.

    It wasn’t pretty.

    As an extreme couponer, losing the savings advantages of double coupons is a major hit to my grocery budget. Before the recent coupon change, I expected to save about 75% off my groceries. I still use coupons, but without the benefit of doubling, I am spending just more »

  • Which Donut Is More Popular- Krispy Kreme or Dunkin' Donuts?

    By Erin McBride - June 29, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, KKD, SBUX

    Donuts. Who doesn’t love them?

    America’s two most favorite doughnut brands are without question Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ: DNKN) and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE: KKD). But which brand does America love more?

    Dunkin’ Brands Group operates more than 17,400 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, including 10,400 Dunkin’ Donuts and 7,000 Baskin-Robbins. The Krispy Kreme hot Original Glazed® doughnut can be found in more »

  • 5 Value Stocks with Strong Values

    By Erin McBride - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: JBLU, MAR, SALM, TSN, WMT

    Invierte con Dios!  Invest with God! 

    Are companies with religious owners and ethics better investments? That's a hard call to make, but it is interesting to note that publicly traded companies that started out with owners with strong religious values do have a few similarities between them.

    A Bible in the nightstand

    Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) started out as a family-owned chain of soda shoppes, and is now an more »

  • This Airline Is Best for Your Portfolio and Your Next Trip

    By Erin McBride - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: DAL, JBLU, SSNLF, LUV, LCC

    Consolidations, bankruptcies, mergers, and takeovers make the airline industry a moving target when it comes to investing. Consumers feel the impact of airline performance when it comes to baggage handling, on-time arrivals, flight delays, and baggage fees. Which airline really does perform the best, investment-wise and travel-wise?

    Soon US Airways (NYSE: LCC) will complete the acquisition of American Airlines, creating a "big three" situation within the industry. US Airways, along more »

  • Team LNG or Team Chemical?

    By Erin McBride - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: AA, XOM, HUN, DOW

    It's not that U.S. chemical companies are against liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. It's just that it is really hard for them to pretend not to be against them.

    The largest U.S. chemical companies have issued statements that they want to see a “balanced approach” to exports- which is a polite way to say they don’t mind the exports, as long as exports don’t more »

  • Theme Parks Are Good for Investments and Memories

    By Erin McBride - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, CMCSA, SEAS, SIX, DIS

    School is out and summer is finally upon us. Let the fun in the sun begin!

    A TripAdvisor survey reveals that this year will see the return of the summer vacation. Over 86% of respondents indicated that they intend to go on a leisure trip this summer.

    As theme parks drain the savings accounts of willful and happy travelers, is there a theme park stock that might return a few more »

  • 1 Company to Go Bananas For

    By Erin McBride - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: CQB, DOLE, FDP

    A few years ago I heard a fascinating story on NPR regarding the future of bananas. Fascinating? Yes, in fact, it was. In short, there is a disease killing Cavendish banana plants, the preferred mass market banana that most individuals in the modern world eat on a regular basis. A decade ago it was predicted that Cavendish bananas would be extinct by now. I’ve watched the largest banana retailers more »

  • 2 Hotels to Love, 1 to Question, 1 to Avoid

    By Erin McBride - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: H, MAR, HOT, WYN

    As the U.S. economy improves, both personal travelers and corporate travelers are returning to the road with a little more money to spend. The lodging industry has begun to see considerable improvement as a result, with many chains reporting pre-recession earnings.

    A TripAdvisor survey revealed 42% of U.S. travelers are planning to increase travel spending this year, and 79% of U.S. hoteliers are optimistic about increased profit more »

  • How to Make Money off Other People's Opinions

    By Erin McBride - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, AAPL, GOOG, YHOO, YELP

    Is it possible to make money off of other people's opinions?  If you study up on these following companies, you just might be able to!

    Yelp (NYSE: YELP) was founded in 2004, and provides user-generated reviews on restaurants, stores, and activities. Yelp had an average of approximately 102 million monthly unique visitors in Q1 2013, and its users have written over 39 million local reviews to date.

    Yelp went more »

  • 4 Stocks to Put You in the Lap of Luxury

    By Erin McBride - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: DDS, M, JWN, SKS

    What do the rich know that you don't?

    Where they shop is helping to grow their investments.

    The high-end, luxury department stores are on the rise, with profits growing higher and higher. But not all stores are created equal, and some stand out for good reasons, some for bad.

    Dillard's

    Standing out for all of the right reasons, Dillard's (NYSE: DDS) reported the highest increase in net more »

  • 3 Things to Know About LNG Exports

    By Erin McBride - June 7, 2013 | Tickers: CQP, LNG, CVX, D

    There is far more to investing in natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) than first meets the eye. There are at least these three important details to understand about the future of LNG before further investing.

    As has been widely reported, the Department of Energy (DOE) gave conditional authorization for LNG exports to a second facility in the U.S. The Freeport terminal project will export up to 1 more »

  • 3 Fashion Brands to Love, 1 to Watch

    By Erin McBride - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: KORS, PERY, PVH, RL

    “In fashion, one day you are in, the next, you are out.” – Heidi Klum

    Luxury brands and high-end fashion are strong earners this season, and some brands and businesses are stronger than others. The fashion bottom line isn't dictated by name recognition or a popularity contest, or about which company makes the coolest commercials. Fashion is a brutal business.

    So who was in this past season? Are any designers more »

  • 5 Teen Retailers Vie for the Coveted Title of Miss Wall Street High

    By Erin McBride - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, AEO, GPS, RUE

    This is a tale of five teenage girls at Wall Street High School. Each one was known for her clothes, and setting the standard for fashion at WSHS. And just like at every high school in America, there is a popularity contest and fierce rivalry between these frenemies. Each one wants to be crowned, "Miss Wall Street High," but first she has to earn it with her quarterly earnings.

    "I more »

  • 1 Way Facebook Outperforms LinkedIn

    By Erin McBride - May 24, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GRPN, LNKD, YELP

    One year ago, the hype around the Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) IPO would have led one to think that this was the stock to retire on. We all know how that bust ended. The stock went down the toilet, and has only bubbled up a few times.

    In spite of Facebook’s notorious IPO, it was not the worst Web 2.0 publicly traded debutante. That honor goes to Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPNmore »)

  • Campbell Soup Stock Is M'm M'm Good

    By Erin McBride - May 23, 2013 | Tickers: CPB, GIS, K

    Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB) reported an improvement in sales and soundly outperformed its competitors in comparable categories.

    The company's core U.S. soup business rose 14% in the fiscal third quarter, the largest quarterly gain in nearly five years. The company attributes the positive growth to improved taste in existing products, adding new products to their offerings, and cutting back on advertising.

    For the fiscal third quarter, Campbell reported more »

  • 3D Printing Earnings Predict the Future

    By Erin McBride - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, SSYS

    The disruptive potential of 3D printing is no longer potential. The news of the first publicized 3D printing of a firearm, the Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS)  partnership with Scheu Dental to produce dental appliances, and the announcement that Staples will sell the Cube 3D Printer from 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) in June, tell us that the new world has arrived.

    3D printer manufacturer Stratasys reported revenue from products and services that more »

  • Did Burger King Really Outperform McDonald's and Wendy's?

    By Erin McBride - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, CMG, MCD, PNRA, WEN | Editor's Choice

    Burger sales are down at McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) and Wendy’s (NASDAQ: WEN). But Burger King’s (NYSE: BKW) first-quarter earnings more than doubled even though revenue fell. If sales were down at the two largest burger retailers, why were they up at the third largest? The answer may come as a surprise.

    Burger King earned $35.8 million, or 10 cents per share, in the first quarter, up more »

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