Erin McBride

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  • Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips a Year Later

    By Erin McBride - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: COP, MRO, MPC, PSX

    One year ago Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) happily split up. One year later, both companies appear to be all the better for it.

    Phillips 66 became the downstream company, focusing on refining and marketing, while ConocoPhillips (who kept its name in the amicable breakup) focuses on exploration and production.

    After one year, Phillips 66, one of the largest U.S. independent refiners, has reported first-quarter earnings more »

  • LinkedIn Is a Smoke and Mirrors Illusion

    By Erin McBride - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: DHX, LNKD, MWW

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) is a smoke and mirrors illusion. Buyer beware.

    LinkedIn's stock took a hit last week after the online professional networking service forecast called for a slowdown in future quarters while the company beefs up its infrastructure (hires more workers, invests in data centers and makes changes to online ads).

    The ding came in spite of more »

  • How Burger King Outperformed McDonald's and Wendy's

    By Erin McBride - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, CMG, MCD, PNRA, WEN

    If there is one thing to be said about Americans, it is that they want higher quality and lower prices- even when they are eating fast food.

    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.

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

  • The House of Mouse Does It Again: Disney Earnings Compared

    By Erin McBride - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, EA, VIA, DIS | Editor's Choice

    The House of Mouse is an enviable place.

    The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) reported a 32% increase in net income from the year previous for the most recent fiscal quarter.

    The brand name media giant reported net income for the fiscal second quarter rose 32% from a year ago to $1.51 billion. Revenue for the quarter rose 10% to $10.55 billion. Earnings per share for the quarter more »

  • Did Sequestration and the Dreamliner Hurt Boeing Earnings?

    By Erin McBride - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: LMT, NOC, BA

    Did the Dreamliner 787 fiasco and the sequester hurt Boeing (NYSE: BA)

    When the quarter began in January, things did not look good for the aerospace company. The Dreamliner 787 suffered from battery problems, causing flights to be grounded, a halt in production, a slowdown in sales, defense industry sequestration spending cuts kicked in, and investors jumped ship. But in spite of all of that, Boeing reported first quarter earnings more »

  • 1 LNG Export Company to Know

    By Erin McBride - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: CQP, LNG, D, XOM

    Whether or not the U.S. should export the current abundance of natural gas divides several industries. But one thing is certain: as a political battle over LNG exports unfolds, the company to watch is Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT: LNG)

    Several companies already profit from the surge in hydraulic fracturing and natural gas resources, but Cheniere is billions of dollars, months and years ahead in the race to export natural gas more »

  • 1 LNG Export Company to Know

    By Erin McBride - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: CQP, LNG, COP, D, XOM

    Whether or not the U.S. should export the current abundance of natural gas divides several industries. But one thing is certain, as this political battle over LNG exports goes on, the company to know is Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT: LNG), and its sister company Cheniere Energy Partners (NYSEMKT: CQP).

    Several companies already profit from the surge in hydraulic fracturing and natural gas, but Cheniere is billions of dollars and months more »

  • Can Companies Be a Great Place to Work and a Great Stock?

    By Erin McBride - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: CPT, DVN, DWA, GOOG, NTAP, QCOM, ULTI, WFM

    Fortune Magazine recently published its list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Out of curiosity I compared the list to the stock market to see which were publicly traded, and if there is any correlation between being a great place to work and being a great stock.

    Out of the top 10 best companies to work for, only four are publicly traded- Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAPmore »)

  • Can Companies Be a Great Place to Work and a Great Stock?

    By Erin McBride - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: CPT, DVN, DWA, GOOG, NTAP, QCOM, ULTI, WFM

    Fortune Magazine recently published its list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Out of curiosity I compared the list to the stock market to see which were publicly traded, and if there is any correlation between being a great place to work and being a great stock.

    Out of the top 10 best companies to work for, only four are publicly traded- Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAPmore »)

  • Fracking Money

    By Erin McBride - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, HON, MEOH, MRC, DOW, X

    Hydraulic fracturing and the abundance of natural gas, brings money and jobs to the United States in multiple sectors and from outside of the U.S. Several companies and tangential industries are benefiting from the abundance of natural gas, and the increase in hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

    Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is the process of shooting water, sand and chemicals underground to break apart rock and free natural gas trapped more »

  • Fracking Money

    By Erin McBride - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, HON, MEOH, MRC, DOW, X

    Hydraulic fracturing and the abundance of natural gas, brings money and jobs to the United States in multiple sectors and from outside of the U.S. Several companies and tangential industries are benefiting from the abundance of natural gas, and the increase in hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

    Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is the process of shooting water, sand and chemicals underground to break apart rock and free natural gas trapped more »

  • The SEC Is Bad for Business

    By Erin McBride - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, GRPN, NFLX

    Do Securities and Exchange Commission rules on communication and marketing hold companies back?

    Social media in business is no longer a fascinating anomaly. It is an accepted form of interpersonal and mass communication. It is considered an integral tool of marketing campaigns. And now the SEC has validated what marketers and communications have known for years, and will allow public companies to announce key information on social media, just as more »

  • Fracking for Money

    By Erin McBride - April 7, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, HON, MEOH, MRC, DOW, X

    Hydraulic fracturing and the abundance of natural gas, brings money and jobs to the United States in multiple sectors and from outside of the U.S.

    The abundance of natural gas is bringing companies into the U.S. Canadian company Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ: MEOH) will move a methanol plant from Chile to Louisiana, in order to take advantage of the low cost of natural gas in the U.S. Methanex more »

  • Is the SEC Bad for Marketing?

    By Erin McBride - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, GRPN, NFLX

    Do Securities and Exchange Commission rules on communication and marketing hold companies back?

    Social media in business is no longer a fascinating anomaly. It is an accepted form of interpersonal and mass communication. It is considered an integral tool of marketing campaigns. And now the SEC has validated what marketers and communications have known for years, by admitting as such by allowing public companies to announce key information on social more »

  • Americans Drink More Energy Drinks and Less Soda, But Stocks Don't Follow

    By Erin McBride - March 25, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, MNST, PEP

    Mayor Bloomberg could have saved himself, and New York City, a lot of trouble over sugary, carbonated beverages. According to a recent report by Beverage Digest, “fizzy soda” sales declined for the third consecutive year in 2012.

    Overall, bottled beverage sales rose 1% in 2012. However, carbonated soft drink/fizzy soda/pop/soda sales declined 1.2%, to 9.17 billion cases, or from 13.6 billion gallons in 2011 more »

  • Lululemon Slips and Falls on its Own Pants

    By Erin McBride - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: GPS, LULU, TGT

    Is it too much to ask that when you spend nearly $100 on yoga pants that the pants don’t lose their color? And while we’re at it, shouldn’t those pants also be able to go downward on their own, while shaping, toning, and lifting?

    Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU) tripped over the cobra position and watched its stock fall like a bad warrior this week, after complaints that more »

  • Can Companies Be a Great Place to Work and a Great Stock?

    By Erin McBride - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: CPT, DVN, DWA, GOOG, NTAP, QCOM, ULTI, WFM

    Fortune Magazine recently published its list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Out of curiosity I compared the list to the stock market to see which were publicly traded, and if there is any correlation between being a great place to work and being a great stock.

    Out of the top 10 best companies to work for, only four are publicly traded- Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAPmore »)

  • Are Tablet Accessory Companies a Good Investment?

    By Erin McBride - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, NOK, SKUL, ZAGG

    ZAGG (NASDAQ: ZAGG) the company that made a name for itself making clear coverings for mobile devices, like the invisibleSHIELD, saw net sales skyrocket 30% in the fourth quarter.

    Much of ZAGG’s success continues to depend upon the growth of the mobile computing industry. The company’s products are made to accompany mobile computing devices, such as tablets, and smartphones.

    Does ZAGG's success mirror the success of the more »

  • Where Barnes and Noble Went Wrong

    By Erin McBride - February 21, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BKS

    Barnes and Noble (NYSE: BKS) invested heavily in its Nook e-reader business, a move that may have been short-sighted and incomplete. After a disappointing holiday season for the company when Nook sales failed to meet expectations, Barnes and Noble reported late Wednesday that Nook EBITDA for its fiscal year will be greater than in fiscal 2012 losses of $262 million.

    Where did Barnes and Noble go wrong? And why hasn more »

  • Stocks to Love on Valentine's Day

    By Erin McBride - February 13, 2013 | Tickers: FB, IACI, DATE, LOV, UNTD

    This Valentine’s Day show them you care, with shares of a love-based company.

    Online dating was once considered a dirty little secret, but now it is how 30 million Americans will find a date, according to market research firm Nielson. The business of love and online dating is a nearly two billion dollar industry, up from $900 million in 2007.

    Men used to need a watering hole to meet more »