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  • It's About Time That Bloomin' Stop Boomin'

    By Eric Tommarello - March 5, 2013 | Tickers: BLMN, EAT, CMG, DRI

    ​Editor's Note: The metrics, statistics, and prices the author uses in this post were taken from Yahoo! Finance on Feb. 22. 

    Bloomin’ Brands Inc (NASDAQ: BLMN) completed a successful IPO during August of last year.  Actually, the IPO was only successful on the basis that shares rallied $1.97, or 17.9%, to $12.97 after just one week of trading.  For those of you who might be unaware more »

  • Beat the Fiscal Cliff with BP

    By Eric Tommarello - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: BP, CVX, XOM

    With one day left until America hurtles over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” it’s probably time to consider appropriate investing strategies moving forward.  Don’t get me wrong, the fiscal cliff is not to be considered a binary event.  However, politicians personally stand to benefit from resolving the issues facing America’s budget after the effects of the fiscal cliff have been felt because then they will technically be lowering more »

  • Retail Trends from the Holiday Season

    By Eric Tommarello - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GPS, RL

    Peter Lynch, Fidelity’s legendary mutual fund manager, was able to beat the market because, despite his financial knowledge, he was able to think like an amateur.  What does it mean to think like an amateur when it comes to investing?  It means investing in companies whose business models you understand from buying their products or utilizing their services.  Basically, Peter Lynch advised investors to invest in the companies they more »

  • A Defensive Investment with Aggressive Returns

    By Eric Tommarello - December 27, 2012 | Tickers: HCP, HCN, HR, MPW

    “Buy real estate now, they aren’t making any more of it!” While this quip doesn’t always represent an effective investing strategy, real estate is perhaps the world’s most time-tested investment vehicle, regardless of the speculation that it invites.

    That being said, the average investor often ignores real estate, believing it to be too expensive and inaccessible. What they neglect to realize is that real estate investment trusts more »

  • Small Company, Huge Potential: APGI

    By Eric Tommarello - December 26, 2012 | Tickers: CAP

    Much has been written of late about the abundance of natural gas that has recently become accessible—due to technological advancements—in North America.  The Wall Street Journal, in fact, reported in November that “A shale-oil boom will help the U.S. overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2020, according to the International Energy Agency.”  Investors are forced to ask themselves: “how can I benefit more »

  • Great Product, Poor Business: The Pandora Story

    By Eric Tommarello - December 21, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, P, SIRI

    Most investors are familiar with the saying: “Great companies aren’t necessarily great stocks.”  That being said, poor companies almost never prove to be quality long-term investments.  Accordingly, finding a solid business model with excellent growth potential or a sustainable competitive advantage ought to be the basis of any investment thesis.  Of course, discovering companies that fit this description is no small task.  Pandora (NYSE: P) has demonstrated a fundamental more »

  • Trim Your Portfolio; Danger Ahead!

    By Eric Tommarello - October 4, 2012 | Tickers: NKE, SBUX

    As the global economy progresses from the interest-depressing, liquidity-injecting actions of the European Central Bank and Federal Open Market Committee, there will be a pullback in the US equity market for a bulk of the third quarter, if not throughout the remainder of 2012.  At the close of the market on Sept. 28, the S&P 500 had rallied over 12% since June.  However, there are several reasons to doubt more »

  • Great Food, Greater Investing Opportunity

    By Eric Tommarello - July 30, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, CMG, MCD, SBUX, WFM

    Every investor likes to think they have a keen eye for that “diamond in the rough;” the next Apple or Priceline that no one has heard of yet.  But what if—with regards to the investor’s returns at least—that diamond is not “in the rough,” so to say?  What if it is a popular company being frequently traded right before their eyes?  Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), at more »

  • Grab Yourself Some BREW

    By Eric Tommarello - July 10, 2012 | Tickers: SAM, BREW, SBMRY.PK | Editor's Choice

    As summer scorches onward, it seems appropriate to stop and take a look at the beer industry.  Recently, Boston Beer (NYSE: SAM) has dominated the headlines with 3 consecutive earnings reports crushing expectations and an ever-increasing 52-week high.  Yet there could be a dark horse lurking in the form of Craft Brew Alliance (NASDAQ: BREW), one of SAM’s competitors in the craft beer industry.

    First things first, let’s more »