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  • What Is AT&T Hiding From Its Investors?

    By Gail P. - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: T

    On Friday, April 26, I attended the AT&T (NYSE: T) annual stockholders meeting. When I got my proxy information I was pleased that the meeting would be held in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Cheyenne is close enough for me to drive there and back in a day. Then I started thinking – why would this major blue-chip, multi-national firm hold its annual meeting in such an out-of-the-way place? I would have more more »

  • Is it Safe to Jump Back Into Apple?

    By Gail P. - March 13, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL

    Introduction:

    I’ve been watching Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) decline for the past several months, wondering if the stock has hit its low, or if it still has more downside left. The stock price increased at an impressive pace from 2009 until September of 2012 when it began to tank. What happened? Is now a good time to buy or is Apple done?

    Problems seemed to start last September, when Apple more »

  • Expect Growth From This Retailer

    By Gail P. - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: CROX, FL, FINL

    Foot Locker is getting ready to release their fourth quarter earnings on Friday and I took a look at what we might expect. Analysts are expecting quarterly and annual earnings of $0.72 and $2.56 per share respectively. I believe that estimate is too low. Here’s my thinking:

    Overall Efficiency:

    Over the past several years, Foot Locker (NYSE: FL) has become a much more efficient company. For example more »

  • “Comfort” Stocks for a Mid-Winter Day

    By Gail P. - December 20, 2012 | Tickers: CTL, GE, MRK

    When the weather gets cold, blowy and snowy, my mind turns to comfort foods and comfort stocks!  Companies with high dividend yields are the ones that grab my fancy on a day like today.  A quick screening for companies with large market caps and high yields produces several stocks, including one from my favorite industry – Telecommunications.  The company is CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) which bought out Qwest a year and a more »

  • Where Will Hewlett-Packard Go From Here?

    By Gail P. - December 20, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, DELL, HPQ

    It’s been about a month since Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) recorded its FY2012 results along with a write-down of $18 billion to account for losses related to its acquisition of EDS and Autonomy.  I’m hopeful that the dust has settled and think it’s time to take another look at this technology giant. 

    I need to point out however, that I am a bit biased. Since I purchased my more »

  • Providing Consumer Reviews - A Viable Business Model?

    By Gail P. - December 18, 2012 | Tickers: ANGI, TRIP, YELP

    In addition to being an investor, I’m a business owner and my lives are constantly overlapping.  When we were recently contacted by Angie’s List (NASDAQ: ANGI) to renew our advertising contract for another year, I was pretty surprised.  Our Account Manager sent us an email requesting a 71% increase in our advertising rate to stay at the same level as 2012 and a 27% increase in price if more »

  • Using Inventory to Measure Future Success

    By Gail P. - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: BBBY, PIR, WSM | Editor's Choice

    As an investor, one of the things I look at as an indicator of strength in a particular company is its inventory.  That is particularly true in companies with retail stores.  The quicker they convert products in their stores and warehouses into money in the cash register, the stronger they’ll be.  Home Furnishing Stores fall nicely into this category and today I’ll take a look at several companies more »

  • Are Convenience Store Results Hijacked by the Economy?

    By Gail P. - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: CASY, SUSS

    I’m getting ready to go on a road trip and I know that there will be a few Casey’s General Stores (NASDAQ: CASY) on my path.  When I’m on the road, I look forward to stopping at Casey’s.  I know I’ll find reasonably priced gas, friendly staff, great snacks and clean restrooms.  I like the consistency and know that this is an efficient and well-run more »

  • Shredding With Quicksilver

    By Gail P. - December 6, 2012 | Tickers: LULU, ZQK, UA

    Quiksilver (NYSE: ZQK) is getting ready to release its fourth quarter and year-end earnings in a few days.  I’ll be taking a look at its numbers and will make some predictions of where I see the company going in the future.   Having a snowboarder in my home, I’m quite familiar with the Quiksilver brands.  A conversation with my daughter last night showed her esteem for the Quiksilver name more »

  • This RV Manufacturer Is Steadily Rolling Along

    By Gail P. - December 6, 2012 | Tickers: HOG, THO, WGO

    I’ve been taking a look at companies which are due to report earnings in the near future.  Next on my list is Winnebago Industries (NYSE: WGO) which will report first quarter earnings on Monday December 10.  The stock is currently trading near its 52 week high of $14.49.

    Winnebago is in an interesting industry.  Prior to the recent recession, the company, and its stock was growing like gangbusters more »

  • Pandora's Box: What Will Earnings Unleash?

    By Gail P. - December 4, 2012 | Tickers: P, SIRI

    I’m taking a look at stocks that are due to report quarterly earnings in the next week.  Though I don’t own Pandora (NYSE: P), I’ve used their service for years and enjoy having several custom radio stations just for me.  Pandora appeals to folks of all ages, including my 20 year old daughter and my 60 year old neighbor. 

    The Pandora business model is an interesting one more »

  • Pep Boys Needs to Show What It's Made Of!

    By Gail P. - November 30, 2012 | Tickers: AAP, AZO, ORLY, PBY

    Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE: PBY) is getting ready to release its third quarter earnings early next week.  Its earnings over the past few quarters have been all over the map.  EPS have been up 13% one quarter and down 50% the next.  This quarter, I’m really looking for some stability. 

    Overall:

    In reading the Pep Boys prior 10Ks and 10Qs, I find them to be a thoughtful more »