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  • This Restaurant Giant Plans to Win

    By Gayatri Sharma - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, YUM

    Last quarter, McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) same store sales in the US and Europe benefited from new product launches, but China was affected by the avian flu. The company has a ‘plan to win’ strategy, where the company is focusing on menu, customer experience and brand expansion. Another strategy - new packaging - which is exclusively focusing on communicating the brand, will be rolled out in all of its stores during 2013 more »

  • What's Driving Sales for This Retailer

    By Gayatri Sharma - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: COLM, UA, WWW

    Last quarter, the extended cold weather, stronger DTC sales, and the Omni Freeze Zero launch helped Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ: COLM) beat the estimates. The company has reported a 5% increase in sales, and its EPS of $0.35 significantly outpaced the consensus estimates of $0.14. Operating margin has improved and inventory is down by 11.3%. Extended duration of cold weather has helped the company clear excess inventory. The more »

  • Will a CEO Transition Help This Company to Regain Its Lost Ground?

    By Gayatri Sharma - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UL

    Procter & Gamble's (NYSE: PG) recent quarterly results were discouraging, with the company falling short on both sales and margin numbers. To arrest this decline, Procter & Gamble re-appointed A.G. Lafley as the new CEO. He has a great task at hand to revive the company's fortunes and he has to stand up to high investor expectations. Let’s take a look on Procter and Gamble's future prospects more »

  • Why Is This Consumer Giant a Good Bet?

    By Gayatri Sharma - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UL

    Unilever (NYSE: UL) is focused on expansion in emerging markets to capitalize on rapid growth. It has increased its stake in its Indian subsidiary, Hindustan Unilever. The company has added new villages to its Shakti program in India, and new perfect stores in Indonesia. Its sustainable living plan is helping it to retain customers and reduce waste as well as cost. Here is a detailed look:

    Increasing stake in more »

  • Global Expansion and Product Launches to Drive This Restaurant's Growth

    By Gayatri Sharma - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, KKD, SBUX

    Starbucks' (NASDAQ: SBUX) stock has given good returns post its latest quarterly results. The beverage company reported results which were inline with the expectations. With the fall in price of coffee due to the bumper harvest in Brazil, a better gross margin for the company in the coming quarters can be expected.

    Starbucks also acquired Teavana -- a tea company, which adds to its portfolio of beverages. It is opening new more »

  • Loyalty Programs Are Working for This Retailer

    By Gayatri Sharma - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, SVU, KR

    Safeway (NYSE: SWY) has significantly outperformed the broader markets. Its shares are up 37.50%, as compared to 16% from the greater market. The company is making strides to increase sales through various loyalty program and fuel programs. It's also remodeling its existing stores and pushing private label in an effort to increase profitability.  Based on the data, Safeway is a solid buy.

    New programs

    Safeway focuses on its more »

  • Investment in E-Commerce Is Working for This Retailer

    By Gayatri Sharma - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: M, JWN, SKS

    Saks (NYSE: SKS) has been on a nice run recently--it's up 42% versus only 16% for the greater market.  The luxury retailer is implementing different strategies to increase its customer base and to attract investors.  Its working to develop not only its online market but also supporting channels to increase sales. Omni-channel retailing is extremely popular and its a growing trend.  It has also re-launched its loyalty program in more »

  • Rewards Program, Canadian Expansion and E-commerce initiative will be the Growth Driver for This Stock

    By Gayatri Sharma - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: COST, TGT, WMT

    Target (NYSE: TGT) has reported a marginal decline in same store sales growth, citing the prolonged winter season and the increase in payroll tax rate. Despite this, the company has achieved a higher Gross Margin and EBIT than the consensus estimates expected, propelled by the category improvement along with the 20 bps improvement from the vendor agreement changes. Management has downgraded its annual guidance, citing sluggish a economic recovery. However more »

  • One Thing Is Clear After Herbalife's Decline Yesterday - There Won't Be Any MOASS

    By Gayatri Sharma - January 29, 2013 | Tickers: HLF

    Herbalife's (NYSE: HLF) stock tanked yesterday and closed with a decline of over 8% on a FTC action that wasn't even related to the company. At one point the stock was even down 11%. Although, I am not a direct participant in the Herbalife battle (I have no position in the stock), I believe that the yesterday's price movement is a clear indication that there won't more »

  • Analyzing David Einhorn’s New Buys

    By Gayatri Sharma - December 18, 2012 | Tickers: ACM, BWC, YHOO

    David Einhorn is one of the smartest hedge fund managers of current times. He is well known for his bearish presentation on Green Mountain Coffee Roaster at Value Investing Conference last year. He did similar damage to Chipotle Mexican Grill’s stock this year. With such big hits to his name, I find useful to track his latest buy sell activities for making investment decisions. In this article, I will more »

  • Analyzing Berkshire Hathaway's Top Consumer Stocks

    By Gayatri Sharma - December 14, 2012 | Tickers: KO, PG, WMT

    With the fiscal cliff approaching, I am looking for some defensive and deep value stocks to ride out the storm. Since Warren Buffett is one of the most revered value investors, I decided to start by scanning his top picks. I analyzed some of his top consumer holdings as they provide good yield and are relatively defensive with a proven track record of growth.

    Company Name

    Shares Held

    Forward PE more »

  • Analyzing Berkshire Hathaway's Top Buys

    By Gayatri Sharma - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: GM, NOV, WFC

    Warren Buffett is well known for his value buys. He buys companies which are trading at valuations significantly lower than their intrinsic values and holds them for long term. I discussed his new buys from the last quarter in a previous article. In addition to new buys, it is also interesting to have a look at other stocks where his investment firm Berkshire Hathaway significantly increased its holdings. In this more »

  • Which Web 2.0 Stock Is Rising From the Ashes?

    By Gayatri Sharma - December 11, 2012 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, GRPN, ZNGA

    A lot of beaten down stocks in the tech sectors have seen renewed interest off late. Be it Web 2.0 companies like Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) and Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) or hardware companies like Research in Motion, Nokia and Dell.  I have already covered Research in Motion and Nokia in a previous article. In this article I will be focusing on Web 2.0 companies: Facebook, Groupon more »

  • Analyzing Warren Buffett's New Buys

    By Gayatri Sharma - December 10, 2012 | Tickers: DE, MEG, PCP, WBC

    Warren Buffett is well known for his value buys. He buys companies which are trading at valuations significantly lower than their intrinsic values and holds them for long term. I scanned Berkshire Hathaway’s latest 13F filing for the stocks where Buffett recently initiated new positions. There were four new names in the list Media General (NYSE: MEG), Deere and Company (NYSE: DE), Wabco (NYSE: WBC) and Precision Castparts (NYSE: PCPmore »)

  • Appaloosa Management Is Increasing its Positions in These Stocks

    By Gayatri Sharma - December 3, 2012 | Tickers: BZH, F, MGM

    Appaloosa Management, L.P. is a long/short hedge fund founded by David A. Tepper in 1993. David Tepper is well known for his long bets on financial stocks at the bottom of the markets in 2009. He is again betting on financial stocks and I have discussed some of his new positions in financial stocks in a previous article. In addition, it is also interesting to look at some more »

  • David Tepper Is Buying Financials Again

    By Gayatri Sharma - December 1, 2012 | Tickers: AIG, JPM, NES.DL

    Billionaire David Tepper is well known for his 2009 bet on the recovery in financial stocks. His fund made over $7 billion in profits by buying distressed financial stocks in February and March of that year. His recent 13F filing shows that he is initiating new position in the financial sector again. The following is a list of his three new positions in financials according to his latest 13F filing more »

  • With Apple’s Fortune Declining, Is This the Time to Buy These Smartphone Makers?

    By Gayatri Sharma - November 30, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, NOK

    Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock price has corrected quite a bit from its highs in the recent months. The stock price declined to low $500 levels in mid-November after making a high of ~$700 in mid-September. Although the stock has recovered some of its lost ground, the jury is still out on whether it is just a dead cat bounce or a sustainable recovery and a trend change.

    Meanwhile, Apple more »

  • Analyzing T. Boone Pickens 2 Big Buys

    By Gayatri Sharma - November 23, 2012 | Tickers: ACI, HAL, RIG

    Billionaire T Boone Pickens is a legendary Oil investor and entrepreneur. He founded Mesa Petroleum in 1956 which became one of the largest independent Oil companies by 1981 through mergers and acquisitions. Mesa Petroleum was finally sold to Parker & Parsley Petroleum in 1997 and T. Boone Pickens founded his hedge fund BP Capital Management LP in the same year to invest in Energy stocks. His background as an oil entrepreneur more »

  • Billionaire Ken Fisher Initiated New Positions in These Stocks

    By Gayatri Sharma - November 14, 2012 | Tickers: CMCSA, PBR, VOD

    Fisher Investments is a Woodside, California based investment advisory and hedge fund management firm founded by billionaire Ken Fisher. The firm recently filed its 13F form for the quarter ended September 30. The following is a list of its top three new buys from the last quarter:

    Company Name

    Shares Bought Last Quarter

    Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA
    (NYSE: PBR)

    17,914,836

    Comcast Corporation
    (NASDAQ: CMCSA)

    11,737,561

    Vodafone more »

  • Billionaire Ken Fisher Is Increasing His Position In These Stocks

    By Gayatri Sharma - November 14, 2012 | Tickers: CSCO, PFE, TSM

    Fisher Investments is a Woodside, California-based investment advisory and hedge fund management firm founded by billionaire Ken Fisher. The firm recently filed its 13F form for the quarter ended Sept. 30. I discussed the firm’s new buys in a previous article, but in addition to new buys, it is also interesting to have a look at the stocks in which Fisher Investment is increasing its positions. The following is more »

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