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  • These 3 Trends Should Worry Investors

    By Chad Henage - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, GMCR, PNRA, SBUX

    How many “smart” investors warned against missing the opportunity in Green Mountain Coffee (NASDAQ: GMCR) when the stock was going up? Yet those same “smart” investors were screaming for investors to get out of the stock when it started its freefall. Now this same group is saying the old Green Mountain is back. The truth is, the company is exhibiting three trends that should worry investors that are holding shares more »

  • 3 Reasons to Buy This Growth Story

    By Chad Henage - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, GMCR, PNRA, SBUX

    Don’t make the same mistake that many investors have with Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX). For years, skeptics have watched the stock climb, and assumed that this well-known company couldn’t possibly be a great investment. Though Starbucks is very well known, there are at least three reasons for investors to keep buying shares.

    Just like the old days
    Here’s a company that’s so successful that most Americans are more »

  • Do Premium and Value Go Together?

    By Chad Henage - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, CMG, MCD, YUM

    It's rare to find a company that can position itself as offering both value and premium offerings. Sometimes, when a company tries to straddle the lines between high-end and cheaper options, customers can get confused and sales may suffer. Some investors might assume this is what’s happening at McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD). However, the Golden Arches has upgraded its image before, and chances are the company can do more »

  • 3 Pieces of Investment Advice From This Retailer

    By Chad Henage - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, WMT

    It’s not unusual when a troubled company reports earnings to find out more about its competition than the company itself. In fact, investors should continue to follow troubled companies, not only to see if they can turn themselves around, but also to get tips on how their competitors might continue to grow. For this reason, I would argue that Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) shareholders should follow the troubles of more »

  • No Longer Just Winging It

    By Chad Henage - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, BWLD, CMG, PNRA

    I have to admit, I didn’t see this one coming. I’m willing to admit when a company shocks me with an outstanding earnings report. Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) just reported blowout earnings, and they also seem to have solved one of the biggest problems facing the company at the same time.

    The Trouble With Being Chicken
    I found out about Buffalo Wild Wings from multiple articles on more »

  • This Growth Story Has 3 Big Problems

    By Chad Henage - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BWLD, CMG, PNRA, YUM

    I’ve admittedly been a skeptic of Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) over the last year or so. The company has given shareholders quite the ride as shares have both risen and fallen based on how the current quarter’s results were perceived. I would argue that Chipotle is probably one of the easiest businesses to understand, yet the stock is a bit of a mystery. The company shows strength in a more »

  • A Great Company Hiding Inside of an Average One

    By Chad Henage - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    Investors seem to love PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), and the company’s improved performance is obvious in certain areas. Since the company is doing well and recently increased its dividend yet again, it’s understandable that the shares have performed well. That being said, there are several things that PepsiCo investors need to realize, not the least of which is that their company should be doing so much better.

    Years and more »

  • 4 Reasons to Sell This Stock

    By Chad Henage - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, MNST, PEP

    I’m all for investing in growth companies, and I’m also not afraid to invest in companies that sell for a premium to their expected growth rate. However, there is a fine line between a strong belief in a company’s ability to grow, and delusional hope because you don’t want to be wrong. For Monster Beverage (NASDAQ: MNST) investors, it seems like delusion is driving the stock more »

  • You Shouldn't Be Betting Big on This Company Right Now

    By Chad Henage - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, MCD, PNRA, YUM

    Huge companies sometimes have to bet big in order to grow. Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) decided to bet big on the Chinese market, and specifically with the KFC chain. The company has over 4,400 KFC restaurants in the country, which represents over 74% of the company’s Chinese stores. Unfortunately for investors, when companies bet big, sometimes these big bets can go wrong. Through a series of issues at more »

  • 5 Reasons This Blue Chip Will Continue to Outperform

    By Chad Henage - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, MNST, PEP

    You would think that a company with arguably the best brand name in the world might be content to rest on its laurels. If you say the name Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) to almost anyone worldwide, there is instant name recognition. In addition, with several of the top brands worldwide, Coca-Cola isn’t just a one trick pony. What’s amazing is that this iconic company is actually moving away from more »

  • 3 Reasons Analysts Are Underestimating This Stock

    By Chad Henage - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, TGT, WMT

    Let me offer you a choice: you can buy a company's growing earnings at 15% or you can buy a company expected to grow earnings by 37%. All things being equal, intelligent investors would always choose the faster-growing company. However, things are rarely this simple, and investors in eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) have to know that their stocks will be compared frequently. There are some problems more »

  • Can a Near $600 Stock Be Cheap?

    By Chad Henage - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, DFS, MA, V

    When I see a stock trading for nearly $600 a share, I have the same reaction many investors probably have. It’s frustrating that the company chooses to keep the share price so high, as smaller investors like myself would have trouble accumulating a decent number of shares. While I know intellectually this higher price is the same value as 10 shares worth $60 each, there something gratifying about owning more »

  • An Opportunity in a Difficult Business

    By Chad Henage - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, FRAN, BKE

    I’m constantly on the lookout for new stocks to follow. Since I’m a big fan of Peter Lynch’s investment style, one way I find new ideas is from retailers that are popular with my family. When I asked my wife what her nieces favorite stores were, she said they all liked Francesca’s (NASDAQ: FRAN), and I immediately put it on my watch list. As Lynch said more »

  • A Stellar Quarter if You Ignore the Missing $1 Billion

    By Chad Henage - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, DFS, MA, V

    I hate it when $1 billion goes missing don’t you? Much to my surprise, in Visa’s (NYSE: V) most recent earnings, the company reported stellar growth by nearly every metric investors could ask for. Between strong growth, and a new multibillion-dollar stock repurchase program, the market reacted positively to the company’s earnings. However, the company’s outlook leaves a rather large question unanswered, and if I were more »

  • Up 18% and Just Getting Started

    By Chad Henage - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BBBY, PIR, WSM

    Not many companies are able to fall significantly behind their competition when it comes to technology and still compete. In fact, most investors look for companies that are using technology to its fullest to stay ahead of their peers. With that being said, there is one retailer that seems clearly behind the times, and yet the stock could be a great value for investors. If you are looking to capitalize more »

  • 20% Just Isn’t Enough to Save This Company

    By Chad Henage - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: HPQ, PBI, SI, XRX

    The story of a company that's trying to turn around usually takes on a familiar tone. Tell me if this sounds familiar, “(we are taking) actions to enhance our balance sheet and capital allocation flexibility and exiting some non-strategic businesses.” Let me translate, we don’t have enough cash flow, we need to cut our debt to get out of trouble, and selling some of our businesses is the more »

  • Debt Is a Universal Language

    By Chad Henage - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, MCD, SBUX, YUM

    Take a great brand, combine it with a huge market opportunity, and you should have a terrific investment opportunity. This should be the story behind Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO). Here is a company with the rights to open franchises in Latin America for McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD), which should be the opportunity of a lifetime. The company is reporting respectable growth, but there is one big problem standing in the more »

  • Do Low Expectations Mean There Is Upside in This Stock?

    By Chad Henage - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: AFL, AIG, ALL, TRV

    Call me an optimist, but it seems like the market isn’t giving enough credit to AFLAC's (NYSE: AFL) management. At the present time, this company that has historically grown both earnings and its dividend and an admirable pace is selling for a lower forward P/E ratio then several of its competitors. Concerns over the company’s exposure to the Yen, and questions about the company’s ability more »

  • A Make it or Break it Quarter

    By Chad Henage - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, GOOG, QIHU, SOHU

    When a company grows fast, it attracts a lot of attention. Investors buy the stock, the company reports fantastic growth, and the stock gains momentum. However, at some point, analysts begin to question how long the company’s growth can last. There are generally two directions a high growth business can go.

    One possibility is, the company expands its business into other industries, diversifying its revenue streams. The second is more »

  • High Yield and Growth in a Downtrodden Industry

    By Chad Henage - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ARLP, ACI, CNX, BTU

    If there’s a better value in a less well-liked industry I haven’t found it yet. I’ve written multiple times in the past about Alliance Resource Partners (NASDAQ: ARLP), and I’m back again to pound the table for this amazing company in an industry that seemingly no one wants to invest in.

    Simple Economics
    When it comes right down to it, simple economic factors drive the prices more »

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