Phillip Woolgar

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  • Dr. Pepper Sees Expansion Differently

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    The top 3 non-alcoholic beverage companies in America aren't on a level playing field, but one company is coming out of the nowhere to challenge the big 2 at their own game. Now could be the beginning of something big for this company, so shareholders should get ready for the ride.

    Dr. Pepper is expanding the smart way

    Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is competing with two giants more »

  • Is it Time to Scrap Food Stocks?

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: K, SLE, UN

    Investors have been feasting on food stocks recently, and this has others wondering if these companies still have room to grow. Food stocks are up about 30% so far this year, and that beats the S&P 500 by about 10 percentage points. Let's take a look at some of the most popular names so far this year and see if they have what it takes to continue soaring more »

  • What the Publicis-Omnicom Merger Means for WPP

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: OMC, PUBGY.PK, WPPGY

    Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC) and Publicis Group (NASDAQOTH: PUBGY.PK) announced a merger in late July. This new partnership completely changes the global marketing communications landscape. 

    WPP PLC (NASDAQ: WPPGY) is now the second-largest advertising company in the world. It is now facing a heap of challenges competing in the years ahead. If any company is ready to take on the new giant, however, it is WPP.

    WPP's foundation provides more »

  • Two Medical Equipment Companies to Own and One to Sell

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: BAX, BSX, MDT

    Most investors agree that the economy is recovering nicely, as evidenced by a 7.4% unemployment rate, down after hitting highs of over 10% in 2009. This means a major turnaround for earnings at a number of companies. The story is even brighter for medical equipment firms, which also look to capitalize on other factors.

    Investors in medical equipment companies should be excited about the massive number of babies born more »

  • 3 Cable Firms that Could Avoid the Online Threat

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, CBS, SJR

    The easy availability of TV shows online will likely result in a drop in the number of pay TV subscribers. About 90% of Americans currently pay for television programs, and a drop would spell trouble for cable companies. The following companies all have characteristics that I believe will provide shelter from the expected drop, however.

    Shaw is focused digitally

    Shaw Communications (NYSE: SJR) is set to be the service of more »

  • These Credit Card Firms Are Positioned Well

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: ADS, DFS, EBAY, GPN

    All signs point to a full economic recovery, and that means big things for payment companies. The following three firms are among the most innovative in the market, and I see all as having great potential for growth. As credit card debt falls to 10-year lows (see chart below), these firms will continue to benefit from spenders' credit cards becoming unfrozen. While that will increase activity, it is these firms more »

  • Health Insurers Face Uncertain Times

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: AET, AFL, WLP

    Health insurance providers are facing an uncertain time due to the onslaught of ObamaCare, which is expected to hit the speedway in 2014. The effect that the new health plan will have on insurers is largely unknown, but I suspect there will be increased administration costs due to heavy government regulation. That regulation could call for lower insurance premiums, but there could also be additional people looking for insurance. Let more »

  • Consider Owning 1 of these 3 Life Insurance Companies

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: AEG, MFC, MET

    Life insurance companies face a slew of competition that has them jockeying for position at the top. The industry is challenged by a lack of brand loyalty, commodified products and cost uncertainty. This has many insurers competing in price. Often, it is the firms that are able to be the first to new markets while keeping their costs down that prove the winners.

    Manulife looks to prosper in Asia

    Manulife more »

  • Can Banking Growth Still Be Found in America?

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: BBVA, LYG, STT

    When researching banks of which to buy shares, you might be surprised at the potential of financial firms overseas. While I am already invested in Bank of America, and I see major potential in another U.S. bank, much of the growth in the sector will be realized in Europe. In this post, I take a look at one of the few American banks that still has room to grow more »

  • Which of these Companies is Ready for Inpatient Influx?

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: HCA, DGX, THC

    Health care providers are positioned to make major profits in the years ahead due to changes on several fronts, including ObamaCare, an improving economy and an aging baby boom. These companies haven't experienced the type of uptake they were expecting so far this year, and this could be because health care reform doesn't really kick in until next year, when patients will be able to enjoy medical coverage more »

  • Finding the Right Tool to Profit From Canadian Oil Sands

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: ENB, LOGN, SU

    When trying to find the next small cap two-bagger to add to my portfolio, I had to do some digging. I think most companies have realized their full value since plunging during the recession -- but when I looked north, to Canada, I found the undervalued tool manufacture Logan International (NASDAQOTH: LOGN).

    While the company is worth over $250 million, it hasn't received much press coverage at all, and that more »

  • Help Protect Your Portfolio With the Right Shoe Company

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: BWS, FL, NKE

    Investing in shoes is a surefire way to help protect your portfolio in the event of a recession. The following shoe companies all appear to be in for growth in the coming years. With the upcoming back-to-school buying season still weeks away, now could be your time to get in before prices potentially rise leading up to the shopping season. 

    Foot Locker (NYSE: FL), Nike (NYSE: NKE), and Brown Shoe more »

  • Business Service Firms Are Set to Profit

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: GK, NSP, ABCO

    With employment rising throughout the United States, business service firms are set to increase profits in the years ahead. The economic recovery also means businesses have more disposable income with which to optimize company performance. These are three of the top firms that will be contacted to reap the benefits of more company spending power.

    Insperity is set to profit from ObamaCare

    Insperity (NYSE: NSP) must be happy about Obamacare more »

  • These Companies Control 50% of the Casino Licenses in China

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: LVS, MPEL, MGM

    The Chinese casino market is currently valued at $38 billion. With many American firms controlling operations in China, they may have already hit the jackpot. In the next several years, a massive bridge and rail network to the Cotai Strip in Macau will bring in a higher volume of gamblers and will keep the cash flowing to these companies.

    MGM now has management that can cash in

    MGM Resorts International more »

  • Catch the "Wynd" of Increasing Travel

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: MAR, HOT, WYN

    With the average daily rate of hotel rooms increasing by about 5% so far this year, hoteliers are gearing up for profit surges. I expect that to last for at least the next several years as international travel ramps up.

    Wyndham expands in developing world

    Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) is looking to expand in the developing world, and that is a strategy many of the top companies are taking. The more »

  • An Entertainment Firm to Discover

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: DISCA, DLB, DWA

    Entertainment companies are among the most fun in which to invest. Why? Because they are a part of everyday life. That's why I'm excited to see consumer spending on the rise, because that means big profits for these businesses.

    Discovery Communications in the developing world

    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA) is getting it done both in America and throughout the world. After living in Costa Rica for three months more »

  • These Tech Firms Should Proceed with Caution

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: ARUN, SBAC, WIN

    Technology firms are among the most competitive stocks to own. That competition has many of these businesses making acquisitions in an effort to stay ahead of the game. Too much growth can negatively affect a company's returns to investors, since dipping into cash flow takes its toll on the company's earnings per share and dividends. The following three companies represent businesses that are expanding, but knowing which firms more »

  • Could Rogers Outbid Verizon for Canadian Cellphones?

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: BCE, RCI, TU, VZ

    Canada's "Big 3" look poised to fight back against Verizon Communications(NYSE: VZ) interest to purchase Wind Mobile and Mobilicity. If it went through, the Verizon deal would blow the roof off of the Canadian cellphone companies' three-bedroom glass house.

    Rogers Communications (NYSE: RCI) is one of the three Canadian companies that controls 90% of the nation's cellphones. That market share is gradually decreasing, however, and will do more »

  • Analysts Are Wrong About Canada's Big 3 Telecoms

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: RCI, TU, VZ

    Prices for mobile phone plans in Canada have decreased by 13% since last year, putting the potential profits of Canadian telecommunications providers into question.

    The Industry Canada and the CRTC commissioned the study, which investigated common phone packages that include voice, call display, text and voice mail. Another study, completed by Wall Communications, said prices for smartphone plans including data fell by about 5%. That study stated competition from other more »

  • One Publisher to Buy and Two to Sell

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: GCI, NWSA, ENL

    Traditional publishers are dying. I know that's no news flash, but how can an investor makes sense of it all? Essentially, print publishers are losing a considerable amount of advertising revenue because ads are now being placed online since that's where readers are going. To make matters worse, most print publishers haven't found a way to earn considerable profits on the web. 

    That means if you want more »

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